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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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The 9 Best Places to Do Community Service

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Community service is a great way to help others, as well give you valuable skills and experiences. There are a lot of ways to get involved in community service, and choosing the best place to volunteer your time can be difficult. 

Our guide gives examples of some of the top places to do community service, as well as steps to help you decide which place is best for you.

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Wait — Should You Really Do a Volunteer Abroad Program?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 20, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Have you heard about volunteer abroad programs and are wondering if you should participate in one? Volunteer abroad programs can provide amazing experiences and the opportunity to help improve the world, but they can also be expensive, frustrating, and at times ineffective.

Read this guide to learn about potential positive and negative effects of volunteer abroad programs and to learn whether you should participate in one.

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Complete List of Extracurricular Activities: 100s of Examples

How do you like to spend your time after school? Did you know that how you choose to spend this time could be one of the most important ways you shape your future?

Extracurricular activities are a critical component of your college application, and you need to impress colleges with your interests. But you might not know what good extracurricular activities look like, or what you should be spending time on.

We've got you covered here in our guide of hundreds of examples of extracurricular activities. Read on to get some inspiration for how to spend your valuable free time during high school!

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Should You Really Get a Job as a Teen? Why and Why Not?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Aug 16, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Other High School


Getting your first job is really exciting - you have real-world responsibilities, and real-word money that you earned yourself, probably for the first time. In your teen years especially, the independence that comes with a part-time job is especially appealing. You get out of the house, meet new people, forge professional connections, and make your own savings and spending decisions.

But you probably have a lot of other things on your plate as well: school, extracurricular activities, family, friends, even college applications. How do you know whether getting a job is a good idea? In this post, I’ll talk about the things you should consider before submitting those job applications. Hopefully you come away from this post with a better idea of whether getting a job is right for you. 

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ACT Aspire Practice Tests: Where to Find Free Tests

Has your school district started using ACT Aspire? Aspire rolled out quite recently, in 2014, so it's possible you have a lot of questions about what the test will be like. Want to get some practice before you take it for real?

We will give you links to free practice tests for each section of Aspire, and explain how to best prepare for the test.

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What Is Summer Institute for the Gifted? Should You Join?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 28, 2015 10:27:43 AM

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

Want to challenge yourself this summer? Interested in showing colleges some of your academic interests? If so, you might heave heard about Summer Institute for the Gifted.

In this post, we will explain what Summer Institute for the Gifted is all about, cover logistics like application materials, cost, and dates, and help you decide if it's a good fit for you.

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What Is Stanford EPGY and Summer College? Should I Join?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 27, 2015 11:14:32 AM

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

Have you heard about Stanford EPGY, a summer program for high school students? Curious about what it would be like to spend a summer on Stanford's campus?

Well, it turns out that the program formerly known as Stanford EPGY is now two different programs. We will break down what the different programs are and outline the benefits and costs of each.

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How To Study for the Math Olympiad: AMC 10/AMC 12

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 1, 2015 12:13:00 AM

Other High School

Have you ever wondered what it would take to represent America at the International Math Olympiad? Or maybe you’re just a strong math student who is wondering what opportunities are available to you outside the classroom.

In this article, we’ll explain what it takes to qualify for the International Math Olympiad, and how to ace the qualifying tests – the AMC 10 and AMC 12.

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How to Pass the CAHSEE: Expert Strategy Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Apr 1, 2015 12:03:00 AM

Other High School

Do you go to school in California? Chances are you’ve heard of the CAHSEE – the exam all Californians need to take to graduate high school.

You might be wondering how to pass the CAHSEE. In this post, we will explain what the CAHSEE tests, what you need to do to pass, and how to study for it.

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