How to Write a Stand-out College Essay

Most selective colleges require you to submit an essay or personal statement as part of your application. While not all students end up writing a personal statement, most essays that tend to do well among college application officials are those that tell a personal story. It may sound like a chore, and it will certainly take a substantial amount of …

The Common App: Step-By-Step Guide

Applying to college can be a daunting task, especially if a student is looking to apply to five, ten, or more colleges. The Common App is an application platform students can use to submit their information to over 900 member colleges as efficiently as possible. The “common” part of the application has applicants fill out family, personal, school, and extracurricular …

College Essay Revision Exercises

Writing the perfect college essay is often a matter of trial and error, as students try to craft a written masterpiece to get into the schools of their dreams. Whether it is a personal statement, a letter to the school about why one would like to attend, or an argumentative piece, students need the correct tools to finalize the draft …

College Essay Mistakes: How to Fix Them

Students’ dream schools are often very competitive and challenging to get into, and the difference between getting in and being the first rejected name on the waiting list can be a slight margin. Your resume or GPA could cause your rejection, but it’s more likely that college essay mistakes will prevent you from earning admission. Some of these mistakes are …

ACT Science: How to Improve Your Score

Similar to the SAT, the ACT features math, reading, and writing. However, the ACT is the only major standardized exam in the United States that features a designated science section. If you ever decide to take the ACT, you’ll want to learn the tips and tricks in this blog to help you get as close to a 36 as possible.  …

College Essays: Different Types of Essays

One of the final and most impactful pieces of a college application is the essay. Past all of the statistics, colleges want to know more about the nuances of their students’ personalities, dreams, desires, plans after college, and more. Essays are an opportunity to showcase information not expressed through your GPA, test scores, or extracurriculars. Colleges will learn a lot …

SAT Reading: How to Improve Your Score

The SAT exam begins with the infamous Reading section, where students must answer 52 multiple choices about five passage sections in only 65 minutes. This section can seem daunting, as it is known to bring stress and nerves to test-takers. However, with the right strategies and mindset, you can start the 3-hour SAT journey on the right foot to power …

College Application Tips: Class of 2023

As Junior year wraps up for the graduating high school class of 2023, students’ focus will shift from surviving their classes to submitting their college application and preparing everything they need for the process. Learn the best tips for rising seniors applying for college for their fall semester in 2023 and how to make the most of college essays and …

How to Make Your Own AP Study Schedule

Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams are a way for students to boost their resumes and get into a great college. While preparing for your APs may seem a little bit challenging at first, creating a study schedule may make it a lot easier when it comes down to balancing school work and studying for the AP exams.  Format and …

Brainstorming Topics for Your College Essays

It can be intimidating to decide on topics for your college essays. Realistically, this is some of the most important writing you are likely to do as a high school student. The key to successfully approaching these essays is understanding the different types you’ll have to write. Then, you can use brainstorming exercises to determine some topics for those essays. …