For parents: Guidelines for emailing teachers

It should be a good thing that parents can communicate with teachers so quickly and easily over email.  But I'm not sure that the introduction of email has improved the relationship between those two parties.  Email is actually a terrible communication tool.  All the subtle cues and tone that you can use when you speak […]

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How your free time can make you more interesting to colleges

How you answer this question says a lot about how interesting you'll be to colleges. Imagine that all of your obligations–school, homework, soccer practice, anything that fills your schedule–magically disappeared for the next month (and you were somehow guaranteed that their disappearance would in no way negatively affect you or your college future).  What would […]

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What love of learning looks like

There's often a difference between having a high GPA and being a real learner. After a workshop at a high school last spring, a student asked me if he should write an essay explaining why he hadn't taken harder classes.  His explanation was that his high school "wouldn't let him" for a variety of reasons.  […]

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