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Looking to add a lot more words your personal lexicon or just want to better understand the English language? If you learn the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes that so many of our words are based on, you’ll have the tools to recognize familiar words or decode unfamiliar words. That’s the Roots2Words way!   Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is -ICE: -ICE is a suffix meaning quality or state of. (Suffixes appear at the end of words)   **EXAMPLES** armistice (noun) – a formal agreement to end fighting; a ceasefire or truce BREAKDOWN: ARM- (weapon) + STI- (to stand or stop) + -ICE (state of) avarice (noun) – greed, covetousness BREAKDOWN: AVAR- (greed) + -ICE (quality or state of) hospice (noun) – a specialized facility or group offering palliative care for the terminally ill; the provision of palliative care and support BREAKDOWN: HOSP- (guest, host) + -ICE (state of)…

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What’s going down for the college-bound? Students in the graduating high school class of 2015 are in a collective frenzy of application preparation. If you’ve written your essay, you should make sure you’ve followed all of our 7 Steps to an Amazing College Essay. If you haven’t written that all-important essay yet, get to it!! ********* If the college application process is making your family insane, you may enjoy this New York Times writer’s call to Throw Out the College Application System: We send students to spend half a day at a testing center to take the SAT. We ought to invest equal time in sending them to assessment centers to gauge their values and their social, emotional and creative capabilities. You may also consider these 10 Ways For Parents To Stay Sane During The College Application Season. ********* In September, the Hechinger Report asserted that the real cost of…

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College admissions, or at least the earliest stages of the process, comes down to numbers. Any applicant is best served by providing an admissions office the grades and test scores required for more focused scrutiny. In other words, if your numbers don’t meet the predetermined value set by a college, there’s a very good chance those admissions personnel will never take the time to discover what a special snowflake you are! Of course, even this simple step becomes complicated by the variety of sources from which your numbers are drawn. Your school, obviously, reports your grades, classes, and, where applicable, state tests like Regents in an official transcript. SAT and ACT scores must arrive in official score reports from the College Board and ACT, Inc. respectively. But what about AP classes? AP classes can complicate the admissions process. These courses represent the standard for academic rigor, which means that students…

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Sleep and learning are inextricably linked. Albert Camus understood the connection: “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.” But the sleep you catch up on in class is not going to get you to your best grades or test scores. Instead, how and when you hit the pillow exerts a tremendous impact on your performance the next day. The Motherlode blog at the New York Times explored the concept of tailoring sleep patterns to desired outcomes. In essence, the author suggests the following: Facing a trivia contest, spelling bee, or test based on memorized information? Go to sleep early to get as much Stage 1 deep sleep as you can. Deep sleep is when the brain consolidates new information. Facing a big sporting event, performance, or test based on practiced physical skills? Sleep late enough to enjoy sufficient quantities of Stage 2 sleep. Stage 2…

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Looking to add a lot more words your personal lexicon or just want to better understand the English language? If you learn the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes that so many of our words are based on, you’ll have the tools to recognize familiar words or decode unfamiliar words. That’s the Roots2Words way!   Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is ANTE-: ANTE- is a prefix meaning before. (Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)   **EXAMPLES** ante (noun) – gaming stake put in by players before the deal in poker antebellum (adj) – before the war, particularly the Civil War BREAKDOWN: ANTE- (before) + BELL- (war) antecedent (noun) – preceding circumstance or event; ancestors; the noun that a pronoun replaces or describes BREAKDOWN: ANTE- (before) + CEDE- (come) + -ENT (that which does) antediluvian (adj) – belonging to the age before the Biblical Flood (deluge); old-fashioned anterior (adj) –…

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Amidst the usual university rankings and discussion of the rising cost of a college education in the United States comes some fascinating news out of, believe it or not, Germany: all public universities in the Deutschland are now tuition free. Exciting, right? But before you pack your teen’s bags with the latest language learning software, consider some of the specifics of this new policy and German higher education. Slate offers a comprehensive explanation, from which we’ve distilled a few important points: 1. YES… this free tuition policy applies even to international students. 2. NO… the German college experience is not like the U.S. college experience. 3. MAYBE… students with the requisite independence and fluency may find this opportunity the path to a low-cost, high-quality college education. What do you think? Can you see your son or daughter attending college in Germany?

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