Aiming for Ivies? Straight A’s Are an Advantage, But Not a Guarantee

By |2024-07-14T17:12:59+00:00July, 16, 2024|College Admissions, College Applications, College Preparation|

As discussed in a recent blog post, grade inflation has exploded in the last several years.  This has resulted in grade compression, which means most students' grades are in the A/B range. A recent webinar from test prep and tutoring company Applerouth addressed these issues.  In it, Jed Applerouth, the [...]

The Problem with Grade Inflation

By |2024-04-25T16:55:47+00:00March, 12, 2024|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Grades, College Preparation|

Remember the movie The Incredibles? I’ll never forget the scene where Syndrome, the villain, is holding the superheroes hostage. He says, “When I’m old, and I’ve had my fun, I’ll sell my inventions so that everyone can be superheroes, everyone can be super. And, when everyone’s super, no one will [...]

How to Have a Fun, Meaningful, and Engaging Summer

By |2024-03-06T19:57:08+00:00February, 29, 2024|College Preparation|

I don’t know about you, but where I live it’s still cold. Spring has definitely not sprung. And yet, I know summer is just around the corner. When I was in high school, it was a given I’d have a summer job. I worked at a fast food restaurant, a [...]

The Perils of “Achievement Culture”

By |2024-01-16T20:06:24+00:00January, 16, 2024|College Admissions, College Preparation|

In November, I attended a webinar with Jennifer Breheny Wallace, author of Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic and What We Can Do About It.  During the hour-long webinar, I typed nearly four pages of single-spaced notes, and while I will do my best to summarize them, I highly recommend [...]

COVID’s Impact on Students’ Transition to College

By |2023-11-09T21:03:08+00:00November, 9, 2023|College and COVID-19, College Preparation, Transitioning to College|

It has been nearly four years since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  Since then, considerable research has been conducted on the pandemic's impact on students, both in terms of academic performance and mental health.  In a previous blog post, we discussed how Covid resulted in learning loss and impeded students' development [...]

Parents: Empower Your College Student to Use Campus Resources and Services

By |2023-07-06T17:28:10+00:00July, 5, 2023|College Life, College Preparation, Transitioning to College|

Guest blog post by Beth Howland, College Student Success Coach As a parent, you probably are aware that a world of possibilities awaits your college-bound child. While it’s understandable that parents emphasize the importance of students embracing and making the most of opportunities, it’s equally important for students to understand [...]

Seniors: Get Ready for College This Summer

By |2023-04-30T21:52:51+00:00May, 3, 2023|College Preparation, Transitioning to College|

If you're a high school senior, May is a very busy month: you're preparing for the end of the school year both academically (taking AP, IB, and final exams) and socially (going to prom and graduation and participating in other rituals/traditions).  Additionally, you've now decided which college you will attend.  [...]

How Many AP/IB/CE Classes Should You Take?

By |2023-03-09T22:42:44+00:00March, 14, 2023|College Admissions, College Preparation|

At many high schools, students will soon be selecting their courses for next year, if they haven't done so already.  When talking with my students about what classes they're going to choose, they often ask, "How many AP (or IB or concurrent enrollment) classes should I take?"  What they are [...]

Discovery College Consulting in the News

By |2023-03-08T15:36:16+00:00March, 8, 2023|College Admissions, College Preparation|

In January, Sara was interviewed for a U.S. News & World Report article on senioritis.  The article explains how senioritis and a resulting drop in grades second semester can pose a threat to one’s college acceptances.  Additionally, it offers tips for how students can overcome senioritis and finish their senior year [...]

COVID-Related Learning Loss: Implications for Colleges

By |2022-11-09T21:58:49+00:00November, 15, 2022|College and COVID-19, College Preparation, Transitioning to College|

When I was a kid, I remember friends whose parents would pay them for every “A” on their report card. Others got special treats, like a trip to get ice cream or see a movie. The U.S., whose national report card came out last month, sadly isn’t eligible for any [...]

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