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How to Form Good Habits

Life Skills

Welcome to junior year, the most important year of the high school transcript. This will be the most recent full-year of grades submitted with your application. This is the year that highlights your mastery and expertise.

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9 Tips for Your Best Sleep

Life Skills

Perfection only exists on Instagram. When placing sleep at the top of our priority list, here are our nine favorite sleep tips: clear-cut, actionable things you can do to get to sleep more easily.

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With school starting, we thought we’d give you a quick cheat-sheet to help you stay effective in your efforts. We've put together our favorite bite-sized tips to plan and start projects, foster creativity, stay motivated, and follow through.

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Junior year is much like having two monitors on your desk. On one screen, you see your current life: AP classes, debate team, culture club president, captain of the swim team. On the other monitor, sitting just next to present reality, sits future plan: college, and each screen is pulling for your attention.

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The Value of Your Vocabulary

Life Skills

You are about to begin amassing an ever-growing written history. You will be creating more essays, research papers, summaries, reports, resumes and requests for people to review. Having a more varied knowledge of words will help you leave a better impression than someone whose presentation comes off as relatively simple or more repetitive.

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How to Adult

College Life Skills

How to adult: concrete advice for money, mental health, and friendship as high school seniors transition from to college.

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It’s hard to stop the teacher and say, “I don’t get it” - but it’s important for your learning. Here are 5 ways to look like a total pro when you ask for clarification.

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The Lessons of Jim Fowler

Life Skills

Ned Johnson, President and Tutor-Greek of PrepMatters, shares his recollections of Wild Kingdom’s Jim Fowler and their implications for today’s students and parents.

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When I Was Your Age

After Class Life Skills

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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Is Working Too Hard Holding You Back?

Life Skills

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