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Family Education Planners at Harvard

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College Essay Cliches You Should Avoid

Every year, a large population of applicants write the same overused college essays that admissions officers have seen time and time again. So what topics should you make sure to avoid? ... Read More

Study Tips for Families

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Study Tips for Different Learning Types

Not everyone learns the same way, which is why certain study methods are more effective for some than others. We’ve framed our study tips by what type of learner they’re best suited for ... Read More

Insights into Harvard Music for Families

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Work Hard Playlist Hard | What's on Our Playlists?

I have embarked on a mission to curate the absolute study playlist with the help of the HSA Education team. Please feel free to enjoy the music-listening quirks I’ve discovered ... Read More

How Students Can Get Into Harvard

ABOUT HARVARD

Coming Full Circle | How an HSA Student Became a Tutor

Meet Emin Berker, a past HSA student who got into Harvard after getting our SAT tutoring. He’s now back to working with the Tutoring family, but this time he’s sitting on the other side of the table ... Read More

How Families Can Prep for College Essays

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Write Your Supplemental Essays

While every school's supplementary essays are different, we’ve broken down the three most common supplementary prompts into step by step answers so you're prepared to tackle all of them ... Read More

Guide for Families to Navigate Learning Styles

SCHOOL ADVICE

Quiz-Style | What Type of Learner Are You?

Have you ever felt like you got lost in the middle of a lesson, or wondered what the best strategy was for you to learn the best? Take this short quiz to find out what type of learner you are ... Read More

How Families Can Plan for Financial Aid

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Financial Aid | A Complete Guide From Harvard Students

Besides the academic and extracurricular rigor of college, students must also contend with the question of how to finance their time in college. Here is our breakdown of what you need to know ... Read More

How to Plan for Office Hours in College

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Make Office Hours Yours | How to Succeed in College

After an exhausting day at school, the only thing you want to do is dump your backpack on the ground, kick off those shoes, and squirrel away for a nap. But before you book it for your bed ... Read More

Family Education Advice from Harvard Students

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12 Keys to Success For Students | Tips From Harvard Students

No one's perfect—we could all use some help to become better students. That's why we asked our team of Harvard students for their best study tips, and here's what they answered ... Read More

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How Families can Plan to Apply Early

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Personal College Journey | How to Apply to College Online

Looking back on the college application process, the first phrase that comes to my mind is “an absolute dumpster fire.” The only thing I could think was, “What am I supposed to be doing?” ... Read More

Guide to Falling Admissions Rates

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

What Happened to Admissions Rates This Year?

This spring, colleges across the nation have reported shockingly low rates of acceptances. Ivy League schools, which have been renowned for their selectivity, plummeted their rates ... Read More

Are Private Tutors Worthwhile For Families

SCHOOL ADVICE

Is Finding a Private Tutor Worth the Cost?

The most significant advantage of taking private tutoring is that it saves you stress, time, and effort! The reality of modern-day classrooms is that teacher's can't cater their lessons ... Read More

Study Tips for the SAT Vocab

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

What Are They Even Saying? How to Conquer SAT Vocab

You thought you’d become inured to the phenomenon, but much to your chagrin the pristine test booklet is heckling you again. You don’t know whether to succumb to sleep ... Read More

Reading Recommendations for Families

ABOUT HARVARD

What's Bookin? Harvard Students' Reading Recs

Get yourself back in the swing of academics with some of these reading recommendations from our HSA managers. And for those seeking more rigorous engagement with their literature or ... Read More

How Families can Accomplish Academic Goals

SCHOOL ADVICE

How Can I Hustle This Summer? Get Ahead During the Holiday

School's out! As the ancient adage goes, "Scream and shout!" It's been a long haul through the third semester of virtual learning, and we all deserve a bit of a breather this summer ... Read More

How Families Plan for SAT

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

Do I Still Need to Take the SAT? Changes in Test Policy

A series of changes have rocked the world of standardized testing, thanks to several monumental decisions that were laid down by College Board at the end of 2020 ... Read More

How Famliies Should Tackle College Application Essays

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Brainstorm for the Common App Essay

No matter what your college application looks like, nearly every school will ask for a core college essay that will be the most central part of their application. This essay is one of your few chances ... Read More

How Families Find the Right College

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Make Your College List | Picking the Right School

Before you begin crafting your college application, there is one important question that you need to address: where are you going to apply? When it comes to all the schools ... Read More

How Families Apply to College

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Do College Applications | Where to Start

Navigating college applications, scholarships, and financial aid for the first time is unbelievably confusing. It feels impossible to decide what’s best with so many options ... Read More

How Families Navigate Deferrals

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

Getting Off the Waitlist | How to Handle Deferrals

So you’ve opened up your application portal and clicked on your decision notification, only to find that the committee is still undecided. That’s right, you’ve been waitlisted. What next? ... Read More

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Featured Blog Posts


Family Education Planners at Harvard

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

College Essay Cliches You Should Avoid

Every year, a large population of applicants write the same overused college essays that admissions officers have seen time and time again. So what topics should you make sure to avoid? ... Read More

Insights into Harvard Music for Families

ABOUT HARVARD

Work Hard Playlist Hard | What's on Our Playlists?

