Prepped & Polished: More Than a Tutor

From grade school to graduate school, there are times when learning can overwhelm and finding a tutor becomes necessary. On top of that, you may find you need more than a tutor–times when you need a testing coach or guidance through the college admissions process. Prepped & Polished is a company designed to help students by addressing all three areas of need: in-person or online tutoring, college counseling, and test prep for students of all ages and levels.  Prepped & Polished, which opened to the public in 1999, is well-established as an academic aide with a strong presence in the Boston area. The company's services also extend beyond the borders of the Boston proper to anyone with Internet access.  Founder Alexis Avila earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and film at University of Michigan and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His experience as a high school guidance counselor inspired the idea for Prepped & Polished. “As a trained guidance counselor, with tutoring experience during college and grad school, I knew that this business would be a natural fit for me,” explains Avila.   Quality service and communication are the cornerstones of Prepped & Polished. According to Avila, “We are a tutoring, test prep, and college counseling company founded by educators for the love of education. I believe this gives us an advantage over other tutoring companies. As educators, we genuinely care about our students, and will look out for them no matter what. We also provide superior customer service. Our tutors are terrific role models, are experienced, professional, and punctual. We also communicate with parents, teachers, and students throughout the learning process.” To learn more about the company's tutoring, college counseling and test prep services, visit the Prepped & Polished website. And, be sure to join us for #CampusChat on when Alexis Avila (@PreppedPolished) will be our featured guest.  *** About #CampusChat: an online chat, hosted via Twitter, started by @collegevisit to discuss topics relative to college-bound students and their families. It meets Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m., Eastern. *** Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. She is spending the summer as a public relations intern with Smart College Visit,...

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First College Visit Stories by Business Professionals
Mar25

First College Visit Stories by Business Professionals

When SmartCollegeVisit launched in November, 2009, we kicked things off by sponsoring a series of college visit stories by business professionals. We discovered what we hoped would be true — that for some, the memory of the first time they set foot on the campus of the school that would become their alma mater would become one those defining moments in their personal journeys from the youth to adulthood. We were delighted to discover that many of those storytellers are now parents who are either currently involved in visiting colleges with their own teens, or have strong memories of college visit days with their own children from the not-too-distant past. Either way, we found all of the stories were beautifully written and moving and we wanted to make sure SmartCollegeVisit readers have access to them. Here's the list of the First College Visit stories as they appeared on Handshake 2.0 in reverse order. Click on the title link to go to the full text of each article. Where I Decided My Future by Thomas Becher, president of tba, The Becher Agency (Northwestern University) This Interview Was a Discussion by Shakun Mago, Assistant Professor of Economics (University of Richmond) A Microcosm of the World At Large by Alexis Avila, Director of Prepped and Polished: Tutoring, College Counseling, Test Prep (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor) The Wheat Fields Were Amber Waves of Grain by Steven Tarr, Adjunct Professor of Business at Washington State University and President of Columbia-Capstone LLC and Steve Tarr Consulting LLC (University of Washington) A Pretty Nice Place by Wallace B. Newton Sr. (Wally) is an adjunct instructor of finance at Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech) No Reason To Look Any Place Else by Dan Smith, editor Valley Business FRONT (University of Tennessee) Crossing the Border Between Town Life and University Life by Anne Giles Clelland, founder/president Handshake Media, Inc. (Virginia Tech) Look Left and Right by Robert H. Giles, Jr., founder of Rural System, is a Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus (Virginia Tech) A Seller's Market by Dr. Manisha Singal, Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech (University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Northwestern University) A Tale of Two Visitors by Tom Field, co-founder, Valley Business FRONT. Age Regression Via the College Tour by Robert Geller, executive vice president, Fusion PR (Boston...

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Returning to your Roots on a College Visit
Feb03

Returning to your Roots on a College Visit

Sometimes, a college visit is like a homecoming. This proved true for Alexis Avila on his college visit–a return to Ann Arbor, Michigan. His story appeared on Handshake 2.0 as part of the continuing series of First College Visit stories by business professionals. This series is sponsored by SmartCollegeVisit. Read: A Microcosm of the World At Large by Alexis Avila  Alexis Avila is Founder, Director of Prepped and Polished: Tutoring, College Counseling, Test Prep, (formerly TUTORrific Academic Services), providing tutoring, college counseling, and test prep in the Boston, Massachusetts...

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Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit
Jan25

Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit

If you’re wondering what questions to ask when you visit a college, this student-to-student college visit guide get you started.

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