Sticky, Not-So-Easy Final Questions About the Common App
Here is my last HuffPost blog installment on The Common Application:
I have spent hours trying to find information for my students and blog readers, tracking down information that is hidden within the bowels of the CA and assorted other websites. This is not unusual. My husband, Mort, married me because I am organized, pretty resourceful and a dogged researcher. Frankly, it isn't a big deal; I do this kind of thing rather
Here is a list (yes, a I am also a list maker) of what I have covered, just in case a question comes up that needs answering. As far as I know, this information is not in any one place. You can pass it along to any student or parent who might find it useful.
Common Application Topics covered in my HuffPost blogs:
"The Top 6 Questions Students (and Everyone Else) Are Asking about the New
1. Cost to register for Common App; college supplement fees
2-4. # of words/characters for
Personal statement essay
Additional information section
Honors and activities grids
5. Entering teacher and counselor names into common app recommendation area; FERPA
6. What typical Common App symbols mean:
"Now that the Early Applications Crunch Is On, Six Other Questions Students
and Parents Have about the Common Application"
7. Colleges that have pushed back early apps to:
Colleges that have joined Universal College Application
8. What needs to be sent in the Common App and then separately in Supplements
9. Is there a hard copy Common Application
10. What to do if a teacher doesn't want to use the Common App online recommendation
11. What does the Common App mean by "Class Rank" and do you put in a weighted or unweighted GPA
12. Number of colleges students can apply to through the Common App
"Sticky, Not-So-Easy Final Questions about the Common App"
13. How to deal with Common App essay spaces that take a perfectly normal, formatted essay and ends up with no paragraph breaks, sentences that are broken up, huge spaces at the top, etc?
14. Under what circumstances (and how many times) a student can change his/her answers and essays on the Common App once an application is submitted.
15. If and where resumes can be submitted on the Common App.
16. Step by step directions for submitted the Common Application
17. Where to find all kinds of useful information about all 500+ Common App colleges , including application deadlines, individual college application fees, test policy, supplements, etc.
Six Questions Students and Parents Have About the Common Application
If you are a student or parent, besides Halloween coming up, you know that there are just five more days until a lot of Early applications are due. EXCEPT! If one of your colleges has decided to extend their deadline. As I looked around for information about this, I was shocked to find that no one website has this information posted. So naturally, I took the bull by the horns and gathered what I could.
The list of colleges with their new deadlines is on my new HuffPost blog. I also provide answers for questions that people are asking, e.g., What pieces of the Common App and the individual School Supplements are sent together and separately? What if a teacher doesn't want to use the on-line recommendation form. What to do? Here is the link:
Hopefully this new information will help you. My final blog on the Common App will come out in another ten days or so. After that I will get back to happier, more interesting topics. My heart goes out to all the students who are having to deal with admissions this year.
As always, if there is something you would like me to deal with in the blog, just let me know in the Comment section or in an email.
Common Application Problems
A few days ago, I posted a blog about the difficulties with the Common App. Well, today the New York Times offered an article on that very subject:
Okay; it's one thing for me to say it in my HuffPost Blog,
but when the NY Times says it, then you know you need to pay attention to what's going on.
Because of the problems with the Common App, already Harvard and Princeton have decided that students can apply through the Universal College Application. SMU is offering its own online application.
It remains to be seen how many other colleges will do the same.
Once again, PLEASE give yourself at least a week before a school's actual Early Action/Decision deadline to turn in your applications. There are many, many glitches showing up in all phases of completing the Common App.
The Top 6 Questions Students (and Everyone Else) are Asking about the New Common Application
As you are all aware, the new Common App is out in full force. There is nothing about which I have ever heard more cries for help from students, parents, grandparents, other counselors, you name it. Because I need to know what's going on in order to appropriately counsel my students, I have taken a lot of time to go through the new website and application to figure out what's up. I can't imagine that many seniors (or parents) have the patience or time to do what I did. In some cases, you gotta really dig.
As a result, I have come up with the questions about which I get asked the most and provided answers and then some. The result is "The Top 6 Questions Students (and Everyone Else) are Asking about the New Common Application." You can find it at:
I'm hoping this will take some of the sting out of using the Common App. If you have any questions that you would like to have answered, let me know and I'll pull together another blog on the topic.
