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Should You Apply Early Decision?

A breakdown of the factors that determine whether students should apply early decision to colleges. Read More

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School Reports: What They Are and Why They Matter

Learn about the school report, its role in the college application process, and how admissions officers use the school report in college admissions. Read More

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Interview with a Dean: How Kids Can Avoid Burnout

Learn about the underlying causes of stress in high school and how students can manage stress effectively. Read more

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PSAT Prep for Sophomores

How much should sophomores be doing to prepare for the PSAT? In this post, we’ll look at common questions about PSAT preparation and explain why we don’t recommend doing a whole lot to get ready for this test. Read more

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Your Pre-College Checklist

Being prepared to thrive in college is about more than just academics. That’s why we’ve created a list of the most important life skills you should have before entering college.  Read more

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The College Application Essay

Our series of interviews with admissions consultants and admissions officers about different parts of the college application is designed to illuminate how each component fits into the whole. This post is an in-depth discussion about what makes a good essay, how it’s evaluated by admissions officers, and much more. Read more

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What You Should Know About Counselor and Teacher Recommendations

This installment of our series of interviews with admissions officers is all about recommendations.  Read more

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Shaping Your College Application Narrative

In this blog post, a former admissions officer gives some tips on how to write your “narrative” for your college application.  Read more

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A Checklist for Graduating Seniors

Seniors: This whole college thing is about to get real. In the swirl of emotion that surrounds the end of high school and the start of college, it’s easy to forget the specific things that will make the transition to college go a lot more smoothly. That’s why we’ve provided a checklist to help you stay on track during these last few months of senior year. Read more

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Spring Semester Junior Year: The College Process Begins

Spring Semester Junior Year: The College Process Begins Read more

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The Signet Method for Studying for Finals

The Signet Method for Studying for Finals Read more

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Do You Need a Private College Counselor?

A common rumor that starts circulating in high school is that students need to work with a private counselor to get into the college of their choice. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the differences between school counselors and private counselors in order to dispel a few myths and clear up a few facts along the way.  Read more

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"Fit" from an Admissions Officer's Perspective

“Fit” is a buzzword that we hear a lot from college admissions officers and counselors, but sometimes it’s given lip service rather than the actual attention it deserves. In this blog post, a former admissions officer and college counselor shares her perspective.  Read more

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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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How to Start the College Visit Process

Here at Signet, we believe that a little planning and foresight can make the mysteries of the college admissions process much less, well, mysterious. In this blog post, we’re going to demystify one piece of this process: the college visit. Read more

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Interview with a College Counselor: The Admissions Process

Read our interview with Signet consultant and director of college counseling, Blair Munhofen, to learn the best ways to approach the college admissions process. Read more

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Your AP Exam Study Plan

A major mistake we often see students make is assuming that their AP class will prepare them fully for the exam. While many teachers do an excellent job of preparing their students, doing well in an AP class is no guarantee that you’ll get a 4 or 5 on the AP exam. Read on to learn hour tips for acing your AP exams. Read more

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College Visits: How Early is Too Early?

For some students, college visits may be valuable earlier in their high school careers. However, we don’t recommend this for every student. Read on to learn what types of students can benefit from early college visits.  Read more

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Tips and Tools to Avoid the High School Whirlpool

The high school whirlpool is one of the biggest dangers high schooler face. What do we mean by that? Briefly, the whirlpool means getting sucked into pursuing a high school education that’s focused on the expectations of others rather than what is best for you and your family. Read on to learn more about what it means and how to avoid getting sucked in.  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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Career Exploration Tools for High Schoolers

In the latter half of senior year and over the summer, students are under less academic pressure but still have access to a lot of people and resources. It’s a perfect time for career exploration that maintains a sense of freedom and ease, and a great way to gain some clarity before you become a freshman all over again! Read more

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Interview with an Admissions Officer: Why Fit Matters So Much

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “fit” in reference to applying to college. Parents often see it as a euphemism for “going to a school that no one has ever heard of.” Many parents agree to finding a “best fit” college when we discuss it, but they end up with a list of all Ivy League colleges and one state school. That’s not usually a sign of understanding what we mean by “fit.” In this blog post, we interview a former college admissions officer to discuss what “fit” really means, and its value and place in the college admissions process.  Read more

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Should You Take SAT STs As a Sophomore?

