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ARCHIVES Something New - Something Old |
We have been asked more than once to have access to the archives. It sounds easy, but it required some thought on how to make it really useful. We are still working on it but here's what we have so far. Archives you will also see at the end of some of the topic sections a link to the archive for that topic. Let us know what you think. Thanks.
|What do students actually learn in college? |
APM.org - Marketplace - Apr 22, 2014
At Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., about ten students — all women but one — sit at a round table discussing Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey.”...
|A Key to College Success: Involved Dads |
The Atlantic - Apr 22, 2014
This month, millions of high school seniors across America are making important decisions about which college they will attend for the next four years of their life. Based on my professional experience talking to high school students ...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|A Q & A On Everything College |
Huffington Post - Apr 23, 2014
What are some do's and don'ts for the admissions essay? A Few Starter Suggestions For Your College Essays: Brainstorm possible topics and discuss ideas. Slice of life stories can be very appealing and just as noteworthy ..
|10 things college admissions officers want to see |
Newsday - Apr 22, 2014
High school students may wonder what colleges are looking for in future applicants. To help your children stand out from the rest of the applicants, Mandee Heller Adler, author ..
|Taking Charge of College Admission |
Lamorinda Weekly - Apr 23, 2014
Many parents can recall the days when they applied to one, or perhaps two or three colleges, got accepted to their first choice school, and were done. Today, when over 12 million readers across the nation eagerly await the release of the annual August issue of US News and World Report on college rankings ..
|Stuck on a college wait list? Here’s what you should doe |
Washington Post - Apr 20, 2014
In the late 1990s, I had one of my few news scoops. It was a front-page story revealing that at some selective colleges the number of applicants on the wait-list approached, and sometimes exceeded,....
Visits/Fairs and Interviews
|How To Get The Most Out Of Your College Tour |
Forbes - Apr 17, 2014
Unfortunately, too many college campus tours focus on the student union and amenities instead of visits to financial aid, career services and professors’ offices. However, students and parents can plan their own tours or preferably supplement the pre-planned tours offered by the college..
|10 College Interview Mistakes |
About.com - Apr 17, 2014
The interview is one of the few opportunities in the college admissions process for showing off your passions and personality, and it allows you to demonstrate your interest in a college...
Letters of Recommendations
|Juniors: Time to Ask Teachers for Recommendations! |
True Admissions Blog - Apr 21, 2014
Many colleges require letters of recommendation from the people who know students best in an academic setting -- your high school counselor and teachers. Letters of recommendation from teachers tell admission officers how students contribute to the academic and intellectual life of their high school.. ...
|College Corner: How to get powerful, personalized letters of recommendation |
Tyler Paper - Apr 21, 2014
Every year, I work with students who wait until the last minute to ask a teacher or guidance counselor for a letter of recommendation. Sometimes, the student simply doesn’t think recommendations are that important. More often, it just gets pushed down the list of things to do....
SATs & ACTs
|The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor |
Washington Post - Apr 21, 2014
There’s a reason the College Board scrubbed “aptitude” from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren’t....
|On College: Ready, set, take that test |
San Jose Mercury News - Apr 21, 2014
Students are getting ready to embark on a very busy testing season. Those who will be taking the Advanced Placement tests have between two and three weeks to finish their preparation. And those who are taking the SAT I or subject tests in May have only one weekend left ...
|ACT versus SAT: Which is a better choice for you? |
NY Test Prep Examiner - Apr 22, 2014
Until recently, ACT versus SAT was not a common question. Midwesterners took the ACT and students headed for colleges on the east and west coasts took the SAT. Now nearly all colleges accept either SAT or ACT, whichever the student chooses to submit. With the ACT making inroads as a graduation requirement – as of Spring 2014 ...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Apr 17, 2014
The High School Where Every Counselor is College Ready
It' s time to make good on a debt.
Last fall, I challenged America's school counselors to improve college advising in their building by requiring every new counselor to take a course in college counseling... More
|College Advice From A High School Counselor |
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Apr 17, 2014
Education Lab’s latest story focuses on the changing role of high-school guidance counselors. As traditional counselors’ face increased workloads, programs like Seattle’s Rainier Scholars and the National College Advising Corps are providing disadvantaged students with one-on-one assistance as they navigate the college application process.....
|The Good, The Bad and The OMG of College Admissions |
Grown and Flown Blog - Apr 18, 2014
Mary Dell writes: As teenagers progress through high school, the warnings to their parents about college admissions become an ever-louder drum beat that is nearly impossible to escape. With my eldest child, I braced myself for his junior year terrified at my ignorance on the subject.....
|As Teens Gain Independence, Parents Seek to Stay Connected |
US News - Apr 22, 2014
Starting high school can be a difficult transition for teens. There are new friends, feelings and responsibilities. But it can also be a tough time for parents who may find their children may be less willing to share information about their lives and spend time with them.....
|Financial factors to consider before choosing a college |
Charlotte Observer - Apr 21, 2014
The May 1 National Decision Day will be here in just over a week. If your child’s college choice wasn’t obvious, you’ve probably already done the pro/con lists and maybe even revisited a few campuses during Accepted Students’ Days. ..
|5 Uncommon Ways to Find and Win Scholarships |
Teen Life Blog - Apr 21, 2014
Every parent and student dreams of getting scholarships to pay for college. The problem: it’s hard work and requires dedication. One scholarship expert even said to look at it as a part-time job while in high school......
|Educate yourself on college financial-aid schemes |
Albuquerque Journal - Apr 19, 2014
If you are the parent of a college-bound son or daughter, leaving no stone unturned in the search for financial assistance is certainly an appropriate strategy....
Career & Technical Education
|Transfers show community colleges' rising reputation |
Las Angeles Times - Apr 21, 2014
Sichen Hernandez-Martinez is the type of undergraduate who is increasingly in demand at four-year colleges: She had been a community college honors student, a member of campus government and was active in school clubs....
|State exempts 2 years of students from graduation testing requirements |
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Apr 21, 2014
Nevada high school freshmen and sophomores in 2014-15 lucked out Thursday when they were freed of the graduation requirement that has kept diplomas from thousands of past students, and will likely do the same for thousands more to come.....
Teen Driving Safety
|Teen Driving: Loud Talking & Rowdiness Are Risky Distractions |
Live Science - Apr 17, 2014
Although texting and talking on the phone can be hazardous for young drivers, old-fashioned distractions such as loud conversations and rowdy passengers may be more likely to lead to car crashes and other dangerous driving situations, a new study suggests....
SATs & ACTs
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