High School

High School course selection, balancing academics and extracurriculars, college prep advice, and anything else you need for this pivotal stage in a student’s life.

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
Halloween Edition: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
31 October, 2019
Happy Halloween! Here are two terrifying questions inspired by recent tests, a blood-curdling ACT and a spine-chilling SAT. Try them only if you dare. [quiz-cat id=”7229″]
College Visit Questions to Get Beyond the Brochure
11 September, 2019
If you want to make yourcollege visit [https://www.noodle.com/topics/college-visits]worth the time and expense, you need to keep your eyes wide open — and your mouth, too, even in ways that may seem embarrassing. What are the best college visit questions? You have little time to learn a lot— so spy, ask, and excavate. Perhaps you don’t want to riskasking the tough questions [https://www.noodle.com/articles/8-questions-that-will-stump-your-college-tour-guide] , but, if you are lucky enough to tr
How to Explain a Bad Grade to College Admissions
12 August, 2019
A bad grade can seriously damage your college application. Sometimes bad grades come without a particularly useful explanation; they are simply the result of a failure to work at the appropriate level for the course you’re taking. But some bad grades are the result of situations beyond your control. In those instances, it’s worth taking the time to provide the admissions committee with the context to understand those bad grades. Malady or Other Ailments In the case of illness or surgery, you sh
Issue 13: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
12 July, 2019
Welcome to the dog days of summer! According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the dog days run from July 3 to August 11th, marking the ascension in the Northern Hemisphere of Sirius, the canine constellation. But many never knew or have forgotten the origin of the phrase and just think it describes the hottest and muggiest days of the year. So in honor of Sirius, this week’s issue offers two Math questions with a summer theme. As ever, neither question would be considered easy. However, for the first
Three Ways To Make Your High School Resume Impressive To Colleges
08 July, 2019
Admission rates at top colleges have become more competitive over the past ten years [https://www.businessstudent.com/topics/college-acceptance-rates-over-time/], with even the best students finding themselves on the waitlist or rejected from many of the schools on their list. If you have your heart set on attending a highly-selective school, then you should start planning on ways to get your resume and application to stand out from the crowded field. With a little bit of creativity, you can ac
Issue 2: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
29 March, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a weekly chance for parents to show their teens who’s boss or to lie to them that you lost on purpose. Maybe you’ll fare better here than with your NCAA bracket. This week’s edition features three questions that could appear on an ACT: one from Math and two from English. (Future editions will feature SAT questions, too.) As always, the Math question doesn’t require knowledge of a specific rule or formula, but, like the
SAT Subject Test Series - Physics
18 March, 2019
Welcome to the second post in our SAT Subject Test series. To read the first post about the SAT Literature exam, click here [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/2019/02/13/sat-subject-test-series-literature/] . In this post, we will cover the SAT Physics exam. Specs * 60 minutes * 75 questions * Covers virtually all topics in Physics * Mechanics: 36-42% of questions * Electricity & magnetism: 18-24% * Waves & optics: 15-19% * Heat & thermodynamics: 6-11% * Modern physics (rela
How To Tutor With Integrity When Not Everyone Does
14 March, 2019
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Advocating for Your Gifted Child Within the Public School System
25 February, 2019
A parent is her child’s best advocate. Many times, as parents, we find ourselves in a situation where we need to speak up for our child, especially when she is too young to speak up for herself. Parents ofgifted children [https://www.noodle.com/topics/gifted-and-talented-education]are often in the uncomfortable position of advocating for their child when her unique learning needs are not being met at school. When we see that we have to address these educational concerns with our child’s teacher
A Strategy to Help Your Child Better Manage Her Time
19 February, 2019
As your child gets older, you probably notice that her commitment to school, sports, and extracurricular activities is growing, too. Middle and high school students generally have more homework than younger kids, and the number of practices for athletics, dance, music, hobbies and other activities increases as participants move to higher levels of achievement and skills. The Juggling Act of Taking on Too Much With so many competing responsibilities to juggle, the weight of all of the commitmen
SAT Subject Test Series - Literature
13 February, 2019
Series Overview Welcome to the first post in our SAT Subject Test series. In this series, you will learn everything you need to know about these cousins of the regular SAT. The Subject Tests — sometimes referred to as “SAT 2s” — are often required for admission to top-tier universities, but they are much less discussed in education circles and online.  They are hour-long multiple choice standardized tests, administered by the College Board, that test your knowledge of various common academic s