Letters of Recommendation
A new HuffPost blog just went up a few minutes ago. It's taken me awhile to do this because my husband has gone through two spinal surgeries in the last few weeks.
Letters of Recommendation are, as I say on my blog, "Icing on the Admissions Cake." Admissions officers look at grades, test scores, what you say on the application and in essays first, but what recommenders write is really important. They can either confirm or disconfirm what the rest of the application says. That might seem like "no big deal," but with the dozens of recs that counselors and teachers write, it's kind of unusual to get a unique, stellar letter of rec from them.
So what to do? Get real organized, gather your ammunition and make a recommender's job easy as pie. Your goal is to exceed their expectations in what they normally get from students. Fortunately, that's not hard to do and can make a difference between a ho hum rec and a remarkable, detailed, stand-out one.
That's what this new blog is all about.
Hope you enjoy it. And might I remind you, if you do, let HuffPost know by liking, tweeting, emailing or making a comment. Thanks so much.
What Would You Do with Ten Extra Years of Life? Think about It.
This morning I found that a blog I submitted as a guest commentator for the Huffington Post TED TedWeekend was posted. In case you don't know, every Friday TED and the Huffington Post offer TEDWeekends, a series that introduces "a powerful idea worth spreading" through a very popular TEDTalk video, accompanied by an op-ed from the speaker and original posts from regular HuffPost bloggers. The video is by Dr. Jane McGonigal, a gorgeous, engaging, Ph.D. From Berkeley who owns the subject of the impact of video games on children and others.
My piece, "What Would You Do with Ten Extra Years of Life? Think about It," is a commentary on McGonigal's SUPERBETTER video game, something she put together to help people recover from an life-threatening illness or injury. She did this during a time when she suffered a severe concussion and became bedridden, a physical and mental wreck. One of McGonigal's themes is identifying what people who are dying wish they had done with their lives so that others can start doing more positive things with theirs. Oddly enough those wishes and what I teach my students to do through adMISSION POSSIBLE are very much the same. That's what my blog is all about.
For example, dying people wish that they had had the courage to live their lives being true to themselves, rather than according to what others expected of them.
I help students "dare to be themselves" as they make important decisions such as where to go to college and what to do for a career. As you probably know, "daring to be yourself" is a part of the subtitle of adMISSION POSSIBLE and also a theme in the book. In case you're interested, here is the link:
5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists
If there is a (high school) senior in your life or you are one yourself, you know it's time to have a good college list ready to go. My newly posted HuffPost blog is all about how to make sure that you do
Here is the link to "5 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make When Putting Together Their College Lists."
Not only do I tell you what to look out for, but in my usual style, also exactly what to do.
Hope you're enjoying the dog days of summer.
How to Write a Captivating, One-Of-A-Kind Application Essay
After I posted "6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays" last week, I promised a follow-up blog on "How to Write a Captivating, One-Of-A-Kind Application Essay." Living up to my word, that new blog is now posted on HuffPost College at:
I think this new piece will help take the first sting out of writing application essays. If you are a rising high school senior or the parent of one, uncle or aunt, or friend, you might print both this and last weeks' blogs and hand them to your favorite senior. Tell him (or her) that it is a "gift" from me.
6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays
Every day now, my office (and certainly my computer) is filled with students, activities resumes and especially application essays. 'Tis the new season for college applications. As you have already heard from my blog and me, I am urging students to start their essay writing now, rather than later. Life in the fall will be a lot easier if they do.
Judging by the number of communications I'm receiving, students are getting into it. Emails are coming from kids who are in their summer experiences (but writing essays) in Washington, DC, New York City, London, at Brown and Stanford, in camps, in the midst of getting wisdom teeth pulled and all kinds of other settings and locations.
Given that writing is my "thing," I decided to start a series on that topic for HuffPost College. So many kids tell me they feel utterly panicked by the thought of writing application essays. So I sat down and wrote "6 Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing College Application Essays." I think it's one of the better things I have written in awhile. The fact that I got such a kick out of doing it may be proof of that pudding.
So here is the HuffPost link:
Whether you are a high school senior (or are a parent of) or just know one, or simply like to write, I hope you find this blog helpful and interesting.
