Book Reviews

Book Review: Panicked Parents Guide To College Admissions

Words of Wisdom for Surviving the College Admission Process Straight Talk from Expert Admission Professionals Parents, beware. You may have survived glasses and braces, sleep-away summer camps and the purple-haired prom-date-from-hell, but if you haven’t yet taken on the college admissions process, watch out! And, as if this process wasn’t already confusing enough, the ever-exploding ...

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Book Review: Improving Your Grades in College

B’s and A’s in 30 Days: Strategies for Better Grades in College (Paperback) By M.A., Eric Jensen and Tom Kerr “Congratulations! You have chosen B’s and A’s in 30 Days-a proven, user-friendly grade booster…” This is a real Best Buy, since this quite helpful and easy to read grade-counseling manual is available from Amazon for ...

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Book Review: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays

Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays (Paperback, Kindle, Nook) By Robert N. Cronk Arasian; first edition (2010) Concise Advice is a Timely Antidote to Writer’s Block It’s a scenario I see all the time: Parents wade into the college admissions quagmire when a child begins the search and application process. Then, years later, as ...

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Book Review: America’s Elite Colleges

America’s Elite Colleges: The Smart Applicant’s Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools co-authored by Dave Berry Paperback – 352 pages, Random House, 2001 This book is a cut above those with similar titles… some of the best advice I’ve read recently about how to get into an Ivy League or other elite ...

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Book Review: Organizing From The Inside Out For Teenagers

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life (Paperback) By Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon “So, you want to get organized…” I had to chuckle when I first read the big blurb at the top of the back page of this book: “America’s #1 ...

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College Admissions Book: Successful Essays

Paperback – 299 pages; Mentor Books 100 Successful College Application Essays has been around for a while. On the cover, under the two authors’ names is the additional phrase “With Members of the Staff of The Harvard Independent.” There’s that name again. I have to wonder if Mentor Books’ marketing department would have included that ...

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Book Review: A Is For Admission

A Is for Admission : The Insider’s Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michele A. Hernandez Paperback – 288 pages;  Warner Books This book caused quite a stir when it first came out in the late ’90s. Hernandez is a former Dartmouth College admissions officer. She then decided to ...

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Book Review: 10 Real SATs

10 Real SATs (2nd Edition), by The College Board Paperback – 681 pages (August 2000), published by The College Entrance Examination Board; ISBN: 0874476542 There’s an old song lyric that goes, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.” Well, if you’re planning to prepare to take the SAT I, you can get your hands on ...

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Book Review: The Official Preppy Handbook

The Official Preppy Handbook, edited by Lisa Birnbach Paperback – 224 pages (1980 – currently out of print, but used copies may be available on Amazon.com) Workman Publishing The subtitle reads: “Look, Muffy, a book for us.” I hesitated before commenting on The Official Preppy Handbook, but it is such a timeless cult classic that ...

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Book Review: Panicked Parents Guide To College Admissions

Panicked Parents’ Guide to College Admissions – Table of Contents Acknowledgment Introduction 1. All in the Family: Decisions and Dynamics How Involved Should Parents Be in the College Selection Process? Self-Assessment Survey for Parents Self-Assessment Survey for Students Pressure Points 2. Matchmaking, Matchmaking: Choosing the “Right” College “What Kind of School Am I?” How many ...

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