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Exploring Your Interests Through Reading and Research This Summer

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 05, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

Use Your Summer to Pursue an Easy College Prep Task

Summer break is a great time for students to relax, but summer shouldn't be spent just lounging around! Students should use this break in their academic schedule to pursue their interests and one way to do that is through reading and research.

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7 Must-Read Books Students Should Pick Up This Summer

By IvyWise on Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 09:53 AM

Revamp Your Summer Reading List with These University-Approved Picks

Whether you’re graduating or simply transitioning to the next grade or class year, it’s essential for students to stay academically sharp throughout the summer break. Reading is one of the most impactful ways to fight summer brain drain and it can also be one of the most fun, as long as you choose the right books!

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6 College-Curated Books for Winter Break Outside Reading

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 10:05 AM

Add These Suggestions to Your Outside Reading List

Winter break is approaching, and instead of spending the entire break binge watching your favorite shows, consider stepping away from the screen for a bit and picking up a few books. Not only will winter break outside reading help you stay sharp during your vacation, it can also help prepare you for college coursework, which is often literature-heavy.

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Why Outside Reading is Important When Preparing for College

By IvyWise on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 @ 07:33 PM

Outside Reading Is a Critical College Prep Tool

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4 Reasons Why You Should Catch Up On Outside Reading Over Winter Break

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 09:24 AM

Relax With A Good Book Or Other Reading While You’re Out Of School For The Holidays

We can’t stress the importance of outside reading enough. Oftentimes it’s hard for students to find the time to read books or other materials for fun, but winter break is the perfect time to catch up on some outside reading you haven’t been able to do this semester.

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8 Summer Reading Suggestions for High School Students

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Use The 4th of July Holiday Break To Catch Up On Outside Reading

For students preparing for the college admissions process, the 4th of July holiday is a great time to relax, recharge, and catch up on some light outside reading.

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Fight Summer Brain Drain: How to Learn and Continue College Prep Over the Summer

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Use Your Summer Break to Explore an Interest, Learn, And Get a Head Start on College Applications


Summer break is here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop! It’s important for college-bound students to spend their summers wisely, but they don’t have to participate in a fancy college summer program to do it.

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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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Recommended Reading for High School Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Outside Reading Helps Students Expand Vocabulary, Explore Interests  

One the most important college admissions prep goals for 2014 that students can easily achieve is to expand their outside readings. Not only does reading help foster creativity, it expands students’ vocabularies (which is important for the SAT and ACT!) and helps them learn more about topics that interest them.  

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