Category Archives: College Planning

Started Your Common App? Now It’s About Supplementing the Supplement By Nina Berler

August 1st isn’t just the beginning of a month; it’s also the launch date of the Common Application. Last year, over 940 million college-bound students used the Common App to submit over four million applications. On its landing page, the Common Application organization states, “More than 700 colleges. Only one application.” But don’t think that you can fill out the Common App, upload your personal essay, and hit a button to apply to every college.  When you add to “My Colleges,” look carefully. In numerous cases, there are additional essay questions.

 

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Advice for Starting Your College Search By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

It’s time to start your college search! But with the thousands of options out there, how are you supposed to come up with such a small list? It’s definitely tricky to do, but coming up with the perfect college list for you will make your college application and decision process go much more smoothly. Here are some tips to help you get started!

 

 

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8 Mistakes Every Student Makes in a Capstone Project By Tia Stokes

Doing a capstone paper is a very important part of your studies and it will determine how you finish your high school journey. There are many rules and requirements that need to be followed when writing this paper, and you should pay careful attention to these if you want to avoid mistakes. Your grade for this paper is vital and it is best to plan and prepare before you jump into it. Through the years, we have seen the same mistakes being repeated by students, and it is easily avoidable if you know what to look out for. Here are some of those mistakes that seem to always pop up.

 

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How to Start Writing Your College Essay By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

A college essay, also known as a personal statement, is one of the most intimidating elements of the college application process, because for many students it is very hard to start. There are many things a student must take into consideration when writing their essay, from topic to structure, to word count and grammar. If done well, an essay can be the deciding factor between two applicants, and if done poorly, it can ruin a student’s application.

 

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Back to Basics: Preparing for College Before Senior Year By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

It’s almost time say goodbye to summer and kick off another school year. And while you may not be applying to colleges this year, there are many elements of the college process that you should be aware of, and should even start doing. Here are a few basic things to think about as you refresh your mind this fall.

 

 

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How to Present Yourself on Social Media for College Admissions By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

You hear it over and over again from parents, teachers, and other adults, that your social media channels can determine whether or not you get into a college. But, is that really true? The answer is absolutely. Just a few months ago, Harvard University rescinded 10 students’ applications because they were found responsible for participating in an inappropriate conversation on Facebook. While not necessarily this drastic, there are many similar incidents that happen at colleges and universities across the US during admissions season.

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Learn How to Prepare Yourself for the ACT in the Fall By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

Are you planning on taking the September ACT? Don’t forget to register today if you haven’t already!

Once you register, it’s all about preparing! The ACT exam may seem intimidating, especially if you’re new to the test. However, if you spend enough time studying and go into it with the proper strategy, you’ll have no problem getting a great score.

 

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Prepare Yourself for the August SAT By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

Today is the last day to register for the August SAT exam, so if you want to take it without the added pressure of the school year and college applications, now is the perfect time to do so! But, once you register, your work is far from over. A good amount of studying and preparation is needed to ensure you’ll get your target score.

 

 

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The Importance of Working and Volunteering on College Applications By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

High school underclassmen often hear from teachers and parents that having work or volunteer experience is a necessary part of college applications, and it’s something students should be doing as freshmen. But, do college admissions officers really feel the same way? And if you don’t have this experience by senior year, will that decrease your chances of getting into a college? The answer, in most cases, is yes. Keep reading to find out why.

 

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Do’s and Don’ts in Writing College Application Essays By Tom Jager

One of the most important moments of your life is already here: you’re about to send an application to a college. But when you finally sit down and start writing your application essay, the right words don’t come easily. Everything you write seems like total nonsense and you desperately delete it after hours of work.

But don’t be discouraged! Everybody experiences the toughness of writing a college application essay at one point in their lives. You just need a little assistance.

 

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