Getting Perspective

A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

Name: Education Perspective

Thursday, October 22, 2009

College Admissions Marketing Avalanche

If you are the parent of a high school junior or senior you have most likely notice an increase in your daily mail (and email) delivery. Marketing and public relations for colleges is BIG business! You are now the target consumer – welcome to the frenzy.

The mailings you receive are carefully crafted by teams of professionals following focus group evaluations, surveys, and thousands (at some school hundreds of thousands) of dollars. Now that they have your child’s name, you can anticipate seeing some form of communication from many colleges every 7 to 10 days. Repetitions is a huge component in marketing success. But you don’t have to let it overwhelm you or your child!

Education Perspective offers college admissions consulting to demystify and simplify the process. Best of all – our service is completely personalized for you. We become your personal guide to find the best fit for each individual student based on their specific needs, interests, and goals.

But what can a parent do to take some of the stress out of the college search?

1. Take the opinions of others under advisement but not as an absolute. What may have been a great experience for a friend of family member doesn’t mean that college will offer what is most important to you. Further research must be done.
2. Narrow the field of choices by establishing a priority list of “most important college characteristics” with your student. For example, would the student feel more comfortable in a large city or a smaller town? Start with the big picture and then get down to specific details.
3. Plan to devote a lot of personal time to research and then select 10 schools to review more closely. You should include campus visits to as many choices as possible.
4. Find out what colleges will be offering information sessions locally that you and/or the student can attend.

Like any other major investment in life, you MUST be an informed consumer. If Education Perspective can be of service please contact us at 617-694-5682.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tutors Can Help the High School Transition

The first year of high school is a period of adjustment. High school brings new academic challenges with harder workloads and a pressure that every grade will now matter for their ultimate college choice.

A tutor can help a student adjust to the new environment and build successful study habits. Help from a tutor can ease a student’s anxieties in addition to providing expertise in subject areas. Students will face a heavier academic load in high school and have the new experience of self-reliance when dealing with their teachers. A tutor can help a student adjust to the faster academic pace of high school and manage the increased amount of homework.

As a parent there are things that you can do to help with this transition.
-Introduce yourself to your child’s guidance counselor early on and consider opportunities to involve yourself in school committees and activities.
-Encourage your child to involve themselves in the extracurricular activities that interest them.
-Help them develop academic independence and accountability.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Senior Year Timeline for September

Senior year is such an exciting (and sometimes anxious) time. Keep your senior year on track by starting off right this September.

-Finalize your essay and complete your common application.
-Schedule campus interviews.
-Register and prepare now for any SAT or ACT retakes.
-Review your study habits and consider a study skills tutor for improvement.
-Set goals for the year and organize.

Most of all seniors, make sure to enjoy these remaining moments of high school and your friends! You have many special memories to make.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Create Good, Independent Homework Habits

It is great that you want to be a resource and an active participant in your child's homework time. However, it is important that children take the initiative to work on their homework difficulties themselves. Parents need to strike the proper balance between helping create good, independent homework habits and doing too much for their child.


Do:
-Take an interest in helping your child.
-Explain homework directions and guidelines if your child is confused. Then let them continue on their own.
-Have the child return to their study area to complete their assignment.
-Be supportive and encouraging.
-Monitor their homework and review it when they are done.
-Ensure that siblings or other family members don't interrupt the student during homework time.

Don't:
-Sit with your child nightly doing homework.
-Complete homework for your child.
-Criticize or pressure the child.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

State SAT Scores Continue to Drop

The College Board has reported Massachusetts SAT scores continue to slip.

According to figures, the more than 60,000 Massachusetts students who took the college-entrance exam scored an average of 501 on the critical reading portion of the test – down from 502 in 2005. The mean mathematics score was 515, which was the same as last year, but below the 2005 average of 520.

Many students seek test preparation assistance. Education Perspective offers one-on-one, targeted SAT preparation. We work with students on the two crucial components that WILL make the difference – knowledge and test-taking strategy.

Be careful when considering programs that promise a specific point increase. No one can guarantee an improved score. A tutor can certainly work with a student on the content and formulate a test-taking strategy. If a student commits to the tutor sessions, then the score will reflect this.

Read more helpful tips at www.educationperspective.com/satprep.htm.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

College: Don't Forget to Study

Leaving for college is an exciting time for both the student and the parent. You are all embarking on a whole new chapter of life. Once the excitement settles down, it will be time for the student to study and make the most of your college investment.

A dorm room is very convenient but it is a bad choice for a study space. Students will find that they have improved concentration and efficiency when they have a specific study location. Make a list of possible study locations around campus based on noise level, availability, and cleanliness. Then take time to try each one to find the best and most comfortable space for your needs.

How you study is just as important as where you study.

Once a study locale is selected, you want to focus on how you are studying and if it is effective. To make the most of your study time, make the most of daylight hours. This is especially true for your most challenging courses. You will retain more and have a better attention span earlier in the day. And, we all know that college students like to make the most of the evening (and wee morning) hours!

Avoid studying marathons. The most effective way to study is in 20-50 minute periods with brief breaks in between. Organize your studies from most challenging to least. Spend the beginning hour of study time on your most difficult subject.

Effective note-taking skills in both the classroom and during your personal study time is essential. Review your class notes and keep consistent study notes of main points, your research, and your personal thoughts or feelings about what you are studying.

By reviewing your course materials regularly, you will improve your concentration and memory.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Early Planning Can Ease Back to School Woes

This is an ideal time of year – before the mad rush of school preparations - for parents to get their kids back into the habit of school.

Heading back to the classroom is a big adjustment for students psychologically. After a summer of watching television and playing games, waiting until the first official day of school can prove a cruel reality. Kids are more successful if parents kick-start things in August as opposed to September. Students, on average, lose about 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills over the three summer months. Children of low-income families experience an average summer loss in reading achievement of more than two months. Summer time gives students a chance to relax but all too often, especially for students with learning difficulties, school problems are forgotten about and these problems will resurface with the start of the school year.

There are many things that a family can do from creating an appropriate study space and routine to showing enthusiasm for the student’s work and rewarding them. If nothing more, parents can start talking to their kids about school now. Get them excited. Talk to them about seeing old friends, meeting new teachers and learning new things. These are all exciting prospects.

If you are thinking of hiring a tutor this year, start the ball rolling now to make sure you have help there when you need it most. You can contact Education Perspective at 617-694-5682 for more information.

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