August To-Do’s, Senior Boot Camp Success! Finalized Common App Essays, Should I Declare a Major?

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Parent Meetings

SAVE THE DATE!!

Parent Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. Class of 2021
Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. All Other Classes
Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m. Class of 2020 (Seniors)

PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES ONLY
Open House "Navigating High School Through The Eyes of the College Admission Officer"
Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m.

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Class of 2020 August Reminders:

August 1st: Common Application and College -specific supplements go live for the majority of 2019/2020 schools.

August 6th - 13th: Late Registration deadline for August 24th 2019 SAT and Subject Tests.

August 16th: Registration deadline for September 14, 2019 ACT.

August 17th - 30th: Late Registration deadline for September 14, 2019 ACT.

August 24th: SAT and Subject Tests. Perfect timing for rising seniors!

▪ Make sure all of your Common Application essay drafts are finalized and ready to go.
▪ Continue College visits.
▪ Consider applying Early Decision and/or Early Action.
▪ Begin working on supplemental essays for schools that require them.
Make sure all of your Common Application essay drafts are finalized and ready to go.
Continue College visits.
Consider applying Early Decision and/or Early Action.
Begin working on supplemental essays for schools that require them.

Class of 2021 Reminder:

▪ Continue with Test Prep.
▪ Begin work on resumes and college lists!
Continue with Test Prep.
Begin work on resumes and college lists!
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Senior Boot Camp..... six days of focus, commitment, determination, and hard work. Our seniors have put in the time before the school year begins to write their college essays, format their resumes, and complete their applications. Working well ahead of deadlines will not only pay off in terms of admissions, but also with scholarships and financial aide.

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Seniors, as your resume and Common Application essays are finalized, please remember to upload the final edited copies of each into your College Planner Pro accounts.

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Most students need not fret about what major they list on their college application. If you choose to list an intended area of study, you should do so in an area that makes sense given the other particulars of your application (i.e. the focus of your extracurricular involvement, course selection, honors and distinctions, etc.). Generally, you will be able to easily change your major at a liberal arts college, but are likely to encounter more difficulty transferring into a highly-competitive school at a larger university. Listing an underrepresented major on your application is a sound strategy only if a coherent and compelling case can be made for your selection.

For the full article by College Transitions, please click here

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Dear Test Prep Families,

Welcome to a new test prep cycle at The College Map! We look forward to a very purposeful and productive shared partnership with you from now until the June 2020 ACT or SAT test dates. Here is a summary email of everything you will need to know this year:

The College Map’s Test Prep Philosophy:
Simply stated, we believe in the gift of time: repetition, progression, and mastery over time. Both the SAT and ACT are formulaic, predictable exams. Skills and strategies can be taught to the test and reinforced. We expose our students to timed simulated testing with immediate feedback and instruction, which includes skill-based teaching as well as strategy-based teaching. We do this through live instruction as well as an online practice test delivery mechanism.

Live Prep Sessions:
We offer SAT and ACT verbal and math classes taught in two-hour blocks. We use a “three S” approach to teaching these classes: Skills, Strategy, and Simulation. The fall class schedule is posted to our password-protected page, “Your Path,” on our website (www.TheCollegeMap.com). The password is prepare@TCM2018. It is case-sensitive.
Each student has his/her own notebook housed at The College Map that holds formula/reference sheets specific to each subject of the exam, class notes, and sample test problems completed in class.

Online Prep Sessions:
Students have an online test prep account (www.eprep.com) that houses their practice tests. Students are expected to complete one full-length practice test prior to sitting for each real test. Each time a student comes to The College Map to work on practice tests, they will complete a single section of one practice test. We kindly ask that students bring their own calculators and headphones to each online prep session. ePrep SAT, ACT, and PSAT Online prep courses www.eprep.com ePrep provides expert, online test prep courses for the SAT, ACT and PSAT tests that deliver the value of a private tutor at a fraction of the cost.

