“Planning for college” has been among the many victims of Covid. Fear causes paralysis about the future.
But college is the next step for most high school students. And, talking to their parents (or, sad to say, their high school teachers/guidance counselors) rarely gets them excited.
Our SAT class does. Seriously!
Among the reasons our SAT class has been so successful is our ability to shift the motivation of our students. Emotional state is a significant predictor for how much effort the student puts into an activity. Shifting our students to a positive emotional state where they are excited – or at least interested – in doing well on the SAT has enabled our students to outperform all the national franchises that have set up shop in Connecticut. Through the years, countless students have reported to their parents that they finally understood why they should work hard on test prep after coming to our seminar.
The college process is a bit mystifying to students. They do not fully understand how significant leaving home is in terms of their life story. Going to college is the most common child to adult transition for suburban America. Getting that step right is critical. Controlling college choice is the best way that students can ensure that they make a positive adult transition. SAT prep is likely the number one thing that students can do junior year to ensure that they are in control of their college choice.