Podcast: Academic Excellence Without Burnout

Join me in today’s episode as I discuss the tools and routines designed to help students excel academically and grow personally. From daily reflections to semester evaluations, discover practical tips for navigating academic life. Tune in! TRANSCRIPT Sheila Akbar: 0:00 ou shouldn’t be homework police, you shouldn’t be their college counselor, you shouldn’t be the therapist, […]

Podcast: Joy Meserve: Leading with Joy

In today’s episode, join me as I sit down with Joy Meserve, CEO and founder of Leading with Joy. We delve into her transformative journey from corporate PR to pioneering STEM education, exploring insights on joyful leadership and navigating career shifts. From parenting parallels to practical college prep tips, Joy shares candid wisdom and actionable […]

Podcast: College Waitlists, Acceptances, and Strategic Positioning

Join me in today’s episode as I delve into the intricacies of college waitlists. I’ll discuss the purpose behind waitlists and offer actionable advice for waitlisted students on navigating their current acceptances while strategically positioning themselves for potential waitlist admissions. Tune in! TRANSCRIPT Sheila Akbar: 0:00 They had the raw talent and stats to probably get […]

Podcast: Joanna Graham: Expertise, Authenticity, and Purpose

In today’s episode, I chat with Joanna Graham, one of Signet’s Senior Admissions Consultants, to discuss the significance of expertise, authenticity, and purpose in shaping students’ paths, highlighting the transformative power of education. Join us for insights into career navigation and the impact of self-discovery on students’ aspirations. TRANSCRIPT Joanna Graham: 0:00 I love this work. […]

Podcast: Jaime Smith: Transfer & Homeschool Admissions

In today’s episode, I sit down with educational consultant Jamie Smith to explore transfer admissions. Join us as we unravel the opportunities and challenges for non-traditional students, from transfers to homeschoolers. Get ready for insights into the evolving higher education landscape and its impact on admissions. Don’t miss this conversation about fostering diversity on campuses […]

Podcast: Annie Tulkin: Accessible College

In this episode, Annie Tulkin, the founder of Accessible College, and I discuss the world of college transition support for students with disabilities. Don’t miss this insightful conversation that sheds light on the path to college success for all students. Follow Annie Tulkin on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram, and visit her website here. Connect with me on LinkedIn and become a […]

Podcast: Don’t Force It: An Intentional Approach to College Admissions

Join me as we dive deep into the college admissions process and explore the three essential phases that set students up for success. We’ll uncover the importance of building a solid foundation, strategic preparation, and crafting a compelling narrative. Discover how an intentional approach can transform the college journey into a rewarding experience. TRANSCRIPT Sheila […]

Podcast: Tag team: Holly and Sheila discuss applying to graduate school

applying to graduate school

In today’s episode, Holly and I dive deep into the world of applying to graduate school. Whether you’re contemplating a Ph.D. or an academic-focused master’s program, these essential insights will empower you to craft a compelling application and embark on an enriching academic journey. How to Get Into College (Circle Community): https://how-to-get-into-college.circle.so/home Access free resources and […]

Podcast: Sharon Genicoff: Personal Branding in College Admissions

In this episode, I sit down with high school college counselor Sharon Genicoff to explore the art of crafting an authentic personal brand for your college applications. Our conversation empowers students to present their unique qualities in a meaningful way, ensuring their college applications stand out and reflect their genuine selves. Tune in for invaluable […]

Podcast: Alberto Naviera: STEM tutoring

In today’s episode, I speak with one of Signet’s Principal Tutors, Alberto Naviera. We discuss Alberto’s unique approach to STEM tutoring, his empathetic connections with students, and how he empowers them to conquer the challenges of learning science. Tune in to learn more about how we meet students where they are at Signet! TRANSCRIPT Sheila […]

Procrastination? Or Fear in Disguise?

Procrastination? Fear or Disguise.

Here’s a look into the future: It’s Spring of 2024. The school year is rolling on. Homework and activities have piled up. And you realize you’re behind—again.    You thought this time would be different, but the days slipped away, “have to’s” piled up, and your hope of being purposeful and intentional got swallowed by […]

Podcast: Bob Schaeffer: Fairtest.org

Today I sit down with longtime friend, Bob Schaeffer. Bob is an incredible source of knowledge around how the testing landscape has changed in the last several decades and the work that he and his team at FairTest do is invaluable. Tune in to hear about the test optional movement in college admissions and more!   TRANSCRIPT […]

Signet Admissions Results

Since we started helping students in 2005 get into their dream schools, our team of former admissions officers, writing coaches, and research analysts have helped students with hundreds of personal statements, supplemental essays, activity lists, and resumes. On top of that, we’ve given our students advice on which schools to target, how best to frame […]

