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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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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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College Applications: GPA or Academic Rigor?

by Zena Smith For the last several months college-bound seniors have been diligently at work, piecing together the most convincing college applications they can. As they add their final touches and prepare to send them off, now is the time that underclassmen (sophomores and juniors) should start thinking about how they’ll handle the same process in the years […]

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6 Simple Steps to Neutralize Test Anxiety

by Zena Smith When you’ve spent enough time in the classroom, as many of our tutors have, you begin to get the sense that things in education aren’t always as they appear, nor does everything always go as planned. This is especially true in the world of test-taking. On one hand, we have the test-makers […]

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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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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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3 Achievement Gap Problems and How You Can Help

by Zena Smith Last week on the MASTERs Plus EduBlog, we discussed a big problem in our small community—the Achievement Gap: what it is, who it affects, and a bit about how to help. This week we’d like to delve deeper by looking at three specific problems underlying this longstanding problem. One of the most […]

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This Thanksgiving We’re Thankful For…

by Zena Smith This week we’re celebrating our favorite time of year: the season of giving and the season of thanks. Since 2011, we’ve been given so much to be thankful for, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of all that we have—the resources, the relationships, and the simple privilege of fulfilling our mission in education. […]

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Changes to ACT Writing Test in 2015

by Zena Smith Just when you thought you’d caught up to all the changes in the world of standardized testing, the powers that be have thrown another curve ball. You might remember our EduBlog discussion about changes to the SAT (coming in 2015) or upcoming revisions to the AP U.S. History Exam; now ACT has announced it will modify […]

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