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How to Form Good Habits

Life Skills

Welcome to junior year, the most important year of the high school transcript. This will be the most recent full-year of grades submitted with your application. This is the year that highlights your mastery and expertise.

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9 Tips for Your Best Sleep

Life Skills

Perfection only exists on Instagram. When placing sleep at the top of our priority list, here are our nine favorite sleep tips: clear-cut, actionable things you can do to get to sleep more easily.

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College applications take a lot of work. You’ve got to fill out the form in addition to writing essays and getting letters of recommendation. You’ve got to manage deadlines and document your activities. Almost everyone is aware of those requirements, but what’s often overlooked—due to either carelessness, hastiness, or laziness—are the little details.

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From initial research & test prep to the high school admissions interview, the high school application process is a great opportunity for kids to share responsibility for shaping their future. Handing over the keys can be scary for everyone, but there's plenty of room for both parents and students to be involved.

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Help! The PSAT is Right Around the Corner!

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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As you dial down to the nitty-gritty of your application details, switch your approach to privacy mode

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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.

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We encourage students to find the test – SSAT or ISEE – that works for them and to prepare for that test. However, sometimes students will perform about the same on both tests or will simply want to give both the SSAT and ISEE a try.

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With school starting, we thought we’d give you a quick cheat-sheet to help you stay effective in your efforts. We've put together our favorite bite-sized tips to plan and start projects, foster creativity, stay motivated, and follow through.

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Educational Counselor Katy Dunn offers students and parents tips to navigating the Common App, the Coalition App, and school-specific application platforms.