To begin planning seriously for college, many students (and families) make the mistake of waiting until the junior or senior year of high school. This puts them at a significant disadvantage when it comes to college application time. College planning needs to start as early as 6th grade so that students will have the GPA and experiences needed to be accepted and to afford their first choice school. Many students and parents are unaware of the real factors that colleges use in their selection process and often students take the wrong classes or sign up for the wrong experiences and waste money, resources, and time that could have been used to achieve their desired college goals.
American College Gurus uses assessments for a greater understanding of students’ strengths and weaknesses. We make the process of applying for college easier for students and families and we are with you every step of the way, mentoring on course selections, extracurricular activities, leadership development opportunities, competitions, work/volunteer experiences, summer internships, etc. as well as keeping track of GPA and tutoring needs.
Our Phase 1 program (Grades 6-10) creates a roadmap so that our students’ middle school and high school years move them in to the best possible position for acceptance in to their desired college and university with the best possibilities for extra scholarship funding.
Core Elements Of Our Program
Explore Interests and Strengths
Students take our interest and strengths surveys and work with our Gurus to explore how these interests and strengths can be linked to college and career planning. Our strengths assessment is designed to help students improve their grades and indentify the extracurricular activities needed to get in to a top tier college.
Increase Reading Speed
Increasing reading fluency is critical to success in high school and college. Our online programs will help students read faster and comprehend more, allowing our students to learn more (or do more) in the same amount of time. Fast reading fluency is critical to ace the ACT and SAT.
College entrance exams emphasize vocabulary. Our Gurus will help identify the best vocabulary building program for each student. An enriched vocabulary helps our students write impressive essays and helps them stand out in interviews.
Many students and their parents believe they should clutter their schedule with a multitude of extra curriculars. Our Gurus help students to focus their extracurriculars. Colleges would much rather see a student passionate about a few worthwhile activities than marginally involved with a large number of clubs. Our gurus also help our students enroll in university summer programs, an advantage when applying to college.
Subject Tests and PSAT Prep
Many highly selective colleges require students to take one- hour Subject Tests. For optimum results, it is important for students to sit for these exams immediately after taking the related course at school. Our gurus prep students so they are ready for the test. Our gurus also prep students for the PSAT. Besides providing practice for the SAT, the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship.