Guest Post: How to Guarantee Your Child Gets Better Grades with Minimal Extra Effort

Today, I’ve got a special guest post from Steve Dorfman of Tier…

Today, I’ve got a special guest post from Steve Dorfman of Tier One Tutors, especially for parents. Check out some of his great study skills advice below! Check out my guest post on “How to Get the Most Out of Your College Visit” at Tier One Tutors, here.

The Researcher’s Workflow

This workflow can used for any type of research based work, from…

This workflow can used for any type of research based work, from upper level high school research papers to doctoral theses. It’s especially helpful in keeping your ideas and sources organized and help you to avoid any issues with plagiarism. This is the setup I used for my graduate school dissertation, and it worked exceedingly well. I hope it helps you in your research too! It requires computer access, free Mendeley, Dropbox, and Evernote accounts, a copy of Microsoft Word, and and optional iPad or Android tablet with the iAnnotate PDF app. 

Secret (and Free!) Tool of Choice for Research: Mendeley

The post is part of the Researcher’s Workflow; if you haven’t seen that…

The post is part of the Researcher’s Workflow; if you haven’t seen that post, check it out! Mendeley is an amazing tool when used to its full potential and is completely customizable to your research needs. At its barest, Mendeley serves an important tool to keep your sources organized and avoid any mistakes that may lead to plagiarism. At its full potential, it serves a crucial part of the research, development, and composing process! How do I use Mendeley? See the steps below.

How to Create a Desk Organizer from an iPhone Box! (And Bonus Coupon/Receipt Organizer)

I thought today I’d post a quick, simple and green tutorial for…

I thought today I’d post a quick, simple and green tutorial for creating a desk organizer from an old iPhone box. My family upgraded our iPhones recently, leaving several of these boxes laying around. They are such nice boxes that I had to come up with some clever way to reuse them! So here it is – desktop organizers that serve as a one stop place for pens, sticky notes, and more, but also have a built-in shelf and can close for easy transport (homework stations and college dorms anyone?).

When You Should Be Doing Everything College

When should I be… ….applying to college? ….visiting campuses? ….asking for recommendations?…

When should I be…

….applying to college?

….visiting campuses?

….asking for recommendations?

….applying for funding/aid?

These are probably my most-asked questions – particularly by high school students and their parents. There is no “right” answer, but hopefully this post will give you some insight in to how you should begin your college planning. Remember to this is just a guide – tailor this schedule to your needs and deadlines.

A little advice on dealing with guidance counselors

    From time to time I hear from parents and students…

 

 

From time to time I hear from parents and students who are frustrated with their guidance departments at their high schools. While every situation varies, I thought today I’d share some advice on dealing with guidance counselors that I’ve learned over the years. Whether you are trying to work out class schedules or discuss college, there is a smarter way.

How I graduated early from college and saved two years and over $30,000!

Yes, you read that correctly. I did graduate with my undergraduate degree…

Yes, you read that correctly. I did graduate with my undergraduate degree in two years. While I always thought of it as an accomplishment, its real significance was lost on me – until I started talking about it. Not everyone can get a big scholarship, but everyone can do what I did and save a lot of time and money. Parents of students are usually more than a little surprised, and often confused. And then it dawns on them: you mean you paid half the amount of tuition of a normal student, without including scholarships or aid? Yes. For me, at an in-state public university (usually considered a bargain) that’s over $20,000 in tuition fees and books – and much more than $30,000 if you are including room and board, or $70,000 at a private university. So, how did I do it?

Why you should make a resume now – even though you are still in high school

High schoolers, I hate to break this to you, but you will…

High schoolers, I hate to break this to you, but you will be writing and re-writing your resume for almost the rest of your life. Sorry. It’s just a fact. The good news is that you can get ahead of the game – today – by getting started on it now and surprise your college recommenders, universities’ admissions boards, and human resource departments everywhere.

How to organize your planner to get things done

Balancing school work, deadlines, and life can be difficult, and if you…

Balancing school work, deadlines, and life can be difficult, and if you are unorganized it’s all the harder. I thought today I’d share how I organize my planner/calendar. The trick is not to think in terms of assignments, but in terms of deadlines. (And to use my two-column method.) Whether you use a physical planner, an online calendar, or an app, it’s up to you – this method will work in any format.