Applied Learning Skills Inventory (ALSI)TM

  • 91 questions, expanded with scales and subscales, the ALSI assessment quickly identifies known problems that can lead students to work below their potential during college. Takes 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • Designed based on multiple domains, such as academic skills, motivation, student characteristics, and real-life issues students have faced that lead them to do poorly or fail in college.
  • Meant to help uncover why students are working below their potential during college and targets areas of improvement before their grades fall too far.
  • Accessible within the U.S. and many countries in Europe, Asia, and other locations.

Current cost is $35 USD.

Also Includes: Downloadable PDF with answer explanations after instant scoring.

True Stories Of College Failure To Success: What Real-Life Students And Parents Say, And How Any Student Can Make A Complete Turn Around In College

***2017 e-book for $2.99 at Amazon in Kindle format, 152 pages filled with stories used as a framework to discuss many college issues like low GPAs, transfer, and even how students worked semester-by-semester to turn around their grades and college careers.  The Kindle reader is free and can be used on PC, Mac, and mobile devices including your tablet or phone.


Kindle Version:  Improving Academic Underperformance®

In College Book

A kindle version of Jeff’s book is now available.  The Kindle reader is free and can be used on PC, Mac, and mobile devices.  This is the electronic version of the same book that is being used by colleges and professionals to help students.

Pittsburgh Area Resources

Daniel Monti, M.D.

Dr. Dan Monti is dually board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry and is experienced in treating patients for conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.  He has a private practice in Fox Chapel, and currently accepts Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and UPMC Insurance.  Appointments with Dr. Monti are by professional referral only, so please use the contact page to inquire about appointments with him.

Wendy McSparren, LCSW

Wendy McSparren, LCSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices in Murrysville, PA.  She has an M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh an M.S. in Non-Profit Management from Robert Morris University.  Wendy specializes in the treatment of problems that young adults face, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and other areas.  She works with both high school and college students to help them overcome the social, emotional, and interpersonal issues that can interfere with their academic success.  To contact Wendy about services, you can write her at wmcsparren@comcast.net or call her office at (724) 733-3491 extension 2.

National Resources

United States Department Of Education

The Department of Education’s website is a good source of information on higher education in the U.S.  It has information on student aid, student loans, and the FAFSA.

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is the website for the FAFSA, the application that parents and students must complete in order to qualify for federal student aid programs.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

This is the College Board’s website for the SAT.  It has information about registering and preparing for the SAT exam.

The ACT Test

This is the website for the ACT test, a college aptitude test that is an alternative to the SAT.  The website has information about the test, including registration and preparation.