The Best Time to Report Your SAT Scores

I decided to tackle this topic after I received a call from the worried parent of one of my students. Her son (named Zach for our purposes) had just taken the SAT for the first time and was in a near panic. After I experienced that sinking feeling any tutor of the " I am in this biz to make a difference" mindset is familiar with, mom told me the real problem. When Zach registered for the SAT, he did…

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3 Questions to Answer Before You Choose Your College

Your college acceptances and awards are finally finding their way to your inbox.  How will you finally choose your college?  Even though you may have a favorite, we advise you ask yourself several tough questions before you make your choice. Is This College Where I Felt the Greatest Connection to Faculty? So why the big deal with the college faculty?  Because they are your primary mentors in the college environment.  They will help guide your reason for being there—to learn…

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The 2 Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself

I often think about two basic questions which have shown up multiple times in my life and will continue to keep me thinking.  Since I struggle with these questions, I am especially empathetic to young people as I ask them and they ask themselves these important questions. Questions You Must Always Ask Yourself: #1 - What do you want? This first question is usually the harder of the two and the more important of the two.  We have so many…

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Online Learning: Tips for Success in Digital Classrooms

You’re probably used to having some aspect of your class held in the digital realm, but taking an entirely digital class is a horse of a different color. There are so many benefits to online learning, but it’s important that you are prepared to make the most of your time. Manage Expectations of Online Learning Ask any student who has taken a college-level online course and they’ll tell you that it’s easily as challenging (sometimes more so) than a physical…

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Finding the Best-Fit College for a Student with Disabilities

Finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities will take some work, but it is absolutely possible. Here are some words of advice if you know a young person with any kind of disability (physical, learning disabilities, mental health issues, etc.) who is considering higher education: Research is key in finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities It is important for families (especially the student!) to do their due diligence to research schools starting in their child’s…

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Are You Thinking of Transferring?

Most college first-years start their falls with lots of mixed emotions.  There’s the excitement of exploring a new place, the fear of being accepted by new people, the peace of starting with a fresh clean academic slate, and the sadness of leaving friends and family.  As the year progresses, many first-years wonder if they made the best choice.  This feeling is normal.  Most students have this question at some point or another.  Some may think of it more often than…

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Career Services and Your Job Search

College seniors are scrambling to prepare themselves for the job search, and they expect the Career Services department to help. With a few short months before graduation and soon-due college loan payments, many college seniors will head to their university’s Career Services Office for the first time. That is their first mistake. College officials and Purdue University/Gallup Surveys find that only 40% of college students ever visit Career Services. Of those who do, most wait until their senior year, usually…

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5 College Preparation Questions for Juniors

High school juniors:  Are you getting ready for your college search?  It’s time, and here are 5 college preparation questions to get you started: What should I major in? Have you chosen a career? What major will you choose?  Of course, you’ll need to know the answers to these questions. It is exactly the right time to explore that, even if you think you know.  A comprehensive assessment of your interests AND your aptitudes will help you clarify careers that…

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College Accepted! Now Compare Your Choices

Congratulations! You’ve gotten your first (few) college acceptance letters. There are likely more to come. You should feel great about your college accepts. (And, frankly, you should get over any rejections that you may have received—really! There are happy lessons to be learned from your rejections, truly! Watch for my blog on that topic).  Right now, it is all about how to compare your choices.  Now, the ball is back in your court so you still have work to do!…

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A New Way for a Student to Organize Time More Efficiently

How do you organize your time when you have lots to do but little structure in your day?  This is the age old question for college students who need routine but don’t necessarily know how to create it.  I always told my students:  Use a planner!  I don’t care if it’s electronic or on paper, but it must be written down somewhere.  Put in all your classes, assignments, club meetings and to-do items.  If you see you have 20 minutes…

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