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How Do I Complete the Education Page of the Common App?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 30, 2021

The Common Application Education Page – Tips

Most questions on the Common Application’s Education page are quite straightforward. Here are some tips for those questions that are not:

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part-III

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 29, 2017

In Part I and Part II of this blog, we discussed the Common App’s essay prompts, and then provided you with several suggestions (with essay excerpts from successful applications) – about how you could create a good “hook” opener. In this blog, we’ll revisit the essay prompts and suggest how your personal life could provide a fountain of topics to address them.

Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part II

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 21, 2017

In Part I of this blog series, we told you that it’s our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (also the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and for the Coalition Application) must accomplish two things to be successful:

Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

E-R-A Steps

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 5, 2015

 

E-R-A: Enrichment, Remediation, Acceleration.

Students who take summer courses improve their chances for college admission. That’s because summer studying indicates a student’s desire to continue intellectual development beyond the normal academic year. Learning doesn’t stop on the way out of the high school doors at the start of summer vacation..

JRA Educational Consulting provides the full spectrum of high school courses. At this time of the year, we’re quite busy planning our schedule for students taking courses with us. With 24/7 accessibility, either in person at one of our five SACS-accredited learning centers or online via Skype with our teachers, JRA Educational Consulting provides an ideal choice for students committed to summer studies.

Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Private-School

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Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Private-School

How to get off the waitlist

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on March 30, 2015

 

If you are trying to get off a waitlist, here’s some advice to improve your chances… Colleges do not rank-order the students on the waitlist. Rather, they fill the gaps left by not getting enough positive responses from the students they have admitted. So here’s where your demonstrated interest can play an important role.

Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

I got those graduation requirements wrapped up. Am I done? Or…

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 18, 2015

How NOT to approach choosing next year’s high school courses.

It comes around like clockwork: each year at this time, we guide freshmen, sophomores, and juniors through high school course selection. The principal point we make each season is that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between a student’s high school curriculum and potential college choices.

Topics: Tutoring, College Planning

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Topics: Tutoring, College Planning

Hobbies That Can Help Calm Your Mind Before College

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 16, 2015

Finishing high school is an important transition; moving away from home and learning how to balance academic responsibilities while juggling a social life might prove stressful as you plan your freshman year of college. Some stress is normal, but if you're concerned about getting over-stressed, you may want to take proactive measures to calm your mind before you embark on your journey. Hobbies help ease mounting tensions and, for you, the pressures of college life.

Topics: Tutoring, College Planning

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Topics: Tutoring, College Planning

Summer Programs & College Admission

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 7, 2014

Summer! A time to relax? Perhaps, but not a time to let down your guard if you’re planning to apply to college within the next two or three years! While summer is a special time away from the pressures of the school year, and a time to have fun, it’s also an opportunity to enrich your life, and enhance your chances for college admission by doing something productive. And, yes, you can accomplish all three of them at the same time! You may say, OK, but summer is at least four months away and I’ve got plenty of time to plan. Wrong! Now is the time to research and apply to summer programs!

Topics: Tutoring, Summer School, Educational Consulting

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Topics: Tutoring, Summer School, Educational Consulting

Applying Early? Know What You’re Getting Into!

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on August 15, 2011

While applying Early Action or Early Decision may increase your chances for a positive admissions decision, there are definitely strings attached.

Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

All that Glitters: Avoiding the Surprise of Place in College Visits

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on May 11, 2011

Throughout your junior year you have been receiving fan mail from colleges and universities, many of whose names were completely new to you—and your parents. So, sooner than later (hopefully) you begin to ease yourself around the net, checking out the websites for these and other schools.

Topics: Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: Tutoring, Educational Consulting