College Planning 101

What's your Learning Style?
How do you like to learn? Do you like to talk to the teachers, raise your hand and stay after class? Or do you prefer to learn by being quiet, checking in with your friends, and blending in with your classmates? This reflects your learning style. Your learning style is an important thing to know about yourself as you do your c
How do you survive finals or AP tests?
Worried about your upcoming finals or AP tests? Reduce stress and ace your tests by using these study tips from a graduate student.

Extracurricular Activities

Do activities matter?
Many colleges use activities to understand you more as a person. Remember this goal when you make your list. Tips for getting an edge in your application with activities: Make a master list of all your activities in high school, s
How do you create the ultimate activities list?

Doing pep rallies? Preparing for Academic competitions? Playing a sport?  Colleges care about how you have spent your time while in high school.  Here are 3 steps to create the Ultimate Activities List.

1) WRITE down all the activities you have been involved in during high school.  As you get this information


GPA or Rigor-Which trumps in your college applications?
When applying to colleges, which is better? To have the honor of Valedictorian at your high school (perhaps taking less hard classes to make that happen), or taking the hardest classes possible and sacrificing the chance to be valedictorian?  Does GPA trump rigor in your class schedule?   Rigor is the Tru

Test Planning

ACT or SAT? How do I choose which test to take?
Know the difference between the two standardized tests. It is to your advantage to pick the one that works best for you.  Research shows 33% of students do better on the ACT, 33% do better on SAT, and 33% do equally on both tests.  So which one are you? Learn about the
What is an SAT Subject test?

SAT Subject tests are based on the curriculum you have in class.  It's an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of a particular subject. According to the College Board,

"The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for ad

When is the PSAT not a practice test?
Do you know the entire name of the PSAT test?  It is officially the PSAT/ NMSQT test.  “NMSQT” stands for “National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test”.  The only time you can be consid