The LifeLaunchr Webinar: U.K. College Admissions

The deadline for applying to U.K. universities for Fall 2018 admission is coming up fast, on January 15, 2018.  That’s also the deadline to apply for deferred admissions for Fall 2019. LifeLaunchr’s recent webinar “Applying to College in the U.K.? Meet the January 15 deadline!” helped parents and students by providing expert advice on U.K. college admissions from LifeLaunchr coach Amy Garrou.

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Five Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

Saving for college is one of the most-avoided topics in college planning. That’s understandable, since the costs can feel overwhelming, and for many of us the response to feeling overwhelmed is paralysis. But with a little planning, the challenge of paying for college is manageable. Here are five important tips for being in a position to afford college and minimize debt.

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The Keys to a Great College Essay

This is the time of year when many students are struggling with college essays. A great essay can help you get into a school which might otherwise have turned you down. So it does matter. But what makes for a great college essay? Our earlier webinar on “Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay,” with Jane Hirschhorn, laid out some great tips. But here are a few dos and don’ts to think about as you write your essay. Paying attention to these tips could turn an otherwise indifferent essay into one that gets noticed.

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How to Make Sense of College Rankings

Each September, the week the vaunted U.S. News and World Report college rankings come out, you’ll find parents looking over them anxiously. For many universities as well, these rankings are critical, since universities vie for top spots on this widely-publicized evaluation of their quality. For parents and students, the report adds to the complexity of decision-making about college. Here are tips on how to think about college rankings.

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Start the Year Right! Fall Tips for College Planning

Welcome to a new year of high school! As you get started on the new year, here are some tips to help you start it right. Whichever year of high school you’re in, make sure you’re paying attention to the things that will help you with college planning. Here, by year, is a list of fall tips for college planning.

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Secrets of Writing a Winning College Essay: The LifeLaunchr Webinar

At virtually every selective U.S. university, your admissions essay is the key to standing out from all the others with similar test scores and grades. Writing a great college essay can help you win admissions to stretch schools. Our recent webinar, by LifeLaunchr coach Jane Hirschhorn, tells you what you need to know to write a great college essay. For parents with rising juniors and seniors, and for their teens, this webinar provides valuable free information.

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Showcase Your Extracurricular Activities for College Admissions

Most U.S. universities ask for information on extracurricular activities in their application. When you list these activities on your application, colleges use that to look at whether you’ve shown leadership or taken the initiative. They also use it to look at whether you’ve been involved in an area that is of relevance to your prospective major, or other relevant reasons. In many cases, your letters of recommendation will mention these activities and corroborate your participation. Here are some tips on how best to showcase your extracurricular activities for college applications.

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How to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation for College Admissions

For most high-school students, college applications are the first time they’ll ask for a letter of recommendation. But it likely won’t be the last time, since many job applications require letters of recommendation as well. So the process you follow for college is a good learning experience, and teaches a skill that can be very valuable later in life. Here are some tips.

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Acing the SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know

Standardized testing is stressful for many students and parents, because it has such high stakes. After years of diligent coursework and academics, it’s hard to imagine a student’s future being decided by one session on a Saturday morning. But taking, and doing well on, standardized tests like the SAT and ACT doesn’t have to be stressful and scary. Here’s what you need to know.

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