The Transition To College

Advice on how to deal with moving away, getting roommates, picking a major, and school traditions.

Tips For Writing A Strong Personal Statement
26 August, 2020
The personal statement allows schools to do a holistic review of your application, enabling them to see the full picture of who you are. It is your one chance on your application, along with any supplemental essays, to come alive off the page and show your personality.
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
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 [] . 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
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
President’s Day vs. Presidents’ Day: A Brief and Timely Lesson on the Apostrophe
15 February, 2019
Presidents’ Day? President’s Day? Presidents Day? You’ve probably seen all of them on various calendars and ads for seasonal sales. Which one is right? Actually, each can be considered grammatically correct, but each iteration conveys a slight difference in meaning. Is it any wonder then that students struggle with the apostrophe on the ACT and SAT? The good news is both tests limit the scope of apostrophes to possession on nouns and contractions on pronouns. That doesn’t mean apostrophes are e
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
#AdmissionsPros: Independence & Advocacy With Samantha Curiale-Feinman
16 July, 2018
Welcome to#AdmissionsPros []! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. As the Director of New Frontiers in Learning [], an organization devoted to providing educational and social supports to middle school through colleg
Did You Get In? An Etiquette Guide for College Admissions
22 February, 2018
As college acceptance and rejection letters start rolling in, conversations with friends and family can get a little tense. Read on for advice about how to answer some of their tricky questions — and when to start these conversations yourself. *** Nothing about senior year seems easy. On top of classes and extracurriculars, you’ve spent months researching colleges, filling out paperwork, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and sending forms. Now, you may well be in the middle of the h
College Students With LD/ADHD Share What They've Learned
14 February, 2018
Starting college can present unique challenges for students with LD/ADHD. Upperclassmen who’ve faced these issues share their best advice for first-year students. *** This fall, thousands of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD (LD/ADHD) will begin their first year of college. The challenges inherent in this transition — especially for those with unique learning profiles — are well-known and well-documented. Numerous studies demonstrate how stressful and confusing this change can
Choosing A College For A Student With Learning Disabilities
09 February, 2018
Different colleges offer different levels of disability care and services. Investigate the details of these programs to ensure that your selected schools will cater to your student’s needs. *** -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I’m often asked which colleges might be right for students described as learning disabled, the students with whom I work. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It would be conv
Why You Shouldn’t Skip The College Visit
05 February, 2018
A panel of college admissions representatives recently explained why it is important to see a prospective student’s interest in their school, and the specific ways they expect students to “demonstrate” that interest. At the end of the session, a high school counselor asked: “Why should students jump through yet another hoop to prove they want to attend your college?” A valid question indeed. But with the ever-increasing volumes [
6 Cost-Savers To Make Paying For College Easier
29 January, 2018
With college costs on the rise, families are getting creative about how to pay less while still ensuring that their children get a top-notch education. Here are six clever ways that you can cut costs and make higher education more affordable. *** It has become commonplace for private universities to charge upwards of $50,000 in annual tuition. As states cut funding for education, the cost of attending college—even a public institution—has ballooned. These rising costs have naturally led to in