The Top 5 Steps to Smarter SAT Prep

The most frequent mistake made by people preparing to take the SAT–after not studying enough–is studying in a sloppy, haphazard manner. The more care you take in the early stages of your preparation for the SAT test, the better the end result. Set demanding yet reasonable goals for your SAT experience, then summon the necessary self-discipline to follow through. Read more

The Top 5 SAT Land mines

Let’s face it: the SAT test is littered with land mines seeking to lure the unwary student into careless or panic-induced mistakes. This underscores the fact that one of the best SAT preparation strategies involves learning how to keep the test from beating you. Being able to avoid the land mines separates the casual from the serious SAT test-taker. Read more

How to Pick Your Recommenders

Excerpt The following is an excerpt from the book The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions by Anna Ivey Published by Harcourt; April 2005;$14.00US; 0-15-602979-0 Copyright © 2006 Anna Ivey

Avoid jumping all over the first person who offers to write you a “great recommendation.” Recommendation writing is both an art and a science, and few people do it really well, either because they don’t know you well enough to address the things admissions officers care about, because they can’t be bothered, or because they don’t know how. Read more

Why Choose a Private College?

Private colleges can be more expensive than public universities, and can have a more limited curriculum than the biggest government-funded schools. So why choose a private college, particularly a small one, over a state-run university? Read more

10 Tips For Preparing For Your Next Exam

Need help with your next exam? Get pro-active and prepare for success ahead of time with these 10 study tips.

1. You need a dedicated study area. That means you need to find a good place to study that’s quiet, has plenty of room to spread out books and papers, and offers plenty of good lighting. Read more

How To Prepare For A Test

Preparing for a test can be an agonizing experience. There are just so many things you have to remember, so many things to memorize and so many things to read. One way of making preparation for a test easier is to understand the type of the test that will be taking. How to prepare for a test can be much easier to answer when you know what type of test to prepare for. Read more

Writing Personal Statement For College

The whole process of seeking admission into college is very arduous and psychologically demanding. But the worst thing is writing the personal statement for college applications. Initially, you feel that writing a personal statement will be an easy task. You only need to sit down and write few words about your source of inspiration, what you have achieved till now and other such things. But it is never so simple. Read more

Paying for College

The first thing you should do is file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will automatically apply for grants, loans, and scholarships that are granted to the general continuing education public. Read more

Things You Must Do If You Want To Minimize your College Debt

More Americans are attending and departing college in debt. Are you one of those students? Reportedly, compared to a decade ago, there are many more students borrowing large amounts of money to pay for college than ever before. Almost 10% of College Graduates are graduating with at least $40,000 in college debt. Getting caught up in debt because you are borrowing to pay for college is bad but coupling that with credit card debt is the worst thing you can do. Your credit score is negatively affected by large amounts of debt. Read more

Colleges Know What You Did Last Summer

Admissions professionals are often asked by anxious parents about summer activities and how these will be viewed by college admissions offices. I recently had a conversation with a mother who, checklist in hand, wanted to know if her son needs to practice tennis five or seven times a week in order to look attractive to colleges. Her son likes tennis, but she is worried that he won’t look as committed to the sport if he only practices five days a week. Read more