The ACT has four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. The SAT has four sections: Writing, Reading, Math No Calculator, and Math with Calculator. Each session or section of the test is designed to be completed within a 2-hour time frame. Students take a paper practice test section simulating test conditions: no phones, quiet atmosphere, timer utilized, answer sheet used, etc. Once a student completes the paper/pencil section of the test, they input answers into a software program. The program grades the test, provides feedback on questions correct or incorrect and provides a score similar to the score the student would actually earn on the SAT or ACT. The student then immediately watches instructional videos for any guessed-at or incorrect questions.
Students who view the video lesson tutorials on each question they missed on the practice tests have greater score increases on actual tests. This step is critical to test mastery!Having students on-site for the completion of practice tests provides multiple benefits: allows instructors to establish relationships with the student
allows instructors to learn the student’s problem areas and tailor the live instruction to teach on those areas eliminates the need for the parent to monitor the student’s progress from home.

1. ePrep:
As mentioned above, this is a student’s practice account. It can be accessed either directly through the ePrep website or through our “Your Path” password-protected page. A student’s username is his/her email address and the password is the student’s first name, then “TCM,” and graduation year. All lowercase. For example: julietcm2020. Parents, we strongly encourage you to have your son/daughter log into their ePrep account to show you how it works, but most importantly, to view his/her progress.
2. Acuity:
This is the online scheduling vehicle (think “Sign Up Genius”) that we use for live prep session and online practice session scheduling for our students. Acuity can be accessed either through their website
(www.timetocollegemap.acuityscheduling.com) or through “Your Path” on The College Map’s website homepage. Students should use the online and live prep calendars posted on “Your Path” and select corresponding dates in Acuity to reserve their class spots (we cap class sizes in order to provide individualized instructional attention). Once in Acuity, students will create an account. You must be registered through Acuity to attend any type of class, mock exam, etc.
3. Cancellation Policy:
Students are responsible for keeping track of their prep sessions, showing up, and completing the work designated. Students must cancel or reschedule classes before 24-hours preceding the class start time to avoid a cancellation fee. Students are allowed one missed ("NO SHOW") online and/or live test prep session (non-canceled) without penalty. A student will always receive an email acknowledging the absence and reminding them about our cancellation policy. Cancellation fees are assessed in this manner:
$50 for the second missed class;
$65 for the third;
$85 for the fourth.
Parents, in our experience, it is most effective to have the student pay this fee. Our goal is to cultivate an understanding of the importance of test prep and a habit of responsibility and accountability. Two things occur when a student misses a class: his/her test score is not maximized, and another student missed an opportunity to be in class. Classes canceled 24 hours prior to the appointment time should be canceled through Acuity. The only excused reason for a class being canceled less than 24 hours in advance is for illness. In this event, please email me at juliemitchell@thecollegemap.com.
4. Formula for Success:
Students should attend a minimum of four live prep math and verbal sessions and four online prep sessions before each real test the student plans to take. We anticipate that our students will take two fall and two springs real tests. Students who follow this formula for success should expect to see a 7 point ACT gain or a 240 point SAT gain from their diagnostic test score.
5. Choosing Your Test Date:
The goal is for students to take two fall and two spring tests (be aware that the SAT May test date, May 2, 2020, falls at the beginning of AP exam testing).
Consider your student’s academic workload and extracurricular schedule. Students have very full and busy lives. Your student will need to schedule eight two-hour test prep sessions leading up to each test. You want to consider how you will schedule these two-hour prep sessions into their already busy schedule.
6. Registering for the SAT or ACT:
Please register for the ACT at act.org and SAT at collegeboard.org. Please note the following early registration deadline dates (you can register after the deadline date, but a late fee will be required). We recommend registering at least once for the “Writing” (essay) portion of the ACT or SAT although many colleges will not consider it in their admission decisions nor are requiring it.
7. Reporting Your Scores to Us:
On the first day that SAT or ACT specific exams date scores are scheduled to be released, I will email students to log into either their SAT or ACT accounts to check. It is very important that students email me their results for every test attempted as I compile ongoing student data. A student’s data assists our test prep instruction team in evaluating our live prep session content as well as in tweaking a particular student’s test prep program. I will email “tweaks” to students and parents (part of the data keeping is monitoring a student’s ePrep online practice program, online prep practice progress, and live prep class attendance).