July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Sophomores
As you know, for the past three weeks I have offered July to January To Do's for high school students who are rising seniors, juniors and freshmen. Not wanting to leave out the all important 10th graders, HuffPost just put up my final list: July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Sophomores. You can access it here:
July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Freshmen
Last week I wrote a HuffPost blog for what juniors should be thinking about and doing for college admissions from July to January and promised to follow this up with lists for sophomores and freshmen. My post for upcoming 9th graders, "July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Freshmen," has just been put up. You can read it at:
Many of my readers have students who are juniors and seniors, but I am aware that they also have younger children. As I say in my blog, I was shocked at the dearth of admissions information available for 9th and 10th graders. It's not that parents should be pushing their 13, 14 and 15-year-old kids to get involved with college admissions; rather, it's a matter of both parents and students becoming savvy about college admissions so that good academic and extracurricular choices are made in the early years of high school.
One other issue I became aware of is how little information there is for rising high school freshman about how to get prepared for high school. Knowing a little about me from my writing, I'm sure you can imagine that I couldn't leave that one alone. A good part of the new blog is on "Getting Ready for High School."
If you have other pieces of good advice for budding 9th graders, write a comment on the blog or send me an email. I will make sure that it gets added to what I have already written.
July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Juniors
Last week, my HuffPost blog covered what rising seniors need to be thinking about and doing for the next six months. Many readers and subscribers then asked for the same kind of advice for soon-to-be-juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. This week I cover the junior list. Even though the blog is To Do List, I think you will find useful information about Financial/Merit Aid, College Visits, etc. Even more, there are active links for every category to more and detailed online information.
Of all the high school years in which college admissions people are interested, junior year is probably at the top. This is the year when students should take the most Honors, AP/IB classes and get the best grades they can. 11th grade is when kids need to go the extra mile and astound their teachers with the quality of their academic work. Finally, junior year is the time to be looking for ways to make stand-out contributions to extracurricular activities and sports.
Here is where you can access the "July-to-January To Do's for Rising High School Juniors" blog on HuffPost:
Rising Seniors' June to January Everything You Need to Do List
San Diego students are out of school now and I'm beginning to work with juniors-about-to-be seniors (aka, rising seniors) on college essays. Part of this comes from my urging students to get a head start on applications. I am particularly adamant about this with student athletes, people involved with heavy-duty extracurricular activities, students with learning issues and kids who are signed up for a bunch of AP classes next fall (some with all four).
Last year, not surprisingly I found that students who began writing application essays during the summer did much better at getting accepted to their first choice schools. I think a lot of this was a result of taking a good amount of time to choose good topics for questions, writing a first draft and then editing, editing, editing the heck out of their essays.
Not surprisingly, students who waited to get started on their applications until later in the year ended up not applying to a bunch of schools. Usually it was because the press of having to write so many essays really hit them hard. As I told you not long ago, these days I see a new trend of many more colleges requiring students to write many more application essays.
One of the things I do is let students (and their parents) know exactly what to expect for the college admissions season from now until they're all done. This week's blog is a month-by-month rundown of everything seniors need to do June through January. Having this list, alone, seems to take some pressure off students because they know what to expect, what to do and when every step along the way.
Here is the link to "Rising Seniors' June to January Everything You Need to Do List:"
As you will see, I have also included many links within the blog to resources for developing resumes, writing essays, completing applications, getting the best possible recommendations and having dynamite interviews, etc..
Hope you find this new blog interesting and useful. Pass it along to rising seniors you know; I think they will find it helpful.
The Most Outrageously Thorough, Ridiculously Detailed College Shopping List You Will Ever See
Last week I let you know about my new HuffPost blog on what things soon-to-be college freshmen should know before going off to college. It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek piece that I had a ball writing. As it turns out, it is the most popular blog I ever wrote. I think I really hit a nerve (or maybe a few funnybones). Nearly 900 readers liked or shared it with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. Who woulda thunk it.
At the end of that blog, I mentioned that my next one would be on:
"The Most Outrageously Thorough, Ridiculously Detailed College Shopping List You Will Ever See."
