You vs. GRE

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A senior in high school perseveres through the SAT/ACT by saying “I’ll never have to do this again.” Wrong. Most aiming for graduate school must overcome the GRE monster. It is a four hour soul sucking exam that literally determines the rest of your life. Unlike undergraduate schools, graduate schools mainly look for three things; high GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendation, and an above average GPA.  Grab a notebook and jot down these tips to help your college student survive tidal waves of vocab, essays, and critical thinking.

Accountability: The desire to study in advance for the GRE begins with heartfelt motivation but slowly drops to the bottom of the priority list. With months between student and exam, it is difficult to set the bar high with college in full swing. Registering online for the GRE and setting the date will make the deadline more tangible. A tutoring center that offers practice tests on each of the sections of the GRE augments the preparation process. It may not be pleasant, but accountability is the number one way to propel your college student forward.

Grad School Visits: Finding the ideal graduate school program and campus can amp up intrinsic motivation like nothing else. Continue researching programs with your son or daughter and set their long term goals at the center of their thoughts. Once college students grasp the inner motivation, nothing can deter their focus.

Game it Up: If your son or daughter is taking the GRE over the summer, motivation levels might be dropping. Since increasing vocabulary is a sure fire way to increase GRE scores, continually integrate new words in your home. Set up a GRE vocab board in the kitchen or living room with a few key words to use each day. Hearing those words in conversation will embed the context and definition further than just memorizing in a rush.

Positive Reinforcement: Plan a weekend vacation to your son or daughter’s favorite getaway spot a week after the exam. A European extravaganza is not required, but at least a change of scenery will rejuvenate your hard worker. Even a day of shopping out of town or visiting an amusement park will do the trick. Keep these happy memories in mind on frustrating nights when your son or daughter claims that working at Rally’s forever sounds more appealing than another practice test.

Trust: Trust your son or daughter to study hard and convey that trust. If they know you are confident in their abilities, they will be more likely to believe in themselves as well. Based on new GRE policies, one can retake the test every 30 days for a rolling 12-month period. It is a test that improves with practice, and it is possible to learn how to effectively enervate test anxiety.

Studying for the GRE is an arduous process but with the synthesis of alacrity, parental approbation, and an audacious student, the monster will be defeated.

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College Visits: Be There to Show You Care

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Oh, the joys of college visits. Parents drive for hours while their teenager snores in the backseat until they reach the campus. Then they attend an informational meeting led by a peppy college student who is employed by the admissions office, and this person cleverly highlights the college’s bright spots and manages to answer any question thrown his or her way, even if the answer has little to do with what was asked. Parents listen intently, especially when tuition is mentioned, and the potential students yawn and glance at cell phones. After a half hour or so, everyone is whisked away to tour the campus, which, they are assured, is the most picturesque, the most accessible, the safest, the greenest, etc. Tour guides point to buildings and give them apparently meaningful names and present a recently cleaned dorm room to the group’s inspection.

College Costs HOW Much?! Financial Aid Tips to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind

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Today, two-thirds of college students have to take out loans to pay for their education, and the average borrower graduates with close to $27,000 in debt!  Right now, the standard repayment schedule is 10 years – meaning that your kids will likely have kids of their own before their college tuition is paid for!

Wouldn’t it be nice to help them come up with a payment plan that doesn’t need to be paid back (and, no, I’m not talking about winning the lottery, suddenly agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, or going on a bank robbing spree).
Instead, your kids can get scholarships and grants.  Neither has to be paid back.  But to get them, you (and your kids) will have to do some work now, before they head off to school.
To make things easier, try some of these tips!

Weekend at Home

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The first day of college marks the automatic fall break countdown. Students live for long weekends that provide a significant pause from the noise of university life. For the past few weeks your son or daughter has lived independently.  Family systems differ from these independent routines. Don’t waste limited time fighting over petty misunderstandings with your son or daughter during a long weekend. Read through the following Do’s and Don’ts of weekends at home to keep the peace and provide the perfect college getaway for a maxed out college student.

College hunting: The Excel File

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College hunting is serious business. State of the art gyms and dining commons have allure, but do the academic challenges rise above? Use one Excel file to keep yourself in line and organize deal breakers and shiny attractions of the Universities at the top of your list. Then, navigate overwhelming University websites with ease and focus. These tips will leave you calm, cool, and collected in the midst of accumulating brochures and looming decisions.

School's Out - What To Do Now?

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School’s out, for summer! School’s out forever! Well, school might not actually be out forever as the 1970s Alice Cooper rock classic declared, but if you’ve grown to accustomed to your free time during the last academic year, it might feel that way during the summer months. So what’s a parent to do now that you have to once again entertain, inspire and occupy the eager minds of a child who’s on summer vacation? How can you once again fill 24 hours and seven days a week with your child?

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