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5 Study Habits Your Child Can Implement Today

Developing strong study skills is one of the most important thing a student can do, regardless of grade level. Building these skills early can help a student not only do better in school but obtain higher scores on standardized tests – which can actually mean money in your family’s pocket! Part of each of our… Continue reading

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[Video] 5 Important Aspects of a College Application

As the Director of College Counseling at Milken Community Schools, Ross Mankuta helps hundreds of students each year apply to the top schools across the country. Before you start your application process, here are the 5 most important aspects of a college application: High school performance and class selection ACT/SAT Extracurricular activities and community service… Continue reading

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Helping Students Transition from High School to College

As we enter August and summer winds to an end, the time comes for many students to head to college for the first time. Obviously, this is a big transition and the first time most kids live away from home – and the watchful eye of their parents! While there are individual considerations for each… Continue reading

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[Video] Essay Writing Tips From a UCLA/USC Application Essay Reader

Help your college admissions essay stand out with these writing tips! Jessica Pashkow, application essay reader at UCLA and USC, helps explain what colleges are looking for in these entrance essays. After reading thousands of essays each year, she brings you the info you need to know before you start drafting these statements.  

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3 Ways to Get a Top Score on the ACT

Pairing a competitive ACT score with a strong academic transcript provides the best opportunity for a student to attend his or her dream school. You might be thinking, “What is a top score on the ACT?” In a nutshell, there is not just one “good” ACT score. While an Ivy League school or local community… Continue reading

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[Video] Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Testing

Navigating this labyrinth of college admissions tests can be a confusing and overwhelming undertaking. It’s key for you and your child to understand these tests and how they fit in with the college admissions process. Here’s an overview of the PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and APs (with a heavy emphasis on the SAT… Continue reading

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5 Colleges for Students Who Love the Beach

For many students heading off to college, location is a top consideration. If beautiful sandy beaches are on this list of preferred places to study, we have some great choices for you! These colleges are located on one of the coasts and are sure to be a beautiful place to spend the next 4+ years…. Continue reading

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[Video] Myth Busting the College Admissions Universe: Trends From a UCLA College Counseling Instructor

We hear a lot of things on the radio and television about the college admissions process. Unfortunately, many of these statements are simple not true. Ron Schwartz, UCLA College Counseling Instructor, debunks many of these myths and gives straight answers on the entire admissions process.  

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5 Ways to Make Your Child’s Studying Stick

There are a lot of ways that children learn—from hearing lectures to demonstrating to practicing the concepts they learn. Each brings with it different retention as shown in Edgar Dale’s Learning Pyramid above. Thinking about this: parents often ask what skills they can build upon with their children to improve retention and make studying “stick”… Continue reading

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