For colleges: What if you showed instead of told?

Colleges spend a lot of time and money marketing to kids.  They all promise wonderful educations and experiences.  But when schools all make the same promises, colleges all start to sound the same.  So here's an idea for those in charge of college marketing efforts. Why not prove it to your prospective students by showing–not […]

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Five writing reminders

I had to write two very short proposals yesterday and it took me all day to do it.  I couldn't get the wording right.  I didn't like how it sounded.  I couldn't compress it into the allotted maximum number of words.  It was a frustrating exercise.  But that frustration was a reminder that good writing […]

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Why not hire a tutor for your student’s BEST subject?

I've often recommended to our Collegewise parents that rather than hire tutors for their kids' weakest subject, why not hire one for their strongest?   Working to maximize a natural strength is always more rewarding than grinding through a weakness is.  And kids who spend all their time working to fix their academic flaws don't have […]

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How to improve your admissions chances AFTER you apply

Seniors can still do a lot to improve your chances of admission even after you submit your applications.  That's the topic of our next College Admissions Live, our free online show How to Make a Great Last Impression:Improving your Chances of Admission After You Apply With Kevin McMullin of Collegewise and Arun Ponnusamy of Open […]

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What you do vs. where you go

From Tuesday's New York Times The key to success in college and beyond has more to do with what students do with their time during college than where they choose to attend. A long-term study of 6,335 college graduates published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that graduating from a college where entering […]

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Updates on financial aid resources

Former high school counselor and continuing fellow inhaler of college admissions information, Cyndy, sent me this site. I haven't tried it myself, but Cyndy has found it to be an "amazing resource" that she wishes was available when she was still counseling kids. And I've recommended the book Paying for College Without Going Broke here […]

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If your son or daughter resists the college search

Jay Mathews has a great way of helping parents relax.  He'll remind you that teens are going to do things like pick colleges based on how good looking the students are, and he'll make you feel OK that your son or daughter is doing the same.  And yet he somehow manages to say things like […]

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Start here with your financial aid questions

I've shared the site finaid.org here before as a treasure trove of great financial aid information.  But this is one of those sites with so much information that it would be easy to spend a lot of time there and still overlook a tool or article that might have been exactly what you needed.  Thankfully, […]

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Five tools for private counselors

If you're just starting a private counseling business or if you already have one that you're always looking to improve, here a couple tools we use that we've found particularly helpful.  I thought sharing what we've found works might spread the good word about some good products. 1.  Quickbooks Quickbooks makes accounting easy.  You can […]

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