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Using College Resources

College is more than just going to class and partying. There is an entire network of resources there that can expand you current interests and passions, as well as introduce you to new ones. That’s what we’ll discuss today: How to get the most out of your college experience and discover its rewards. For those ...

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Will No Pre-Calc Torpedo Elite-College Chances?

Question: Our son intends to study Latin, German and Classics in college. He attends a private college prep HS and has strong credentials – lots of AP and honors. However, he opted out of Honors Algebra II, a prerequisite for Pre-calc, and has been told by his counselor that he has effectively eliminated the possibility ...

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Must IB Student Take AP Exams, Too?

Question: My school adopted this system called the IB Program. We choose the courses that we all want to take (limit is 6) and we are required to make 3 or 4 of the courses higher level, and the rest standard level. Apparently, HL courses count as AP exams, and so we are never required ...

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Picking Your Professors

Okay, seniors. Most of you who have applied to college have received your acceptances, denials, waitlistings, or deferred enrollment notices by now. The time has come to make your decision about where you will attend, come this fall. As entering first-year college students, you’ll have much to learn, and that will involve a lot of ...

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Which Senior Math Class Will Boost Ivy Odds?

What math course should I take in my senior year in order to have a great chance of earning acceptance to an Ivy League school if I am currently a sophomore enrolled in Precalculus? The Ivy League colleges expect that the majority of their admitted students will have taken the “Most Demanding” course load available ...

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Must Daughter With ASL Credits Take Spanish in Grade 12?

Question: My high school junior has taken honors classes throughout middle school, and AP courses throughout high school. She completed two language credits in middle school and one in high school, as well as taking a 4 yr. course in child development which counts as a language credit (for American Sign Language). She is being ...

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Inside A Professor’s Head

I recall with great fondness sitting in my college classes and wondering what my professors’ true motives were. Some seemed apathetic. Some were extremely passionate. Others were rather matter of fact. A few acted like they were doing us a favor by showing up to disperse their elegant pearls of wisdom before us mere swine ...

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Impact of 8th-Grade Classes on Ivy Aspirations?

Question: I’m an eighth grader who received the opportunity to take 3 high school credit classes this year. I can honestly say I am doing the poorest I’ve ever done, mostly due to my horrible grades on semester exams. I realize I have a LONG way to go, so should I even be worried about ...

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Is Senior Course Load Rigorous Enough for the Ivy League?

Question: My son is hoping to apply to Stanford, Columbia, Yale and Northwestern. He has a 36 composite ACT and a 4.4 weighted GPA (on a 4.0 scale). He has completed 4 AP classes up to this point and earned 5’s on all of the exams. We recently received his senior year schedule. Fall includes ...

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Gettign Out of Too-Easy Algebra Class

Question: When I was in high school I took an advanced calculus class and received good scores in that class. But when it came to my placement exam for college and I was given a few math questions, I rushed through them without completely finishing it on time. Now my college is trying to place ...

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