Just Admit It: How Do College Admissions Officers Evaluate Transcripts?

Monday, July 19, 2021
Learn How College Admissions Officers Evaluate Transcripts

Your high school transcript is often considered the most important piece of information admissions officers have to evaluate. At the end of the day, college is an academic endeavor, so admissions officers are looking to understand how you perform in the classroom and the subjects that interest you.

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The College Applicant Resume

Monday, April 26, 2021

Understanding the Transfer Admissions Process to Find Your Best-Fit School

If you think resumes are only for job applications, it’s time to think again. A resume is an ideal medium to clearly and concisely present what you’ve accomplished throughout your high school career. Consequently, many students choose to include a resume when applying to college or when requesting letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors,

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2021-22 Common App Changes

Friday, March 26, 2021
The 2021-22 Common App Changes You Need to Know About

As the most widely used college application system in the United States, the Common Application is likely already on many students’ radars. However, some future applicants may be less aware of the changes being made to the Common App for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

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Just Admit It: Why do Supplemental Essays Matter?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Focused young african american male student sitting at table with computer, wearing bluetooth earphones, busy with study, listening to educational online lecture or enjoying favorite music tracks.How Important are Supplemental Essays?

We all know the personal statement is a huge part of the college application, but how important are those extra supplemental essays? For many students writing fatigue can set in and they don’t spend as much time working on those – especially as application deadlines loom. So how important is it to spend time on those supplements?

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What to Know About AP Subject Tests

Monday, November 23, 2020
An Overview for Students Who Are Interested in AP Subject Tests

AP Subject Tests are likely to be a part of many students’ high school experience as students take advanced courses in order to boost their course rigor. These exams can be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in a subject that you are passionate about and maybe even earn some college credit.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Alexis

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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5 Ways to Demonstrate Creativity in Your College Apps

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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Staying Productive During A Pandemic

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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IB vs. AP: Which Is Best for College Admissions?

Monday, August 10, 2020
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For high school students looking to make the most of their courses, choosing between an International Baccalaureate (IB) and AP curriculum is often a top priority. While both choices are academically rigorous and can lead to college credit, there are also profound differences between the two programs. 

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ACT Superscoring: Colleges that Superscore the ACT

Thursday, June 25, 2020

What to Do the Morning of the SAT ACTHere are the Colleges that Superscore the ACT

Superscoring is the practice of considering only the highest section scores across all SAT or ACT test scores that are submitted when evaluating applications. Many schools already superscore for the SAT, but superscoring for the ACT has not always been widely practiced.

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5 Tips for Making the Most of a Remote Internship

Thursday, June 18, 2020

International Study TipsRemote Internships are a Valuable Opportunity for Students Looking to Get Ahead

Internships are a valuable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience during the summer months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these positions have shifted to virtual experiences in order to adhere to social distancing and safer at home orders.

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Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL Score

Monday, June 15, 2020
Tips for Boosting Your TOEFL Score

By Joey, IvyWise Tutor

For many international students, taking the TOEFL exam is one of many steps on their radar for the U.S. college admissions process. Many colleges do require TOEFL scores as part of their international application review process, so it’s important to do your research and see what the policy is at every school on your best-fit list.

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How to Make the Most of Virtual Learning

Friday, March 6, 2020

AdobeStock_224952319Whether it’s an MOOC, an online SAT course, or another virtual learning experience, there are a variety of reasons why students may turn to digital courses. Now, amidst growing concerns over the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many schools across the globe are opting for virtual learning so students can continue their coursework during school closures.

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How to Set Test Prep Goals for 2020

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Get a Head Start on Planning for the New Year

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With the new year right around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about your test prep goals for 2020. Whether you’re a freshman who is just beginning to think about college, a sophomore gearing up to start test prep, or a junior who is already in the thick of it, there are concrete steps that you can take in 2020 to get closer to achieving your test prep goals.

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What You Need to Know Before You Apply to Duke

Monday, November 18, 2019

Duke university early decision notification dateLearn More About this Top College Before Applying

Duke University is a renowned university in North Carolina with a rich history, top-tier academics and lots of school spirit. Consequently, it is an extremely popular choice amongst high school seniors with a variety of different interests and specialties.

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3 College Essays Tips from Former Admissions Officers

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Answer_Crazy_Essay_QuestionsHere’s What to Keep in Mind When Writing College Essays

College application essays are often the most stressed about component of the admissions process, but they don’t have to be! By taking some time to learn what admissions officers are looking for students can feel confident when crafting their college application essays.

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4 Tips for Medical School Applicants

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Science professor giving lecture to class at the universityMed School Advice from a Former Medical School Admissions Officer

Interested in applying to medical school? Gaining admission to medical school is a competitive process, and applicants need to be in the best position possible in order to have the best chance of admission to a good-fit program.

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3 Tips for Applying to College as a Student from China

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Applying as a Student from ChinaHere’s What Students from China Need to Keep in Mind When Applying to US Universities

The US admissions process is very different from other systems around the world, and for international students, especially those from China, it’s important to understand how US admissions works and what to keep in mind when applying.

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Dealing with College App Anxiety: Tools to Help Students Cope

Friday, October 4, 2019

AdobeStock_192384970Stay Calm Throughout Application Season with These Top Tips

For many high school seniors, the fall semester can feel particularly stressful. Between maintaining top grades, putting the finishing touches on personal statements, and applying to colleges, there are a lot of important items on students’ agendas.

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How Students Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

AdobeStock_255913176Simple Things Students Can Do to Go Green This Year

Everyone should do their part to protect the planet, and for some students “going green” can also be a valuable opportunity to explore a pressing cause that has become a major focus in the US lately. Recent reports have found that the Earth is warming much faster than previously thought – raising concerns among teens around the globe. A recent survey found that a majority of US teens are worried about climate change and 1 in 4 have participated in some form of activism on the topic of the Earth’s climate.

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