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How Should 9th and 10th Graders Prepare for the SAT / ACT?

It is summertime. (Yea!!!) Many families are looking for activities to help students get ahead academically, or at least not turn into computer or tv watching zombies.  Rising seniors should be working on college lists, essays, and applications. Rising juniors can...

End of Year Tasks to Make Next Year Easier

I’m ready to close the book on the 2020-21 school year and never look back. My 8th grader has struggled with time management, setting reasonable expectations, and learning from home. My college kid says this was the hardest year ever and she’s not one to shy away from...

Test Optional: Should I Send My ACT / SAT Scores?

For many families the choice to send or not send test scores is new. We have gotten used to submitting ACT / SAT scores, even if we didn’t love our results, so the idea of choice can add another layer of confusion. The decision can be complicated by the fact that the...
End of Year Tasks to Make Next Year Easier

End of Year Tasks to Make Next Year Easier

I’m ready to close the book on the 2020-21 school year and never look back. My 8th grader has struggled with time management, setting reasonable expectations, and learning from home. My college kid says this was the hardest year ever and she’s not one to shy away from...

Test Optional: Should I Send My ACT / SAT Scores?

Test Optional: Should I Send My ACT / SAT Scores?

For many families the choice to send or not send test scores is new. We have gotten used to submitting ACT / SAT scores, even if we didn’t love our results, so the idea of choice can add another layer of confusion. The decision can be complicated by the fact that the...

Should We Retake the SAT / ACT?

Should We Retake the SAT / ACT?

This month I’m going to share answers to some of the common questions clients have asked this spring. Today— should we retake the SAT / ACT? The decision to make another attempt at the ACT or SAT is different this year. Some students haven’t had as many opportunities...

When Should We. . . ? (ACT/SAT, campus visits, essays, and more)

When Should We. . . ? (ACT/SAT, campus visits, essays, and more)

The timeline for college admissions has changed. It is different than it was 10 years ago and completely different than what I did when I applied to college (back when we used typewriters to complete applications!) Today I’m going to outline the suggested (and actual)...

Advice for Students on the Waitlist

Advice for Students on the Waitlist

Admission decisions have gone out. Some students are celebrating the good news. Others are managing disappointment and preparing to move forward with a new plan. Some students are left in the middle— they have been offered a place on the waitlist so still hold out...

You Can’t Ride Two Horses at Once

You Can’t Ride Two Horses at Once

In the past month I’ve had a number of situations where families were trying to follow too many different approaches and didn’t understand why they weren’t seeing results. It may seem like more information is better when looking to improve ACT / SAT test scores, find...

Course Selection Part III: The Role of Electives

Once you have planned for core academic courses and graduation requirements, it is finally time to schedule electives! Elective courses should help explore and develop a student's interests and talents. Here’s another way to look at it. If I look at your high school...

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