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  • What Colleges Know About You Before You Apply

    Microsites, small, interactive websites, are proving to be popular with colleges and universities that want to recruit new students or touch base with long-lost alumni. Not only do they provide users with a fun and interesting way to interact with a university, they also provide the university with valuable information about the user.

  • Is College the Real World?

    The stereotypical college experience is usually depicted as an extended adolescence, complete with social and financial irresponsibility, misconceptions about life and a freedom from real responsibility. While it's certainly possible to squander one's postsecondary education in this way, there are plenty of students who avoid these foibles and conduct themselves responsibly. Is it really fair to say that college isn't the real world?

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  • College Applications Now Ask You About Your Sexual Identity

    In August 2011, a private liberal arts college near Chicago made history by adding a single question to its undergraduate application. The optional 'yes' or 'no' question, aimed at determining a student's sexual orientation, is considered a huge step forward for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals. Some say the move is long overdue. But will it be the start of a growing trend?

  • Like Learning in the Classroom? Some Students Don't Have a Choice

    A new educational mandate for the state of Florida began with 2011's freshmen class. Going forward, all high school students will be required to complete at least one completely virtual learning experience. The Education Insider takes a look at what this means for Florida schools, students and parents.

  • Peer Pressure Finds Students at Home, Through the Computer

    Peer pressure is a simple fact of adolescent life; it's likely that most teenagers are impacted by it in one way or another throughout middle and high school. But can the effects of peer pressure be as far-reaching as the Internet? With the development of Facebook and other social media sites, many say yes. Education Insider takes a look at some disturbing statistics and examines just how much teens can be influenced by their peers even when they're logged on to their computers at home.

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  • Turning 'What I Did Last Summer' Into a College Essay

    College application essays can be an important component of a student's overall application package. This can lend a nerve-wracking quality to writing the essay, and students might approach the task with dread. But treating the essay as a way to tell stories about one's own experiences is one way to make the exercise both effective and enjoyable.

  • 10 Books You Need to Read Before Your Freshman Year

    It's helpful to have read certain books before entering college, simply because they are likely to come up in one class or another. Others are important not necessarily because of their 'classic' status, but because of the benefits - including enjoyment - students get from reading them. Here's a list of ten books that incoming college freshmen might want to familiarize themselves with.

  • Part-Time Jobs Don't Hurt College Admissions

    Extracurricular activities have long been considered a necessity for admissions to top colleges and universities. But not all students have the privilege of spending their free time on volunteer work and sports. According to admissions professionals, students who have to work after school might not be missing out due to their lack of traditional extracurricular activity.

  • Rural Students Take Fridays Off

    In some rural areas, cuts in budgets have led to cuts in school days. Some districts in South Dakota have recently joined a growing list in that and other states that have reduced the regular school week to four days. Some parents fear that less time spent in school could be detrimental to learning. But is it?

  • Vonnegut Library Donates Banned Book to Missouri High School Students

    Do schools have the right to yank books from reading lists and libraries simply because they don't like the content? Though the U.S. Constitution says no, some schools still take part in the practice. In the most recent episode, a Missouri high school voted to ban a classic novel because of its adult themes and profane content. But the book may soon find its way into the students' hands anyway, thanks to the efforts of a library with more than a passing interest in the banned title.

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  • Who's Helping California's Foster and High-Needs Children?

    Although almost every child faces difficulties in school, few deal with the unique problems encountered by foster children. That's why California's Family Care Network, Inc. exists. They provide countless services designed to help foster and other high-needs youth make it through the formative years of their lives and into prosperity.

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  • Online Courses in Some Kansas High Schools to Target Potential Drop-Outs

    In March 2011 America's Promise Alliance, a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children, reported at a Washington, DC summit that one out of every four public school students will drop out before graduating high school. This sobering statistic leaves school districts across the country wondering what they can do to keep students in attendance. One such district in Lawrence, Kansas believes it may have found a solution.

  • College Applicants Now Have More Options for Indicating Ethnicity

    Aspiring college students no longer have to feel limited when completing their admissions application. They don't just have to stick to checking one box in the racial and ethnic makeup section - they can now notate as many backgrounds as applicable. Study.com's Education Insider takes a look at the changes being implemented by postsecondary institutions across the country, which are allowing students to more precisely self-identify.

  • NYC Has More High School Graduates, But Are They Ready for the Next Step?

    New York City has recently boasted more high school graduates than in previous years. However, many do not seem to be sufficiently prepared for their next scholastic or professional step. Study.com's Education Insider takes a look at this pressing issue that is affecting today's NYC public school students.

