Category Archives: Academic Consultant

An Extra Year

The concept of taking an extra year during the course of one’s education is meeting with greater favor now than ever before.  Whether it comes as a repeat year when entering a competitive independent school, a postgraduate year of study, … Continue reading

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Getting Started

GETTING STARTED: A Pre-College Plan for Junior High Families In simplest terms, the value of education is at least threefold: the acquisition of knowledge; the access it provides to higher levels of the socio-economic spectrum; and the cash value of … Continue reading

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The Big Picture on College Admissions

At this point in the fall, many high school seniors are well underway—in some fashion or another—on the college admissions process. As a group, they tend to want to push their parents to the sidelines as they gradually assume ownership … Continue reading

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Basic College Money Planning For Students

  Before you leave for college, you need to learn how to handle money.  Here are 6 tips for you to consider as you prepare to go off to college in the fall. Open a bank account NOW and get … Continue reading

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Tough Year For Early and Regular Applications

Our thanks to George Fan and College Kickstart LLC for compiling the follow statistics to help us understand student outcomes for college admission in fall 2016. Independent consultants and school-base counselors alike saw some of their top students wait listed … Continue reading

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Why Attending College In The UK Might Make Sense For Some:

Many students dream of studying not only in a different state, but in a different country. If you have dreamed of going to a school like Prince William met Kate, (St. Andrews in Scotland), or an ancient school such as … Continue reading

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Want Better Grades For Your Children? Sign Them Up For Sports!

  A recent Institute of Medicine report told us something we already knew, but could have forgotten:  children actively involved in sports do better in school.   Their summary stated, “Exercise can significantly improve children’s cognitive ability and academic performance, … Continue reading

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“I’m Bored” – More Ideas to Prevent Summer Slide

A promised, below are a few more ideas to prevent summer slide: Have your child get comfortable with online learning. Hire a tutor to teach your child, keep them on a schedule and hold them accountable for learning. Follow the … Continue reading

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“I’m Bored. There is nothing to do.” – How to Prevent Summer Slide

Every June, my husband and I create a summer studies plan for each of our children.   It helps create order in our home, allows the children to practice and learn independently at their own pace and provides the feeling … Continue reading

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SAT – ACT: The Dread of Standardized Testing

There is an overwhelming amount of work that needs to be completed in the college application process.  Amidst the excitement of this time, most students look at standardized tests with dread.  They consider testing and test prep to be extremely unpleasant … Continue reading

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