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Tips To Choose Round Holes (Schools)

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on March 27, 2018

Part I: The Round Holes

I thought the ‘best’ college for me was the most selective - I was wrong

Topics: College Application, College Planning, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application, College Planning, Educational Consulting

Insights On College Admission Process

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 6, 2018

We put you in the shoes of college admissions officers, so that you can sense their point of view with these facts:

Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, College Counseling, College Planning, Educational Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part-III

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 29, 2017

In Part I and Part II of this blog, we discussed the Common App’s essay prompts, and then provided you with several suggestions (with essay excerpts from successful applications) – about how you could create a good “hook” opener. In this blog, we’ll revisit the essay prompts and suggest how your personal life could provide a fountain of topics to address them.

Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part II

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 21, 2017

In Part I of this blog series, we told you that it’s our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (also the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and for the Coalition Application) must accomplish two things to be successful:

Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Application Essay, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part I

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 2, 2017

Our philosophy about application essays has always been that your final written product is never about the prompt you choose; it’s really about you, the student. 

No, you cannot ever respond in a completely off-topic way to the application’s essay prompt, and even the often-asked question by colleges about “Why are you interested in attending our institution?” needs a response that reveals something about you – the very essence of this writing exercise and the most important “component” of your Common Application essay.

It’s also our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (as well as the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and for the Coalition and Universal applications) must accomplish two things to be successful:

Topics: College Application Essay, College Application, Educational Consulting, Personal Statement

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Topics: College Application Essay, College Application, Educational Consulting, Personal Statement

Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part I)

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 13, 2017

Imagine there’s somebody you want to ask out on a very special date – maybe to the prom – but you find out that you’re no better than his/her fourth choice. Not particularly flattering or encouraging, is it? Having found out, are you more likely or less likely to ask that person to go out on that date?

Topics: ACT, Private-School, Educational Consulting

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Topics: ACT, Private-School, Educational Consulting

Aim For These Top 270 Universities

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on October 25, 2015

 

With all the angst surrounding getting into “name” colleges, I thought it appropriate to summarize some key data reported by US News in its latest ranking of national universities. The overwhelming majority of these universities admitted at least 30% of their applicants, while about ⅔ of them admitted at least half. Less than two dozen schools admitted fewer than 20% of applicants ― yet it seems that thousands of top students want to go only to these most selective universities.

Topics: Educational Consulting

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Topics: Educational Consulting

Back to School: Cyber Safety 101

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on October 9, 2015

 

Watching your child begin the first year of their college education is a proud parent moment. They made it to adulthood! You survived their teenage years! Now they're free to pursue their studies and claim their independence. But with adulthood comes a slew of new responsibilities and a long list of dangers and risks. One such risk in attending college these days is cyber crime.

Topics: Educational Consulting

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Topics: Educational Consulting

Applying to the nation’s most elite colleges? Here’s what will set you apart

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on October 8, 2015

 

First of all, you’re self-selecting. That means that among the majority of students applying to competitive universities, you know you share with everyone else an amazing academic record, replete with AP, IB, and AICE courses, topped off with the highest SAT and ACT scores. 40,000 U.S. high schools with 40,000 valedictorians and 40,000 salutatorians, with probably another 300,000 students have the same academic dossier, a further 40,000 senior-class presidents and newspaper editors-in-chief ― that’s close to half a million top students, many of whom apply to the same top-tier universities. And only a small percentage of you are accepted.

Topics: Educational Consulting

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Topics: Educational Consulting

Outstanding College Counseling Services for Private School Students

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on September 10, 2015

 

Parents of private school students often ask us why they should engage our services for college planning when their children’s schools provide excellent counseling services. Here’s what we tell them. . . .

Topics: Test-Prep, Educational Consulting

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Topics: Test-Prep, Educational Consulting