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  • Interview with an Admissions Officer: The Common App and Activities List
    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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  • Essential Study Skills to Master in Junior Year
    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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  • Five Time Management Tips for Sophomores
    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’s Values
    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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  • Organizational Skills for Ninth Grade
    “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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  • 10 Tips for Student Well-being
    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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  • Why Choosing Challenging Classes Matter
    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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  • How to Get Your College Applications DONE Over the Summer
    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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  • Keeping Your Brain Sharp Over Summer
    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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  • Last-Minute Summer Planning
    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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  • Why End-of-School-Year Reflection is Important
    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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  • What I Would Tell My 18-Year Old Self
    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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  • How the Right Space Can Optimize Learning
    A lot of factors impact how effectively you’re studying. Some are obvious, like whether you understand the prerequisite material, or whether you have the appropriate time or resources to study. Other factors, however, can be much harder to see. For example, are you studying the right material at the right time of day? Biorhythms can have a strong impact on study performance. Or, is there a silent ...
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  • Four Solutions to Common Homework Issues
    Families often have recurring conflict over getting homework done. Parents may have a clear idea (sometimes a good one, sometimes not) of how homework should get done, but kids just won’t comply. This guest article, addressed to parents, is by Signet’s friend and academic/life coach, Jonathan Wolf. While we often focus mostly on academics, Jon focuses on helping students and families navigate some...
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  • 20 Summer Programs You’ll Love
    Ah, summer. It’s an exciting time, full of opportunities for both relaxation and exploration. We are thrilled to share some of our summer favorites with you: first, links to 20 of our favorite summer programs; then, databases to help you find even more summer opportunities. But before we get to the lists, we wanted to offer a brief thought on “summer.”Your parents might have grown up with memories...
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  • Your Essential Pre-College Reading List
    Because of how much attention the college search and application process gets in our culture, many seniors and their families focus on getting in, rather than actually making the transition from high school to college. This can result in a tough first semester! We’d like to propose a different view: getting into college is just one step on a much longer journey. Once you’ve gotten in, the work of ...
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  • Mental Health in High School
    Why We Need to Talk About Mental HealthAt Signet, one of our core values is “Teach Students, Not Subjects.” We strive to address our students as whole people with a lot going on in their lives, not just as students who need to learn a specific concept. That’s why we want to spend some time talking about mental health. Good mental health supports everything students do academically, while poor ment...
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  • Doing the College Transition Right
    The ultimate test of parenting: sending your child off to college.As I sit down with an 18-year-old client during his senior year of high school I ask him a few questions: 1. When you were in grade school and middle school, what percentage of decisions did you make versus your parents? His response: “Probably 80% parents and 20% me.” 
 2. In high school, what percentage of decisions do you make ve...
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  • Should High School Freshmen Take SAT Subject Tests?
    Should You Take an SAT Subject Test in Freshman Year?SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as the SAT II) can sometimes sneak up on you. Not all colleges require them, and different colleges and majors sometimes require different combinations.For 9th graders, we at Signet generally don’t recommend taking SAT STs yet. One of the best things about freshman year is that you don’t have to worry much about...
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  • What To Do With Your Senior Summer
    Senior summer can be a tricky one to negotiate. On the one hand, as with any summer, we think your time should be used productively (and your parents probably agree!). On the other hand, this is precious time for you to take a well-deserved break from the grind of the last four years.Should you take a class to get a head start on your college course requirements? Or should you eat Doritos, go to t...
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  • Is it ADHD, or is it something else?
    A Flexible ApproachAfter working with literally thousands of children as a teacher, school principal, and executive function coach, I can say without hesitation that while every kid has their unique personality and profile of strengths and challenges, not all challenges are created equal. Whether they’ve been diagnosed with a specific learning challenge or not, for any given task there are some ki...
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