Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey is the Managing Editor of Peterson's & EssayEdge and is an expert in many aspects of college, graduate, and professional admission. A graduate of Yale University, Ryan has worked in various admission capacities for nearly a decade, including writing test-prep material for the SAT, AP exams, and TOEFL; editing essays and personal statements; and consulting directly with applicants.

Articles

4 Ways to Avoid Isolation as an Online Student

Feeling lonely as a new online student? Here's what you can do to stay connected and plan for when campuses open back up again after the coronavirus pandemic. read more

How to Tackle the Hardest Parts of the ACT

The ACT is pretty tough overall. But some questions are more difficult than others! Luckily, familiarizing yourself with those tough sections can help you maximize your study time.read more

Which Common Application Essay Prompt Is Right for You?

After sifting through thousands of Common App essays, it's clear that some prompts have more potential than others.read more

5 Questions to Ask Yourself if a College Doesn't Require an Essay

So, one or more of your colleges don't require an application essay. Woohoo!!! One less thing to worry about, right? Well, not quite. read more

9 Weird Test Prep Techniques That Actually Work

These nine study techniques seem relatively outlandish, but they're for real! read more

5 Ways to Kill Your College Application Essay

Here are five omissions or errors that can lead your application essay--and your chance for admission--astray. read more

College Prep Steps Every Student Should Know About

The best way to maintain your course toward college is to create a schedule and break it down over your four high school years. Here's how! read more

How to Research Colleges if You're an International Student

In order to pick your school, you'll need to rely on open house seminars conducted in your area, feedback from friends and acquaintances who have attended the school, and the Internet. But how do you know that the information is reliable?read more