Monthly Archives: July 2012

A WORD ABOUT APPLICATIONS

  Any application to any school, college, university, graduate school, or place of potential employment is nothing more than an empty stage on which you are being invited to perform for your future. Although it has been designed to be warm, … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Applications, boarding school, College, College Admissions, College Applications, Common App, Digital Media, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Essay | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

WHO’S THE CLIENT HERE, ANYWAY?

On a recent afternoon in our office, near Wyomissing, PA, a client and family arrived for an introductory interview and assessment before beginning the application process for boarding school admission. (In our world, the client is always the student, whether … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, boarding school, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, helicopter parent, parenting, school size, social fit, stealth parent, Teen Self-Confidence, Teens | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIG SCHOOL? SMALL SCHOOL?

  Whether considering public schools, private day or boarding schools, colleges or universities, the debate never ends. Some parents don’t even want to discuss sending their children to a large school or college.  There won’t be enough structure. My child … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Class size, College, Communicating with your teen, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, friends, school size, social fit, Teens | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LEARNING HOW TO LEARN

    The main function of formal education – that systematized process of organizing masses of random data into something resembling knowledge – is teaching the skills of learning how to learn. Learning how to learn, of course, is very … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Digital Media, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Multitasking, Reading | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Parents: Choose Your Battles Carefully!

Nearly every family that includes both parents and kids is also home to those endless skirmishes that seem never to end. Make your bed. Don’t be so messy. You should be more organized. Your grades need improvement. Nothing electronic until … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Communicating with your teen, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, peer groups, Teens | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Developing a Reading Program

We all know that reading – the sheer joy of drawing words from a page – is tonic for the soul, at every age. For children and young adults, though, a reading program beyond the requirements of school has many additional advantages. Sustained … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, College, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Reading, Summer Reading, Teen Self-Confidence | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

THE PARENT AS COUNSELOR

  When a student begins to consider making application to an independent school, college, or university, there are usually several adults available to assist with the process. Often, a guidance counselor assumes the primary role of school or college counselor for a certain … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, College, Communicating with your teen, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Teen Self-Confidence, Teens | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Well Rounded Applicant

For years, applicants to competitive schools and colleges have been advised – by parents, teachers, guidance counselors, college placement officers, and well intentioned friends alike – to present themselves as “well rounded” individuals: involved in everything, good at most things, … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, College, Communicating with your teen, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Teens | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Independent Reading Tips and Strategies

     In this era of multi-tasking and lightning-fast communication, it may seem nearly impossible to unplug – even for an hour out of the day. Yet that hour of disconnect can be your best hour by far, an opportunity … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Digital Media, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Multitasking, Reading, Study Skills, Summer Enrichment, Summer Reading, summer slide | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Is Old Fashioned Reading Really Important Anymore?

“My kids aren’t readers. Today, there are so many ways to pick up information, is old fashioned reading really important anymore?”       In a recent counseling session with the father of three sons, I came face to face with a … Continue reading

Posted in Academic Consultant, Education, Educational Consultant, Educational Counselor, Multitasking, Reading, Study Skills, Summer Reading, Teens, Test Prep | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments