Good Grades

The single most important part of your application is your program of study and your GRADES!


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 […]


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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 […]


The College Admissions Process 101

1. Get the best grades in the most advanced classes you can. The first thing college admissions officers look for in evaluating any application is your curriculum and grades. The most effective way to become an attractive candidate is to impress them with your coursework and GPA. If you need help […]

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Catch the Back-to-School Wave

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


How to THINK about Math

possibleAs a teacher of both English and Math for over two decades, I’ve had a unique opportunity to witness how the same student OFTEN thinks completely differently about math and EVERYTHING ELSE. Every year I work with really bright, hard-working students who exercise impressive critical thinking and cognitive firepower in […]

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Parent Tip #17: Buy Your Kids’ Subject Test and/or AP Test Prep Books EARLY IN THE SCHOOL YEAR

The best prep for either a Subject Test (the one-hour, subject specific tests required by many top schools) and the more rigorous AP Exams (given in May, near the conclusion of each AP course) is a well-designed class and a good teacher. Sometimes students get lucky and need little extra […]


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 NEW YEAR! I’m a great believer in the old adage 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 […]

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The PSATs Are OVER!…Now What?!

So you took the PSATs this past week. For many of you, sophomores and juniors alike, that began your foray into the wonderful world of high-stakes (college entrance exam) testing. That’s the bad news. The good news is that sophomores have a really long break before the next one (PLAN […]


Six Quality Summer Activities For Success in the College Admissions Game

Ah, summertime. The long awaited break from the rigors of academia during the seemingly interminable haul between September and June. Time to indulge all your couch potato fantasies.  Right? Um, wrong! The last thing you want to do in the college admissions game is be a couch potato over the […]

Six Quality Summer Activities For Success in the College Admissions Game

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Introducing CPE’s “Finishing Strong” Workshop

It’s a fact that THE MOST important criterion for college admissions is your grades. And the most important quarter of the year for determining your final grades is the 4th quarter, i.e., now to the end of the year. Want to ensure you get the very best grades you can […]