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Students in higher education dream of success. But many also face doubts. Am I smart enough? Am I college material? How much will I need to study? Can I pass the tests? Can I do better? Will I graduate? Is it worth it?

This Education Planning Guide focuses on how to improve your chance of success in higher education.

Here's an index to the coverage:

The question of whether high-performers are born or made long has captivated the scholarly community, whose search for answers has led to studies of chess players, musicians and leaders in various fields.
Students applying to college know doing well on the SAT and ACT entrance exams can improve their chances of being accepted at many colleges.
It used to be that avoiding study distractions was as easy as finding a quiet corner of the library and hunkering down. But in the wireless age, that's no longer a guarantee.
Memorization isn't necessarily easy, but it's vital for students at any level.
Many things have changed about college during the last few decades, but blue exam booklets and the dread they induce remain.
Sleep is a precious campus commodity, but it's often the first item surrendered by students whose body clocks and overbooked schedules keep them up all hours.
The brain starts out with some built-in advantages. Not only is it encased in a sturdy skull, but a set of cells known as the blood-brain barrier keeps many bacteria and other harmful substances out of the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.
Studies have shown that college graduates make more money, feel better about themselves, vote more often and have other advantages over people who lack post-secondary education.


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