  • The Uncertain Fate of School Librarians

    Stuck in the muck of hard economic times, states and local public school administrators across the country are trying to cautiously deflate the financial deficit balloon before it bursts. Consequently, many are forced to consider their expenditures, including the role of the school media specialist. Study.com's Education Insider takes a look at the uncertain fate of school librarians.

  • How Valuable Are High School Rankings?

    Most everyone is familiar with annual college rankings and why they're published, but fewer might know that high schools across the country are also ranked. But do these rankings have value? Study.com's Education Insider takes a closer look at high school rankings and what they mean.

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  • How to Talk About Your Decision to Forgo Higher Education

    In many families, it is assumed that all children will attend college. Some people end up attending college more because they think it's what they should do, rather than because it's what they want to do. For high school students who are expected to attend college, but ultimately decide not to, the conversation about why and how they reached this decision can be difficult to approach.

  • Should High School Students Take College Courses?

    Each year many high school students take on the challenge of enrolling in local college courses. Although there are benefits to doing this, it can also hurt students who aren't properly prepared.

  • Job-ward Bound: Career Alternatives to College

    The current economy is forcing a lot of new high school graduates to think seriously about what they want for their future. Many students will choose to enroll in college immediately after graduating, but that option may not be right for everyone. Here are some ways that high school graduates can enter the job market without getting a bachelor's degree.

  • How To Tell If You're Ready for College

    Now that you've graduated high school, you probably feel a huge sense of relief. But don't get too comfortable. There are still things you need to do to make sure you're ready to start college.

  • This is Your Brain on Math

    Is it possible that humans have an innate understanding of mathematics? This question has long been debated among academics. Recent research from Paris Descartes University seems to suggest that knowledge of at least some math concepts may be hard-wired into the human brain.

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  • How To Avoid Common Writing Mistakes

    Even in this day and age, good writing should never be put off. Learn how to place your participles and tame those dangling prepositions in part III of Study.com's series on common grammatical mistakes.

  • Make Your Writing Shine: Tips for Perfect Usage

    Who takes grammar errors lying down? Not you! Study.com is here to help you make fewer writing gaffes in part II of our series on common writing mistakes: Word usage.

  • 3 Languages to Learn Now

    With today's job market becoming more and more competitive, recent college grads, and even individuals who have spent years in the workforce, are being challenged to find ways of standing out among the competition. While pursuing advanced degrees and certifications can definitely brighten up your resume, being fluent in a foreign language can sometimes make the difference between you or your competition getting hired for a job.

  • High School Courses May Be Lacking in Rigor

    Reports show that high school students are taking more advanced courses, but some fear the course content is not as challenging as the name suggests. Could this hurt students as they start their college studies?

  • 5 Books To Read Before Starting College

    Getting your degree is usually more about what others want you to read than what you're interested in. So before you start college, you should check out some books that you're sure to enjoy. No matter what decade you look in, there are many choices that will not only interest you, but might also inspire your future studies. Here is a look at five of our favorites.

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  • Are High Schools Failing Students?

    As the academic year winds down, it is not only students who are subject to assessment. A recent Associated Press-Viacom survey has given young adults the opportunity to evaluate how well high schools prepare students for college and work. Many feel that schools aren't making the grade.

  • Great Teachers from History

    Do you remember your favorite teacher? It might be one who inspired you to pursue your career or maybe one who encouraged you to keep trying when you were struggling. History is full of these teachers, people who have worked with one student or many thousands. Keep reading to learn more about a small handful of history's greatest teachers.

  • 5 Reasons to Apply Undeclared

    So the high school graduation cap has been tossed in the air and you've been accepted to the college of your choice. Now comes the inevitable question: What's your major? If you don't know, don't panic: you don't necessarily need to know. You can always choose to enter college as 'undeclared' or 'undecided' and make your decision later. In fact, being undeclared can be beneficial.

  • Bruce Vinik on Study.com: A College Admissions Counselor Reminds Us to Slow Down

    Bruce Vinik is a private college admissions counselor and founder of Vinik Educational Placement Services (EPS). Study.com recently spoke to him about admissions madness and how to balance life and college goals and still come out on top.

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  • Emmanuel Schanzer of Bootstrap Talks to Study.com

    Bootstrap is an innovative middle school program designed to teach important algebraic concepts. This isn't your typical classroom curriculum, however. Instead, Bootstrap gives students the opportunity to use their numbers know-how to create video games.

  • Decision Anxiety: How To Choose The Right College for You

    Do you feel stressed, frustrated or nervous in deciding what college to attend? This can be a daunting task, but if you plan ahead, you'll have a greater chance of choosing a college that fits your needs and interests. The following steps can help relieve anxiety during the college decision process.

