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5 Ways High Schoolers Can Prepare For College Applications
15 April, 2020
Most schools across the United States have closed their doors for the past few weeks. Despite the school closures, students should still be spending their time productively. Here are five ways high school students can prepare for college applications right now. 1. Create A College List It’s not too early to start building a college list. Organize the school name, average stats of the applicants (SAT/ACT scores, GPA, average acceptance rates, etc.) in an Excel spreadsheet, and compare it to your
Private vs. Public Universities: Which One Is Right For You?
16 January, 2020
College admission decisions are starting to roll in, and students are left with a big decision: what college is right for them? Depending on your college list, you might be wondering if a private or public university is right for you. Here are a few things you should consider. Private vs. Public: Tuition According to the College Board [https://studentloanhero.com/featured/in-state-tuition-pros-cons/], the average tuition and fees for a four-year public university were $10,230 for in-state stude
Why Colleges Rescind Admissions Offers
14 January, 2020
Sometimes, getting an acceptance letter isn’t the end of a college admissions story. It’s important that students temper the celebrations that may begin with that thick envelope (or joyous email). Colleges observe their future students until the first day of freshman classes, and reserve the right to rescind an admissions offer in certain situations. In the most recent report on revoked college acceptances, which was released back in 2009 by theNational Association of College Admission Counsel
Balancing Homework and After-School Sports
06 January, 2020
Most afternoons my children come home from school with their backpacks loaded with homework assignments. They both play multiple sports, and it’s always an ongoing struggle to find a way to balance homework and after-school sports before bedtime. More often than not, it’s a losing battle. As a result, the kids are up late into the night, trying to finish those last math equations or study their spelling words. In the morning they wake up tired, only to start the cycle all over again. Many Kids
College Planning Timeline for High School Students
02 January, 2020
For tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of seniors applying to college this year, the admissions process will be one of the most grueling and stressful experiences they’ve had in their lives.  If you’re a student or a parent of a student who’s just starting high school, however, we’ve got good news: you can avoid nearly all of the stress of the application process by planning for success early on. In fact, if you stick to our timeline, we guarantee that aiming high over the next four years, and i
Four Things Students Should Do If They Are Deferred From Their Dream University
13 December, 2019
College admissions early decisions are starting to come out, and some students might get an unexpected answer back: a deferral. A deferral is similar to the limbo of college admissions—you aren’t quite into the university, but you aren’t rejected yet either. When the university defers you, it means that the school sees potential in your application, but the admissions officers want to evaluate your application again during the regular decision cycle. If you do get deferred, here are four steps
5 FAFSA Tips To Get The Most Financial Aid
14 October, 2019
As colleges get more expensive each year, students rely more frequently on financial aid to help offset the costs of education. However, many students are making simple mistakes that cost them thousands of dollars in grants or scholarship money each year. Here are five tips to help you get the most financial aid possible. 1. Fill Out The FAFSA One of the easiest ways to get financial aid for college is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While some students mist
An Internship Gets You Out of the Back Row
25 September, 2019
Are you a back-row student? That is, whenever possible, do you self-select to sit in the back row in class? Are you tempted to check your emails, texts, Facebook, and Instagram messages during class? If you often find yourself in the back row of classes and are more comfortable flying under the radar, learn how an internship can help you develop the skills you need to push yourself forward in your career. Are you happy to sit in a back seat and “keep your head down,” do your work, answer questi
College Visit Questions to Get Beyond the Brochure
11 September, 2019
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3 Tips to Help You Memorize Anything
09 September, 2019
You’ve probably had that stressful feeling before: you’ve got to memorize what feels like hundreds of dates, spellings, chemical equations or types of bones, and you have no idea how you’ll ever commit all those facts to memory. Butyou will. [http://www.noodle.com/7-hacks-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-ace-a-test]The good news is that memorization is not as hard as you think, and almost anyone can improve their memory with practice. In fact, there are severaleasy-to-use techniques [http://www
Five Surefire Ways For Students To Manage College Application Stress Effectively
04 September, 2019
Applying to colleges can be stressful, and for teenagers, this decision is one of the biggest they will have made in their lives. College-bound seniors might be feeling overwhelmed and overworked as admissions deadlines loom closer, and the stress will build as they struggle to finish everything on time. The application process isn’t easy, so students should create a plan of action on how to cope with the added pressure. Parents can also serve as a supportive shoulder to lean on during this bus
3 Ways to Find Great Colleges for You Without Using Rankings
15 August, 2019
Numbers sometimes lie (and people sometimes lie about numbers). More importantly, numbers don’t tell the whole story. When you’relooking at colleges [https://www.noodle.com/colleges], you’ll want to make judicious use of the available numbers — and then look beyond them to uncover information about what life at a school isreallylike. What the Numbers CAN Tell You Paying attention tocertain numbers [https://www.noodle.com/report-cards/colleges]when engaging in the college search makes sense. Yo