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How to Have the College Major Conversation

Parents often ask how they can counsel students to pursue something they’re interested in, but also keep an eye on where that’s leading them in their post-college life. Learn how to have this conversation, from a college counselor’s perspective.  Read More

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8-Week SAT or ACT Study Plan

Waited until the last minute (or the last 2 months), and now you're stressing? Here's a plan to help you conquer the SAT or ACT with just 8 weeks of prep. Read More

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Testing Accommodations, Part 4

A functional limitation can impact an individual’s performance on a standardized test. Read more

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This Is Your Brain on Summer

You need to keep your brain sharp this summer—here's how. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Math

The SAT is changing in 2016—what does this mean for you? In Part 3 of this series, learn about how Math will be tested. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Evidence-based Reading

The SAT is changing in 2016—are you ready? In Part 1 of this series, learn about how Evidence-based Reading will be tested. Read more

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"My Teacher Doesn't Like Me"

Many students complain that their poor academic performance is a result of their teacher disliking them. We investigated. Read more

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Changes to the SAT

A guideline to the changes to the SAT that were released March 5, 2014. Read more

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Testing Accommodations, Part 3

Types of testing and accommodations used for AD(H)D and learning differences. Read more

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Q&A with a Math Tutor

It's cliche, but practice does make perfect (according to this math tutor). Read more

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Rejected From Your Dream School? It's Okay.

It might be hard to believe right now, but being rejected from your "dream school" does not mean you are destined to fail. These Signet tutors are proof. Read more

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How to Incorporate Test Prep into Math Classes

Ways to minimize the differences between standardized test math and regular high school math classes.  Read more

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How to Integrate Test Prep into English Classes

A typical English class won't teach the skills needed to achieve a top score on the writing or grammar section of a standardized test, but test-taking strategies can be incorporated with a little effort. Read more

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Do Colleges Google Applicants?

Surprising information about what admissions officers look for (or don't look for)—straight from the admissions office. Read more

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How to Teach to the Test (in a Good Way)

Part one of a three-part series on incorporating test preparation into the classroom. Read more

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Where to Find SAT Diagnostic Tests

Are you looking for SAT practice tests? You can find them in books and all over the web, but be warned: not all practice tests are created equal. Read more

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Study Tips for History

Quick tips for successfully studying history, from one of the biggest history buffs we know. Read more

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How to Manage Test Anxiety

Proven strategies for conquering your academic fears. Read more

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Quick Tips: SAT Writing

A basic guideline to the structure of the SAT I Writing Section and what you need to know to study efficiently. Read more

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Q&A with a Harvard Graduate

Want to know what it's like to be a Harvard student? We spoke with a 2005 Harvard grad, our own CEO, to get his first-hand account. Read more

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How to Use Online Educational Tools

Free online classes are a hot topic in education. Here's how to use them to your advantage! Read more

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How to Challenge Your Student

Helpful hints for turning an interest into a useful talent and a passion. Read more

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Video Q&A with an ACT Tutor

Rich, an ACT tutor who has coached multiple students to a perfect ACT score, shares some advice.  Read more

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Study Tips for Algebra

We know algebra can be difficult, so we want to share some advice on how to make it easier! From learning fundamentals to being more efficient, there are lots of steps you can take to bring up your algebra game.  Read more

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How to Talk to Professors

In the final installment of this three-part series on adjusting to college, Olivia advises future and current students on how to get the most out of relationships with professors. Read more

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How to Make Friends in College

Olivia's second post in this three-part series on adjusting to college as a freshman details how she learned to adapt socially in the new college environment. Read more

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Time Management in College

One former Signet student's three-part series on beginning college, including time management, extracurriculars and working with esteemed professors.  Read more

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Should You Apply Early?

In this post, I sit down with a former admissions officer from Stanford University to cover the basics of early applications. Read on to learn what they are and whether you should submit one. Read more

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Q&A with a Northeastern Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to be a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA? We spoke with Katie, a 2011 graduate, to learn more. Read more

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When to Begin College Applications

When should you start working on your college applications? Short answer: NOW! No matter what grade you're currently in, it’s never too early to begin preparing your applications. Read more

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When to Start SAT or ACT Preparation

How to avoid cramming for important exams and take tests with confidence. Read more

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The PSAT: FAQs

What the PSAT is and why you should take it. Read more

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How to Choose a Tutoring Company

Once you’ve decided that you need a tutor, coach, or admissions consultant, you'll have many options to choose from. Here are some things to consider as you’re shopping around. Read more

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What Is Academic Coaching?

How to cure the constant procrastinator, the student performing below their potential, or the bored student - and more! Read more

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Testing Accommodations, Part 2

The importance of an aptitude test and how it can help in obtaining test accommodations. Read more

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5 Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Online study and time management tools to help students. Read more

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What Is the New Common Application

The common app is changing! Find out everything you need to know here. Read more

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The Gap Year Argument

Exploring the value of taking a year off between high school and college. Read more

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How to Use a Semi-Colon

Often underused, misused, or simply feared, the semi-colon is a versatile punctuation mark that may be employed in two distinct ways. Read more

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Time Management for the SAT

The SAT is full of challenges, and certainly one of the biggest is managing your time. Read more

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Differences between the SAT and ACT

Even though the SAT and ACT are interchangeable as college entrance exams, the tests are very different in important ways. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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How to Write a Personal Statement

To write a stellar college application essay, you have to keep in mind that it serves many functions to an admissions committee. Click through for the top three functions. Read more

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College Admissions: What Really Matters

Our former admissions officers agree that your college application should always reflect these three pointers. Read more

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Case Study: Personal Statement

How a Signet student crafted a successful personal statement with the help of an admissions consultant. Read more

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How to Concentrate Effectively

A guide to creating the study skills you need to focus. Read more

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Case Study: Overwhelmed Student

Our experience working with a student who, after years of gliding through school, began struggling. Read more

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Case Study: Incomplete Homework

The Signet strategy for getting a smart student to hand his homework in, completed and on time. Read more

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Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

A guide to deciding which exam will best represent your skills. Read more

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Case Study: Med-Scholars Program

How one talented student set himself apart.  Read more

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4 Signs That You Need a Tutor

If you can identify with any of these situations, it might be time to call a tutor. Read more

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