“Superscoring” isn’t what happens when you nab an extra candy bar in a vending machine. It’s a strategy that 67 percent of Niche users report not knowing about, but could actually help them when it comes to college admissions. Just what is superscoring and how might it work to your advantage in the college admissions process?
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Most students don’t get a perfect score on their SAT or ACT. In fact, many students aren’t even satisfied with their results, with only 22 percent of Niche users reporting being very satisfied with their SAT/ACT scores.
But sometimes, if a student takes the SAT or ACT multiple times, a student can “superscore” his or her scores.
What is superscoring? It’s when a college takes a student’s highest subscores from different test dates to give them a new, higher “superscore.” Not only do the students benefit from superscoring, but the colleges do, too, as they like to report higher test scores to raise their rankings, so it’s a win-win situation.
Taking the subway to work at 8:55 this morning, I’m tired and late and frustrated–every single train, it seems, has stopped because of “train traffic ahead of us”—when the woman in front of me moves slightly to the right. Light falls across my phone. I glance up. Oh.
We’re on the bridge. I hadn’t even noticed. The bay stretches out to the horizon, and the sky is that shocking blue it only turns in late fall. The sun turns the approaching skyscrapers golden-kissed and glowing. The smile that tugs at the edges of my mouth is completely involuntary. I love this city.
Encourage your son or daughter to take the out-of-towner’s approach to college applications and enjoy each step with a sense of novelty and wonder. They will discover all sorts of things about themselves and their aspirations. There are at least 5 life skills to be learned from the college admission process:
1. Scheduling. The biggest change from high school to college for many children is organizing their own schedule. For junior parents, college apps are a great opportunity to organize the summer to make sure your child gets his or her essays started—maybe even finished—before school starts again, and have time for work, friends, and other things that are important to them. For parents of younger children, take the time to discuss upcoming summer opportunities that will deepen your child’s engagement with their passions and interests.
2. Project management. College admissions officers say that most students’ essays are sloppy and don’t help them in the admission process. The best admission essays are written in phases. Model this kind of planning as you go on family vacations, or start including your child in planning day trips. Even planning your weekly groceries! That way, when you remind your son or daughter to plan out their college strategy, he or she will know what that means, and you won’t have to hover and double-check their work.
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November 30, 2013
At the end of Legally Blonde, Elle Woods learns that is pays to be more than just a dumb blonde, as in addition to a degree from Harvard Law, she ends up gaining a better sense of self in the process.
Smart girls are pretty awesome—and when we say “smart,” we don’t just mean with math and sciences. Smart girls exist in a variety of forms, from art history majors spouting off info on dadaism to theology majors’ taking on positions of deity. In fact, it didn’t take a Harvard Law degree to prove Elle Woods was smart. She showed off some mad astuteness when she schooled that retail girl on low-viscosity rayon.
Students, both guys and girls alike, are taking to Whisper, the app and website dedicated to making public secrets, to express their love of the Smartest Girls on their campuses.
What’s the No. 1 school with Smartest Girls according to College Prowler users? Click here to find out. What’s your favorite thing about being or knowing a Smartest Girl?
November 9 marks a very special milestone for College Prowler. It was a year ago that we officially launched our ChanceMe tool, the CP feature that allows users to create “Will I get in?” posts for fellow users to vote on. Users plug in their high school stats—including GPA, test scores, extracurriculars, and more—and their peers can analyze them and offer sometimes invaluable feedback.
How helpful has the tool been in the past year? We surveyed our users to find out.
What should parents do with and for their children to nurture success in school, work, and life?
This is the first post in a series of “info-blogs” on how to create a framework for parents and students to communicate and collaborate through the college process, from middle school through senior year.
Today, we’ll start with an overview, and discuss three key steps and strategies to help you and your children succeed—happily, even—at every stage of the process: middle school, early high school, junior year, and senior year.
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Middle school can be tumultuous. It’s important to keep your child expanding, to listen to your child, and to provide clear guidelines and consistent discipline to guide his or her social and emotional learning.
