Best of College Prep Genius: College Selection Checklist

college selection checklistCollege Selection Checklist with Jean Burke and Felice Gerwitz

Jean Burke explains the importance and gives a detailed college selection checklist for students looking for the ideal college. She explains the college search, the type of school to consider, where to look, large vs. small school and criteria to consider. This college selection checlist also contains a list to some amazing website recommendations to help you make your own custom spreadsheet using the criteria you want to select the perfect school for you.

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Show Notes: College Selection Checklist

  1. College Search
    1. Personal Criteria –make a list.
    2. Location
    3. Cost
    4. Size of the school
  2. Type of School
    1. Community College
    2. 4-Year University
    3. Technical / Military School
  3. Where to Look –Nearly 5,000 Colleges in USA
    1. Internet sites
      1. Start at a school
        1. College Board – great resource
        2. Accreditation Search 
        3. College Navigator
        4. Cappex.com – creates a profile
        5. Best College Rankings
      2. Talking to family and friends
      3. Visit College
        1. Safe school
        2. Reach school
        3. Dream school
  1. Large vs Small schools:
    1. Large: more courses, anonymity, greater ranges of activities and organizations, larger libraries, graduate departments.
    2. Small school, more personal atmosphere, meet professors and students, individual participation and interaction, flexible programs
  2. Request Information via mail
  3. School criteria:
    1. Scores
    2. Size – depends on personality
      1. 5000
      2. 10000
      3. 30000 or more
  1. College worksheet and college selection application checklist
    1. High school Prep Genius Book by Jean Burke – 50 things to look for
      1. Downloadable Worksheet
      2. Location
      3. Size – not only physical size, enrollment of students
      4. Cost – not only tuition –
        1. Fees
        2. Room and Board
        3. Transportation
        4. Application Fees
        5. More expensive schools have more money to give out
        6. Tuition Tracker -online
        7. Affiliation –public, private, proprietary school
        8. Urban or rural locations
        9. Religious Affiliation
        10. Diversity – looking for this and will “pay”
          1. protestant look for a Catholic school – schools look for diversity
        11. Facilities on Campus –
          1. Campus security
          2. Recreation –gym on site
          3. Medical or Clinic facilities
        12. Majors and academic requirements
          1. School requirements – have way lower than your score they will
          2. Some broad majors
          3. Specific majors
          4. Undecided
          5. Want a 4-year major and be done or…
          6. Some majors don’t lend themselves into jobs afterward

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College Admissions Adversity Score

Adversity Score | What is the adversity score? The adversity score is designed to help the underprivileged with fifteen factors that are considered for the "adversity score" to be considered valid for a student. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #collegetesting #adversityscoreCollege Admissions Adversity Score Episode 79

What is the adversity score? The adversity score is designed to help the underprivileged with fifteen factors that are considered for the “adversity score” to be considered valid for a student. College boards do not measure adversity. Or you can be a poor student who lives in an area that is considered “wealthy”…

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What do you think about the adversity score?

Jean believes it is a horrible idea and that lawsuits will soon follow.

It is a method of “gaining” the system and almost an answer to the college scandal where wealthy families paid to beat the college entrance system. One of the methods for being considered in an adversity score is your zip code – Jean says her home is in a zip code area that would be considered as disadvantaged.  Did the admissions scandal cause the institution of the adversity score?

To determine and adversity score students take the questionnaire and it is done on a voluntary basis so anyone can fill this out and claim adversity. It hopes to be instituted in 2021. David Coleman changed the SAT in 2012 – not wanting to lose the income he made the SAT very similar.

Students will be branded by pseudo-psychological questionnaire. SAT is for college-ready students. Not all adversity can be measured.

For example, these are based on 15 questions based on socio or economic adversity – kids never see the scores – the colleges see them. Dehumanizing message for the students – these points of data do not correctly portray the student’s ability.

Adversity Score Depends On:

  • Where do you live?
  • Do you have one parent or no parents
  • Certain things about their background

College Board – Social Conscience? Here is why:

  • Disadvantage criteria of “X – Y – Z” is subjective
  • The student is not considered wealthy if they live in a specific zip code
  • This eliminates merit
  • Similar to a trophy given for participation
  • Adversity score orchestrated by David Coleman of college board fame and common core architect
  • Socialism is used – the survey is voluntary
  • Allows kids not to take responsibility

You don’t need the adversity score – it is better to learn how to overcome adversity.

