School is Out for Summer… But…

While there has not quite yet been a mass exodus from Beijing of international families from Beijing, most schools are either done with the school year or almost. Summer is HERE!!!! It’s getting hotter, freedom beckons as do summer programs, summer school or whatever you have planned for the next several months. But just because you are not at school does not mean that there aren’t things you need to be doing.

My point is, if you are intending to apply to school next year, especially college you need to be doing a bunch of things to be ready for when …

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Summer School vs Camps: The Other View

The last time I wrote, I talked about the benefits of summer camps so this time I thought I would highlight the upside of summer schools. It is important to point out that whether a student attends summer school or summer camp is a personal choice but one should consider the overall reasoning for attending a program during the summer. Also, it does not matter if a student attends a “top” school’s program. What matters is that the student is focused and learns! It should also be noted that the limited space of the articles prevents a concise perspective, but …

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Camps vs Summer School: Are Traditional Camps Better Than Summer School?

I was pondering this question today when a friend whose family has run a summer camp for the last 40 years contacted me. Thinking about my own experience spanning three summers working in a camp and the myriad possibilities I would say there are unique experiences to be had attending a traditional summer camp.

Students spend approximately 180+/- in school each year. Add in tutoring, training programs, test prep and who knows what, a significant portion of a students life is spent sitting in a chair. Then if they spend their summer in yet another classroom setting most of the …

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This last week I attended the IECA (Independent Educational Consulting Association) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference, composed of programs, schools and universities as well as independent educational consultants (IEC), was a great forum for professional dialogue about admission and the practices of IECs. As usual, I left inspired and rejuvenated by the job I do. More importantly however, I was constantly reminded about the importance of connecting students to schools and programs that “fit” their educational needs.

Probably the most intriguing presentation was from the President of Goucher College, Maryland, Jose Antonio Bowen. Mr. Bowen has written Teaching Naked: How …

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Should the SAT Be Scrapped?

The popular test is not the best way to gauge the ability of Asian students to succeed at U.S. colleges.
Source: Should the SAT Be Scrapped?

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