College Advising On-Demand Archives

  • Less Stress, More Happiness: How-tos for IECs and Their Clients

    Competition, selectivity, unpredictability, and soaring tuition costs. Unfortunately, these stressors in college admissions are increasingly impacting the way that students, their families, and we—the helping professionals—experience the process. Elevated stressors can diminish the joy in our work. While we can't change the "big picture" stressors overnight, there is much that we professionals can do to balance some of the stress with a healthy sense of hopefulness and excitement. Leveraging our combined experience as professional independent educational consultants, educators, and parents, let's discuss how we can achieve this, examining family dynamics, stress management, boundary-setting, mindfulness and related ideas.

  • Hate Speech in the Milieu: Defending Safe Space

    Educators from across the country are reporting a disturbing trend in US schools: A dramatic increase in hate speech, and in hate crimes emerging from it. Programs have noted this, as well as an accompanying unapologetic and defensive posture taken by students and, in some cases, their parents. How do programs cultivate a sense of emotional and physical safety in the face of this shift? In this webinar, we will explore the phenomenal increase in racist, homophobic, and misogynistic rhetoric among students in milieus across levels of care. We propose solutions to mitigate the hate.

  • Advising Gifted Yet Struggling Students (and Parents!): What Is Twice-Exceptionality and How Does It Impact Independent Educational Consulting?

    This webinar will review the surprising characteristics of this complex profile and how to best serve them in our practices. The session will explore the intake process, how to determine what type of school or program has the ability to support this student, working with parents, and case studies.

  • Limiting Your Digital Footprint For College Admissions Success

    This webinar will demonstrate why college applicants must limit their digital footprint to maximize success in the college application process.

  • College Planning for Students with Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    What is "College Readiness" aside from being able to succeed academically? What executive functioning and self­advocacy skills are necessary for college success? What are the differences between high school and college when it comes to accommodations, services, and support for students with disabilities? What is the parent's role in college? Should a disability be disclosed in applications? These are some of the areas we will explore when we discuss counseling students who are on the autism spectrum or who have learning challenges, disabilities or mental health challenges. We will also discuss how IECs can use research tools to find the best post­secondary option for their students; student privacy, parents’ access to college students’ medical and educational records when they turn 18 or start college; and legal issues surrounding the mental health crisis on college campuses. We will address some basic differences between student and parent rights in high school and college and how those differences can impact student performance, health, and safety if not addressed early enough.

  • How Do Test-Optional Admission Policies Affect Students, Colleges, and Affordability?

    This webinar will present the findings of one of the only large-scale, multi-institutional studies of these issues. Steve Syverson, the principal investigator and co-author of “Defining Access” will discuss this report of national data from 28 test-optional colleges and 950,000 students.

  • Mapping the Path to Graduate Study

    Deciding which graduate program or school to pursue requires students to connect their past experiences and education with what they hope to accomplish in the future—even when the connections aren’t always obvious. In this webinar, Dr. Brooks will explain her Wise Wanderings Career Development System which uses mapping and other techniques to help students identify the career path they hope to pursue and which graduate/professional schools and degrees will provide the best opportunities for career success.

  • Sample Essays: The Good, the Bad & the Best Practices

    Does a great story make a great essay? Do you need a stunning opening line? How much does punctuation matter? Participants will also receive links to two important resources: Guidelines for choosing appropriate samples and talking points for sharing samples with students and parents.

  • Procrastination! Missed Deadlines! Lost Assignments! Oh My! Fostering Executive Functioning Skills Through the College Application Process

    This webinar will introduce three essential skills: time management, project planning, and organization, using the college application process as an example of supporting executive functioning skills.

  • Gender Today: Best Practice for Working with Trans & Non-Binary Youth

    This webinar will help participants grasp terms, ideas, and situations that trans & NB youth are experiencing today. Webinar participants will be able to assess their everyday conversations as it relates to this demographic and be able to take with them an overarching understanding of the coming out process. Discussions will include policy and paperwork, talking to parents, assessing institutions for placement, and how to effectively be an ally to trans and NB youth.

  • Relieving Anxiety in College Bound Seniors: What’s actually happening within the Office of Admissions?

    Our objectives are twofold. First, to provide independent educational consultants, working with college bound students, a detailed overview of various application review methods. Some schools take several months to release decisions while others release decisions instantly. Second, we will share how technology has shaped application review. The impact of technological advancement has allowed us to streamline the review process. We hope that the knowledge we share during this webinar helps you to relieve anxieties from students and parents.

  • The International Families' Concerns About University Admissions

    Listening and empathizing is a huge part of working successfully with international families. While you cannot expect to have lived your international family’s experiences, you can learn how to best guide them by understanding and being aware of their unique concerns. We will discuss several of the most pressing worries international families have (and any others you would like to bring to the table) from rankings, post-university careers, and liberal arts education to brand-name-influence, safety (and perceived safety), and diversity—all concerns, worries, or misunderstood in the context of university admissions. We will also touch on the applications themselves and which aspects of an application can be most difficult for the international family to grasp (i.e. interviews, essay writing, expressions of humility, holistic review), and how to work through each with them.)

  • The Art & Science of Curating Social Media for College Admissions

    This webinar will examine the definitive ways colleges are using social media to recruit and vet students and will then deliver pragmatic instruction on how to counsel students (and their parents) to curate a compelling and informative public digital presence.

  • Reducing the Stress of Taking Tests

    In this interactive webinar, Sapir will unpack the stress induced in the world of high-stakes testing and demonstrate how some unconventional skills can improve relaxation, confidence, focus, and time management to minimize anxiety and maximize test scores, aiding overall success in academics, work, and life. The goal of the presentation is to offer effective takeaway techniques for participants to help themselves and their students during the most stressful junctures of the college application process.

  • Helping College Transfers to Thrive

    This webinar will use student case studies to illustrate some pitfalls in advising college transfers. The first case will lay out “transfer friendly practices” and how they can aid in the student’s adjustment to the new school. The second case will deal with the financial complexities surrounding transfer. The third case will address strategies to help the unfocused student and how this affects the transfer timeline.