For families with 529 plans

Parents who’ve dutifully saved in a 529 plan may have seen their balances dip (perhaps alarmingly so) during the recent stock market roller coaster. While many experts recommend you continue investing and wait to withdraw until the market rebounds, what if you have a tuition bill due soon? While there’s no prescription for a miracle […]

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Collegewise is hiring nationwide!

Collegewise is looking for the next batch of smart, passionate, interesting people to join our team. Do you want your work to feel like a calling where you make a difference every day? Would you like to help more families benefit from a service that helps students achieve their educational goals? Are you looking for […]

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Four steps to raising adults

Just in time to start the new year, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, offers this section on her website summing up her four most important tips.

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How to get your resolutions right

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions this year, here are a few links I’ve shared in the past, plus a new addition, to help you make and keep resolutions that work for you. Chip and Dean Heath (who teach at Stanford and Duke respectively) offer “4 Research-Backed Tips for Sticking to Your New Years Resolutions.” […]

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Put some teaching into your studying

Studies have shown teaching material is the best way to learn it, a process I’ve written about before. The act of clearly explaining something, even to an imaginary student, engages a different part of your brain than just absorbing the material. And here’s some more science, a meta-analysis of 64 studies involving 6,000 students, all showing […]

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On learning by doing

Authors Seth Godin and Simon Sinek hosted a Facebook Live chat recently in which they were asked the question, “What qualities are missing from today’s college graduates going into marketing [as a career]?” I loved Seth’s response: “You know how you learn marketing? By doing marketing. You don’t learn marketing by getting an internship, you […]

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If you’re finishing your Common App…

Seniors, if you’re finishing your Common Application to submit for January deadlines, our free Guide to the 2018/19 Common Application can help you make sure there’s nothing common about your app. From the essay prompts, to the activity listing, to the additional information section, you can use the guide for everything from an assist with that one […]

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Push past the fear

When I first started daily blogging in 2009, every post I queued came with a little bit of fear. What if people don’t like this? What if I feel stupid about what I wrote? What if someone criticizes me? It feels ridiculous to admit those things out loud, especially more than 3500 daily posts later. […]

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The right audience will stand

My high school graduation featured an unexpected guest star—a clarinetist and fellow classmate most of our school had never heard (or bothered to hear) play before. He’d spent his entire high school career immersed in music. Not just a member of the jazz band and the orchestra, but an influencer who drove both those groups […]

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