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What did you REALLY learn from your Standardized Testing?

Aside from a few math tricks to solve standardized test problems, which you’ll likely never use again, and a few grammar rules, which I sincerely hope you will, what did your taking the SAT or ACT actually teach you?

prepmatters.com Aaron Golumbfskie, PrepMatters' Director of Education, discusses the lessons we can take away from finishing the gauntlet of high school standardized tests that linger long after we've put down all our No. 2 pencils.

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So, Can I Drop French?

For the first time, it may feel as if you have more choices than you have space in your schedule. Which brings us to the question of world languages: your high school requires only two years of a modern foreign language and you want to call it finit after sophomore year.

prepmatters.com Using your course registration freedom strategically to build your brain and your college prospects.

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The College Board’s New Adversity Score: What You Need to Know

Lest anyone panic, let’s take a step back and think about what we know of how the adversity score is developed and how it is likely to be used. Check out our latest at prepmatters (dot) com.

prepmatters.com The SAT has ANOTHER score for me? How to make sense of the news about a new look at adversity and context in standardized testing.

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College Prep Advice? Visit, Visit, Visit

Whether you’re hitting the road for campus visits this year as a senior, junior, or sophomore, there are a few tips you’d be wise to consider before pulling out of the driveway.

prepmatters.com At the end of your trip, be sure to take time to reflect on your experiences, discuss your impressions with others who have visited with you (or at other times), and evaluate schools based on your developing personal preference.

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How NOT to Take a Practice Test

We know that taking a 2, 3, or 4 hour test is not the ideal way to spend one of your weekend days. That being said, if your goal is to perform better on an official standardized test, why not make the most of the time you’re giving to the process?

prepmatters.com Practice testing is a key part of the process of preparing for any standardized test. John Jones offers his guidance for steps to avoid when taking a practice test in order to get the most out of your diagnostic experience.

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Test Prep: How Soon is Too Soon?

I’m here to tell you right now that you’re absolutely not behind. You’re fine. Unless you’re getting excited for your junior year abroad in Barcelona (in which case, I’m totally jealous…), you really shouldn’t be prepping for the SAT or ACT yet.

prepmatters.com As you look ahead at the jump from sophomore to junior year, how soon should you start test prep? Director of Instruction Aaron Golumbfskie offers his perspective on how best to determine when to test and when to begin test prep.

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Plan: Think Before You Act

Planning can be viewed a bit like calibrating your phone’s screen when you snap a photo. Moving through your calendar can be akin to pinching the focus on your screen.

prepmatters.com Now that you're an experienced high schooler, this is a good time to develop and practice the skill of planning. Maureen Delaney and John Jones offer their tips for developing strong skills in the planning department.

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Is Working Too Hard Holding You Back?

It's rare that we look up from our frantic activity to ask: Is putting in the time really equivalent to hard work? Does hard work always result in the mastery of material?

prepmatters.com Self-Driven Child co-author Ned Johnson offers guidance for parents and teens struggling with homework, performance, and burnout.

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Grades, Scores, and the Winning Team: March Madness and Other College Admissions Factors

What's a sports-loving student to do, especially one who dreams of attending the college of her dream team?

prepmatters.com Excited about your team winning the national championship? Not so fast, at least not if you're getting ready to apply to that school for college. Ned Johnson and Maureen discuss the impact of March Madness and other unexpected factors on college admissions.

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College Essays in English Class

Like your voice, your topic will also be a critical part of your essay. When choosing a topic, you should first ask yourself, “Who is my audience?” Is it your English teacher? No. Is it your classmate? No. It’s the admission committee.

prepmatters.com English teachers often require students to write college essays as a classroom assignments. Consider a

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When a Tutor Takes the ACT

"I experienced an overwhelming sense that THE CLOCK IS TICKING. I know how bad it is to rush - I tell my students all the time that these tests are sneaky and full of traps - but it's hard not to be dominated by the sense that TIME IS RUNNING OUT."

prepmatters.com I know how bad it is to rush - I tell my students all the time that these tests are sneaky and full of traps - but it's hard not to be dominated by the sense that TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

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When I Was Your Age

"Although not always easy, the most helpful response may be something such as, 'I’m sorry to hear that. I suspect that’s true for other people too. Is there a way I, or someone else, can help?' It can help to listen, not just to the words, but for the message behind the words."

prepmatters.com Although not always easy, the most helpful response may be something such as, “I’m sorry to hear that. I suspect that’s true for other people too. Is there a way I, or someone else, can help?” It can help to listen, not just to the words, but for the message behind the words.

