Package hours can be used for counseling, test prep tutoring, and/or academic tutoring. For information on the various aspects of the college application process, please visit our Academic Tutoring and Test Prep Tutoring pages. All services can be provided in person or remotely. In-person sessions are 1.5-2 hours long, and virtual sessions are typically 1-1.5 hours long (unless otherwise agreed upon).
Packages used for academic tutoring will come with any supplementary books or materials that your tutor deems necessary. Test prep packages include all necessary textbooks and materials (including a GE strategy guide, official study guide, silent stopwatch, binders of additional exams, and a Quizlet set of flashcards for SAT/ACT review). All test prep packages also include a certain number of free proctored exams (the exact number depends on the package chosen), which we strongly encourage that students take as often as possible.
Test Prep students — don't know how many hours you want? Our Test Prep Diagnostic allows you to take one of our proctored exams and then meet for 1.5 hours with a tutor to break down the results. Additionally, once we know how well you are scoring to start and how well you WANT to score, it gives us a better sense of how much help is needed and in what areas.
**PLEASE NOTE: The minimum number of hours required for test prep tutoring is 15 hours.**
Our experienced college counselors can help students perfect their admissions essays and tackle the application process as a whole, as well as help younger students create a plan to maximize their high school years. We also have counselors who specialize in athletic recruitment, the transfer process, and graduate school applications, so our counseling staff will be able to help you reach any of your higher education goals.
Ready to get started with college counseling but don't know which package is best for you? The number of hours needed depends heavily on three factors:
1. Which parts of the process a student wants help with. We offer a wide range of college counseling services and start with some students as early as seventh grade and others as late as senior year. Clearly, the more guidance a student wants, the more hours will be necessary.
2. How many schools a student is applying to, as well as which ones. Some college applications require zero essays while others require as many as twelve, so it's nearly impossible to anticipate the workload without a fairly firm college list in place.
3. How much involvement/guidance you would like. Some families only want us to tell them what needs to be done, and then they'll do it; others want us to oversee the process from start to finish, confirming receipt of every set of test scores and letters of recommendation, read every draft of every essay, et cetera.
For information on the various aspects of the college application process, please visit our Counseling page.
Still want more guidance in choosing a package? Set a Counseling Consultation (1.5 hours) with a counselor and discuss your unique goals and devise a college admissions game plan.
Remember, there is no “right” way to tackle this process — it simply depends on what will make it the least stressful and most manageable for you and your family!