Academic Insights

September 27, 2022
Are you in Grade 12 and thinking about applying to colleges and universities in the United States? Now is the time to strategize about the timing of your applications. And to do that, you need to know about your “Regular Decision”, “Early Action”, “Early Decision”, and “Rolling Admissions” options. Each of the schools you’re considering…
August 16, 2022
Grade 11 is challenging. Your academic classes will be harder, your final grades will matter for university admissions, and you may be taking on more responsibility in your extracurricular activities. All this will keep you very busy! I’m going to suggest that you add one more item to your plate: university planning.  Especially from September…
July 24, 2022
How are you spending your summer break? The students we’re currently working with are getting work experience, doing internships, participating in and leading camp activities, taking classes, travelling, and relaxing. They’re also carving out time to get a head start on college and university applications. If you haven’t started preparing for applications yet, you’re missing…
December 15, 2021
Early reports are showing an increase in the number of applications submitted for U.S. colleges’ Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) deadlines. As a result, we’ll see an increase in the number of students who are deferred. We know that it takes a lot of work to get an application ready for an early…
September 27, 2021
University life is very different from high school life, so the transition from high school to university deserves attention. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to focus on this upcoming transition, with all the demands of Grade 12 academics, extracurricular activities, and university planning. But students and parents can take practical steps to help with…
July 28, 2021
Sure, grades are the most important piece of data that Canadian universities look at when considering applicants, but in many cases they’re not the only factor. It’s getting more and more common for applicants to be evaluated ‘holistically’, taking into consideration various factors in addition to grades. These might include ‘rigor’ (the degree of difficulty…
May 1, 2021
Are you a high school student thinking ahead to university admissions in Canada? Are you a parent of a high school student? Here’s what you need to know. There are high-quality universities across the country and you can get a fine education at any of them. Grab a pen and paper or open a document…
January 4, 2021
We meet a lot of students who want to become doctors.  Their reasons vary: they’ve been inspired by important people in their lives, a personal experience in the medical system, a love of science, or even a television favourite like Grey’s Anatomy.They begin to plan ahead for medical school by taking science and math classes…
November 3, 2020
Many Grade 12 students don’t know exactly what they want to study at university. Filling out university applications, they might be asked to commit to a particular department, faculty, or major. Sometimes it seems like everyone else has it all figured out, from university through to a career. A student who isn’t sure can feel…
August 10, 2020
It’s mid-August, and here comes your new school year! Even a normal new school year provokes excitement and anxiety – and this year is not normal. This strange year of COVID brings extra challenges. Are you actually “going back to school” or will you be “learning remotely”? Either way, a bit of advance planning can…