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December 17, 2010
One of the hardest and most important tasks in picking a college is composing the initial list: the set of colleges that includes all you'd be content to wind up at. It's often easy to find one, two, or three colleges you'd really like, with ideas from a parent or older sibling, high school counselor, or website. But it's much harder to find relevant alternatives: colleges similar to your first choice, but ones that, for one reason or another, are better for your needs.
In helping our nephew with the college quest this fall, we've discovered a great new website, College Results Online (CRO), that not only helps you compose your list of colleges to apply to, but also provides a wealth of authoritative data not easily available elsewhere, all in a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate presentation. To help seniors still undecided on their final list and juniors who want to get an early start over Christmas break, we've invited guest blogger Mamie Lynch, a higher education research and policy analyst at The Education Trust, to share the secrets of using the site—and finding wonderful, hidden choices for college, in the process:
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December 10, 2010
It's finals time! These time-tested tips for studying for, and taking, your final exams can make a huge difference in your results, and send you off happy to your holiday break:
1. Count your way forward. Many students, when starting to think about preparing for finals, look at the dates of their finals, then count their way back. "Biology final on Wednesday? That's two or three studying days needed. I guess I'll start hitting the books on Sunday." A far better idea is to count up from the day the study questions are handed out (or if your prof doesn't bother with such niceties, a week before the exam) to the day the exam will take place. "Seven days? Then I'll divide the course into sevenths and study two weeks' worth of lectures each day."