Yearly Archives: 2015


Most Likely to Succeed: The (wo)man, the myth, the movie

When I was asked to screen the Sundance Film Festival selection Most Likely to Succeed, all sorts of connotations and anxieties bubbled about my brain. You see, I was voted Most Likely to Succeed as a senior in high school and I often ponder what it means or meant. At the time when I was [...]

December 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Our Thoughts On The ACT Pacing Watch

As students took the October administration of the ACT this week, we found ourselves answering a question which crops up every now and then….should my child buy a watch specifically designed for the ACT? Today, the unprecedented inflation of college tuition costs illustrates the degree of continued fervor surrounding the college admissions process. There is [...]

October 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Engaging Girls in STEM

If I had to use one word to describe why I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography, it would be 'worms.' Let me explain. When I was in sixth grade, my class went on a trip to the Liberty Science Center. We spent most of the day touring the museum, but for the [...]

October 15th, 2015|0 Comments

College Admission Fireworks!

Note: Class of 2016: There are no changes to the college admission process for this class. Note: Class of 2017: Some colleges will offer additional options for applying, but all will still accept the Common Application or another alternative such as their own application. If your student does not have materials suitable for a portfolio [...]

October 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Overcoming Obstacles

Many of us struggle in one way or another, with focus, with procrastinating, or with physical challenges. Our own Co-Founder Nicole Oringer understands first-hand what it's like to have to persevere and show resilience during the difficult teenage years. Her experience is one of the reasons she is a strong woman today, and why she [...]

July 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Ivy Educational Services Navigates ACT Changes for You

With all the commotion regarding the Redesigned PSAT and SAT, it's easy to forget about the evolving nature of the ACT.  Several "enhancements" have slowly made their way into the test since the ACT folks in Iowa announced changes in 2013. The enhancements are not a dramatic overhaul like the Redesigned SAT: score ranges will be the same; [...]

July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Procrastinate Less and Enjoy Getting More Done

The height of summer, with its long lazy days in the sun, is a fine time to think about the age-old problem of procrastination. In Latin, procrastinate means "do it tomorrow instead." Most, if not all of us, know what it feels like to procrastinate, and some of us habitually fall into what I call [...]

July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

An ACT Story—This is our Test Prep Goal

We could not be more filled with pride when we receive a letter like this; proud of our students, teachers and especially pleased when our program does even more than improve academic performance. Dear Jon and Bob, Thank you for the time and energy you put into tutoring Jacob for the ACTs. With your help, Jacob accomplished [...]

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Summer Reading and Writing 2.1

With summer upon us, it's time to think about some fun summer reading and maybe some writing practice as well. I remember spending long summer hours in the air-conditioned retreat of my public library, wandering through the stacks and picking up an interesting-looking book, browsing it for awhile, picking another, browsing it, and so on. [...]

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Summer Time

Beginning at the end of June, Ivy Ed has specialized summer camps to help your student improve his or her skills before next school year. Programs from art, writing, and organizing your high school life to intensive study prep for the ACT and SAT. And for those looking for a special adventure, join Jacqui and [...]

June 16th, 2015|0 Comments