The College Writing Conundrum

The College Writing Conundrum

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).

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Unsolicited Prom Advice

Unsolicited Prom Advice

Limos, prom dresses, tuxedos, music, food, laughter, fun and maybe after-parties and/or overnights down at the shore. All of these things bring back memories. Yes, it was long ago but I went to high school once too, you know. Music popularity may have gone from R.E.M. to Avicii but the activities, as well as the celebration that comes with these events, will always be similar.

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Choosing APs doesn't mean All-out Panic

Choosing APs doesn't mean All-out Panic

This time of year, all high school students are considering their class choices for next year. There is so much pressure on students and parents to take the "most challenging classes offered by the school.” Is it really necessary to take all those AP classes? Here is what you should consider when faced with this decision:

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You’re Not Mental (or Relax & Breathe)

You’re Not Mental (or Relax & Breathe)

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.

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3 Quick & Easy 'TO-DOs' for an Effective School Year

3 Quick & Easy 'TO-DOs' for an Effective School Year

For most high school students, Labor Day weekend signals the coming of the inevitable: the school year. They live through these last days of vacation in a state of selective denial, clinging on desperately to the summer, while knowing they need (and should) get ready for the start of school. But if they also knew that spending just an hour or two now to PLAN, ORGANIZE, and SET GOALS would potentially save them so much headache and stress later, they might change that denial into acceptance, and feel good (or better, we won't push our luck) about going back to school.

Here are three quick, and very important, TO-DOs you can help your child complete BEFORE the first day of school:

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Our experts weigh in on Montclair State 'SAT-optional' decision in NJTV News segment

Our experts weigh in on Montclair State 'SAT-optional' decision in NJTV News segment

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,

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Are your priorities for your children aligned with their activities?

Are your priorities for your children aligned with their activities?

In other words, the first step to solving any problem of low grades, disorganization, lack of motivation, etc., is to hold a mirror up to what IS taking place, literally, as opposed to what we FEEL is taking place. To this purpose, I use a very simple process of ‘numbers don’t lie.’ I decided to share it with you because, over the past 17 years

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