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Searching for guidance to help your student with their college and career plan? LaunchPad Consulting Group can help!

We offer full-service college and career consulting for students starting in high school and workplace consulting for young adults. We also have over 20 years of experience in the field of learning and attention issues. We are passionate about launching young adults on a path towards success.


Middle School
Middle School

Working with students to encourage exploration towards college and career planning. We can also help navigate parents to the right school setting for their child.

High School
High School

Finding the right path after high school is an important decision and one that takes planning.

Workplace Counseling
Workplace Counseling

Providing individuals with guidance during the job search and certification options. We specialize in helping students with learning disabilities and attention issues.

10 Things You Need to do to be Ready for Success in College

The transition to college starts today! For students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or on the spectrum, researching the support offered at each college is just as important as the major.  Now is the time to get ready for success in college. You need to take stock of the accommodations you use in high school and make sure you are working on your independent living skills.  Here are ten things you need to do to be ready for success in college. 

  • Plan for dealing with a lot of text! Are you using a digital textbook or a paper copy? Do you prefer audiobooks? Which works best for you? 
  • Understand how to navigate a LMS. Does your school use a learning management tool such as Canvas? If so, you may have learned where to find your syllabus, schedule, grades, homework, and extra reading supplements.  If your high school is not using digital tools, this may be a stumbling block for you during your first semester in college.  You can take a dual credit class through the community college that can provide that experience while you earn college credit. 
  • Start keeping track of your schedule on your phone or another planning device. One paper planner that I like is the Planner Pad Organizer. It takes the more significant tasks and breaks them down into the daily tasks and then the hourly tasks for that day.  
  • Learn to check your emails daily! Professors and others will be contacting you via email more than using text. 
  • Work on creating a digital filing system on your computer to save homework and other work.
  • If possible, start going to appointments on your own.  Set reminders on your phone to make sure you arrive on time. 
  • Set the alarm and get yourself out of bed each morning.
  • Learn how to do your own laundry Your mom and dad will appreciate this one, and so will your roommates! 
  • Work on decreasing procrastination. Try to plan out studying for tests, working on projects, etc. That’s where the Planner will come in handy.
  • Practice problem solving and self-advocacy.

To help, we’ve created two organizers for you! One for Taking Stock of your Accommodations and one to check-in on how you are doing with the Independent Living Skills you need to be ready for college. 

   

Click on the picture above to download a pdf of the organizer and be sure to follow us on Instagram for regular tips and updates for helping with your college planning!

Fall is the Time for Deadlines!

It’s Fall…pumpkins, Halloween decorations, and homecoming games! But for students with an eye on college, it also means completing applications, essays, the FAFSA, and college tours. Not to mention all the high school activities and academic demands you have in order to keep your applications strong!  

Here are some steps for staying strong this fall: 

The Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are fast approaching. They are the beginning of November at most schools. To reign in the anxiety, make a list of your colleges, their requirements, and the application deadlines for each.  

Finalize your college essay if you haven’t already. Each college has its requirement for submitting essays. Some require them, some don’t, and some have their own questions (Ex. Why us? Or Why this major?) 

Now, tackle each college application one at a time. The Common App offers a spreadsheet format to track all the college applications that you have created. If you don’t have a tracking method, you can create your own.  

You will need to request Letters of Recommendations and Counselor Letters too.  The Common App will send emails to recommenders and counselors for each college, or they can mail them to the college directly. Remember to provide an addressed, stamped envelope for each recommender!

Whew! This process can be a lot for many students, so working with a school counselor or an independent educational consultant like Beth can help keep you on track during this very hectic time. 

Test-Optional – What to Do?

The pandemic made last year and like no other for college admissions. The most significant change is that many schools have decided to go test-optional. Test-optional means you do not have to submit your ACT or SAT scores if you don’t want to and you won’t be penalized for it during the admission review.  

During the admissions cycle for the class of 2021, regardless of the school’s elite status, more than 1,000 campuses have dropped SAT/ACT as an admission requirement and admission officers have reviewed a record number of applications due to the number of students taking advantage of this option.

… test scores are important but not nearly as significant as students and parents think.

– Jeff Selingo

What to Do

In his book, Who Gets in and Why, A Year Inside College Admissions, released just before the pandemic, Jeff Selingo says, “..test scores are important but not nearly as significant as students and parents think.” Admissions officers use scores mainly to check against the transcript, asking questions such as do the grades and transcripts line up?  

It has been discussed among many college advisors that if you have a score lower than 1300, it is advisable not to submit your score. Anything below that, you may want to choose to go test-optional. 

What Happens Then

So, what factors does an admission counselor look at when reviewing an application without test scores? Many put the most weight on GPA as well as the rigor of the curriculum. They will also look at essays, teacher and counselor recommendations, and extracurricular activities. 

Don’t despair if your GPA is lower! There are many schools out there that provide excellent education and accept students with lower GPAs. Your selection of a major may be a deciding factor. 

Try to find opportunities while in high school to show your interest in this field and list them in your extracurricular activities list. Showing an increase in grades, an internship, a volunteer opportunity, or a unique project may be just the advantage you need to overcome a lower GPA. 

Looking for some help with discovering your strengths or figuring out how to showcase your accomplishments for your college applications? We can help! Contact us today.