I had such a good time putting this one together. Because it usually takes a few days for HuffPost to edit and then publish a blog, I turned it in just a few minutes ago, thinking it would go up in the middle of next week. Before I could even get started on my next Sunday afternoon project, I received an email from HuffPost saying that the blog was published.
Holy Moly! They must have really liked this one too.
So here is the link to my crazy little piece.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun writing it.
30 Practical Things Students Need to Know How to Do Before Heading Off to College
After having taken a couple weeks break for a quick trip to Denmark, I am now back in the HuffPost blog saddle again. Actually, I have just been itchin' to write this blog, "30 Practical Things Students Need to Know How to Do Before Heading Off to College." You can find it at:
Frankly, I don't think anyone else has ever written about this topic.
For a long time now, I have been collecting items to put on a list or a blog. What students don't know often really shocks me. Even if you don't have a senior who is getting ready to go to college, I think you will find this blog interesting, if not entertaining. And in the end, I think it's critical that students get on top of every one of these 30 items in order to make the most out of their college experiences. Parents and grandparents of younger students might even get started educating them now, rather than waiting until they are about to leave for college.
If you have other issues that you think students should know about, please send them along. I think this might be important enough to write a book about some day.
Why Students and Parents Need to Know the Latest Buzz about 'Test Optional' Colleges
Okay; it's been a year since I started writing for the Huffington Post. Doesn't seem that long; I'm surprised that I haven't run out of things to say. Fortunately, college admissions is one big, ever-changing arena. I feel like I have just scratched the surface.
Here is a link to "Why Students and Parents Need to Know the Latest Buzz about 'Test Optional' Colleges":
In a full year, it's amazing that I have never written a blog about test optional colleges. This important program wasn't around for people who are older than forty. For kids with learning issues, test anxiety and/or little or no access to test tutoring, test optional colleges is an important topic. In this blog, I also cover what colleges call their "holistic" approach to evaluating students. Even for those of you who don't have kids into or approaching college admissions, I think you will find it is interesting"stuff."
I also identify a bunch of prestigious, very high quality liberal arts colleges that have gone "test optional" as well as a list of public colleges and universities who have also bitten the bullet.
Just so you know, I won't be writing another blog until early June as I am taking a little vacation from the computer. Hope you are enjoying May.
15 Awesome Online and Hard Copy Resources for Finding Colleges You Love
As you all well know, there is a LOT of information about college admissions these days, but no one place where you can go to gain access to even a tiny part of what is available. I can't tell you how often students, and especially parents, ask me for a definitive list about specific admissions topics.
Because college lists are at the top of junior and sophomore and parents' minds right now, I decided to pull together a blog that identifies websites and books that I think are the best resources for that topic. If you knew me well, you would know that I spend a lot of time searching for, researching, trying out and then using hundreds of different admissions websites. What I am suggesting is the best of what I have found. Frankly, this is a list I wish I had had when I first started adMISSION POSSIBLE(r).
The new blog title is: "15 Awesome Online and Hard Copy Resources for Finding Colleges You Love" can be seen at:
When you read it, I think you will discover resources that you never heard about before. Use the suggestions yourself and then pass them along to others. There is no reason to keep this information a secret!
Teens Say Google Search Is Their "Best Friend" when Looking for College Admissions information and Resources
Last week I gave a talk for the San Diego Library underserved students project and one of the student panelists said, "When it comes to finding what I need in college admissions, Google is my best friend." I kept thinking, thinking about his statement and what amazing resources there are.
Okay, so you-all are probably much better than I am at anything having to do with computers and the Internet. But I know that there are many adults and students who know much less than I, particularly when it comes to college admissions. The problem is that they don't know what the really good admissions websites are or even the words to define what they want to know or help them get to the resources.
After awhile, I decided to write my next blog on this. The new blog, "Teens Say Google Search Is Their "Best Friend" when Looking for College Admissions information and Resources" can be found at
You might pass the link along to students who are just beginning or are in the middle of the admissions process. In the next few weeks, I will pull together blogs that actually identify some of the more useful, frequently used websites in the different admissions arenas.
