Posts Tagged ‘Denver’

5 Reasons to Hire a College Consultant

January 23, 2017

 

The college admission process is getting more complicated every year.  For many parents, it is overwhelming and an added stress they don’t need.  Here are some of the top reasons why families hire someone to help them with college planning.

 

  1. Parents are busy and don’t have the time or energy to do the necessary research to find the right colleges for their child. They know a college consultant has the expertise, interest and experience to help them make the best college decisions.

 

  1. Parents who would rather spend what free time they have on personal and/or family activities and pay a professional to help their child with college planning, teacher recommendations, test prep, extracurricular activities, applications and college essays..

 

  1. Parents who want their child to have more personal attention than what is usually available from high school counselors. Many believe high school counselors are so overwhelmed with caseloads of students (average of 475) Counselors spend most of their time meeting with students on course scheduling and personal problems and very little attention given to students who seek help with college planning.

 

  1. Parents don’t understand how the college application process works. Most parents don’t want to spend time nagging their student to complete all the necessary forms and keep track of the required deadlines because they fear they will miss or forget something.

 

  1. Parents who realize it is not as simple to get into college as it used to be – you fill out the application and wait for your acceptance letter. Those days are over. Students these days must be competitive with their grades, academic rigor, test scores, extracurricular activities and personal statements.

 

Many of these reasons are why families hire a college admissions consultant.  This will allow parents and their teenager to have less stress during the college admissions process.  It will also help you to be confident that your child will receive the individual attention he

How Important is it to Attend A College Fair?

October 17, 2014

When a national college fair is in your neighborhood, students and their parents really must attend.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet college representatives from schools with which you are already familiar, as well as find out about new schools that might be a good fit for you.  The NACAC college fair will be at the Denver Convention Center on a Sunday, October  19th.  Be sure and register online to attend.

Test Prep Courses for the SAT and ACT: What Parents Need to Know

July 31, 2012

The SAT and ACT are significant criteria for college admissions and require advanced preparation in order for students to achieve their best possible score. Test scores can make or break a student’s chances for college acceptance and scholarships.  Most experts, including Susie Watts from College Direction in Denver, Colorado, believe that a good test prep course can help to improve students’ SAT and ACT scores.

Below are five tips to find a good SAT and ACT test prep course:

1.  The teaching is most important .  The information in most test prep courses is similar, but a good course will have a qualified teacher that is highly motivated to coaching students.  The course should be taught by a test expert with experience, not necessarily a high school teacher or someone who has only scored high on the SAT and ACT.

2.  The test prep course should be affordable .  Spending more money will not guarantee a better test prep course.  Paying more does not make a course better nor does a big name make it more effective.  The value of the class depends on the experience of the teacher, quality of the material and dedication to helping students succeed. Parents should consider all of these factors before signing up for a SAT or ACT course.

3.  Students should practice on real tests .  A good test prep course only utilizes tests that are published by the College Board and the ACT. This helps students become familiar and know exactly what to expect. Having this experience makes for a much less stressful test day.

4.  The test prep course should focus on content and strategies .  A comprehensive approach to test taking includes practicing materials with review and explanations as well as specific test-taking strategies.  Students need to understand the content of the test, but they also need to know how to approach each part of the test with test-taking techniques that enable them to improve their scores.

5.  A test prep course should fit the needs of your child .  The test prep course should be small enough to be beneficial, ideally no more than 9 students.  The course should not take too much time away from homework and other activities. The course should make valuable use of the time; once a week classes should be sufficient. An important part of the class should address anxiety and stress relief by introducing and practicing relaxation and mental preparedness.

A good SAT and ACT course will prepare students  for the mental marathon that will help them succeed on these important tests.