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Ask Your College Counselor: Do I Need Help With Reading?

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…

What Are Colleges Looking For? Ask Your College Admissions Counselor!

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…

Ask Your College Counselor About Learning Over the Holidays

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…

Ask Your College Counselor: Are For-Profit Colleges Worth It?

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…

Ask Your College Counselor: Test Bias with Race, Gender, and More

How do I ace a test, the SAT, or any standardized test? How can they expect me to know everything? What if I don’t have the skills or the advantages? They, whether a teacher, professor, ETS (Educational Testing Service), or the College Board, absolutely do not expect you to know Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Is College Right for Me?

The contentious debate about college attendance has long circled its wagons around who is cut out for higher education and who isn’t.   Realistically, not everyone is a billionaire  “Pointdexter” who’s designed to reinvent the wheel or wield his millions in order to single-handedly man the human race’s first mission Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: How to Avoid Test Anxiety

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…

Ask Your College Counselor: Online Classes to Prep for College

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…

Ask Your College Counselor How to Make the Most of Summer Prep

What about Summer? Thinking about a blissful summer sojourn, not the summer SAT? Perhaps a six week program with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Young Writer’s Camp at UCSD, playing some Park and Rec club soccer or tennis, jet setting around the globe, or just gaming with friends Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Am I Ready for College Planning Season?

The College Planning Saga How do we know the college planning season is upon us? When the phone starts ringing off the hook! Concerned parents on the other end are desperately seeking a strategy, any strategic means by which to navigate the university application maelstrom. “My son’s a junior. He’s Read More…

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