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Making the Most of the Summer of 2013: Tips for Soon-to-be College Freshmen and their Parents

Sue Luse

by Sue Luse, M.A., CEP, IECA Professional Member (Minnesota) High school graduations are upon us, the endless tasks and deadlines involved in helping our clients apply to colleges are behind us, and our students have received their acceptance, wait-list, or rejection letters and decided where to attend in the fall. In my 25-plus years of … Read more »

Defeating Anxiety in the College Application Process

Jason Lum

by Jason Lum, IECA Member (Minnesota) With yet another application season behind us, it’s important to reflect upon what is happening around the country. In working with students around the nation as an independent educational consultant (IEC), I continue to find sky-high anxiety afflicting many families when applying to colleges. Much of this is driven … Read more »

The Hidden Work That We Do

Emily Snyder

by Emily Snyder, Professional Member, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Virginia) With the media always focused on the high price of college consulting, I became reflective in a meeting this week where I was asked by Shirley Levin, a professional IECA colleague of mine who practices in Maryland, to talk with her and IECA’s CEO, Mark Sklarow, … Read more »

College Reality Check Tool

Larry Blumenstyk

by Larry Blumenstyk, J.D., IECA (New Jersey) The Chronicle of Higher Education has released its initial publicly available version of its College Reality Check tool. Although I never tried to use the College Scorecard released by the White House, I have now used College Reality Check and would like to share my experience. Like many … Read more »

Language-Based Learning Disabilities and Academic Proficiency

Patricia Newhall

by Patricia W. Newhall M.A., M.S.Ed., Associate Director of the Landmark School Outreach Program  Language-based learning disability (LBLD) refers to a spectrum of difficulties related to the understanding and use of spoken and written language. LBLD is a common cause of students’ academic struggles because weak language skills impede comprehension and communication, which are the … Read more »

The Challenge of Accommodations for Standardized Exams

Eileen Antalek

by Eileen Antalek, Ed.D., IECA Member (Massachusetts) I had an interesting client referred to me by a fellow independent educational consultant (IEC) for an evaluation in an effort to secure her accommodations for the SAT and AP exams. A lovely girl, full of promise. The testing indicated pretty significant deficits in her processing and academic … Read more »

What Employers Expect From College Graduates

Jeff Levy

by Jeff Levy, IECA Member (CA) Most families know that if our children are to have a shot at a decent future, a college degree has never been more important. It’s also never been more expensive. Within this pressure cooker of college admission, there has been a lot of heated debate over whether colleges are adequately … Read more »

Parents and Pom-Poms

Susan Eschenroeder

by Susan A. Eschenroeder, M.Ed., IECA Associate Member (Virginia) ‘Tis the season for College Nights! At a recent event for juniors and their parents, I joined admissions officers from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, and William & Mary, who shared their wisdom and expertise about the college search and college visit; the essay; and … Read more »

My First Decade Becoming an Independent Educational Consultant

Joan Koven

by Joan Koven, CEP, IECA (Pennsylvania) Dusting my office and filling the candy jar this morning to get ready for a new junior intake meeting, I saw a large stack of spiral notebooks from a decade of IECA meetings. These notebooks chart my journey since 2003 to become an expert independent educational consultant (IEC). I … Read more »

The New Common Application Prompts: New Opportunities to Shine

Sandra Moore

by Sandra M. Moore, M.A., Associate Member, IECA (NY) As a former college admission director and a writer, I particularly enjoy working with my students as they conceptualize, create and revise (again and again and again) their college essays. Learning about students through their writing was always the favorite part of my folder-reading duties in my … Read more »

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