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Matt Crouse December 19, 2013 at 04:42 pm
"This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those ofRead More the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started." I don't think very many people thought of this as "journalism" - just a bulletin board where people can post things related to the topic. Speaking of that, I'd like to give a plug to the dictionary and recommend the creator of this section go find one.
concerned parent December 21, 2013 at 08:03 am
I agree that there's nothing more to this than blatant, free advertising for a supposedlyRead More "educational" company that can't even spell its own blog name. Ludicrous (and it's been misspelled for months now. What does that say about the company's level of quality control? )
Cheryl Ortega March 18, 2014 at 01:45 pm
If you truly believe in early prep, you probably will love a new curricular guide calledRead More "Fonics for Fetuses." I'm not kidding.
concerned parent December 1, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Correction on my own comment--"improve," not "improving."
The Beast ! December 9, 2013 at 04:55 pm
Concerned parent ............ I think it's a great tool for concerned parents to get there childrenRead More admitted into a university of there choice
christopher papazoglow December 18, 2013 at 08:43 pm
....and for concerned parents to get "here" children admitted into a university ofRead More "over there" choice as well, i suppose........
Larry S November 4, 2013 at 05:41 pm
SAT scores are not weighed as heavily as parents and some educators think. I have known people whoRead More reviewed applications to UCLA, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara and all of them said the SAT score was the least important factor they considered in applications. I also can give you a long list of high school Seniors who had high SAT scores and couldn't even finish the first year of college. You make your own success. SAT's limit you only if you let them.
Do Something November 28, 2013 at 09:13 pm
I agree, with Seriously Serious Commentator (SSC), up to a point. Yes, a low SAT score will ruin youRead More for the rest of your life, but in my book that statement would rather be "A low SAT score will POSSIBLY ruin you for the rest of your life." It can ruin your life, for instance in SSC's comment. However, just because one has a low SAT score does not mean that their life will be ruined. My example, a man did not score well in the SAT and did not get accepted to any college. However, that man is a very skilled mechanic and has a job at a mechanic shop that pays him well. BUT, ultimately it depends on the person's (with the low SAT score) situation he/she is in.
Jenna November 29, 2013 at 07:04 pm
VIRTUES OF ENLISTING A COUNSELOR To TAILOR A COLLEGE APPLICATION PLAN: To Patch readers withRead More college-bound teens: My blog post absolutely encourages individualized planning. I not only want parents to take advantage of professionals like those at College Bound Mentor, I like to have them enlist EARLY (by fall of sophomore year) with folks like you. The tailoring a dedicated counselor can do saves students (and parents) a lot of time, grief, and money. So.. to your reply that "a testing plan needs to be personalized to the individual student. We encourage students to identify upfront which test (SAT or ACT) fits them better. Then...develop a testing strategy based on their activities, their availability to do test prep, and their academic profile", I HEARTILY agree. I just can't give all options in one article. And I don't profess to know the options that a seasoned counselor does. My specialty is helping students to better ACT and SAT scores. Your suggestion about discerning whether ACT or SAT is the better test for a student is excellent. My firm believes in doing this over 4 sessions of 2.5 hours each with at-home practice tests OR with one 3-hour test that gives a computerized assessment of ACT vs SAT. Since few students will open up 4 straight mornings for practice testing, the one-time 3-hour option is probably most appealing. My firm administers this 3-hour ACT vs SAT diagnosis to its clients for $50. It allows us to march forward on one and only one test and saves the student from spending extra, often frustrating, time. It saves parents money in two ways -- 1) not paying for an extra course of study and 2) zeroing in on the right test can lead to the big scores that land the family scholarship money from colleges. Thank you for pointing out the benefits of versatility -- I hope all New Yorkers and New Jerseyans with teens will inquire further with you. Mark Greenstein Founder and Lead Instructor msg@ivybound.net 860-666-5550 x 306
Janice Caine September 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm
Good article. What you don't mention is that along with domestic competition there is moreRead More international competition. International students want admission to the Ivies and are ramping up their skills and admission chances by attending english language schools, being counseled by private admission consultants and attending US Prep schools. At CustomCollegeVisits.com we feel it is never to early (middle school) to be talking about & visiting colleges with your student.
