Make the Most Out of Your High School Experience to Prepare for College Applications

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/5/19 7:17 AM / by Frances Cheng

Are you about to start the next four years of high school? Or perhaps you're already a high schooler who's thinking of the college application process lurking around the corner? No matter which grade you’re in, college applications is probably floating around your mind.

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Taking College Courses in High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/19 7:19 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many high school students elect to take college-level courses while in high school and the trend appears to be growing. A longitudinal study between 2009 and 2016, found that about a third of students (34 percent) took courses for post-secondary credit in high school. But what are the benefits of enrolling in community college and does it give students a leg up in their college applications? 

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How to Approach the Daunting Task of Picking Your AP Classes

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/26/18 9:03 AM / by Heather Gupton

AP classes are college-level courses offered to high school students to help them prepare for college and earn college credit. They provide students with the opportunity to take classes that aren’t part of a typical high school curriculum like psychology and computer science.

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Why Ninth Grade is Important for College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/16/18 1:30 PM / by Heather Gupton

Freshman year of high school can be a very stressful time. Often students are nervous about starting a new school, taking harder classes, and the overwhelming number of new activities they can participate in.

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Plan Your  High School Curriculum to Maximize College Acceptance

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/5/18 6:27 AM / by Elizabeth Nielsen

It is difficult to fathom upon entering ninth grade that everything you do from that point forward matters and can mean getting into the university of your choice or not. The change feels sudden, like the ice bucket challenge. 

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How Does My GPA Affect College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/2/18 11:20 PM / by Empowerly Team

One of the most common questions we get asked every year by high school students revolves around course selection. Often students ask how many Advanced Placement (AP) courses they should take, if they should pursue college courses outside of school, or if they should pursue an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. 

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What is The AP Capstone Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

If you like doing well in school and taking on challenges, then you probably know about the AP program. The College Board, which administers and develops the Advanced Placement (AP) program, has recently developed the AP Capstone program. This program is designed to complement and enhance the AP program.

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Senior Strategies: 8 Things That Should Be on Your Senior Year Bucket List

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/18 12:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Senior year is a great year to do some work, enjoy each day, and look forward to your future. Graduation is coming up and you have one last chance to make some lasting memories. For some, senior year is about Carpe Diem while for others it’s as bad as a Greek tragedy.

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Senior Strategies: Should You Load Up on AP Tests Senior Year?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/18 12:00 PM / by Andy Wang

A common dilemma that each high school senior faces around this time of the year is senior year AP testing and whether they should be taking more AP tests their last year in high school. 

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Guides: 10 Things Any STEM Major Should Know, as Told by a Stanford Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/22/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

As a sophomore at Stanford, I’ve met my fair share STEM-oriented students. In fact, at Stanford, it feels like everywhere you turn, you bump into another STEM student (a.k.a. “techy”).

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Underclassmen Updates: 5 Tips to Make the Most of Sophomore Year

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/20/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

Being a sophomore is often a confusing time in high school. You may be telling yourself that college is far away and that you have plenty of time, but it is much closer than you think. However, you can prepare yourself for college early on by making the most of your sophomore year. 

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Junior Journey: 3 Tips for Shy or Introverted Students

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/21/17 10:43 PM / by Melanie Falconer

If you were like me in class, you preferred to observe. You liked to take in your environment and soak in all the details. When it was time for a class discussion, you preferred to listen rather than assert your opinion.

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Underclassman Update: How to Study for Math

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/20/17 2:48 PM / by Natalie Thompson

When you took math in elementary school, you learned foundational information such as your addition and subtraction facts. When you take higher level math classes, you encounter more concepts. 

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Freshman Tips: 5 Steps to Balance Technology for Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/13/17 5:43 PM / by Melanie Falconer

 Technology is evolving constantly (this isn’t any news to you, right?). Really, teachers, administrators, and students have a hard time keeping up! 

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Junior Journey: Specific Study Tips for Science

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/7/17 5:42 PM / by Natalie Thompson

In high school, you move throughout your day from science to math to history class. Because you have several subjects in one day, it’s important to see they are all treated differently. Studying for science is different than studying for history or English.

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