Student Resources

To Help College Bound Students Understand Their Future Options, Compare The Differences Between Them, And Make Educated Decisions, We Provide:

  • One-on-one student meetings
  • Assess your interests, goals and talents
  • Mini Goal Follow-ups
  • College Application Exposure
  • Admissions Planning/Timeline Webinars
  • College Planning Calendar
  • College Planning Student Resource Binder
  • College Application Quick Start Workshop
  • Applications Program
  • Internship Recommendations
  • Direct the college application process
  • Review academic and testing records
  • Create a list of colleges that best fit you
  • Guide course selection and extracurricular activities
  • SAT/ACT test preparation and scheduling
  • Critique application essays
  • Develop interviewing skills
  • Assist with resume development
  • Assist with scholarship search
  • Plan campus visits
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Our Applications Support Program Saves Countless Hours Of Time For Parents And Students. The Application Process Entails Many Different Action Items That Often Need To Be Completed Or Submitted In A Particular Order. Our Applications Support Program Includes:

  • Creating a balanced list of schools
  • College Planning Checklist
  • Essay Topic Development
  • Three Application Essay reviews
  • Final Application Reviews
  • Tutorial Access

What Should You Be Doing NOW

Juniors

Take Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Not only does doing well in these classes boost your GPA, but they look impressive on your résumé. Furthermore, these classes can be exceptional preparation for SAT II subject tests.

If advanced placement classes are not an option, then at least complete the basic mathematics classes by Junior year. Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II mastery are a must. Pre-calculus/Math Analysis is highly recommended. The understanding of these mathematics courses is typically directly proportional to the level of success a student will experience in these areas on the SAT and ACT.

Start studying and reviewing material for the SAT and ACT. This may include preparation courses, vocabulary flashcards, or a review of basic math.

Register for the SAT and/or ACT by second semester of your Junior year. This gives you plenty of time to retake any tests with ample time to review further.

Start building up your “Brag Sheet,” AKA your academic and extracurricular activity résumé. You should strive to increase your number of volunteer hours and community service. If you haven’t been involved in any community service – START NOW!!

Improve your talents – if you are an athlete or an academic star, try especially hard to receive recognition, rewards, or medals for these talents.

Start looking for scholarships that you might qualify for. There are dozens of unique opportunities out there for athletes and students with special talents or skills. Community service, religious organizations and charities often give out terrific scholarships to students that demonstrate leadership in particular fields.

BE NICE TO YOUR TEACHERS!! We cannot express the importance of building and maintaining an excellent relationship with teachers. Not only are they valuable sources of the critically important letters of recommendations, but they are also invaluable editors of essays and last minute tutors when you need to review a subject for an ACT, SAT, AP test, or SAT II subject test.

Go on a vacation with your family. Though we often hear that California students want to leave California for areas like New England and the Midwest, we recommend that you visit these places during all times of the year – Christmas, Spring and Summer breaks and vacations. College campuses usually offer tours throughout the year, but check before you go, and don’t be afraid to tour a campus on your own – wandering without a guide can be an eye-opening experience.

Get a summer internship in a field that you may be interested in. This doesn’t have to be your career of choice, but it does show colleges that you are mature enough to be considering entering the work force.

Seniors

Continue to enroll in AP courses.

Retake any SAT, ACT, or SAT II by December of your Senior year. If you wait until December, you must pay for the expediting of the scores so that they can count on your applications.

Start thinking about your essay ideas very early on in your Senior year. A favorite English teacher from the past or present can be an excellent resource.

Choose the people that will write your letter of recommendation. Ask them nicely, give them plenty of time, and ALWAYS send a thank you letter once they have completed your letter. This is appropriate business etiquette that you can start implementing now.

Narrow down the list of colleges to which you are going to apply, and finish applications by winter break.

Stay focused. We know the strength of senioritis, but your Senior grades are crucial – don’t let 3 years of hard work go down the drain in one semester.

Double check that all of the colleges you applied to received all of your complete application. Most students must send a variety of things for their application, such as letters of recommendation, updated test scores, and transcripts. Since all of this is usually sent separately, you must double check with each school. Remember that the average school receives thousands of applications, and no school is perfect – things get lost and misplaced.

Get prepared for interviews. The shyest of students may need extra help, while the extroverted may need to learn to tone down their personality without losing themselves. Whatever you do – don’t go into an interview unprepared. Most colleges are intensifying the quality and difficulty of their interviews, and many students are completely taken off guard by the rigor of these experiences.