5 steps to take to get better letters of recommendation

It's the time of year when high school juniors are starting to look at the long slog between Spring Break and the end of the school year with something between sighing resignation and outright panic. AP and IB exams will take up May with Final…

Can you still get into your dream school if you don't get accepted?

The latest post from our resident high school student. Sydney takes a look at a couple of examples of ways students can get into the school of their choice if they don't get accepted directly. What happens in the not so ideal scenario that…

Are you making this simple mistake on percentage problems?

Students make 1 simple mistake on the harder percentage problems. It's easy to fix, and I'll show you 2 ways to work with these problems.

3 Reasons Seniors Should Feel Relieved When the Application Deadline Hits

January 1st of your senior year, the beginning of the waiting game (oh, and New Year’s Day). For most colleges January first is the deadline to submit applications thus marking the two month countdown (approximately) to the day you find out.…

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How to deal with tough reading passages

Check out our latest video on how to improve your reading comprehension when you're dealing with tough reading passages on the ACT or SAT.

Here's the greatest thing about my job

As teachers, every now and then we get messages from students thanking us for something we did that made a difference to them. The letters are often incredibly thoughtful and insightful and touch our hearts. But occasionally we get an email…

5 things to do when you get your PSAT scores back

PSAT scores will be officially released by College Board December 11-13 based on which region of the country you're in. Some students have already figured out how to get their scores using a glitch they discovered in the College Board website…

Should you prepare for the PSAT?

After students get their PSAT scores back, they don't always get a lot of direction about what to do next. If you're lucky, your school might host a meeting to go over what the scores mean, but most schools are overburdened with other things.…
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What Do College Applications and Chewing Gum Have in Common?

We asked one of our assistant coaches, Sydney, to give us an opinion about college applications from someone who is going through the process right now. Here are her thoughts. Imagine you’re in the checkout line at Costco, having just eaten…