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What Is a Gap Year? Should You Take One?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Other High School

Taking a gap year after high school is an option that more and more young adults are choosing each year. Whether you want to learn outside the classroom, uncover your passions, or just copy Malia Obama, you can pursue all three goals by deferring college enrollment for a year.

Gap years look different for everyone, but they all share an emphasis on experiential learning and personal development. This guide will explore what a gap year is, as well as discuss some of its pros and cons. If you’re thinking of taking a gap year or are simply interested in learning more about it, read on for a full investigation into this growing trend.

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The 7 Steps to Becoming a Doctor: A Complete Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jun 24, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Medicine is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding fields a student can enter. Before deciding whether becoming a doctor is right for you, it’s important that you’re well-informed about every step you’ll have to take along the way.

Here, I’ll walk you through exactly how to become a doctor, starting with high school. This career is definitely not for everyone - it requires huge investments of time, money, and effort - but if this career path is right for you, this post will help you start preparing now for a successful career.

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How to Study for the SSAT: 8 Top Prep Tips

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jun 10, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

If you're interested in attending an independent school, you may have heard the term SSAT being batted around and may now be wondering how to study for the test. In this article, we'll briefly cover the basics of what the SSAT is and does, list the best study materials to use, and offer key SSAT prep strategies and tips

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Best Crucible Plot Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you need to refresh your memory on the plot of The Crucible or just want some clarification on exactly what's happening in each act of the play as you read, you've come to the right place. I've written a full plot summary, divided by act, so you can better understand and recall the events of the play. As a bonus, this article also includes short descriptions of the main characters and a list of major themes that crop up throughout the narrative.  

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Best Crucible Act 3 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Other High School

In Act 3 of The Crucible, we meet the judges who have been conducting the witch trials. John Proctor and Mary Warren finally confront the court with the truth, but, as you'll see, the truth has limited currency when it doesn't align with what people have already chosen to believe. I'll include short and long summaries of Act 3, a list of the most important quotes, and a thematic analysis covering the events of this part of the play.   

 

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How to Become a Lawyer: Complete Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | May 21, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Law is one of the toughest trades to break into - there’s a lot of competition out there, and there’s a lot at stake (law school isn’t exactly cheap). If you’re interested in entering the legal profession, you should be well-informed about everything it takes to become a lawyer.

Here, I’ll go through all the steps of how to become a lawyer. Before I jump into that, however, I’ll begin by touching briefly on what the job market looks like for lawyers both now and in the future.

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PARCC Practice Tests: Where to Find and How to Use Them

If you (or your child) are worried about preparing for an upcoming PARCC exam, official practice tests are the best way to study.

Here, we’ll direct you to these PARCC practice materials. We’ll also explain how to use these tests (and other resources at your disposal) if you want to do well on an upcoming PARCC exam.

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What Is the PARCC Test? Do You Have to Take It?

PARCC exams are relatively new and not particularly widespread, which means that finding reliable information on what they are and what they mean can be tough. In this guide, I’ll go over everything you need to know about these exams, including where they’re administered, what they test, and how to prepare.

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What Is the SSAT? Expert Guide to the 3 Levels

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Other High School

Are you interested in going to private school? If so, you might need to take the SSAT to get in. But what is the SSAT? It's an admissions test that independent schools throughout the U.S. and the world use to assess their prospective students.

The test is available in three levels, so students in elementary, middle, and high school can take it. This comprehensive guide will go over each level of the SSAT so you can learn all about its purpose, structure, and questions. You’ll also find six useful tips for test prep. To start, let’s go over the purpose of the test.

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How to Become a Teacher: Expert Career Guide

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Apr 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Other High School, College Info

What’s more exciting than educating a new generation of students? If you’re interested in becoming a teacher and want some information about how to succeed in this profession, you’re in the right place. Here, I’ll walk you through how to become a teacher, explaining the steps you need to take in high school, college, and beyond.

First, though, I’ll touch briefly on the occupational outlook for teachers in the US - this way, you’ll be informed about projected job availability and income levels before jumping in.

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How to Find ACT Scores by High School and District

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 1, 2016 9:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, Other High School

Searching for the perfect high school or school district for you or your child? You've come to the right place. When looking at different high schools or different school districts, average ACT score can be a helpful comparison tool.

Average ACT score can help estimate the quality of education and quality of students at a particular high school or school district. There are a few different ways to find average ACT scores by high school or district. I’ll explain the different methods and why you should care about average high school ACT scores. 

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My Successful Harvard Application (Complete Common App + Supplement)

 

In 2005, I applied to college and got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. I decided to attend Harvard.

In this guide, I’ll show you the entire college application that got me into Harvard - page by page, word for word.

In my complete analysis, I'll take you through my Common Application, Harvard supplemental application, personal statements and essays, extracurricular activities, teachers' letters of recommendation, counselor recommendation, complete high school transcript, and more. I’ll also give you in-depth commentary on every part of my application.

To my knowledge, a college application analysis like this has never been done before. This is the application guide I wished I had when I was in high school.

If you’re applying to top schools like the Ivy Leagues, you’ll see firsthand what a successful application to Harvard and Princeton looks like. You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application. You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.

Reading this guide from beginning to end will be well worth your time - you might completely change your college application strategy as a result. 

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How to Get a Copy of Your High School Diploma: 2 Scenarios

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Do you need a copy of your high school diploma and are wondering how to get it? Perhaps you need your diploma for a job or college, but you can’t find your original copy. High school diplomas can be required for a variety of reasons, and it’s important to have a copy of yours on hand. 

This guide will go over each step you need to follow in order to get a copy of your high school diploma, whether you graduated recently or years ago.

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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

If you don't have a traditional high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your GED. But what is a GED?  Basically, it's a credential that can subsitute for a high school diploma.  Since most employers (and all colleges) will require you to have graduated from high school, it's usually a good idea to get a GED if you don't complete high school. Doing so helps to ensure that you'll have access to more opportunities later in life.

In this article, I'll go through what GED stands for, the advantages this credential can give you, and how to get your GED.

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What Is the Common Core? A Straightforward Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Sep 26, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Have you heard about the Common Core? Are you asking, "what is the Common Core, exactly?" Don't worry. This post will explain what the Common Core is, why it was adopted, and how it could affect you as a student.

Why should you care? The Common Core has driven some pretty major changes to big-name standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, as well as curriculum changes within schools. So read on to discover what you’re being tested on and why! 

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