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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Career Prep | Comments (0)

As parents, we have two visions of our children. In one, they’re finishing college with a great degree and heading into the workforce bent on making their mark in the world. In the other, they’re a college dropout, sleeping on our couch and playing video games at ten in the morning.   Both are extremes, but at a time when 85% of college graduates move back home, only 56% graduate in six years, and 35% never graduate, it’s easy to see why we worry.   So how do you make sure college is a career builder and not a career buster?   Creating a Successful Colleg... More

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | News | Comments (0)

From 2006-2011, 43 states cut the amount of money they spend on higher education. A few, like New York, Oklahoma, and Mississippi made very small cuts, but many, like South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Iowa gutted their programs.   How they cut the money is as varied as their locations and politics. Some decreased support for state universities, forcing state schools to increase tuition or cut staff. People think private colleges are expensive, but when it comes to tuition hikes over the past 10 years, they’ve been dwarfed by public universities.   Other states, l... More

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Life | Comments (0)

Every year we get a list of Top Party Colleges. The media gives it good coverage, compete with students drinking, dancing and going wild. Parents then tell their student “I don’t want you going there” and college administrators get to say “It’s not that bad,” or “We’re taking steps to correct it.”   Students, for the most part, don’t really pay attention to it. The majority of them aren’t picking colleges where they can party around the clock. The Top Party Colleges list is a gimmick and doesn’t tell students what t... More

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 - 05:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

When bad things happen it’s easy to say, “I have bad luck.”   Didn’t get into the college you want? “Things never go my way.”   Bad SAT score? “I have no luck with tests.”   AP class you asked for closed? “If I didn’t have bad luck…”   Those are tempting excuses, but bad luck is often no more than a case of missed opportunities.   Missed Opportunities in College Prep   Let’s examine three scenarios to see how missed opportunities – and not bad luck – shape... More

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

High-school juniors wake up and realize that college is coming and they better get ready. They rush to visit campuses, sit through SAT prep courses, research colleges, and stash away cash from a part-time job.   Now imagine trying to do all that in the 8th grade. Well, you should, because that’s the best time to begin college prep.   Throw the old ideas out the window. Junior year is too late to start. Consider these ideas to motivate your 8th grader to get ready for college now.   5 Ways to StartCollege Prep in 8th Grade   Distractions. You can probably... More

Posted on Apr 09, 2012 - 06:00 AM | SAT Prep | Comments (1)

To many people, filling in tiny ovals on the SAT or ACT answer sheets is a standard rite of passage for high-school juniors.   Of course, preparing for those tests is a standard ritual, too, but it doesn’t have to start as late as junior year.   When to Begin SAT and ACT Prep   Students learn some of what they need for the college entrance exams in their high-school classes, but not everything. This is particularly true of the SAT, which tests problem-solving skills (unlike the ACT, which is more content-based). A good SAT/ACT prep program gives you test-taking skill... More




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