Easy steps to improve your writing

I just finished "Revising Prose," one of the best books I've read about improving your writing.  The author is a professor of English at UCLA who comes right out and says that academic writing encourages excessive wordiness and that clear, concise writing is the mark of good writer and thinker.  He teaches what he calls […]

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Advanced essay training

Last night, three of our veteran "essay specialists" came back for some advanced training in the art of helping students find and tell their best stories, and how to do it ethically so we don't take over the process.  If you work with students to help them with college essays, here are a few of […]

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Is it OK to apply as an “Undecided” major?

Some students who aren't sure what they want to study in college worry that colleges might hold that uncertainty against them.  They wonder if applying as an "undecided/undeclared" major makes them less appealing than an applicant who's declaring what she wants to study. Thankfully, as long as you're applying to the right colleges, you won't […]

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Don’t be a grade grubber

Counselors, teachers and college admissions officers use a term to describe some students–"Grade grubbers."  You don't want to be one. Grade grubbers focus obsessively on their GPAs.  They're not interested in learning–they just want the "A."  They'll participate in class discussions…if participation is counted towards your grade.  They'll do the outside project or extra reading…if […]

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Should you take the SAT/ACT again?

When our Collegewise students get their SAT/ACT scores, they usually ask us, “Should I take it again?”  Even if they’re thrilled with their scores, that’s the question they ask.  Standardized tests have a way of doing that to people.  No matter what score you get, you always wonder if it could be higher. Eventually, the […]

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A fundaising secret for high schoolers

If you're trying to raise funds for your team, club, school newspaper or grad night committee, here's a tip that will help you tug at the generosity of others–don't let your parents do the fundraising for you.  We're always willing to do our part to support high school activities.  And it makes sense for us […]

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Blast from the Collegewise past

I came across a file on my computer today entitled, "Counseling ideas" created Tuesday, August 10, 1999–six days before I opened Collegewise.  I remember writing it on the last day at my former job and saving it on, yes, a floppy disk. Some of the suggestions look pretty dated eleven years later (like asking colleges […]

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