Great job Mom and Dad! Your student can be successful living on his/her own. You may want to work on a few areas and perfect some life skills and academics before sending them off to give them the best chance possible. You can seek help from a life coach or college consultant who are experienced in helping students adjust to college life.
As a thank you for taking our quiz, we put together 3 simple steps you can take today to help your child go from “90% Ivy League Ready” to “100% Ivy League Ready”
Stellar grades, activities, and test scores don’t come overnight.
When it comes to competitive admissions, it’s not enough to have just a great junior year. Colleges will look at all four years of grades and activities, so students need to make good grades, identify their interests, and get involved as soon as possible.
That said, it’s never too late to improve. Colleges look for upward grade trends; so if freshmen and sophomore year grades were not the strongest, focus on getting the best marks possible junior year. A dramatic improvement can signify maturity and academic preparedness to an admissions committee. Keep track of grades from day one of high school, and know how to spot red flags and when to ask for help.
Colleges will also evaluate the rigor of the student’s four-year curriculum, so make sure students are taking courses with increasing difficulty each year, signifying they’re prepared for a college course load.
Besides the help they offer, an SAT tutor will help you stay on track with your study plan. Preparing for the SAT isn’t a one-time event but an extended process, one that has to be fit in around your ongoing studies. Making a plan and following it is key to success and just one of the ways a tutor is invaluable.
Preparing for the SAT requires a dedicated focus. This means avoiding distractions as well as keeping your attention on the essential material. The format and content of the questions on the SAT are very specific, and an SAT tutor helps you stay focused on what’s important so that you don’t waste time on material that won’t help you on the exam, as well as keep you on track with your scheduled study plan.
A tutor who is thoroughly familiar with the SAT, or even specializes in SAT preparation, provides even more value than a generic tutor. A dedicated SAT tutor will be prepared for the specific types of questions students are likely to have, and will also be able to train the student in the most effective test-taking strategies.
Applications are stressful. 7 out of 10 respondents on our 2017 College Hopes & Worries survey gauged their stress levels as “high” or “very high.” Knowing that there are college experts in your corner can make all the difference. At Ivy Scholars, our college counselors are available face-to-face whenever you have a question (or just need some encouragement).
There are hundreds of colleges out there, and the right school for your unique personality and goals may be an Ivy League or it might be a school you haven’t heard of (yet!). College counselors are pros at helping you research schools and then narrowing your list to the colleges you should focus on.
In a competitive applicant pool, a stellar college application is about more than just grades and SAT/ACT scores . Your college counselor will help you position the rest of your application to tell the story of who you are through your essays, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Counselors know which essay topics are overdone, how to make good use of supplementary materials, and how to explain an uncharacteristic bad grade to admissions committees.
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