The R2C Takeaway Wk of 9/14

The single best piece of advice for writing a college admissions essay

Here’s a summary of important articles from the past week that may give you more insight into the world of college life, admissions, financing, and parenting. 

Blank paper with penWhat’s The Single Best Piece of Essay Writing Advice?
The R2C Takeaway: It’s that time of year when everything seems to come crashing down on high school seniors applying to college – writing college essays, filling out applications, asking for teacher recommendations, requesting transcripts and maybe even retaking ACTs/SATs. And on top of that, there’s keeping up with school work for 1st semester grades that will be sent to colleges. We can’t eliminate all the stress, but thought we could help students writing essays by getting advice from an expert who has been working with students over the past 20 years, helping them craft their stories for colleges admissions officials to read. 

Students Bombed the SAT This Year, in Four Charts
The R2Takeaway:  Not exactly the greatest news for parents, students or the College Board regarding the Class of 2015. SAT scores were some of the lowest they’ve been in 40 years, and what’s more, fewer students are taking the test as a whole, choosing instead to go with The College Board’s competitor, the ACT.

8 High School Habits That Will Fail You In College
The R2Takeaway:  Making the leap that if you did well in high school, you’ll do well in college by using the same work habits  will generally get a college Freshman in trouble. Not taking studying, deadlines, and the gravity of college work seriously can backfire on a student rather quickly.

A Present To Your Child? The Gift Of Failure.
The R2Takeaway:  In Jessica Lahey’s new book, The Gift Of Failure, she advises that parents need to “let go” and allow kids to fail. It’s parents’ fear of failure that is what keeps kids from persevering, moving ahead, and ultimately succeeding. Todays over-protective, failure-avoidant, parenting style has undermined the competence, independence, and academic potential of an entire generation.

The Many Pitfalls of Private Student Loans
The R2Takeaway:  Many students who accept financial aid packages that include private loans do not realize that these loans cost more and come with very strict penalties if they cannot afford to make their payments. Parents and relatives who co-sign these loans need to keep in mind that they too, are liable.

The ACT Essay: A Brand New Assignment
The R2Takeaway:  Beginning this month, “the ACT Writing Test essay assignment will have a new purpose, format, and scoring.” Rather than asking students to debate one side or the other with regards to an issue pertinent to teens, the test will present students with social issues for discussion and there will be a third perspective they will have the option to consider. This change offers students the opportunity to look at situations from a broader, less “polarizing” perspective, and gives them more latitude for discussion.



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