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College Prep Goals for 2017

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Start 2017 Off Strong By Setting Goals For The New Semester

 

Now that it’s a new year and winter break is over, it’s time to start focusing on what you should be doing to get ahead and make the most of the rest of the school year.

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16 Resources Kick Off College Prep Your Freshman Year of High School

By IvyWise on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 05:05 PM

It's Never Too Early To Get Started With College Prep

 

All the focus might be on seniors right now, but this is actually the perfect time for high school freshmen to start thinking about their college goals – even if they seem really far off.

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New College Admissions Guide and Information

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 01:06 PM

Download Our Free Introductory Guide to College Admissions

 

Ready to start your college admissions journey but not sure where to begin? IvyWise’s new College Admissions Guide is a primer that covers a number of topics including what colleges are looking for in applicants, how to build a balanced college list, what to expect on the Common Application, test-optional admissions, and more.

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5 Tips for Choosing High School Classes

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Students Should Strike a Balance Between Challenging and Manageable

 

As students prepare to head back to school, many are examining their class schedule, gauging how difficult the next academic year will be and how they will achieve their grade goals. But it’s not just grades that colleges consider when evaluating applicants for admission. Colleges are also looking at the classes applicants are taking, how challenging they are, and how those courses align with students’ interests and academic goals.

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College Prep Tips: The Benefits of Outside Reading

By Catherine DiMarzo on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 11:41 AM

Start Your College Prep By Picking Up Your Outside Reading

 

By Catherine DiMarzo, IvyWise Client Relations Manager

Families often ask what their students can be doing to demonstrate their intellectual horsepower outside of the classroom. One of the first things that our counselors recommend is outside reading. Specifically, reading that is not assigned for homework or as part of a class. There are many books, blogs, and online journals that high school students can read that will help them explore and become experts in their areas of interest.

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Community Service Tips for Freshmen and Sophomores: How to Get Involved

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Find Volunteer Activities That Align With Your Interests By Getting Creative

We talk a lot about what colleges and universities are looking for when evaluating applications. Grades, courses, and test scores are very important, but so are the less quantifiable elements, like activities and essays. One thing many students overlook when preparing for the admissions process is community service. Just like with other extracurricular activities, colleges want to see students participating in impactful volunteer opportunities – finding a way to give back and enhance their local community. So how do students find the right community service activities for them?
 
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Spring College Planning Resources for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

Underclassmen and Juniors Should Use This Semester To Dive Into College Admissions Preparation  

The start of the spring semester marks the halfway point in the school year for many students, and while seniors spent the fall focused on college applications, now is the time for juniors and underclassmen to get a jump-start on the college admissions process.  

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How to Stay Productive Over Winter Break

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

There's Plenty You Can Do Over Winter Break to Prepare for College Admissions

The holiday season is here, and students are getting a much-needed break from their normal school schedule. While it’s necessary for students to take some time to recharge, many often become restless after a few days and may need some productive ways to pass the time.  

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June College Planning Checklist

By IvyWise on Tue, Jun 03, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Outside Reading is Key to Exploring Your Interests, Rising Seniors Should Start Brainstorming Essay Topics

As graduation season comes to a close, and the Class of 2018 prepares for the last summer before starting college, now is the time for rising juniors and seniors to seriously dive into the college admissions process.  

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May College Planning Checklist

By IvyWise on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 09:33 AM

College Admissions Season Winds Down for Seniors, Ramps Up for Juniors

Today is decision day! Millions of students across the country, even the world, will be sending in their enrollment deposits to the school they plan to attend this fall. While this signifies the end of a long and sometimes stressful process for high school seniors, it’s just the beginning for underclassmen.  

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