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 …

3 Apps to Improve Focus

   By Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Getting work done at home or in study hall can sometimes seem impossible for students. The right strategies for working independently can come from anywhere. Below are three apps that students can use to improve focus when working. Forest This is an app that rewards the student for not using their …

5 Ways Students Can Boost Their College Résumé This Summer

       by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director at Galin Education There is no better time to think about summer plans than in the midst of yet another Wisconsin cold snap. Though summer is months away (and feels worlds away), planning ahead will be super beneficial, especially for students who are thinking about college. Do not get me wrong: …

Choosing Courses to Compete

   by Brenda Ward, Director of College Counseling 2018-2019, here we come! Students are in the process of choosing their classes for next school year, so please take note: this is not a task to be taken lightly.  Rigor of curriculum is one of the top three factors colleges consider when making their admission decisions, so choosing classes is worth …

Resources We Love

Edited by Eric Lynne, Assistant Director of Galin Education As educators, we are constantly on the search for the best academic resources. We mine these resources to inform our curriculums, keep up with the latest trends in the educational world, and become more effective teachers, tutors, coaches, and counselors. Fortunately, the world is full of great academic and educational resources. …

Gear Up Your Goals for the New Year

  by Eric Lynne – Galin Education Assistant Director Despite my best intentions, New Year’s Resolutions haven’t always worked out for me. I buy the gym membership, I go for a few weeks—and then I get derailed by the flu. I start practicing the piano again, I learn half a new piece—and then I quit at the key change. I …

ACT Scores Are Out… What Do They Mean?

  by Colleen McGeehan – Galin Education Director of Instruction December is a busy time for test prep. Many students who are working with us in preparation for the ACT took their first official ACT a few weeks ago, and those scores were released this week!  So, how do we interpret those scores? The composite score, which is the main …