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Helping Teens Face Their Inner Critic

Contributed by Gail Slogoff

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life. It’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.”

-Robert Kiyosaki

If you’ve ever caught yourself saying mean things to yourself, calling yourself lazy, stupid, or a failure, then you know what it’s like to have an inner critic. We can be incredibly judgmental of ourselves, and we often say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend.

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Posted in Educational Trends, College, Learning Styles, College Admissions

How Mindfulness Can Help Manage College Application Anxiety

Contributed by Gail Slogoff

For most high school juniors, the year leading up to application deadlines is extremely stressful. On top of keeping up with classes, studying for entrance exams, and visiting colleges, students have the agonizing task of creating “the list” of schools to which they want to apply. For students, this time period can cause an enormous amount of fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt. As parents, we know it can be stressful, but we don’t always know how bad it can be.

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Posted in College, College Admissions

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part Three (Junior & Senior Years)

Click here to read Part One and Part Two of the A+ Roadmap to College series.

In Part Two of our “Roadmap” series, we mentioned that sophomore year is not too soon to think about your future college career. Beginning the admissions process early cuts down on stress. It also allows time for “course corrections” if you hit unexpected roadblocks.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part Two (Sophomore Year)

In Part One of our Roadmap to College series, we mentioned that getting an early start on college admission planning is a good idea. Sophomore year of high school is not too soon to begin thinking about your future college career.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

Your A+ Roadmap to College: Part One

When should you start thinking about college?

We are tempted to say, “It’s never too early.” That might be misleading. Certainly, a third-grader has better things to do than compare “superscoring” policies! However, planning ahead allows you plenty of time to make important college decisions without feeling rushed or pressured.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

College Fit: What It Means and How to Find It

Contributed by: Stacey Cunitz, Director of Blue Moon Educational Consulting

Last month we examined the US News rankings and why they are not a good way to conduct your college search. This month, we will take a look at the notion of “fit” and how to find it.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

Why US News and World Report Rankings Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

Contributed by: Stacey Cunitz, Director of Blue Moon Educational Consulting

Each year, US News and World Report (USNWR) releases its rankings of colleges, and everyone scrambles to figure out what they mean. On the face of it, they are purporting to tell us which colleges are the “best” colleges. However, when we take the time to unpack the methodology, what we find out is that, at best, the rankings simply reinforce the status quo. At worst, the rankings make us overlook some schools that are doing great work and might be the right fit for a particular student.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

What You Need to Know About the Coalition App

Contributed by: Laura Blanche

With summer approaching and the college application season ramping up for rising seniors, there is a fairly new application platform and free college planning tool available called the Coalition App, which is short for The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. Introduced a couple of years ago, the Coalition has grown to over 140-member colleges that accept it as a form of application to their college or university. There are three universities—The University of Maryland,  The University of Florida, and The University of Washington—that exclusively use the Coalition App as their own. A full list of member colleges can be viewed on the Coalition website: coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.

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Posted in News, College Admissions

SAT or ACT? Find Out Which Test is Right for You

You’re in high school, or you may be the parent of a student in high school. You’re looking towards future possibilities: college, graduate school, graduations, internships, careers.

Not so fast! First, there’s a test.

Actually, there are two tests. College-bound students usually take either the SAT or the ACT as part of their admissions path. The need to choose between the two can trigger several questions.

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Posted in Test Preparation, SAT, Test Prep, College Admissions, ACT

The Fit Education Consulting College Visit Guide

Contributed by: Diana Rodgers

College visits can be exhausting, confusing, and overwhelming for parents and prospective students. However, it does not have to be this way! Careful planning and following a solid protocol are the secret to a positive college visit experience.

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Posted in College Admissions

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