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Don’t Worry About It

Don’t worry about it. This is one of my favorite things to tell students and parents. I do realize that although it sounds simple, it is a loaded statement. The New York Times Magazine’s cover article this week was entitled “The Kids Who Can’t: Why are more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe [...]

October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

What to do when for standardized tests: An overview of the ACT and SAT

Recently, I gave a talk in the local community about how to get through standardized testing with a smile. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is when students email me, telling me that they improved and got the score (or above what) they were aiming for.  If you’re a parent, you may [...]

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Learning to Learn

I look forward to reading the Education Life section of The New York Times, which comes out four times a year, the way some people look forward to reading Sports Illustrated. This last release was filled with many wonderful articles, but the one that caught my imagination was entitled, "You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain." [...]

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Essay season is here!

I look forward to reading the essays of the four finalists each year when The New York Times publishes their favorite college essays having to do with social class and work. (One year, a student we worked with was a finalist!). This year I was particularly enamored. What gorgeous writing! What insights! What inspiration! The [...]

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Wait, what did the College Board just say?!

Last week, there was an interesting development from The College Board who disclosed that there is a positive correlation between test preparation (using Khan Academy, which we highly encourage our students to use) and increased scores on the SAT. Multi-million dollar companies have been built on this premise. The President of the College Board states, [...]

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Leadership: A Conversation with College Counselor Kathleen DeLuca About What Colleges Really Value

What do colleges look for? Leadership, leadership, LEADERSHIP! At least that is the message that most college-bound students are receiving. This trend is highlighted in two recent articles published by The New York Times and The Huffington Post.  Both articles illuminate that most colleges seek students who exhibit qualities such as excellence, passion, and service [...]

April 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Be a Sheep!

By Nicole Oringer, Ivy Ed Founder and Partner As a college counselor for the past 27 years, my greatest message to families is not to focus on branding but to be good consumers when it comes to purchasing this very odd commodity called higher education. As a result of my never-ending quest to find tools [...]

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

You won’t get a grade in these subjects, but they’re just as important

While you spend four years at college ostensibly to learn academic subjects and be prepared for the next phase of life (whether it’s entering the working world or continuing to grad school), utilizing and developing non-cognitive skills is just as important. You will be faced with new tasks that previously may have been done for [...]

November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

The only constant is change…when it comes to the ACT

The ACT is changing its Writing Test scoring system….again. As you may know, the ACT essay format changed in September of 2015. It went from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, and from a personal opinion essay to an analytical and argumentative essay with three perspectives on a given topic. The scoring system had also changed; [...]

June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Information Overload

Information Overload We've made a Faustian bargain: We can now access free and unlimited information, but we don't know how to measure the accuracy of this information. The keynote speaker at the Independent Educational Consultants Association conference in Boston proposed that we've made a deal with the devil. Dr. Daniel Levitin, a brilliant neuroscientist and [...]

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments