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Beyond Brilliance: The Secrets To Better Learning

  I am so excited to introduce Beyond Brilliance, a new book by four UC Berkeley students about how we learn and how we can do it better. You can get the ebook free or purchase a hard copy and receive a full refund if you read it and write an honest review proving you read the […]

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10 Books for Parents of Soon-to-Be College Students

  It’s graduation gift time. High school students are graduating with aspirations of college in the fall. Graduation gift guides are dominating the online world. But why not treat yourself to a few gifts that will help you with the transition from high school to college? These books for parents should provide great summer reading […]

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A Book to Help with the Admissions Essay

  Periodically, I review books for authors who write about the college prep process. Today’s review is on Admissions Essay BootCamp (How to Write Your Way into the Elite College of Your Dreams). If your student needs some help with the essay, check it out. _______________________________ “From the founder of elite college prep agency Mint […]

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Mom-Approved Tips: Supporting Your College Freshman

  Whether you have a high school graduate heading to college in the fall, or you are working toward that eventual inevitability in the future, you need information about college life and how to support your new college freshman. University Parent, as it has done in the past, recognized the need that parents have when […]

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Carpe College! A Review and a Giveaway

  It is graduation time and every parent and relative are looking for gifts for graduates. I know, I know. No teenager likes to receive a book for graduation. But, if you’re smart, you can stuff it in a backpack, add it to a duffle bag or stick it in a laptop case or messenger […]

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The benefits of participating in a high school debate team

  The education you have during high school can benefit you in college.  This is especially true if you plan to pursue a law degree.  There are reasons to make a high school debate team a part of your education. A Debate Team Will Help You Learn Communication Skills When you work in the legal […]

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Saturday Giveaway: Getting In-The Zinch Guide to College Admissions

  This week’s giveaway is one of my favorite books on college admissions: Getting In-The Zinch Guide to College Admissions. I’ve read plenty of books on college admissions. Some are so scholarly heavy that you need a degree to figure them out. Others are so shallow you can find most of the material in your […]

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How to Prepare a Standout College Application–Book Review and Giveaway

  Recently I received a book to review about how to create an application that stands out from the others. The book, How to Prepare a Standout College Application: Expert Advice That Takes You From LMO (like many others) to Admit, is written by Allison Cooper Chisolm and Anna Ivey, both former admissions officers at […]

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“Now What?”-Conversations about College, Graduation, and the Next Step

  I’m always happy to promote books about college and the college process. “Now What?”, a book by Ari King, gives a unique perspective by using more than 60 interviews with new and established college graduates about adjust to college, preparing for graduation, and figuring out what to do next. Here’s some info about the […]

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Direct Hits: SAT Vocabulary resource

  Every SAT coach and college professional will tell you that vocabulary is the key to every aspect of the college application process–from the SAT/ACT tests to writing the essay vocabulary plays an integral part. The Direct Hits SAT Vocabulary books address this issue by helping your student enrich their vocabulary. According to Direct Hits, […]

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