For students who aren’t good test takers

The worst thing about standardized tests like the SAT isn't that they can keep you out of colleges you want to go to (though that's admittedly pretty bad).  It's that they make kids who don't score well feel badly about themselves.  Low scores chip away at the legitimate pride a student has about her good […]

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Warren Buffet’s advice for parents

I don't think being a billionaire necessarily qualifies anyone as an expert on parenting.  But I can't help but like Warren Buffet.  He still lives in the same stucco house in Omaha, NE he bought for $31,500 in 1958.  He announced in 2006 that he's giving away his fortune to charity (with 86% of it […]

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Questions from our counselor training final exam

Every counselor hired at Collegewise must complete our 40-hour training program, observe meetings with students and parents, and pass a final exam.  Whether you're joining us right out of college or leaving a job in admissions at a highly selective university, we think it's important to train everyone from a common starting point. An experienced […]

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Final week of training for our new counselor

It's our last week of training for our new counselor here in Irvine. So as she prepares for her big final exam (and graduation dinner this week!), here are the last two sessions of training we completed with her. Topics for Day 8: Collegewise MarketingA lot of people think of marketing as running ads or […]

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For counselors: time to rethink your PowerPoint presentation?

At most of the conferences we attend, presenters feel compelled to use PowerPoint as part of their presentations.  But the truth is that PowerPoint isn't really improving most of the sessions.  It's not making the presentation more compelling, or helping the audience understand information any better.  If anything, it's sometimes even more confusing to see […]

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Colleges with programs for learning disabled students

Here's a great link to help students, parents or counselors find colleges with programs for LD kids: http://www.college-scholarships.com/learning_disabilities.htm What's particularly great about it is that when you click on any of the colleges, it takes you directly to the page with the college's LD program information.  This could save you hours (and hours) of research. 

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