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More Than Perfect Grades

December, 2014
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- What Colleges Really Want in Students

Woe to the students of today. Many spend their High School years running themselves ragged (or are run ragged by their parents) with their sole goal of being accepted into a ‘top college’.  Now, in no way will I say that gaining acceptance at one of a handful of [...]

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Less Stress, Greater Success

November, 2014
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Fall is here again. The air is cool, the sky is blue and High School students return to classes refreshed and renewed. Unfortunately, for many High School students, especially seniors, the return to school after junior year summer is fraught with significant stress, so much so that the blue sky, if it is blue, goes [...]

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Inclusive Education: Learning for All

November, 2014
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When Cindy’s husband Jim was offered a promotion within his company that involved a move to Shanghai, they both jumped at the chance. They were enticed by the salary, benefits, and multiple travel opportunities this job would provide. Coming from the public school system in their home state of Michigan, they didn’t even think twice [...]

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College Success Tips for International Students

July, 2014
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Congratulations! Your child has graduated from high school and is off to college. Regardless of the institution’s ranking, size, intensity or environment, your son or daughter is likely to find the move to college or university to be challenging in one way or another. This is quite natural; after all leaving the comforts of home and [...]

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The Perils Of Helicopter Parenting

May, 2014
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All colleges want great students. What parents and students want to know is what really constitutes a great? What is it that colleges are looking for and how do they determine what is ‘great ‘enough? Some of the key factors are widely known and well understood: challenging classes, strong grades and strong SAT scores are [...]

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Get Motivated in School

March, 2014
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Wouldn’t it be great to wake up every morning motivated for school? You wouldn’t have to procrastinate, drift off in class, or waste your energy trying to get yourself to study.
But you’re too tired, you’re too busy…I get it. I’m a senior in high school; I’ve been through it and still have my ‘unmotivated’ moments. [...]

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Make Your College Visits Count

January, 2014
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College visits have become somewhat of a rite of passage for many high schoolers. Every year students and their families wander around miles of campus land looking at buildings and buying t-shirts in the hope of determining the best schools at which to apply. While the college visit can be a vital step in the [...]

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The Benefits and Boundaries of Boarding School Education

November, 2013
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The beginning of a new school year often brings fresh questions about the excellence of Shanghai International schools in terms of teacher quality, course offerings and college admissions.  Boarding school is often looked at as a panacea against the concerns that parents have about school outside of their primary country. Parental concern is increasing as [...]

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Busting College Admissions Myths

September, 2013
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Few things strike more fear into the hearts of final year students and their parents than college admissions.Unfortunately, more often than not, these fears are derived from a lack of knowledge or a misunderstanding of the facts, leading to unnecessary stress and poor decision-making. As college admissions counselors we strongly urge students and their parents [...]

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Gap Year… A Good Idea?

July, 2013
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The word ‘gap’ usually carries negative connotations – a space, a hole, an abyss. Gaps sounds dark, scary, possibly eternal and like something to be avoided at all costs. It is no surprise then that many parents become alarmed at the prospect of their student taking a gap year in between [...]

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Gap Year… A Good Idea?

June, 2013
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The word GAP usually carries negative connotations – a space, a hole, an abyss.  Gaps sounds dark, scary, possibly eternal and like something to be avoided at all costs.  It is no surprise then, that many parents become alarmed at the prospect of their student taking a gap year in between high school and college.

Traditionally, [...]

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Survival of the Fittest: Thriving in your Freshman Year!

May, 2013
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Going to college is exciting, wonderful and a bit frightening all at the same time. The transition from high school to college is a challenge for most students, but the move to college can be especially intimidating for expatriate and international students. They are very likely to attend college a continent away from their families [...]

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Stress Tests

March, 2013
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There is little about the process of college admissions that causes parents and students worldwide more anxiety than college and university admissions tests. 
After all the years of hard work in the classroom, extracurricular activities, leadership, teamwork, piano lessons, swimming lessons, community service, etc., most students will still have a final hurdle to clear. For students [...]

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School Choices – Be Prepared

March, 2013
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Although there are now more than 40 international schools and kindergartens in Beijing and Tianjin, plus several bilingual schools and a few international divisions within local Chinese schools, with more expatriates coming into Beijing and staying longer, the need for good international schools and quality education services is growing stronger. This means choosing the right [...]

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Oh What a Difference a Summer Makes!

December, 2012
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Summer is a great opportunity to rest and refresh your mind and body.  Languishing on the beach, surfing and visiting the ice cream parlour and the movies in the evening, sounds like the perfect summer, and in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s it was …But for students with curious minds, keen interest in particular areas [...]

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