Services for the Class of 2023:
I’m a glass-half-full person who believes in supporting the emotional and academic needs of my students. Starting college planning work early helps alleviate stress and anxiety. I’m here to reassure you – parents and students alike – that it’s all going to be ok. We’ve got this.
I’m current booking individual appointments for September and October 2022. As in past years, I will limit the number of new 11th grade clients, so contact me soon to secure a spot in my 2022-2023 application cohort. Siblings of former students always have priority, as do students who started working with me as freshmen and sophomores. If you are a new student, reach out to me soon to get started.
My goal is for students to FULLY COMPLETE the Common Application (Profile/ Family/Education/ Activities/ Writing) during the summer BEFORE senior year (or before the November 1st deadlines, for those students who start working with me in late summer/early fall). A sample private client/student meeting sequence is below, but I will gladly accommodate individual needs.
Meeting 1: Initial consultation – evaluation of transcript/ test scores/ senior year course choices. We will create a personal timeline for summer work. Initial college list created.
Meeting 2: Create Common App account. Start essay brainstorm. Start Common App Activities organizer.
Meeting 3: Complete Profile, Family, Demographics sections. Make essay outline/ map. Revise Activities organizer.
Meeting 4: Finalize essay.
Meeting 5: Add schools and create a plan for supplemental essays. Finalize all other components of Common App. Run through the Naviance/ Common App linking process. (Note: During the first few weeks of August, schools with school-specific supplements will post their essays prompts. If your student is applying to schools with additional essays, we will work out a schedule/ pricing plan to finish those essays during the months of August and September.)
Each meeting is one hour, and students will have homework that must be completed prior to the subsequent meeting. I create a shared meeting record document so parents are aware of what happens every time I meet with a student. My fees can be found here.
There are still many unknowns during this upcoming admissions season, but I am here to help your family navigate this uniquely complex admissions process and discuss what strategies might benefit your child. If you prefer remote appointments, I am more than happy to set up meetings on Zoom or Google Meets.
9th and 10th consultations:
These consultations cover four areas:
- Transcript assessment and course selection assistance. I point out areas of strength and weakness in a student’s transcript. I come up with a two-, three-, or four-year course plan that is right for the student and will garner maximum attention from colleges.
- Standardized test planning. When should a student first take SATs? How many times should she take them? What about ACTs and SAT Subject Tests? The world of standardized testing can be confusing, and I find that families often get mixed messages. I create a realistic, practical test calendar for my students and connect them with appropriate preparation resources.
- Evaluation of extracurricular activities. Should a student strive to be “well-rounded” or commit his time to a few important activities? I answer this question, and help students hone in on what their true passions are. Like the transcript assessment, I look for areas of strength and weakness in a student’s outside-of-school activities. I make creative suggestions about how a student can expand upon her/his interests and develop a resume that is full of meaningful, attention-getting work. I use my extensive network to connect students with potential volunteer placements at local non-profits. I also work with students on applications to summer programs at Roswell Park, ECMC, Hauptmann-Woodward, and universities. I have a Studio Art background and frequently help student-artists put together portfolios.
- Preliminary school list. Based on PSAT/ PLAN/ early SAT scores and the transcript, I create a list of schools for families to use as a basis for visits.
9th and 10th grade consultations usually last about 1 to 1.5 hrs.
Gap year planning:
Read my post about the benefits of taking a “gap year” before college. I help students plan pre-college experiences that combine community service, paid work, and pursuit of personal passions.
Specialized SAT/ ACT preparation:
I offer targeted tutoring for the Reading, Writing, and Essay sections of the SAT, and the English, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT. My services are designed for strong math students who need to bring their Reading/ Writing scores up to par. I do not tutor the Math sections. I recommend that students complete a comprehensive test prep course before seeing me for targeted work. See my Resources page for my test prep program recommendations.
I provide a limited amount of year-round academic tutoring in English and History. My focus is on the writing process. I also provide referrals to tutors who specialize in Math and Science.