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IEPs: How They Work and What They Mean

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Students who receive special education services in the public schools must have an IEP, or “Individualized Education Program.” An IEP is a legal document; once all the paperwork has been signed, the services and accommodations in the IEP are the legal right of the student, and non-compliance with the IEP can be met with legal…

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Study Skills and Habits for Academic Success

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When many people think of “studying,” they think about preparing for tests. Study skills, however, include a lot more than just test preparation. All of these skills are necessary to “study” effectively: Focusing and maximizing learning during class Effectively taking notes Completing and comprehending the assigned reading Efficiently managing time Completing Homework Staying organized Effectively…

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College Applications and the Future of Standardized Tests

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The pandemic threw a lot of uncertainty into the college admissions process (and just about everything else). Now that life is returning somewhat to “normal,” many current high school students are left with questions: Should I be worrying about the SAT or ACT? Is “test optional” still optional? Is there a benefit to having a…

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The Impact of Covid 19 on Higher Education: Are there pros for freshmen? What are the cons for the universities?

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It’s Not All Bad News! Recent Trends in College Tuition Costs and Financial Aid Awards The Covid pandemic has changed a lot about how we live and learn over the past two years. Much of it has been challenging, but recently there has been some promising news about college costs for students and prospective students….

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ACT Update: ACT Includes a New Type of Passage on the Reading Section

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From time to time, the ACT makes minor changes to its test format and content. Recently, test makers announced a change to the ACT Reading section. What is the change? Beginning in 2021, one of the ACT reading passages may be accompanied by a graph, figure, or table that contains information relevant to the reading…

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