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March 19, 2020
What makes a good tutor?

We firmly believe our tutoring team is the best tutoring team in all of Baltimore, and that’s largely because of who we hire and how we train.  Our tutors scored 98th percentile or higher, underwent an intense hiring process, and completed rigorous training. Our tutors have a long history of tremendous results.   This blog is […]

March 17, 2020
The science behind motivation

What is motivation and why is it important? Motivation is an internal process of goal-directed behavior. Sometimes it’s induced by drive, other times by need, but motivation is really just a desire for change.  Motivation is important to most aspects of human behavior. It leads us to engage with the world around us in an […]

March 12, 2020
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5 SAT Skills That Will Stay With You Forever

Most of us are aware that the SAT and ACT are important for college admissions purposes, and many students prepare for the SAT just to get the score they need to get into their choice college. However, the tests also emphasize some skills that can be utilized in the real world, and taking prep seriously […]

March 10, 2020
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Will Coronavirus Impact College Admissions?

Talk of coronavirus is everywhere, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. While we don’t want to sensationalize or underestimate the scope of the virus (but, everyone, please wash your hands!), this blog will discuss the potential implications of coronavirus on college admissions. So, you might be wondering, how are coronavirus and […]

February 28, 2020
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Technology vs. Human Impact of Education

McKinsey & Co., an elite consulting firm, published a report last month focused on technology and efficiency in education.  The report estimates that the 50 hours that a typical teacher currently works a week could be reduced by 20 to 40 percent through the use of existing technology. The report shows that technology can be […]

February 26, 2020
Honors colleges within larger universities–the best of both worlds?

If you are looking at colleges, you’ve probably noticed that many schools, especially larger universities, have honors colleges or honors programs.  Honors colleges claim to offer the atmosphere and attention of a small liberal arts school and to create a tight-knit community within an otherwise large and overwhelming university.  So what are the perks of […]

February 24, 2020
How to get the most out of a campus visit

Although applying to college may be stressful, a lot of fun things come with it, including visiting college campuses. You can surf the web as much as you want, but the only way to truly get a feel for a school is a campus visit. Visiting a school can be a great way to learn […]

February 14, 2020
JHU Bids Farewell to Legacy Admissions

What are legacy admissions?  Legacy admissions refer to preferential treatment given by a university to certain applicants because of their familial ties to an alumni of that institution.  At some selective colleges, including Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame, more than a quarter of each class is made up of legacy students. Legacy […]

February 13, 2020
Surprising Changes to College Admissions

Recent changes made at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) conference could have some serious implications for those applying to college, especially those who plan to apply early decision.  In the past, applicants who applied early decision understood that this decision was binding, meaning that students would rescind all other applications upon acceptance […]

February 12, 2020
Update on the Celebrity College Scandal

 The celebrity college admissions scandal, increasingly publicized and present in the news, is deeply upsetting to many—especially those who work honestly as educators to help students improve and develop as learners. Last week we got a bit of an update when the federal government filed a 526-page motion that contains heavily redacted emails and transcripts […]

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