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College Admissions Secrets @ Max a Mia

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Max-a-Mia College Admissions Secrets Breakfast Seminar, AUGUST 29, 9-11AM: Max a Mia
70 E Main St Avon, CT 06001. Tickets $25 – includes breakfast, folder of material, a digital copy of Dr. Yo’s Guide to Accepted Applications, plus 10% Max a Mia coupons.
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Please Read: Why Playing the College Admissions Game to Win is a GREAT Idea…Beyond Getting into College, by Dr. Yo


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College Admissions Secrets for Parents and Teens – for private groups by appointment

If you live in or around Connecticut and you would like Dr. Yo to speak to your own private group of college-bound teens and their parents, please contact him at for details of booking availability and fees.


About the talk:

If you’re in 8th-12th grade, or you’re the parent of a high-school student, do you know ALL you need to know about college testing, applications, and admissions? Join CollegePrepExpress owner Michael J. Youmans, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Yo) for a valuable,

Parents Talking @ Secrets for Parents & Teensinfo-packed overview of the entire process. You’ll find out about organizing academics and extracurricular activities (including sports) throughout high school; planning your college admissions calendar; understanding the most important admissions criteria; knowing whether to take the SAT, ACT, or both, and when; reducing test anxiety; planning and making the most of college visits; getting recommendations; packaging outstanding applications and recommendations; and more, in just two hours… Fasten your seat belts!

Dr. Yo has presented this popular overview, which touches on tips and advice for parents and students in grades 8 through 12, to various groups in the Greater Hartford area. Even seasoned parents of college-bound kids will learn something new about planning programs of study and extracurricular activities, the admissions process, the latest changes to the CommonApp, test-taking strategies, and how to WIN the college admissions game.    

This talk is intended for both parents AND teens. We have found that maximal benefit accrues when both parents and teens hear the same info at the same time.


9th and 10th Grade Positioning DrYoinGlastonburyCitizen

  • Programs of Study (top 3 admissions criteria)
  • Extracurriculars, Community Service, and Sports
    • Standardized testing
    • General skills
    • Subject-specific SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams
    • Test Anxiety Reduction

Junior Year Positioning

  • Standardized Testing Calendar
  • SATs vs ACTs
  • SAT Subject Tests & APs
  • Making nice with guidance counselor
  • College Lists: Reaches, Targets, and Safeties
  • College Visits: Info Sessions, Tours, & Interviews

Senior Year Positioning

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The CommonApp
  • Essay, Activities list, and Supplements
  • Re-Testing

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Managing College Admissions Stress: A Mindfulness Workshop for Parents and Teens

Learn techniques that can be used by both teens AND their parents to manage the considerable stress surrounding the entire college admissions process. In the first half of the 90-min workshop, moms, dads, and college-bound teens from 9th-12 grades will learn and practice the basic, research-based Mindfulness techniques used throughout the medical and general wellness communities for pain management and stress reduction. In the second half, we will discuss the various stressors throughout the entire college admissions process, along with how parents and teens can effectively manage them together. This is a great opportunity to learn to work together toward a common goal and diffuse a frequently excessively volatile process.


See also: “PrepTalk” with CPE: College Admissions 101 for Mom & Dad


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