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Posted on Feb 10, 2014 - 09:00 AM | SAT Prep | Comments (0)

It doesn’t take long to find out what many students think of your typical SAT prep course, or college prep in general. Just look at these comments we spotted on Twitter a few days ago:   “SAT prep is like a joke”   “SAT prep class is so pointless”   “Pretending to take notes in cp lit. collegeprep is a joke.”   We wonder if it’s the student’s motivation or the prep courses themselves? It’s obvious most of them want to go to college or they wouldn’t take SAT prep or college prep courses. That leads us ... More

Posted on Feb 03, 2014 - 04:35 PM | College Prep | Comments (1)

Do you need college prep?   It’s a big question, and if you’re in 8th or 9th grade, it’s one you should think about often.  First, consider careers that interest you, then pick the one that you want to do most.   Does it require college? Then you need college prep.   Does it not require college? Then you need college prep.   The Benefits of Mixing College and Career Prep   Do you want to get promoted, be a supervisor, and make more money?   Then you need college prep.   According to a study by the Bill & Melinda Gate... More

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 - 09:40 AM | Online Classes | Comments (1)

According to Educause, a leading proponent of high tech in college classrooms, students like it when professors combine online and onsite education. They believe lectures are enhanced by a sprinkle of technology. It can make a boring lecture or presentation just a little bit more exciting and keeps students engaged in classroom discussion.   The Technology Students Want in the Classroom   Presentation Software. Students want to feel more involved, whether that means PowerPoint, Prezi or something else that’s interactive. E-textbooks. Students may love them, but t... More

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 - 09:15 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

When students ask an adviser, “How do I get financial aid?” they typically get the response, “Fill out the FAFSA."   The FAFSA (or Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an essential step in getting financial aid, but it’s a step near the end of your journey. You’ll get a lot better financial aid if you start planning early, long before the middle of your senior year.   Planning for Good Financial Aid   Planning for college doesn’t just mean putting money in a 529 Plan, Individual Development Account or other savings plan &nda... More

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 - 09:05 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

When students hear they’ve won a scholarship, they’re excited. Someone has recognized a special talent or ability of theirs and is making an expensive college just a little bit more affordable. They think the scholarship will add to any financial aid they get.   Most of the time, they never find out the truth.   Many colleges actually deduct the scholarship you receive from your total financial aid package, meaning you’re no better off now than you were before you received the scholarship. The college simply awarded some of the need-based aid it planned to give ... More

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 - 01:00 PM | News | Comments (0)

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