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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? 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?

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...

Focused Extracurriculars Activities Can Give You an Edge

I am continuing my series on extracurricular activities. If you missed the earlier parts, you can find them here: Why do colleges care about extracurriculars? Do I need to participate in a sport in high school? Extracurricular time during high school can give you an...

Do I need to participate in a sport in high school?

"I'm involved in a lot of activities at my school, but I don't play a sport. Will this hurt my chances for college admission?" This is a common question-- should an otherwise involved student play a sport? Team and individual sports allow students the opportunity to...

Why do colleges care about extracurricular activities?

Why do colleges care about extracurricular activities?

What does your extracurricular resume say about you? We've all heard that colleges want students who are involved, but this tends to bring up more questions: What level of involvement is expected? What types of activities should you choose? Should you be involved in a...

Quick Tips for Taking the PSAT

Quick Tips for Taking the PSAT

This Wednesday, October 16 is one of the national administration dates for the PSAT. I wanted to offer some quick tips for students taking the PSAT.   First, everyone should understand that the PSAT will not be used for college admission.   For 9th and 10th...

How a Student with F’s and ADHD Got into Her Dream University

How a Student with F’s and ADHD Got into Her Dream University

Every year I speak with students and parents who think college dreams have been crushed due to less than perfect high school grades, learning differences, or a bumpy transition to college. These factors don’t have to limit your options. It is possible to get into your...

When to Use Who / Whom — Quick ACT / SAT Tip

Do you know when to use “who” and when to use “whom”?​ I've got an easy way to tell the difference.    This short video will explain (while showing you how our video Q&A works.)   I’ve had a lot of people ask how the live Q&A session in our new...

Test Prep Is Different From Learning in School

Test Prep Is Different From Learning in School

Shouldn’t students know this stuff? I get a lot of questions from parents who think that the math, reading, and grammar students learn in school should be sufficient to earn solid scores on the SAT / ACT. Essentially the parent’s question boils down to “Shouldn’t they...

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