2011 Wrap Up – Quiz Yourself on the Education Trends of the Year

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For those of you interested in trends in education, you’ll probably like this quiz. Catching up on my reading today, I stumbled upon this column in The Washington Post by Valerie Strauss called The Answer Sheet. In a entertaining quiz, she manages to help us review this last year in education. Do you know, for instance, how much training Teach for America recruits get before going out on their own to teach in high-poverty schools? (answer: 5 weeks – much, much less than I would have expected). I won’t spoil the rest of the questions for you, but I will encorage you to check the quiz out for yourselves! Click here to read her full post and to take the quiz.

“Playing the Game”

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I was glad the NYTimes wrote this piece all about a very impressive young woman, working hard to get into college.  Nathaly Lopera is just one of thousands of students who is honing her skills, practicing, studying and pushing herself to always do more as she keeps her goal of going to college ahead of her. Two things especially struck me about Nathaly and I think that all high school students should be thoughtful about her example as they go through this process.

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The Dish on Interviews

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This excellent article explains intervews and how they can factor into your admissions decision at different campuses. An interview is an opportunity to tell your own story in real time, to a real human being and so can be a powerful way of rounding out your application. Additionally, speaking to someone in person can be an important way of showing your interest to your favorite schools and a time to let yourself shine.

Making the numbers work for you: Early Decision

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This article by Steve Cohen helps to explain one of the easiest ways to boost your chances of getting into your top school — by applying early decision. If you are accepted you are “bound” to accept their offer so you have to take your application seriously, but the numbers Cohen lays out are too significant to ignore. Read the article yourself to fully understand what I’m talking about. This is one of those ways in which the early bird catches the worm.

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