Guides

Signet's guides offer comprehensive information for high school. We cover everything from the college admissions process to preparing for standardized tests to staying organized and managing stress. We'll add guides each month, so check back for updates!

Signet's Guide to High School Senior Year

Senior year of high school is a unique experience and a very special time in a student's life. Students need one foot firmly planted in the present, to maintain their grades, activities, and complete the college process. Simultaneously, they need one foot planted in the future, to make choices about how they will spend their time after high school, where they will attend college, and even what career paths might interest them down the road. This guide will helps students successfully navigate senior year and celebrate this time as they look back at their high school experience.

Signet's Guide to High School Junior Year


Signet's Guide to High School Junior Year

Junior year is probably the most challenging of a student's high school career: classes are rigorous, extracurriculars demand increased time and energy, and the college process begins in earnest. In this guide, we'll provide students with tips on how to juggle all of these aspects of junior year without getting burned out or overwhelmed. We also provide crucial information regarding the college process to help students start thinking about college and beyond.

Signet's Guide to High School Junior Year


Signet's Guide to High School Sophomore Year

Sophomore year is a time when students can find significant opportunities for growth, both in and out of the classroom. However, taking advantage of those opportunities requires some focus and dedication. In this guide, we'll discuss strategies to get the most of sophomore year while developing practical skills that build upon students’ unique interests. This guide is also chock full of practical information about what sophomore year means in the college process.

Signet's Guide to High School Sophomore Year


Signet's Guide to the Essay

The college essay, or personal statement, can be one of the most daunting pieces of the entire college application process, but it's also one of the few pieces of the application that gives students an opportunity to share their own unique voice. This guide is filled with tips and tricks, essay prompts, resources, and writing exercises to help write at your personal best.

Signet's Guide to the Essay


An Intro to Mental Health in High School

Good mental health supports everything students do, while poor mental health can undermine even the brightest and most ambitious students. We provide an overview of the common mental health challenges that high schoolers face, along with tools and resources for getting help.

An Intro to Mental Health in High School: Reducing Stress and Reframing Success


Signet's Guide to College Admissions

This guide covers everything you need to know about starting the college admissions process. You'll learn how to break down each phase of the process into small, manageable chunks so that you stay on track. We also provide tools and resources to help you along they way!

Signet's Guide to College Admissions


Signet's Guide to College Visits

College is a time of huge growth, and it's important that students seek out a school that provides the right opportunities and support for their individual development. That's where college visits come in! Read on to learn more about making the most out of this important process.

Signet's Guide to College Visits


Signet's Guide to Summer Planning

Summer break offers students a unique opportunity to build important skills that will benefit them in college and into their adult lives. In this guide, students can learn how to plan a productive summer that aligns with their personal goals.

Signet's Guide to Summer Planning


Signet's Guide to SAT/ACT Preparation

Download this guide to get our time-tested tools and resources for successful SAT/ACT prep.

Signet's Guide to SAT/ACT Preparation


Signet's Guide to Successful Studying

Good study habits are so important, yet students are often not taught how to study effectively. In this guide, we outline our recommended steps for academic success.

Signet's Guide to Successful Studying


Signet's Guide to Standardized Tests

This is your comprehensive guide to the major standardized tests.

Signet's Guide to Standardized Tests


How to Make Sense of the PSAT Score Report

The PSAT is a great indicator for SAT performance. Here's how to interpret your PSAT results, along with our recommendations for next steps.

How To Make Sense of the PSAT Score Report


Signet's Guide to Extracurriculars

Pursuing extracurricular activities serves a more important role than simply impressing colleges. Students can participate in extracurriculars to engage with the world in a meaningful way and to forge a path towards a fulfilling and intentional life.

Signet's Guide to Extracurriculars


A Student's Guide to Strategic Organization

Work smarter, not harder. We present practical protocols and functional tools to help you refine your time management and organizational skills.

A Student's Guide to Strategic Organization


Your Guide to the Common App Activity List

Let colleges know how you spend your time — the right way!

Your Guide to the Common App Activity List

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