- Expand their strengths
Children often experience their parents’ criticism more fully than their praise: “I came home with all A’s and one A-, and all my mom noticed was the A-.” Leadership gurus suggest we should focus on identifying and nurturing our strengths instead of trying to fix our perceived weaknesses. Here’s a book for your children to find their unique combination of strengths.
Be sure to have an account with Zinch with a complete (or nearly complete) profile in order to look at and apply for the scholarships below. Signing up for Zinch and filling out your profile will also find you a whole host more of scholarships you are eligible for. Go sign up today!
• Chegg Promise Scholarship
Finger painting and snack time may be a thing of the past, but they are long from forgotten. Revisiting your kindergarten self could pay off big time.
Who’s Eligible? All high US school and college students are eligible to apply
Amount: 5 scholarships of $1,000 each
How to Apply: Share your advice to your 6 year-old self and submit a short online application
Due Date: November 10, 2013
Did you know that it’s National Novel Writing Month?
Whether you’re in college or high school, you probably have a ton of writing to do already, what with papers and college applications. But you may want to consider adding some novel writing to your schedule in conjunction with NaNoWriMo’s month-long project to write a 50,000 work of fiction in 30 days.
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Why participate in this time-consuming, frustrating, and often nagging project? We have a few ways it could benefit you.
- “It’s a good experience to practice writing,” said a BYU student in this student newspaper article from last year’s NaNoWriMo project. And she’s right. You don’t have to be a budding novelist or writer to participate, and since writing proves to be very important in school, especially college, it’s a good way to hone your skills in general. Writing can be applied to other academic areas like science, mathematics, and more.
- It looks good on a resume (well, if you finish the project). If you’re thinking your resume is kind of sparse (you can only include mowing the lawn and babysitting so many times), then you may want to consider doing this project to beef up your expertise.
- It can be a way to meet new people and make friends. Through the Local Events section on the NaNoWriMo website, you can find out about writing parties in your area. Your high school or college may even be planning events, so you may want to check into that.
- Some end products of NaNoWriMo have ended up as published works. Remember the movie Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, adapted from the book by Sara Gruen? That novel was started during a NaNoWriMo month. Not too shabby. You never know what might happen to what you write!
- It’s just a good challenge for yourself. And challenge and variety are the spice of life.
Even if you’re getting a late start (since it began on Friday), it’s not too late, as writers will be writing all month. To get writing, click here.
There’s so much to consider when it comes to looking at colleges. Does a prospective school have a good reputation? Your major? A nice atmosphere?
Safety is another big concern of many students (and their parents). A perk of going to a safe campus is that you can walk around in the evening without totally feeling threatened (although on any campus, you should still practice the habit of walking in groups).
Where are the Safest Campuses in the country? Find out in our College Prowler ranking to see what school is No. 1.
Then, check out what students are saying about the Safest Campuses on Whisper, the app and website dedicated to making public secrets. And don’t forget to make a few Whispers yourself.
Recently, we posted about how internships are going the way of the dinosaur (and we don’t mean on an island with other dinosaurs, ravaging the likes of Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum).
With more and more companies no longer employing the use of interns, what’s an inexperienced college student to do?
There are some colleges and universities that offer co-op programs, or programs that provide academic credit and/or compensation structured with job experience. So at these schools not only are students getting the course requirements they need, they’re also receiving valuable experience they can put on their resumes.
What are some schools that have such programs? We’re highlighting 10 of them here.
1. University of Cincinnati
Let’s start where the co-op was invented—in Cincinnati in 1906. Herman Schneider, an engineer and educator, had always wanted to see what would happen when students would apply their college skills into real-world circumstances, and after being appointed to the University of Cincinnati faculty in 1903, he began work on implementing a cooperative education program for the institution. More than 100 years later, not only is this program still going strong, but it’s been named as one of the nation’s best. Majors that are able to participate in the co-op program include civil engineering, graphic design, information systems, and more.
2. Northeastern University
The co-op program isn’t required at Northeastern, but it may as well be, as 90 percent of students participate in the program. One of Northeastern’s biggest program perks is that it offers co-op programs in a variety of different majors, from communications to engineering to social studies. And because students are in a big city like Boston, they are able to co-op through a variety of city employers.