I send a questionnaire to your child that is returned
to me several days before our first meeting. This helps me know
who they are, what they’ve done, what they value, how they
like to learn, and what they want from their education.
My approach is to help your son or daughter identify
appropriate campus settings that accommodate their unique learning
style, their interests, and preferences. I help them to be practical
and realistic in gauging their chances for admission, so they apply
only to colleges where they can feel comfortable learning and living.
Use the essay and other questions to tell your story
in a way that leaves a lasting impression. My role is to help the
student bring their interests, experience, and dreams to the application.
The way in which to present and disclose the student's
learning style varies by college. In concert with the student, I
prepare a roadmap with essay and testing requirements, as well as
a "learning difference disclosure" strategy for each school.
I help the student understand the value of going beyond
the tour and information session. Meeting students and faculty transforms
a campus visit. Understanding each college's requirements to graduate,
given the student's learning difference, is also important. Meeting
another student with a similar learning style, and visiting the
on-campus support center are invaluable.
Most of all, it is important that the student work
closely with his or her school college counselor, staying in touch
on a regular basis. The college counselors maintain constant contact
with the universities. While I understand learning differences,
they have the greatest influence on the student's candidacy.
I might be stating the obvious but my daughter LOVES you! She said tonight that she always comes away from her time with you feeling so inspired and motivated. What a gift you have. What a wonderful person you are. I cannot begin to thank you for being a part of this process. You are amazing.
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