What to Consider When Applying Test-Optional

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History The option to apply to colleges test-optional first occurred in 2001 when the President of the University of California recommended that colleges stop using standardized test scores as an admission requirement. Test-optional has been around for more than two decades for some schools, but in the last three years and the wake of COVID-19, it has become a viable …

Help Your Student Determine What College is For: Ask Powerful Questions

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Megan G. Bernard, PhD  Founder, Kairos College Success Consulting You can help your child thrive in the complex, sometimes overwhelming college environment. Asking questions can create space for them to articulate what matters to them, why it is important, and how their experiences in college can relate to those priorities. Intrinsic, personal motivations for pursuing an education are positively correlated with college …

Is Community College Right for Me?

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Well, that depends. Many variables go into making the all-important college decision. Most of all, the question at the heart of the answer lies in your academic, social and financial reality, along with your aspirations. Are you a student that might not have it all figured out right now but know that you want to do something grand with your …

Why Letters of Recommendation for College are Important?

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Colleges consider many factors when reviewing an applicant’s application file, most of which consist of numbers and figures. Letters of recommendation, however, can provide admission officers with information about you that is not provided anywhere else in your application. Because of this, letters of recommendation can be the determining factor in your admission decision.  Letters of recommendation can reveal a …

How Work-Study Works.

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  Do you want to get paid to sit at a desk and do your homework? How about giving tours on a campus that you love? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then work-study is for you! In order to understand how work-study works, let’s first identify what work-study is. According to studentaid.ed.gov here is a quick …

Common Student Loan Mistakes

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Taking out student loans tends to be a “given” for many students, and a given you feel you don’t need to think about until after college. While that is partially true, do not make these mistakes: Using a student loan to go to a college that expensive. A good way to think about it is this: the amount of money …

Why Letters of Recommendation for College are Important?

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Colleges consider many factors when reviewing an applicant’s application file, most of which consist of numbers and figures. Letters of recommendation, however, can provide admission officers with information about you that is not provided anywhere else in your application. Because of this, letters of recommendation can be the determining factors in your admission decision. Letters of recommendation can reveal a …

Online Learning Tips for Success

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Using the internet for studying, researching colleges, or to complete a simple homework assignment can be useful, yet extremely daunting all at the same time. If you are familiar with certain programs or sites that are user-friendly and disseminates information in a productive, efficient manner, then using the internet should be easy for you! But, if you are one of …