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Finals Week

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

103060359_47Is it just me or do people overreact a little when it comes to final exams? I mean sure they’re important and all, but I’ve seen people take some pretty drastic measures as that joyous time of the year comes around. By all means study for them and try your best, but I’ve found there’s a line between obsessing with perfection and compromising mental health. Whether that’s due to the academic stress culture which is rampant on any college campus or not I can’t say, but I for one will not be cancelling my Netflix subscription over the next 4 weeks. Here are some tips for straddling this notoriously turbulent period of the college calendar: (more…)

Driving Home for Christmas

Thursday, December 4th, 2014



Getting home for various holidays is not easy for everyone. Within your class, there will probably be the fortunate few who can visit home every couple of weeks; a simple 10 minute bus ride away where ‘Tony’ can pretend he came home because he missed their faces whilst dumping a bag of dirty laundry on the kitchen table. But for most it is not that easy. The laundry piles up because there is nobody to tell me to start sorting out my life anymore. I may have digressed slightly, but the point is that choosing whether to travel home for the holidays or to stay on campus can be difficult for many. (more…)

How to Make the Most Out of Your Last Semester of High School

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Colleges do revoke admissions decisions.  That said, it is uncommon.  The high school senior should of course keep up her grades in the last semester, but, honestly, not out of fear of having an admission decision revoked.  Keep up your grades because that’s the kind of character you have and want to foster, not because of some unreasonably placed fear towards admissions counselors.  Avoid senioritis because senioritis is stupid and you aren’t.  Let that be that.

(For parents, actually has a pretty decent article on helping your son or daughter avoid senioritis.) (more…)

How to Prepare for Finals

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
College Calendar

Finals Schedule

First Rule: Don’t procrastinate; avoid cramming.  But since you’ve already broken rule number one (it’s December, after all) then cram, cram, cram.  Effectively, of course.  This assumes that you would have been studying all year, such that you followed a plan something along the lines of reviewing the material at increasingly long intervals.  Say four times throughout the semester:

First, 10-30 minutes after you first learned it in class.

  • Second, a day or two later.
  • Third, a week or two later.
  • Fourth, a week or two before the exam.


Planning for the Year Ahead

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
College Calendar

Yearly Calendar

June is here, and another academic year approaches the all-too-familiar frenzied climax.  Whether student or teacher, expert or novice, STOP.  BREATHE…ONE FULL BREATH.  Turn around on your timeline to face the past.  You made it.  Congratulate yourself, knowing there’s always more to come.

Snap back to now.  On deck we have: any and all finals, APs, SAT Subject Tests, potential SAT and/or ACT retakes.

Let’s start with seniors and work earlier chronologically:

SENIORS!  Those finals won’t get good marks by themselves.  No compromise to diligence here; see your final game through.  The victory lap will be that much sweeter.  As you do so, please remember those who helped you get here.  Celebrate the success together. (more…)