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How to Pick a Professor

College Life Skills

Like all students, Jake began his college journey by looking for a school that was a good fit him.

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How to Accept Feedback

Life Skills

Ok, so how does helpful feedback sound? How do we recognize its integrity over against needless criticism based in some indistinct emotional fog? Sometimes, the intention behind it is in tone and specific word choice.

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Some students worry about whether their decision about their undergraduate major will have future consequences and affect opportunities for graduate school or job and career.

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We cannot stop many of these adolescent rites of passage, but we can determine how we will prepare for them in the future and how we will respond when they do occur.

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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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GRE & GMAT: Math Topics to Refresh

College Test Prep

Many students applying to graduate school will scarcely have taken a college course in math. In large part, that is a very small impediment to success on the GRE or GMAT. Here are some topics you'll likely want to review, though.

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Good Sleep Equals Good Days

Life Skills

Fresh notebooks. New backpacks. Summer turning to autumn. A looming zombie apocalypse. Ahh…the start of school!

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Both the SAT and ACT will be offered this summer: see if you should sign up to test.

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the College Board shouldn’t be surprised if students are using online exams to prepare. Should it work hard to not have tests leak online in the first place and stop the legitimately bad actors who are out there releasing unauthorized tests or looking to cheat? Of course. Should it take exam security seriously? Absolutely. But that seriousness must include not reusing exams that can be found online with nothing more than a google search.

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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?