The Role of Parents in College Admissions

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. Whereas in past decades it may have struck people as odd for parents of college

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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

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Asian American Parents and Ivy League

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. We’re critical because there is an

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Parents and College Rejection

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. What will they say to their child who had dreams of attending Princeton but didn’t even make the waitlist? What will

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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

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Parents and College Admissions Process

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. Presumably most of our readers are smarter than this parent.

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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

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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

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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

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