Why should I work with a college counselor?
I encourage you to think of me as a coach. Just like a private athletics coach trains student athletes to meet their goals, I work one-on-one with students at College Torch to help them develop into the strongest applicants to their dream colleges.
Young people have a lot of stress and expectations to live up to, and they want to do well; in my experience, they need someone to listen to them, hear and help them define their goals, and guide them on concrete steps toward long-term success.
Beyond one-on-one support, I keep current on college expectations, requirements, and trends. (Just like a tax professional keeps up with the changing laws.) And when the time comes to fill out the college applications, I am right there to make sure students get the credit they deserve for their hard work in high school.
How often do you meet with students?
Usually, once or twice per month. Some students arrange to meet me more often.
During application season, I meet students twice a month. Additionally, I support students with weekly college essay workshops beginning in June before senior year.
Between meetings, students send regular updates to my email to continue the conversation. I stay available by email for questions as they arise.
A minimum of one monthly meeting is required for both counseling programs.
When is the best time to begin college counseling?
Many students begin college counseling in the summer before ninth grade in order to make a four year plan and follow it through. However, every student's plan is individualized, so the program can begin whenever the student is ready.
Counseling in middle school seems early, but it can be very helpful for students. The extra time allows them to practice their skills and habits thoroughly before high school, where the stakes are raised.
When is too late to start?
Never too late! Whatever place you're at, I will help you catch up and finish strong.
Do you provide tutoring services?
When scheduling allows, I can tutor students in English reading, English writing, and Latin language.
Tutoring services (including English and Latin tutoring) are billed hourly, and they are separate from college counseling packages.
Do you assist with standardized test prep?
I help all students choose between the SAT/ACT and track their progress once they start. I discuss study strategies and long- and short-term study plans. I recommend providers and/or private tutors depending on the needs of the student.
There are some scenarios where I myself will provide one-on-one SAT/ACT tutoring to students who are active in a college counseling program.
What are the rates at College Torch?
Please schedule a consultation to hear about current rates.