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Study Skills to Break the Vicious Cycle

Schoolwork & Studying

Feeling stuck in a cycle of working too hard, not getting enough sleep, and falling behind? Consider the idea that you should be working smarter, not harder. Efficient studying requires you to plan effectively, genuinely engage with the material, and challenge how you’re thinking about what you’re learning. Here are a few ideas for you to incorporate into your own study habits.

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“Do My Senior Grades Matter?”

School Admissions

PrepMatters' Educational Counselor Jeff Knox discusses a question he hears regularly from high school seniors: "do my senior grades matter?"

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College Cousins: Northwestern and Vanderbilt

College

These two private research universities have similar vibes in a number of respects. More importantly, however, each offers excellent academics, abundant opportunities and a rich experience to the students who, for four years, make these schools their home.

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Get in the Flow

Life Skills

Brains develop through use, and repeated experiences create distinct circuits. How then do we exercise our brains and build healthy pathways?

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Week of the SSAT

Test Prep

The #1 test-week “do” is a straightforward one: get plenty of sleep! Research has proven time and time again that a lack of sleep raises the level of the stress hormone cortisol, impairs cognitive functioning, and even negatively impacts our physical health.

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What to Know About SSAT & ISEE Writing Samples

Test Prep

One aspect that the SSAT and ISEE have in common is the writing sample. Naturally, parents are concerned about how to best prepare students for the essays. Here are the major points to keep in mind.

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School Year Habits

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

The start of the school year is a roller coaster of emotions. There are new school supplies and old friends, new classes and the same old homework. But for most students there is a moment sometime in the first month of school when they look at a clock to see how much time is left in class... and realize they have 9 more months of this.

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Watch the Seniors

College Life Skills

One great way to learn something new is to watch someone else do it first.

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Help! The PSAT is Next Week!

Test Prep

At this point, junior year is in full swing, and you now understand what all your upperclassmen friends have been warning you about. You’ve likely got a test or paper under your belt in each of your classes and are in the process of finding the balance of managing a heavier workload and more responsibility in your extracurriculars. And now you realize that the PSAT is next week. Oh, great. Here comes the College Board to put its big, fat, number two pencil-stained thumb on the scale and throw everything out of whack again. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way if you keep the PSAT in perspective. Here are a few things to think about as you prepare to run the first of the gauntlet of standardized tests coming at you this year.

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The Latest Trends in College Admissions

College School Admissions

PrepMatters has just released the 2018-2019 edition of its Top Colleges Requirements Chart. Having prepared and presented it for a decade or so, it would be easy to look at it and think it’s the “same old, same old” -- but not so. Although the columns have remained largely the same, it nonetheless bears witness to a number of changes in the college admissions scene. Over the years, the most notable change we’ve seen is in the number of colleges and universities that no longer require standardized testing of any kind as a requirement for admission.