Chariot Learning Blog

The numbers are in, but families paying for college this year won’t find much to cheer about. The College Board released the data for Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector, 2014-15. Are average costs increasing across the board? Let’s check the figures: — The average annual cost for public four-year institutions for in-state residents is $18,943. — The average annual cost for public four-year institutions for out-of-state residents is $32,762. — The average annual cost for private four-year institutions for in-state residents is $42,419. Shocked? If you’re still standing after absorbing those figures, take a deeper look at the data: These average annual costs combine tuition and fee with room and board, so commuters may be able to shave a few dollars off those totals. The costs listed above represent increases over last year’s costs of 3.0-3.6%. The Average Annual Rate of Inflation for 2013-14 was 1.56%. The total cost…

Read more

Looking to dramatically enhance your personal lexicon or just want to better understand the English language? Learn the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes that so many of our words are based on, and you’ll have the tools to recognize familiar words or decode unfamiliar ones. That’s what Roots2Words is all about!   Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is POLY-: POLY- is a prefix meaning more than one, many, or excessive. (Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)   **EXAMPLES** polygamy (noun) – the condition of having more than one romantic partner or spouse at one time BREAKDOWN: POLY- (more than one) + -GAMY (marriage or union) — polygamous means married to more than one partner at a time — polygyny is the condition of having more than one wife at a time — polyandry is the condition of having more than one husband at a time polyglot (adj) –…

Read more

NextStepU has been running a terrifically informative series of short video interviews called 5 Minutes to College. David Mammano, the CEO/Founder of NextStepU, has spent 5 minutes at a time with admissions consultants, career experts, and college sports pros. At last, he’s turned the camera on an expert in test preparation: yours truly!     David and I discuss the following essential points in this video, which you are sure to find informative and possibly even witty: Whether the SAT & ACT are here to stay How the ACT differs from the SAT What 5 steps a student should take to prep for the tests When should a high schooler prepare As you imagine, we needed a little more than 5 minutes to cover these topics, but spare just a little more than 7 minutes, and you’ll learn a lot!

What’s going down for the college-bound? With winter break looming in February, many juniors and their families are planning their first college visits. Hopefully, those of you taking the tours know what you’re looking for! ********* Now that PSAT scores are in, you can expect to be deluged with mail and email from colleges you’ve never even heard of. But according to Laura M. Colarusso of the Hechinger Report, this recruit-spam may be less innocuous than it appears: As college-admissions season kicks into high gear, Kelley is a target of a little-known practice among colleges and universities called “recruit to deny,” under which they try to make their admissions process look more selective by boosting their number of applicants — then turning many of them down — through hard-sell marketing techniques. ********* Curious about what admissions officers are writing about you? Apparently, you can request your detailed admissions files (only…

Read more

Looking to dramatically enhance your personal lexicon or just want to better understand the English language? Learn the common roots, prefixes, and suffixes that so many of our words are based on, and you’ll have the tools to recognize familiar words or decode unfamiliar ones. That’s what Roots2Words is all about!   Your Roots2Words Affix of the Week is MONO-: MONO- is a prefix meaning one or single. (Prefixes appear at the beginning of words)   **EXAMPLES** monogamy (noun) – marriage with only one person at a time BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + -GAMY (marriage or union) — monogamous means married to or faithful to one partner at a time monogram (noun) – a design of one or more letters, usually initials BREAKDOWN: MONO- (one) + -GRAM (written, drawing) monograph (noun) – on a single subject or a group of related subjects, usually written by one person BREAKDOWN: MONO- (single) +…

Read more

The road to success, some say, is paved with learning opportunities disguised as failure. Every day at our TestBeast Tumblr, we celebrate those brave and determined enough to take that journey. Here are some of our most favorite recent tips…     Looking for daily motivation for monster test scores? Subscribe for free to the Daily TestBeast!

540/618