Do you know the highest paying jobs with a bachelor’s degree? Payscale.com’s college salary report has extensive data on college majors, entry level salaries, and mid-career salaries. When we work with high school students, we guide them through a process of career exploration, and researching salaries is an important part of that process. Often students decide on a college…

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Do you ever wonder if there is a secret key to motivating your children? Recent research noted by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley shows that “deliberate practice” could be that key. Here are the four principles of deliberate practice from the article: Working on weaknesses: Rather than doing things that you already do well, deliberate practice…

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Do you ever wish you could hear directly from the deans of admissions at top universities? Today we want to share a video interview of William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University. We found the video really interesting, especially when he mentions that the college is interested in students with multiple intelligences.  At Ivy…

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Have you received flyers from prospective colleges recently? If so, should you take these flyers seriously? Many parents are excited when they tell us “We received a flyer from Princeton University asking us to apply there!” However, the reality is that colleges are marketing to prospective families to increase the number of applications they receive. As the…

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Ferron Ferreira, a young teen from Ireland, won the $50,000 grand prize at Google Science Fair this year. He conducted research on removing microplastics from the ocean, an issue that has been gaining publicity in the news recently. It’s always inspiring to read about young teenagers helping to protect the environment. Some students are not aware of how to…

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Have you read The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle? We enjoyed it thoroughly and highly recommend it. Here’s a description of the book from amazon.com: “What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with…

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Have you ever wondered if tutoring makes a difference in boosting ACT or SAT test scores? According to research, it does make a difference: “Colleges report either that they use a cut-off test score in the admission process or that a small increase in test score could have a significant impact on an applicant’s chances of being admitted…As…

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Do you have a list of books you want to read but just don’t have the time? Or do you learn better when you hear words spoken out loud?  If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you may enjoy knowing that there are 1000 free audio books you can download and listen to while…

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Are your teenagers sitting at home during holiday breaks? If so, what are they doing? Years ago, it was normal for teenagers to go outside, play games with friends, and spend time together talking. Over the last several years, we’ve noticed a growing trend–many teenagers don’t go outside anymore or spend time with friends. They spend many…

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How do you decide what colleges to apply to? There are over 3000 universities in the United States, and it can be a daunting task to narrow down the list of colleges to 10-15 schools.   Many students rely on Naviance, software that claims to help students predict where they have a good chance of getting in. A recent…

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