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

Recorded On: 09/10/2019

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.

Learning Objective 1: 

Understand key trends/stressors in the current college admissions landscape and how they are impacting students, families, and the professional work of independent educational consultants.

Learning Objective 2: 

Explore various tools and concrete strategies—pulling from insights in psychology, counseling, and family dynamics—that independent educational consultants can build into their practices to help themselves and their clients manage the stressors. 

Ethan Sawyer

IECA Presenter

Ethan Sawyer, IECA Associate (CA): a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker, Sawyer helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, products, and books, and works privately with a small number of students. He is a certified Myers-Briggs® specialist.

Jed Applerouth

Founder and President, Applerouth Tutoring Services

Jed Applerouth is a teacher and an educational innovator, and a nationally certified counselor with a PhD in Educational Psychology. He has researched student cognition, memory, motivation, and learning strategies to enhance the pedagogical strategies of Applerouth Tutoring Services. Jed continually seeks new ways to improve the methods and materials of ATS, researching the most innovative pedagogical strategies to keep his tutors on the cutting edge of the education industry. 

Diana Cohen

Director, Applerouth Tutoring Services

Diana became Applerouth’s Director of Brand and Content in 2019 after serving as the company’s lead liaison to the IEC community for over four years. In her new role, she focuses on developing Applerouth’s expert resources for parents, students, and educators. Even when not at work, she is immersed in the educational space, serving on the board of a local girls’ high school and volunteering at her children’s schools. She brings a strategy consulting and legal background to her work, holding a BA in Public Policy from Duke and and JD from Yale Law School.

Ginger Fay

Director of IEC Engagement, Applerouth Tutoring Resources

Ginger Fay joined Applerouth as Director of IEC Engagement in 2019 after 25 years in college admissions and counseling. She has worked in undergraduate admissions at Duke and Emory, college counseling at Phillips Academy in Andover and The New School in Atlanta, and as alumni director at Sidwell Friends School. A "Double Dukie," with degrees in Psychology and Liberal Studies, Ginger was an Independent Educational Consultant for 13 years with offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta.

Jennie Kent

IECA Presenter

Due to a scheduling conflict, Jennie Kent won’t be able to present at this webinar but she contributed to the development of its content. 

Fluent in both English and Spanish, is an internationally acclaimed author of over 30 books for children, teens, and young adults, and is the co-creator of the Children’s Division at Villegas Editores. Her innovative books and family products have a strong educational base and are recipients of numerous international awards. Several of her books have been adapted for television, short film or used in national campaigns in Colombia.

A special note of appreciation to our Sponsor, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

Applerouth Tutoring


Applerouth Tutoring Services
Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.

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