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Aug 10, 2020

Should You Apply Early to College?

I typically spend most early summer mornings quietly on my back patio as the sun creeps over the horizon, and I’m always amazed how the birds find the worms, which I would never see, in the dewy morning grass.  It’s made me wonder if the early birds always get the worm.

Aug 3, 2020

Questions to Ask When Choosing Test Prep

Discerning the best-fit test prep program for your child can feel like just another daunting task in the college-bound journey. There is no one size that fits all. To help guide families through making an educated decision, LEAP has formulated crucial questions to ask along with how we answer those questions.

Aug 1, 2020

5 Tips to an Outstanding College Application Essay

Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish. These are the steps in LEAP’s 5-step process to an essay that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants vying for a spot at your dream school. Creating an optimal essay takes focus and time.

May 29, 2020

Application Roadmap: How to Beat the Deadlines

Follow LEAP’s step-by-step plan for stress-free, no parent nagging, college application completion. -Get clarity on where to apply when you can’t visit colleges. -How to tackle the hardest part first…the essay. PLUS the *new* essay on COVID impact. -Learn which parts can (and should) be done prior to August 1st. -Determine which schools you can save money on application and ACT/SAT reporting fees.

May 15, 2020

PSAT & National Merit Qualification Basics

Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, John Roberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing in common.  They were each National Merit Scholarship winners chosen from a pool of 15,000 National Merit Finalists.  How did they get there?

May 12, 2020

Increase Grammar & Writing Skills

One of my favorite birthday cards was from my sister, Lora. A picture of two possible sisters on the front. MY sister asking me, “Where’s your birthday party at?” I reply, “Don’t end a sentence with a preposition.” I won’t spoil the slightly inappropriate inside lines, but it had me laughing.

May 1, 2020

Where LEAP Students are Admitted

A journey with over 4,000 possible destinations deserves a seasoned guide. That’s what we do at LEAP! Here is where our students are admitted. The list is evidence that we work with a wide variety of students. We’re beyond proud of them!

Apr 17, 2020

Demonstrated Interest: Getting on the College’s Radar

It’s simple. Students who DEMONSTRATE INTEREST at colleges who track interest get admitted at higher rates. Colleges want to increase their “yield”. Yield is the number of applicants who actually choose to attend a school where they are accepted. In recent years, while the number of applicants to colleges are up, yield is down.

Apr 8, 2020

What is Test Optional & Should You Submit Test Scores

Test optional has been around for a very long time, but is getting renewed attention in the wake of COVID-19 as some colleges have indicated a move to Test Optional for the class of 2021.  What is test optional? Test optional means allowing students to apply to a college with or without ACT/SAT scores; it’s left up to the student.

Mar 11, 2020

What to do when colleges cancel your visit due to Coronavirus

Is Coronavirus sabotaging your plans for spring break college visits? Don’t despair! Here are action tips on how to navigate the college selection and be application ready with this extra free time you’ve suddenly found.

Jan 21, 2020

5 Tips for High School Course Selection

With grades and course rigor being the #1 factor in getting into college, high school course selection requires careful consideration and planning. While students are only registering for the courses for next year, our advice is to sketch out a plan for all remaining years of high school based on current offerings at the school (which are subject to change).  This will ensure if students have an eye on a future course that prerequisites are met.

Jan 14, 2020

5 Tips for Successful College Visits

College visits cost time and money, so investing time into planning your visit is key to making the most of your time on the road. Likely, you are limited on the number of schools you can visit, so take the time to make wise choices of where you’ll go. Next, thoroughly research the school online before you go. Sites like College Navigator and CollegeBoard will give you important information such as retention and graduation rates along with average net price paid to attend and degrees offered. You also don’t want to ask a question on your visit that could have been easily answered on the school site.
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