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IB vs AP: Which Should You Choose?

March 20, 2017

Does your high school offer both AP and IB classes? Which should you choose? Which will help you succeed at getting into the best colleges? Which will help you actually succeed in college? IB vs AP is a big and very important choice to make during 10th grade before you commit to your 11th grade courses!

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A Step-by-Step Guide Finding Your Passion in High School

March 17, 2017

This winter, after weeks, months, and years (yes, years) of preparation, you are going to submit your college applications. But don’t you want to know what happens next?

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What Should Go into the Common App Honors Section?

March 16, 2017

Filling out the Common App is hard. The personal statement alone can take months to write, so when it comes to the shorter sections, it’s easy to breeze over them. Particularly with the Common App activities and honors lists, you do not want to underestimate their impact. This is a chance to concisely and concretely set yourself apart from your peers. How do you even go about filling in the Common App honors section?

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Majors for Law School: What Should I Study if I Want to Go into Law?

March 9, 2017

One of the more common questions I receive from students is: “What are the best undergraduate majors for law school?” Do you need to be "Pre-Law" to get into top law schools? 

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College Acceptance Rescinded: 6 Reasons to Keep Earning A's

March 7, 2017

Congratulations! Getting into your dream college is definitely cause for celebration! You’ve worked hard for years, challenged yourself academically, and demonstrated intellectual passion in tangible ways.  It has probably been exhausting!  Acceptance letters signal a noteworthy achievement!  What it doesn’t signal is that you can suddenly stop trying in school.

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How Admissions Officers Really View High School Summer Plans

March 4, 2017

As we move rapidly into the spring, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “What will I do this summer?” With unstructured time and less supervision, summer vacation is one way some students begin to set themselves apart from their peers and prepare for college in high school. Are you going scuba diving with your family in Australia?

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Breaking Down the Verbal Section on the GMAT

March 1, 2017

The Verbal Section on the GMAT requires you to read and resolve 41 questions in 75 minutes. There are three types of question you will see, each focused on testing a different skill than the others: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. Of the 41 questions you will face on test day, approximately 13 will be Sentence Correction, 11 will be Critical Reasoning, and 17 will be Reading Comprehension.

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How to Impress with your Business School Resumé

February 27, 2017

The business school resumé is an absurd and challenging genre of writing. It suffers from severe constraints and yet, to be of value, requires an enormous amount of time and thought. It takes hours to create. But it is unlikely that it will be considered for more than 30 seconds.

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Can I Get Into an Ivy? 4 Key Ways to Know if You Qualify for Top Schools

February 26, 2017

Every year, thousands of high schoolers ask themselves: Can I get into an Ivy? The answer? Probably not. That’s just statistics.  Most people— even most highly qualified people— will not get into an Ivy League School. In 2016, more than 240,000 students applied to Ivy Leagues. Yet, only about 23,000 were accepted across the eight schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, UPenn, and Dartmouth).

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11 High School Study Skills to Prepare You for College

February 24, 2017

Do you ever feel like you’re in classes with students who don’t need to study, but who still succeed? If you’ve seen this, or even if you are this person, it’s important to know that everyone will need to be excellent at studying in order to continue to succeed. The ability to study and learn in productive ways is necessary for good results.

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