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The Follow Through

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

Following through will help you continue the narrative you’ve conveyed in your applications and also establish habits you’ll find useful for a lifetime.

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The Final Summer Before High School

Life Skills

What to do with your final summer before high school? Should you binge your favorite shows you missed from the school year? Sleep until noon every day? Engage 100% in non-academic activities? How do you make the most of that time and still feel refreshed? Here are a few things to consider.

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The 360° on Demonstrated Interest

College School Admissions

Investigate, ask questions, and show some love to your schools. Above all, however, keep in mind that informed, educated decisions are likely to yield the most positive results.

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Giving Thanks Beyond November

Your family may already have established traditions of sharing gratitude: a heartfelt word, a phone call, a handwritten note. We want to encourage our students to reach out to the individuals who helped get them through the high school admissions process.

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Letters of recommendation confirm your strengths and distinguish you from other students. As your teachers talk about you as a whole person, they also offer third-party support for the narrative about yourself that you share in your college essay.

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Suggestions for Summer Reading

Life Skills

Summer is a great time to exercise your curiosity and follow your instincts toward a new interest. So why not experiment and create a whole new area of the world to investigate. Books can be a great companion to your summer. Need some ideas? To get you started, PrepMatters tutors and counselors have put together a list of suggestions—a few sparks that may send you on a path to the unexpected.

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Study Skills to Break the Vicious Cycle

Schoolwork & Studying

Feeling stuck in a cycle of working too hard, not getting enough sleep, and falling behind? Consider the idea that you should be working smarter, not harder. Efficient studying requires you to plan effectively, genuinely engage with the material, and challenge how you’re thinking about what you’re learning. Here are a few ideas for you to incorporate into your own study habits.

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Space Inside & Out

Life Skills

Curate warm spaces for your incubation, growth, and comfort. It’s cold out there.

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Sophomore SAT? Maybe if it’s a Subject Test

Test Prep

Are you a high school sophomore and thinking about taking an SAT subject test? Here's your guide to help you figure out if you should take one, and if so, which test is right for you!

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Some Notes on Notes

Life Skills Schoolwork & Studying

Making the most of your class time through effective note taking is key to managing a busy workload, and mastering these skills in high school will pay off not only now but also in college.