  • Earn it by practicing test taking (free online)

Fifty schools are on board because they are considered underprivileged – once you get into college you have to make the grades.

Free or low-cost testing:

  • Free tests online – baseline score CollegeBoard – test #1 collegeprepgenius.com/ofsgsat
  •  Print ou the test and take it yourself
  • Get the app
  • CAPEX.com – create a profile – criteria – SAT score and rankings – some schools you are thinking of going to – it will show you a graph of the schools that will accept your score
  • College entrance approx scores: 1100 — scholarship 1200 and full scholarship 1300

College Prep Genius $139 – work on the test-taking skills. Online videos and homework. Watch it – hear it – read it – write it. Everyday it reinforces what you do the day before

  • Twelve weeks at five days a week and one hour a day.
  • Lesson 1 textbook, work on problems
  • Reinforces previous days learning
  • Crunch time? Do it allot faster in two to three weeks or less.

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Beat Standardized Test Scores The Right Way

Beat Standardized Test Scores | We've all heard the news accounts of the illegal ways that rich parents try to beat the standardized test scores with high payouts and behind the scenes workarounds. | #testscandal #varsityblues #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #testingBeat Standardized Test Scores The Right Way Episode 78

We’ve all heard the news accounts of the illegal ways that rich parents try to beat the standardized test scores with high payouts and behind the scenes workarounds. This has caused a backlash and if you have listened to these podcasts throughout the years you realize that Jean Burk has the answers without cheating!

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Varsity Blues! These people beat the standardized test scores illegally! 

  • A CEO paid 75k to have his child’s SAT scores changed.
  • SAT scores were corrected
  • Proctors are flown in to oversee tests
  • 250,000 was paid to say their child had a disability to get extra time on the test.
  • Another family paid to have a child placed on a water polo team that never played the sport.

Now there has been a huge backlash and many colleges are reevaluating the entry of students caught up in this scandal. With 85% of colleges relying on test scores alone, input from coaches and proctors now colleges like Yale, Standford and Georgetown are considering expelling or denying some of the applications who had a remote connection to Mr. Singer who owned the company that the wealthy hired,

No cheating or wealth needed to beat the standardized scores.

Tips For Test Taking to Beat Standardized Test Scores:

  • SAT means logic skills – critical thinking
  • It is the only fair way to level the playing field among students (otherwise GPA would be based only on your high school experience – this varies greatly.)
  • Programs free (Kahn Academy) or 25K – scores only raised approx. 250 points. College Prep Genius has had increased scores up to 600 points! Very inexpensive. 
  • No age limits on the test – students can begin early. You can’t start too early! Middle school is a perfect time.
  • Accuracy before speed is important
  • SAT and ACT are all about patterns and rules
  • You can learn how to answer the questions quickly with practice-must answer the questions in 30 to 60 seconds or less

Some classes are as high as 25K for SAT and ACT prep – these are only affordable for the rich, however, this is not the norm and you can do so much better with good programs for a fraction of the cost. Check out College Prep here.

There are two types of students. The logic minded – sees patterns naturally and the smart student – the rule follower that wants to take the time and really look over every question. You only have about one minute per question and you can’t be a perfectionist and take this test quickly without some practice.

Beat Standardized Test Scores – More Tips

  • Test taking is a skill
  • Most standardized tests are written in a similar way
  • One correct answer and all the other answers are distractions
  • No instant success
  • Kids have to practice – daily is best
  • Use testing prep as part of your homeschool class
  • Free college is out there with high enough test scores
  • Go to the SAT or ACT official websites for free question of the day
  • Print out the questions and practice doing things with paper and pencil
  • Don’t only use the computer to practice since the tests are given in a written format
  • Test prep even works for Postgrad tests and Military tests.

Best of College Prep Genius: Is College Worthwhile?

Is College worthwhile | Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student's dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. #homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #collegeIS COLLEGE WORTHWHILE? WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

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This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college


Best of College Prep Genius: Test Taking Encouragement

test taking encouragementReplay: Test Taking Encouragement with Jean Burke

What is the best news? A great score on a test! In this podcast Jean discusses test taking encouragement that YOU can do it! Success is around the corner and with Jean’s tips your student will benefit tremendously.

Episode 55

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Replay: Raise Competent Teens

raise competent teensRaise Competent Teens – Podcast 36

by Jean Burk

Do you know how to raise competent teens? In this podcast Jean explains how to “capture,” and teach our children “competence,” and how to turn this into competence for our teens? Teaching and encouraging your children to succeed is the topic in this series of podcasts!

