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! …

5 Questions to Ponder Before Applying to College

     by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director Every year, students preparing for college get inundated with marketing swag from all over the country. Beautifully designed brochures stuff up mailboxes, “personally addressed” emails flood inboxes, and targeted advertisements take over social media pages. It’s easy to get sidetracked by the glitz and glam of these glossy marketing materials; after all, …

What is an IEP and What is a 504?

   by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting As a Special Education Consultant that works with parents, the most common question I field is, “What’s the difference between a 504 and an IEP?” If, as a parent, you’re in a position where you need this question answered, it usually means one of a few things: your student may have …

10 Ways Parents Can Help Students on College Visits

   By Pat Walsh – College Counselor As a parent, whether you are visiting a school for the first time or returning as an alum, it can be fun to tag along on your student’s college visits. That being said, it is important to recognize that you have an important role to play during these college visits. In addition to …

4 Ways to Make Campus Visits More Meaningful

   by Pat Walsh – College Counselor Campus visits can run the gamut between eye-opening and exhausting. Many families scheduling visits hope to gain insight about student life, graduation outcomes, campus safety, academic rigor—the list goes on. While this can be a daunting list, you should feel empowered to design a visit around your wants and needs. Your student is …

4 Reasons to Consider Taking the SAT

    by Colleen McGeehan – Director of Instruction With the in-school ACT exam coming up for Wisconsin juniors at the end of the month, the ACT is on a lot of people’s minds. Since all public school students will be required to take the ACT, why even think about the SAT? Here are a few reasons… 1. Any college …

2 Things Prospective Student-Athletes Should Be Doing

  by Kelli Richards – College Counselor If you are a student-athlete hoping to continue your athletic career in college, you probably know that you have to keep your grades up and put extra time and energy into your sport. But there are a few other things you should be doing to get a leg up on the competition and …