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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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3-steps-before-college-decision-lettersWith the pressure of submitting your college applications behind you, it might feel like your job is done; you’ve submitted all your applications and now you’re waiting for a decision from each school. But before you sit back and relax, take an active role in making sure you’ve done all you can to put your application in a slot for success.

We’ve heard too many stories about students who assume that their materials have been received and later find out, after months without a response, that their teachers’ recommendation letters or their standardized test scores never even made it to the admissions office. Don’t let this to happen to you!

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Can you answer this month’s SAT question? Check out Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014 for more practice problems like this!

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 Filing the FAFSA can be a confusing process, but never fear! Our college financial expert, Frank Palmasani, has the answers to your most pressing questions.

What is the FAFSA and what does it do?

The FAFSA is the official document used by the federal government to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This EFC number is used by colleges to determine your eligibility for all need-based programs, such as federal grants, work-study employment, and student loans. It is also used by many state agencies to calculate your eligibility for state grants and by colleges to calculate your eligibility for college need-based grants.

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steps-before-filling-out-fafsaIt is that time of the year for parents of high school seniors to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2014–2015 academic year.

There are two ways you can complete your FAFSA: using estimated 2013 tax information or exact 2013 tax information. If you plan to file your taxes in early February, I recommend that you wait to complete your FAFSA using actual 2013 tax information. However, if you are not likely to file your taxes until late February, March, or April, I would advise using tax estimates on your FAFSA, and returning to the form to make updates after your tax returns have been filed.

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Can you answer this SAT math question? Check out Gruber’s Complete SAT Guide 2014 for more practice problems like this!

Two wheels have diameters of 12 inches and 18 inches, respectively. Both wheels roll along parallel straight lines at the same linear speed until the large wheel has revolved 72 times. At this point, how many times has the small wheel revolved?

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how to succeed in college: starting second semester off rightAs you prepare to start the new term, you may be a bit nervous. You may be basking in the glow of a great last semester, or you may be filled with resolutions to do things differently and better. After all, it is the New Year.

As you begin to receive your syllabi, there are a few things you can do to ensure this semester is the best one yet. Remember to save each syllabus, and use it to accomplish the following:

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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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Can you answer this SAT writing question?

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Soon, if not already, many of you will receive admissions decisions, either online or by mail. If you were early to the rolling admissions game and have an acceptance letter in hand, congratulations! You’re going to college! Early decision and early action notification letters will be released shortly as well.

Once your celebrations are over, responses may be required of any of you who’ve received early decision, early action, or rolling admissions outcomes. Depending on the route you took in your applications, your next steps may vary. Here are a few things you may need to do:

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