The conversation around homework

Is homework good for kids? Does it lead to better learning? Do today’s students have too much, or not enough? The Challenge Success folks just published a white paper that tries to answer these questions. And even more importantly, they finish with recommendations for teachers, and some for parents, on sensible, healthy homework approaches. I […]

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Deposits and withdrawals

A response in the Q&A portion of yesterday’s recommended podcast got me thinking that for students, one of the best ways to stay motivated and positive during your journey to college is to make regular deposits to compensate for the inevitable withdrawals. Reminders that your dream school is a huge reach. Losing the election you […]

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Ignore the sunk costs

I’ve noticed over the years that many students who agonize over a decision are hung up on what they perceive as the sunk cost. In business-speak, a sunk cost is money that you’ve already spent and can’t get back. The non-refundable deposit you put down to secure office space in a building is now gone. […]

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Great trails

Leading a conversation with “I’m the quarterback of the high school football team” is a good sign that you’re having some current success. But, “Twenty years ago, I was a great high school quarterback” is a sign that you’re living in the past. And maybe even an indicator that you haven’t done much worth talking […]

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A different approach to teen motivation?

When a prospective Collegewise parent tells one of our counselors that they just need someone to “motivate” their student, we ask a lot of follow-up questions to learn more about exactly what that outcome would look like in the parent’s mind. The truth is that motivation and engagement are often happy byproducts of our work together, but […]

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We built a Master Class for our counselors

Earlier this summer, I posed this question to a few of my Collegewise colleagues: Could we help our newer Collegewise counselors get even better, faster? Our counselors in their first or second year at Collegewise are not inexperienced rookies. Most arrived here after working as admissions officers or counselors. They’ve already completed more than 50 […]

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No comparisons

Jeff Schiffman, director of admission at Tulane University, shares some great advice for college freshmen, the overarching theme of which I believe is just as applicable for high school students. “Stop comparing yourself to others on social media. All at once, your friends from home are going to head to colleges around the world. And […]

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What is a 529 plan?

If you want to save for college, a good place to start is with Mark Kantrowitz’s “What is a 529 plan?” Every college financial aid expert I’ve heard or read recommends the 529 plans as the best college savings tool, but it’s always a good idea to understand what you’re investing in before you actually […]

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Different worlds

It’s difficult for most high school students to envision a world where grades and test scores aren’t the markers of their achievement–where executing their way to prescribed right answers and completed assignments isn’t the path forward to success. That’s why so many good students struggle when there’s no longer a graded curve they can study […]

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