Now that you’ve done all the early college-application stuff — finalizing your list of schools and creating an application-process checklist, all of which can be found in Part One of this series — it’s time to move forward and set things in motion! Here’s what to get done in these first few weeks of September: 1. Ask for letters of recommendation One very important component of a college application is letters of recommendation. Many colleges require at least two letters of recommendation from teachers who have previously taught you in academic subjects. Writing a letter of recommendation is no small task. Tea ... Read More About How to Survive the College Application Process: Part Two
School is back in session! As such, you might be wondering how you can enhance your study space to help you perform at your highest potential. There are several quick changes you can make to improve your study space right at home — here’s what you can do: 1. Cut out distractions What tends to distract you when you are trying to buckle down and study? Is it a nearby poster with bright colors that catches your eye, a beanbag chair that is a bit too relaxing, or a mechanical pencil you constantly are playing with? Any distracting objects or features of your study space should be eliminated. In theory, getting rid of these distractio ... Read More About 6 Easy Improvements to Make to Your Study Space This Fall
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Shawn earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Missouri State University in 2009. He is currently a St. Louis tutor specializing in SSAT tutoring, ISEE tutoring, writing tutoring, and more. See what he had to say about his experience at Missouri State University: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. Shawn: Missouri State's campus is very near downtown Springfield, MO and feels about as urban as Springfield can be. Some buildings are actually in downtown itself, including a fairly new art b ... Read More About Should I Go to Missouri State University?
The following is a guest post written by Anna Carapellotti of Admissionado, a premier college admissions consulting company focused on helping students get into their dream schools. Summer is almost over, and though you probably had good intentions, maybe you’re not as far along on your college essays as you had hoped. Chances are, you’re not alone. It’s easy to spend days, or weeks even, staring at the blank page (i.e. computer screen). With just a few weeks of summer vacation left (for some of you, anyway!), we decided to put together a few tips to help you find application writing inspiration before the school year ramps ... Read More About 4 Ways to Find Application Essay Writing Inspiration
Middle school can feel like an entirely different beast from elementary school, with teachers for every subject, a larger school, and often more extracurricular opportunities — not to mention the major personal growth your child is going through! We’ve already gone over what to ask at high school parent-teacher conferences, but here are some topics to go over when you meet with your child’s teachers for middle school parent-teacher conferences: 1. Your child’s academic progress One of the most important topics you’ll cover is your child’s academic progress, including both strengths and weaknesses. Yo ... Read More About Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences: What to Ask