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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

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

Calming Calculator Confusion: Updated 3/24/2017

UPDATED:  3/24/2017 We understand that some of our students who took the February ACT and were told to clear their calculators' memory received responses to their feedback forms filed with the ACT.  We continue to believe that clearing the calculators (TI-83s and TI-84s) of programs in their entirety was unwarranted and unfair.  Our programs are [...]

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

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

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

New Summer Coding Course Offered!

Come get your coding on! From August 1st-August 12th, we will be teaching a coding course at Newmark Education in Scotch Plains. Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to join. Classes will be Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm, with a half hour lunch break. Students should bring their own laptops and lunches. Call for more information.

April 27th, 2016|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

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