This week's Facebook Newsfeed is filled with smiling students, pictures posted by loving parents of their child's first day at school - from pre-school to high school seniors- all beaming with excitement!
It is my hope that these smiling faces and the parents behind the camera lens are recharged for a successful school year!
What are your student's
academic and social goals ?
What can parents do to keep students on target?
Success begins with a Strategic Educational Plan to include student specific action items!
It's not too early (Freshman) or too late (Seniors) to set goals, build solid time management and learning strategies and discover a hidden academic strength. I invite you learn more about my role in helping to build your student's plan!
A Strategic Educational Plan Includes:
Motivated, Self-Directed & Confident Young Adults Ready to Succeed!
Let's get you up-to-speed on some important items to include in a student's strategic educational plan including
specific action items
for freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors:
All High School Students (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th):
- Customized Learning Solutions:Review any concerns from the previous academic year and create solutions: 1) learning strategies and study habits for difficult or time consuming classes, 2) test-taking skills and preparation, 3) time management techniques, and 4) reducing potential stress from being overextended!
High School Curriculum Map: As an educational consultant with thirty years of university experience, I provide valuable pre-college advising to ensure:
1) a seamless transition between your high school classes and your anticipated undergraduate major, and
2) success in the college admissions and application process.
Your transcript matters most!
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual State of College Admissions report confirms that universities continue to indicate that the high school transcript (your curriculum and GPA) is the single most important factor in the college admissions process.
LEARN ABOUT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TRENDS
What's Your Unique "Story"?!
Extracurricular activities define and shape your high school experiences. While enjoyable, your activities may also create time management challenges.
Your strategic plan may require refinement to more carefully select quality (not quantity) extracurricular activities.
READ MORE ABOUT STRATEGIC PLANNING
Participate in activities that truly bring you enjoyment and provide opportunities for leadership, growth and potential exploration of personal or academic interests (i.e.
) but not at the expense of your GPA and peace of mind.
500 or 100 hours of Community Service?
Admissions staff look for sustained and heartfelt commitment to 1 to 2 organizations. Multiple hours spread across several one-time efforts doesn't add value an application.
Especially for Juniors:
Leverage my experience and knowledge of a variety of traditional and unheard of interesting major areas of study. Let's explore together!
Look for synergies between your high school curriculum and potential undergraduate majors of interest!
Whether your student is STEM, business, or liberal arts focused or a "creative"-- I'm confident I can introduce you to majors you haven't yet considered inspiring academic re-direction and increasing chances of admission!
Standardized Test Taking: Your strategic plan should include these exams and also include a schedule of regular and ongoing weekly preparation for your:
a) SAT or ACT b) SAT II subject tests and c) Advanced Placement exams.
Don't wait until April to begin reviewing for your important SAT II subject test and Advanced Placement exams. You do not need pricey and expensive third-party test preparation services. Let me help you
customize an ongoing manageable and
student self-directed test review program.
- Summer 2017: IT'S NOT TO EARLY TO START EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS! A meaningful post-junior year summer activity increases the likelihood of acceptance at many colleges. Aside from working on your college application, summer 2017 is an opportunity to work for pay, to volunteer, to work on a performance interview (arts/music) or attend a competitive summer program at a university.
Attending a summer college program is an excellent way to demonstrate "informed interest" in the college admissions process. You may even garner a recommendation from a professor for use in your college application. Financial assistance is available.
Let me help you to identify a summer college program that "fits" your needs and to help with your summer program application (typically due January to March.)
Review my earlier Newsletter on the merits of summer programs. Many are free of cost. I also work with students to customize a supervised stay-at-home program.
Especially for Seniors
Get vaccinated for SENIORITIS! This is a serious affliction. It can start earlier than you think and it is highly contagious.
Your college admissions to-do list includes
COMMON APPLICATION vs.
UF is now participating in the Coalition Application. Keep in mind the Common Application essay allows up to 650 words in contrast to the UF application of 500 wors.
- In contrast, you have more allowable space on the Coalition App to present and define your extracurricular activities than on the limited space of the Common Application.
Please contact me for assistance making the most effective presentation of your academic, extracurricular and personal experiences!
- Prepare your activities resume:LEARN MORE: Unique Presentation Matters!
- Approach two teachers ASAP to write recommendations
- Register for any standardized tests you want to retake before December 2016
Complete Your College Applications ASAP: At some institutions, admissions committees can read applications on a rolling basis. From my experience as a university faculty member reviewing college applications, I can tell you with absolute honesty that there's an unconscious and favorable bias to reading files submitted before the rush of tens of thousands of last-minute applications.
Financial Aid Eligibility and Scholarship Search:
Parents of seniors this is the time to review what you can afford and explore the actual cost of your child's college education given your FAFSA EFC.
Having spent three decades as a university professor, I have the inside experience and knowledge to maximize your financial aid award! If you are eligible for financial aid, I am confident we can negotiate to increase your initial financial award.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MAXIMIZING FINANCIAL AID