Please consider following this link to learn about the growing trend in "need-aware" rather than "need-blind" admissions. This may be a factor for you or your child if you are applying to a private school that is not hugely wealthy, particularly if it is a stretch school rather than a place where your child is probably a top applicant. For truly exceptional students, this needn't... read more
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/education/online-application-woes-make-students-anxious-and-put-colleges-behind-schedule.html?src=rechp&_r=0 If the problems with Common App software are affecting you or your child, perhaps the easiest way to do an end run around it is. . .don't use Common App. Elite colleges all have their own application forms as well, and with more money behind... read more
They start with opposite prepositional prefixes on the same stem, which is where the difficulty emerges. "Accept" starts with the prefix that comes from Latin ad ("towards"). You see this in English in words like "advance", "admit", "advantage", etc. The only reason it isn't spelled adcept...
I don't know your age, but if you continue to be interested in issues such as this, consider taking some Latin (in college, possibly?) Since Latin does not replicate English's maddening habit of using the same forms for gerund and participle, this all starts to make more sense through the lens...
In addition, one useful thing to know is that this is cultural. Specifically American formal English avoids the passive voice in most circumstances. British formal English still uses it frequently, and Canadian usage can be in the middle. I saw an excellent blog article on this earlier at...
One topic which can be transformational for students preparing for standardized testing, especially logical-mathematical students who are underperforming on the writing SAT, is formally learning English grammar. A large proportion of writing MC questions in particular focus on the sequence of tenses, and tense sequence errors or unintentional tense shifts can greatly harm submitted writing... read more
While this article takes in many issues relevant to high school education and the college process, the point made about halfway down by Stanford economist Caroline Hoxby is hugely important. An expensive college degree AT A GREAT COLLEGE will pay off; an expensive degree at a middling or substandard school may not. Especially here in Florida where most students are physically isolated from... read more
Very interesting article for parents of younger students about likely changes to the SAT in line with Common Core curriculum alterations. Please note that all of this is INFORMED SPECULATION at this stage, not an absolute plan, so if you are a junior/senior or the parent of one, prepare for the SAT as expected. However, parents of younger students seeking enrichment should take note. http://www... read more
This is EXTREMELY out of fashion, but from experience the author is absolutely right. I've come to conclude that if students never write in Latin, then a lot of the claims about Latin's value get lost. What the author calls "busking" (that literally means singing music on the street or in the Tube, for non-Brits) I call the "magnetic poetry approach" to Latin; find all the English equivalents... read more
While taking both can also be a valid strategy, it does limit time for taking the SAT II, which can be important strategically. This article provides some beautifully clear insights into the deep structure of both the SAT and ACT. http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/39936-sat-or-act X
This is ESSENTIAL information that all college applicants need to know. The article lays it out well, but in a nutshell: if you're not super-rich, but the best college you can get into is, then you are likely to actually pay LESS at an elite institution than you would in-state. This isn't true for higher net worth families, but if you're below six figures, then you are likely to pay radically... read more
Good summary of changes to the FAFSA for this year. Particularly helpful for parents who are sending a second or later child to college after doing FAFSA before. Unless you are multimillionaire-type wealthy, do NOT miss out on the FAFSA. The number of families in the Central Florida area who would not qualify for any need-based aid at all, especially at private colleges, is small. http://finance... read more
One specific situation that very regularly happens in Latin, which can affect students transitioning between schools, gifted students who are bored, upperclassmen who are only just starting Latin and are bored, etc., arises out of what is a fundamental misuse of one of the most commonly used textbooks, the Cambridge Latin Course. The CLC was written for the needs of British students, who... read more
One very important factor in choosing the right college fit is thinking about what role you want--or, more importantly, don't want--the Greek system to play in your college experience. In my opinion, one statistic that all prospective college students should research about all schools they are considering is the percentage of undergrads who are in a fraternity or sorority. Many students... read more
One thing that can be very helpful for Latin students is that there are a few competing methods of Latin instruction in the country. They're very different in their underlying philosophy and types of typical classroom activities. Sometimes a student finds him/herself with a method of instruction that works well for most of the class, but isn't ideal for the student; sometimes a student changes... read more
Beginning a new series on making and finalizing college choice lists, which most rising seniors will still be doing to some degree at this point in the summer. One factor to consider, if you are prepared for this emotionally and your family can either afford it or qualify for financial aid, is looking outside your home region of the country for a good fit. One region, since I am writing this... read more
Many Latin classes don't have a great deal of time to teach pronunciation. However, Latin pronunciation is not particularly difficult to master--all the letters only make 1 sound, there are no silent letters, and there are totally consistent rules to choose which syllable is stressed--and it can add immeasurably to the efficiency of Latin study. Many topics, such as learning principal parts... read more
Latin is one of the most powerful languages for building vocabulary decoding skills for the SAT. It doesn't give us anything like all our SAT-type words, and learning which sound combinations are likely for Latin roots and which ones suggest other languages that have contributed many technical words can be an immensely empowering activity on its own, but if go go through the dictionary and... read more
Teachers aren't always totally candid with students about what a very hard language Latin can be. So I'm starting this series of things that you wouldn't expect to be so hard in Latin, and are often quite weird in relation to world languages in general. Truth is power, and being empowered means learning. So Number One: Latin is one of the only known languages where it's really very easy... read more
Songs and mnemonics are extremely popular in Latin classes. However, sometimes in teaching or tutoring I encounter situations where I wonder if they are getting over-used. Getting students to memorize ANYTHING by rote is hard, of course. What I occasionally see, though, is students who have trouble understanding how all the moving parts in a Latin noun or verb relate to each other and how they... read more