What motivates your student? Successful students are intrinsically motivated!
Success begins with a student-led Strategic Educational & College Admissions Plan with actionable items!
- A Challenging “synergistic” high school curriculum (AP, IB, AICE, Dual-Enrolled??)
- Sustained, directed and meaningful extracurricular activities both within and outside of school (Involvement driven by genuine interest)
- Student directed research to explore a variety of emerging academic and career interests (Customized academic/career discovery exercises focused on your strengths!)
- Time management solutions(Parents- you’re too busy to argue with your emerging adult about homework!)
- Setting goals for target colleges, majors and scholarships (Overlapping interests?)
- Affordable college choices – FAFSA, CSS Profile, Merit-based aid??!
Customized Learning Solutions:Review any concerns from the previous academic year and create solutions:
1) learning strategies and study habits for difficult or time consuming classes, Please don’t fall into the “tutor” trap.
2) External resources for added support,
3) test-taking skills and preparation,
4) time management techniques, and
5) reducing potential stress from being overextended!
For example, earning a “4.0” GPA on 5 hours of sleep a night is not a sustainable (nor healthy) path!
Likewise, paying for a math tutor multiple times a week should remind you of the parable about giving someone a fish or a fishing rod !
Let me help your student create long lasting strategies.
- High School Curriculum Map: As an educational consultant with thirty years of university experience, I provide valuable pre-college advising to ensure:
1) a seamless transition between high school classes and your anticipated undergraduate major, and
2) success in the college application process.
*** Foundation courses in high school are important to subsequent undergraduate studies. Understanding the potential impact of taking AP Lang or getting off the “calc-path” to your undergraduate path is essential.Your transcript matters most! The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual State of College Admissions report confirms that universities continue to indicate that the high school transcript (your curriculum and GPA) is the single most important factor in the college admissions process.
College Admissions Planning & Financial Aid What Do College Admissions Reps Consider?
- What’s Your Unique “Story”?!
500 or 100 hours of Community Service? Admissions staff look for sustained and heartfelt commitments to 1 to 2 organizations. Multiple hours spread across several one-time efforts will not add value to an application. But more important, such efforts don’t help young adult develop meaningful connections within the community.
- College Visits: The upcoming year is an important one for exploring 3900+ potential colleges in the US!.
LEARN MORE: COLLEGE VISITS
SENIORS– If you haven’t decided where you’ll apply, let me suggest some campuses that have overnight programs – most free of charge and some cover your travel expenses.
FLORIDA PRE PAID TUITION or other State PRE-PAY plans? I’m positive I can also make suggestions for affordable private colleges that “fit” your student academically and socially.
- Standardized Test Taking: Your strategic plan should include these exams and also include a schedule of regular and ongoing weekly preparation for your:a) SAT or ACT
b) SAT II subject tests and
c) Advanced Placement (AP), AICE & IB exams.
Have you explored my three most recent detailed notes on exams:
- Summer 2020:
IT’S ACTUALLY NOT TO EARLY TO START EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS! A meaningful post-junior year summer activity increases the likelihood of acceptance at many colleges. Aside from working on your college application, the summer is an opportunity to work for pay, to volunteer, to work on a performance interview (arts/music) or attend a competitive summer program at a university.
Attending a summer college program is an excellent way to demonstrate “informed interest” in the college admissions process. You may even garner a recommendation from a professor for use in your college application. Financial assistance is available.