Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Mar 03, 2014 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

It’s not uncommon for parents to feel a little left out of their student’s education when they get to high school, but believe it or not, you have a big role to play in helping them stay motivated, get ready for college and get a better education.   5 Parent Steps to College Prep   Create a study area. It’s one thing to tell your student to go study; it’s another to find a way for them to do it. Instead of just flopping on the bed, your student should have a study area that makes their study time productive. An area that is used almost exclusively fo... More

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 - 09:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

There’s no denying that wealth provides many advantages in life, among them a better education. Consider these statistics:   The average SAT score for a student from an upper-income family is 1715. From a low-income family? 1310 70% of families earning less than $28,000 were not aware of Pell Grants (not to mention lesser-known forms of need-based financial aid). 82% of upper-income students earn a bachelor’s degree. Low-income students? 8%   Students from families that are better off are ten time more likely to graduate, have SAT scores 125% hi... More

Posted on Feb 03, 2014 - 04:35 PM | College Prep | Comments (1)

Do you need college prep?   It’s a big question, and if you’re in 8th or 9th grade, it’s one you should think about often.  First, consider careers that interest you, then pick the one that you want to do most.   Does it require college? Then you need college prep.   Does it not require college? Then you need college prep.   The Benefits of Mixing College and Career Prep   Do you want to get promoted, be a supervisor, and make more money?   Then you need college prep.   According to a study by the Bill & Melinda Gate... More

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 - 10:20 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Maura Kastberg, RSC’s Executive Director of Student Services, takes time to answer questions our counselors receive all the time. Maura has been helping students prepare for college and career for 15 years.   Q:  What’s a good age to start college prep? A:  The ideal age to start college prep is 8th grade. Approximately midway through 8th grade, students select their 9th grade classes. Many colleges require 4 years of science or math, so selecting the proper classes before high school begins is important. Not taking the right classes means missed opportunities. ... More

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 - 09:10 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

While reflecting on the students our counselors work with this holiday season, it occurred to us that we receive a great deal from them every day. It’s only fitting that during the “season of giving,” we appreciate what they’ve given us.   Inspiration   Melissa didn’t know what her college major should be. Working with one of our counselors helped her finally settle on a career in music. It isn’t one of those career-oriented STEM subjects grabbing headlines, but it’s what she wanted to do. It was her passion.   This summer, Melissa... More

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 - 04:30 PM | College Prep | Comments (0)

There are plenty of organizations and private counselors willing to help you prepare for college. Americans spent $2.5 billion dollars last year on tutors alone. Unfortunately, not all of that money was spent wisely.   So what should you look for when hiring a college prep expert or private guidance counselor?   You want a program that can cover all your needs. Too many programs only cover one or two, like just the SATs, or just financial aid. Look for a complete college prep program:   Academic Preparation   Do they have the tools to meet your educational and p... More




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