Getting Off a College Wait List
Last week I explained the process that high school seniors can go though to decide to which college they are going to say yes. As different readers saw that blog, many sent me emails asking what their kids could do to get off a college's wait list. What did I do? Naturally, I wrote a blog called "Getting Off a College Wait List!" It can be found at:
High school counselors often say that it's impossible to get off a wait list. If there are any spaces at all, my experience has been that is that it's not that difficult. Over the years, many students with whom I have worked have been very successful.
As always, there is a straightforward process to follow and that's what this week's blog is all about.
I hope you find it useful.
Deciding on One College from All of Your Choices
You may or may not have seniors in high school right now, but my latest Huffington Post blog on "Deciding on One College from All of Your Choices" is a perfect example of how students can use the college admissions process as a way of learning useful life skills. I try to use each phase of my work with students as an opportunity to teach them something useful. Case in point: this week's blog is all about developing key decision-making skills, something everyone needs and uses in all aspects of their lives. You can have a look at this link:
The blog describes a "due diligence" process seniors can go through to come up with the best, final decision about where to go to college:
1. Gather information about yourself, colleges, financial aid and from family, teachers/counselors and important others in your life
2. Visit final choice colleges to get a last look before you make up your mind
3. Go through one or more of the following to make a final choice:
a. Create a grid of the pros and cons for each college option
b. Rate your college options on a scale from 1-10
c. Ask yourself key questions about how you feel about the colleges
d. Get help in deciding from the person/s you trust most
4. Listen to both your heart and head and make the best decision you can.
How Parents Can Help Teens Gain Powerful Skills for Future Careers
Last week I told you that I would be writing the next blog on steps parents can take to prepare kids for college and maybe even careers. If truth be known, this is my response to some recent Chronicle of Higher Ed articles about what companies are looking for in new college graduates who are applying for jobs. I think you will be VERY surprised at what employers are saying. It's not at all what I expected.
If you're interested, have a look at:
Given that all of you are in the business world in one form or another, let me know what you think about this new Post-Recession (my wishful thinking words) world.
Are You Sure College Is Really Worth All the Time and Money?
In spite of your probably having a strong bent towards children attending college, have you ever secretly wondered what evidence there is that doing this actually pays off?
Because of the rough economic times right now, I'm hearing from some curmudgeonly folks that college is just not worth it any more. They say, "It's too expensive, all the kids do is drink, smoke pot, have sex and play. Moreover, when they get out of college, they're no better off than when they went in." Yah; I really am hearing this.
So I decided to do a little research about the advantages of college attendance and, of course, I just had to do a Huff Post blog on the subject. "Are You Sure College Is Really Worth All the Time and Money?" is the latest topic and you can access it at
Just in case you're interested, there's a fascinating article in The New York Times today about what employers are looking for in new employees.
My plan is to write about that next week, identifying the skills young people need to have to get hired these days. I think this is very relevant for high school students who are putting together their college lists and seniors who will be soon making their final college choice. After all, different colleges offer very different kinds of resources and learning environments.
Can't wait to get my teeth into this one.
150 Great Words and Phrases to Use During the College Admissions Process
As a word lover second only to my daughter, what fun I had in writing the latest blog: "150 Great Words and Phrases to Use During the College Admissions Process."
And as it turns out, helping students come up with words that describe who they are is one of the most powerful things I do.
I'll never forget the day when I was working with two university professors and asked them to describe who their son was in as many adjectives, nouns and phrases as they could think of. Among the things the parents said were, "A true intellectual, great sense of humor (often deadpan), his nickname is 'smooth' because of how unflappable, even-keeled and clear-headed he is; inveterate reader, very intuitive, a quiet, yet powerful leader, a good dancer, not just a 'library guy—loves everything in the water, including swimming, surfing, scuba diving;' serious, a wonderful conversationalist, like 'sliced bread.'"
After the brainstorming session was over, the father took me aside and said, "I can't think you enough for having us do this. I just completely fell in love with my kid all over again."
Words are pretty powerful.
I hope you enjoy this blog. Why don't you start your list for your kid/s right now, regardless of how old they are? The only excuse you need is that I told you to do it. Oh yeah, one rule: only positive words! If you don't have kids, then do it for your spouse, best friend, someone about whom you care. You just might fall in love all over again.
Hey, High Schoolers! What Are You Doing This Summer?
It's already February! How can that be?
