Building a Performance Portfolio

How do you showcase your special talents in either music/art/drama/speech & debate/mime/dance? Performance art can now be presented to universities as part of the Common App process The first step is to put together a performance portfolio. This is critical for college applications because an eye-catching portfolio can really sway college admission officers. But how […]

Back to Basics

Is physical note-taking a thing of the past?Now that computers have replaced notebooks, and typing has taken over writing, students in classrooms have switched to note-taking on their laptops instead of in their notebooks. Does this affect comprehension of the content during a taught lesson/lecture? In a series of experiments conducted at Princeton and the […]

College Essays – Time to Start now?

If you’re a high school student in Grade 11, and are keenly aware of the ticking clock, you’re right to be. It’s that time of year when everyone should start working on their college essays. “It’s too early!”, you say? No! It’s just the right time. It’s easier for you if you don’t wait till […]

2021-2022 Essay Prompts Out!

What is Common App? Each year, more than 1 million students apply to more than 900 CommonApp member colleges worldwide through this online college application platform. Common App has announced the 2021-2022 essay prompts. Why have they shared the essay prompts so early before the next application cycle? On the one hand, families are curious. Rising seniors or Grade 11 […]

5 Common Mistakes High Schoolers Make

Here are 5 common mistakes high schoolers and their parents make during the critical periods of school when college prep really begins. Is that Grades 11 and 12? No. I refer to the years in Grade 8 and above. Have a read and tell me what you think!  1. Participating in too many extracurriculars Yes, […]

How universities are adapting their strategies in response to Covid-19

Thanks to the pandemic, universities everywhere are struggling to manage enrolments, conduct  efficient online learning and assessments, manage the expectations of international students and  to train staff to teach at top standards everyday.   Here are some ways in which admissions are impacted and how colleges are responding to them.  1. Remote Learning is here to […]

Time Management for Teens

 Have you struggled to stay on task with studies?  Too many activities and deadlines?  Juggling many goals and targets? You know you have to get some control over it all but you don’t know where to start.  Before we get into time management, ask yourself some key questions? Why do you wish to study and […]

Choosing the right college

As you lead up to the high school mark, come grade 9, you will notice conversation slowly veering towards subject choices – Which ones are the right ones for you? Which subjects deliver the best results with least effort? Do you enjoy learning them? What are the higher education pathways and career options for these […]

So you want to be a doctor?

Medicine: Does the shoe fit? Children are asked to choose careers around 16. This is a very difficult stage and you have so much going on. Sometimes, one path seems attractive; at times, another. It is so hard to know which one to pick – it will be one you’ll either enjoy all your life, […]


Have you faced the dreaded question yet? What do you plan do after high school? Do you feel you’re not ready to answer that yet? Do you wish you had a crystal ball to look far ahead into the future? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. The good news is that, if you’re still in middle […]