COLLEGE ADVISING SERVICES
CURRENTLY SERVING STUDENTS IN KENTUCKY, NEW JERSEY, OHIO, OKLAHOMA & TEXAS
Students benefit most from college advising when they begin no later than February of junior year of high school. Annual meetings beginning second semester freshman year is the most comprehensive approach. Students who begin as late as first semester senior year will experience a streamlined process in order to meet application and scholarship deadlines.
All students begin with an introductory session. Following that session, services are provided hourly and application work is offered as a package. If a family requests help in only one area or one area at a time, the hourly fee will apply. Text, e-mail, and phone call questions are answered without charge. Rate information is available upon request.
The orientation session is a two+ hour "get-to-know-you" time with the student and parent(s). It consists of an overview of high school curriculum, testing, activities, a profile of the student's specific university interests, campus visits and how to create a resume.
Following the introductory session, the student receives an easy-to-follow 12-month timeline with additional resources to use in searching for the best-fit colleges.
At the introductory session, ACT/SAT/PSAT/SAT Subject Tests, AP and IB tests will be reviewed. Future test dates and a test strategy will be discussed. Test prep classes or tutors may be recommended.
A resume tutorial will be given to ensure the student puts the best face forward in displaying ALL of his or her personal strengths. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be given suggestions for academic enrichment, volunteer opportunities, teen boards, leadership programs or career engagement they may wish to pursue.
Choosing a college is a personal decision that involves many factors: cost of education, targeted majors, location, student's interests, family support, and so much more. Time will be used discussing the best fit for the student.
Prompts are presented early and students discuss their topics prior to writing. Essay dos and don'ts are presented in a six-student Essay Workshop which each rising senior is expected to attend with Ann-Clore (in person or virtually) in late May through mid-June. Pre- and post-workshop preparation is required to achieve the best results. Careful critique of essay drafts is provided while ensuring the student's voice is never lost.
Application Review and Recommender Selection
From explaining the Common App, state-specific applications like Apply Texas, and individual university applications, to ensuring the student requests the appropriate recommenders and completes the applications without error, a lot of time is dedicated to the actual applications.
Though I am not a primary source for scholarships, I readily edit and review scholarship applications and essays.
Interviews and Deferred Applications
Prior to interviews to selective universities or for scholarships, students receive interview suggestions. When students are deferred early admission to a school, a plan will be developed to help the students best represent themselves during the regular admissions process.
After the Big Envelopes Arrive
I'm available to discuss a student's final choices, yet I will not influence the outcome. The decision is completely in the hands of the student and parents. April is always a bittersweet time as it signifies the end of "the known" and the preparation for the new. You've worked hard to prepare for college. Celebrate your decision. Wear your new school colors and CONGRATULATIONS on high school graduation!