Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Mar 12, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

Starting tomorrow, 68 NCAAA men’s basketball teams will compete for a coveted title – champion. Starting Saturday, 64 women’s teams will compete for the same title. It’s a one-loss elimination tournament that dominates office pools and water cooler conversations everywhere.   It’s March Madness. For some schools in the tournament – both big programs and Cinderella stories, it’s a recruiting tool. Students want to go to a college that’s a winner.   But is it really the best way to pick a college? Not unless you play for the team. ... More

Posted on Mar 09, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Applying to College | Comments (0)

You spent $2000 on an SAT prep course and your scored jumped 250 points. You’re excited. Colleges will love this! Then you find out test scores aren’t the first thing college admissions officers look at. At best, they’re third.   Did you just waste your money?   Well, no, if all you wanted were better board scores, but if you wanted the full college prep experience – to be the sort of student colleges notice right away – then you certainly didn’t get the most bang for your buck.   Top Factors in College Admissions   High Sch... More

Posted on Mar 07, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Sometimes the most difficult thing for a parent to do when their student reaches their teen years is to figure out how they can help them. And sometimes the most difficult thing for a student to do is admit they need help.   But college prep is a difficult process and sometimes student and parents both need a little guidance.   How ParentsAffectCollege Prep   ·        Higher grades. A study by the Harvard Family Research Project showed that students of parents who are actively involved in their education have a grade point average ... More

Posted on Mar 05, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Higher education has changed much the way the workplace has. It used to be you attended one college, graduated, stayed loyal to that college and even contributed money as an alumnus, just as your grandparents stayed in one job and loyally contributed a lifetime’s worth of work to their employer.   Times have changed. Just as freelancers, part-timers and work-from-home entrepreneurs are becoming common in the workforce, you’re now an independent contractor in the world of higher education. You need to treat your interaction with your selected colleges as a business proposal. ... More

Posted on Mar 02, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

In a few weeks, it will be spring break and students will get a full-blown case of spring fever or senioritis. Teachers and parents combat it every year. It affects grades, school performance, class participation, and in some cases, college admissions.   Did you know colleges can rescind their offer if your grades show a dramatic drop? And if you’re not a senior, college admissions officers want to see steady progress. They want to know you’re committed to your education and not willing to let grades slide when the warm weather comes.   5 Tips for Staying Motivated in... More




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