1. High School To College Plan 2,3, or 4 year 2 hour initial meeting Follow up Meetings each year - 1 hour
The premise: A student's college application will ask for grades, extra curricular activities, test scores, recommendations, and essays. Few students recognize that much can be done in their four years of high school to increase their college acceptances.
The Meeting: The student and I meet first for approximately 75 minutes to discuss a questionnaire they have submitted to me and review an individual path to enable the student to stand out in the application process. We focus on the present year (or upcoming year for summer meetings). and cover four major areas: academics and scheduling (and a bit of networking); extra curricular activities that will impress colleges, college bound tests and a schedule that fits the student; and early college planning. In some cases we look ahead to future years and steps that students can take now to increase college acceptances. After the student and I meet, we invite parents to join us for a team review of approximately 45 minutes. At this time we review the Plan and suggested implementation of action items. The Plan Session Sheet is emailed home at the end of our session for future reference.
2. Individualized Study Skills and Strategies
The premise: When were our students taught study skills and strategies? Were they expected to figure them out on their own? Some can, but others struggle not because of the work, but because of the way they approach the work. They can learn to "study smart."
The Meeting: I have an initial discussion with the student to determine his or her challenges in terms of organization, time management, daily and weekly plans, effective note-taking, turning in assignments, and other other issues that are preventing the student from reaching his or her potential. Using this information, I develop a plan to teach the student skills and strategies that will lead to less stress and more success in school.
3. Interview Strategies and Practice
The Premise: While most schools do not offer interviews, others do. Students
often interview for Honors College placement or scholarships. Certain strategies and practice ensures a better interview, and thus, a better chance of reaching
their goal or winning scholarships.
The Meetings: Students will schedule two meeting times. In the first 45 minute meeting time, we will discuss strategies and techniques to apply in an interview and ways to prepare themselves. After the student has practiced what we have reviewed, we will schedule our second 45 minute meeting time, which will include a true mock interview and discussion for continued preparation.
4. College Question and Answer Session 90 minutes
The premise: There are so many questions about the college process. I have over 40 of them in a list of the most common questions that parents and students ask. But students and parents may have their own set of questions.
I provide the answers from my many years working with students on the college process.
The Meeting: This is a 90 minute meeting for students and parent(s). Time is dependent on the number of questions that families wish to discuss. Parents and students will receive the questions most often asked ahead of our meeting. They may bring their own questions as well. During the meeting, I answer the questions that students and parents have chosen. I dispel any myths and also make active suggestions based on the questions that the student and parents ask. At the end of our session, The College Question and Answer Session Sheet is emailed home. If students want to schedule a follow up meeting to ask more questions as they proceed through their high school years, it is easy to do so.
5. College List Review, Match or Comprehensive Report
The Premise: Students may wish to have their college list reviewed to assure a balance in their schools - Reach, Target, or Safety. Or they may have chosen several colleges but would like 3-5 additional schools based on information they can provide about what they are seeking in a school. Some students simply have no idea where to begin and want a full list of 6-8 schools that fit what they are seeking in a school.
5a. College List Review - Students complete information regarding academics, test scores,
extracurricular activities, and stand out accomplishments. Then we spend the hour reviewing the
list, and I recommend adding Reach, Target, or Safety schools if needed. Note: I do not choose
colleges in this meeting. Please see College Match below.
5b. College Match - Students complete a questionnaire, providing details about their needs and
desires in a college. Then we meet for an Intake meeting, where I explore their answers and
collect more details. I then prepare a list of 3-5 schools they may consider adding to their list.
I also include a few schools that are "Almost Matches."
5c. College Comprehensive Report- We follow the same questionnaire and Intake meeting action
steps as outlined in the College Match, but students receive a list of 6-8 schools that fit their
interests in a college or university. I also include a few schools that are "Almost Matches."
6. Scholarship Search
The Premise: Searching for scholarships can be a daunting task. It's easy to find the generic ones, but it's also easy for thousands of students to find them, too. Aside from the scholarships offered by certain colleges, how can I find lesser known scholarships that fit my experiences and have a lower number of applicants?
The Meeting: Students complete a questionnaire so I know which scholarships will fit their interests, passions, talents, experiences, and other criteria. We schedule a 30 minute meeting to review the questionnaire. After gathering scholarships that are a match to the student, I send the scholarship search to the student. I am available to assist with scholarship applications and essays. I work with students on scholarships from junior year of high school through senior year of college.
7. College Organization Meeting - Strategies for Gaining a Competitive Edge
The Premise and Meeting: Students are unaware of ways to separate themselves from their competition and sell themselves on both college applications and essays. In addition, they often need answers to questions concerning the process:
beginning steps, securing recommendations, highlighting EC activities, understanding different applications and times to apply, planning personal deadlines, and many other components of this process. In one hour, I review this process with them so they are ready to begin the application and essay work ahead of them. Parents are welcome to join us.
8. College Application and Essay Assistance (past clients and clients outside of CHCCS system)
The Premise and Meetings: Knowing the ways to stand out on the application itself can separate students from other candidates. In addition, these essays are the students' "written interviews." I take pride in helping students avoid some of the mistakes that students make on the application, and assisting them in becoming more competent and comfortable writers on this journey. After polishing the application, I work with students on crafting the best essay they can write in their own voice and style. We start with brainstorming topics or ideas, and then through a series of sessions, I help students to identify and correct weak patterns in their writing or hone skills in sentence structure, logic and coherence, grammar, and mechanics. Four initial hours payment - first session is the College Application and Essay Organization Meeting (see # 7.).
9. Independent Meeting
The Premise and Meeting: Sometimes students have special circumstances or needs that do not fit into the services above, including writing improvement or enrichment, course selection assistance, gap year discussions, acting on deferrals, or other requests or individual questions. In a one hour session, we address the individual student's needs.
Note: Should we have time remaining in any session,
I will credit that time and payment to a future session.