The Summer Before Senior Year: A Fantastic Time to Work on College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls

When putting together our college counseling services at Green Ivy, we made sure to build in four-day intensive college application “bootcamps” for all of our students to complete the summer before senior year. This workshop allows them to jump start the application process in a structured and supportive environment, while giving them a foundation of … Continue reading

Advising 101: How Best to Spend the Summer Before College—Great Ideas for High School Graduates

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

The summer before college can be a pivotal time for students, in part because finishing high school means they are one step closer to adulthood. While we at Green Ivy believe graduates should take time in these months to relax, see friends, and pursue the activities they enjoy, this can also be an optimal time … Continue reading

Five Things To Cross Off Your College Application List This Summer

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

It may feel as though summer has just started, but July is almost here (!) and the countdown to fall semester will begin soon. Since it can be challenging to juggle college applications with the flurry of senior year, at Green Ivy we work with all of our college counseling students over the summer on … Continue reading

The Benefits of Summer Standardized Test Prep

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

In 2017, the SAT added a new August test date, and we had fantastic results among our Green Ivy students who prepped with us last summer. In fact, many rising seniors were able to add 200–300 points to their SAT scores and 6 or 7 points to their ACT scores, while also getting standardized testing … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: Creative Ways to Spend Your Summer

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

Our previous post on summer plans focused on some of our favorite programs at colleges and other venues, and featured everything from STEM research and creative writing courses to outdoor adventure trips. Those featured programs are great ways to spend part of your summer, but they may not be the right fit for students who … Continue reading

Advising 101: Summer Programs—Best Practices and Green Ivy Recommendations

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Parenting, Schools, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

Summer may *seem* a long time away (especially if you’re dealing with snow and winter cyclones!) but many great summer programs have applications that are due in February and March (!). Since part of our college counseling program at Green Ivy includes helping students choose the right fit for summer activities, we wanted to share our best practices in … Continue reading

Academic Advising 101: How to Make the Most of a Campus Visit

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Education Articles, Parenting, Schools, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

One of the most effective ways for students to get a first-hand feel for college campuses and narrow their perspective college lists is to spend time planning a variety of campus visits. This is also a key way students can show “demonstrated interest” in a college, an aspect that is considered in admissions, especially at smaller or lesser … Continue reading

Tip Sheet for the 2017-18 Common Application

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Summer Plans

The Common Application officially launches for the 2017-18 season on August 1st. However, students can fill out the bulk of their application information now and it will roll-over when the system re-opens—great news for students who want to get a head start on the process! Note: not all information will be preserved, and we’ve outlined the different categories … Continue reading

Staff Post: New August SAT Test Date Announced

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Category: Setting Goals, Standardized Test Prep, Standardized Test Preparation, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls

This post was written by Harsh, a popular science and math tutor at Green Ivy.   The College Board recently released some big news—they have decided drop their January SAT test date and have added a test date August 26, 2017. This is the first time in decades that the exam has been offered during … Continue reading

New Application Season, New Common Application Prompts, plus—Green Ivy Summer College Admissions Bootcamps!

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Education Articles, Summer Plans

The Common Application recently announced it is changing many of its existing prompts for the 2017-2018 admissions year. Some of the prompts remain the same or have been modified to some extent, but entirely new questions have also been added, including one that allows students to submit an existing essay or create a prompt of … Continue reading