8. Bright Futures:
This is the lottery funded state of Florida scholarship opportunity for high school students. ACT and SAT can both be super scored to qualify (super scoring is taking the highest verbal and math score from any test administration date and combining them to achieve the highest composite score possible.) To qualify for the Florida Academic Scholarship, students will need a minimum of a 29 on the ACT or a 1330 on the SAT. To qualify for the Florida Medallion Scholarship, students will need a minimum of a 26 on the ACT or a 1200 on the SAT.
1. ePrep:
As mentioned above, this is a student’s practice account. It can be accessed either directly through the ePrep website or through our “Your Path” password-protected page. A student’s username is his/her email address and the password is the student’s first name, then “TCM,” and graduation year. All lowercase. For example: julietcm2020. Parents, we strongly encourage you to have your son/daughter log into their ePrep account to show you how it works, but most importantly, to view his/her progress.
2. Acuity:
This is the online scheduling vehicle (think “Sign Up Genius”) that we use for live prep session and online practice session scheduling for our students. Acuity can be accessed either through their website
(www.timetocollegemap.acuityscheduling.com) or through “Your Path” on The College Map’s website homepage. Students should use the online and live prep calendars posted on “Your Path” and select corresponding dates in Acuity to reserve their class spots (we cap class sizes in order to provide individualized instructional attention). Once in Acuity, students will create an account. You must be registered through Acuity to attend any type of class, mock exam, etc.
3. Cancellation Policy:
Students are responsible for keeping track of their prep sessions, showing up, and completing the work designated. Students must cancel or reschedule classes before 24-hours preceding the class start time to avoid a cancellation fee. Students are allowed one missed ("NO SHOW") online and/or live test prep session (non-canceled) without penalty. A student will always receive an email acknowledging the absence and reminding them about our cancellation policy. Cancellation fees are assessed in this manner:
$50 for the second missed class;
$65 for the third;
$85 for the fourth.
Parents, in our experience, it is most effective to have the student pay this fee. Our goal is to cultivate an understanding of the importance of test prep and a habit of responsibility and accountability. Two things occur when a student misses a class: his/her test score is not maximized, and another student missed an opportunity to be in class. Classes canceled 24 hours prior to the appointment time should be canceled through Acuity. The only excused reason for a class being canceled less than 24 hours in advance is for illness. In this event, please email me at juliemitchell@thecollegemap.com.
4. Formula for Success:
Students should attend a minimum of four live prep math and verbal sessions and four online prep sessions before each real test the student plans to take. We anticipate that our students will take two fall and two springs real tests. Students who follow this formula for success should expect to see a 7 point ACT gain or a 240 point SAT gain from their diagnostic test score.
5. Choosing Your Test Date:
The goal is for students to take two fall and two spring tests (be aware that the SAT May test date, May 2, 2020, falls at the beginning of AP exam testing).
Consider your student’s academic workload and extracurricular schedule. Students have very full and busy lives. Your student will need to schedule eight two-hour test prep sessions leading up to each test. You want to consider how you will schedule these two-hour prep sessions into their already busy schedule.
6. Registering for the SAT or ACT:
Please register for the ACT at act.org and SAT at collegeboard.org. Please note the following early registration deadline dates (you can register after the deadline date, but a late fee will be required). We recommend registering at least once for the “Writing” (essay) portion of the ACT or SAT although many colleges will not consider it in their admission decisions nor are requiring it.
7. Reporting Your Scores to Us:
On the first day that SAT or ACT specific exams date scores are scheduled to be released, I will email students to log into either their SAT or ACT accounts to check. It is very important that students email me their results for every test attempted as I compile ongoing student data. A student’s data assists our test prep instruction team in evaluating our live prep session content as well as in tweaking a particular student’s test prep program. I will email “tweaks” to students and parents (part of the data keeping is monitoring a student’s ePrep online practice program, online prep practice progress, and live prep class attendance).
8. Bright Futures:
This is the lottery funded state of Florida scholarship opportunity for high school students. ACT and SAT can both be super scored to qualify (super scoring is taking the highest verbal and math score from any test administration date and combining them to achieve the highest composite score possible.) To qualify for the Florida Academic Scholarship, students will need a minimum of a 29 on the ACT or a 1330 on the SAT. To qualify for the Florida Medallion Scholarship, students will need a minimum of a 26 on the ACT or a 1200 on the SAT.