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Happily Family Online Conference

Excited to be a part of a great group of thinkers this weekend for their Happy Family Conference.

"Expert Advice to Lovingly Guide Your Sensitive, Strong Willed, Bright, Spirited, or Special Needs Child"

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AP US Government & Politics (NSL) Redesigned: What You Need To Know

"Unlike the recent redesign of APUSH and AP World History, the redesign of AP US Gov hasn’t been controversial – in large part because the changes amount to a tune-up rather than a rebuild. The goals of the redesign basically fall into two categories: to make the course more focused and more applied."

prepmatters.com Thinking of taking AP US Government – or AP NSL, as it’s known to MoCo students? Or are you already deep in the course and looking ahead to the AP exam? Either way, you probably have heard about the recent course redesign, and here’s what you need to know.

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How to Adult

"As you may have heard, we millennials have ruined everything. You, the person sitting in the Gen Z driving seat, are careening towards a world already on fire. But fret not: here are a few tips to navigate the holes we’re trying so desperately to fill on this side of adulthood."

prepmatters.com How to adult: concrete advise for money, mental health, and friendship as high school seniors transition from to college.

Ned Johnson, first of his name. King of PrepMatters. Slayer of Algebra. Master Scribe of the Written Word. Geek of Tutoros.

Wishing our president the happiest of birthdays throughout the month of May.

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The New ‘Senioritis’: Finding Your Motivation

Check out this piece by NACAC with our Ned Johnson!
The New ‘Senioritis’: Finding Your Motivation

admitted.nacacnet.org The school year is almost over and motivation for many high school seniors is quite low. Commonly known as “senioritis,” this is the time after college acceptances arrive and high school seniors st…

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National College Decision Day: May 1

One day away! National College Decision Day!

prepmatters.com This coming Wednesday, May 1, is National College Decision Day. This is the annual deadline by which almost all college applicants must choose an undergraduate school. Here are a few pointers to remember, now that you’ve likely made your decision about college.

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Waitlisted: Keep Calm and March On

Waitlisted at your first-choice college? Educational Counselor Maureen Delaney offers strategies for being proactive and taking control of the waitlist admissions process.

prepmatters.com Waitlisted at your first-choice college? Educational Counselor Maureen Delaney offers strategies for being proactive and taking control of the waitlist admissions process.

Look, So - Episode 6 - The Testfest Club

Can we make this go viral? Because we're pretty proud of it and we're total nerds.
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Don't you forget about these tips the next time you face a big test. Don't allow the distractions to take you off your game. You got this. Song: Don't You Fo...

Tonight, join Educational Planning Services Director Jeff Knox and Educational Counselor Katy Dunn as they show you how to take ownership over what goes into your letters of recommendation for college admissions. http://bit.ly/2KHC0SS

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How to Get Great Letters of Recommendation

The teen brain is wired to care the most about other teenagers. And yet that instinct can be tricky, because a crucial part of your college process involves communication with adults. Your application package won’t be complete without insightful, supportive letters of recommendation.

prepmatters.com Educational Counselor Katy Dunn offers some helpful Dos and Don'ts for getting the best possible letters of recommendation for your college application.

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University of Edinburgh UK Admissions Info Session

Tonight our friends from University of Edinburgh will host another evening Q&A!
Grab your seat at the link!
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webinars.prepmatters.com Our friends from the University of Edinburgh will host another evening Q&A! After light refreshments, the representatives will discuss the differences in applying to UK schools, highlight the programs and experiences Edinburgh offers and answer your questions.We look forward to seeing you on Apri...

Seems like most of the country is rooting for @michiganstatebasketball. Today, MSU continues to offer a top-notch education in more than 200 programs, from accounting to zoology, to its 50,000 students (including nearly 40,000 undergrads)

Where are you watching this weekend's games?

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Men's Elite Eight 2019 | PrepMatters

Catch the data beyond the dunks of your favorite elite eight schools, from financial assists to freshman turnovers.

