Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Mar 30, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Online Classes | Comments (0)

Why is it that in the information age, it’s so easy to forget things? Is it information overload? Or is it that shortcuts are among our shortcomings?   These questions are at the heart of the debate on how best to educate students. Tech companies and their tech-savvy clients are pushing one approach; long-time teachers and traditionalists are pushing another.   Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages to technology in the classroom.   Disadvantages to High-Tech in the Classroom   Key word search.  A study by Princeton University found th... More

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has said that college today is too expensive to be worth it to most people. He even awarded $2 million to prove his point. But as he readily notes, going to college certainly benefited him (he graduated from Stanford in 1989).   Fellow billionaire Bill Gates has shown through his foundation, however, that college prep benefits all students. They do better in college and the workplace regardless of future plans.   The question for parents, then, isn’t whether their student should take college prep, but rather which service should they use? Which... More

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Parents are often frustrated with their student’s efforts to prepare for college, but it turns out that students are often frustrated that their parents are not more involved in their education.                                                  Parents want their student to prepare for life after high school, although they don’t know how to hel... More

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Admissions | Comments (0)

This is the Good News/Bad News blog, in which we go over how to respond to the good news of an Acceptance Letter and the bad news of a Rejection Letter. Let’s start with the good news.   Responding to an Acceptance Letter   Reply in writing the same way they contacted you – either letter or email. Let them know that you’re happy to be admitted and will let them know your decision soon. Review every financial aid offer and send deposits to the school of your choice. Withdraw all other applications from colleges you... More

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Admissions | Comments (0)

Although “student swirl” sounds like a poorly named dessert, it’s actually a trendy word in college admissions. It describes how more and more students are viewing the college experience.   What is the Student Swirl?   Student swirl means that students no-longer see education as a 4-year process. They see nothing wrong with getting a bachelor’s degree in five or six years. They research plenty of college before applying, but don’t really narrow their list. To them, college is fluid, and transferring colleges, switching majors and taking online classe... More

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

Parents want to help their students anyway they can when it comes to financial aid, but they want to make sure they don’t hurt themselves in the process. We hear horror stories about parents bankrupting themselves to pay for their student’s college education, dipping into their retirement savings, taking out second mortgages and more. Below are five practical steps parents can take to improve their student’s financial aid picture, followed by long-term steps to consider. FAFSA and Other Financial Aid Forms File the FAFSA early. You can file the form star... More




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