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: 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

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

The Ideal School Supply List for September

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Category: Back-to-School, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

With back-to-school, there number one request I get is around school supplies – what to buy? There is really no one product that does it all for students, but often, the biggest mistake parents and students make when buying school supplies is purchasing supplies that make organization too complicated because there are too many pieces … Continue reading

College Counseling Corner: Common Application OPEN for Rising Seniors

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Category: Back-to-School, College Corner, College Counseling

Many college applications are available through the Common Application, which opened up for 2015-16 submission on August 1. You can access the Common Application here. The personal statement questions have changed from previous years, and while some counselors are concerned about how these changes can affect a student’s ability to write a thoughtful, reflective personal statement, … Continue reading

Welcome to Summer at Green Ivy!

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Category: Back-to-School, College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Standardized Test Prep, Standardized Test Preparation, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

The school year is almost over (and for some of you, it’s long been over!) – which means it’s time to look at summer offerings! At Green Ivy, we are in the office Monday-Fridays during the summer, and doing our group workshops, as well as one-on-one work. Our schedule is limited and tends to fill … Continue reading

Lateovers, Sleepovers and The Morning After

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Category: Myth of the Perfect Girl, Summer Plans, Teenagers, Uncategorized

  A version of this was also printed on my website and on the Huffington Post here. As spring turns to summer, high school prom season is in full swing, there are inevitably more parents hosting slumber parties and sending their kids to sleepovers in other families’ homes. Last week, I was speaking at … Continue reading

The Summer 2013 Workshop Schedule Has Arrived!

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Category: Back-to-School, College Corner, Success Stories, Summer Plans, Technology

Our Green Ivy Summer 2013 Workshop Schedule is now available to view on our website.  We offer many wonderful workshops for Middle School and High School Students in a range of different subjects.  Each workshop is done in small group setting to maximize the individualized experience for each student. Because space is limited in each … Continue reading

Summer is Just Around the Corner…

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Category: Summer Plans, Teenagers

Most of our students have finals this week or next week (HURRAY!) and so we are starting our summer schedule of being in the office Monday-Friday. I don’t know about you, but I plan on spending some quality time at multiple beaches this summer. This week we will be in the office late helping kids … Continue reading