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January 22, 2015
Posted by Jeff Knox | in counselors | Comments ()
“Think about it this way. You’ll have the most success when you categorize your life into two categories – things you can control and things you can’t – and then focus on only the former.” That’s the piece...
January 15, 2015
Posted by Ned Johnson | in tips | Comments ()
I met yesterday with a student and her mom to discuss the anxiety that this girl has been feeling and the toll it has been taking on her performance (and happiness!)  With exams coming up, we were putting our heads together about a plan:...
January 8, 2015
Posted by Ned Johnson | in tips | Comments ()
Since we are still in the glow of the New Year, or perhaps that’s our bodies and brains still processing holiday carbohydrates, resolutions may still be on your mind.  Generally, folks make resolutions for themselves, but parents may also...
September 9, 2014
Posted by Ned Johnson | in academic planning, admissions, college access, tips | Comments ()
I’ve tutored and test-prepped thousands of high school students over the years, which means I’ve spent many, many hours talking with teens who are gearing up for college entrance exams and, therefore, college. While most of these...
April 30, 2014
Posted by Jeff Knox | in admissions, college access, college applications, counselors | Comments ()
ED 1, ED 2, Early Action and other decision deadlines explained.   It used to be that colleges had just one deadline. Simply get your application in before that date, and all is well. Not so these days. Now colleges have all sorts of...
April 15, 2014
Posted by Ned Johnson | in ACT, SAT | Comments ()
*This is a repost of a guest blog Ned Johnson penned for The Answer Sheet at The Washington Post.    Did you ever feel a bit of stress when you took the SAT or ACT?  Many of us do, and the reason may seem obvious:  because...
March 20, 2014
Posted by Ned Johnson | in | Comments ()
It’s 4:23 on Thursday, March 20, and the Eagle has landed. Ok, Eagles. The American University kind. And, they didn’t exactly land… more like they hit the ground like bags of wet cement. Bracket: busted. No $1B from Mr. Warren...
January 31, 2014
Posted by Jeff Knox | in academic planning, admissions | Comments ()
February may seem like a silly time to start thinking about summer, but in fact, now is the perfect time to start looking ahead. By the time the school year ends, you’ll have spent many months working diligently to learn all that academic...
November 26, 2013
Posted by Jeff Knox | in academic planning, admissions, college access, college applications, essays | Comments ()
Oftentimes, students who are applying to college select schools that they consider "reach schools" for early decision and early action. Now that many of the early deadlines for college admissions have passed, you may be wondering whether...
August 13, 2013
Posted by Jeff Knox | in admissions, college access, college applications, colleges, counselors, essays, tips | Comments ()
College admissions committees are a tough crowd. You won’t gain their acceptance with generic, ill-prepared essays; they want insight, solid examples of your experience, quality writing and a genuine voice, to name just a few. Voice,...
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