Book Review

A Parent’s Guide to the College Admissions Process: Tips from a High School Counselor

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It can be difficult to know which college workbooks are really going to help both you and your student during the admissions process. That’s where I come in. I have reviewed numerous resources on the market and here are a few that I would recommend. Keep in mind, most guides are not written by high school counselors. Many are written by people who have worked in college admissions or parents who have gone through the process with their students. They can only offer insight from one side of the admissions process. None of the guides or workbooks on the market replace the role and knowledge of most high school counselors.

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step

by Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde

This is one of the most comprehensive tools on the market. It is an overall great resources with tools, timelines, definitions etc. It isn’t as user-friendly as “Get It Together for College” by the College Board, but is filled with more comprehensive information. For parents, this is the book I would recommend. For students, I would recommend:

Get It Together for College: A Planner to Help You Get Organized and Get In

Get It Together for College: A Planner to Help You Get Organized and Get In

by The College Board

This is a great tool for both students and parents. It is an overall comprehensive resource. You may still need to supplement with other guides for specific levels of schools. This book is very user-friendly for students and is visually appealing/accessible. If you break it up by chapters and have your teen tackle one chapter at a time, I think it can be an incredibly effective resource.