College-Visit

While You’re Out Visiting Colleges

On campus visits, we encourage students to ask thoughtful questions about any aspect of college and campus life that may be of interest to them. Thoughtful questions go beyond the information readily available in college brochures and on the websites to ask for people’s opinions, for more details, and to address students’ unique circumstances. In order to ask thoughtful questions, …

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What is a Planner and What Does It Accomplish?

by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Requiring students to use their planners is the most common way that teachers help students plan. In grade school, a teacher might prompt a class at the end of the day to write in their planners and then give a sticker to any student who can successfully complete this task. In middle …

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Choosing a Major Before Applying

If you are an avid reader of this blog, by now you will have realized that there are very few hard-and-fast rules when it comes to college selection. Rather, much depends on the match between a student’s abilities, needs, wants, and interests and how well those match the schools to which s/he is applying. The same is true with majors. …

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An Encounter with University of San Diego

   by Dave Best, Galin Education College Counselor Located in San Diego, CA, the University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic institution open to all faiths.  The school describes itself as setting the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative change-makers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. Changemaker Campus is a community of leaders and institutions who work …

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Maximizing Your Summer

 by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor It is almost that time when you can celebrate school’s out for summer.  No more pencils and no more books.  What are your summer plans?  After you celebrate and recharge your batteries after AP exams, finals, and, perhaps, SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests, it is up to you how you spend …

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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 …

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Having an Academic Summer

Summer is just around the corner. High school students quite rightly think of summer as a time to relax and enjoy time with their friends. And they certainly should make sure to rest and have fun. But that should not be the only thing that college-bound students do over the summer. While it is tempting to want to kick up …

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Studying: What does it actually mean?

by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting “Don’t forget to study.” This is a common phrase that teachers and parents will tell students. This phrase has an infinite number of meanings. Most times, the person saying, “Don’t forget to study,” has a particular image in his mind about what that should look like and consist of. And odds are, …

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An Encounter with University of Miami

 by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor Located in Coral Gables, University of Miami is a medium-sized private college in South Florida. With diverse academic offerings and students from across the US and around the world, Miami is a great home for students who want to take advantage of a blend of cultures and opportunities while soaking up the …

ACT/SAT Test Prep

Planning for Junior Year Tests

 by Colleen McGeehan – Galin Education Director of Instruction From the PSAT and the ACT to Subject Tests and AP Exams, there are a lot of standardized tests for students to face in their junior year of high school. Let’s take a look at each in chronological order. First will come the PSAT (aka the preliminary SAT). The PSAT will …