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What is Executive Function?
11 May, 2021
Executive function, also known as self-regulation, consists of those thinking skills we use to stay focused, control our impulses, plan short- and long-term, and adapt to new information. Most people only notice their own executive functioning when they experience a lapse in it. You may have had the familiar experience of planning to stop at the store on the way home from work, but accidentally driving home by habit. Another example would be going to the pantry to grab an ingredient for a dish,
Selective College Admissions: What You Should Know About Test Optional
04 May, 2021
The topic of test optional is everywhere in college admissions conversations these days. Because it seems like everything you knew about admissions is changing, it can be hard to know whether you are giving yourself or your student their best opportunity to succeed. Yet with change come both challenges and opportunities; Noodle Pros can help you decode the mysteries of the potentially permanent transition to a test optional application process. The History Behind the SAT & the ACT The origins o
Did You Get In? An Etiquette Guide for College Admissions
03 May, 2021
By: Kathryn DeBros Nothing about senior year of high school year seems easy. On top of classes (and maintaining a solid grade point average [GPA]) and extracurricular activities, you’ve spent months on the admissions process-- the college search, filling out paperwork, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and sending forms in order to complete the college application process.  Completing the Common Application and meeting application deadlines is hard work! Now, you may be in the middle
How to Find External Scholarships
26 April, 2021
by Seth Czarnecki With American student debt now over $1 trillion, many families of college-bound students are forced to get creative when it comes to funding their child’s education. One pathway that has become increasingly popular is that of the external, or outside, scholarship. What Is an External Scholarship? External scholarships for college differ from those provided by a university in that private donors, foundations, or businesses fund them. The amount of money awarded can range from
8 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year of College
12 April, 2021
By Noodle Staff They say that hindsight is 20/20, and I guess that's a phrase for a reason. Especially when it comes to your freshman year of college. There are definitely a few pieces of advice that we all wish we got before stepping onto campus for the first time for our first year of college.  College is a brand new experience and along with it comes lots of new situations. It’s normal to make mistakes and these mistakes absolutely help us grow. The following is a selection of some of the th
The IEP Decoded: A Parent’s Guide By A Special Education Teacher
05 April, 2021
If your child is being evaluated for a learning disability, you may feel overwhelmed by the new terms you have to learn and the documentation you must complete. Rest assured that you are not alone in feeling this way.  Any process that is brand new can feel stressful and that feeling is magnified when the process is vital your child’s success. In this article, you’ll learn what’s covered by an IEP, how to understand its terminology, and how to ensure that your son or daughter receives the suppor
How to Tackle Test Anxiety: An Interview with Noodle Pro, Jonathan Arak
31 March, 2021
By Casey Loalbo Are you immediately overcome by fear of failure right before it's time to take an important test?  Do you find yourself having negative thoughts and maybe even experiencing physical symptoms?  Racing thoughts, excessive sweating and dry mouth are just a few of the somatic symptoms experienced by some individuals who suffer from test anxiety. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Test-taking can evoke these feelings and symptoms and sometimes, it can be difficult to unders
How To Tackle the College Application Process
23 March, 2021
By Casey Loalbo The college admissions process can feel overwhelming—and for good reason. Most students have never been through anything quite like it and, naturally, that can cause a bit of anxiety and trepidation.  The great news? It does not have to be that way! While lots and lots of individualized and specific planning goes into the college admissions process, the actual application process does not have to feel insurmountable.  In this article, I’ll break the college application into 5 ma
What are SAT and ACT Score Ranges for the top colleges and universities?
10 March, 2021
03/10/2021 College admissions at top schools seem to only keep getting more competitive. Students looking to attend one of these extremely selective schools need to prepare an application that is strong in all of its components. That includes standardized test scores. Standardized testing, unfortunately, causes a lot of anxiety for high school students. Luckily, with enough preparation, standardized tests can become the least stressful part of the college admissions process. What Scores do
How to Curate Your College List?
25 February, 2021
By Franca Rawitz One of the first steps on the college journey is drafting a preliminary list of colleges to explore. The earlier students begin thinking about schools, the easier it is to shape schools’ selection over time. The college list is like a piece of art—a work in progress— continuously modified as the artist (that is, you, the student) develops a stronger sense of what the finished piece should look like. While some college counselors may help students draft their preliminary lists
Why the “Why This College?” Question Matters — And How to Answer It
09 November, 2020
Why do you want to attend this school? If you've already began the college admissions process, then you know the importance of this question on your college application.