We've had a lot of questions from parents and students alike on the differences between EA and ED. It's a bit confusing, so we totally understand. Just to make sure everyone in our community is on the same page, we created a short write-up of all the details.
1. The Basics
Early decision (ED)
Early decision is the first type of early application.
Early action (EA)
Check below for a comprehensive list of EA and ED schools:
Read on after the fold to see how we'd think about evaluating ED versus EA!
This is is the fifth of our posts about the college applications process - please read through our previous articles!
Getting into university is getting more and more competitive, with growing applicant pools made up of students with top SAT/ACT scores and GPAs.
The X Factor is the extra “something” that comes from reflecting excellence somewhere across four categories: Creativity, leadership, maturity, and intelligence. These four traits not only help in the college application process, but for life.
The staff at Tokyo Academics has been identifying a recurring phenomenon in our conversations with our students and parents, as well as our lessons. Students are not reading enough outside of school assignments.
Reading is one of the primary ways that individuals can consume information, and it is highly linked to development and academic, professional, and personal performance. Additionally, while we can help students with techniques to work their way through reading comprehension tests, this is all dependent on their baseline understanding of fiction, non-fiction, prose, and technical language, which all comes from reading. The research (Source: Reading Agency) shows that reading contributes greatly to:
Pleasure and enjoyment
This is is the fourth of our posts about the college applications process. Please take a look at our previous posts to see our thoughts about the application process!
GPA: This is another big one. There are quite a few overall rules of thumb, which we covered in the first post:
Now let’s dig in a little deeper. In this post, we’re going to cover a few additional rules of thumb, strategies for improving your academic performance, and how to plan your coursework effectively for high school.
This is is the third in a series of posts Tokyo Academics is writing about the college applications process. We're doing this in an effort to cut through what we see is a lot of noise about the process!
Before we deep-dive into standardized exams, we at Tokyo Academics wanted to note a few things.
We fully agree that standardized examinations don’t measure true academic ability. Colleges also take into account also character-based academic strengths which cannot be shown in tests – standardized exams aren’t even close everything!
These tests also aren’t fully objective – they're skewed toward students who are representative of traits dominant in American society (in terms of gender, race, economic standing, cultural upbringing etc.). A particularly egregious example (from test prep materials) is:
We are aware of the debates about what it really measures and whether they are a useful tool to assess students. However, there's still no viable substitute and they’re something we all have to live with. This being said, there are five key tests (and test types) you will see:
At Tokyo Academics, our students are pretty excited to get the last few assignments, tests, and projects completed before the summer. At the risk of coming off as scolds, we want to encourage all of you (parents and students alike!) to do as much as you can to keep the summer productive and additive to your development!
A few quick facts: