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Yale to Require Standardized Test Scores for Admissions 02/23/2024

I predict we will continue to see schools returning to standardized test requirements.

After 14+ years of working with college applicants, I have come to believe that the SAT and ACT do serve an important role in helping students demonstrate their readiness for college.

What are your thoughts? Do you think schools should require test scores?

Yale to Require Standardized Test Scores for Admissions Officials said test-optional policies might have harmed students from lower-income families.


This time of year is always a big one in my line of work as a College Admissions & Scholarship Consultant.

And while there are still plenty of wins to come, I'm particularly thrilled to share that between just two of my students this year, they have earned a total of $341,712 in tuition scholarships.

One earned a highly competitive full scholarship to the University of Miami (holy cow that school is expensive!) and the other earned $100K from the University of Vermont.

I am PROUD! Proud of them for sticking it out through very challenging and time consuming application processes, and proud of myself for the commitment I have made for 14+ years to show young people that their aspirations and options in life can be so much bigger than they imagined.

The world and its problems work hard to weigh us down, but I am grateful that I get to work with kids like this who fill me with hope!

ACT test scores for US students drop to new 30-year low 10/13/2023

Hey parents!

43% of the Class of 2023 didn't meet any of the ACT's college-readiness benchmarks (a significant decline from past years).

What are your thoughts, concerns, or ideas?

ACT test scores for US students drop to new 30-year low High school students’ scores on the ACT college admissions test have dropped to their lowest in more than three decades, showing a lack of student preparedness for college-level coursework, according to the nonprofit organization that administers the test.

College Is About To Get A Lot More Expensive For Middle Class Families 06/13/2023

There's good news and bad news.

The good news: the FAFSA application (which has long been notoriously horrible and confusing) is about to get much easier to fill out!

The bad news: changes to Expected Family Contribution rules could mean less aid for middle class families.

Never fear, though! There's ALWAYS a pathway to college that doesn't have to include drowning in debt.

College Is About To Get A Lot More Expensive For Middle Class Families The FAFSA, the primary financial aid application used by colleges and universities in the United States, will undergo a transformative set of changes this fall.




To the class of 2023:

Soon, you're going to be starting your college journey (yay! Woo! Eek!). It's exciting and also a little scary.

No matter where you're going, I can guarantee there are many things you don't know about how things work in the college world.

Many people will learn the hard and painful way (I was this person. It was not fun. I'm still a little mad at my Marketing Professor and myself for not knowing what to do when he gave me a D on my final🤦🏼‍♀️). Hopefully you will be better prepared!

Join me and Elizabeth next week for a Zoom call where we'll be talking about the big things every college student wishes they would have known before starting school.

What No One Tells You About College (ZOOM)
Wednesday, May 24
$50 per student

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While interviewing for a job when I was in grad school, my interviewer was incredibly skeptical about how I managed to run my business while pursuing two full-time programs.

I remember it vividly:

"So you're telling me you have a tutoring business, are getting two masters here, and intern 20 hours per week? Bu****it."

Yikes. What a way to start an interview.

I tried to explain that through years of tutoring, I'd become an expert at learning, but they didn't seem to understand or accept my response.

In retrospect, I should have just showed them this quote.

Maybe they would have, at the very least, thought about their own role as a college professor 😜


Out of office! Back to work October 9. Till then, ciao!


For FSU applicants:

If you've applied through Common App and are seeing on the FSU Status Check page that your essay is missing, here's why and what to do!

This information came directly from the FSU Office of Admissions.


I'm hiring!

I'm currently looking for a part-time assistant to help with day-to-day tasks and some client management.

The ideal candidate:

-familiar with Zoom & Google Suite (especially Google Sheets and Google Docs)
-enjoys problem solving and learning new things
-does best with some guidance but prefers the freedom to work without hand-holding
-has a heart for service and young people
-likes to bring their creative ideas to the table
-loves organizing

You'll be helping me with things like billing, client communications, tracking student progress, and organizing/developing simple systems and tools to help the business run smoothly and efficiently.

Depending on your interests, you may even get the opportunity to meet with students as we help them during one of the most pivotal times in their lives: preparing to go to college!

I am not looking for someone who believes themselves to be an expert, but rather one who embraces the idea of being a life-long learner.

Rate: $35/hr, paid weekly

Hours: flexible, remote, starting with 5-15 hours per week

Education: High School diploma and required, prefer some college or college degree

Experience: work experience required

Does this sound like the perfect fit for you or someone you know? Send resume or a brief email outlining your interest and qualifications to [email protected]

Photos from The Art of Smart Tutoring, Inc.'s post 05/13/2022

Free resource alert!🙌🏼

I packed 11 years worth of experience into an intro guide for parents & guardians whose kids are preparing to apply for college.

Comment below if you'd like a copy 👇🏼


Thank you to everyone who attended my College Application Info Session for Parents! We covered A LOT of ground in 1 hour: college search tools, testing, essays, scholarships, how many schools to apply to, and more.

If you'd like the link to the Zoom Recording, my College Application Guide for Parents and Guardians, or both, drop a comment below!


Mark your calendars! I'll be hosting a FREE College App info session WEDNESDAY MAY 11 at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.

WHERE: Zoom (link by request)

FOR WHO: parents whose kids will be applying to college this coming school year

WHAT: A review of what can be done now, what should be done later, and how to maintain everyone's sanity through the process.

My goal is to share the most important things I've learned about the college app process (all lessons I've learned through helping more than 1,000 students apply to college since I started this work back in 2011).

Comment below if you or someone you know would like to attend!


Hello everyone, just wanted to update you on my schedule. I'll be off this coming week for bereavement, and I plan to return to work March 28. Thanks for your understanding 🙏🏼❤️


Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I'm currently dealing with a family emergency, so I will not be available this week. Thanks for your understanding.

Chicago student at Providence St. Mel High School achieves perfect ACT score 03/05/2022

"Doing the best that I can to boost my academic career and professional career to inspire others to do the same," he said. "Because once you have that platform, you can inspire people to change the world and you can also change the world."

Congrats Mario Hoover!! What an inspiring young man. He's the first student to earn a perfect ACT score in his school's 42 year history. Plus, he's an all-state musician, debate member, an athlete, and a volunteer in his community. All at 16 years old.


Chicago student at Providence St. Mel High School achieves perfect ACT score "It's amazing," Mario Hoover said. "When I first saw the score, I was surprised. I was exalted, astounded."


We are still in the midst of the College Admission Announcement Season, but I am absolutely thrilled to share a couple of current stats from the students I've helped this year:

🎉 57 College Acceptances

💰$252,000 in Scholarship Money (not including Bright Futures)

💯 EVERY single student going to college

Y'all, please join me in giving these kids love and encouragement! They've earned every single bit of this.


Reminder! Today is the deadline to sign up for the February 12 ACT and avoid those late fees.

And remember, seniors have until graduation to turn in scores for Bright Futures scholarships, so this is a great opportunity.


Planning to take the December 11 ACT? Today's the last day to register without a late fee!

Photos from The Art of Smart Tutoring, Inc.'s post 10/28/2021

UF applicants, this is for you! 🗣️

Many have been wondering about the test deadline. Here's an update from my conversation with the Director of Freshman Admissions.

In short, you'll need to self report a score through the UF portal by December 15 (you will have access to the portal after sending in your main application), AND you will also be able to submit December ACT and SAT scores.🎉🐊


Signing up for the ACT? Screenshot this to keep track of test days and registration deadlines!

🚨**Tomorrow Aug. 20 is the last day to register for the Sept. 11 test!**🚨


Good news! The just made it easier for students with existing IEPs or 504 plans to qualify for testing accommodations:

"Beginning with the 2021-22 testing year, students who already receive accommodations at their school under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act will automatically be eligible to receive the allowable testing accommodations when they register for the ACT with accommodations."


It's that time of year again!


11 years in this business and I still feel so grateful for the opportunity to mentor young people like Jackson during one of the most pivotal times in their lives.

If you or someone you know could use some help reaching their fullest potential with college apps, ACT, SAT, or high school courses, send me a quick message!


Common App Insider Tip: during account set up, make sure you select the correct date for your Start Term!

For seniors applying to college now, your start term is in 2022 (not 2021) 🎓

If you carelessly click the wrong start term during account set up, it is not easy to go back and change (it should be, but it's not).

Long story short, be careful and choose the right start term during account set up!


With graduation just around the corner, here's a reminder of why going to school matters 😳😂

Make sure that SAT test-prep service for your high-schooler isn’t a scam 04/01/2021

I only wish this was an April Fool's joke!

In the latest phone scam, people are calling parents pretending to be from The College Board and asking for "deposits" for test prep materials.

This article provides some solid tips on how to avoid being scammed and what to do if you're contacted by one of these believable (but detectable) fraudsters!

Make sure that SAT test-prep service for your high-schooler isn’t a scam The latest con involves callers who want a deposit for study materials for your college-bound kid.

Children's Author Beverly Cleary, Creator Of Ramona Quimby, Dies At 104 03/26/2021

"I think children want to read about normal, everyday kids. That's what I wanted to read about when I was growing up," Cleary told NPR's Linda Wertheimer in 1999. "I wanted to read about the sort of boys and girls that I knew in my neighborhood and in my school. And in my childhood, many years ago, children's books seemed to be about English children, or pioneer children. And that wasn't what I wanted to read. And I think children like to find themselves in books."

Children's Author Beverly Cleary, Creator Of Ramona Quimby, Dies At 104 "I think children want to read about normal, everyday kids," Cleary told NPR in 1999. "... I think children like to find themselves in books."


I SO appreciate FSU waiting until after school today to release decisions. There's so much social pressure, and this is a moment that deserves some privacy, regardless of the outcome.



Parents, I can't promise that your kid will get a 36 on the ACT or that they'll be accepted to every school, but I can promise to make the process WAY less stressful for everyone.

If you've got a 10th or 11th grader, the time to start preparing for that next step is now!

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