Category Archives: Back to School

3 Ways to Stay Involved When Your Student Is in School

by Zena Smith As much as we all love the “honeymoon phase” of back-to-school season—a quiet house, easy lunches for one—it never takes long before the frustrations of being away from our children begin to crop up. With our students at school eight or more hours each day, it’s easy to feel helpless, like we’re missing out on a big part […]

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MASTERs Plus Tutoring Program’s 12 Months of College Prep: September

by Zena Smith As this year’s seniors return from summer break to walk the halls of high school one last time, they may be thinking—and you might, too—that the countdown to college is finally on. By this time next year, those same seniors will have become the small fish in a big pond . . . […]

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Lock Down a Tutor BEFORE Trouble Strikes

by Zena Smith Foresight is a wonderful thing. The ability to plan ahead is one of those tricks of adulthood that gets easier with practice and makes more sense with age. At a some point we realize that a little diligence now can save a whole lot of hassle down the road. It’s why we bring our cars in for regular oil changes, turn […]

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Keep an Eye Out for Changes at MASTERs Plus

by Zena Smith This summer has given the MASTERs Plus family a lot to be excited about, and we’d like to pass some of that excitement on to you. If you’ve stopped in to see us as of late, you may have already noticed that change is afoot at MASTERs Plus. From fresh new faces around the office to […]

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Apply to These 3 College Financing Opportunities

by Zena Smith Because we’re in the “student success business,” we often feel we owe it to our parents and students to keep an ear out for helpful college financing opportunities. We know that getting into college is difficult enough in its own right, but paying the bill once you’re there can become a nightmare. We’ve been there ourselves. […]

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4 MASTERs Plus Programs to Get You College Ready

by Zena Smith As we discussed in our last post, college readiness means more than being willing to move away from home and take on a new challenge. College readiness is a broader term that describes the sets of knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that will make or break your student at the college level.  […]

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The Science of Scholarships: 4 Application Secrets

by Zena Smith If you’re actively applying for college scholarships, you’ve already got a lot on the line. A scholarship decision can be the difference between attending college or being unable to afford it, going to a choice private university or settling on a cheaper option close to home,  or being in debt or in the black upon […]

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Save the Date: Higher-Ed Application Deadlines are Approaching!

by Zena Smith It’s officially crunch time for college-bound juniors and seniors—and let’s face it, their parents, too. As the remaining standardized test dates dwindle and financial aid deadlines approach, many of our heads are spinning with all the things that need to be done to make sure our students spend the fall off at college instead […]

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6 Things Every Parent Should Be Doing to Ease the Back-to-School Transition

by Zena Smith Fall may be just around the corner, but the back-to-school transition is fully upon us. These initial days and weeks can present a tough transition for many parents and students. While your students grapple with relinquishing the freedoms of summer and gaining the additional responsibilities of the school year, you’re charged with […]

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