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2017 National Merit Semifinalists in Houston

2017 National Merit Semifinalists in Houston

SAT & ACT, Schools September 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the semifinalists in their 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are current high school seniors who took the PSAT in October of 2015. To win the coveted “Semifinalist” designation, students must score in the top 1% of all students in the state. (PhotoRead More

Test Prep Website Launches with 10 Free Tests for SAT, ACT, and Upper Level ISEE

Test Prep Website Launches with 10 Free Tests for SAT, ACT, and Upper Level ISEE

Best of the Web, Education News, ISEE & HSPT, SAT & ACT April 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

More than three million American students stress over the SAT and ACT college admissions tests every year. Tens of millions more take annual accountability tests in their public schools as required by federal law. These students now have a new tool in their arsenal to take on standardized tests. Piqosity,Read More

Tips for Texas College Application Essays and Beyond

Tips for Texas College Application Essays and Beyond

Applying to Colleges, College August 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

It’s back to school! But for entering seniors, it’s an even more (exciting?) time as college applications are looming on the horizon. There are two, primary “common applications” which your Texas resident child should be concerned with – ApplyTexas for most Texas colleges and the Common Application for most every otherRead More

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Fee Waived for Retesting after June 6 SAT Marred by Printing Error

SAT & ACT June 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Did your teen take the SAT on June 6? If so, he or she may want to take it again. The version of the standardized exam proctored on June 6 contained a printing error regarding time allotment which impacted the administration of multiple sections of the test. When this came toRead More

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Deciding Which Schools to Apply To: Applying to College Series Part 1

Applying to Colleges, College June 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

Nearly 2/3rds of high school graduates continue on to higher education. They know that there are many benefits of a college education, and even students who did poorly in high school are likely to do well in college. But when they consider the transition from high school to higher education,Read More

Poll Finds Half of Parents View College Application Process Unfavorably

Poll Finds Half of Parents View College Application Process Unfavorably

Applying to Colleges, College June 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

If your child is a rising junior or senior, odds are good that you’ve started thinking about college applications. And according to a recent poll released by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute, if you’re not happy with the college application process, you’re not alone. The poll, which focused onRead More

How Your C Student Will Still Succeed in College

How Your C Student Will Still Succeed in College

College May 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

A recent article in the New York Times relates the story of a C+ high school student who went to college out of a lack of other ideas, and flourished because of it. The benefits of a college education are oft quoted in our education system. Between the higher earningsRead More

Barnes pictured with former student, Junior Avalos who is currently a Freshman at St. Olaf University

Teaching for the love of it – Tutor turned Teacher

College, Houston Schools, Profile, Schools May 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Beth Barnes is the embodiment of a “teacher.” Her glasses smartly frame her face, and her brown curls are ponytailed atop her head.  She is only missing a bright red apple to complement her aesthetic. Physicality aside, when speaking to Beth, she has a warmth and passion that spills intoRead More

SAT and ACT Prep Advice for the Changes Ahead

SAT and ACT Prep Advice for the Changes Ahead

College, SAT & ACT April 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

The summer break is an excellent time for rising juniors to begin serious preparations for the SAT and ACT, as well as the PSAT. With schoolwork out of the picture, students have more time to prepare for these tests—outside of summer activities, of course. However, with the PSAT changing thisRead More

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These Students Were Admitted to All 8 Ivies – What Can We Learn From Them?

College, Recommendations April 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

Earlier this week, CBS New York reported that a Long Island senior, Harold Ekeh, had been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. And over the past few days, reports have trickled in about four more students who also achieved the Ivy League sweep this year. This is a truly amazingRead More

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Low-Income Students, Elite Schools, and the Significance of HISD’s EMERGE Program

Best of the Web, College, HISD March 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

It’s a sad fact that socioeconomically disadvantaged students are less likely to attend college than their wealthier counterparts. Not only that, but when they do pursue higher education, they’re less likely to apply to and attend elite schools. A recent feature on NPR addressed the phenomenon of “undermatching,” the tendencyRead More

Op-Ed: Why Parents and Students Shouldn’t Stress Over College Admissions

Op-Ed: Why Parents and Students Shouldn’t Stress Over College Admissions

Best of the Web, College, Opinion March 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Here at Thesis, we’ve written a lot about college admissions – from our advice on the early stages of planning to this weekend’s piece about visiting prospective colleges. It’s something parents and students think about a lot – as well they should, because sending a child to college is aRead More

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How to Make the Most of a College Visit

College, Resources for Parents March 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

The upcoming week is spring break for many Houston schools. And for many juniors and seniors, this means more than just a reprieve from homework. Spring break is a popular time for college visits, as juniors consider where to apply and seniors consider where to accept an offer of admission.Read More

College Rankings: How Much Do They Really Matter?

College Rankings: How Much Do They Really Matter?

College March 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Back during my glory days of junior high, I honestly believed that Britney Spears was the single most talented woman on the planet (C’mon, it was the 90s, okay?). But I was constantly challenged by my best friend at the time, who happened to be partial towards fellow pop songstressRead More

There’s Still Time to Apply for These Scholarships, Part 3: Local Edition

There’s Still Time to Apply for These Scholarships, Part 3: Local Edition

College, Community Events March 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Parts 1 and 2 of our feature on spring-deadline scholarships listed regional and national scholarship competitions. But of course, there are Houston-specific scholarships, too. The application deadline for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarships may have come and gone, but there are still a few local scholarships with plenty ofRead More

The Benefits of Multiple Practice Tests on Standardized Test Performance

The Benefits of Multiple Practice Tests on Standardized Test Performance

SAT & ACT, Study Skills February 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

Retesting and How It Can Help You Achieve the Score You Want Standardized tests are usually stressful for students. This is understandable, as everyone knows that a strong (or weak) score can have a huge impact on college or private school admissions. To help improve test-taking performance, students and theirRead More