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Positioning Students for Success

Why I do what I do

People frequently ask me why I like working with teens and helping them get ready for college. My answer is that it is exciting to see the potential in people and to have a hand in helping them get to places they never imagined they could go.

Student skills are evolving and so is the world they are entering. Their opportunities look nothing like what was available or possible for their parents. The cost of getting ready for a bright career has also changed and there are strategies to deal with that.

College Survival Skills

I recently spoke to a young man who is on academic probation from his college. He needs to raise his grade point average in his summer courses in order to return to college in good standing this fall. Talking to him, I began to understand one reason why he was not doing well in college. He does not currently understand how grade point average calculations are done.

The thing that makes it so hard to recover from academic probation is that, in order to do so, the student has to earn grades quite a bit higher than what is usual for the student.

How early should you start preparing for college?

Parents often ask me how early they should start preparing their child for college.
The answer is that preparing a child for college as a parent starts at birth and continues through 6 stages. The 6 stages involve the financial, emotional, intellectual and academic growth that needs to occur for optimum results.
Stage 1 is financial planning that starts when the child is born or before.
Stage 2 is nurturing the child's interests, talents, self image and interpersonal skills

Does taking college courses in high school help students?

They take extra time. Sometimes they cost your family extra money. Are the resources directed at taking courses for college credit in high school paying off?
According to the study by the American Institutes for Research,http://www.air.org, released today, high school students who take college courses are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in a two or four year college after high school graduation. Results included students from a variety of family income levels and the impact on all socioeconomic groups was positive.

Time to help your teen wipe his face....book

As you help your teen get the academic, student activity and volunteer look he will need to get into college...don't forget his image hygiene.

All the grade points, leadership trophies and SAT's in the world won't help your son or daughter if they have poor image hygiene.  Image hygiene is the level of wholesomeness of his online presence.

Many colleges go beyond their application, high school transcripts and national test scores when making an admissions decision.  Competition is fierce in an age when so many students have high grades and SAT scores.