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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…

Ask Your College Counselor: Start Application Help and Test Prep Early

Clearly, parents want the best for their children. Unfortunately, many hope for “quick fixes” and short term solutions to catapult their student into test taking stardom. As the college admission season quickly closes in on our high school juniors, many parents still wait to the last minute to plan for Read More…

What Teachers and Principals Should Do About Bullying

An Interview on Discrimination and Bullying LOTR (Love on the Regular): We know that discrimination, bias and bullying is on the rise in school-age children, especially with increasing use of social media and the internet. Recent reports show that in 2016 as many as 4400 school aged children committed suicide, Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Changes from Betsy DeVos

While many Americans vocalize optimism for the advancement of voucher programs and Charter Schools under the potential Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, or express fear of her lack of educational experience and diminished advocacy of public schools, the ultimate authority of public education will continue to reside with local control Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: UC’s Personal Insight Question (PIQ)

Personal Insight Questions Many of my recent college admissions seniors have shuddered at the new University of California (UC) Application Personal Insight Questions. “Really, another change?” Granted, over the past three years, public high school students have been riddled with change: Common Core, the major reconstruction of the new 2016 Read More…

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