Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: Face College Application Fears

Is October scarier than it was last year? Consumer spending suggests it might be. A report from the National Retail Foundation predicts that Americans will spend a record $6.86 billion on Halloween this year. That’s an increase of more than nine percent.

If you know any high school seniors, you know they’re facing something even scarier through October and November: college applications. Fortunately, XAP offers tools and advice to help them face their fears.

After all, we’ve set some records of our own when it comes to college applications: XAP processed more than 4.1 million electronic applications last year!

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Overcoming Test Anxiety

For many people, the thought of writing a test is the stuff of nightmares. For those no longer in school, being back there and having to write a test is actually a common nightmare! But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to help students overcome test anxiety.

“Life is full of evaluations; tests just happen to be part of that,” says David Ross, professor emeritus at a college in Illinois. “Some situations we can avoid, [but] it’s hard to avoid tests if you are in school. It is hard to separate how you feel about yourself from your performance on tests.”

The first step in understanding test anxiety is recognizing that, well, it’s difficult to understand.
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Decisions, Decisions: Using Our Sites to Compare Schools

Let’s take a quick quiz: What’s the best flavor of ice cream? What about the best show on television? The best website (aside from www.xap.com)?

If an entire class took this quiz, do you think they’d all say the same thing? Of course not! The “best” can be a very personal thing. The same goes for schools. Students often think there is a magic school just waiting for them to enroll. But unless their name is Harry Potter, this isn’t always the case. That’s why they have to do a little research — and maybe even some soul-searching.

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