Review: College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting Into the Right College

College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting Into the Right College
College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting Into the Right College by Sandra Berger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a review. Just points I found useful or interesting.

Author recommends starting college planning in 7th grade. (Yaaaaaaag!)

Keys to choosing the right colleges:
self-awareness
personal values, aptitudes, needs

Teaching and learning are sometimes better at schools you have never heard of.

Parents:
Know your child.
How does she make decisions?
What are her needs and interests?
Help her find what she’s looking for.
Listen.
Do not do the applications for your child.
Do help keep track of deadlines.

From the start of high school, kids should work with their guidance counselors to craft college-bound course schedules that also reflect their interests.

Author advocates taking PSAT for practice prior to junior year.
Advocates SAT subject tests.

Gifted means more than good grades. If there’s something unusual about you, if you have a talent that’s not reflected in your transcript, write about it. If you have a way of learning that has conflicted with school expectations and getting good grades, explain how it can be a strength in other arenas.

There’s a good checklist on p. 57-58 that is worth photocopying and having your college bound kid think about.

Huntington-O’Shea Career Decision Making System revised
Career Occupational Preference System
Self-Directed Search
Barron’s Online College Search Engine
College Board Big Future
Princeton Review Career Quiz
What Can I Do with This Major?

(Some of these charge a fee. Maybe ask if the school already makes these available to students.)

A good section on questions to ask when touring colleges.

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