College Readiness

College Down Low: Test Optional or Test Mandatory?

Test Optional Gains Traction Are college entrance exams really getting kicked to the curb, tossed out, rendered obsolete, “retired?” Word on the street, in academic corridors and across the nation’s college campuses, suggest a definitely maybe.   “There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT Read More…

Ready Set Go: 2018 College Application Season

Ready Set Go Once upon a time, American high school juniors had a genuine summer break. But frolicking in the sand at the local beach or working a summer job as a barista were the revels of many high school scholars of the past. What the heck? Why? University competition, Read More…

The Facts of Education Level: College Graduation’s True Value

Facts: Education Level In an era in which facts are advertised as obsolete, students and parents may be tempted to dismiss the merits of a college education. Nonetheless, when analyzing the relationship between higher education and real world wages and earnings, the hard evidence- the numbers- have withstood the test Read More…

The College Waitlist- How to Survive Purgatory

  The College Waitlist “Waitlisted.” You’ve already waited for months! You’ve chewed your every nail down to the nub, endured restless nights and promised the “Great Spirit in the Sky” you’ll do better, be better, if you only get into that one school. Finally, the March college acceptance letters roll Read More…

College Preparation: Nature, Nurture or Somewhere In Between

Nature vs Nurture Is it nature or is it nurture? Every so often we meet a student who appears to have it all. She seems naturally gifted in every sense: the captain of the varsity tennis team, a Calculus BC mathlete not to mention her high school’s poet laureate, and Read More…

The Admissions Mystique: What Do Colleges Expect?

What do colleges expect? The good news about college acceptance? Even “the experts” don’t possess the “silver bullet.” The bad news? No one does. College acceptance rates and their corresponding criteria vary from year to year based on a range of metrics including, but not limited to: The pool of Read More…

The Holidays: 4 Tips for a Family Fun Education

Holidays or “Holidaze?” Many of the families I serve wrack their brains, “What can I do with my kids over holidays like Veterans Day, Thanksgiving break, Winter break, President’s’ Day,  Ski Week (especially if they don’t ski), Spring break and the whopper of them all, Summer Break?” The list of Read More…

For-Profit College: Worth It or Not Quite?

For-Profit and the Rest For-profit or nonprofit, public or private, community college or four year college? So many choices confuse the college planning process for our youth and working adult students. Regardless of which option students choose, they all have to pay; tuition, housing, food, medical, transportation, facility fees, and Read More…

Breaking Bad Habits: The Right ACT Attitude

Developing Bad Habits As students gain academic experience, they cannot help but develop coping mechanisms or “bad habits,” which they wholly believe will enable their survival under the competitive pressure of college admissions. These behavioral patterns often serve them well…until they don’t. For better or worse, we mimic the behavior of Read More…

Online Education or Not to Online Education

Online Education’s Perks  Is online education an effective learning tool or a duplicitous marketing scam for sub par college courses? Dodging an overwhelming number of conflicting studies, interpretations and opinions, many parents and students feel that it’s nearly impossible to be “on the ball” and make heads or tails of Read More…

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