Academic Enrichment

Tips to Structure Your College Essay, Ideal Length, Dos and Don’ts

College Application EssaysMost colleges and universities will require an essay with your application for admission. You should know that your college application essay should be personal. While writing about yourself may seem intimidating, you can think of the work as an opportunity to introduce yourself and show off your writing skills. College admissions counselors will …

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Will the recent changes to the ACT help or hurt you?

What is superscoring? For students who take the ACT or SAT more than once, many colleges and universities allow students to submit their best subject scores across multiple test dates. The recalculation of these subscores results in what is known as a “superscore.” A superscore acknowledges that students may perform differently on their standardized tests …

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Have you missed any academic milestones during the pandemic?

The past year has brought tremendous upheaval for students, leaving many parents worried about “learning loss” and whether their children are hitting their academic milestones. Until this point, the reopening of schools had been the most urgent academic challenge of the pandemic. However, as vaccine rollouts grow in efficiency and schools begin to re-open for …

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Minimize Learning Loss and Other Effects of the Pandemic Among Middle Schoolers

The 2020-2021 school year began amid tremendous uncertainty. The previous school year had ended in chaos and upheaval. Schools, teacher’s unions, and state and local governments were unable to negotiate a workable solution by the time the fall semester had started. Now, in 2021, students are faced with a once unimaginable predicament: nearly an entire …

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GPA and Course Selection

The college admissions process has become increasingly competitive. It seems that students these days must excel in all areas: they must be straight-A students, stellar test-takers and motivated leaders in the community. Now this picture isn’t entirely factual. There is definitely room within the American higher education system for students who are less than outstanding …

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Case Study: Debbie, The Struggling Student

Let’s turn now to a very different case study. Debbie was an average happy-go-lucky teenager at La Cañada High School. She was not particularly academically inclined and didn’t really like school; she was much more enthusiastic about surfing the Internet and texting with her friends. To no surprise, her high school transcript wasn’t in the …

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Case Study: Dan, the Good, but Not Perfect Student

We will now turn to consider the profile of a student whose GPA put him “on the table” at top-tier private schools. Now realistically, to get into a school such as Harvard or Stanford, a student must do everything right. Students who get into these schools take the most challenging course loads (5 APs senior …

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