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Developing a passion projects in the pandemic

June 2020

One excellent way to differentiate yourself on college applications is to develop a passion project. This post provides ideas for ways to give back, develop your interests, and channel your creative energy.

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Anti-racism resources

June 2020

If you are looking for opportunities to learn more and take action against racial inequality and injustice, here are a few resources to get started.

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Financial aid in the pandemic

May 2020

If you are attending college in the fall and your financial situation has changed in the past few months, know that you can still apply for need-based financial aid.

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Who actually reads my college application?

March 2020

Once you've completed your application, you click “submit,” then it feels like your application goes into an unknowable abyss. Who actually read the application that you so painstakingly prepared?

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Lunar New Year vocab

January 2020

Lunar New Year is a holiday celebrating the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Here are a few words related to the holiday -- one is even new to me!

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New Year’s vocabulary & resolutions

January 2020

The New Year brings a renewed sense of hope and possibility. In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite words related to New Year’s Day and Lunar New Year, as well as my own New Year’s resolutions.

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Why tutoring is like personal training

January 2020

Many parents wonder whether to enlist the help of a test prep tutor. Highly qualified tutors are also highly in-demand, which means they can be expensive and difficult to schedule. Working with a test prep tutor to working out with a personal trainer.

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Stand out through gratitude

November 2019

The benefits of focusing on “the goodness in your life” are multitudinous. Here are three small ways this practice can strengthen a college application.

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Key ingredients in an admissions essay

November 2019

Every college applicant’s story is unique. Following a specific recipe in your essays can make them come across as inauthentic and trite. However, there are common ingredients in strong essays

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Thanksgiving vocabulary

November 2019

The Reading sections of the ACT and the SAT contain an abundance of words that are unfamiliar to most teenagers. Here, I have included my favorite Thanksgiving-appropriate vocabulary terms related to food and family.

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How do you deal with test anxiety?

October 2019

In small doses, fear and anxiety can be powerful motivators. But, in high-stakes testing, they can hold students back from achieving their potential. This post focuses on how to address both the symptoms and the root causes of test anxiety.

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Stand out through service

July 2019

It’s important for students to differentiate themselves through their extracurriculars. Students often think they need to do something “impressive” to stand out, like go on a service trip abroad. This article delves into what colleges are actually looking for.

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Should I take the ACT or SAT?

April 2019

Many students want to know if they are better off taking the ACT or the SAT -- or, if they need to take both exams. Here’s a five question quiz to help you decide which test to take.

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How is the SAT scored?

April 2019

Raw score, score adjustments, point deductions, & bonus sections: what do these terms mean and how do they affect your final score?

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