Impacting the World Around You

New research shows that 47 percent of high school seniors graduated last year with an “A” average — up from about 39 percent in 1998. But average SAT scores fell 24 points in that same period. The authors of the study — Michael Hurwitz of The College Board and Jason Lee of the University of […]

Your Checklist for Senior Year

Staying on top of the college process is key to your success. Here is a month by month listing of what you need to do. Please stay current and communicate with me. AUGUST ❑ Start to fill out your Common App, Coalition App, or Specific College Apps. Make sure that I see your essays before they are […]

ACT & SAT Test Dates and Registration

College consultants are seeing the more popular colleges’ test scores rising each year. This means that the test score that would have gotten you in the previous year may not be enough next year. Also the new SAT test scores are higher than the old SAT scores (inflation). Please take whichever test you are better at twice during […]

Essential Skills Parents Should Teach Their College-Bound Kids

By Liz Koop in College Prep on June 5, 2014 When students go off to college, near or far, they venture into a whole new world of challenges and questions. Most are fortunate to have cell phones with Skype or FaceTime that will bridge the gap between panic and the calm instructions and guidance from […]

Senior Checklist of Important Tasks

Start now and teach your teen how to schedule their own appointments and take responsibility for their health. Adulthood is about learning to manage one’s own life, starting now is a great step towards the independence of college. ❏ Set up a dentist appointment before you leave ❏ Get a sports physical, they need to be scheduled […]

11th Grade College Planning Timeline

Eleventh grade is very important in the college planning process, with standardized testing, defining your college list, connecting with teachers for strong letter of recommendation, and keeping your grades high. We need to meet before the end of the summer to make plans for this key year. This Summer – break out the sunscreen, but […]

Freshman Success Strategies

College is a major life transition. While it’s nice not to have anyone reminding you when to go to bed, eat, or study, the tradeoff is that you are totally responsible for yourself. You will need to handle problems with roommates, administration, and professors. The good news is that you will gain confidence and expertise […]

How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation

Based on a College Board Article Colleges often ask for two or three recommendation letters from people who know you well. These letters should be written by someone who can describe your skills, accomplishments and personality. Colleges value recommendations because they: Reveal things about you that grades and test scores can’t Provide personal opinions of your […]

Why Getting Into Top Colleges Is So Difficult

Many parents have the opinion that attending a top-tier university establishes you for life, and they have started an intense competition of making sure their child gains admission to elite institutions. In some cases, this means keeping their students so busy the students accumulate five pages of extra-curricular activities, and the parents end up spending […]

College Acceptances for Class of 2017

Every year getting into the most elite and well-known colleges becomes more challenging. Many colleges to which admission used to be a near guarantee are now very selective. To receive acceptances to recognized colleges and universities students need to focus on their grades, work toward high standardized-test scores, show dedication and uniqueness in their extracurricular […]

Annapolis College Consulting Receives 2017 Best of Arnold Award

ARNOLD March 15, 2017 — Annapolis College Consulting has been selected for the 2017 Best of Arnold Award in the College Counseling category by the Arnold Award Program. Each year, the Arnold Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies […]

Your Body Language Shapes You

A number of years ago I heard this Ted Talk, and have now read Amy Cuddy’s book Presence, and I want to share this extremely useful and powerful information. The book outlines the many people whose lives this video has changed, and the research behind it. This can improve your test taking, presentations, interviews, athletics, […]

How to help kids succeed on the SAT

Published by The Chesapeake Family Magazine By Katie Riley Last year more than 1.6 million high school students took the SAT, and many hope tutoring will boost their score. But the question is, what type of tutoring is best and is it affordable? “I’ve had mixed results with SAT prep courses because it really depends […]

AP Facts Worth Knowing About College Credit

AP Test are Important Once you have taken an AP test and have your score, what should you do with it? While you may have taken an AP class to challenge yourself and demonstrate to colleges that you can handle a rigorous curriculum, colleges also care about the score you received on an AP test. […]

How to Receive More Aid from a College

Congratulations, the hard part is over. Your child has run the gauntlet of high school, filled out college applications, and has been offered admission to a college. Can you afford their top choice colleges? Many schools – especially private ones – can offer substantial financial and merit aid packages, and may be able to make […]