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Planning Your Senior Year of High School

There’s a lot going on during everyone’s senior year of high school, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While you have some free time this summer, take a minute to plan out your college admissions calendar, paying attention to the application deadlines at the colleges on your list. Here is a basic outline of the […]

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Can I Get Into College If I Can’t Afford Tuition?

College can get expensive. According to the College Board, a moderate college budget for an in-state public college is $22,261. That figure rises to $43,289 for a private college. These numbers can be intimidating, and some prospective students find these figures to be deterrents from applying, believing that they would not be accepted to a […]

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Early Decision vs. Early Action: Do they help?

Early Decision vs. Early Action: What do they both mean for college admissions, and do they help? Today, most colleges and universities have some sort of option for applying before the regular decision cycle. This could mean enjoying winter break with the peace of mind that you’ve already been accepted somewhere, but if you’re relying […]

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The Site Slinger Review (Capital Factory company), Austin, TX

Our team recently encountered some major issues using a company called “The Site Slinger.”  According to the Site Slinger website, purportedly, “The Site Slinger turns designs into code. Built for designers and headquartered in Austin, Texas, we’re here to make PSD to HTML better with easy online ordering, reliabile team, and fast turnaround.”  Further, the […]

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Updates and Changes to the Common Application (2013)

Beginning this year (2013-2014), there will be significant changes to the “Common Application”. The Common Application acts as the basic unified application for nearly 500 colleges and universities in the US and Europe. Every year, more than 500,000 students use the Common Application to apply to an incredibly broad and diverse range of institutions. This […]

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How to Improve Your Scores over Holiday Break!

It seems like just yesterday that the fall semester started back up, you greeted friends you hadn’t seen over the summer, and classes began.  Before you knew it, the semester was half over–now we’re on to Thanksgiving, and winter break is right around the corner.  You are probably looking forward to a change from the […]

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Test Prep Experts: Keeping Students Motivated

There are two kinds of motivation: long term and short term. The learning team (student, tutor, educational institution, and parent) is responsible for maintaining motivation throughout the process, but the tutor-student relationship is critical in each and every level of motivating the learning process. On a day-to-day level, motivation is necessary to keep focus and […]

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How to Prepare for the SAT and ACT over the Summer: Three Tips to Enter Testing Season Fully Prepared.

If you’re wrapping up your sophomore or junior year, you’re probably coming to terms with the fact that the next few semesters are going to be some of the most important in your high school career. Not only will you have a broader range of honors classes, authoritative positions in your extracurricular activities, and AP […]

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SAT Test Preparation: How to Write a Better SAT Essay

The essay portion of the SAT exam presents a question in a single sentence prompt. Your task according to the instructions is to do the following: 1) Develop a point of view in response to the question and 2) Support the position with the use of examples. These examples can be from your reading, studies, […]

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Things to Consider When Choosing a College: Compare Reputation with Cost and Majors

The topic of today’s blog post is comparing a school’s reputation versus cost and majors – extremely important factors that go into making your college choices. With nearly 6000 higher education institutions in the United States, college-bound seniors have quite a few choices of colleges and universities to sift through to pare down their choices […]

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