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December 23, 2016

It appears initially like another potential option for applicants (positive) but when it actually becomes one it just creates more panic (negative).  Yes, we’ve seen it before; but this year it has become more intensified and, the way I see it, much more unhealthy.  It...

October 1, 2016

Stefanie called me yesterday morning. She asked if we could meet to discuss her son’s preparation for the ACT, which is coming up on Saturday. Stefanie and her son are clients of mine, and this her and her husband’s third child with whom I am working. As with just abou...

September 30, 2016

Parent called.  What should my 9th grader be doing now for uni admissions?  Nothing.

One of my former clients called me today.  I had checked in a week ago to see how the family was doing and knowing that their daughter is finishing up her first year in the US.  (T...

September 26, 2016

Monday morning’s inbox had four distinct, unrelated emails waiting for me from parents concerned about their child’s relationship with Maths. Coincidence? This was odd because these were from parents from different countries, with children of different ages and in diff...

June 7, 2016

Test preparation—something that is lamentably an absolute, probably the only time I tell my students something they must do, that’s non-negotiable, and with a roll of my eyes—can cost a lot of money.  The reality of US university admissions is this: you should never ba...

May 27, 2016

Applications vs. Health. Hmmm..

I worry when this process shows its ugly head by making parents second-guess logical thinking.  This happens.  And, not just as we read in the press with American families living in the US.  This happens with my families as well, all the...

May 17, 2016

I just finished a webinar on the 2016-2017 Common Application and have a few reports to make as you begin writing your applications.  The CA will officially launch on 1 August—many of you have already signed up and that’s excellent—with individual university supplement...

May 1, 2016

Students taking ownership.  Part 1.  Of many.

Stefanie called me yesterday.  She asked if we could meet to discuss her son’s preparation for the ACT, which is coming up on Saturday.  Stefanie and her son are clients of mine, and this her and her husband’s third chi...

April 21, 2016

Choosing your university…can be more difficult than you thought…

I met with one of my “families” today who are based in Asia.  They are expats in their host country, one parent European, the other Southeast Asian.  My student, Marie, was accepted by all five of her UCAS...

April 17, 2016

The Coalition: Not convinced    

I just attended a webinar on the new application platform under the working title of The Coalition.  If you’re a client of mine, you’ve heard of this…but still not much about it as the specifics have been kept rather close...

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