The Role of Parents in College Admissions

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There was a piece recently in “The Atlantic” on helicopter parenting — or parenting 2017 as the writer puts it.

There was a piece recently in “The Atlantic” entitled “The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent” by Laura McKenna that caught our attention. The piece focuses on how essentially helicopter parenting has become, well, parenting 2017. Read more >

Best Graduation Speeches

Since it’s commencement season and around this time every year we always share with you the best graduation speeches being given across the country, we just have to share with you a remix of a commencement speech that went viral (just in case you haven’t seen it yet). It’s not a commencement speech from this year but rather a speech from a few years back by a famous author, David Foster Wallace, who has since committed suicide. Read more >

Asian American Parents and Ivy League

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Asian American parents are, quite often, obsessed with the Ivy League colleges, Stanford, MIT, and a couple of other universities (photo credit: Jawed Karim).

Asian and Asian American parents have a special affinity for the Ivy League. If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know that we’re often very critical of statements and articles about the highly selective college admissions process in the press. Read more >

Parents and College Rejection

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Parents need to have a blueprint for how to handle their child’s rejection from the college of their dreams…just in case (photo credit: Jawed Karim).

There’s an article on “The Huffington Post” by Hilary Levey Friedman about whether or not parents are prepared should their child be rejected from the college of their dreams. Read more >

Admission to Stanford

There was an article a couple of days ago in “The Stanford Daily” by Justine Moore in which our Founder, Bev Taylor, is quoted entitled “Connections to University can affect admissions decision.” Indeed money and influence can affect one’s chances for admission to Stanford! In the article, Bev speaks about how the children of major university donors can have a significant edge in the admissions process to Stanford and other highly selective universities. Read more >

Parents and College Admissions Process

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Parents should not be interfacing with college admissions officers just as they shouldn’t be interfacing with refs on the soccer field.

Parents need to know when they’re overstepping their bounds in the college admissions process. We recently read a piece that described a scenario in which a parent dropped off an envelope with $1,000 in it at a college admissions office. Read more >

Helicopter Parents and College Admissions

A professor of plant biology at Cornell University, Randy Wayne, believes that helicopter parents — parents who involve themselves in their child’s academic and social life in college need to essentially take a step back. We couldn’t agree more. Parents should not be calling college professors if their child got a ‘C’ on a biology final exam. Read more >

ERB Test Help

For ERB Test help, we at Ivy Coach recommend Stephanie Sigal, M.A. CCC-SLP. In past blogs, we wrote about the four verbal subtests of the ERB test. Those included vocabulary, word reasoning, comprehension, and similarities. We’ll now discuss the four performance subtests of the ERB: picture concepts, matrix reasoning, block design, and coding. Read more >

NYC Kindergarten Admission

While Ivy Coach does not offer NYC kindergarten admission help, we recommend Stephanie Sigal, M.A., CCC-SLP for your child. NYC kindergarten admission is stressful with so many children trying to secure so few slots at various private kindergartens around Manhattan. It’s unfortunate that parents get so stressed out about schooling when their kids are so young, but many parents accept that this is one of the costs of living in NYC. Read more >