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Ask Your College Counselor: How Early for ACT/SAT Test Prep

“I’m so sorry, but it’s too late. She simply doesn’t have the numbers.” The vacant stares and suppressed tears are almost as devastating for me as a college counselor and educator as the genuine despair of the family that arrives on my doorstep during their teen’s senior year. Sadly, by Read More…

Vocabulary Proficiency for Younger Learners: Conversation and Engagement

“Just read!” “Memorize 100 words by Friday!” Even though most high school students miserably stare at one another just thinking about these daunting expectations in addition to every other demand of their academic work week, such dictates often reign supreme as the default vocabulary strategies of many educators and parents. Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: ACT and SAT Prep for Engineering School

Engineering is just harder; there is no other way to categorize its seemingly insurmountable college acceptance expectations. However high the general admissions standards are for a given university, expect that these have become a monumental “Goliath” for the prospective engineering candidate. Let’s consider California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: ISEE Private School Entrance Exam

We can all relate to the stress of an progressively competitive 21st Century. Increasingly, I encounter panicked parents who fearfully insist that their children brutalize themselves in preparation for private school exams such as the SSAT or ISEE. Many are compelled to enroll their children in expensive private schools because Read More…

Get College Essay Help: Introductory Paragraphs

Prior to the adoption of Common Core, the No Child Left Behind approach to education reigned for over a decade, “relying too heavily on standardized tests” according to many critics. One of the policy’s greatest deficits was the abandonment of writing curricula throughout the nation’s districts, charter schools, and other Read More…

Our College Admissions Counselors Work With Your Learning Style

When last we met in “Cumulative Review Part I- Time Management and the Spacing Effect,” I discussed the the significance of reviewing educational study materials at consistent and scheduled times prior to an assessment. Developing time management strategies is the initial essential step toward bolstering learning and test scores. However, Read More…

Ask Your Counselor: How Do I Manage My Time When Taking a Test?

It’s no secret that procrastination has ensnared us all at some point. The resultant dysregulation and stress then press us to react, so we “cram,” or as the 2012 UCLA Newsroom article, “Cramming for a test? Don’t Do It” suggests, fruitlessly fight our way out of our self-made trap by Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Math With Word Problems

  “Math is supposed to be math!” so some insist. According to these “resistance forces,” integrating or “muddling” content matter results in the unnecessary pollution of an untainted or “pure” subject, and merely confuses young test takers who are muscling their way through the brawny bearers of high standards that Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Should I Use a Large Test Prep Company?

The False Promises Out of panic and pressure that their children will be “left behind” during the college admissions process, families often fall victim to the mega-test prep firm’s large class instructional package “deals.” Universities and private companies alike employ 100’s of instructors who guarantee “that students scoring in the Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: How Do I Apply for Scholarships?

Many high school seniors, parents, and teachers struggle to submit scholarship applications on time while hustling through the flurry of standardized testing, college applications, housing decisions and the nightmare of unsubsidized loans that is FASFA. The storm of anxiety and stress quickly gathers strength and leads to monumental burnout long Read More…

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