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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.

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
Dear Friends of Noodle Pros, There are two truths about high-quality test prep that, when combined, add up to a very real economic advantage for those who can afford it: 1. It works. We are very good at what we do, quite possibly the best in the business. We raise scores, more than most and faster than any other outfit I have seen in the business. 2. It costs money. Our tutors are highly experienced professionals. Many are dedicated full-time to the profession of tutoring. Mo
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
5 Smart Rules to Follow When You Register for the ACT or SAT
09 January, 2019
Now that the holidays are over and everyone is back in school, it’s time to make your winter and spring plans for the ACT or SAT. There are some common mistakes that many people make when registering for the actual test, so the first step in smart preparation is to follow these good rules. DON’T MISS THE DEADLINES Make sure you register early both to avoid the late fee and to guarantee a space at your preferred testing site. You don’t need the stress of a long drive or an unfamiliar site on te
Unfinished College Applications
03 December, 2018
It’s December, which means that application deadlines are looming and many seniors are feeling the pressure. Here are five steps you can take to finish your college applications. 1.Assess your schedule. Be honest with yourself—how much time do you have left to finish your applications? Days? Weeks? Make a reasonable plan—for instance, that you’ll work on your apps for two hours a day for the rest of the month—and stick to it. In order to hold yourself accountable for this plan, feel free to sha
Everything You Need To Know About STEM Scholarships In 2019
19 November, 2018
Many students and teachers hear about STEM Scholarships but are unsure of exactly what they are and how to get one. While there is no single designation for a STEM Scholarship, you’ll find that many schools and universities offer them, each with their own rules on qualifications. So, what is a STEM Scholarship, and how do you go about getting one? The Basics Of STEM Scholarships STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM Scholarships are generally open to anyone
How To Use A Maker Portfolio To Create A STEM Scholarship
07 November, 2018
If you’re an educator, you’re aware that more opportunities to provide STEM courses to your learners would be great. We talk to hundreds of educators every year and one frustration that comes up all the time is budget. There just doesn’t seem to be enough funding to allow for the purchase of the materials needed to give students hands-on experience in building electronics and working with technology. One solution is a STEM scholarship, but very few educators know how to go about establishing
Test-Optional Colleges: What’s The Catch?
24 October, 2018
College admissions tests—and the SAT in particular—have been under scrutiny for many years.  Most people who work in higher education have stories about students accepted with relatively-low SAT or ACT scores achieving near-perfect GPAs in college (and, on the other hand, kids with outstanding test results being just average in their college classes). Are the SAT and ACT useful, and are they fair? Studies [https://www.vox.com/cards/sat/do-high-sat-scores-predict-better-performance-in-college]