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I know how bad it is to rush - I tell my students all the time that these tests are sneaky and full of traps - but it's hard not to be dominated by the sense that TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

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Although not always easy, the most helpful response may be something such as, “I’m sorry to hear that. I suspect that’s true for other people too. Is there a way I, or someone else, can help?” It can help to listen, not just to the words, but for the message behind the words.

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Excited about your team winning the national championship? Not so fast, at least not if you're getting ready to apply to that school for college. Ned Johnson and Maureen discuss the impact of March Madness and other unexpected factors on college admissions.

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Thinking of taking AP US Government – or AP NSL, as it’s known to MoCo students? Or are you already deep in the course and looking ahead to the AP exam? Either way, you probably have heard about the recent course redesign, and here’s what you need to know.

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The college essay is your personal touch: an opportunity to demonstrate your writing and communications skills, proving your readiness for...

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As you look ahead at the jump from sophomore to junior year, how soon should you start test prep? Director of Instruction Aaron Golumbfskie offers his perspective on how best to determine when to test and when to begin test prep.

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8 Tips for the Perfect Visit | College visits from PrepMatters

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Self-Driven Child co-author Ned Johnson offers guidance for parents and teens struggling with homework, performance, and burnout.

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Now that you're an experienced high schooler, this is a good time to develop and practice the skill of planning. Maureen Delaney and John Jones offer their tips on developing strong skills in the planning department.

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In breaking with the curricular structure of traditional academia, these three venerable institutions exemplify what they teach their students, which is to pursue excellence in the path they choose to follow. Each has outstanding programs that work well for independent-minded and well-motivated student.