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What Should You Do If You Have a B Average GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:13:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

 

It's important to be aware of the constraints your grades in high school might place on you in the college application process. If you have a B average, you're doing fairly well, but you might consider making some changes to your academic strategies to have a better shot at reaching your goals.

In this article, I'll go over what a B average is and what you should do if you have one depending on where you are in your high school career. 

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What is the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:11:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP), Coursework/GPA

For students looking for a more challenging high school experience or for a chance to earn college credit, many high schools offer several advanced college-level program options. The newest one of these is the Cambridge AICE, an international diploma program created through Cambridge University in England.

Curious about whether this program is right for you? In this article, I will describe the AICE approach, the coursework necessary to get the diploma, and how it compares to AP and IB classes.

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What Is the Common Core? A Straightforward Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 11:11:00 AM

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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What Is a Valedictorian? Defining High School's Top Honor

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

High school academics can be very competitive for driven students who hope to earn the coveted title of valedictorian. But how exactly do high schools choose valedictorians? Does the title mean anything for college applications? In this article, I’ll give you the details on what it means to be a valedictorian, how valedictorians are chosen, and whether this is a critical factor in the college admissions process.  

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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:09:00 AM

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 a High School Transcript? How Do You Use Yours?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 11:09:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

You've probably heard of high school transcripts, but do you know what information they contain and why they're so important for applying to college?

This guide will explain what a high school transcript is, what exactly it includes, and why it is often the most important part of your college application.

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What Are College Prep Courses and Classes?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:08:00 AM

Coursework/GPA


 

College prep is a confusing term because it can refer to three different things!

Sometimes, calling something a college prep class is just a way to differentiate it from remedial classes on the one hand, and honors/AP classes on the other. Other times, college prep is a way of describing a bunch of government or private programs that are designed to increase access to college for those who would ordinarily be unlikely to go. And finally, college prep is a short name for high schools that place an overwhelming emphasis on getting their students into college.

But don’t worry. Whether you want to read about standard high school classes, learn about programs that will make college easier, or are curious about public and private high schools that really stress college admission, you've come to the right place.

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What Classes Should You Take in High School? Expert Advice

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:08:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Figuring out which classes you should take in high school is complicated! Not only do you have to navigate your school’s requirements and college expectations, but you also have to take your own interests, abilities, and life into account. Because there are so many different questions you have to answer and decisions you have to make, it helps to start the planning process early.

We will help you get a big picture perspective of what you are high school classes will look like, and breakdown the details of the various requirements, the kinds of choices you will have to make, and the exciting possibilities you will get to explore! If you're wondering what classes to take in high school, this guide should be a great launching point to figuring out your own personal plan.

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The High School History Classes You Should Take

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

History. Maybe it's written by the victors. Maybe it repeats itself, first as tragedy and second as farce. Or maybe it doesn't repeat, but rhymes. In any case, it's a key part of your high school (and lifelong!) education.

But how should you study it? What classes should you take in high school to satisfy college requirements? What options are there for going above and beyond? And what can you do if you are a history fiend who simply cannot get enough learning about the past?

Read on to learn about high school and college expectations, honors and AP classes, and ways to expand your understanding of other social sciences!

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The High School English Classes You Should Take

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It's no secret that colleges want you to take English class each year of high school. But what exactly are you supposed to be learning? What options do you have to exceed expectations and show off your stuff? And what if you're such a book-loving reader that in the dictionary under "bibliophile" there's a picture of you - how can you really max out your high school English experience?

Read on to learn about the common core, honors and AP classes, and going beyond what the standard curriculum offers!

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How to Start Paying Students for Good Grades Effectively

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:53:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

 

Paying students for good grades is a controversial practice, and many would argue that it cheapens the learning experience (pun intended). However, it appears that sometimes monetary incentives can be a positive motivation for struggling students if they are applied wisely. I'll go through some scientific findings on the success of incentive programs in schools and then give you ideas for how you can responsibly implement a reward policy for your student.  

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Is Online High School Right for You? 3 Steps to Deciding

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Have you heard of online high schools and are wondering if they’re a good option for you? Are you unsure whether they’re a flexible way to get a high school diploma or just an internet scam?

Read this guide to learn what an online high school is, what the pros and cons of attending one are, and how to decide if enrolling in a virtual high school is the right decision for you.

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How to Transfer High Schools: A Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:49:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you transferring high schools or will be transferring soon? Are you wondering how this will affect your high school transcripts, when you'll graduate, and how schools view your college applications? Then this guide is for you!

Read on to learn how to transfer high schools, what it means for your future, and the steps you can take in order to make this process as smooth and easy as possible.

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How to Take an Independent Study Class in High School

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:49:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Is there a particular subject you’d like to study, but your high school doesn’t offer it? You may be able to take an independent study!

 Independent studies can be a great way to take a class your school doesn’t offer but you’d still like to take, whether to strengthen your college applications, prepare for future jobs, or just out of personal interest.

Read on to learn about independent studies, what their benefits are, and how you can take one yourself.

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How to Improve Reading Comprehension: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 4, 2018 10:48:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Reading is a skill many people take for granted, but the act of reading and properly comprehending a text is a complex and interactive process. It requires several different brain functions to work together and most often requires one to puzzle through multiple layers of context and meaning. 

Because reading comprehension is so complicated, we can often find ourselves understanding the most basic interpretation of a text, but missing the emotional core or the “big picture.” Or we might just find our brains spinning with no clue at all as to what a text is attempting to convey.

But luckily for everyone who struggles in English classes, on standardized tests, or in daily life, reading comprehension can be improved upon (and it’s never too late to start!). In this guide, I explain step-by-step how to improve reading comprehension over time and offer tips for boosting your understanding as you read.

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