Kathe's Blog

Stop Overtesting

Not everyone needs every test.  In fact, over testing is just as big of a problem as taking the wrong tests at the wrong time.  In 8th grade and up, a formal PSAT is a very useful tool.  First as a baseline.  Then as a year-over-year comparison to confirm that your student's curriculum is working.  Once you have a formal baseline, you can start to fine tune your high school degree plan and classes to meet long term college admissions and financial aid goals.  For 10th and 11th graders, who tend to be naturally good tests takers, following the right testing schedule is a major deal!   Here's the low down on what to take, why to take it, and how to prepare.  The first thing to know is .  .  .   READ FULL ENTRY

Finding A Great Tutor

Sometimes you need help. A student just isn't learning or there is a gap that needs to be addressed in a targeted way. Tutors are your best resource but which tutors are good? A good tutor will set you back several hundred dollars each month. Before you take on such an investment, you want to make absolutely certain that the tutor you have selected can get the job done. For the last decade, my private high school, LeeWay Academy has used . . . READ FULL ENTRY

How To You Compare to Your Peers?

Students in 9th and 10th grade need a baseline.  A baseline is a standardized test that is so well normed that it predicts with near certainty things like: future SAT/ACT scores, National Merit eligibility, what colleges a student can get into, and where the gaps are in a student's learning.  Getting a baseline means the student will need to take a test like the PSAT 8/9, Stanford, or Woodcock Johnson IV.  WJIV is pricey.  Stanford is not completely reliable.  And PSAT 8/9 is only available in October each year, so it's easy to miss it if you're not careful.  If you missed your baseline, you may want to consider taking the PSAT 10. The P10 is available to 9th and 10th graders and is offered in February as a last ditch option.  Not every school will . . . READ FULL ENTRY

Critical Deadline Ahead

If you are a senior headed off to university this fall or a current college student of any age, money has got to be on your mind. College is expensive and in short order someone is going to be writing some big checks. Hopefully, you have planned well up to this point, optimized high school to pay for college by following LeeWay, and you already have at least one primary and one secondary scholarship in hand. Now you need to do one more thing.  .  .  READ FULL ENTRY

Best Use of Summer

Summer is here and students across the country are looking for ways to fill two whole months of down time.  While academics rule the school year, summer is the perfected extended window for those equally critical extracurriculars.  Sports & Debate may be fun but colleges don't give top dollar for these activities except to the top 1% of participants.  If you want those big college scholarships, summer is the ideal time to focus on the trifecta of.  .  . READ FULL ENTRY

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