Educational Consultant

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’”

Audrey Hepburn

“Just want to say thank you so so much for everything.  I couldn’t have done it without you.”   Lauren B.  ( senior)

Consulting services for individuals and families include:

         Self-Advocacy for school planning meetings    


         Strategies to ease anxiety, increase school performance, lessen

              tensions between parents and children, improve overall study

              skills, reduce OCD symptoms, and manage ADHD behavior

        Executive Functioning Skills such as prioritizing, planning,

              initiating, organizing, pacing, setting goals to increase motivation,

              time management, and executing tasks 


         Parenting Tips and Resources - family meetings, mission        

             statements, current research and resources, easing tension        

             at home, social and behavior strategies 


         Specific topics - ADHD, learning differences, stress        

             reducers, improved reading comprehension, speed reading,

             writing strategies, test taking strategies, social thinking, and   

             other areas of interest           


College Planning  Navigate through the high school years, test prep, college options explained, help finding the right college, assistance with applications and essays, timelines and deadlines, strategies to ease the transition, choosing a major, college visits, interviews for admission and internships, and other support through the process



            Independent Educational Consultants Association

            Associate Member: Highly Qualified Network of College Planners 

          College planning, application completion, and essay assistance

            Working with high school students - sixteen years

          Liaison for college admissions officers and students in the

              college guidance department at a local high school - Ten years

           Instructor “I Got In!”  Class on Interviewing Techniques & Tips


           College meetings at high schools, college fairs, and on            

              campuses  Comprehensive and current information

           Campus visits to colleges across the country

               Over 100 colleges    


            Supervisor/Proctor for A.P. tests, ACT and SAT exams

               Extensive Test Prep experience and knowledge

             Mother of three adult and teenage sons

               Personal experience navigating through college and        

               graduate school



             Educational Placement Counseling offers assistance for parents

              and students to help them narrow down postsecondary educational

              choices and simplify the application process. Through detailed            

              questioning, presentation of college data, and other insights into

              public and private universities/colleges, students are able to make

              informed selections for their future educational path.

                     Standardized tests such as the PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT ll

               subject tests, and A.P. exams can be reviewed for their importance

               and their role in admissions. Essays, personal statements, inter-

               views, campus visits, housing, and financial aid are topics covered

               in discussions. Handouts and college materials clarify numerous


            Extensive research, comprehensive and current college

              materials, as well as college handbooks/guides assist the

              search; college visits, college fairs, conferences, and collaboration

              with other consultants and parents helps refine the list of appropriate



             College resources for children with Learning Disabilities

              and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are available.

                Current topics from workshops, conferences, and

              meetings are shared including postsecondary choices for students

              with special needs, finding the fit, financial aid, college visits,

              college interviews, college essays, college applications, making    

              a smooth transition from high school to college, and study skills

              for college students.


                                            Patti Schabinger, M.A.

                                            Independent Educational Consultant

                                            College Planning, Search, Essay Assistance

                                            Learning Specialist, Private Tutor


                                            North Shore and Suburban Chicago    


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