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Common App: Why the College Essay Is More Important Than Ever

You know how important the college essay is ...for college admissions.  But, do you know what sets it apart? Harvard University's Graduate School of Education recently released a Coronavirus statement that over 300 college admissions deans have endorsed. This statement acknowledges traditional methods of boosting college résumés are less available, but they will judge...

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Stop worrying and start living!

Worry Often? Here’s the Remedy

We could disagree about a lot: the merits of ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog, vanilla or chocolate, Cubs or Sox. But most of us would agree on something totally worthless: worry.   Take education, for example. A certain level of stress is a good motivator to prepare for an exam. Worrying will only cause you...

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Muscle, meet memory.

Memory, Meet Muscle

A great philosopher once said, "Treat the world like a head." I say, treat your head like a muscle: the more you exercise it, and the more you struggle, the stronger it, and your memory, will become. You're more than welcome to study something with little effort for hours and hours. I know I can...

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journaling

Why You Should Be Journaling

“I stayed in all day and didn’t even go to Rena’s. Mama doesn’t want us to go around more than we need to.” Violet Harris, the fifteen-year-old author of this diary entry, could be one of our neighbors. But she wrote this entry in 1918, at the start of the Spanish Influenza pandemic. In an Atlantic...

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Procrastination solutions

Procrastination Solutions

Procrastination!  Everyone dreads the word.  Even Spongebob had an episode about it.  You're probably reading this because you're avoiding something else, aren't you? What is it about that thing you need to do that's just impossible? What's stopping you? Most of us struggle with procrastination. According to author Nir Eyal, discomfort leads to the urge...

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vocab tips

Tips for the Lost Art of Vocab

It's the greatest obstacle to test prep success. Difficult to help "surmount."   Have you guessed it? The number one problem is a student's lack of vocab. This leads to a variety of issues: misunderstanding, inability to comprehend, time-loss, and damage to a calm sense of capability. Have you ever found yourself in a mental ditch because...

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writing style

Writing Style: Learn Yours to Improve Your Writing

Typing is easy.  Writing is not.  Because every piece of writing is as unique as its writer, finding one overarching formula for expression is impossible.  But all hope is not lost, because we at Learning Ascent, through seventeen years of tutoring experience, have discovered more than one “umbrella” writing style. Why Discovering Your Natural Writing...

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ACT

Power of Positivity and ACT Success

Student attitude and involvement in the college prep process has a major impact on their success. If a student is physically present, but mentally or emotionally absent, they may not see any progression in their test score results. Likewise, a negative attitude can be a real nail in the coffin for college prep success. Therefore, students taking the...

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