5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching Majors

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching Majors

Deciding on a college major is one of the biggest choices you will make—after all, it will set you on the path toward a career you'll stick to for the rest of your life, right? Not necessarily! Not only do students often switch majors in college, post-grads end up changing career paths as well. Hence, there may not be as much pressure on this decision as you once thought. However, it is still a choice that should not be made lightly. What if you are at the point where you are considering switching majors? Before you take the plunge, it is crucial to honestly consider these five important questions. 1. Why exactly do I want to switch ma ... Read More About 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching Majors

High School Parent-Teacher Conferences: What to Ask

High School Parent-Teacher Conferences: What to Ask

Parent-teacher conferences during high school can be fewer and farther between than in elementary school, but can be extremely helpful as you and your teen think toward the future—both post-high school and career-wise. If your child’s teacher doesn’t require conferences, consider contacting them yourself for an informal meeting. Here are some key ideas to discuss with your student’s teacher during the conference. 1. Your child’s strengths and areas for growth Ask the teacher about your child’s strengths, beyond grades. Are there concepts or skills your high schooler excels in? Study habits? Units or speci ... Read More About High School Parent-Teacher Conferences: What to Ask

What is it Like to Attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine?

What is it Like to Attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors come from a variety of impressive backgrounds and experiences—including medical school! In this inaugural installment of our new Medical School Experience Q&A series, Rachel, a Maryland tutor, shares her experience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Rachel is a second-year medical student who specializes in biology tutoring, MCAT Physical Sciences tutoring, SAT tutoring, and several other subjects. See what she had to say about Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:  Why did you decide to attend Johns Hopkins? Rachel: I decided to attend the Johns Hopkins University Sc ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine?

What to Know About Choosing a College Application Platform

What to Know About Choosing a College Application Platform

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. In addition to choosing which schools to apply to this year, rising high school seniors may have another choice to make: which college application platform to use. With the new Coalition app being released this year, some schools offer as many as four options to begin the path to admission. Here, we will explore four application portals and what each one has to offer:   The Common Application With over 600 schools in its network, The Common Application inva ... Read More About What to Know About Choosing a College Application Platform

Safety 101: 4 Ways College Students Can Stay Safe on Campus

Safety 101: 4 Ways College Students Can Stay Safe on Campus

Colleges want to make sure their students are kept safe. In fact, federal law requires all colleges to create a campus safety plan. Unfortunately, no matter how many safety precautions a college puts in place, there is always potential for on-campus crime to occur. While these crimes can’t always be prevented in every situation, there are some important things you can do to minimize your risks of becoming a victim. The key to staying safe on campus is to be prepared. Here are several actionable tasks students can take to maximize campus safety during their college experience: 1. Download safety apps If your college offers an emergenc ... Read More About Safety 101: 4 Ways College Students Can Stay Safe on Campus