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Join Jeff & Aaron on subject tests now! https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/916584469

Could you go there?!

See how ALL the march madness schools match up off the court: http://prepmatters.com/first-round/

Murray WHO!?

Check out our matchup: http://prepmatters.com/marquette-v-murrayst

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Executive Function: Time Management

It's Friday. How do you plan on using your time wisely the weekend? Here's a few tips to get your things in order.

prepmatters.com Time management strategies that work, even for the most disorganized among us.

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Seniors: Stay in the Game

One word to seniors: stay in the game. Let's chat below.

prepmatters.com The college search is one big plan, so position yourself to go the distance. It’s a long season, and each step along the way is important to your ultimate goal of finding your #1 college.

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Crafting a Student Résumé for College Applications

Collectively speaking, your unique set of favorites will give others a clue into who you are as a distinct individual.

prepmatters.com Remember that your résumé will serve as a list of facts that have contributed to your unique position as a person, so tailor your résumé to represent your distinctive self –and then share your information generously with others.

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Less Screen Time and More Face-to-Face Time

Time to give your eyes, thumbs and brains a rest.

prepmatters.com The statistics on smartphone use and mental health are both compelling and concerning. The time is right to consider your own personal needs and find the best way to stay connected – to both the demands of technology and the people around you.

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Making Time for Test Prep

Regarding Test Prep, how do you find the time to balance all the competing demands on your time yet still prepare to do your best? Some tips for you.

prepmatters.com The spring semester is upon us, and with it brings AP exams, subject tests, spring musicals, college visits, a new...

NED Talks - Getting Through the Grind

A refresher from our March Junior Tip Sheet live now. #NEDTalks

This March, here are some tips on how to stay energized and make it through to summer.

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The Air is Ripe With AP Exams, SAT Subject Tests (Oh, and Spring)

Spring is (almost) in the air. What a better time than to think over all the AP Exams and SAT. Smells like cherry blossoms and #2 pencil shavings.

prepmatters.com Spring To Do List Ah Spring! No more freezing rain and weather related late starts. You’re finally creeping out from...

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7 of Our Best College Cousins

Short of working with our college planning department, “College Cousins” has become one of our most popular tools in helping students and families identify that fit that is just right.

prepmatters.com “College Cousins” has become one of our most popular tools in helping students and families identify that fit that is just right. They are clear, fun, informative, and well-researched, and we're so lucky to have Beth Provinse pull them together for us. Some will be familiar to those who have res...

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Sneak peek into our Placements team training day in our Tenley office. This sweet bunch made cookies for our tutors!

Our Placements team is one-of-a-kind. Thanks for all that you do.

Stuck between the two? Allow Education Director Aaron Golumbfskie and Senior Tutor Tom Manula to assist you with deciding which is best for you. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UhDq6Z

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Seniors: Stay in the Game

Dealing with disappointment is part of the big picture, and, for some, the game will go down to the wire. Remaining open to positive and realistic options will facilitate making a good choice.

prepmatters.com The college search is one big plan, so position yourself to go the distance. It’s a long season, and each step along the way is important to your ultimate goal of finding your #1 college.

What was your high school legacy?

What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. (We couldn't help it). So tell us: what's your #highschool legacy?

PrepMatters employees talk about their high school experiences and the things they left behind during senior year for the benefit of their classmates.

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3 Tips to Build a Balanced College List

In the beginning of the journey, it can be easier to identify what you definitely don’t want. Your research may begin with, “No, no, and definitely not!” But as you identify your needs, interests, and preferences, the decisions will soon become positive.

prepmatters.com Taking positive control is the best way to begin your high school journey.

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“Do My Senior Grades Matter?”

Still, it’s not unusual for an aggressively hard-working, disciplined senior to be looking for the light at the end of the tunnel after years of grinding out assignments, never missing practice, and leading the debate team and ask, “When can I breathe?”

prepmatters.com PrepMatters' Educational Counselor Jeff Knox discusses a question he hears regularly from high school seniors: "do my senior grades matter?"

Today! What should I be paying attention to the most? Why does it matter to visit? Do colleges care? Ed Planning Dir Jeff Knox will help you set college visit priorities so that you get the info you need and show schools the demonstrated interest they want — without wasting your time. Webinar starts promptly at 6:30p est. http://bit.ly/2EnXvDi

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