​Sophomore year is the first time most students will need to think about standardized testing. Here are our recommendations for when to start testing for the SAT Subject Tests. Read more

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Does Your High School Plan Set You Up for College Success?

What does it take to be a successful college candidate? Read more

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Your Essential Guide to Junior Year

We give you an overview of your entire junior year of high school, including a month-by-month checklist. Let's get productive! Read more

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A High School Road Map for Freshmen

​You wouldn’t drive across the country without a map. Why would you head toward your future without one? Read more

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Why Seeking Mentorship in High School is Important

We offer a brief overview of some of the things you should consider when approaching a mentor relationship.  Read more

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The Essential Guide to Senior Year

We made a guide for high school seniors. Follow our month-by-month timeline to stay on track! Read more

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Essential Study Skills to Master in Junior Year

Read on to learn Signets' top three study skills to master in high school junior year.  Read more

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Five Time Management Tips for Sophomores

Get organized in high school. Read more

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Organizational Skills for Ninth Grade

Master these four components, and you'll be on your way to becoming an organizational whiz! Read more

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10 Tips for Student Well-being

Summer break is almost over. Read our tips to start the school year off right! Read more

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Why Choosing Challenging Classes Matters

Not all courses are created equal! Learn how to choose your classes in high school. Read more

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Why End-of-School-Year Reflection is Important

What have you learned about yourself this past academic year? Read more

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Your Essential Pre-College Reading List

The holiday weekend is approaching. Here's a reading list to help with the transition to college! Read more

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Should High School Freshmen Take SAT Subject Tests?

Read on to learn Signet's recommendations for 9th graders. Read more

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Last Minute Summer Plans

Make the most out of your summer by pursuing your interests! Read more

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High School Self-Assessment

As summer approaches, now is a good time to revisit your goals and assess your progress. Let's get started! Read more

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How To Get Through the Mid-Semester Slump

Here are 4 tips to keep you motivated! Read more

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A Brief Guide to Building Strong Student-Teacher Relationships

A few of these simple suggestions will help you develop better relationships with your teachers. Read more

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Senior Year: How to Stay Focused and Have Fun

Find your balance during times of change. Read more

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Junior Year College Search Tips

A simple guide to help you develop a college list.  Read more

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Five Time-Management Tips for Sophomores

Effective ways to manage your time. Read more

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Should I ask my Teacher for Extra Help?

Use this quick guide to determine if you should approach your teacher for extra help. Read more

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The Right Way to Discuss Grades

Discussing a bad grade with your teacher can be tricky. Learn about the right way and time to approach the subject. Read more

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Freshman Year Study Skills: Where Are You Stuck?

Struggling with study skills? Figure out where you're stuck. Read more

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College Applications are in! Now What?

What to do once your college applications are in... Read more

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Sophomore Year - College Admissions Plan

If you're a high school sophomore, it's time to start making a college admissions plan! Let us show you how... Read more

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Freshman Year and Standardized Testing

A simple standardized testing guide for high school freshman. Read more

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Don't Let College Anxiety Ruin Your Life!

Your college applications are in! Take a deep breath and don't let the anxiety of waiting ruin your life! Read more

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Seniors Hearing Back on Early Apps: Last-Minute Tips

Last-Minute Tips for dealing with what you heard from your early admissions applications. Read more

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What do Your PSAT Scores Mean?

