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  • Many of our parents ask, "When is the optimal time to start college visits?" Our standard recommendation is to start thinking about college visits during junior year of high school. (Our blog posts here and here provide additional context on the benefits of junior year college visits.)However, there are some cases where some students could benefit from college visits earlier in their high school c...

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  • How do great students study without pulling all-nighters? How can you avoid cramming for tests? What’s the secret to acing exams?Well, it’s not magic. The most successful students have a consistent, ongoing process of learning that helps them absorb information as it’s presented throughout the class. This process requires thought, time, and effort throughout the semester, but it can save a lot of ...

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  • The high school whirlpool is a phenomenon that begins when parents and students start to “hear things” about how to be “successful” in high school, usually in 9th or 10th grade. These rumors are usually highly focused on getting into elite colleges, so families in academically competitive schools and with high-achieving teens are the most likely to get sucked into the whirlpool. It happens slowly ...

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  • Eight weeks until the SAT or ACT and you haven’t started studying? Well, you’re in luck. I’m going to share with you an 8-week study plan that, if you follow it methodically and are disciplined about your studying, will get you through a respectable amount of practice and content review tailored to your strengths and weaknesses. This plan is specifically designed by us for a relatively motivated s...

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  • As students transition from middle school to high school, they will have to manage a large load of assigned work with competing deadlines. At this point, the “what’s in front of me is what’s most important” approach falls apart; while some assignments can be completed overnight, an English essay can’t be written well in just one day!Many students (like many adults!) conflate the processes of plann...

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  • Here at Signet, we’ve felt anxiety levels in both students and parents steadily rising over the years. Things seem more urgent, workloads seem higher, parents seem more worried. There’s a general sense of “What will happen if my son/daughter doesn’t do X?” from parents, and even from students, “What will happen if I don’t get X grade or do Y activity?”Where does this come from? There are a lot of ...

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  • There are often two different approaches when advising high schoolers about their future careers.The first approach says don’t worry about your career now. Focus on getting a good education. College is a time for learning, for broad exploration to expand your knowledge base. You’ve got plenty of time to figure out a career. The second approach says think about your career early, and pick a college...

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  • What does it mean to find a good “fit” when making a list of colleges to apply to? Often, “fit” is used to contrast with the strategy of stuffing a college list with the highest ranked schools that are feasible (or sometimes not feasible, outside of fantasyland), or building a list of familiar schools that friends, cousins, etc. have attended. However, a college that’s a good fit is one that matc...

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  • While the SAT and ACT are widely talked about, SAT Subject Tests (STs) can sometimes sneak up on families. SAT STs aren’t required for all colleges, and different places can require different combinations of tests, so it’s easy to see how they can be a source of confusion.It’s not necessary to take them this early, but it can work for some students; either way, it’s a good idea to put these tests ...

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  • At Signet, we believe that high school is about so much more than the college admissions process. It’s a time of great growth and development, where you start to figure out what you want from life. But we also know that students—and parents—want to do everything they can to prepare for not only an awesome high school experience, but an amazing college experience as well. The good news is that a hi...

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  • Here at Signet, we strive to be the best academic parter for our students and their families. From grade school through graduate school, we offer services to help you with every step of your educational journey.

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  • A funny thing happens around college application time. Students and parents who have been so thoughtful about the college process up to this point suddenly start throwing spaghetti against the wall. If you’re unfamiliar with the analogy, it means taking a haphazard approach toward a particular goal (throwing the spaghetti) and then reevaluating based on what looks most effective (which noodles sti...

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  • Junior year is an incredibly busy time for high schoolers: in addition to academics and extracurriculars, standardized testing and the college application process enter the mix. It’s normal for it to be stressful. But if your stress level is skyrocketing and you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate how to cool things down. Think of this as the view from 30,000 feet up...

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  • Successful high school students have a road map that takes them from their first day as high school freshmen all the way through graduation. But if you’re intimidated by the thought of mapping out your entire high school journey, we're here to help. The process of making a road map will help you become the person you want to be: confident, organized, passionate, and ready to make the world your ow...