Podcast: Urvashi Bhatnagar: Why Cross-Functional Learning is Essential for Success

This week, I sit down with scholar, author, leader, and mom Urvashi Bhatnagar to talk about her educational journey and the importance of learning skills and knowledge from outside your career silo. TRANSCRIPT Urvashi Bhatnagar: 0:00 I think we need to recognize that careers are a journey. And they will most likely not retire in the […]

Podcast: Marie Bigham: Equity and Access in College Admissions

Marie Bigham, Founder & Executive Director of ACCEPT, joins to talk with us about issues of equity and access in college admissions, and the work that her non-profit has undertaken to make the system work better for everyone. TRANSCRIPT Marie Bigham: 0:00 So we’ve built this entire mythology, including put up these false barriers that create […]

Podcast: Panel: Do Asians face a higher bar in College admissions?

As their children approach the college process, some families face a uniquely challenging question: does the model minority myth help or hurt their students in college applications? Given the cases before the Supreme Court, the lack of transparency in the admissions process, and differing values around education, this discussion is overshadowed by strong opinions, confusion, and […]

Capturing Your Story

The school year is coming to a close, and you’re getting excited about summer and all its possibilities.  But nagging there in the back of your mind is this little thought that won’t leave you alone.  Your college essay.  You can put it off or pretend it’s not there, but eventually, you’ll have to face […]

Podcast: Ellen Braaten: Bright Kids Who Couldn’t Care Less

“He’s so smart, but he’s no longer interested in school—or any ‘offline’ activities.” “She used to love sports, but now she just mopes around.” “My kid has turned into such a slacker!” If this sounds like your child, you need to listen to this episode! This week, my friend @Dr. Ellen Braaten shares insights from […]

Podcast Bonus Episode: Tools for Academic Skill-Building and Accountability

Jay Bacrania: Skills for High School Success

Towards the end of my conversation with Jay, our CEO, last week, we started getting really tactical around various tools that can help build students’ awareness of their challenges and move them towards solutions. In this episode, we talk through calendars, digital distractions, time management, and a tool for examining how non-academic factors impact academic […]

Podcast: How to Navigate the Waitlist

With all the college decisions that came out in the last week of March, I’m getting so many questions about how to navigate the waitlist. In this episode, I talk about what the waitlist is used for, how waitlist use has increased recently, and what students who are waitlisted should do to both move forward […]

Podcast: How to Achieve an Academic Turnaround

How to Achieve an Academic Turnaround

Meet Liz – one of Signet’s rockstar academic coaches. In today’s episode, Liz shares her approach to coaching, what kinds of challenges coaching can help with, and how to tell if your child is ready for coaching or not. Learn about how a coach puts students at the center of identifying and solving their own […]

[Podcast Trailer] Don’t Force It: How to Get Into College Without Losing Yourself In The Process

For all the stressed-out parents trying to help their teenagers navigate the complicated world of college admissions. Each episode offers insightful and in-depth conversations with admissions experts and professional educators with practical advice for getting through the process without losing sight of yourself, your kid, or your sanity. From building a strong academic and extracurricular […]

Students With Good Grades Need Help, Too

One of the most common misconceptions parents have about academic coaching is that it’s only necessary for students who have poor grades. Discover why, sometimes, students with good grades need help, too.

Guiding Principles in College Admissions

College admissions officers consider students holistically, and your student needs to know that to ensure that their best self comes through in their application materials.

Reframe School with the Top 10 List

The Top 10 List is a simple tool you can use as a conversation starter with your student to explore what other activities and pursuits they might feel are meaningful during this time.

Tune Back in to Curiosity

Our educational system hasn’t just been disrupted by the pandemic. It’s been shaken to its core. Despite the hard work put in by teachers, students, and parents, many kids have found it harder to engage through online learning. Diminished social interaction has left students feeling lonely (and parents feeling overwhelmed). Many students started to ask […]

How to Have the College Major Conversation

How to Have the College Major Conversation

Parents often ask how they can counsel students to pursue something they’re interested in, but also keep an eye on where that’s leading them in their post-college life. Learn how to have this conversation, from a college counselor’s perspective.

8-Week SAT or ACT Study Plan

Waited until the last minute (or the last 2 months), and now you’re stressing? Here’s a plan to help you conquer the SAT or ACT with just 8 weeks of prep.

Update on the New SAT: Math

Update on the New SAT: Math

The SAT is changing in 2016—what does this mean for you? In Part 3 of this series, learn about how Math will be tested.

Update on the New SAT

The College Board just released more details on the upcoming changes to the SAT. Here’s what you need to know about the test’s format.