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Help! Myths and Mysteries: Q & A with Common Application Essay Tutor

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.12.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

I recently had the pleasure of talking to a group of high school students in a summer writing program about college application essays.

College and Common Application Essays: A Coach Looks Forward and Back

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 04.08.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

One frenzied application season is just over and another - take a deep breath - is about to begin. By March 31st, college applicants around the worl...

College App Essays Run Amok: A Coach's Advice, Sympathy and a Word About Spiders

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.22.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

When the Common Application organization came into being in the 1970s, the point of it was to streamline college admissions, create one application and one essay that would do everything. Great idea, right? Yes. And no.

Tablets From VINCI and Michley Tivax Take Mobile Computing to New Frontiers

Michael L. Berman | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

A tablet is a tablet, is a tablet, etc. Or at least that's what I thought until I became aware of the variety of ways they're adapting to our lives --...

I got an 'A' and I Didn't Even Study

Alex Mallory | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
Alex Mallory

For most students, the image to cultivate is that of someone who doesn't care, who leaves everything to the last minute, and who miraculously pulls off "A" papers and top test scores.

Isn't Tutoring Just a Crutch?

Alex Mallory | Posted 07.11.2011 | Education
Alex Mallory

I receive phone calls from parents who have been wrestling with the consequences of private tutoring. Their concern is that tutoring is, at best, a band-aid and, at worst, a crutch.

SHSAT Is the Golden Ticket

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.13.2011 | College
Alex Mallory

For many students in New York City, the less well-known high school exam, the SHSAT, may be the most important standardized test of their academic careers.

Astoria Characters: The Itinerant Romantic

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

This is a love story. You know, boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Girl gets boy. To follow her to New York.