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8 Common College Application Mistakes

January, 2012
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Waiting until the last minute to take action.
Many students put off college applications because they are anxious about the dreaded essay, or they don’t anticipate the amount of time required to complete all aspects of the process. Rushing can only hurt the end result. Holding off on asking teachers for recommendation letters is also detrimental. [...]

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The Mystery of Applying to US Schools as an International Applicant

November, 2011
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Like any luxury brand, top colleges in the United States have always been in demand.
Interestingly enough, the “Ivy League” (U Penn, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown and Cornell) started as a football league, not as a prestigious school affiliation – they were simply East Coast schools that played football against each other and [...]

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Your Child’s Development: Knowing How They Grow

November, 2011
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It can be heartwarming and rewarding to watch a child take his first steps or manage his first words, but what about the milestone moment when a child is first able to solve his own problems?
While many parents may practice caution when letting their babies independently discover the world, American parenting expert Dr. Norma [...]

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Healthy Body; Healthy Mind

November, 2011
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In today’s world of celebrity glitz and glamour, touch-up technology and glorified weight-loss tricks all over the media, it’s not uncommon for young girls to stare in the mirror and wonder, “Am I too fat?”
This is part of a problem that many parents worry will lead to eating habits in their children’s lives. There seem [...]

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Kids and Stress: Finding the Balance

November, 2011
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In fast-paced city living, it’s not uncommon for a seemingly usual day to suddenly flood with stressors: that stain on the shirt needs cleaning, the last-minute permission slip needs signing and the gas tank needs filling only minutes before an engagement. The constant pressures from society, work, school, friends and family may seem limitless, but [...]

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Top 10 College Admissions Secrets

August, 2011
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Top U.S. college consultants, Dr. Michele Hernandez and Mimi Doe EdM, have worked with students from around the world for the past 10 years. From their work together and Dr. Hernandez’s work as an assistant director of Admissions at Dartmouth College they know the insider secrets about college admissions. Here are their top ten tips:

TEST [...]

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Testing to Learn, Not Learning to Test

May, 2011
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As another school year is about to culminate in final exams, it’s interesting to reflect on the opening of Hard Times, Charles Dickens’ 1854 novel, set in an imaginary industrial city know as Coketown. The tale begins in a schoolhouse with a rant from the schoolmaster, Thomas Gradgrind:
“NOW, what I want is, Facts. Teach [...]

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Be Ready to Move On

May, 2011
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And the Boss said to Adam and Eve, “You are being relocated”.
Were Adam and Eve the first expats? I wonder how they fared when compared with Sue and Bill who decided to make a leap of faith and signed a contract to come to China. They rented their home, sold their car, shipped their [...]

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Choosing the Right School: Facts to Check

May, 2011
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I am not an international school parent; not even married yet. But, I surely spend more time and am more actively involved in international schools in China than most expatriate parents. This is not because of my job as the editor of LittleStar Magazine, but really because I like schools and I like international schools [...]

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“Summer Time and the Living Is Easy”… If You Plan ahead!

April, 2011
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Here comes summer! For many parents it brings the joy of having more time to spend with their children. For others, summer brings fear about what to do with the kids now that the school is not taking care of them. Let’s face it; some people just have a natural playfulness that makes time spent [...]

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How to Succeed in High School So You Can Get Into the College of Your Choice

April, 2011
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It’s never too early to start preparing for your college years. U.S. colleges/universities (hereinafter referred to as colleges to encompass both) look at many factors in determining your possible acceptance. This differs from the admissions process in colleges in other parts of the world where there may be only one test which determines if you [...]

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Embracing Culture, Transforming Lives

March, 2011
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My family and I have been living in China for almost five years. The experience has changed us.

Expat families who come to China can be divided into two categories:  those who are sent here by their companies and those who chose China because of the career and learning opportunities it presents.  Some bring as much [...]

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Trends in Undergraduate Education

March, 2011
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As discussed in The Hobsons Report on Undergraduate Student Recruitment 2010, the US had an increase in enrollment of first-time freshmen by almost 600,000 students. This is a large increase and it means that applying to US colleges and getting admitted is becoming increasingly difficult.
In America, there are more than 3,000 colleges with lots of [...]

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The Power of Learning through Doing

February, 2011
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Recent international standardized test scores, which saw randomly selected Shanghai 15 year-olds outperform their peers in multiple countries in Math, Science, and Reading, may partially vindicate the Chinese approach to learning. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that research suggests that Chinese students spend less time than students in many other countries on athletics, music, and [...]

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Your College Application Must Make You Shine

December, 2010
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Eleven of the world’s top fifteen universities are in the United States according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Whichever survey you would like to look at, most will rank the U.S. as having significantly more top universities than any other country. Many students come to the United States because of the diversity [...]

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