UC Personal Statement Prompt Examples

How to Respond to the UC Essay Prompts Many students are quite interested in applying to one or many of the campuses within the University of California system (or the “UC system” for short).  That’s not too surprising as 6 of the 9 campuses (UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, […]

2013 College Application Questions from Seniors

October 16, 2013 Dear 2014 Students, The Nov 1st early action/decision deadline is quickly approaching. As you read from my “10/16/13 Letter to Seniors,” a LONG list of Common Application schools as well as Florida, Oregon, Wisconsin-Madison, MIT, Georgetown, & Tulane all share the Nov 1st early action/decision/notification deadline.  There are many more that share […]

Personal Statement and Application Essay Mistakes 2013

I wanted to make a quick post detailing some common mistakes that my students are making this year in their personal statements and application essays for schools like the University of California (UC) and the University of Texas (UT). Writing your essay about sports: Many of you are still writing about sports…I urge you not […]

What to Bring to the SAT / ACT on Test Day

Test Day Checklist Registration slip (print off of SAT/ACT website) Directions to test center Calculator (extra batteries if you think you’ll need them) Approved calculators: four-function calculator scientific calculator graphing calculator Stopwatch for your desk—digital with NO BEEPING—stopwatch is not mandatory, but useful instead of having to look up at the clock or rely on […]

Free ACT Preparation Course

Who said you can’t get anything good for free?  We believe in doing good deeds, so this week we put together a 6-part ACT prep course designed to help students who are gearing up to take the ACT in the next week or two.  Enjoy!     Index of Video Tutorials: ACT Crash Course: Last […]