5 Critical Skills For College Academics

Many students and parents become convinced during high school that the ability to do math calculations, write papers, and learn terminology for classes like biology, chemistry, or history will lead them to do well in college. While content-based knowledge is important, it overshadows other equally important skills for college. Process-related skills will help students to …

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When Students Achieve Below Their Parents

One of the challenging aspects that parents face about college is when their student is on a trajectory to not achieve at a level that everyone assumed they would. A strong correlate of students graduating from college is parent education level, and research shows that the children of college-educated parents are more likely to walk …

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When Predictions Of College Success Break Down

One of the most troubling and perplexing situations for parents is when their high or even very high achieving high school student goes to college and cannot continue their good academic performance. I have worked with many students who had extremely high GPA’s during high school, some even with weighted GPA’s as high as a …

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The Multi-Factorial Nature Of College Failure

One of the most common stories that I hear from parents about bright but failing college students is this: “We’ve tried many things and nothing has worked.” Parents tell me that doctors didn’t help, the college didn’t help, and that tutors and “coaches” didn’t help. My response is always something very fundamental, something I tell …

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Student Senior Project: Walk for African Rural Schools Foundation

I’d like to congratulate Courtney Matessa on putting together a 2K walk, held on March 18th 2012, to raise funds for the African Rural Schools Foundation (ARSF). I was Courtney’s advisor for her senior project, and she designed and hosted this walk at North Boundary Park near Pittsburgh. I also helped Courtney research colleges, explore …

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Things To Know For Transferring Colleges

Many students begin at one college and later decide to transfer to a different college for one reason or another. The often have many questions during the process or while considering a transfer, and I’d like to share my experiences and offer some insights. Why Transfer To Another College? Students transfer colleges for many reasons. …

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