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February 1, 2021
Improved Study Skills for 2021

Introduction As presented earlier, getting A’s in class is more of a technique issue than an intelligence issue. There are numerous techniques, skills and habits that top students use every day that ‘B’ students are unaware of. Outline The Feynman Technique Color – Coded Notes Mind Mapping Light Exercise Review Notes before Sleep Cornell Notes[…]

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December 1, 2020
Improved Study Skills for 2020

Introduction Looking at some recently released Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) data, the results couldn’t be more revealing. Covid 19 turned elite college admissions into a frenzy. Dartmouth, Yale and MIT ED/EA applications rose 29%, 38% and 62%, respectively (source: J Robinovitz). With Stanford’s overall admissions rate hovering at 4%, competition to enroll[…]

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October 1, 2020
Stand Out from the Competition Series: Earn a Double Major or Joint Degrees

Why is it so difficult to get into elite colleges and universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale (HPY)? The fundamental reason is that more students than ever are getting both exceptional GPAs and perfect or near perfect SAT/ACT/MCAT/GMAT scores. In addition, applicant’s personal and athletic achievements today are unparalleled. Colleges that used to attract students[…]

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September 1, 2020
Building the Optimal College List

There are over 4000 colleges and universities in the United States. Perhaps 500 can be considered “of quality.” 350 can be thought of as among the best. According to Howard Greene, 32 are listed as public schools of similar quality to the Ivy League Universities. He also considers another 63 as “Hidden" gems, comparable to[...]

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July 15, 2020
Measure What Matters to Get into the Ivy League

Adapted from John Doerr’s book entitled ‘Measure What Matters’   There are several ways to keep you on track toward accomplishing  your goals. Some simply develop goals. Others define their mission of today and vision of tomorrow. A more comprehensive approach is to add an annual strategic plan, quarterly objectives and key results and lastly[…]

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June 1, 2020
Applying to Yale as an International Student

Adapted from Victoria Lim’s Vlog from her You Tube Channel Academics Matter but you do not need to be Valedictorian It is obvious that great colleges want to see great grades in rigorous coursework. Excluding Cornell, the Ivy League still requires SAT/ACT scores. SAT Subject Tests are optional in the Ivies, except for Yale in[…]

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May 1, 2020
The Checklist Manifesto and Getting into Stanford

Adapted from New York Time’s Bestselling book by Atul Gawande entitled, “the Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Imagine a commercial airplane about to disembark from the gateway. On this winter day, the snow forecast is for 8 inches of snow and high winds. The pilots are skilled and experienced, yet the weather forecast[…]

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April 1, 2020
How to Win Friends and Influence People

If your goal is to make friends easily, get people to agree with your way of thinking and get more things done, then this is the book for you. Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, this book still stands the test of time; and is as relevant as ever. The book highlights the following points.[…]

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March 1, 2020
The 5 Disciplines of Execution needed in the College Application Process

Adapted from the New York Times Bestselling Authors Sean Covey, Chris McChesney and Jim Huling, from their book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” (Please note that I added a discipline). The authors set to ask the question, “why do most people’s best ideas rarely come to reality?” Two things you can do to influence your[…]

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March 1, 2020
Gavin de Becker’s “The Gift of Fear”

You’re on a hike on a Colorado mountain. You see a lioness and her cubs. They don’t notice you while you hide for dear life; your heart pounding and blood pressure sky rocketing, perspiration dripping down your forehead. Fortunately for you, the lions are down wind of your scent. The lioness and her family stroll[…]

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