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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Structure Your Summer for Success

by Zena Smith Each year students rejoice as the last school bell rings and summer vacation sets in. Their excitement about summer seems so natural that we rarely think twice about it. But it pays to consider, from time to time, just what it is about this time of year that gets students so jazzed. Of course, the sun […]

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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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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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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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EXPLORE Returns to MASTERs Plus in Summer 2015

by Zena Smith Whether or not we like to admit it, there will always be things for which we scold our children while being guilty of the same bad habit ourselves. More often than not—especially in households with school-age children—that bad habit is procrastination: “Do your homework now, not later,” we urge, while quietly nudging […]

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Successful ACT Prep Starts With a Plan

by Zena Smith With the holidays behind us, test prep season is here once again. Year in and year out, the months leading up to the ACT test day prove to be some of the most uncertain, stressful, and confusing for our parents and students alike. With so much on the line, it’s no wonder that our […]

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College Board Announces Changes to AP U.S. History Coursework and Exam

by Zena Smith The last few years have brought about a number of changes to the coursework and testing standards in our classrooms. From the implementation of the new Common Core standards to the revamping of the SAT, parents and students have been given a lot to adapt to. Those changes don’t appear to be […]

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The Whats and Whys of the New Common Core

by Zena Smith No doubt the biggest and most common question our parents have asked over the last year has been about the Common Core: what is it? While it may sound confusing at first, the Common Core standards in practice and in principal are quite simple. According to the official website, the Common Core […]

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Bowl Your Way to College

by Norm Collins After guiding one daughter and coaching another to college bowling scholarships, I decided that I could help others in the same way. I started “Strikes, Spares, & Scholarships”, a placement service that helps connect high school students with colleges and universities for bowling and academic scholarship opportunities. Using the resources of bowling, […]

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