February 2011 Newsletter

February 17, 2011 

In this issue:

Shopping for Colleges: The Surrounding Environment Matters

As we dig through the seemingly endless piles of snow created by the latest winter blast, high school seniors are beginning to receive word back from the colleges to which they applied. The schools have looked at a student’s grades, extracurricular activities, and SAT scores, but the student and his parents have additional variables to consider when investigating prospective schools. What is dorm life like? Are professors accessible? Is the campus well-maintained? Do I feel like this school is a good match for me?

Featured Student: Amanda Bielanski, Council Rock North High School

This month we are pleased to profile Council Rock North High School senior Amanda Bielanski. In May and June of 2010, Amanda took the SAT and received the same score both times. She knew she could do better. She signed up for a course with A+, which she credits with providing a clear schedule and giving structure to her study routine. The hard work paid off, as Amanda saw a 240 point increase when she took the test again in October, 2010!

Can Comics Help Improve Reading Comprehension?

Should comic books have a place on the classroom shelf next to “real” children’s books? Carol L. Tilley, an expert in children’s literature and a professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois, thinks they should. She believes that comics are just as sophisticated as other forms of literature. In an article published in School Library Monthly in 2009, Tilley asserts that children benefit from reading comics at least as much as they do from reading other types of books. “Any book can be good and any book can be bad, to some extent,” she said. “It’s up to the reader’s personality and intellect. As a whole, comics are just another medium, another genre.”

Free Proctored ACT and SAT Exams

Mark your calendars! Due to the popularity of our free proctored exams, we have expanded the number of locations where we offer our free, no-obligation, proctored ACT and SAT practice exams.

JCC Kaiserman Offers a Free College Admissions Seminar

45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096

Date: Thursday, March 24, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

A+ is teaming up with Hannah Bookbinder and the JCC Kaiserman Branch to offer this informative program for high school students and their parents.

Space is limited to 30 attendees. Call (215) 886-9188 today to register and reserve your place!


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