New Year, New Semester, New Goals!

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Category: Back-to-School, NY Times articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Wellness

Happy 2017! We often look at the beginning of the new year as an opportunity for reflection and goal setting, we wanted to share some of our tips at Green Ivy for beginning the semester well. A recent article suggested that the key to success is ruthless self-examination (read: self-awareness) and goals and reflection are the … Continue reading

College Admissions Corner: So You’ve Been Deferred—Now What?

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

Ah, December deferrals. It is not uncommon when a student applies Early Decision or Early Action for a deferral letter to hit the inbox or the mail box. We know being deferred is never the desired outcome, and parents and students shouldn’t panic (but they should expand their options.) All in all, we encourage parents … Continue reading

It’s Daylight Savings, But Is Your Child Getting Any More Sleep?

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Category: Wellness

Each week at Green Ivy, we meet with students to help them develop their time management, organization and overall executive functioning skills. When they first start working with us, many assume that our focus will be entirely on studying efficiently for tests and completing homework, so they are surprised when we talk to them about … Continue reading

Managing College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Wellness

Now that the admissions season is in full swing here at Green Ivy, we thought it might be helpful to share some suggestions and strategies on managing what can easily become an overwhelming process. While most of what we offer here is aimed at students, there are some tips that parents might find helpful as … Continue reading

Reflection and Weekly Regroups: Crucial Components in Student Success

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Category: Crumpled Paper Book, NY Times articles, Wellness

I was recently working with a student who adopted Green Ivy’s organizational and time-management techniques, and has been using them with an inspiring level of success in the new school year. Instead of feeling confident and elated, his new organizational prowess (and related increased productivity and free time) made him feel nervous, because he had … Continue reading

College Application Season: The Less Stress, The Better

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

One of the best aspects of helping students on the college application process at Green Ivy is that we get to know many of our students over the course of several years, and we consider it the ultimate privilege to help guide them through an intellectually challenging if notoriously stressful time. As deadlines approach, even students … Continue reading

New Prompts From the UCs: The Personal Insight Questions  

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling

For the first time since 2008, the UC system has changed the personal statement prompts. Previously, there were two standard prompts that all students were required to answer, and each answer was about 500 words in length. This year, the UC launched eight Personal Insight Questions, and students can choose to answer the four questions that appeal to … Continue reading