Whether you're looking for a holistic college prep. experience with guidance at each stage or an al a carte experience where you choose which service(s) you need and when, our team of higher ed. experts is here to help.
We will work with you from the early stages of your college prep. journey through college placement exams and even transitioning into a campus environment. This option includes a personalized, step-by-step game plan based upon your objectives and an optimal timeline. It may include a selection of or all of the following services.
We will discuss what qualities are important in your selection process ranging from setting to distance from home, liberal to conservative environments, costs, likely financial aid options, and likelihood of admittance based upon your academic track record,. We'll also recommend schools that meet your preferences.
With private schools as high as $70,000/annually, financial aid is a huge issue for many families. We can guide conversations within families to ensure that everyone is on the same page about costs. Other services include guidance in optimally completing the FAFSA to benefit your family, understanding financial aid options and commitments, realistically assessing student loan debt impact, and understanding fine print conditions and obligations.
A private or public four-year college may be the right fit for you, but it's not the only option. Let's discuss the free community college options available in some cases for recent high school graduates, military service and veterans benefits, and part-time enrollment to see what's the best fit for your lifestyle and goals.
Competitive schools and/or programs receive numerous applications annually. How can you stand out from the crowd? Should you take standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT? Is your GPA high enough for the schools/programs you're considering? Are you a well-rounded candidate with sufficient extracurricular, volunteer, and work experience? We'll help you identify potential weaknesses in your application and guide you on how to address them. We can also work with you on preparing for admissions interviews.
If you choose to take the ACT and/or SAT, or are looking for extra support before taking an AP exam, we can help with both content review and test-taking strategies. Unlike many of our competitors, we don't believe in a one size fits all approach. We will assess your strengths and weaknesses, provide you with sample tests, and then create lessons centered around your weaknesses so that you take these tests prepared and confident.
Whether there's a class that's particularly challenging or an assignment where you need a little extra support, our experienced and certified educators are ready to help with weekly or occasional tutoring sessions. We can also discuss which classes, and especially electives, you're considering and how they may impact your college application.
Many students are using the Universal College Application Form, but not all schools accept it. Whatever form(s) you need to complete, we can guide you through the process including providing feedback on a strong and engaging essay.
Once you've received your offers, let's hold a realistic conversation about your options based upon how closely the school aligns with your preferences, student loan debt upon graduation, and expectations for success as well as support services to help you reach your goals. We can even set up a multi-year plan that may include transfering to another school and/or admission to a particular graduate school program.
A recent national survey showed that almost 75% of American college students didn't understand or seriously underestimated the impact of college placement exams on their education. These tests can override AP credits (which will still be applied as electives), require you to retake classes with the associated tuition, delay your ability to start classes for your major, and extend your graduation date. With sufficient advanced notice, we can help you prepare and guide you to alternative options in some cases if you don't perform well.
Most college prep. services bow out once you've committed to a program, but we're here to help you successfully acclimate to your new school. We can help you identify services you're likely to want to use, understand your options when college life isn't turning out the way you expected, explore whether or not you want to take advantage of services for people with learning and/or physical differences, and even suggest ways to start making social connections on campus. Remember that we're experienced higher ed. faculty, staff, and administrators. We want to make your transition an enjoyable and stress free one.
Almost all schools offer some type of tutoring or supplemental instruction (SI) service, but they can range substantially in terms of who's providing the tutoring (other undergraduates with minimum training/oversight to faculty teaching the course), hours of availability, one-on-one vs. only large group options, etc. If you're not finding that your school can optimally meet your tutoring needs, we are here for you with professional tutors who have typically taught these classes. Join us for private sessions or grab a few classmates for small group sessions and split the cost.
Our College Prep. Team is comprised of people with several years to decades of experience in higher education environments. We have been the people sitting on Admissions Committees, working in Financial Aidcreating and assessing college placement exams, teaching the classes, and providing on-campus tutoring support.
We are dedicated to providing affordable services. Our hourly rates are $50-$55 for private sessions. Visit our "Prices & Packages" page for discounted options. Packages may be split amongst services, and balances can be carried over to college tutoring or shared with a family member. There's no minimum commitment.