This is an on-going post of articles on the current education system of admissions culled from a variety of sources. The purpose of this collection is to shed light on how to navigate the admissions and preparatory process.

NY Times education. General overview section on education.

 

What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should)

Summary:  This insightful article provides charts describing how various college provide student aid.  Take away: The ivy league schools have more money and offer more aid to those in higher tax brackets.

The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul

Summary:  Positive changes in the SAT will affect the way that students will need to study and hopefully provide a more balanced means of judging capability.

 

Guest Post | Get Ready for College Writing by Learning to Revise

Summary:  This one is from the teacher perspective on how to get students to revise their work. But, this is indicative of the kind of “best practices” that students need to be accustom to.  Take away:

Ideas:

  • Host a writing clinic to delineate the differences between proofreading and editing.
  • Create a grading rubric that prioritizes editing and revision.
  • Award extra credit to students who revise and resubmit old papers from a previous semester or quarter.
  • Consider assigning shorter forms of writing that lead up to a final paper — or even replace it. The Times article “Blogs vs. Term Papers” describes how “blog writing has become a basic requirement in everything from M.B.A. to literature courses” in universities across the country.