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Course Selection Part V: AP, Dual Credit, Honors, or Regular? Which is right for you?

In case you missed the first videos in this series: Course Selection: The Foundation of Your Four-Year Plan Course Selection Part II: Required Courses Course Selection Part III: Electives Course Selection Part IV: Academic Rigor-- Should You Take the Advanced Course?...

Course Selection Part IV: Academic Rigor– Should You Take the Advanced Course?

In case you missed the first videos in this series: Course Selection: The Foundation of Your Four-Year Plan Course Selection Part II: Required Courses Course Selection Part III: Electives   https://youtu.be/_g9Esaa70DA First, we want students to grow...

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...

Study Skills Resources

Most students could improve their study habits (and possibly their grades) by implementing small changes. The problem is most students don't know where to start. Most parents rely on what worked for them way back when. Teachers often don't have the time to teach study...

Are My SAT / ACT Scores Good Enough?

Most students (and their parents) want “good” scores, but the problem comes in defining exactly what that means. Sure, most people would agree that a 1500 (out of 1600) on the SAT is good, so is a 34 (out of 36) on the ACT. But scores like 1500 and 34 reflect the top...

Why Was There An Extra Experimental Section on My SAT / ACT?

Why Was There An Extra Experimental Section on My SAT / ACT?

You took the SAT or ACT and instead of four sections, you had five. Why? What happened? You were ready for four timed sections and this extra caught you by surprise. Don’t Panic First, don’t panic. That extra section is a way for the test writers to try out new...

Advice for 2020 Seniors

Advice for 2020 Seniors

A couple weeks ago I wrote an article advising 2020 juniors on ACT and SAT testing. Thank you to everyone who contacted me and shared the article with your friends, neighbors, and school groups. If you missed it, you can find it [here]. Since then I've had a lot of...

Advice for Fall 2020 ACT / SAT Testing

Advice for Fall 2020 ACT / SAT Testing

I wish I wasn’t writing another article dealing with the COVID-19 impact on school, testing, and college admission. But as the situation continues to develop, we need to adjust and make plans. Today I’m going to focus on testing advice for rising juniors. Seniors are...

Why Traditional College Planning Advice Doesn’t Work in a Pandemic

Why Traditional College Planning Advice Doesn’t Work in a Pandemic

I don’t need to tell you the past four months have been unusual, you have lived it. We have done very few of our normal activities— including most college planning tasks. I’m making some changes to my college planning timeline for this year. In many cases my usual...

Can I Write My College Essay About Current Events?

Can I Write My College Essay About Current Events?

Can I Write My College Essay About Current Events? This is a good question. Spring 2020 has been one we won’t soon forget. Students experienced unprecedented events that have impacted their lives. But should you write about it in your college essay? It depends. Here...

UC System Drops SAT / ACT– How does this impact you?

UC System Drops SAT / ACT– How does this impact you?

I’ve received multiple calls, texts, and emails since the University of California announced yesterday that it was phasing out the SAT and ACT. What does this decision mean for students? What do you need to do? ​ watch here:  If you didn't see my earlier video on how...

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