Lauren Burgoyne – Don’t Test Me

Lauren Burgoyne, notably diligent student, was finishing up the first semester of her sophomore year at Mizzou.  A French final loomed on the horizon. Christmas was in the air, but nowhere on her mind.  Scattered in front of her, where they’d been all week, were flash cards covered with verbs and tenses and vocabulary.  For …

Jen Mann – The Joy of Painting

Jen Mann walked into the first day of kindergarten, eyes wide.  This was the first time she’d stepped foot inside a school, and it was bizarre.  But at least all the other students were in the same boat. She was also happy to discover that she had the sweetest teacher. The teacher did a great …

Your Complete Guide to Good PSAT Scores

Hey, how’s it going?  I’m gonna use the vast wealth of psychic knowledge I have at my disposal and say: You’ve just taken the PSAT.  Whoa!  How’d I do that? *rubs temples with eyes closed* Aaand I’m going to make another prediction…you’re either waiting on your scores, or you just got them back, and you’re…well, …

Elle N. Em – Can You Stand It?

Elle knew she would meet interesting teachers when she went to college. Maybe a teacher who would be a fantastic lecturer, and talk about all sorts of interesting facts.  Or a weaselly teacher who would flirt with students.  Or a teacher who sometimes wore costumes. But she’d never heard of anyone quite like Dr. Byrd. …

Top Academic Summer Camps on the West Coast

What time is it?  Summertime! (High School Musical, anyone?) Ah, summer.  Fun, vacation, relaxation—lounging around the house, marathoning Lost on Netflix.  The long-awaited break from the classroom. But…yeah.  It’s a break from the classroom. It’s a pretty common worry that, once away from daily desks, your son or daughter will get trapped in a pit …

Erin Dymowski – Your Permanent Record

Erin Dymowski grew up in a college town in Frederick, Maryland, and in the ‘70s, it was time for her to go to preschool.  And so, her parents decided to send her to the local lab school. It was a subset of Hood College, and was very experimental, attempting to be on the cutting edge of …

How Many Times Should I Take the SAT?

When you have college admissions, scholarship money, and possibly bragging rights over your sister hanging on your SAT score, the question stops being “When should I take the SAT?” and turns into “How many times should I take the SAT?” Yes, you want to get the best score possible.  And at some point, taking the …