If someone at school asked you ‘did you’ wake up this morning, you would be able to answer pretty quickly:’yes!’ But what if someone asked you ‘why?’… ‘Wait, what??’ you might say. Or what if the question was ‘Why did you come to school? Why did you do your homework? Why did you stay up late with your friends to finish that chem project?’ The answer to those questions, if I may suggest, should always be: because I have a goal!Read More
Congratulations on committing to planning (See Part 1)! And on understanding the value of doing it regularly, ideally weekly. Now let’s take care of a few things that will make it much easier to make use of your amazing planning skills.Read More
Here is the first of three quick, and very important, TO-DOs you can help your child complete BEFORE the first day of school. These TO-DOs would potentially save them so much headache and stress later, they might change that denial about the approaching school year into acceptance, and feel good (or better, we won't push our luck) about going back to school.Read More
Get answers to some of the most commonly discussed topics:
What is the SAT? What is the ACT? What is the difference?
When should I take the SAT or ACT?
How do SAT Subject Tests and AP tests work?
How do I create a realistic college list?
What about extracurricular activities?
Why are college essays important?
In this video, Sebastian Smeureanu, Associate Director of Academic Resources answers a top question we get from parents and students about whether to invest in Standardized Test Prep and the important distinction between Education and Learning.Read More
Let’s face it - we live in a world of abridgment: convenient yet grammatically incorrect writing that would make English teachers of bygone days spin in their graves has become not only commonplace but also accepted. Teens have gone from diagramming sentences to abbreviating even the most casual of phrases (see btw, idk, lol, and ttyl).Read More
So many students (and their parents) have a “do or die” mentality when it comes to standardized tests. Allow me to be explicit: you will not be executed by firing squad if you don’t perform well on your first SAT or ACT.Read More
I’ve had every kind of panic attack a human being can have about everything a human being can possibly worry about. When you’re a professional, card-carrying worrier, no one can tell you to “stop being anxious” or to “just relax.” Similarly, if someone tells you test anxiety “doesn’t exist,” don’t listen. You’re not mental.Read More
One of the most common questions we are asked is what size college is best. This is difficult to answer for many reasons. I, a graduate of a small college, sat down with Russ, our Director of College Planning and graduate of a large college, to discuss the differences.Read More
On July 29, Montclair State University announced that it will become the first New Jersey public university to make submission of SAT/ACT test scores optional for all applicants seeking undergraduate admission. Our Associate Director,Read More