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2021 – 2022 Common App Essay Topics

The 2021 Common App opens August 1, which means it’s time to pick and begin writing your 2021-2022 Common App Essay! This year, there’s a new Common App essay topic that reflects the change the worlds experienced in the last year. In this post, we’re discussing this new essay topic as well as the existing topics, and how to pick which Common App Essay topic to write.

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5 Ways to Avoid Summer “Brain Drain”

Summer “Brain Drain” refers to a student’s loss of skills, content, and sometimes even critical thinking abilities due to lack of use over the summer. Here are 5 ways you can avoid Summer Brain Drain that do not require many (if any) specific or special resources.

Should You Study ACT Vocabulary Lists?

While the ACT doesn’t ask questions directly about vocabulary, they will test your vocabulary in about three ways: by asking you about the author’s word choice, asking you to infer what a word means from its context, or asking you what word best fits in a sentence. We’ll explain each of these question types in detail below, with examples to help you understand how they are presented on the test.