The New SAT: The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

(This is the second of two articles about the new SAT. Part one, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” was featured in our September, 2016, blog.) In our last blog, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the newly-designed SAT, as well as…

The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional

(This is the first of two articles about the new SAT. Part two, “The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section,” will follow next month, so be sure to check back.) In March, 2016, the College Board released a newly designed SAT. One major change that comes with the new SAT is an optional essay. Before this…

The Common Application Essay for 2016-2017: What’s New

  Good news for future college applicants: The Common Application now allows completed 2015-2016 application information to roll over to the 2016-2017 application, including the essay. Students can also familiarize themselves with the application from 9th grade forward, making the process more user-friendly and less intimidating and stressful by the time senior year “crunch time”…

Quick and Easy Writing Improvements

Whether you are writing for personal or professional purposes, these simple improvements will perk up your presentation. When your writing is precise, polished, and to the point, your message will be better delivered and received. The following pointers will improve your business content, blog posts, resumes, bios, and academic writing. As you will see, most…

How to Avoid Plagiarism: An Overview on Citations for Students and All Writers

What Is Plagiarism? Plagiarism occurs when a writer copies another author’s work or fails to credit the author by citing the original source. Citing (referencing or crediting) a source of information documents and provides readers with information on the original author and publication. Any research or writing directly quoted, paraphrased, or referred to, aside from…

The Common Application Essay Changes and Admission Essay Tips

With the onset of fall and back-to-school comes the start of the stressful college admissions process for incoming high school seniors. However, the process can become much less stressful when you know what to expect and are in control. Rather than letting the application essay and other written responses worry you, think of them as…

Student and Recent Graduate Resumes: What to Highlight

Student and recent graduate resumes follow the same basic format as regular resumes (header, top summary, sections, and bullet lists of highlights under each category). The same as any resume, the purpose of a student or recent graduate resume is to present the applicant ahead of the competition as a dedicated, well-rounded, accomplished, innovative, and…

The 3 Steps of Successful Writing: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

Do you know how to make the task of writing more manageable by following the 3 steps of successful writing? Do you prewrite, write, and rewrite so your writing is the best it can be? The process of writing is no easy feat. Whether the writing is for academic or professional ambitions, writers of all…

FAFSA Funds Are First Come, First Serve: Finish Your Application Essay Now!

Did you know?… Now is the ideal time to submit your upcoming college freshman’s FAFSA form, as funds are considered on a first come, first serve basis. Many people are unaware of this. Is your student finished completing his or her admission application and essay? If not and you are both feeling stressed by last-minute…

The Common Application: Part 2, General Application Information

(This is the second of two articles about The Common Application for college admissions. Part one, “Essay Prompts,” was featured in our October blog.) In our October blog, “The Common Application, Part One: The Essay Prompts,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the application. Although our expertise lies in assisting students with…

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