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Planning a Summer for Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/19 5:43 PM / by Empowerly Team

I'm bored. Yeah, it's 6 weeks into summer. We're all bored...unless we plan a stimulating and growth-mindset-building set of challenges and deep dive into something new. 

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Financial Aid for International Applicants

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/5/19 2:01 PM / by Empowerly Team

So you are an international student who wants to apply for colleges in the United States. If you seek financial aid and are not an U.S. citizen, it may seem like you have no good options. Although your options are more limited than those of U.S. citizens, don't give up! Here are some must-have financial aid starter tips:

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Boost Your Test Scores with 3 Easy Fixes

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/16/19 9:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

The key to succeeding on test day?

Sure, there are certain academic standards you’ll need to know and intellectual skills you can perfect with practice over time. But if you’re down to the wire and looking for some quick and dirty tips for how to boost your scores quickly, here are three easy fixes to improve your results.

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Calculating Your Financial FAFSA Facts

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/15/19 2:30 PM / by Empowerly Team

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a universal form that all students in the United States can submit in order to receive government support to help pay for their education. The 2020-2021 form opened on their website on October 1st, 2019 and will be accessible to submit until June 30th, 2021. However, the sooner you submit, the better—and yes, you SHOULD submit one!

Before you sit down to fill it out, here are some things you need to know in order to get the most aid possible.

 

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Are You an Introvert or Extrovert in the Classroom?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/8/19 12:44 PM / by Empowerly Team

Participation points can be nearly impossible to quantify. Teachers each have their own metrics, and you don't typically receive a rubric for how to demonstrate your engagement best over time. While each class will differ, knowing more about yourself as a student will help you succeed regardless. Introverts and extroverts both have unique qualities to bring to their learning environments—you just have to play to your strengths! Take our quiz to learn what you should be doing.

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Top Schools for Undergraduate Research in 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/19 3:06 PM / by Empowerly Team

Undergraduate research remains one of the most sought-after qualities in the college search. Students want to know how, when, and where to find opportunities for hands-on projects. Not only do these research projects allow students to express creativity, take control of their education, and delve deeper into their specific interests, it's a great way to demonstrate leadership and initiative on your resume—for any career you want to pursue. From humanities to STEM, opportunities to produce independent work under the supervision of a highly-qualified faculty member are a golden ticket to standing out. Convinced?

Here is a run-down of the top spots for undergraduate research in 2019.

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Network Like a Pro

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/1/19 1:49 PM / by Empowerly Team

If you cringe at the thought of new social situations, the word “networking” can bring up some negative connotations. Like it or not, networking won’t go away—in fact, as you get older, it gets even more important! But it doesn’t have to be painful. Whether you're a social butterfly or shy bookworm, you can always improve your networking skills to get the best results. Here are 7 easy tips for building a great network of connections.

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Do You Know Your Learning Style?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/27/19 11:01 AM / by Empowerly Team

Everyone learns in different ways. If you know your learning style, you can adapt your studying methods and start to ace your classes with ease. Sounds pretty good, right? So what are learning styles, again? 

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How Effective Are Your Study Habits?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/16/19 9:32 AM / by Empowerly Team

It's the start of a new school year, and the perfect time to start building good habits that will serve you all year long. Ready to evaluate your study skills? Test yourself and see where you can improve!

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Calling High-Schoolers! Your Voice Matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/1/19 12:36 PM / by Empowerly Team

Empowerly is growing and expanding—just like you! To do this, we’re asking for your opinion. Read on to learn more about an incentive for helping us out.

 

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Finalizing Your College List

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/24/19 10:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

College application season is just around the corner, and with over 4,000 degree-granting institutions in the US, finding the schools that you’ll be applying to is hard. Finalizing your list is the first step in setting yourself up for success and can help you manage your college application stress. Here are some of our quick tips on creating your college list:

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What If I Can't Visit a College?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/17/19 9:30 AM / by Empowerly Team

College visits are important, and can often be the lynchpin in your decision on whether or not to apply to—or attend—a school. However, college visits can get expensive, and finances often present a barrier for prospective students that prevents them from coming to check out a school in person. If finances are getting in between you and your college visit, check out our tips for alternatives for a campus tour:

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Book Club: Spring Reading List

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/5/19 6:38 AM / by Empowerly Team

Regardless of whether you’re pursuing a career in STEM, social sciences, or the arts it is important to continue your growth in literacy. In previous book club posts, we’ve talked about how reading can act as a calm space in the craziness of college preparation, as well as develop your writing and creative thinking skills. In addition to these outstanding literacy benefits, reading regularly can provide you with new experiences, perspectives, and life lessons that will help you become a more well-rounded student and individual. With that said, here are few reads to add to your spring reading list:

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Does Demonstrated Interest Increase Your Chances of College Admission?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/23/19 7:49 AM / by Empowerly Team

Demonstrated interest is when a student engages with a college to signal the student is serious about attending the college. Colleges care because students who show high levels of demonstrated interest are more likely to attend the college if accepted.

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How to Overcome College Rejection

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/19 5:08 PM / by Empowerly Team

 

1. Gain Some Perspective

The college admission process is a tough, grueling and competitive process. If you’ve been working your entire childhood and teenage years towards the lofty goal of attending Stanford or purchasing a Harvard sweatshirt, it can definitely feel soul crushing when you get rejected from your dream school(s). It’s important to arm yourself with stats - admissions rates, median scores and percentiles, etc - as well as some realistic inspiration.

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