Educational Planning - Frequently Asked Questions


What is PrepMatters Educational Planning?
How does Educational Planning work?
If I already have a counselor at school, how can PrepMatters Educational Planning help?
When is the best time to begin educational planning?
Does PrepMatters Educational Planning work with students with learning differences?
What are some of the potential benefits of the PrepMatters approach to developing a long-range education strategy plan?
What is the counseling assessment?
What isn’t included in the counseling assessment? Will I need additional help?

 


What is PrepMatters Educational Planning?

Educational planning helps students and families navigate a series of decisions and choices that they are faced with throughout their education, from high school preparation to the college admissions process, grad school and beyond. Successful educational planning requires knowing the student, knowing the schools, and knowing the current—and often changing—admissions landscape.
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How does Educational Planning work?

At PrepMatters, all educational planning begins with a comprehensive counseling assessment with one of our expert educational counselors. Affording us the opportunity to collect and review the information essential to the planning process and to engage the family as a fully committed partner, this assessment culminates in a strategic educational plan tailored to the unique needs of the student.
This work includes designing a course schedule that reflects academic strengths, planning a strategy for standardized tests, considering extracurricular and summer plans, identifying prospective colleges that fit the student from the standpoints of academics, social style and admissibility–and all the details in between.
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If I already have a counselor at school, how can PrepMatters Educational Planning help?
PrepMatters educational counselors offer a supplementary and personalized guidance track to traditional in-school counseling, providing the benefits of specialized expertise to the complex area of academic planning. Many of our clients work with us in conjunction with their school counselors and enlist PrepMatters services for special attention and perhaps a second opinion on important decision points.
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When is the best time to begin educational planning?
Now!
The path to successful college admissions begins with good planning. While we are happy to work with a student at any point, an early start allows the time for students and families to plan and make decisions that impact the future. Ideally, we would begin working with a student in the 9th grade to establish a plan that encourages success throughout high school.
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Does PrepMatters Educational Planning work with students with learning differences?
Yes, we have always believed that educational counseling should be customized to the student. We have worked with students with various learning differences to find colleges and universities that incorporate learning environments and support that best fits the student’s particular preferences and needs.
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What are some of the potential benefits of the PrepMatters approach to developing a long-range education strategy plan?
The early and successful implementation of a thoughtful educational plan can help students…

  • Discover their academic passions;
  • Assess their own academic strengths and weaknesses;
  • Plan course selection, tutoring, and test preparation;
  • Demystify the college admissions process;
  • Build personal stories that will set them apart from other applicants;
  • Identify the best college choices based on academic style, the community of students, and admissibility;
  • Consider Early Decision and Early Application strategies;
  • Make a final college choice

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What is the Counseling Assessment?
The Counseling Assessment typically consists of four phases:

  • Academic record collection and review– The family submits transcripts and any existing testing as well as complete detailed questionnaires for the counselor to review prior to the preliminary interview. In this phase, the counselor is able to begin to understand the unique needs and preferences of the family.
  • First meeting – Using the academic background and surveys as context, the counselor holds an in-office meeting with the student and family and begins to lay the groundwork for the educational plan.
  • Strategy refinement– The counselor incorporates feedback from the first session and the results of continuing academic review into a holistic plan tailored to the needs and preferences of the student.
  • Follow up meeting– A tailored educational plan complete with detailed recommendations is discussed with the family in a follow-up in-office meeting.

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What isn’t included in the counseling assessment? Will I need additional help?
The counseling assessment establishes a foundational plan for moving forward. This framework evolves, of course, as a student learns and grows, so families often consult with their educational counselor on a variety of matters throughout high school and the admissions process. No issue is too large or small for us to help. These services are available on an à la carte basis; clients may work with their educational counselor as much or as little as they find useful. All Educational Planning services beyond the counseling assessment are available on an hourly basis (billed in 15-minute increments).
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