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5 ways to pick the best college for you

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 23, 2014 9:10:00 AM

Yikes! It is almost time to start sending in your college applications and you've likely narrowed down your list a lot by now. Ideally, you want to apply to six to eight schools, so if you have more than that on your list, you still have some decisions to make.

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Topics: College Planning

9 steps to nailing your college essay

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 19, 2014 10:26:00 AM

College planning is stressful. It's hard to decide where to apply, you want to make sure your application is just perfect, and you may even have to meet face-to-face with a college representative for an admissions interview. 

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Topics: College Essays

Preparing for a college interview

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 14, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Not all colleges require an interview for admissions, but it is often a good idea to schedule one even if it is optional. You may be nervous, but an interview gives you an opportunity to show the college your personality, and let's you tell them first hand why you think you are a good fit for the college. 

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10 must-dos at your college visits

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 10, 2014 9:48:00 AM

How do you know if a college is a good fit for you? Of course, a lot of students out there just "get a feeling" but we mean how do you realllllly know? College is an enormous investment, so you don't want to pick a school on a whim! 

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Topics: College Planning

How to request letters of recommendation for college

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Oct 5, 2014 12:07:00 PM

It's college application season, which means it is time to start requesting letters of recommendation for college. You may feel nervous about doing this, but just keep in mind the people who you are asking have done this before. Keep these tips in mind when making your requests:

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Topics: College Planning

10 tips on how to own! the SAT

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 30, 2014 11:12:00 AM

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

A typical approach is to try to cram in as much information as possible in the few weeks leading up to the test. This might result in a modest score increase but the best way to make sure you understand the types of questions you will be asked - and how you need to answer them - is to study a little bit each week for an entire year (or more, if you are feeling ambitious!). 

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Topics: SAT & ACT

College admissions: Should I apply early?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 22, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Applying to college early has become a very popular option over the past few decades. According to the College Board, about 450 colleges in the US now offer early application programs. There are a few different types of early application plans available, some of which bind you to the school and some that allow you to explore other options. So what is the benefit of applying early and are there circumstances where a student shouldn't apply to college early? 

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SAT vs ACT: Which test should you take?

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 16, 2014 11:06:00 AM

The SAT and ACT are standardized tests that allow colleges to compare you to other students. In some cases, schools are dropping these tests as a requirement for admissions but most schools require one or the other. Some schools even use your test scores to evaluate whether or not you are eligible for a merit-based scholarship. The ACT tends to be more popular with public schools and schools in the Midwest and South. The SAT is the more common requirement at private schools and colleges on the east and west coasts. The most important factor in determining which test you should take is which test the schools you are applying to require. Some students may end up having to take both tests. 

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Topics: SAT & ACT

Rising seniors and college visits

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

If you are now a senior in high school looking to pursue a college education, you undoubtedly visited some college campuses over the summer. But how can you make the most out of your college visits and learn what you need to decide if the college is the right fit for you? Follow this guide:

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Topics: College Planning

Selecting Colleges: 4 ways to help your child decide

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 8, 2014 1:59:00 PM

Deciding on the perfect college to go to is no doubt an arduous task. As the new academic year begins, seniors across Rhode Island will be narrowing down their college options and refining their college lists into a set of 6-8 schools to apply to. How can you help your child make the right decision on where to apply? 

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Topics: College Planning