Choosing test prep

It’s easy for students (and the parents paying the bill) to get paralyzed by the options available to them to prepare for the SAT or ACT. You have books, online courses, weekend seminars, long classes and private tutoring, to name a few. And the price tags range from free to more than the cost of […]

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Meant to be?

Parents, imagine your son came to you one day and said this: "Someday, I want to marry a blond lawyer who's really good looking.  So for now, I need to work hard in school so she'll think I'm smart.  I'll play soccer because I think women like athletes, do community service so I can show […]

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It’s a tradition…

Here's a quick way to get a sense if a college might be the right place for you.  Go to Google and type in the name of a college followed by the word "traditions."  Seriously, try it. Bryn Mawr, Bard, Denison, Ohio State, College of Wooster–pick any school that's interesting to you. Some college traditions […]

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Doing what works

What if I were to argue that football teams should do an onside kick every time they kick off? If you watched the Super Bowl like I did on Sunday, you saw what happened when the Saints opened the second half with an onside kick.  It's being called arguably the smartest coaching call in Super […]

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An idea for high school counselors

Here’s my crazy idea of the month for high school counselors.  It will let you get all the necessary information to your students and parents faster, cheaper and more effectively.  And since most high school counselors have way too much work to do and not enough time to do it, this might actually add some […]

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“It’s a good school.”

"It's a good school." That's got to be just about one of the most banal (yep, somebody's bringing out an SAT word!) reasons you can give for being interested in a college. Don't tell a college that you're applying because, "It's a good school."  When your college interviewer asks you what got you interested in […]

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Don’t rely on “who you know”

Chuck Norris once cut me off in traffic.  Seriously.  He was polite and waived a sign of apology.  And we all know that if Chuck Norris cuts you off, you'd better thank your lucky stars it wasn't the other way around.   Still, I'm not about to tell you that I know Chuck Norris.  Never […]

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Place your bets

For colleges, selecting a freshmen class is a lot like betting on horses.  As anyone who’s spent time at a racetrack will tell you, it’s hard to pick the winners.  A horse can have the best trainers, the right physical attributes, and a 26-pound jockey who can get a horse to deal blackjack, but still […]

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Five college visit tips

For many high school students and parents I meet, the idea of visiting colleges feels more like a homework assignment than it does an adventure. They feel pressure to visit ALL the colleges they’re interested in, to turn every visit into an intense fact-finding mission, and to do all of it while the colleges are […]

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