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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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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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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What Can EXPLORE Do For Your Student?

by Zena Smith Our favorite piece of classroom advice has always been to “start early.” Whether you’re shopping for school supplies, studying for a test, or plotting your schedule for next semester, an early start is the easiest way to get a foot up on your competition and ensure that you’re ready for whatever comes your way. So […]

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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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The ABCs of Summer College Prep

by Zena Smith As the summer approaches, students no doubt have their sights set on extra free time and fun in the sun. What they’re not often thinking about is researching and preparing for their first year in college or the yearlong application process it takes to get there. But taking the right steps to […]

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How the SAT Will Change in 2016

by Zena Smith High school freshmen and sophomores, take note: if you’re planning on taking the SAT in Spring of 2016 or afterward, plan on taking a different test. The College Board has announced they’ll be giving their most prominent test a facelift. While they have yet to release all the details (practice questions won’t […]

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