A Note from Kimberly Hewitt About Frontier Tutoring's College Counseling Philosophy

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, 9th Grade - Freshmen, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right

    Interview with a West HS Student & Parent: Starting College Admissions Consulting During 11th Grade

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Sunday, March 03, 2019

     

     

    "It's nice to have a third party saying, 'What are your goals? Okay, then this is what you have to do to get there.' So it's not just parents going, 'You need to get good grades, you need to do this, you need to do that.' You’re helping the [students] figure out what they want to do and how to get there."

    -Bhree R., parent of Emma F., 11th grader at West Anchorage High School

     


     

    Emma F., a junior at West Anchorage High School, is one of my current college admissions consulting (CAC) students at Frontier Tutoring.  In this post, I share excerpts from an interview with Emma and her mom, Bhree, about why they chose to start college admissions consulting during Emma's junior year, rather than waiting until senior year.  Responses have been edited for length and clarity.  Use the links below to jump to the questions you're curious about.

     

    -Kimberly Hewitt, Business Unit Manager - College Admissions Consulting

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Excel Academically, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    Six Reasons You Should Start College Admissions Consulting During Junior Year

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Sunday, March 03, 2019

     

     

     

    "Starting DURING junior year allows you to improve your COMPETITIVENESS.  Starting AFTER junior year limits you to improving your NARRATIVE."

    -Kimberly Hewitt, Business Unit Manager - College Admissions Consulting

     

    Many high school students and families I meet with wait until fall of senior year to think critically about their college list or applications—but for best results, students should begin planning for college admissions during junior year—the earlier, the better.  Why?  If you start planning for college admissions during 11th grade, you will have time to improve your profile and competitiveness (for example, by adjusting your coursework selection, improving your grades and test scores, initiating or enhancing your involvement in specific extracurriculars, identifying and deepening relationships with potential recommendation writers, etc.).  On the other hand, if you wait until after junior year to begin thinking about college admissions in earnest, you will be limited to expressing the most compelling narrative about the profile you already have.  To be clear, optimizing the way you tell your story and express your goals on college applications is critical—but you'll be even better positioned if your profile is more competitive to begin with.  In this post, I'll walk you through six specific, high-leverage areas I work with on students when they start a college admissions consulting (CAC) program during their junior year.

     

     

    "It's nice to have a third party saying, 'What are your goals? What are your objectives? Okay, then this is what you have to do to get there.'

    Also, I like the structure and the timing [of your CAC program].  For example, are we on time, or are we behind, and do I need to be stressing? I like not having to worry about that piece in particular."

    -Bhree R., parent of 11th grader at West Anchorage High School

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, AP® Exams, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Excel Academically, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    PSAT Scores Are Out: Alaska National Merit Info & What You Should Do Next

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, December 10, 2018

     

    If you took the PSAT in October as either a 10th or 11th grader, you should have received your scores on December 12.  What do your scores mean?  How do they relate to the SAT/ACT?  How does the National Merit Scholarship Program work, and what are the Alaska qualifying scores?  And now that you have your scores, what should you do next?

     

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    Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    Taking Practice SAT/ACT Tests: Why, When & How—And What to Do After

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

     

     

    At Frontier Tutoring, we encourage every college-bound high school student in Anchorage to take advantage of our free practice SAT/ACT testing at the right time as part of their test prep strategy.  And many do—last year, over 40% of Anchorage School District students who took the SAT/ACT electively signed up for a Frontier Tutoring practice test first.  But why, when, and how, exactly, should you sign up for practice tests?  We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of this important resource and navigate the standardized testing and college admissions process.

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    Topics: ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    How I Did It: Getting into University of Pennsylvania & Working with Frontier Tutoring – Matt’s Story

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, October 20, 2017

     

    Matt F. is a 2017 graduate of South Anchorage High School who completed a College Admissions Consulting program with Frontier Tutoring during the 2016/17 school year.  He also improved his ACT score by four points after taking our ACT Prep Class during his junior year.  Matt is now a freshman at Penn, where admitted applicants have an average high school GPA of 3.84 and SAT score of 1520/ACT score of 34.

     

    In this second installment of our How I Did It series, we're giving you a first-hand account of what it's like to go through the college admissions process with a professional advisor.  Now, let's hear from Matt, along with his mom, Melissa, as they tell us about their experiences working with Frontier Tutoring in a College Admissions Consulting program.

     

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    How I Did It: Getting into Reed College & Working with Frontier Tutoring – Hannah’s Story

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Thursday, September 14, 2017

     

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    Topics: College Admissions, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    Four Facts About Your High School GPA for College Admissions (Plus an All-New GPA Calculators Kit)

    Posted by Chelsea Vining on Thursday, March 16, 2017

     

    Of all the things college admissions officers evaluate in your application, your high school grades by far carry the most weight.  (As you'll see in the graph below, the next most important factors are, on average, the rigor of your coursework, your SAT/ACT scores, essay, and recommendations.)  As a high school student, what do you need to do today to ensure your GPA is competitive with the norms for the colleges and scholarships you're interested in before it's time to apply?

     

     

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    Topics: 9th Grade - Freshmen, Downloads & Printables, College Admissions: Excel Academically, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, Anchorage

    Numbers Game: Competitive GPA & SAT/ACT Scores at the 49 Most Popular Colleges for Alaska Students

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

     

     

     

    When it comes to college admissions, numbers aren’t everything—but how much do they count?  In this post, we’ll discuss the holistic college admissions evaluation process and the relative weights of various parts of your application.  We’ll also give you access to our latest publication, The Frontier 49, which features average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores, along with admission rates, for the 49 most popular colleges where Alaska students apply.

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    Topics: College Admissions: Explore Early, 9th Grade - Freshmen, College Admissions: Excel Academically, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    How to Compare Redesigned SAT, PSAT, and ACT Scores: Quick Reference Guide

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, May 13, 2016


    Earlier this week, the College Board released scores from the March 5 SAT—the first administration of the redesigned SAT—as well as long-awaited new concordance tables, which allow students to understand how their scores from the redesigned SAT, ACT, and old SAT compare in common terms.  Shortly after the College Board's announcement, the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education announced the Alaska Performance Scholarship score requirements for redesigned SAT.  What does the new scoring system of the redesigned SAT mean for you?

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    Topics: ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, PSAT