Don’t let fear drive the bus

Fear can sometimes be a healthy emotion. That big upcoming chemistry test, that big game next week, that big dog baring its teeth–fear can put an end to dawdling and move you to immediate action. Studying for that test, practicing your plays, getting the hell away from that dog… You’ve got fear, in part or in […]

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Two big announcements from Collegewise

It’s been an exciting week at Collegewise, and we’ve got two big announcements to share: First, we’ve partnered with Reach Higher, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to inspire every student in the U.S. to complete their education past high school. Founded during her time at the White House, Reach Higher is particularly focused on helping underserved […]

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“How many APs do I need to get into _____?”

Many students searching for the non-existent formula for admission to the most selective colleges will ask how many AP (Advanced Placement) courses they “need to take” to be admitted. But you aren’t likely to find a college that will give a specific answer to that question, because there isn’t one. The University of Virginia explains […]

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Microparenting

I’ve never heard a fellow adult say that what they appreciated most about their boss was how committed he or she was to micromanaging the employee’s every move. Constantly asking for status updates, hovering (sometimes even literally) to ensure the work is done correctly, discouraging initiative and delaying the process by demanding every intended action […]

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In service of the team

When Sam Walker, founding editor of the Wall Street Journal’s sports section, set out to analyze the 17 most dominant teams in history across a wide range of sports, he found that their one shared characteristic was not the stars, coaching, money, or strategy. Their dominance always coincided with the tenure of one captain. But […]

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We’ve got advice for your Common Application

Our college counselors have helped thousands of Collegewise students complete and submit perfect Common Applications, and we’ve learned plenty of our own best practices along the way. If you’re a student completing—or a counselor or parent who’s reviewing—a Common App, you’re invited to join us for an upcoming free webinar. How to Make Your Common […]

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The conversation around homework

Is homework good for kids? Does it lead to better learning? Do today’s students have too much, or not enough? The Challenge Success folks just published a white paper that tries to answer these questions. And even more importantly, they finish with recommendations for teachers, and some for parents, on sensible, healthy homework approaches. I […]

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Deposits and withdrawals

A response in the Q&A portion of yesterday’s recommended podcast got me thinking that for students, one of the best ways to stay motivated and positive during your journey to college is to make regular deposits to compensate for the inevitable withdrawals. Reminders that your dream school is a huge reach. Losing the election you […]

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