EDNavigators uses the latest technology to
simplify the process of navigating the educational maze.
Sites EDNavigators Students Access Regularly
Custom College Plan (This a portal, specifically for you, where you research colleges, create an application plan and manage the application process.)
Khan Academy (This site offers math practice/ tutorials and excellent tutorials on other subjects as well. EDNavigator students get a list of customized goals and concepts to learn and practice.)
Quizlet (Online learning and quizzes to prepare and practice for standardized tests)
Acceleread App – use the free version of this app for an introduction to the process of and skills needed for speed reading.
Spreeder: a free online speed reading software where you can copy your own text and practice reading it with custom speed and grouping (set speed and grouping preference in “settings” under the passage) – I have no experience with the paid version of this program. I think the free version should be fine for practicing.
Websites for Researching/Creating the College List
Big Future By The College Board (research schools by many different search filters)
College Results Online (Here you can sort schools you are considering by cost, graduation rates, demographics and so much more – a valuable and worthwhile website)
College Express (This site requires that you create a free profile but it is worth it. The Lists and Rankings tab here is my favorite. It allows you to sort schools by many different categories depending upon what you are looking for.)
College Navigator (This site is created and updated by The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. It allows you to search and sort colleges and can be a good starting point to finding your best-fit college.)
U-Can Colleges and Universities Map (This is a great beginning resource if geographic location is high on your list of priorities in selecting a college or university.)
Virtual Tours of Colleges and Universities
CampusTours – I found this to be the MOST comprehensive site. You can click on tour, website, map, video (YouTube). The site also gives stats on the college.
YouVisit – This offers comprehensive and impressive high quality photos and video (UC Davis uses this) A student/model stands in corner of screen and narrates a walking tour. There is a map in the upper right corner so you can see where you are on campus.
eCampusTours – 360 panoramic pictures of campus with written overview
YOUniversityTV This gives highlights with quick video clips and photos and graphs/maps.
Go See Campus (This site includes a free tool for researching colleges and planning campus visits. You need to create a free account to use this site but the information included is valuable.)
AAATrip Link (This site assists you in mapping your college tours, attractions and lodging.)
Websites for Standardized Testing
SAT/ACT Concordance Table (shows relationships between SAT and ACT scores as of May 2016)
CollegeBoard (SAT information/ test dates/registration)
Institutions Using SAT Subject Tests (This list comes from the College Board. Check the specific school website to find out specifics of how the tests are used and how many are recommended or required.)
SAT Score Use Practices By Participating Colleges (This list comes from the College Board. Check the specific school website to confirm information.)
ACT (ACT information/ test dates/registration)
All About the AP – A Guide for Students (a comprehensive site created by The College Board)
College Use of AP Scores (search by college to see how each institution uses AP scores..for credit? for placement? for admission?…)
FairTest.org (This site includes a list of 850 four-year colleges do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants. These schools do often require additional essays, minimum GPAs or other supplements to the application. Check the fine print carefully.)
SAT and ACT Writing Requirements by School (composed and updated by CompassPrep)
SAT Writing Requirements by School (composed by The College Board)
Websites for Applying to College/University
The Common Application The Common Application now has two new features to support students who are applying to college: the ability to invite an Advisor and the option of sharing a preview of their in-progress applications.
Websites for Financing College
College Affordability and Transparency Center (This site is created and maintained by the US Department of Education. It includes The College Scorecard, The Net Price Calculator Center and The College Affordability and Transparency List.)
EFC Calculator – calculate your estimated family contribution
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (The FAFSA is available Oct 1)
FinAid (Provides an excellent overview of financing college and much more.)
Who to Turn to for Assistance with the Financial Aid Process
Financial Aid Coach Financial Aid Coach acts as an advocate for families as they navigate the world of financial aid. Our goals are to take the stress and confusion out of the process and help families maximize their financial aid eligibility.
College Affordability: Reduce Your College Costs (This is a link to the site of Financial Advisor, Fred Amrein. He is an independent fee-based financial planner who specializes in analyzing college costs, financing options and student loan repayment. I encourage every family I work with to meet with Fred before finalizing the College List.)
Websites for Athletes
NCAA Eligibility Center (This is an essential site for the student athlete.)
Resources/Websites for Summer Activities/Gap Year Experiences
Enrichment Alley (This site offers a searchable database for summer, gap year and school year programs)
Do Something (This site offers searchable database where you can get involved locally)
Global Leadership Adventures (This site includes Teen Volunteer Abroad Summer Programs and Service Trips for High School Students)
Bridge Volunteers (This site works with the mission to provide quality volunteer programs that benefit their participants as well as the communities and environments in which they serve.)
Where There Be Dragons (This site offers student travel adventures.)
Volunteer Match (This site provides volunteer opportunities in your area.)
Resources/Websites for Careers/Professions
Resources/Websites for Teens/Parenting – Keeping Perspective, Inspiration
FeelingFabulousPodcast – inspiration for mothers of teens