Things I Wish I Knew During My First Year in College: Four Tips To Follow As A Freshman

Posted by Grace H. on 8/13/18 6:10 PM

The transition from high school to college was inevitably one of the most challenging changes I have encountered, both intellectually and emotionally. I was two parts excited and one part anxious to experience an unfamiliar landscape and pursue whatever route I found most fitting for me. By the time I was a senior in high school, school was easy to master- I knew the best methods to study for each specific class, the useful resources for AP exams and the most receptive teachers to ask for recommendations. Entering college, however, was overwhelming because I had to start over and learn a new system. I did not know how to navigate the campus or choose the best courses because I did not have upperclassmen guiding me through the process. Here I want to share advice I wish I knew when entering college:

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Tags: college

New Year’s Resolution: Get More Sleep

Posted by Danielle D. on 1/3/18 6:16 PM

If you’re in college or grad school and your New Year’s resolutions include plans like “earn higher grades,” “complete more work on time,” or even just “be more productive,” there’s one more resolution you should add to your list: get more sleep. It might sound counterintuitive—how do you get more done by making a resolution to spend more time doing nothing? But there are solid economic, medical, and social arguments that you’ll do better in school if you commit to eight hours a night, every night. Better yet, a spike in sleep research from all academic disciplines in the past few years means that the best advice for how you should sleep has gotten much better than just telling you to cut out the coffee. 

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Tags: college, high school

Where Else Could you Go to College? Your Top Four Choices Beyond the Ivies

Posted by Danielle D. on 7/17/17 4:36 PM

When high school juniors and seniors are putting their lists of schools together for college applications, they sometimes run into a paradox: on the one hand, there are so many colleges and universities they could apply to. On the other hand, everyone seems to be talking about just eight of them—the Ivy League (or maybe a few more if they’re counting the Ivy Plus).This mindset can feel so limiting! It’s probably not a good idea to base a school list on a set of colleges that are actually only grouped together because they were made an NCAA athletic conference in the 1950s, but it can also be overwhelming to try to sort through a massive guidebook to all the US colleges. Instead, this post will highlight some other types of colleges and universities that are very worth considering—if one or two jump out as appealing to you, I’ve included tips for how you can search for more schools of this type.

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Tags: college admissions, college

A Quick Review Of Early Decision Schools And How To Plan For Them

Posted by Martha C. on 3/24/17 5:00 PM

Many sophomores and juniors—along with their parents—are thinking about college right now.  Though so many have whittled down a balanced list of schools, many applicants and their families have difficulty deciding when to apply.

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Tags: college admissions, college

3 Ways to Implement Teacher Feedback to Improve Your Work

Posted by Ana on 1/25/17 4:42 PM

Most of us know what it feels like to put significant effort into an assignment, and to have it returned with a barrage of red comments cascading down the pages, recommending innumerable changes for improvement. It can feel disheartening and frustrating – and sometimes dampens your motivation to want to try at all to work on a revision!

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Tags: study skills, college

Turn Back the Clock on that Grade! How to Revise a Bad College Paper

Posted by Pat C. on 12/14/16 5:43 PM

After you receive your grade and read your professor’s comments you might have a lot of those “if only” thoughts. “If only I had looked up that concept.” “If only I had taken extra time to proofread that.” “If only I had read the assignment more carefully.” “If only I had started earlier and done more research.” “If only I had realized I was contradicting myself.” “If only I had re-read the class reading before starting to write.” Then suddenly the film of your life starts to run backwards. You are back 4 days before the assignment is due and have all the knowledge you have now! Fantasy, right? Not necessarily. Quite often professors will:

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Tags: English, expository writing, college

Is An Online Course Right for Me?

Posted by Pat C. on 11/28/16 10:43 PM

Why should I take an online course?

1. It can be a graduation saver

Taking an online course can be a graduation-saver. Having an illness, a family crisis, an unexpected failure in a course or a mistake made counting credits with one or two courses to go can create a situation where being able to take those last few credits without having to be on campus or pay for a full semester makes completing a degree possible. Taking an online course in the summer session can be a way to get a bit ahead on your coursework in order to graduate early. Some students use summer session as a way to raise their GPAs: take a course online and do very well at it and then also take one less course in the following semester which allows you to do better in all your courses. Because online courses are usually asynchronous, you can take one while you are working. 

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Tags: college, high school, graduate school

Five Different Careers You Can Land as an Electrical Engineer

Posted by Sumit on 11/9/16 6:05 PM


If you think that electrical engineers just work with complicated machinery with wires, look again. A major in electrical engineering is a gateway to jobs spanning the medical profession, the financial industry, the computer and smartphone industry, security industry, and telecommunications industry, to name a few. Let’s find out how this seemingly narrow field opens the doors to a wide world of career opportunities. It all starts with the problem solving abilities you develop in math and physics and how you apply those abilities to real-world problems. If you are not enjoying math and science classes now, the amazing array of career opportunities at the end might give you the motivational boost to pick and stick with the field.

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Tags: college, graduate school

A Guide to Midterms: 3 Steps to Getting You Back on Track

Posted by Pat C. on 10/24/16 6:42 PM

As the weather turns cooler it can happen that college life is not all apple picking and pumpkin spice flavor. Around this time, especially if you are taking classes where the professor had to teach you some skills and content before it was fair to give you assignments or exams that tested your knowledge, you may be looking at some papers or exams upon which are inscribed grades that surprised you—and not in a good way. This is a very common experience. You are not alone, although it may feel that way. What to do? 

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Tags: study skills, college

Ask an Expert: Do Colleges Consider Campus Visits in their Admissions Decision?

Posted by Martha C. on 10/21/16 6:34 PM

In this blog post, we ask four of our New York and Cambridge college admissions coaches a simple question. Based off of their expertise in coaching prospective applicants, four of our coaches weigh in on the discussion.

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Tags: college admissions, college