A good source for study tips and test-taking advice

I've shared Cal Newport's blog here before but wanted to point something specific out about it. Make sure you check the sidebar at the right under the heading, "Looking for Help on A Specific Problem?"  There, you'll find his blog posts categorized into subjects like, "Fighting procrastination," "Note-taking," "Organization," "Studying," "Test-taking," and "Time Management." Some […]

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Parents, it’s OK not to share

Parents at a dinner party would probably never ask you about: 1)  How much money you make. 2)  What your house is worth. 3)  What you paid in taxes this year. 4)  Sensitive medical issues. 5) Personal family problems. So, why would it be acceptable to compare your kids' test scores, college lists, and admissions […]

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Sometimes even the experts miss the point

Jacques Steinberg is the author of "The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process at A Premier College," and the editor of the New York Times blog "The Choice: Demystifying College Admissions and Aid." Unfortunately, I think he missed the point when he was on the Today Show recently discussing college essays.  One applicant wrote in the […]

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10 holiday reading recommendations

If you've got some downtime during the holidays and are looking for a good read, here are ten of my favorites from 2010 that I thought might pique the interest of students, parents or counselors.    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenChristopher McDougal A tribe […]

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For seniors with unfinished applications

A lot of high school seniors are starting their winter vacation today.  And many of them will be up late on December 31st racing to meet college application deadlines, frantically listing their activities, pasting in their essays, and submitting work at the the last minute they know would have been better had they just had […]

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The Collegwise student manifesto

GPAs, test scores and activities never tell the full story of a student.  There are lots of kids with perfect grades who don't particularly like to learn.  Plenty of intelligent kids have average test scores.  And a student who does 200 hours of community service at a hospital because his parents forced him to do […]

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Never end with Q and A

I think the worst way to end a presentation is by asking, "Now, does anyone have any questions?"  It's a presenter's responsibility to make sure your audience gets what they came for.  When you take questions at the end, you lose control.  You're not in charge of what's asked.  You're not in charge of whether […]

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