College Tour Tip: Visit 1st Choice School Last
Feb11

College Tour Tip: Visit 1st Choice School Last

A surprising college tour tip is to visit your first choice last. Visit your first-choice school last? Once you think about it, it makes good sense. This way your visits to other schools won’t be as biased. You’ll likely be more open to embracing new ideas. Then, when you do visit your favorite school, you’ll be in a much better place to make an informed, clear judgement about whether or not your first choice is the best choice. This tip comes from Eric and Cole Yaverbaum’s book, Life’s Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors*. Eric and daugher Cole interviewed school counselors and admissions consultants from all over the U.S. to create this book chock-full of tips for the college-bound. Other College Tour Tips from Smart College Visit: Let the Kids do the Talking Remember the 2-2-2 Rule Ask Why? Have you been on college tour or campus visit recently? What college tour tips and advice do you have to share with teens and parents of the college-bound? Please, use the Comments button to share your thoughts. Follow us on Facebook for timely advice and great links. *SmartCollegeVisit is an Amazon affiliate....

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2010 CampusChat Wrapup
Dec29

2010 CampusChat Wrapup

Since May 5, 2010, CampusChat has been online every Wednesday evening at 9PM Eastern on Twitter. Tonight, we're taking an evening off (December 29, 2010) and will resume on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Eight months and 34 chats later, CampusChat, we have been fortunate to attract interesting and entertaining featured guests as well as enjoy several open mic nights. From parents seeking answers to authors to subject matter experts, I'd like to thank everyone who has participated. Whether you co-hosted the chat, retweeted, posted your own commentary or even lurked as an observer, I appreciate that you gave your time to be part of CampusChat.  2010 Featured Guests  @AkilBello - Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum - Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @ButWait – Shelley Krause, Tribe Finder, aka College Counselor @DesignYourDorm - Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow - DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin - (Mom), Online Content Producers @FleetAviation - Jennifer Forde, Fleet Aviation Charter Flight Services @GilRogers - Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @HarlanCohen – Harlan Cohen, author: "The Happiest Kid on Campus"; "The Naked Roommate" @IvyEyesEditing - Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @jeannieborin - Jeannine Borin, College Connections, Educational & College Consultant @Koofers - Michale Rihani, Koofers @MaureenPTillman – Maureen P Tillman, creator of College with Confidence @NancyBerk - Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @parachute4teens - Carol Christen, author: "What Color is Your Parachute For Teens" @Parentella – Amanda Hensen, Parentella @PreppedPolished - Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum - Eric Yaverbaum, author: "Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors" @rgeller - Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin - Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob - Rob Maddox, St. Mary's College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  - Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer - Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @TeecycleTim - Tim Cigelske, Marquette University  @Tom_Field - Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission - Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid If you are interested in being guest on #CampusChat would like to recommend someone, please submit a comment to this post or tweet me @collegevisit. Recommendations for topics for 2011 are also welcome! Also, I'd like to extend a special thanks to @keepstream for creating Keepstream. It's the perfect tool for curating the Takeaway...

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Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?
Sep26

Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?

Are you an expert on college admissions, financial aid, college prep, college success or other topics related to college life? Then, maybe you should be on CampusChat!   Each week, a fine group of dedicated moms, dads, college admissions professionals, teens, college students, and higher-ed supporters and business partners set aside an hour for an online chat hosted on Twitter known as CampusChat. Here, they openly share their insight on topics related to college. Our discussions have ranged from beginning college prep as early as 9th grade to paying off student loans following graduation, however the majority of the discussions are focused on issues related to the college-bound. Expert guests have been: Parents who shared their experiences with the college tour and college admissions process Academic advisors and college coaches Authors Social media and community-building experts SAT and ACT test preparation consultants College admissions officers Whether the chat is open-mic or co-hosted with an expert guest, CampusChat is an open forum and anyone interested in the topics we cover are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being a guest on CampusChat or would like to recommend someone, please send a note or contact @collegevisit via Twitter and we’ll happily consider your recommendation. CampusChat meets every Wednesday at 1PM Eastern, 12PM Central, 11AM Mountain, and 10AM  Pacific time on Twitter and is moderated by @collegevisit. Follow or participate in the conversation by add “#CampusCaht” to your posts on Twitter (Tweets).   Former Featured Guests Include: @AkilBello – Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum – Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @DesignYourDorm – Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow – DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin – (Mom), Online Content Producers @GilRogers – Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @IvyEyesEditing – Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @Koofers – Michale Rihani, Koofers @NancyBerk – Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @PreppedPolished – Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum – Eric Yaverbaum, author: Life’s Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors @rgeller – Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin – Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob – Rob Maddox, St. Mary’s College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  – Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer – Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @Tom_Field – Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission – Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid To read about any of these guests or access the online chat transcripts, click here:...

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Koofers on CampusChat – Highlights & Transcript

What were the top three take-aways from #CampusChat with Michael Rihani, co-founder of Koofers, a company that provides academic support materials and planning resources to college students?  Definition of a "koofer" – an old test or study guide (Koofers were once stored in coffers.) Definition of "permanently returned materials" – tests and study guides that have been returned to the students (not retained by the professors) Cost to students to use Koofers? – 100% free forever About 300,000 college students use Koofers resources to help them prepare for tests, exams, plan their courses, and select professors. Koofers employs 100 college student campus reps. Their iPhone app has been downloaded about 1,000 times. A link to the entire transcript is below. You are invited to follow and follow-up with Michael at @Koofers, @MichaelRihani or via email (michael AT koofers.com). ==> Transcript for #CampusChat  with @Koofers (Michael Rihani) for May 19, 2010 ==> Next #CampusChat is Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 9 PM ET. Our featured guest will be Eric Yaverbaum, founder of Ericho Communications and co-author (with his daughter, Cole) of Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips From the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance...

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