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Stefanie Weisman

Stefanie Weisman

Stefanie Weisman became the valedictorian of Stuyvesant High School in 1999 and went on to study history at Columbia University. She was awarded the Albert Asher Green Prize for having the highest GPA in her class. After working for several years in corporate America, she got her M.A. in the history of art and archaeology. She was a Craig Hugh Smyth fellow at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Around this time, Weisman developed an interest in technology and returned to Columbia to get a B.S. in computer science.


Weisman is the author of The Secrets of Top Students.

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tips for how to avoid senioritis in high schoolSenior slump, senior slide, senioritis. Whatever you call it, the urge to slack off in your senior year of high school can be overwhelming. Now that the pressure of college admissions is off, it can be all too easy to lose direction and motivation. But with the finish line in sight, now is not the time to slow down!

Senior year can be an extremely productive and satisfying time if you approach it with the right attitude. Here are eight tips to help you stay focused as your high school career draws to a close.

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how to set goals for college and careerAs 2014 begins, high school and college students like many people are making the obligatory New Year’s resolutions and setting goals to kick the year off right. If you’re in high school, you may want to get accepted to your dream school—but do you know what steps to take to apply? If you’re an undergrad, you may have your sights set on a specific career or grad school—do you know the skills you’ll need to get there? Do you know how to achieve your goals?

Getting detailed about your dreams can make a huge difference in your performance. Here are some tips to get you started on setting realistic, achievable goals.

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Back to school tips for college studentsThe summer has just flown by, and school will be back in session before you know it. You may think that what you do in the beginning of the term isn’t that important, but nothing could be further from the truth! A lot of your future success this year will be determined by how you handle the first few weeks of school. Here are five ways to guarantee that this is the start of an A+ semester:

1. Choose your courses carefully.

Some colleges have what’s known as a “shopping period,” in which students can add and drop courses to their hearts’ content. If you have this opportunity, being a smart shopper can set you up for success. In the first week of school, try sitting in on a number of classes that you’re interested in and qualified for. Getting a sense of the workload and the professor’s teaching style for each class will help you make an informed decision when it comes time to finalize your schedule. By choosing the courses that are best for you, you’ll maximize your GPA at the end of the term.

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    Christopher Bevan says #
    I started my college in a bit unusual place, in Beijing China. But the tips apply to just about anywhere. Studying beforehand is s
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tips-for-summerAh, summer. It’s a welcome break from the constant grind of classes, homework, and tests; a time to catch up on sleep and your favorite TV shows. But wait a minute! Before you melt into a puddle of summertime mush, take a look at the following tips to keep your brain sharp and get ready for the upcoming school year—which, after all, will be here before you know it.

1. Take a class.

If you’re in college, your school probably has a summer session where you can take courses for credit. You might want to get a required class out of the way now so you’ll have more flexibility with your schedule later. If there’s a class you’re really afraid of, consider taking it by itself over the summer so you won’t have other coursework to worry about.

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With finals just around the corner, the end of the semester can be a very stressful time. But never fear! By following these ten easy tips, you can enjoy the end of your term and still ace your exams.

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    Nick D. says #
    These techniques are so true.. as well as very useful and practical. I have often come accross with the problem that I wasn't stud