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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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Juggling AP Courses

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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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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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Online tutoring is so convenient, but we still confront a few challenges to seamless, efficient tutoring sessions. Here are my top four online tutoring frustrations and what I do to help students learn despite them.

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Time management strategies that work, even for the most disorganized among us.

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Starting things is hard. I’ve devoted way more creative energy over the years to excusing why I haven’t started projects than I have to starting them. “Statistically speaking,” says John Mulaney, “it is 100% easier not to do a thing, than to do a thing.”

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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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If you are excited about the content and able to manage the workload sanely, take a bunch of APs! But don’t burn yourself out overdoing it.

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A Case for Summer Learning

Schoolwork & Studying

Consider the value of using downtime from school for learning. As we relax and go into the summer months, we have time to REALLY ponder our interests, read for pleasure, and investigate subjects that seem to beckon our attention.