Tip Sheet for the 2017-18 Common Application

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Summer Plans

The Common Application officially launches for the 2017-18 season on August 1st. However, students can fill out the bulk of their application information now and it will roll-over when the system re-opens—great news for students who want to get a head start on the process! Note: not all information will be preserved, and we’ve outlined the different categories … Continue reading

Staff Post: New August SAT Test Date Announced

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Category: Setting Goals, Standardized Test Prep, Standardized Test Preparation, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls

This post was written by Harsh, a popular science and math tutor at Green Ivy.   The College Board recently released some big news—they have decided drop their January SAT test date and have added a test date August 26, 2017. This is the first time in decades that the exam has been offered during … Continue reading

New Application Season, New Common Application Prompts, plus—Green Ivy Summer College Admissions Bootcamps!

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Education Articles, Summer Plans

The Common Application recently announced it is changing many of its existing prompts for the 2017-2018 admissions year. Some of the prompts remain the same or have been modified to some extent, but entirely new questions have also been added, including one that allows students to submit an existing essay or create a prompt of … Continue reading

Green Ivy Writing Coaching and Pre-College Summer Writing Programs

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Category: Summer Plans

The Green Ivy writing program is designed to help students feel confident and empowered to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas and dreams the world. We understand the importance of powerful communication skills, and recognize how intertwined students’ academic and personal success is with their ability to write well. To that end, we offer a personalized writing curriculum tailored … Continue reading

The Green Ivy Summer Reading List!

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Category: Summer Plans, Teenagers

Since it’s almost July, we here at Green Ivy have already cracked open more than a few of our favorite summer reads. Here are some that have made an impression and also sparked lots of interesting conversations around the office, and we recommend for parents and students to read together and discuss:   Mindset by Carol Dweck   In … Continue reading

Creative Ways to Limit Screentime This Summer

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Category: Schools, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Technology, Teens and technology

Summer is officially in full swing, which means more free time/screentime for everyone. Before your child settles into a Grey’s Anatomy binge watch on her phone, we wanted to offer up some creative ways of limiting your children’s time on electronics during the long hot days ahead. On the heels of seeing the documentary Screenagers, we … Continue reading

So, About That College Application Personal Statement…..

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

There’s never the perfect time to start writing a personal statement for college applications. But there is always a great time to start thinking about ideas and personal stories you would like to write about – now. At Green Ivy, we have worked with students on the college application process for over a decade. We know … Continue reading

Five Ways to Encourage “Real” Reading in Teens, Even Resistant Readers

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teenagers

I came across an interesting article in Education Week which focuses on how teachers can get reading-resistant students authentically engaged in the reading process. ‘Authentic engagement’ essentially means motivating students in a way that inspires their intrinsic motivations to read, not just simply assigning texts and hoping for the best. The rules are simple: let … Continue reading

Great Ways to Prevent the So-Called “Summer Slide” in Learning (Including Green Ivy Workshops!)

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Wellness

Research varies on exactly how much knowledge students lose over the summer months, and in what subjects the deficits occur—it has been shown that students from all income levels lose math skills, while lower income students show a greater amount of reading comprehension loss than their middle and upper income peers—however, there is compelling evidence that using … Continue reading