Preparing for Admissions Interviews

   by Pat Walsh – College Counselor   One of the most overlooked opportunities of the college search process is the admission interview. From the University of Southern California to Yale University, there are a number of Colleges that offer this opportunity. Many universities don’t require, but encourage, students to sign up for this 45-60 minute conversation. Take my word …

Teacher Recommendations: Act Now!

A vital part of the admissions application is the teacher recommendation. Many schools require one and some even ask for two or three. The time to initially ask for these recommendations is toward the end of junior year—so if you are a junior who hasn’t asked teachers yet, the time is now! There are some generally accepted guidelines as to …

3 Ways to Manage Test Stress

           by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director As you may have noticed from a recent visit to the Galin Offices or our latest newsletters, we are sponsoring and preparing for a screening of the film Angst, an event we hope will spark more conversations about anxiety, mental health, and how to best support our students. This …

4 Tips for Prepping for the ACT and SAT Over the Summer

    by Colleen McGeehan – Director of Instructor Summer is quickly approaching! As you begin planning out those summer calendars, it might be a good idea to consider how SAT/ACT prep might fit into the schedule. During the school year, students are often overbooked with myriad extracurriculars and homework for their courses. The summer presents an opportunity to really …

College Application Tips from the Class of ‘18

    by Brenda Ward – Director of College Counseling Seniors have now committed to their colleges, marking the official end of the application cycle for the Class of 2018. And who could offer better insights than these recent applicants? In wrap-up meetings with seniors, this is what I heard them say: “There’s more to it than I thought.” Year …

4 Simple Ways to Improve Executive Functions

    by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting   In our lives, we often take preventative measures. We use face lotion that has sunscreen in it to prevent wrinkles and premature aging. We get flu shots heading into the winter months to stave off sickness. We take vitamins to improve our long-term health. There is no immediate result …

6 Common App Tricks

    Eric Lynne – Assistant Director at Galin Education   If you are new to the Common Application, it can be intimidating at first. To new applicants, the Common App can feel like a series of herculean hoops you have to jump through or a foe standing between you and your top-choice schools. But we at Galin Education have …

The compelling case for being an ‘intentionally lazy’ parent

Article originally found on Washington Post by Scott Lutostanski – Galin Education Director of Education Last year, I was working with Charlie, a typical kid. He was a bright student, taking a few honors classes and scoring around the 90th percentile on standardized tests. He ran cross-country in the fall and played lacrosse in the spring. He had a group …

The Difference Between Tutoring and Coaching

     by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Here at Galin, we often get asked what is the difference between tutoring and coaching. This is an important question, and it’s one that parents need to understand when seeking out support in the academic arena. First, let’s focus on the main objective of each. Tutors are focused on the …

3 Ways Underclassmen Can Get a Head Start on the SAT and ACT

    by Colleen McGeehan – Director of Instruction Though we don’t recommend that students start specifically preparing for the ACT or SAT until the summer after their sophomore year (at the earliest), there are still plenty of things that freshmen and sophomores can do to make sure they will be prepared when it comes time to take these tests! …