Category Archives: College Readiness

HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY!

  As the owner of a tutoring center that specializes in ACT/SAT and College Prep, I have learned from years of experience that writing personal college essays isn’t every student’s strongest attribute. The process of organizing and writing a college essay can be a very stressful and sensitive time for students. They often struggle with […]

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ACT Test Updates and A Comparison of the ACT and SAT Tests

Our last blog entry was a detailed rundown of the revamped SAT, followed by the promise of a look at recent ACT changes and the suggestion that your student should consider taking both tests. But if that sounds like more time, money and student energy than you want to invest, bear with me while we briefly […]

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What to Expect From the New SAT Test

As your student prepares to make the transition from high school to college, the SAT and ACT entrance exams are important milestones along the way. Knowing what to expect from these tests can make both generations of your family feel more confident and in control at a time when so many other aspects of life […]

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3 Tracks to ACT Success

by Zena Smith If it seems that your student’s mind has been somewhere else since the dawn of the New Year, you aren’t alone. This is the time of year when high school juniors and seniors begin to feel the pressure—when going to college starts to feel less like a distant dream and more like a looming […]

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MASTERs Plus Road Map to College: November

by Zena Smith For those who followed along on the first leg of our road map to higher-ed, congratulations on making the initial steps toward college enrollment! The road continues through November as we share what this month holds for your student’s journey to college. November As you pack away what’s left of October’s tricks and treats, it’s time […]

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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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Get to Know the PARCC Assessment

by Zena Smith Did you know that Illinois (along with several other states) recently overhauled its standardized testing procedures? That’s right. The ISAT of old out, and it’s been replaced in 2015 by a new yearly exam called the PARCC Assessment. Sound familiar? Maybe not! As hard as they sometimes try, our schools don’t always succeed in keeping parents […]

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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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What is College Readiness?

by Zena Smith By now you’ve probably heard the phrase “college readiness.” It may have come up in a conversation with your student’s guidance counselor, or you might have run across it while reading up on one of the many standardized tests and assessments your student has been required to take. More and more, measuring […]

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