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Seniors: Stay in the Game

College Life Skills

The college search is one big plan, so position yourself to go the distance. It’s a long season, and each step along the way is important to your ultimate goal of finding your #1 college.

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College is on the horizon. Sure, you have to get through applications, essays, and one more round of courses. But it’s so close. You are jazzed, ready, and confident that your junior year, the most difficult year, is behind you, and now you’ve got this senior year thing in the bag.

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We are in the heart of the fall testing season for both the SSAT and ISEE. Additionally, students are already preparing for the HSPT in late November and early December. I took this opportunity to spend a few moments with Jeff Knox, our own secondary school placement specialist. Here are his answers to some of the common concerns of families.

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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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Chances are, you may be missing a few shingles here and there. Maybe your writing could use some attention. Math remediation from the end of 8th grade when you kind of checked out? Organizational skills, well, not so organized?

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The transition from middle school to high school can be one of those classic opportunities for a fresh start.

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Reflecting On Your First PSAT

Test Prep

Congratulations! It is officially fall and the PSAT is behind you. What do you do now? Forget it and walk away? Bide your time until the holidays? Take some time before then to make the most of the experience.

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Reduce Stress in Privacy Mode

School Admissions

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

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Now that the tests are over students never need study vocabulary again, right? Well, not exactly.

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Brains, like muscles, do not grow strong and resilient through constant, exhaustive effort, but rather through intermittent periods of manageable stress, and rest. The default mode network is all about connection: connection to other people, to our pasts and futures, and to ourselves.