Lu Anne Wood Consulting

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Our Services

Why Choose a College Advisor?

Determining the best choices for colleges can be a confusing and overwhelming process for students and their families. Highly individualized guidance from an experienced college advisor will help you to identify the best educational options — selecting a school that will offer both the academic and social climate that best meets the student’s needs.

The advantages of independent college advising include:
  • Working closely with an educational consultant to help students know more about themselves, and determine the best college choices.

  • Scheduling college advising sessions early in the high school experience increases a student's awareness of the importance of making good choices with regard to academic course selection and achievement, comportment, co-curricular opportunities, and community involvement.

  • Recommending the best standardized test options and test preparatory options.

  • Assisting with the arrangements for college tours for students and families, providing materials and preparation to make the most of each visit.

  • Suggesting the best individuals to prepare letters of recommendation for each student; providing the appropriate forms and other materials for the referees.

  • Encouraging students to find their "voice" to distinguish themselves from other candidates for admission.

  • Directing interview skills training in preparation for college admission or job interviews.

  • Overseeing the timelines for submission of applications and completion of college essays.

  • Facilitating a match between a student and his/her future school to find the best "fit", and providing guidance to help students consider the colleges that appreciate the personal qualities that he or she has to offer.

  • Helping students and parents feel less anxiety and stress — contributing to family harmony!

  • Acceptance at a college where the student will be happy and successful!

Lu Anne Wood Consulting offers families College and Admissions Advising Services, including:

College Advising:
  • Assistance with motivating students to perform better in school, optimizing their achievements and improving their grades.
  • Online, 24-7 access to an exceptional college planning tool. College profiles and application deadlines, standardized test registration and scores, a college essay organizer, application progress, and college acceptance data are among the features available on the site.
  • Customized college searches to choose schools that best meet the student’s needs in terms of academics, arts, athletics and social environment.
  • Establishment of timetables and assistance with each college application.
  • Assistance with choosing teachers or other individuals who will provide the most effective letters of recommendation.
  • Guidance with regard to scheduling SAT, ACT and Subject Tests, as well as suggestions for standardized test preparatory courses and options.
  • Assistance with creating and reviewing effective college essays and personal statements, preparation of resumes and interview skills training.
  • Guidance through the scholarship application process and suggestions regarding financial aid options.
  • Recommendations for summer opportunities and volunteer activities that will increase the student’s insight, experience and perspective to make them better candidates for college admission.
  • Planning and preparation for college visits to provide the optimal experience for the student.
  • Guidance and support for current college students who are considering transferring to a different school.
  • Information and suggestions to help students transition to the independence of college life.

 


Admissions Advising for Students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12

  • Guidance and understanding of differences as families consider the choices of area public schools, day schools, and boarding schools.

  • Suggestions regarding the qualities to what to look for when choosing a school, and ways to assess the best educational environment for your child.
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