Do not show up to the SAT or ACT with a mechanical pencil, and definitely do not show up with a bad eraser! Every year I yell and scream these Do Nots and every year students don’t listen and there are tears! Therefore, this year I am putting these Do Nots in writing. Here’s what… Read more »
Posts By: Melissa Slive
The SAT and ACT are both long, exhausting exams that test your stamina just as much as they test your knowledge and test taking abilities. To do well on these tests, it’s important to learn strategies that can not only save time, but also save brain power. On the math sections, if you find yourself… Read more »
12 signs you’re losing it in the college admissions process
It’s easy to lose your sense of humor while dealing with the stress of applying to colleges. Click here to read this article written by Beth Teitell and Ken Mandl for a good laugh and some perspective.
Every Question is Worth the Same!
A question that takes 3 seconds is worth the same as a question that takes a minute. Experienced test-takers will push through the test, doing the quick questions first and coming back to the time-consuming ones later.
Stop Asking About My Kid’s College Plans
Many times in our lives, it feels as though the world has be narrowed to focus on a seemingly insurmountable obstacle standing in our way. If you’re on this site, chances are this may be how you feel about the college entrance exams. This New York Times article gives a completely relatable mother’s point of… Read more »
Tips to Rock the ACT!
Get ready to ace the April ACT with these 4 helpful tips: English: The context (style and structure) questions usually require more thought than the grammar questions do. Focus first on just the grammar questions within each 15 question passage (there are 5 passages per English section). Once you’ve completed the grammar questions, you can… Read more »
I Go to Duke. Do I Have to Care About Basketball?
March Madness is upon us and with it comes this New York Times article that gives a humorous insight into the crazy world of college sports fandom. For some, getting the opportunity to don their school’s colors and cover their face in paint is the epitome of the college experience. For others, well, they call it… Read more »
What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)
Have you ever felt frustrated by the college admissions process? You’re not alone. For years, many have criticized what has become widely considered an antiquated system. This article explores what goes on behind closed doors: what various colleges look at when considering a student and how and why the application process may or may not… Read more »
When Community College is Free
On the path to higher education, cost is an enormous obstacle that many in this country can’t overcome. States across the nation have recognized the challenge and have been stalwartly working towards creating a solution. Some have even implemented new programs. Read this article to learn about a free community college system established in Chicago… Read more »
The Real Campus Scourge
Many head off to college with inordinately high expectations of what college life entails and are shocked to find that the transition to higher education isn’t a smooth as anticipated. This article discusses the challenges many college freshmen face on campus while encouraging society to have real discussions about the struggles being dropped into a… Read more »