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College planning tips , strategies and various & sundry, not necessarily politically-correct thoughts on the whole college application and scholarships kit and kaboodle. Brought to you by Pearl and Andy Lockwood, best-selling authors, financial aid and admissions consultants based in Long Island New York, a/k/a one of the spazziest places on earth for college stress, weird ultra-competitive behavior by parents and teens! For more info, visit www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com

The College Planning Edge Andy Lockwood

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College planning tips , strategies and various & sundry, not necessarily politically-correct thoughts on the whole college application and scholarships kit and kaboodle. Brought to you by Pearl and Andy Lockwood, best-selling authors, financial aid and admissions consultants based in Long Island New York, a/k/a one of the spazziest places on earth for college stress, weird ultra-competitive behavior by parents and teens! For more info, visit www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com

    Eavesdrop on Advice to Clients

    Eavesdrop on Advice to Clients

    Each month we tell clients "Here's What You Should Be Doing Now," so that they never have to wonder about deadlines for applications, financial aid, when to visit colleges, more.


    In this session, I ranted (briefy) about fake November 1 emergencies and other client behavior, under the guise of advice to 11th grade and younger families, which I called "Here's What You Should NOT Do in a Year From Now"
    I hope you take the advice to heart!


    -Andy Lockwood

    • 23 min
    Financial Aid FAQ: Live and unscripted, (9/30/21)

    Financial Aid FAQ: Live and unscripted, (9/30/21)

    This episode was originally a live, unscripted off-the-cuff open mic session where college advisors Pearl and Andy Lockwood fielded questions from webinar attendees on the fly.


    Topics included: the FAFSA and CSS Profile, deadlies, the 529, how much income is too much to quality for aid, how to legally "shelter" assets from the financial aid formulas, how to appeal or negotiate a financial aid award, more!


    For more information about Lockwood College Prep's financial aid and college advising services, see http://www.lockwoodcollegeprep.com/ (www.LockwoodCollegePrep.com).

    • 1 hr 18 min
    SAT vs ACT: Which Test is Best?

    SAT vs ACT: Which Test is Best?

    It's rare for a day to go by without someone asking us at Lockwood College Prep which test should they take, the SAT or ACT?


    This episode outlines the key factors you should consider when deciding which standardized test to take, including:


    If you're a strong math student
    If you're a strong reader or writer
    If you hate science
    If you're a medium-to-slow-test taker
    More
    See LockwoodTestPrep.com for information about our diagnostic exam, online and in-person SAT and ACT prep classes, more

    • 4 min
    SAT vs ACT Live Q&A

    SAT vs ACT Live Q&A

    In this episode, college consultant Andy Lockwood grills Marissa Uneberg, Esq., head of tutoring at Lockwood Test Prep with several high stakes, gotta-know-em questions, including:
    What do you do if you have a kid with great grades, but is a poor test taker?


    Is "Test Optional" really test optional?


    If you get the same scores on a practice SAT and a practice ACT, which one should you focus on?
    More!
    For more information about our tutoring and small group classes (in person and online), visit LockwoodTestPrep.com.
    For information about college advising and financial aid consulting, visit LockwoodCollegePrep.com

    • 29 min
    How to Bust College Essay Writers Block

    How to Bust College Essay Writers Block

    College consultant Andy Lockwood shares some widespread obstacles facing college essay writers, and an "old school" way to bust through writer's block (that he uses personally).
    More info at CollegeBootcamps.com and LockwoodCollegePrep.com

    • 7 min
    How to Write a Gripping College Essay Even if You Haven’t Experienced Severe Trauma

    How to Write a Gripping College Essay Even if You Haven’t Experienced Severe Trauma

    Lots o' students and parents I speak with get hung up on the college essay about "obstacles." There seems to be one primary reason:
    Most kids don't have any.
    (Note to Internet trolls: I said "most," not "all." No need to send me a short 1,200 word reply on this topic.)
    So what do you do if you're an aspiring college essay writer but haven't lost a limb, brought yourself up in outer Mongolia with the help of a pack of wolves (assuming there are wolves in Mongolia, otherwise that's unrealistic) or got cut from your 8th grade competitive cheerleading squad?
    First, you don't have to write about overcoming an obstacle. That's only one of six (really seven) Common Application essay prompt choices. Pick another prompt if you like.
    Second, understand that you do not have to have some hugely dramatic, severe trauma in your life to write about. To quote Sarah, one of our admissions officers-turned-essay-advisors, it's OK to "go small."
    Meaning, some of the best essays are about normal, everyday "slice of life" topics. Things that are right under your nose, but you may not notice them because you're searching high and low for something worthy of a series on the CW network.
    One trap essay writers fall for is trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, i.e. ascribing monumental significance to an otherwise insignificant event. Example:
    As I reached the top of the summit and gazed down at the families below, I reflected on how I could no longer distinguish the differences in shape, size and color I had perceived from my ground-level perspective...
    (Written by a somewhat superficial lax bro upon his return from a family ski trip to Vail.)
    Don't twist yourselves into knots writing what you THINK admissions officers want to read. Write something interesting and meaningful -- to YOU.
    Want help with the essays and applications? We're filling our seats for our 6th annual "Incomparable Applicant College Essays and Apps Bootcamps." We're virtual again this year, because the feedback from last year was great (I may add a live session in the office, but we're still figuring that out.)
    One ticket buys you two sessions, plus help before and after the events. Here's the page to read more about what happens, look at the schedule, more:
    https://www.collegeguruacademy.com/bootcamp (https://www.collegeguruacademy.com/bootcamp)
    Use the coupon code BOOT-200 for an instant $200 "scholarship" before we close out.

    • 6 min

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