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Tips and Tools to Build Executive Functioning in the Summer

by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Usually by the time Summer rolls around, it is time to relax. It signifies the end of a school year and all the stress that goes along with it. Summer is a time to take a break and recharge the batteries, but it can also present a lot of problems. One of …

Northwestern

An Encounter with Northwestern University

Located in Evanston, IL, Northwestern University is a mid-sized private university that was founded to serve the Northwest Territory. In 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of …

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Avoiding Work

by Scott Lutostanski “Risk taker” is a confusing term. When most people think of a risk taker, they conjure up images of Evil Knievel or Shaun White. If asked to give an example of what a risk taker might do, the most common answers might be skydive, quit their job to start a new business, or purchase a motorcycle. So …

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An Encounter with Lawrence University

Located in Appleton, WI, Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college and conservatory of music dedicated to undergraduate education. The school describes itself as devoted to Engaged Learning as the most effective way to prepare students for lives of personal fulfillment and professional accomplishment. It is a demanding approach to education for students who demand much of themselves. Engaged …

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Colleges with High quality of Life

by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor Many students dream of attending “the best ranked school” to which they are accepted. Imagine if you focus just on rankings. You narrowly would look at reputation, selectivity and faculty resources to pick a college. Will you thrive at a school because they reject most of their applicants? Expand your horizon to …

Swarthmore COllege

An Encounter with Swarthmore College

By Dave Best, Galin Education College Counselor Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College is a very small, private liberal arts college with diverse, passionate students. Built on Quaker roots that value equality, civic engagement, the tradition of eating under one roof, and the beauty of nature, Swarthmore is a special place for highly-intelligent and socially-conscious thinkers. Academic Students are encouraged …

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High Achieving and Underperforming

  by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting   Whenever I am working with a student that is not achieving to their ability, the single word I hear parents and teachers use most to describe that student is “unmotivated”. Often times this is accompanied by “lazy” and “disinterested”. Quite frankly, I don’t blame teachers and parents for saying this …

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The Importance of Practice Exams

Consistent practice testing is an integral part of any effective test prep plan. Ideally, students will sit for full length practice exams every two weeks. Some of our students sit for as many as 15 practice exams before taking the official test. Practice exams are so important because test prep is less about studying and more about training. You can …

Grinell College

An Encounter with Grinnell College

 by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor Located in Grinnell, IA, Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college.  The school was founded in 1846 and has a semester based calendar.  Outside of their major, students have only one required course at Grinnell, First Year Tutorial. Grinnell describes itself as how it is different than other colleges.  At a …

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Music Career Paths

 by Dave Best  – Galin Education College Counselor The myth of the starving artist runs deep in many families.  Many parents believe their children will move back home after college and permanently reside in their basement, unable to support themselves.  In these parents’ minds, students need to graduate with a “practical” major to be employable.  Please allow me to dispel …