Category: Tips for Parents

Parents: How to Keep Your Student Motivated During Remote Learning

By IvyWise on Thursday, May 14, 2020

AdobeStock_235857403Make the Most of Time Spent Social Distancing with Your Kids

For students who are used to juggling coursework, extracurricular activities, and time spent with friends, the transition to remote learning has proven extremely challenging. While every student will react to all this time at home differently, parents can play a powerful and important role in helping students make the most of this experience.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

By IvyWise on Friday, December 6, 2019

The Top-Choice Gifts for Every Type of Studentgifts presents green

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the time to take a momentary step away from regular round college applications and put the finishing touches on seasonal gift lists! Instead of losing sight of your academic goals entirely, students can take their study game to the next level with gadgets that will set them up for success in college and beyond.

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Parents: How to Discuss College Costs

By IvyWise on Friday, August 23, 2019

Parents college cost talkLearn How to Have an Impactful Discussion About Saving for School

It may sound daunting, but it’s  important for parents to discuss college costs and budgeting as part of the college search process . College is an investment and in order to feel confident and excited about your student’s educational choice, your entire family needs to be on the same page financially.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress

By IvyWise on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Manage College Admissions StressApplying to College Can Be Stressful But It Doesn’t Have to Be

It’s only natural for teens to feel pressure when navigating the college admissions process – it is, after all, one of the biggest decisions many teens will have made up until this point. In the January newsletter we covered how to manage test anxiety, which is common among many teens taking the ACT or SAT in hopes of getting into their dream school. While testing anxiety can be crippling, the college preparation process extends beyond one Saturday morning test. Many students can feel overwhelmed going into the process, and the stress can cause problems with grades, family, friends, health, and more.

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8 College Admission Dos and Don’ts for Parents

By IvyWise on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Tips for Parents During College Application SeasonParents Need to Be Involved When Students Apply to College But Avoid Overwhelming the Process<lt;/h2>

As a parent it’s hard not to want to play a major part of your student’s college search and application process. While it’s important to be involved in the process, there are some boundaries that parents of college bound students need to observe.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress This Fall

By IvyWise on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
College Application AnxietyDon’t Let College Application Anxiety Keep You From Having a Fun and Successful School Year

The glow of a new school year has worn off, and now college-bound high school seniors are diving head first into college applications – and the stress that comes with it.

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2015 College Admissions Trends Families Need to Know

By IvyWise on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2015 College Admissions TrendsCommon App Questions, International Admissions, and More: Here Are the College Admissions Trends Families Need to Prepare for This Summer

The admissions process for the Class of 2019 is just wrapping up, but we’re already seeing new trends developing for the Class of 2020. From online education to alternative admission options, and even problematic Common Application questions that colleges can use to make admissions decisions, there’s a lot brewing for the next crop of college applicants.

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Building a Well-Rounded Class: Why Colleges Want Specialists

By IvyWise on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Colleges Want Well Rounded Classes resized 600Debunking the Myth of the Well-Rounded Student

The truth is, there is no foolproof way to guarantee admission to your top-choice college. Admissions officers look at a variety of factors when evaluating college applications, and no singular quality is going to make you a shoo-in.

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Tips for Parents During the College Admissions Process

By IvyWise on Thursday, August 14, 2014
College Application Tips for ParentsParents: Be Supportive But Let Your Student Guide the Process

The college admissions process can be difficult both for the students and the parents. Sometimes, parents don’t know what their role should be in the process, and other times, parents get frustrated because their goals may not align with their student’s goals.  

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Researchers Find Mindful Meditation May Increase Test Scores

By IvyWise on Monday, April 8, 2013
Mindful Meditation Helping Students Focus, Test Better

Mindful MeditationIn addition to decreasing stress and increasing focus, new research from the University of California-Santa Barbara suggests that mindful meditation may also help students increase test scores and retain information better.  

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Financial Aid Breakdown

By IvyWise on Monday, January 7, 2013
What your financial aid package means when paying for college

Financial planning for college is an important step for applicantsNow that the new year is in full swing, college applications are being submitted, and decision letters are being sent, it is important for students to plan ahead for decision-making time. The 2013-2014 federal financial aid application was released on January 1st, and while many deadlines are a few months away, it is important for students and families to plan ahead and discuss how they will finance college. For many college applicants, following an acceptance to a college or university, or maybe even included in that large envelope waiting for you in the mail, is a financial aid package. As it becomes increasingly expensive to fund a higher education, financial aid packages become more important in making a decision about where to attend.

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Video Games Can Make You Smarter

By IvyWise on Friday, November 9, 2012
Video Games Make You SmarterPlaying Video Games Can Build Critical Thinking Skills and Sharpen Your Mind

It’s long been a fight between parents and kids about how boys and girls are “rotting their brains” with video games.  Sitting in front of a screen for hours on end seems like mindless activity, but in reality, playing video games can help make you sharper and smarter. 

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5 Essentials for College Freshmen Move-In Day

By IvyWise on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
5 Freshmen EssentialsCheck Your List and Check It Twice!

The fall semester is here, and with it comes the day new students look forward to the most, and the day some parents dread the most: college move-in day! For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they will be living away from home, and the task of getting everything they need to survive in only a few boxes can be a tricky one.

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