  • High School Teacher, Role Model and Youth Advocate: Study.com Speaks with Anthony Curtis

    Anthony Curtis is a high school lit teacher and one of the 2010 recipients of Illinois' Golden Apple Awards. Study.com recently caught up with Anthony to learn what inspires him and how he's become a force for positive change among his students.

  • No More Homework: The End of School Break Assignments

    School breaks are historically a time for students to rest and recharge. However, professors have increasingly used breaks as an opportunity to assign extra homework, particularly at elite colleges and universities. At Cornell University in upstate New York, some faculty members are looking to change that trend.

  • How Much Should SAT and ACT Tests Count in Admissions Decisions?

    Taking standardized college entrance tests like the SAT and ACT are major milestones for many high school students. Good performance on these exams has long been considered important toward college admissions. But some schools are starting to de-emphasize this part of a student's application.

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  • Engaged Students and Experiential Learning: Study.com Speaks to Diana Laufenberg at the Science Leadership Academy

    Diana Laufenberg is a high school teacher at Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet school that emphasizes project-based learning, research and inquiry. She recently gave a talk at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference, a forum that includes big thinkers in all areas of knowledge production, and agreed to elaborate on her ideas about learning and education with Study.com.

  • College Applications from A to Z

    The college admissions process can be intimidating. One way to help lessen your stress is to make sure you're familiar with all the terms you need to know. These key words related to the college application process can be a good place to start.

  • New AP Tests for the New Millennium

    Over the past decade, significant advances in knowledge have left AP students feeling the strain of endless memorization and test-cramming. In response, the College Board has laid out new curricula for many AP courses that emphasizes critical thinking and gives both students and teachers more freedom in the classroom.

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  • College Visits Dos and Don'ts

    Are you planning to visit colleges, either to decide where to apply or to decide which admissions offer to accept? The main goal of a campus visit should be to find out if you like the setting and feel comfortable there. During your visit, there are some things you should definitely do - and some others you'll want to avoid.

  • Using Computers to Study Disease: Study.com Speaks With a Siemens Prize Winner

    Andrew Liu, a senior at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, was a regional finalist and national semifinalist in the 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Liu received these awards for his work in bioinformatics, using computer programming to better understand complications that arise after organ transplants.

  • Ten Ways to Boost Your GPA

    If your grades are less than stellar, you might be thinking about taking steps to improve them. Doing better in school is often a simple matter of adopting better habits. These common sense tips can get you moving toward a higher GPA.

  • Alternative High Schools: Pros and Cons

    Education is not one size fits all - some students struggle with the traditional American high school experience. For these teens, alternative high schools can represent a different environment that allows them to thrive. Learn more about the potential benefits and downsides of these schools.

  • Private High Schools: Fact and Fiction

    American private high schools are often the subject of books, television shows and movies. Fictional depictions of private school life frequently focus on wealthy, socially cutthroat students. In reality, private school life isn't necessarily all limos and backstabbing, and the perks of attending can be beneficial. But there are some perils to attending private schools, and some new students may not realize how easy it can be for their enrollment to be terminated.

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  • Education Good News: HS Graduation Rate is Rising

    Although high school dropout rates remain high, a new report from America's Promise Alliance shows that the percentage of American students graduating from high school has been climbing since 2002. The report analyzes 'dropout factories' - the schools that produce the most high school dropouts - and offers suggestions on how we can improve graduation rates further to meet President Obama's education goals.

  • Top Ten Reasons Why Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Succeed

    Due to significant budgetary shortfalls, more and more universities are announcing plans to cut foreign language departments. In response to this alarming trend, Study.com is here to remind students and professionals why learning a foreign can help you succeed.

  • Independent College Counselors: Can They Get You Into Top Schools?

    College admissions are becoming more and more competitive. As a result, many students are searching for any way to gain an edge in the application process, including independent college counselors. Find out more about the services that these professionals provide.

  • Forget About School: 10 Ways to Access Education without Going to College

    Whether you already have a degree or just don't need one, college isn't for everyone - but learning is. From your public library to the Internet Archive, you can find free educational video, audio and course materials almost anywhere you look. Check out this list of 10 of our favorite ways to access education without stepping foot inside a classroom.

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  • Break that Block: Five Fun Writing Prompts

    We've all been there. You have a big assignment for school or work, but you can't seem to get your thoughts in order. Maybe you feel totally blocked, like your creativity has gone completely AWOL. Here are some entertaining prompts you can use to re-engage your brain.

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