The spring semester hosts a daunting number of activities for high school students. Standardized tests are in full swing; the FAFSA is due; colleges are giving tours; the spring dances, plays, and sporting events are ongoing. How can a student stay sane amidst this chaos?
Researching and applying for scholarships can be difficult and time consuming. Unlike
other applications, such as job apps, filing out scholarship forms never seems to end.
Finding a scholarship with an application that is not only brief but also fun sounds too
good to be true, but—maybe for the first time in the history of the internet—it is real!
Is your grumbling stomach distracting you? Looking for something to give your studying a boost? Foods rich with antioxidants, good fats, protein, and vitamins and minerals benefit both our bodies and our minds. Whether you’re preparing for The Test or completing your homework, enriching your diet with “brain food” can help give you the headway and staying power you need.
One of my favorite parts of my job is reading student essays. I love the surprising juxtapositions and insights, the pop culture references that have to be explained to me, and seeing students experiment with tone and style. Every essay is different, but many share a few common and easily remedied flaws.
The difficulty of the English section of the new ACT is not so easily measured as in the math section—so much depends upon a student’s comfort with a comma, a colon, or a concept. The changes to the English section have little to do with content: get ready for 75 questions about grammar, usage, and rhetoric. The changes instead have more to do with scoring.
The math on the ACT has been increasing in difficulty, if not obscurity, for most high school students. We face the following situation remarkably often: a parent contacts us, insisting that her junior in high school absolutely must take the ACT, because she was given a diagnostic test from another prep company that indicated the student’s performance would be marginally higher on the ACT than on the CollegeBoard's favorite college entrance exam (SAT).
No matter how impressive your grades, test scores, or extracurriculars, the college essay is your only opportunity to personalize your your college application and stand out from the crowd. Think of the essay as a chance to highlight abilities or interests not represented on your report card. Your essay gives life to your application, and you are already an expert on the subject: yourself.
Attention college-bound students! Are you feeling thwarted by the admissions process? Great news—now your grumblings can earn you more than a Best Rant retweet.
Perhaps one of the largest ripples to hit the calm waters of the standardized testing industry has been the announcement and, hopefully, the anti-climactic arrival of the new SAT in March of 2016. However, changes are underway at its long-standing counterpart the ACT, one of which we will discuss below.