Scores for the PSAT are in! Learn more about what they mean and how to use them as a tool for success. Read more

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The Coalition Application: What it is, and what it means for you

An introduction to the Coalition Application and what it means for college applicants. Read more

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FAQ's for the New SAT

The SAT has been redesigned this year. Find your FAQ's about the changes here. Read more

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Time Management Tools for Parents of Sophomores, Part 2

Get the tools to keep your sophomore on task with schoolwork and activities. Read more

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Time Management Tools for Parents of Sophomores, Part 1

Get the tools to keep your sophomore on task with schoolwork and activities. Read more

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Leadership Development in Your Sophomore Year

Building leadership opportunities for you college applications start as early as sophomore year. Read more

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The New PSAT

The PSAT/SAT are changing in 2015. Find out what to expect here. Read more

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Last Minute PSAT Study Tips

Waited until the last minute to review for the PSAT? No problem! Here's what to do... Read more

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Preparing for the ACT Reading Section

How to conquer the ACT Reading section with confidence! Read more

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Last Minute Early App Help for Seniors

Fallen behind on your Early Decision applications? Here's how to catch up. Read more

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An Intro for Freshman to the rPSAT

Here's what to expect as a Freshman preparing for the rPSAT exam. Read more

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Extracurriculars in your Sophomore Year

Find out why joining extracurriculars as early as your sophomore year is important to your college application. Read more

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Extracurriculars, Leadership and the Junior Year

Learn why getting involved in extracurriculars in your junior year is so important to the college admissions process. Read more

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How to Turn Lessons from Freshman Year into a Successful Sophomore Year

Freshman year is hard, but sophomore year doesn't have to be. Use what you learned last year to make this year successful. Read more

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Tips for Writing an Exceptional Personal Statement

Three practical tips for writing an exceptional college personal statement Read more

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Five Movies Every High Schooler Should See

Five, classic movies that every high school will identify with. Read more

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You Know You're a High School Junior if:

24 Tell-tale Signs that you are a Junior in High School Read more

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Congratulations High School Seniors!!

You've made it through High School! Here are our best tips for making the best of College! Read more

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What to Do After You Apply

What high school seniors should do after college apps have been submitted. Read more

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How to Differentiate Yourself from Other Top Applicants

Beyond academics, how can you set yourself apart in competitive college admissions? Read more

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You've Been Accepted to College

Your hard work has paid off and you have multiple colleges to choose from—congratulations! But, how do you choose the right one for you? Read more

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When to Start Studying for Finals

If you didn't wait until the last second, but also haven't been totally on top of your game since day one, we have tips for you. 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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What to Expect at Your Harvard Interview

An alumni interviewer recalls her own Harvard interview and specifies what she looks for now in applicants. Read more

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What To Wear To A College Interview

How to dress for success (from an interviewer who has seen it all). Read more

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Summer at Brown University

One student's experience with Brown's pre-college summer program. Read more

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Foreign Language Learning Tips

Our resident polyglot shares her tips for learning foreign languages. 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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How to Talk to College Admissions Officers

While admissions officers may seem intimidating, they actually do want to help you. Read more

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What Are SAT Subject Tests?

The answers to many frequently asked questions about SAT Subject Tests. Read more

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Basic Guide to the FAFSA

First time filling out the FAFSA? Here's the information you need to have before getting started, as well as common rookie mistakes (and how to avoid them). 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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Q&A with a Boston Latin School Graduate

Find out what it's like to attend the exclusive Boston Latin School from a former student. 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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Q&A with a Chemistry Tutor

When it comes to chemistry, expert feels like an understatement in describing Austin. Read more

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How to Prepare for College Interviews

A college interview is your chance to bridge the gap between your written application and the people who hold the key to your dream school.  Read more

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Q&A with a Yale Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to go to Yale? Well, we went ahead and found out for you. 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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5 Tips For Acing Multiple Midterms

How to deal when you don't have the option of taking it one test at a time. Read more

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Personal Statement Tips

Worried about what admissions officers are looking for in your personal statement? Wonder no more — we asked a former admissions officer to help you get started. Read more

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