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Why the PSAT is More Important than Ever

As most of us know, applying to college back in the day—and by “the day” I mean right through the turn of the twenty-first century—was MUCH less complicated than it is today. We were instructed simply to be “smart, well-rounded kids.” Do your best in school, play a couple of […]

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Catch the Back-to-School Wave

One of my favorite things to do is bodysurf.  I remember when my dad taught me how on a Florida vacation back in the early, gulp, 1970s. (A few years ago, I had the privilege of teaching my daughter at East Beach in RI–hey, never mind that her first effort resulted […]


What College Bound Teens Can Learn from a Bunch of 50-Year Olds

Fifty may be the new forty, but it still feels suddenly different—ok, old— to many of us. I’m always wary of sweeping generalizations, but judging from conversations among my peers at a gym in West Hartford Center, many of us fifty-somethings have a significantly different definition of happiness than we did when […]

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7 Tips for Writing New Year’s Resolutions in the College Admissions Game

On behalf of everyone at CollegePrepExpress, I wish you a healthy, productive, successful, and HAPPY 2017! I’m a great believer that today is the first day of the rest of your life, that you can choose to wipe the slate clean and start fresh any day you choose. But there […]


Shedding Light on the Dark Ages of Junior Year

Back when I was in school, teachers sometimes liked to call the Middle Ages the Dark Ages.  Perhaps a misnomer, the term Dark Ages was meant to suggest that during the Middle Ages—the period in Western History between Antiquity (Greeks and Romans) and the Renaissance—nothing very interesting happened as far as historians […]

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What’s Next After the PSAT for Juniors: SAT or ACT?

Most students and parents playing the college admissions game to win know the “new” standardized testing strategy—i.e., in the era of “score choice“— is to sit for at least one SAT and at least one ACT. But many have been calling and emailing to ask which standardized test on what date is best to take […]


Why the PSAT is More Important than Ever

As most of us know, applying to college back in the day—and by “the day” I mean right through the turn of the twenty-first century—was MUCH less complicated than it is today. We were instructed simply to be “smart, well-rounded kids.” Do your best in school, play a couple of […]

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Dr. Yo’s 3 Tips for School Supplies

Quick word about school supplies. ‘Tis the season, fa la la la la. Here are Dr. Yo’s guidelines for purchasing school supplies: If your teachers recommend certain types of notebooks, paper, and other school supplies, always get what they want. It shows respect, willingness to learn their way, and who knows, […]


Writing College Applications in the Sweet Spot

Lots of college-bound students make two critical mistakes when it comes time to think through and write applications to college: they do it too soon, or they do it too late. Too soon? Is there really such a thing? Yes, there is. Emphatically so. Many high schools, both public and private, […]

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Be Mindful of When You Choose Not to Be

Be Mindful, But Give Yourself n Break In his beautiful compendium of teachings, Peace Is Every Step, Vietnamese Mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh gives us the secret to finding happiness every instant of every day. “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. […]