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

   

Experience


            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


Services

             

             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

               questions.


            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

              colleges            

                                                                

             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

                                            pattischabinger@gmail.com

                                            North Shore and Suburban Chicago    

                                                             

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