Richard S. Colman September 22, 2013 at 10:17 am
"Plastics": That was the advice given to Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 movie, "TheRead More Graduate." Hoffman, playing the role of a recent college graduate named Benjamin Braddock, was in the process of thinking about what he should do with himself now that he had graduated college. Today's students, it seems, want to attend Ivy League colleges. Presumably, graduating from an Ivy League institution will lead to a job offer from Goldman Sachs or a similar firm. Do today's college graduates want to spend the next 45 years of their lives as a cog in the wheel of some Wall Street investment banking firm? Yes, the money is nice. But what happens when business is bad and 40,000 employees are terminated? If your over age 50 and unemployed, perhaps your best hope is to be a cashier at a Walmart. Today's high school-age person might want something better than an Ivy League education, a job on Wall Street, and the possibility of long-term unemployment during middle age. Perhaps, today, the best advice in not plastics, but entrepreneurial capitalism. Go out a create a business, implement your own ideas, be your own boss, and make some money. This approach sure beats "plastics." Richard Colman, Orinda, California.
Jenna September 26, 2013 at 08:23 am
Janice is DOUBLY right. Right that International students have the funding and the desire to comeRead More to US Colleges. And most colleges want more international students -- they have high credentials, pay tuition in full and at some colleges add "diversity". Janice is also right in urging parents to start the planning in Middle School. Private counselors can then help students choose appropriate classes and select good summer experiences. Parents who take on this planning almost certainly see more success for their children, and certainly reduce their child's anxiety come 11th grade. Do NOT trust the middle school to counsel you well about college planning (rarely do HIGH schools even provide good college counselors).
Mark Greenstein, Founder/Lead Instructor Ivy Bound
Melissa Lernhardt September 17, 2013 at 06:45 am
La Jolla Math Learning Center can help you prepare for the mathematics portions of the ACT and SAT.Read More We will teach you how to solve problems correctly and efficiently. We'll also teach you the most important formulas, important techniques for problem-solving, and strategies for judging the correctness of your answers. You can't learn this kind of material from a computer, and with the new Common Core tests, you can't rely entirely on your memory of procedures. Learn more at www.ljmlc.com!
Darla September 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Trying to figure out how these kids are going to pass the test if Health and geography are no longerRead More a requirement to graduate. Minimum algebra is next via the Common Core. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/temecula/temecula-headlines-index/20130219-temecula-school-board-nixes-health-geography-requirements.ece
Jenna September 20, 2013 at 10:38 am
For Richard, and all doubters: When you can gain admission to Berkeley, want to stay in California,Read More and are willing to deal with the bureacracy for 4 years, I agree that attending Princeton might not be worthwhile. But please don't deceive parents: Princeton and similar "elite" colleges remain better gateways to elite firms and strong grad school programs. Goldman Sachs recruits at Ivy League schools; it does not recruit at ____________ U. Grad school admissions remain highly skewed in favor of applicants from elite undergrad schools. And there is clearly an earnings difference. By some accounting, the average student graduating from an elite college and marrying someone from the same college or similar yields $10,000,000 difference in Household income over a 40-year career. Before I taught SAT Prep full time, my work was in law. Just LOOK at the per-partner profits for top firms and compare with average, (or even above average) lawyers' earnings. There the forty-year difference exceeds $10,000,000 with just ONE earning spouse. Wealth brings more wealth - so the high-earner who SAVES then has exponentially higher wealth than the marginal earner who can only save a little. Bottom line, unless you are dedicated at age 18 to a first career in the sciences, if you have an opportunity to attend a highly ranked school without crippling your current finances, ATTEND THE HIGHLY RANKED SCHOOL. I say this EVEN for the performing arts. Yes, Syracuse might have the best-ranked media program, and Julliard might have the best-ranked music program, but attending Columbia or Harvard witll yield at least as many opportunities. The good news is that for the BEST candidates, the elite schools give financial aid to make attending not financially crippling, not so much in the fist year, more if after one year you threaten to leave.
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