Updated: Jan 8, 2021
We're glad that there's a lot of support behind this idea and we're excited to see how this turn out moving forward.
We had 17 questions submitted on a whole host of topics, but the three which stood out were:
1. What should I do if my son / daughter is in middle school?
2. Which extracurriculars are going to be the most beneficial for getting into the Ivy League?
3. How can I improve my son / daughter's performance in school quickly?
Our team took all the questions submitted during the week and these were our top answers.
1. If your child is in middle school, what we suggest is having them work toward identifying their strengths and weaknesses. This will give them a huge competitive advantage going into high school and they will be able to focus in on, and perfect those strengths moving forward.
Because middle isn't too critical in the college application process, it's a great place for a student to test different subjects to see what they like, and what they may dislike so that they can gravitate towards these subjects when they become a bit older. If you'd like to learn more pick up our free ebook "Elite Institution Secrets" here. It dives much deeper into this topic and covers this specific period of a students life much more in depth.
2. The long answer to this question is it depends. What we have found is that the number or type of extracurricular a student does isn't necessarily important to a students college admission, but instead the quality of the extracurricular activity is. We highlight this in our ebook, but in a nutshell, students who can demonstrate that they can stick with difficult activities, a sport for example, for a long period of time have a markedly higher change of making it into an elite school that students who do not.
However, students who do many challenging activities which require competition with other students or other schools do tend to be viewed more favorably than students who do not.
3. While the is no escalator to any place worth going, a way in which a student can improve their academic performance quickly is to find a mentor they can learn from and absorb their way of thinking. With academic performance especially, a couple tutoring sessions a week where a student spends maybe 3 hours, or so, a week with a tutor can drastically change their academic performance in a matter of months.
We've found that the tipping point for students to start showing rapid academic change occurs around the 10 hour mark when meeting with a tutor. After that point, a student usually starts making rapid improvement with the subject they are working on and eventually achieves mastery of it in a matter of weeks as opposed to months.
If a student wishes to change their academic performance in school quickly, we suggest mentorship with a tutor for 2 or 3 hours a week so that they can start to master material much more quickly that would be the case if they met more infrequently.
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