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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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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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We encourage students to find the test – SSAT or ISEE – that works for them and to prepare for that test. However, sometimes students will perform about the same on both tests or will simply want to give both the SSAT and ISEE a try.

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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.

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Juggling AP Courses

Schoolwork & Studying Test Prep

Another school year is about to wind up. Many of you might have already got your schedules for the coming year and, if you’re like many other rising juniors and seniors, it’s just chock-full of AP courses. Taking AP courses is de rigueur for most college-bound students these days...

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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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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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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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What motivates us is shaped by all the various experiences that shape who we, so when it comes to persevering through ambivalence, uncertainty, and inner resistance, there are few shortcuts to genuine self-knowledge.

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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?