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Back to School: Make the Most of Your Year

The school year is quickly approaching; for some, it has already begun. Students (and parents) should approach the beginning of a new year strategically, setting realistic goals and road-maps to achieving them. Last year is over, those courses, grades, and activities are locked in. But now is the opportunity to start fresh, build relationships with new teachers, find new opportunities, demonstrate your true …

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An Encounter with Grinnell College

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 lot of colleges, your degree gets you to …

Test Optional

Test Optional Schools

Do you want to be viewed as a number? If you believe standardized test scores will define where you apply to college, then your college plan will be greatly influenced by that one number: your SAT or ACT score. If you would rather be evaluated holistically on your grades, activities, leadership, essays and recommendations, you should consider test-optional schools. Perhaps …

Building Skills

Mastering New Skills

by Scott Lutostanski Imagine someone who has never been stand up paddle boarding before. She decides she wants to give it a try. She heads down to Brittingham Boathouse and rents a stand up paddle board. The first time she gives it a shot, it is an entirely new skill that she is learning. She is experiencing the different components …

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An Encounter with University of Florida

Located in Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida is a large, public institution that is the state flagship university. With over 100 undergraduate majors, 1000 student organizations, and SEC sports, being part of the Gator Nation is a special college experience for high-achieving students. Academic According to the UF website, “our campus has limited physical space to accommodate the many …

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Managing Your Social Media Presence

You are part of the social media generation. Like many in high school, you chronicle much of your everyday life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for friends and family to see. Colleges are also watching. Will they genuinely like what they see and recommend you for admission, or will they be concerned? Beyond shaping your college application, you can also …

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Planning Vision & Time Management

by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Court vision is a player’s ability to see and understand everything going on the basketball court.X-ray vision is the ability to see through physical objects. Tunnel vision is the tendency to focus exclusively on a single or limited goal or point of view. Most people are probably familiar with these three types …

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Why Can’t I Remember Those Extra Things?

by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting One day last week, I woke up and did my normal routine: took the dog for a walk, headed off to the gym for a workout, came home, made some breakfast and coffee, packed up my lunch, and got ready to head off to work. The one difference? Before heading off the …

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An Encounter with Villanova University

Located 12 miles West of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Villanova University is an Augustinian Catholic university where students are challenged by a rigorous academic experience rooted in the liberal arts and shaped in a community where students and professors are partners in learning. Villanova prides itself in preparing “students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.” Academic …

Time Management

Time Awareness and Executive Functioning Problems

by Scott Lutosanski I often have conversations with students about getting to places on time. They usually vary in the details, but all center on the same theme. Below, I have included a culmination of many conversations that I have had with students. Me: So what time do you have to leave to be on time for practice? Student: It’s …