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By Bernadette Andrews of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Our daughter completed her first semester at NYU. Hallelujah! After breathing a sigh of relief for the way things have worked out, I’m reminded of Oprah’s famous line, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” The preparation began very early on– we stressed her capabilities and […]


What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 3 – The SAT Subject Test

February 20, 2013

As mentioned in the first post of this series, College Board develops the AP curriculum. Here are the 34 Advanced Placement courses available in high schools across the country:    Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Lang and Culture Comp Science A English Lang and Composition English Lit and Composition Envir Science […]

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 2

February 13, 2013

This posting is the second of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! In last week’s posting, we addressed the #3 Most common response about AP. Now, for this week, we provide 2 tips to address the #2 Most common response […]

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What Parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP): Part 1

February 6, 2013

This posting is the first of a three part series on What parents need to know about Advanced Placement (AP). . . but didn’t know to ask! I get a lot of questions about Advanced Placement (AP) from parents. This posting brings together my top 3 most common responses about AP. They are written as […]

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Jan ’13 Newsletter: Summer and Stress in High School

January 31, 2013

It’s January so that means it’s time to start planning for the summer. Last spring, I spoke to parents about the importance of summer for both academic and personal growth. That is still true for this coming summer! Read more about summer for college-bound students. This issue and each issue through June will feature a […]

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When is the “optional” college application essay not required?

December 30, 2012

Many college applications such as Emory University will include questions described as “optional.” Emory’s Optional Essay: Please write exactly five sentences that best describe you. Does this really mean that you can skip this question? Yes and No Yes. If you skip this optional question then it will save you that extra hour that you may […]

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What do early admissions results really mean?

December 26, 2012

As if the college admissions process couldn’t get any more complex, the early admissions decisions have been reported for several colleges around the country. Overall, the number of early applicants increased at many campuses. For example, Boston University saw a 40% increase in Early Decision applicants over last year; Case Western saw a 34% increase […]

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Nov & Dec ’12 Newsletter: Motivation and Parent Workshop

November 30, 2012

I hope that you are enjoying your holiday break. This newsletter issue is a few weeks overdue as my firm has navigated through another wildly unpredictable admissions cycle. In short, the deferrals and denials for early admission increased. Many strong applicants were hopeful that they would have a positive answer before the holiday break. The […]

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Dr. Pamela helped me navigate the college application process

November 30, 2012

“Throughout my junior and senior year Dr. Pamela really helped me to navigate the college application process. I had no idea where to even start. She helped organize tutoring for the ACT and SAT and helped me schedule the test dates. From there we started to investigate where I might want to spend the next […]

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