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Posted on Jun 08, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

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Want to know a secret? There’s an inverse ratio to college prep.
The more time you spend on college prep, the less time you’ll have to spend in college.
— Spend four years preparing for college and you’ll graduate in four years.
— Spend two years preparing for college prep and you’ll graduate in six.
    Spend no time preparing for college prep and you’ll graduate in 8 – if you graduate at all.
Of course, that’s the one exception to this rule – spend no time preparing for college and you could drop out while still owing thousands of dollars in student loans or other fees. It’s a big problem on college campuses, and one private college prep is uniquely designed to prevent.
The Changing Focus of College Prep
People often think of college prep as containing only three elements
  1. Taking Advanced Placement classes
  2. Getting good grades
  3. Taking the SAT or ACT test
Unfortunately, this no longer reflects the reality of college or college prep. If that approach worked, we wouldn’t see such a high college dropout rate, and we certainly wouldn’t see graduates deep in debt for the next 20 years.
That’s not to say the traditional elements of college prep aren’t important. They are. They just aren’t enough in today’s competitive (and expensive!) college marketplace.
Which is where private college prep comes in. It’s equipped to provide all sorts of things the school system can’t.
What Private Guidance Counselors Offer You
Private college prep can put you in a great position for college.
·        Financial aid advice and assistance. While guidance counselors will suggest you fill out the FAFSA and apply for scholarships (not always a good idea), outside advisers can examine your family’s particular position and provide detailed financial aid information, guidance on the forms and appeals process, a list of top financial aid colleges and a plan to maximize both need-based and merit-based aid. RSC will go so far as to fill out the forms for you, if you’d like.
·        College research. You need more than a few facts on colleges. Our online database gives you access to detailed information on more than 4,000 colleges and provides you 25 criteria to select colleges that fit your needs.
·        College-cost estimates. Your guidance counselor will likely refer you to the college’s website for an estimate, but studies show that college sites are inaccurate, at best. Get an accurate estimate personalized to your family’s financial situation, with a breakdown of financial aid you can expect.
·        Impressive resumé. Build an extensive and impressive college application and resumé through our 4-year planner, course targeting, activity and volunteer suggestions, application essay writing tips and College Resume Builder software and tools.
RSC also offers SAT and ACT test prep that is engaging and energizing, and career research tools designed to meet more than your needs – they help you target your talents, abilities and education to careers suited to you. To see everything in the RSC program, view our Comparison Chart.
It’s not surprising that guidance counselors struggle with college prep. In addition to all their other tasks and overwhelming number of students, only two dozen colleges offer graduate classes in college prep. It’s just not their speciality.
But it is ours. It’s all we do. To find out how we can give you extra help preparing for college, attend one of our upcoming web events and take your college prep to a whole new level!


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