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Life After College: How Not to Get Slapped by Reality When You Graduate
24 May, 2021
Sometimes you just need to take “Human Evolution” and try to feel excited about the body’s ability to digest milk. Many students spend their whole lives trying to get into college, only to wake up one day, post-graduation, rubbing their eyes and wondering, “What just happened?” It's the real world that happened. And it's ridiculous. How to prepare for life after college. The most powerful moment of my college experience was when I told my advisor that I didn’t feel like I was developing skill
How to Discuss Your Mental Health on College Applications
19 May, 2021
Should you write about depression in your personal statement? Should you disclose mental health challenges elsewhere on your college application? Here's what experts say. Within the next few months, many rising high school seniors will be staring at a blank computer screen with the same question on their minds: What should I write about in my college application essay?  This question can feel heavy.  After all, by the time students approach the end of their junior year, they’ve surely heard lot
5 Unusual College Applications and Why They Didn’t (or Did) Work
17 May, 2021
Have you been thinking about submitting an atypical college application? Learn from a veteran admissions dean how going above and beyond can sometimes backfire. Having served as an admissions dean at a selective university for nearly 30 years, it should come as no surprise that I have seen some pretty unorthodox approaches to the application process. “Unorthodox” is one of those words that has a little more specificity than “interesting” or “unusual” to describe outliers — people or things tha
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
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
How To Understand Twice-Exceptional Kids: An Expert’s Guide
15 March, 2021
Tedra Osell, PhD The word “gifted” is arguably one of the most misunderstood terms in education. Most people think that gifted kids are straight-A students, and many believe that these children’s abilities are primarily the result of pushy or privileged parents. Even teachers sometimes hold these misconceptions because, in the past (and, unfortunately, in some school districts today), gifted programs were often made up primarily of “teacher-pleasers” — bright, conscientious kids who follow ins
How to Help Your Child Develop Executive Function and Self-Regulation Skills?
09 March, 2021
By Shauna Tominey Duck, duck . . . goose! Mother, may I take two giant steps? Yes, you may. Mother, may I take four baby steps? No, you may not. Simon says, Touch your nose. Simon says, Turn around. Simon says, Jump up and down. Now stop! I didn’t say, ‘Simon says’! The refrains from the traditional games that many of us played as children—and that many children play today—are not just the sounds of children having fun. They are also the sounds of children learning! The skills children practi