Resources and Links
Recent Patch articles
(Links to articles and college admissions news)
What’s On Evelyn’s Bookshelf?
Jacques Steinberg’s seminal book on college admissions
I’m Going to College, Not You!
Hilarious short stories from parents and admissions officers
Summer Is Here, But College Preparation Takes No Vacation
School is out but that doesn’t mean that the college search and preparation process should be forgotten! Summer is a great time for students to build their resumes: taking a class at a local college, working a part-time job, volunteering for causes they care about, or traveling. Here are some summer action items for your high school student:
Time for Test Prep!
Students can use summer to prepare for fall SAT or ACT tests. You will find the next SAT dates and registration information HERE. ACT dates and registration information are HERE. Both the SAT and ACT have free test prep resources on their websites (SAT and ACT), but if you are interested in test prep courses or in-home tutoring, please call me (877-5-MAGGIE (877-562-4443)) for a referral.
Reading and Writing – Practice Makes Your Writing Better
Most good writers read a lot. The more you read, the more you will develop a writing style. And the more you practice writing, the better your college essays will be. Students should write over the summer – a journal, a few book reviews, whatever inspires them. Read, read, read and write, write, write!!
Start Looking at Colleges
Whether your student is starting the 9th grade or their senior year, it’s time to start looking at colleges. Summer isn’t the best time for college visits (you really want to visit when you can talk to current students),
but it’s a great time to start exploring websites. You can also visit the Colleges That Change Lives college fair at the Universal Hilton on July 31st or August 1st (click here for more information). CTCL showcases forty colleges, mostly small, liberal arts programs outside of California.
And if you’re planning college visits for the fall, let Go See Campus help you plan your trips. The site will link you directly with college admissions offices’ tour schedules, and the community area allows you to read how others have reviewed colleges after their visits.