I have embarked on a mission to curate the absolute study playlist with the help of the HSA Education team. Please feel free to enjoy the music-listening quirks I’ve discovered ... Read More

Guide for Families to Navigate Learning Styles

SCHOOL ADVICE

Quiz-Style | What Type of Learner Are You?

Have you ever felt like you got lost in the middle of a lesson, or wondered what the best strategy was for you to learn the best? Take this short quiz to find out ... Read More

How Students Can Get Into Harvard

ABOUT HARVARD

Coming Full Circle | How a Tutee Became a Tutor

Meet Emin Berker, a past HSA student who got into Harvard after getting our SAT tutoring. He’s now back to working with the Tutoring family ... Read More

Family Education Advice from Harvard Students

SCHOOL ADVICE

12 Keys to Success For Students | Advice From Harvard Students

No one's perfect—we could all use some help to become better students. That's why we asked our team of Harvard students for their best study tips, and here's what they answered ... Read More

How Families Can Plan for Financial Aid

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

Financial Aid | A Complete Guide From Harvard Students

Besides the academic and extracurricular rigor of college, students must also contend with the question of how to finance their time in college. Here is our breakdown of what you need to know ... Read More

More Blog Posts


Study Tips for Families

SCHOOL ADVICE

Study Tips for Different Learning Types

Not everyone learns the same way, which is why certain study methods are more effective for some than others. We’ve framed our study tips by what type of learner they’re best suited for ... Read More

How Families Can Prep for College Essays

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Write Your Supplemental Essays

While every school's supplementary essays are different, we’ve broken down the three most common supplementary prompts into step by step answers so you're prepared to tackle all of them ... Read More

How to Plan for Office Hours in College

SCHOOL ADVICE

Make Office Hours Yours | How to Succeed in College

After an exhausting day at school, the only thing you want to do is dump your backpack on the ground, kick off those shoes, and squirrel away for a nap. But before you book it for your bed ... Read More

How Families can Plan to Apply Early

ABOUT HARVARD

Personal College Journey | How to Apply Online

Looking back on the college application process, the first phrase that comes to my mind is “an absolute dumpster fire.” The only thing I could think was, “What am I supposed to be doing?” ... Read More

Guide to Falling Admissions Rates

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

What Happened to Admissions Rates?

This spring, colleges across the nation have reported shockingly low rates of acceptances. Ivy League schools, which have been renowned for their selectivity, plummeted their rates ... Read More

Are Private Tutors Worthwhile For Families

SCHOOL ADVICE

Is Finding a Private Tutor Worth the Cost?

The most significant advantage of taking private tutoring is that it saves you stress, time, and effort! The reality of modern-day classrooms is that teacher's can't cater their lessons ... Read More

Study Tips for the SAT Vocab

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

What Are They Even Saying? How to Conquer SAT Vocab

You thought you’d become inured to the phenomenon, but much to your chagrin the pristine test booklet is heckling you again. You don’t know whether to succumb to sleep ... Read More

Reading Recommendations for Families

ABOUT HARVARD

What's Bookin? Harvard Students' Reading Recommendations

Get yourself back in the swing of academics with some of these reading recommendations from our HSA managers. And for those seeking more rigorous engagement with their literature or ... Read More

How Families can Accomplish Academic Goals

SCHOOL ADVICE

How Can I Hustle This Summer? Get Ahead During the Holiday

School's out! As the ancient adage goes, "Scream and shout!" It's been a long haul through the third semester of virtual learning, and we all deserve a bit of a breather this summer ... Read More

How Families Plan for SAT

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

Do I Still Need to Take the SAT? Changes in Test Policy

A series of changes have rocked the world of standardized testing, thanks to several monumental decisions that were laid down by College Board at the end of 2020 ... Read More

How Famliies Should Tackle College Application Essays

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Brainstorm for the Common App Essay

No matter what your college application looks like, nearly every school will ask for a core college essay that will be the most central part of their application. This essay is one of your few chances ... Read More

How Families Find the Right College

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Make Your College List | Picking Schools

Before you begin crafting your college application, there is one important question that you need to address: where are you going to apply? When it comes to all the schools ... Read More

How Families Apply to College

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

How to Do College Applications

Navigating college applications, scholarships, and financial aid for the first time is unbelievably confusing. It feels impossible to decide what’s best with so many options ... Read More

How Families Navigate Deferrals

COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP

Getting Off the Waitlist | How to Handle Deferrals

So you’ve opened up your application portal and clicked on your decision notification, only to find that the committee is still undecided. That’s right, you’ve been waitlisted. What next? ... Read More

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