Category Archives: College

Do you live within 50 miles of Ithaca, NY and have college in your (or your teen’s) sights? I’m excited to announce the first Greater Ithaca Getting-Into-And-Succeeding-In College Fair. This isn’t your typical event with long rows of college admissions reps. Instead, this free fair will feature expert presentations on getting into, paying for, and excelling in college. Chariot Learning is partnering with Beth Howland of College Navigators to present this innovative educational event on Saturday, May 11 from 10:30am-1:30pm: Tompkins County Public Library Borg Warner Room 101 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850 You can look forward to Upstate New York experts in every element of the college process from getting in to getting out with maximum success and minimum debt! Check out the itinerary: 10:40 SAT vs. ACT: Which Should You Take? Mike Bergin, President of Chariot Learning, Co-host of Tests and the Rest podcast 11:00  Understanding and…

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The pursuit of higher education is a noble endeavor, yet it often comes with the heavy burden of financial debt. However, with strategic planning and smart decisions, it’s entirely possible to minimize or even bypass the need for student loans. This guest article from Laura Pearson, co-creator of Edutude. delves into a series of actionable strategies designed to empower students to manage their finances effectively. Through Edutude, Laura strives to find unique, creative ways for parents and educators to encourage students to be challenged, motivated and excited by learning. In addition to her work with Edutude, Pearson is an advocate for children’s rights and education. Leveraging Academic Resources for Success One of the most underutilized treasures of higher education is the plethora of academic support services available to students. Universities offer various resources, including free tutoring and workshops, aimed at enhancing student performance. By taking advantage of these resources, students…

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Life in the college admissions space made so much sense before the pandemic. Everyone shared a general understanding of what schools valued and how applicants could set themselves apart and signal readiness and fit to the institutions of their choice. Once COVID hit, every bedrock truth about teaching and learning seemed to come into question as many educators and pundits alike adopted a stance that tests didn’t actually tell all that much. Things have changed since those first scary months when schools shut down. The counterargument that test scores carry validity and help rather than hinder equitable outcomes has gained credence. More and more colleges have followed internal and external research to tip towards test-preferred policies, but the public still seems uncertain about whether submitting test scores makes sense or is even necessary. With hope, David Leonhardt’s newest higher ed piece in the New York Times will add some clarity…

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I recently had a chance to speak on the Your Daily Scholarship podcast with scholarship expert Dave Peterson about a topic close to my heart. For nearly thirty years now, I’ve been counseling families on managing different aspects of college admissions and have encountered the same issues over and over again. One of the most detrimental yet easily avoidable mistakes in putting together a competitive college application is waiting too long to address certain influential elements. Consider these five tips before or during but definitely not after junior year if you can: 1. Select Classes Carefully Academic rigor matters, but don’t take on the toughest classes you can just because you have Ivy League aspirations. Make sure you commit to honors classes you are truly interested in, or else you’ll be spending hours a week regretting your choices. By the same token, make sure you think about all the classes…

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Our friend and colleague Kristin Cocquyt of Cocquyt College Consulting offers student-centered, fit-focused college counseling in Webster, NY and through the Zoom-verse. This guest post promotes the benefits of finishing those college applications early! To procrastinate is to be human, but to tackle the college application process with fortitude and precise planning is…. well, hard. The college search and application process is full of details and deadlines and for most teengers is straight-up intimidating. If you’re in the midst of the college search and application process, it can feel like another varsity sport or AP class (or two) with the required time investment and homework. Your color-coded spreadsheet of deadlines and usernames and passwords is intense, and you have multiple Google Docs going with essay drafts. The college application process can sort of take over and distract you from the other glories of senior year. I’ve coached over 600 students…

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  When the 4th day of July rolls around, we citizens of the United States sometimes ponder questions deeper than just where to watch the best fireworks. We think of patriotism and pride, and even the most cynical among us contemplates what really makes America great. If you sometimes–or often–what’s so special about this particular country, here’s something to consider about American excellence… According to a 2014 tally, over 300,000 students outside the United States took the SAT in more than 1,000 international test centers across 175 countries. In Hong Kong alone, one 2013 SAT administration was inundated by 10,000 test takers. The ACT commands similar–and, in some countries greater–numbers of international test takers, and both tests have seen more test takers last year than ever. While a string of practical incidents and ideological arguments have impacted the availability of testing overseas (and access to more current data regarding those…

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