The Teen Years and Beyond

... Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our seminars and webinars will help you develop the parenting style that best meets your teen's needs, and provide you with a wealth of information and practical suggestions to navigate through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center

Finding the Right Fit: Creating the Best College List

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3015 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Christine Kenyon, M.A.; Director of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons College Advising

With close to 4,000 college options in the United States, the selection process can be overwhelming. Where do you even start, and how do you know if you’re on the right track? During this workshop, families will learn how to:

  • Identify their children’s strengths and interests
  • Use their children’s academics, activities, and extracurriculars to derive a strong college list
  • Narrow their college options and ultimately select the right fit

Before You Borrow: Exploring Your College Finance Options

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3015 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

Financing a college education is a big commitment that can affect students and families for decades. So, don’t borrow willy-nilly. Invest in your future and join this seminar to better understand the various options, and the long-term consequences, that go along with borrowing. You will receive:

  • An overview of available college financing options
  • Information on borrowing, including who should do it, how much to borrow, what to consider when cosigning, and how to plan beyond the first year
  • Tools to calculate the true cost of borrowing loans, factoring in fees, interest, and repayment terms

SAT & ACT: Which Is Right for My Child? (Webinar)

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Allie Kirchner; Senior Academic Advisor, Revolution Prep

Most schools accept both the SAT and ACT. But how will you know which one your student should take? This workshop will give you more information about the tests and will help you understand the differences between them. We’ll also discuss how you can use your student’s learning style to make the most informed decision for the best possible result. Key topics include:

  • An overview of each test—subjects covered, question type, and scoring system
  • Steps you can take to determine the right test
  • When the tests are offered and your timeline options

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Understanding, Negotiating, and Appealing Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship Offers (Webinar)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Stacey MacPhetres, M.A.; Director of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

Your financial aid and merit offers are in. What’s next? It’s time to take a look at your need-based financial aid and merit scholarship offers from colleges to figure out how much they’ll actually reduce your student’s college costs. In this webinar, parents will learn how to:

  • Understand and compare their various offers
  • Differentiate between “financial aid” and “financing options”
  • Establish the real costs of college and the renewability of financial aid
  • Negotiate and ask for additional merit scholarship funds
  • Appeal for additional financial aid

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Alternatives to a Four-Year Degree (Webinar)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Tova Tolman, M.A.; Director of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons College Advising

Is the four-year college degree the only pathway to success? Could your student benefit from something different? Various options are available to students today, but the key is knowing which is best for your child. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What academic, career, and other pathways exist for high school graduates
  • When a student should consider a gap year and how to research options
  • How to identify the best options and set goals based on your student’s strengths and interests
  • Tips for establishing a timeline and action items for your student

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Preparing for Today’s SAT (Webinar)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Megan Stubbendeck, M.A., Ph.D.; Managing Director of Operations, ArborBridge

It’s been a while since you applied to college. And since then, the SAT has changed at least once. As your student gets ready to apply to college, preparing for the SAT can be key to admissions success. This workshop will give you an overview of changes to the SAT and insights into trends we’ve observed. Key topics covered include:

  • How the SAT is scored
  • Common challenges students face with the new exam
  • How to help your student adjust study habits and test-taking strategies

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Admission to the Ivies and Other Highly Selective Schools: Strategies for Success (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Becky Leichtling, M.A.; Senior Manager of Educational Consulting, Bright Horizons College Advising

In today’s competitive admissions world, having top grades and the highest standardized test scores is no longer enough to be admitted to the nation’s top colleges. This webinar will help parents understand:

  • What “highly selective” really means
  • How applications are reviewed at the country’s most selective schools
  • Which application elements most impact acceptance
  • What students can do to improve their chances of admission

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