Category Archives: College

Six Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing a College Essay

College admissions guru Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz details six important points to remember when writing a college essay: Write as if you are talking to the reader. Offer readers a story. Use the first person. Show, don’t tell. Be specific, descriptive … Continue reading

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College Entrance Exams Measure Intelligence and More

IQ Tests and the SAT measure something real and consequential, report researchers David Z. Hambrick, a professor at Michigan State University, and Christopher Chabris, a psychology professor at Union College. Their study, described in an article published online in, indicates … Continue reading

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Free Webinar to Kickstart College Journey

Our friends at WOW Writing Workshop are offering a free online program, “What you really need to know about starting your journey to college” on Thursday, Feb. 6. The webinar (web-based seminar) will be held from 9-10 p.m. For details … Continue reading

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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

Here’s an important heads-up for the college-bound. It seems college recruiters do more than check academic records. They search through students’ electronic trail of tweets, posts, photos and text messages. Reporter Natasha Singer of The New York Times provides details … Continue reading

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The Ideal English Major

Author and professor Mark Edmundson reports in The Chronicle of Higher Education why he believes English represents for many the ideal choice for a baccalaureate major. He makes many excellent points, including the observation that there are things more important … Continue reading

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Grit is more important than IQ when it comes to Test Scores

University of Pennsylvania researchers have determined that the best predictor of success on academic tests isn’t determined by how talented students are. Rather, performance is best predicted by how much “grit” they possess. Grit, for their study, was defined as … Continue reading

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Measuring the Value of a Degree and the Purpose of College

Education writer Jeff Selingo brings up some of the new ways to approach post-secondary education. While there are advantages in alternative programs for many students, the Huff Post scribe stresses the importance of college for a person’s intellectual and social … Continue reading

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