We speak to the family at length to learn about students’ goals and match them with the educational consultant who best suits their goals and needs.
We review grades, testing and records – anything on paper that will give us a head start on getting to know the student.
Initial Consultation: Assessment and Big-Picture Plan
The goal of our in depth first meeting is to learn about the nuances of each student’s personality and passions.
Generally we spend time with the whole family, then individual time with both the student and the parents.
The meeting results in pulling together the facets of a student’s profile that will inform a recommended list of school, college or graduate program matches, and a step-by-step action plan designed to culminate in the achievement of the student’s goals.
Roadmap: Creation of a Personalized Educational Plan
We compose a detailed Educational Plan and calendar, detailing each step that will be taken to develop the student’s profile for a competitive candidacy at the range of “best fit” schools, colleges or graduate programs we have identified.
This comprehensive Educational Plan outlines each element that constitutes a successful candidacy, including recommendations on course selection, testing calendar, extracurricular activities, teacher recommendations, summer enrichment, application platforms, and personal essays.
Execution of the Educational Plan: Our Comprehensive Approach
We will have a series of formal meetings and informal touch points to cover every element involved with developing the candidate’s profile and refining and evaluating the list of schools, colleges and programs.
We stay in contact with students and parents in between our scheduled meetings through phone calls (each student has the consultant’s cell phone), texting, FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangout.
We send focused mailings highlighting timely events related to testing, course planning, campus visits, and other key events in the planning process.
We utilize the most interactive and cutting edge technology in the educational consulting field to keep our families seamlessly informed, whether by highlighting links to specific pages of our OWL Portal™ to assist with timely steps in the process or facilitating students’ assessment of programs, schools and colleges through the use of our mobile device friendly assessment tools.
We offer the full support of our team by sharing notes, expertise, essay reviews, and school, college or program lists at regular staff meetings.
Presenting the Profile: Application and Essay Guidance
Often the most time intensive portion of the entire process revolves around completion of applications that present the candidate in the best possible light.
We are former writing teachers who now how to “coach” writers to present their distinctive narrative “voice”.
We provide extensive feedback over the course of multiple drafts of what is often dozens of essays
We counsel students to present their extracurricular activities within the format of particular applications
Decision Time: Final Choice Selection
Our goal is for the student to face a range of choices once admission decisions come in.
We counsel students on how to best evaluate their choices.
We advise on navigating waitlists.
We follow students right through to the point where they make their final decision and land at a program where they will thrive.