Like many parents, at this time of year you are probably anticipating and preparing for the start of a new school year. Back to school time is both exciting and stressful for all parents as children transition to new classrooms, new teachers, new routines, and new schools. Parents of neurodiverse teens often have to anticipate additional challenges associated with this time of transition such as handling executive functioning difficulties, embracing different classroom expectations, understanding friendships, and regulating emotions.
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In this article I will provide you with information and tips about the college interview process.
There are three main types of college interviews: evaluative, informational, and financial aid. A college's admissions office uses an evaluative interview to gather information to supplement the information provided in the student's application.
The college admissions process can be confusing, even for parents who have been through it with an older child. What factors do colleges look for most on applications? Do they care more about a student’s GPA or her standardized test scores? Should a student strive to get straight As in basic-level courses, or is it better to take some college prep classes and risk getting Bs in them?
The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a professional organization made up of private educational and college admissions consultants, has published a document titled "Top 12 Strengths and Experiences Colleges Look for in High School Students."
A link to the 2014 list, based upon a recent survey of college admissions consultants, can be found at the bottom of this blog post.
The beginning of the school year can be a stressful time for both parents and students. Between back-to-school shopping and adapting to new schedules, it’s easy to feel like you are trying to catch up more than prepare for the new school year. Organization is key to starting the school year on the right foot.
Jessica Lahey of the New York Times posted an article earlier this month, “Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper),” that details some quick and easy ways to help your student prepare for the start of the school year.
Article contributed by College Advisor Cheryl DiLanzo.
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According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bucknell University has admitted to inflating reported SAT scores.
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Matt chose A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, and was paired up with tutor Melissa Nash. According to Matt, "A tutor really helps you get ready for the ACT and become familiar with the format. Tutoring helps you learn the material and learn your weaknesses and strengths."
One definition of motivation is "the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors." One of the challenges many tutors, parents and teachers face every day is figuring out what motivates their students.
As digital technology proliferates, devices such as laptop computers, cell phones, and tablets are becoming more and more a part of daily life. And as the technology becomes ubiquitous, the debate over its impact on student behavior and attention spans continues.
Free, no-obligation, proctored ACT and SAT practice exams are open to current A+ students and to members of the community.