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College Visits Are Worth It!

  by Brenda Ward – Galin Education Director of College Counseling As a college counselor, I always recommend college visits, and the upcoming fall break is a perfect time to hop in a car or plane and head off to campuses so students can see the red brick and quadrangles for themselves! Before the trip, however, it’s important to clarify …

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So, your child is applying to college…..

  by Lynn Kaplan – Galin Education Director of Client Experience Your child is a senior in high school. Congratulations and good luck! I have done senior year twice as a parent, first with my son and then with my daughter. I think I understand some of what you might be experiencing. Likely by now, the feeling of shock and …

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What is the PSAT?

 by Colleen McGeehan – Director of Instruction The PSAT (also know as the Pre-SAT or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a test offered to sophomores and juniors that serves two purposes: give students an opportunity to practice for the SAT, and serve as the qualifying exam for National Merit Scholarships. Reason #1: Practice Whether they like it or …

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Do Extracurriculars Right

   by Eric Lynne – Galin Education Assistant Director When I’m happily daydreaming about the good-old-days of my high school experience, I rarely think about my classes. I don’t think about the tests I bombed, the papers I aced, or the mountain of nightly homework. And I certainly don’t think about my grades. I think about the videos I created …

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Planning for Junior Year Tests

   by Colleen McGeehan – Galin Education Director of Instruction Now that the new school year has started, it’s time for juniors to figure out how testing will fit into your busy schedules. The first step is to decide which test to prepare for. If you have the results of a pre-ACT test (or Aspire) as well as PSAT scores, …

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Are you ready for Early Decision?

by Brenda Ward – Galin Education Director of College Counseling Applying Early Decision is enticing. Early Decision applicants get an admission response by mid-December, and this is especially appealing for students who are eager to finalize the college application process.   And then there’s the allure of better admission chances.  At the Ivies, the admission rate is triple for students …

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Back To School Morning Refresher

 by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Morning routines can be a drag. This is especially true after a stoppage in school, such as summer, winter, or spring break. Tasks and steps that were easy at the end of last year might seem to have regressed back to square one. There are a few steps that parents can take …

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An Encounter with University of Pennsylvania

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania is a highly selective, private institution that is part of the Ivy League. Visiting Penn, it seems like you are stepping back in time. Benjamin Franklin was its founder, and in fact it claims to be America’s first university. Penn achieved that distinction in 1765 when it added the nation’s first medical …

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How to Sustain a Great Start to the School Year

 by Scott Lutostanski I have previously written about the cyclical pattern of school performance. Generally, in first semester, students will get off to a blazing hot start. September is a cinch. The start of October is a breeze. But somewhere along the way, the momentum begins to shift. Homework is completed less often, tests are no longer being studied for, …

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An Encounter with Baylor University

Located in Waco, Texas and chartered in 1845 by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas, Baylor University is the oldest continuously-operating university in Texas. Baylor describes itself as the largest Baptist university in the world. Baylor’s stated mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a …