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  • Good teachers want to make a positive impact on your life. They do this by trying to share both knowledge and the love of learning through their classroom teaching, and when the conditions are right, teachers can also have a profound impact on their students through one-on-one mentoring relationships.Sometimes these teacher-student mentorships arise naturally: you might get to know a teacher throu...

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  • High school seniors face a challenge that is truly unique. You have to keep one foot firmly in the present (to maintain good grades, strong extracurriculars, and finish college applications), while also dipping a toe into the future (deciding where to go to college, exploring career choices). Not only that, seniors are about to celebrate the huge milestone of graduating from high school and deserv...

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  • This blog post is based on a conversation between Signet’s co-founder and CEO, Jay Bacrania, and Signet’s Engagement Manager and Admissions Consultant, Liz Adams. Liz is a former Harvard admissions officer, and she offers her insight from her time reading applications.What are the pieces of the Common App, and what role does each piece play?I think of the Common App as having three distinct parts....

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  • You may have heard people refer to junior year of high school as “the one that really matters for college.” While junior year isn’t the only set of grades that matters, it does carry significant importance since it’s the final year that’s completed prior to submitting college applications. There are also many other ways junior year can affect your future. During this year, you may take more challe...

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  • Sophomore year is one of the more overlooked periods of high school. It’s sandwiched between freshman year, when everything is new and you’re on a huge learning curve, and junior year, when the college application process really gets rolling. It’s easy to think of sophomore year as just maintaining the status quo.Instead, we think 10th grade is a great time to hone softer academic skills like orga...

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  • Signet Education is a values-driven company. While there are many values that are important to us—like honesty, integrity, hard work, and commitment—we’ve identified four specific values that embody Signet: Care deeply. Great education begins with caring. We make a daily commitment to do good work for our students, their families, and our colleagues, and care deeply about everything from academic ...

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  • “Being organized” can seem like a mysterious skill that some students have and some don’t. But this isn’t true! Organization results from a specific set of behaviors, and if these behaviors don’t come naturally to you, it’s more than worth your time to learn them. Organization makes everything about being a high school student easier. You’ll stay more focused, have less to worry about, have lower ...

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  • High school is an incredibly stressful time for students. With a mountainous workload, extracurriculars, social pressures, college application deadlines, and future uncertainty looming like a heavy raincloud, it’s easy for student morale and health to take a big hit. Many families wonder how they can support their students during this difficult period. In this article, we’ve compiled some practica...

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  • Today we address a topic at the heart of some of our most challenging conversations with families: course rigor. At the start of the college application process, some parents have outsized expectations of where their students can go, based solely on their GPAs. This situation tends to arise when students have good grades, but did not take challenging courses in high schoolHere are some of the typi...

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  • At Signet, we recommend that students have their college applications nearly ready for submission by the end of the summer after junior year. When senior year starts, you may still be tweaking the essay or making small changes to the activity list, but the bulk of the work should be done. Senior year is jam-packed with rigorous classes and demanding extracurriculars, so making good use of the summ...

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  • Did you know that the first song copied down in the English language was the 13th-century rota “Sumer Is Icumen In”? It speaks to something elemental in the human experience: summer is a time of joy and relaxation after the bitterness of winter and the high drama of spring. But for high schoolers, summer has a flip side: the threat of losing valuable knowledge gleaned during the school year to sun...

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  • Summer is a time for enjoyment and relaxation. It’s also a perfect time to pursue things that you didn’t have time to do during the year, whether that’s exploring a creative passion, volunteering in your community, holding a summer job, or picking up a new skill. Ideally, your summer will involve a mixture of relaxing and engaging in meaningful activities that help you grow. Frankly, colleges have...

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  • Here’s a question for you: What is the point of high school?Hint: There’s more than one right answer.At Signet, it’s our hope that students will find a way to make school both meaningful and useful. Too many students see school as just another hoop they have to jump through. This attitude of “getting through it” leaves them, not surprisingly, with an unsatisfying school experience.Other students m...

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  • We hope you’re sitting down, because this might come as a shock: the people who work at Signet didn’t always know everything there is to know about college. It’s just not possible to predict every factor of such a major life transition. In the hopes that this might start a conversation about what you really want to get out of college (besides the degree!), read on to hear what we would tell our 18...

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