How to Stand Out When Applying for Scholarships

By IvyWise on Monday, October 26, 2020
Make the Most of Applying for Scholarships with These Tips

Scholarships are a win-win: students can help reduce the costs associated with attending college while also adding to their resumes. As an added bonus, the vast array of different scholarship options out there means there is truly an opportunity for every student.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Alexis

By IvyWise on Friday, October 23, 2020
IvyWise Pro Bono Student Alexis Shares Her Tips for Students Applying to College

For current seniors, the college application process is in full swing. It can be a high-stress time for many, particularly during an application cycle that has been marked by changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s so important to have perspective when going through the admissions journey, which is why we’ve reached out to one of our own students, Alexis, to share some advice for future applicants.

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ISEE vs. SSAT

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Compare the ISEE and SSAT

 

For students and families who are interested in the private school application process, there are generally two major tests on their radar: the ISEE and the SSAT. While both exams have a lot in common, there are also some distinct differences between the tests that students should keep in mind. 

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College Admissions Changes During a Global Shift

By IvyWise on Friday, October 16, 2020
Learn What College Admissions Changes to Expect Now and in the Future

The college admissions process has always been multifaceted and complex, but the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have added a new layer of uncertainty. From limited testing options to a lack of campus tours, college applicants are experiencing a new playing field with several noteworthy differences. 

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How Tutors Can Help Students with Independent Projects

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Learn How Working with a Tutor Will Level Up Your Independent Projects

By Carrie, IvyWise Master Tutor

When most students think of tutoring, academic support and test preparation are likely the first two things to come to mind. While both are undoubtedly important components of tutoring, students also have the opportunity to receive guidance on independent projects through mentorship.

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5 Ways to Demonstrate Creativity in Your College Apps

By IvyWise on Friday, October 9, 2020
Learn How to Emphasize Creativity and Why it Counts

Students who are eager to stand out on their college applications can’t overlook the importance of demonstrating creativity. Based on a recent Adobe study, 95% of admissions decision-makers believe in the value of creative skills. Despite this, only 20% of the same group report that students demonstrate their creativity “very well” on college applications and nearly 70% of students don’t know where to showcase these skills on their college applications.

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The Pros and Cons of Applying Early This Fall

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Young african american woman sitting on the table using computer laptop serious face thinking about question, very confused ideaAn Admissions Counselor’s Top Considerations for Applying to College Early

 

By Carolyn, IvyWise College Admissions Counselor

The weather here in my home state of Tennessee is finally starting to cool, there is pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee, and I just squashed what will (hopefully) be one of the last mosquitoes of the year. And with the change in the seasons, of course, comes the first wave of college application deadlines. Over the past several years, applying early to colleges has become a popular trend, and many colleges have developed a multi-deadline admissions process that might include Early Action, Early Decision, Single-Choice Early Action, and/or Regular Decision options. Whether or not to apply early can be a stressful decision even in “normal” years, but even more so in the current application cycle that is already rife with change and uncertainty.

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Class of 2025 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Thursday, October 1, 2020
class of 2024 early decision notification datesEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2020-21 Application Season

The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

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Colleges Extending Early Application Deadlines

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Discover Whether Your Early Decision Choice is Extending Their Deadline

 

For students submitting a college application in 2020, the admissions cycle has been anything but ordinary. From campus tour closures to SAT/ACT cancellations, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact the admissions process. 

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What is the New Normal for Colleges and Universities?

By IvyWise on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Learn What the New Normal Looks Like at Colleges and Universities

With the back to school season well under way, students are preparing for fall semesters that will likely feel very different from years past. From remote learning models to mandatory quarantine periods, every college and university has its own approach to creating a new normal.

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5 Questions to Ask When Finalizing Your College List

By IvyWise on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
If You’re Finalizing Your College List, You Should Answer These Questions

Finalizing your college list is one of the most important decisions high school students will have to make. Before solidifying your choices, it’s important to research each school thoroughly and reflect on what you are looking for in a college.

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Back to School with IvyWise 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Use Our New Resources to Make the Most of This Unusual Semester

As COVID-19 continues to cause ongoing uncertainty for students across the globe, we’re debuting a new set of resources to help you navigate this unusual semester. Back to School with IvyWise is our latest initiative designed to provide students and families with comprehensive academic and college admissions support. 

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Students Who Receive Tutoring are More Prepared for College

By IvyWise on Friday, September 4, 2020
Happy ethnic guy smiling and waving hand while sitting at table and having online lesson at homeLearn Why Students Who Participate in Tutoring Have an Edge

Whether you’re struggling in a specific class or looking to get ahead, tutoring can be an excellent opportunity for students to overcome academic challenges and gain confidence. By working one-on-one with an experienced tutor, students can build the foundation for effective work habits that will serve them throughout their educational journey and beyond. 

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Navigating Fall Testing in 2020

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Female students taking tests at the universityWhat You Need to Know if Testing is on Your Radar This Fall

This fall, students may feel like they’re approaching a crossroads. While many originally planned on taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT during their fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty to their college preparation plans. As some testing sites begin to reopen, new questions have emerged. Some students may be wondering whether they should register for a fall exam, what taking the SAT or ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic will look like, and what their options are if they decide against sitting for an exam. 

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Coronavirus Cancellations: Admissions Testing and College Updates

By IvyWise on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Coronavirus cancellationsThe Latest on How Colleges and Universities in the US are Responding to COVID-19

The response to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has deeply affected college bound high school students with school closures and the cancelling of large gatherings, including campus visits, admitted student weekends, and admissions tests.

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5 Tips for Staying Engaged During Online Lessons

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 27, 2020
Discover How to Stay Engaged During Your Online Classes

With a growing number of schools opting for remote lessons or hybridized models this fall, online courses will be a part of many students’ reality. While completing coursework from the comfort of your bedroom might sound appealing, it’s important to stay just as engaged as you would in a classroom or lecture hall.

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Colleges with No Application Fees

By IvyWise on Monday, August 24, 2020
Colleges Where You Can Apply Without an Application Fee

Students must weigh many considerations when compiling their list of best-fit colleges, including application fees. Many universities include a fee that applicants must pay when applying unless that student qualifies for fee waivers. However, there are a number of colleges without an accompanying application fee.

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Staying Productive During A Pandemic

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 20, 2020
Learn How to Remain Productive Amidst All Distractions

As summer break comes to a close, many students may find it challenging to stay productive. Add in the sense of uncertainty and disruption associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and it’s no wonder many students may feel as if they are struggling to stay on top of their studies.

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5 Items to Check Off Your List Before the First Day of School

By IvyWise on Monday, August 17, 2020
Have the Best First Day of School Possible By Checking These Items Off of Your To-Do List

Whether it’s in-person or online, the first day of school sets the tone for the rest of your academic year. Consequently, it’s important for students to come prepared and get started on the best note possible. 

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How to Make the Most of the Back-to-School Season

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Start the Back-to-School Season on the Best Note Possible

It’s safe to say that for many students, this year’s back to school season will be unlike any other. With many colleges and high schools offering remote or hybrid learning options, students may not be reuniting with their classmates face-to-face as they have in previous years. 

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