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Yep, it's that time!  September & October are the months for college applications.  Don't worry about what you read on the college websites or what your school counselor told you.  If you want to get money for college, you absolutely MUST complete all college applications no later than October 31st of your senior year.  There are lots of ways to apply to colleges.  You can do it on a colleges website.  Log into CommonApp.org.  Use a...


Students in 9th and 10th grade need a baseline.  A baseline is a standardized test that is so well normed that it predicts with near certainty things like: future SAT/ACT scores, National Merit eligibility, what colleges a student can get into, and where the gaps are in a student's learning.  Getting a baseline means the student will need to take a test like the PSAT 8/9, Stanford, or Woodcock Johnson IV.  WJIV is pricey.  Stanford is not completely reliable.  And PSAT 8/9 is only available in October each year, so it's easy to miss it if you're not careful.  If you missed your baseline, you may want to consider taking the PSAT 10. The P10 is available to 9th and 10th graders and is offered in February as a last ditch option.  Not every school will . . . 


There seems to be an epidemic of “poor test takers” who routinely get A’s on their homework but fail miserably on quizzes and tests. Looking at their grade sheets, you’ll see a few D’s or F’s for tests and quizzes scattered among a sea of A’s for homework. Parents shake their head in confusion because their children manage to get high marks for doing their homework but those good grades aren’t reflected in their low test scores.  Parents often meet with their children’s teachers in search of explanations for these disparate grades. As the director at Merit Educational Consultants, I often hear parents’ claims that their children do their homework and receive excellent grades but that they are just . . .


The question is not are we testing too much but rather what tests do students need? The answer is that every student needs a baseline by the end of 8th grade.  Then, based on that result ...


Sometimes you need help. Tutors are a great resource but which tutors are good?  For the last decade, my private high school, LeeWay Academy has used and vetted tutors all over the country. The best way to pick a tutor is to . . .


If you are a senior headed off to university this fall or a current college student of any age, money has got to be on your mind. College is expensive and in short order someone is going to be writing some big checks. Hopefully, you have planned well up to this point, optimized high school to pay for college by following LeeWay, and you already have at least one primary and one secondary scholarship in hand. Now you need to do one more thing.  .  . 


Summer is here and students across the country are looking for ways to fill two whole months of down time.  While academics rule the school year, summer is the perfected extended window for those equally critical extracurriculars.  Sports & Debate may be fun but colleges don't give top dollar for these activities except to the top 1% of participants.  If you want those big college scholarships, summer is the ideal time to focus on the trifecta of.  .  .


Your COLLEGE PACKAGE will determine what universities accept you and how much money they will give you.  In 8th-11th grade, your goal is to do everything possible to build a great College Package.  In 12th grade, be honest about the Package you have then apply only to colleges that will love your package just as it is and hopefully give you money to attend.  Here are the ways to get college paid for.  Give colleges what they want and you can expect .  .  . 


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