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Here’s the thing: life is not to be lived on the sidelines. Giving up before you start is not good practice. Our day-to-day beliefs about our abilities create our individual mindset, and it is from this personal set of beliefs that we make choices for ourselves. In other words, the way that we see our abilities is critical to our growth.

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Observe yourself, identify your inspirations and preferences. Take notes. Record and update a list of your accomplishments and think about what activities you will take with you.

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10 tips to stop writer's block and meet your deadline. Writer's block can be a struggle for everyone from professional journalists and authors to middle school students writing five-paragraph essays. Here are concrete steps to get you through writer's block and get your ideas and fingers moving.

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Waiting to hear about your college applications? Here's a bunch of things for high school students to enjoy in & around DC this winter & spring!

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In the admissions process, we often fool ourselves with the same kinds of misleading cues. We think that the college process, and indeed ALL of high school, only exists for that one college acceptance, those two minutes on the mat. But if we let ourselves focus on the end, we lose sight of the incredible gifts along the journey.

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Here's a few simple steps you can take to improve the clarity and effectiveness of your writing. Use active verbs, avoid $10 words & adverbs, and vary your sentence structure and length.

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Recently, two of our experts on private high school admissions sat down to discuss the questions they hear most often, especially about the SSAT & the ISEE. Here's the highlights of their discussion.

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Fights over homework are all too common but avoidable. So why are they happening? Read on to learn some reasons they might be cropping up and a few ideas to keep them at bay – for both parents and kids.

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Ryan Warren offers his expert guidance on what parents can learn from SSAT and ISEE test results about their children's skills, development, and areas for attention.m

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Excited to start freshman year strongly but also a bit nervous? Here are some tips to help you master those Ninth Grade Nerves and set yourself up for a successful high school career.