We value our partnership with you in making your student as successful as possible in our test prep program. Please reach out to me any time you have a question.
Warmly,
Julie Mitchell

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Top Honors Programs

Honors colleges can be a cost-effective and highly rewarding undergraduate experience for top-notch students. In the best-case scenario, you can enjoy all the benefits of a large university (research opportunities, athletics, and a diverse student body) while still benefiting from an intimate, rigorous, and individualized experience usually reserved for students attending elite liberal arts colleges.

Below, there is a list of the nation’s top honors colleges/programs. Selection was based on the following indicators of program quality.

Selectivity of the college/university (overall)
Selectivity of the honors program
Average honors class size
Number of honors classes
Availability of honors housing
Whether priority registration is offered to honors students

Schools marked with an asterisk (*) rated especially high on several indicators and were ranked among the top 20 honors programs according to our methodology.

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As you visit colleges this summer, try to ask yourself this question for each school:

"Why do I want to attend THIS college?"

Can you provide a compelling answer you could share in an essay or when talking with a college rep?

If you can't answer that question, then why is that college on your list? Do you need to investigate further?

If you CAN answer the question, CONGRATULATIONS! Research everything you can about their admission requirements. Your TCM counselor will work with you on coding and timelines!

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Save the Date! Our annual Senior Parent & Financial Aid Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00am. We strongly recommend attending this meeting and we have specifically scheduled it prior to FAFSA opening. This is your chance to learn more about applying for the various forms of financial aid!

This event is only for families enrolled in our College Planning services.

Want to get a head-start on your scholarship search? Visit "Your Path" and click on the Financial Aid tab for some helpful links.

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Test Prep Sign Up

SAT ACT Prep

Test prep students, when you are registering for live classes utilizing our Acuity online scheduler, please make sure that you are signing up for the correct class based on your strength test. You should be signing up for either ACT or SAT classes, not the other and not both. This confusion is causing classes to fill up in error. Also, please do not sign up more than once for each individual class as this is also causing classes to fill up in error. We truly appreciate your CAREFUL attention to this matter.

Please sign up at our Acuity Scheduler website!

Please register for the ACT at act.org OR SAT at collegeboard.org. Please note there are early registration deadline dates. You can register after the deadline date but a late fee will be required.

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There are many good scholarship search tools/engines on the internet. Their primary function is to assist you in finding scholarships that match the eligibility criteria you enter for GPA, gender, residency, ethnicity/heritage, religion and area of study, hobbies, interests — some of the most common criteria used. The College Map team recommends the following search engines:

Scholarships.com

FastWeb

Big Future

Unigo

SallieMae

Please make sure to "click" or fill out as much information as possible. Once you've entered your information into the database, the search engine will generate a list of all current scholarships you qualify for. We recommend sorting that list by due date.

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Website Password

Our private "Your Path" page contains details for upcoming deadlines, events, and important announcements. We encourage you to check it regularly! The password is case-sensitive:
prepare@TCM2018

Test Prep Schedules

Be sure to register for your test prep classes, available on the Your Path page and the Acuity Scheduler. Registration is mandatory; walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.

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Kind regards,

Your Team at The College Map

 
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