What we're thinking

8.44 Autocorrect–or automatic nightmare?

Raise your hand if you never use the autocorrect function! I thought so. Autocorrect has become ubiquitous--and if you're not sure how to spell "ubiquitous," autocorrect will jump in! Unfortunately, it sometimes jumps in with the wrong word. This happened in our last...

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8.43 Who won the Nobel Prize in Economics?

So many students today tell me they plan to major in economics--and so few can tell me anything about what's new in economics today! So quick, now: Who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 2017? And why should you care? It's on amazon.com at:...

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8.42 Romeo and Juliet

Do you think you can write a better love story than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Don't worry: that prompt has yet to make it to the Common Application! So why am I bringing it up? Right about now, some of you are wracking your brains for an original response to the...

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8.41 Fall Break? Vocabulary To Go!

You can't drag 100 pounds of books with you on fall break! Try this instead. Spoiler alert! Writing asinine sentences will not help you! And if you don’t know what “asinine” means, please look it up! Athena Advises No one can learn 500 words in a night—but anyone can...

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8.40 NYU vs. Columbia: Which is better?

I was recently up at Columbia, showing the campus to a visitor. Yes, Columbia has a campus. From the steps of Low Memorial Library, the statue of Alma Mater looks serenely--or is it longingly--across the green at Butler Library, uniting with her gaze the two great...

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8.38 Schoolwork and college applications

School has been back in session for awhile now, and you've probably even faced a few exams. Those of you in two-year diploma programs, such as the German Abitur or the International Baccalaureate, may feel like you've been inundated with a tsunami of tasks and...

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8.37 How to ask for a letter of recommendation

Most students think of a recommendation as something they ask for, and then check off their to-do list. Start thinking of a letter of recommendation as something YOU work for! Make it easy for your teacher Think about it: Your teacher probably doesn't like facing a...

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8.36 Why should I take the PSAT now?

Because you can! It’s all benefit and no risk. Think about it: If you’re in seventh or eighth grade, you might score high enough to qualify for special summer programs. If you are in ninth or tenth grade, it’s great practice for taking a standardized test under actual...

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