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Category: For College Counselors

Posted July 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What If My Student Doesn't Want to Return to College?

I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. “Mom, I don’t think I’m going to go back to college next semester.” It was like a punch in the gut. I wanted to scream, “Are you out of your mind!” But I didn’t. I pushed the emotion down, took a deep breath, and listened to my daughter as she attempted to justify her decision. In my mind there could never be any justification for her leaving school. Financial aid was in place. Scholarships were awarded for all four years. We had spent thousands of dollars moving her there, not to ...

Posted May 9, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Being Accepted at the Ivies

This year, Kwasi Enin, a 17-year old first generation American from Shirley, N.Y., applied to all eight Ivies from Brown to Yale. The college offers of admission began rolling in over the last few months, and the final acceptance from Harvard topped the list and secured his acceptances at all of them. College admissions counselors agree that this feat is extremely rare. First, because most students don’t apply to all the Ivies; and secondly, because each college seeks different qualities in their freshman class. The colleges are all considered highly selective, admitting a small percentage of applicants each year. Harvard, ...

Posted May 8, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Jackson, PhD | View Comments
Ending Senior Year With a Strong Finish

It’s May. High schools are in the process of getting ready to end for the school year. There is the senior award ceremony, prom, senior cookout, senior day and graduation practice. This also means that it is exam season. Your exam could be for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, industry certification or final exams related to particular subjects, tied to a state standardized assessment or both. It is imperative that you try your best and resist the infamous and dreaded senioritis that sets in during the last couple of months of school. Here are some things that need attention before you ...

Posted May 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Study Apps for College-Bound Teens

Instead of study apps, let’s call these “eight college apps to help you get merit-aid scholarships”. Improving your GPA is the best way to qualify for merit aid, and the best way to improve your GPA is to study. Here are eight study apps that should help you win merit-aid scholarships: 1. Quizlet Offering a wide array of subjects, different study modes and a variety of test prep resources, Quizlet allows students to sign up and utilize its study tools free of charge. Students rave about the ease of using the app and the site, along with the awesome tools ...

Posted May 5, 2015, 8 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
What Parents & Teens Need to Know About the New SAT

As of March 2016, the SAT is going to have a brand new format and scoring system. How will these changes affect your high school teen? Here is what parents need to know: Old SAT vs. New SAT - What Are the Main Differences? The are many differences between the current SAT and the new one including: Less sections: two sections instead of three, with an Essay section that is optional. Scoring: There is now no penalty for guessing and students will get points for correct answers but not be penalized for wrong answers. Both sections will still be scored ...

Posted May 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Attend College Tuition-Free

Is it possible to attend college tuition-free apart from scholarships? For some students it is. A handful of colleges are offering free tuition to admitted students. Stanford announced last week that it was offering free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000 a year. But it’s not the first college to slash tuition for admitted students. The wealthiest schools have long covered nearly all costs for their poorest students. Harvard since 2004 has broadened the group of students to whom they give large amounts of financial aid, thus putting pressure on other colleges to do the same. Bloomberg ...

Posted April 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Secrets of College Admissions Officers

As a parent of two students who attended college and as a coach for thousands of parents who are sending their own children to college, I have always believed that the college admissions process is highly subjective. What does that mean? Admissions officers meet and discuss the particulars of a student’s application and based on their own criteria, make the final decision whether to offer or not offer admission. Download What does this mean for students who aspire to college? Your college future is in the hands of these admissions officers, who, by their own admission, often have no rhyme ...

Posted April 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Steve Samaniego | View Comments
4 Reasons for Summer Tutoring

For most kids, academics are the furthest things from their mind over the summer, which is why it’s the job of the parents to put their best interests forward. While you might be tempted to let your child have some downtime, the truth is that during the summer there is plenty of time to go around. They can have their relaxing break and prepare for the upcoming school year at the same time. Here are some reasons why education should still be a priority during the summer. 1. The Summer Brain Drain Studies have shown that students lose roughly half ...

Posted April 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What Do the Stanford Cheating Allegations Say About Today’s Students?

Allegations have recently been reported to the University Provost of widespread cheating among students at Stanford University. In a letter to faculty and staff, John Etchemendy, Stanford’s University Provost, discusses the unusually high number of allegations of academic dishonesty: I am writing to inform you of an unusually high number of troubling allegations of academic dishonesty reported to our Office of Community Standards at the end of winter quarter. Among a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses, one faculty member reported allegations that may involve as many as 20 percent of the students in one large introductory ...

Posted April 21, 2015, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
How to Support & Encourage Your Teen While Managing Their Expectations

My daughter played soccer in our recreational town league from the time she was five years old. When she entered high school she decided to try out for the freshman team. She loved playing that year and especially enjoyed the camaraderie of being part of a team in such a big school. In the off-season and during the summer she met with a trainer who worked really hard to improve her skills. The following year she tried out for the junior varsity team and was cut by the coach before the season started. She was crushed. As a parent, I ...

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