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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

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Student Debt | Comments (0)

Paying for college is often a lot like buying groceries – you want to get the best value for your money, but you also want your meal to be a satisfying experience. You look for ways to control your costs, but some of them don’t make sense, like driving all the way across town just to save 5¢ on a can of soup. In the end, you’ve spent too much for something that would have been just as good without the unreasonable effort.   It was a cost you could have controlled.   By controlling less obvious factors that affect cost, you’ll also find that you can ke... More

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | SAT Prep | Comments (0)

Critics claim the SAT and ACT exams contain racial and gender biases that lower the test scores of minorities, women, and low-income students. Both the College Board and ACT have made efforts to correct these problems, but opponents claim they persist.   Then there’s the SAT Optional Movement, in which certain colleges don’t use the SAT as an admissions standards, though roughly 80% of colleges still do.   So why is that the SAT and ACT entrance exams remain an important part of higher education? Why are they still the standard for college admissions? ... More

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Education Reform | Comments (0)

In his January 24th State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned keeping a College Scorecard, in which the Department of Education would publish important statistics about colleges, including tuition, average student loan debts and graduation employment rates.   We’re happy the government is attempting to make these financial facts available to students and their families, but as with any new proposal, it poses certain problems worth considering.   3 Things to Consider for the College Scorecard   What does the name mean? Will there be new facts? ... More




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