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Why Do Families Hire A College Consultant?

Some parents have the time and energy to become experts in whatever interests their child.  But most don't.  Parents find coaches to help their kids with the sports they gain and lose interest in over the years.  They hire tutors to help with ACT and SAT test preparation.  They hire nutritionists or medical experts when their child is experiencing physical problems.  Why not hire a college consultant for the college application process? Who is a qualified consultant? The majority of…

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Your HS Transcript: The Most Important Factor in Admission

A transcript always tells a story.  Anyone who looks at transcripts often will have these questions and thoughts as they look at the transcript. What classes did the student choose? Did the student chose the hardest classes available to them? Are there patterns that can be identified? For instance, does the student do better on reading/writing classes or classes with tests, like math and science classes? Did the student have certain years where their grades were stronger? Are there any trends,…

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The Essay: The ACT Now Has Its ACT Together!

The ACT folks really created a mess when they "revamped" the essay portion of the exam. Fortunately for college- bound students everywhere, the situation appears to be (mostly) resolved. A LITTLE HISTORY The trouble began in September of 2015. Several changes to the essay were rolled out: a changed grading rubric that incorporated four scoring "domains", a switch from the twelve point grading scale to a thirty-six range, and a significantly more complex writing prompt. In this short space, it…

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Three-year Degree Path Means Big Savings for Students

Graduating in less than four years can dramatically cut college costs. But traditional routes, such as loading up on AP classes in high school, are no guarantee that students will be able to earn their college degrees sooner. That’s why a handful of colleges are now offering students a three-year degree path—at a savings that can amount to tens of thousands of dollars. One such school is Grace College & Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. The small Christian college introduced…

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Networking: Step 4 of Proactive Career Development

This is the fifth in my series of blog posts on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 4.  Network in person and via social media throughout your career. Networking! Networking! Networking!  Enough already, you might be thinking to yourself. Perhaps you’re tired of hearing people tell you that you need to be networking or you’re afraid to force yourself to reach out to and interact with people you don’t know.  And,…

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How Many Legs Are On Your “College Admissions Chair”?

My College Planning Team's President, co-founder and Academic Team leader, Stephanie Kennedy, discusses the importance of having multiple legs on your "college admissions chair". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJkdahZFnx4&feature=youtu.be Need Help With the College Admissions Process? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student with all aspects of the college search, application and selection process. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. My College Planning Team Serves the Following Chicagoland Areas: Arlington Heights · Aurora ⋅ Barrington ⋅…

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OER: Cutting College Costs By Nixing Textbooks

A full 65 percent of students have gone without buying a college textbook due to its high cost, according to a U.S. PIRG Education Fund study released in 2014. But what if no teachers required students to buy any books for their classes, and students could access all the materials they needed online for free? That’s the idea behind Open Educational Resources (OER). Companies like Lumen Learning in Portland, OR, are helping schools to replace expensive textbooks with OER. To date, Lumen is working with…

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Letting Go and Staying Connected: How to Parent Your College Student

Congratulations!  Join the club!  You are now the parent of a college student! For nearly two decades, we have raised our children, created opportunities for them, and served as their strongest supporter and advocate.  Now, they are off to college, where they are immersed in vast sea of opportunities in the company of mostly strangers.  We are wondering how to stay connected to our young adults. Letting Go Can Be Hard to Do We have written the check, said our…

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How To Successfully Prepare Your Child For College

By guest author Rachael Everly, Rachael Everly is an undergraduate student who loves to write on the topics related to business, finance, technology and education. Follow @RachaelEverly for further updates College life is not a piece of cake for your child, and he/she will always  be on the lookout for support from either  friends, relatives or family. As a parent you play a vital role in helping your child prepare for college and determining the level and ease of success. No…

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Navigating Senior Year: 5 Things to Know

Giddy with excitement and feeling pretty amazing, your child is in their senior year. You are left standing at the curb while they are on top of their world. The next several months are all about parties, prom and their 25 best friends. For parents navigating senior year, you may feel as if your relationship has changed, and this can leave even the most confident parent feeling a bit uneasy. The process of breaking away that begins during senior year is…

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