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Get Answers to Your College Admissions and Financial Aid Questions with #CollegeAnswered

For answers to the first set of questions published Oct 21), please click here. For nearly 20 years, I have been working with students of different backgrounds, academic abilities, and socioeconomic groups, helping to guide them through the college process. Over this time, I’ve answered some very interesting questions. I’ve helped students with a variety …
There are some soundtracks that are designed to have a positive affect on your brain. You can find them on Spotify
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How Your Spotify Playlist Can Help You Ace Your Next Test

A student’s backpack generally includes things like highlighters, pens, books, paper, a laptop, a water bottle, snacks of some kind, and their headphones. These things are all supposed to help create an environment to maximize memorization and concentration. Clearly things like paper, pens and a laptop are necessities for studying. Even snacks and water are …
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Science Says Playing Video Games Can Make You Smarter

Take a second and list all of the stereotypes you can think of relating to video games. You probably came up with some like gamers are lazy and anti-social or gamers are bad at school. We’ve all heard the negative stigma associated with digital gameplay—true or untrue—but what about the positives? How can video games …
5 study hacks proven by science and how they work
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5 Study Hacks Proven by Science (and Why They Work)

Through college, I got a lot of advice from professors and fellow students on a bunch of study hacks. Some of the study hacks I heard sounded crazy to me. Like the students who stayed up all night reading chapter after chapter in a textbook or writing papers. I like my sleep too much! Eventually, …
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12 FREE Online Study Tools Every Student Should Know About

Many might think that the internet isn’t conducive to studying–it’s all cat videos and social networking. However, there are thousands of websites out there designed specifically for learning new skills, managing everyday life, and study tools to help students study for exams. Here we’ll shine the spotlight on 12 online study tools dedicated to being …
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10 Helpful Tips College Counselors Give to Students

Here’s a tip: when it comes to surviving and thriving in college, your college counselor knows what’s what. They are an invaluable resource for students and provide many services — academic advising, career searching, mock interviews, transitional help, and more. They’re also a primary source for college life advice. We’ve compiled a list of ten …
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Applied to College

Back when I was making my choices about college, I knew very little about the way the admissions and financial aid process works. Like many students, I was the first in my family to go to college. So, while my parents supported me immensely, they didn’t know any more about the process than I did. …