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Summer vacation provides opportunities for outdoor recreation, quality time with family, and relaxation. Although summer is a time for recuperation, it is important to engage in learning in order to retain knowledge acquired during the school year.

Decades of research have shown that students are prone to learning loss during the summer months when structured learning may not be an everyday occurrence. Commonly referred to as the summer slide, this learning loss can hinder months of hard-earned math, reading, and writing gains.

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Summer 2020 Online Enrichment Programs

  • Posted By: Annie van Hees
  • June 18, 2020

Summer is a time for sunscreen, family vacations, sleeping in, BBQs, relishing in the time away from school, and of course, summer camp. While some of that still remains (please wear sunscreen!), the sense of freedom that we so often feel at the end of the school year has changed in 2020. Many of us have been away from school for some months now, in a cycle of e-learning, juggling responsibilities at home, longing for the routine of school, and missing our friends. Thankfully, summer camp still persists!

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Books to Read This Summer

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • June 17, 2020

Summer is the time to slow down and enjoy the little things. One of the best ways to spend a summer day is with a good book. With so many fantastic books out there, it can be difficult to choose. We’ve compiled a list of this summer’s must-reads, so you don’t have to waste anytime getting started.

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Official ISEE Practice

Test Innovators and ERB, publisher of the ISEE, have teamed up to ensure that every student has access to high-quality test preparation tools. Our organizations believe in the importance of leveling the playing field for all test takers, decreasing test-related anxiety through familiarization, and empowering students to use test prep as a learning tool.

Test Innovators’ interactive platform features full-length practice tests with immediate scoring, time management feedback, a personalized prep plan, targeted practice exercises, skill-building videos, and more.

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The College Journey: What Students Should Be Doing in High School to Prepare for College

College admissions is an important milestone, and it takes more than just a few months to prepare for it. We spoke with Keith Wilkerson to learn what you can be doing throughout high school to set yourself up for a successful college admissions experience. Keith is the Founder and Lead Teacher for College Thoughts and has over 21 years of experience in the college placement field. He has counseled more than 7,000 families about their educational options. Here’s Keith’s advice on what you should be doing in high school to prepare for college.

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The College Journey: What Students Should Be Doing in Middle School to Prepare for College

The college admissions process is one of the most important parts of your future, and one that you can start preparing for in middle school. To learn how, we spoke with Keith Wilkerson, Founder and Lead Teacher for College Thoughts. Keith has over 21 years of experience in the college placement field and has counseled more than 7,000 families about their educational options. Here is Keith’s advice on how to start preparing for college in middle school.

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The College Journey: Campus Visits, the Application Essay, and Admissions

Applying to college is no doubt an important step in life. However, the various components of college admissions can make the process feel overwhelming. The best thing to do is to make sure you have the information you need and to take it one step at a time.

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The 3 Steps to a Successful Test Prep Plan

  • Posted By: Celena Alduenda
  • May 20, 2020
The 3 Steps of Test Prep

Are you preparing for an admissions test? Follow our simple, 3-step plan to achieve test success!

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Online Mock Tests: The Answer You've Benn Looking For

The need to shift our way of life due to COVID-19 has indeed been challenging, but it has also fueled creativity and ingenuity, resulting in new, and sometimes even better, ways of doing things. One such thing is online testing. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more tests were moving to a computerized format, and now, at-home testing has become a feasible alternative. Some tests, such as the ISEE and SSAT, are available at home, but what is the alternative for the benchmark mock testing that is commonly administered in-person at schools? Online mock tests, of course.

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Scores May Not Be Required but You Should Still Take the ACT and SAT

Due to COVID-19, many ACT and SAT test dates have been canceled. In light of these cancelations, many colleges and universities, such as the University of California system, Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and Trinity University in Texas, have decided to make test scores an optional part of their applications. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still prepare and take them.

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