Believe it or not, many students are already asking me about what they should do during Summer, 2013. I'm glad; this is the perfect time to be gathering information and for the more selective programs turning in application forms.
This then is the subject for my next Huffington Post blog: "Hey, High Schoolers! What Are You Doing This Summer? You can have a look at:
As I have mentioned before, most college admissions officers not only look at student grades and test scores, but they also pay attention to how students spend their time out of school. College admissions reps are especially interested in what students do with their summers.
This new blog gives a lot of information about (and direct links to) Special Academic Programs, Arts and Performing Arts experiences, Volunteering opportunities, Summer Language Immersion and Abroad programs, and a special section of what first generation, under-represented minorities can do.
High School Junior January-June Admission To-Do's
Last week, I sent you a notice about a new HuffPost January-June To Do List for Seniors. I thought that it would be useful for you to have the same for Juniors.
You can access High School Junior January-June Admission To-Do's at this link:
I cover such topics as Activities and Activities Resume, College List, Testing, College Visits and College Fairs, as well as getting yourself going with summer plans. I also have a special section devoted to how to get your PCs and Macs ready and up-to-date for college applications. I think this is a pretty comprehensive list.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.
Hope this is the beginning of a very happy 2013 for you.
College To-Do List
I know that students are back to school on Monday, so I thought I would put together a blog on exactly what they need to be doing each month - January to June - to finish up the college admissions process (whether all of their applications are in now or still a few pending). Here is the link:
I cover such topics as financial aid/FAFSA, follow-up with colleges, including mid-year and end-of-year reports, grades, last minute college visits and even making your final decision. Where there is need for more information, I included live links to various websites. Because I know a lot of students and parents are worrying about forgetting something, I tried to offer a pretty comprehensive list of what you need to do.
I hope you've had time to relax during the fast few weeks and that you had a very healthy, happy vacation.
Sophomores and Freshman
Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a good year. So that you can plan ahead, here are some things for you to think about and do in the next six months.
JANUARY - JUNE ADMISSIONS TO DO
√ Begin thinking about what you want to do this coming summer. Colleges are just about as interested in what you do outside of school and with your summers as they are in your academics. Make sure you choose something you really enjoy.
√ Stanford University has just announced its summer institutes for middle and high school students. Here is the URL that describes their programs:
√ Attached is a list of web links that provide information about other great summer programs. The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth website also lists many cool things to do. Be sure to click on the other links listed on the site.
Know that there are many, many other great programs around a variety of academic and other interests, especially at colleges and universities.
√ During school breaks and while on vacations, swing by any colleges that are nearby just to have a look at what different colleges are like.
√ Take stock of how you are spending your time in and out of school. Is there anything you want to add or eliminate from your schedule? Make sure that everything you do is either something you enjoy or “counts” academically.
√ Decide whether you want to take any Subject Tests for advanced classes in which you are enrolled. The possibilities are:
English History & Social Studies
Literature US History
Math Level I
Biology E or M
Math Level 2 Chemistry
Chinese w listening Spanish
French Spanish w listening
French w listening Italian
German w listening Japanese w listening
Modern Hebrew Korean w listening
Language with listening tests are given only on the November test date. The next ones will be in November, 2013.
Subject Tests 2013
Here are when the regular Subject tests will be given in 2013 that might correspond with your taking AP Tests.
Just as a reminder, UC no longer requires two Subject Tests. They will still review the scores if applicants choose to send them. Know that some majors at different UC campuses still require them.
Many other colleges continue to require or recommend twp Subject Tests. No college requires more than 2.
For a list of colleges that require and recommend Subject Tests, go to:
√ Begin researching and making contact with the best test tutors in town so that you will have a place with one of them next year. If you want recommendations, let me know.
√ Make sure that you are signed up for AP tests that are given at your school in May if you happen to be taking an AP course right now.
√ Attend the National Association of College Admissions Counseling college fair at the San Diego Convention Center April 30 or in the city in which you reside. The following is a link to the NACAC college fair list.
√ Finalize your summer plans.
√ Carefully choose your next year classes, taking into consideration the rigor of the program and balance in your life.
√ Take the AP test for any AP class in which you are enrolled.
√ Ace your Finals.