Next podcasts in this series:

 

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Replay: Limited Language Limited Mind

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Limited Language Limited Mind with Jean Burk and your host, Felice Gerwitz

What is the importance of a good vocabulary? How can you increase your vocabulary? What is a fifty-cents word? Or what about communicating effectively? The English language is dying and in this episode Jean shares how her children participated in writing books that contain a great story as well as some of the most used words on the SAT test – are you ready to learn vocabulary the easy way? Join us!

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Show Notes:

  1. Linga-files – the College Prep novels – Here
  2. State of the union – no politics here
  3. Vocabulary and it’s importance

 

Replay: The Best Kept Secret to Free College: The PSAT!

CollegePrepShowPage psatDiscover what the PSAT can do for you! The Best Kept Secret Free College – PSAT!

Download the notes at www.collegeprepgenius.com/psatradio and follow along as we take you on a journey of misguided information and how we can clue you in to what you can do RIGHT NOW to help your student not only ace the PSAT but understand why this little secret has been circulating for years. Jean Burk and College Prep Genius give you plenty of information that will have you springing into action once you’re done listening.

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Replay: PSAT Crash Course

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PSAT Crash Course with Jean Burk

Episode #60

Are you ready for a PSAT crash course? Are you a junior? Now is the time to get ready to take the PSAT – it is given in the middle of October. In many places, you need to sign up in person (call school first). It can be the school in which your child would attend if in high school. Check your local school board. If your student is a 9th-10th grader or younger you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sign up for the test at the start of the school year.

The SAT test is given in October the first week

The PSAT is given in the middle of October

A younger student has time on your side and in this way you can work on weaknesses and build the framework for a success

  • Check the dates on the collegeboard.org site

Show Notes: PSAT Crash Course

General Overview of the Test:

  1. Reading – details given in the podcast
  2. Writing section- details given in the podcast
  3. Math – details given in the podcast
  4. Math – details given in the podcast

Number One Strategy:

Questions are not in order of difficulty – they are all worth the same amount of points. Look it a question – 10-15 seconds – can I answer this quickly – if you can answer it and move on. If you cannot answer it don’t waste your time on it – put a star and move on. Then come back to these questions … the subconscious works on the problems in your head. You may be able to answer the questions that take more thought.

College Prep Tests For free

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Rising Junior is the year to really take the tests –

  1. Take the SAT in November and December as well.
  2. Most colleges will super score – you can combine your scores from different tests you’ve taken.
  3. This saves you from studying all over again and practicing.
  4. This allows you to not take the tests as a senior unless you want to.

Important: Box 22 on the test – it indicates you are a homeschooler. It will send the test booklet back to your home instead of to the school. This is important otherwise it will not come back to you. Something that is new this year. You get your scores back in Nov. and the booklet in December.

It is a great resource and gives you an extra practice. You can make a copy and use it again as a test.

It is an amazing test for Juniors – if you don’t get the desired top score, you can still get amazing full rides on your SAT.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/PredictedPSATscores (gives you the score you need for your state) The scores are based on how many students are taking the test and how well the are doing.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /PSATscores – official booklet – percentiles mean according to the scores

Schools that seek national merit scholars

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /NationalMeritSchools – minimum number of students that the school will take.

Other options for younger students:

PSAT 8/9 for practice

PSAT 10 for practice

 **Alternative Secret for Taking SAT

Contact National Merit association let them know why – you will be given alternative locations –convert the SAT to the PSAT. You must call them! They will give you a specific number to use.

At this time, they will do the conversion:

November, December, March or June test = they will take the highest score


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Replay: How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

how to avoid 5 common freshman mistakesBest of College Prep Genius!  How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes freshmen make – listed are possible thoughts your college freshman to be may have and ways to combat these possible pitfalls.

Invite your teen to listen to this episode with you – the most important information to help your teen be prepared. 

by Jean Burk

Show Notes: How to Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You have to be the exact same person you were at home or in highschool
  2. You can’t be as good as everyone else.
  3. Think that your dorm room is the best place to hang-out
  4. To be a gentleman you pay for a young lady – (or for females – you allow the guys to pay)
  5. You have to take a ton of credits

Bonus Mistake – It is not going to happen to me. (Whatever “that” is …)

 

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