Seminars and Workshops

The College Selection and Admission process can be overwhelming and intimidating with the vast array of choices and approaching deadlines. Let Educational Services and College Pursuit® ease your concerns! Come join our field experts to learn the most up-to-date and pertinent information available through our Seminars and Workshops.

The College Pursuit network is comprised of highly-experienced professionals currently working in the field of college admissions and/or high school college counseling. Each counselor averages more than 20 years of experience and has tremendous knowledge regarding the College Selection and Admission process.

Parent Seminars

FREE

“A method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.” – College Pursuit Best Practices


When to start and where to begin? Is it a better use of time to go on a random college visit or to spend hours and hours researching and determining a list of schools? Should my son or daughter take complete ownership of the process or is it better if I am involved? The college process is detail-oriented and requires communication, as well as clarity, for serious matters such as selecting a major and a potential career path. During this seminar we will discuss the College Selection Admission (CSA) Process, break the CSA Process into stages, and provide you with tips and strategies to get started. This seminar is great for parents with students of all ages!

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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

FREE

“Life is defined by little snags and setbacks; success is determined by the ability to distinguish between the two and rebound from either. And there’s no single juncture, no one crossroads, on which everything hinges.” -Frank Bruni


The College Admission Process does not solely involve the student; the process involves the entire family. There is tremendous pressure on each student to do his or her best to maximize future opportunities. How can you help to mitigate the pressure? How can you address challenging topics without creating further anxiety? Dr. Deborah Ledley is ready to answer these questions and more through the Coping with the College Admission Process Seminar.


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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

FREE

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return." - Ben Franklin


Paying for a college education is incredibly overwhelming for most parents. While tuition continues to rise, college-bound families consistently look for ways to gather the necessary funds. Are there strategies and decisions that could make a difference? The answer is yes! This parent seminar will provide an educational review on the nuances and details of financial aid, as well as merit money and scholarships. The information in this seminar will provide you with important financial aid information, answers to relevant questions, and the knowledge necessary to have a sound plan.

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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

FREE

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” -Denis Waitley


The college admission process is most often a family affair. As much as parents want to allow their child to explore their goals, plan for the future and take ownership of the college process it feels risky to place such an incredibly important decision in the lap of a 17 year old. The college process collides with an exciting, yet challenging stage in development where becoming and feeling independent is often a priority for the student. This parent seminar will help parents communicate in ways that allow for dialogue and planning versus power struggles and pushing off the college tasks. The goal of this seminar is to consider methods of communication and compromise that don’t threaten the student’s mission for independence and allows for productive conversations and college planning.


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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

FREE

“Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.” ― Diane Ravitch


This seminar provides an inside look at the world of standardized testing. Come learn the differences between the SAT, PSAT, ACT, and Pre-ACT and how colleges view the individual tests and results. Discover how to determine which test is the better fit for your child, which test dates to consider, and when to begin preparation. Develop a testing timeline and schedule a complimentary follow-up consultation to discuss your child’s specific needs!

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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

FREE

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain


Summer is often a time when students escape the pressure of school to relax and have fun; however, the summer can provide so much more! Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take courses in a specific area of interest, or to pursue new areas of study. Summer can also be a time to depart from the comforts of home to serve, explore, and grow across the globe. Not all summer experiences are created equal; some are highly rigorous and others are designed to encourage creative thinking without the stress of defined objectives. Come learn more about the variety of summer programs available for your child, what factors are important to consider in the selection process, and how they might impact your child's personal and/or academic development.

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FREE

“Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.” ― Diane Ravitch


Are you wondering if your son or daughter would benefit from having accommodations on the SAT or ACT? This personalized seminar will explain what types of accommodations are available, which learning styles typically qualify for extended time, and the process to become approved for accommodations. We will also discuss a process timeline so you feel confident everything will be completed in a timely manner to poise your student for success!

Please call to inquire about scheduling a personalized seminar.

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

FREE

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

-Tommy Lasorda

 

Is your child the star of the team? Is your child prepared to commit to collegiate athletics? How does your child plan to gain exposure, to become recruited, and to determine the right program and level (DI, DII, DIII)? Creating relationships with coaches, learning about programs, and determining an academic fit takes time, and it is best to begin planning early. Understanding the various pros and cons of each level of play, and determining which level is the best fit can be a daunting task. This workshop will provide the information for you to get started, best practices to consider, and an overview of the student-athlete process! The Student Athlete Process Seminar Includes:

  • Your role as a parent through the process
  • Guidance regarding the NCAA eligibility requirements
  • Determining the recruitment timeline for your sport
  • How to gain exposure through questionaires, emails, campus visits, etc.
  • Discussing how to create Athletic Brag Sheets
Please call to inquire about upcoming seminar dates!  

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

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“Being a good parent requires knowing when to push and when to back off, when to help and when to let them make mistakes and then being strong enough to watch them go." - Anonymous

Your child, like you, is being pulled between the past, present and future. Wanting to be independent and being ready to be independent are two different things. One day you might hear, “Leave me alone; I’m 18 years old. I’m independent.” and the next day you hear, “You’re never around when I need you.” Your child’s ups and downs are a sign of the confusion of this transitional time. This workshop will prepare you for the emotional transition as your son or daughter prepares to leave for college. Learn how to have a meaningful summer, how to plan the big move to campus, how to best communicate when your child is first away, and what to expect when your child returns from the first semester.

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Student Workshops

$100

”There's only one interview technique that matters... Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Do your homework, prepare.”  -Jim Lehrer


For many colleges, the college selection process is largely based on grades, testing, ranking and the specific accomplishments listed on your application. An interview is a great opportunity to personalize the process and give the college a sense of what makes you unique. After meeting you, they will want you to be part of their school community! The key to a successful interview is being prepared. This workshop will give you the preparation and confidence to highlight your strengths and convey your goals and planned contributions. Attend this workshop… “You only have one time to make a first impression.”

The Interview Workshop Includes:

  • Guidance on how best to research and prepare for a successful interview
  • Tips and techniques for conducting an interview that best highlights YOU
  • Mock interview sessions to practice articulating your experiences and questions
  • Specific guideline on how best to follow up after your interview

Please call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates!

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

“It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am!” -Muhammad Ali

 

The college resume or brag sheet can be your vehicle to share your accomplishments and gifts to admission. Most colleges invite a student to attach a resume or list their activities and leadership. Presenting your resume in an interview makes a great first impression and allows the conversation to begin with relevant topics. How best to format and present this information is the mission of this student workshop. Most students question if certain activities are “resume worthy” or in which order should a variety of activities/accomplishments be listed. Attend this workshop and get the answers to these questions and more.

 

The College Resume Workshop Includes:

  • The guidance needed to create/format an eye-catching and polished resume
  • Determine the activities to list and how best to prioritize your accomplishments>
  • Draft the 1st version of your resume
  • An email review of a completed resume (No additional cost)


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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.”

-Charles R. Swindoll


More than 600 schools belong to The Common Application. Last year alone, more than 850,000 students used The Common Application to submit over 3.5 million applications. It is most common (pardon the pun) that as a college-bound student, you will complete and submit this application during your college search. Although it is one document, The Common Application has various aspects that are school-specific and require great attention to detail. There are many sections where strategy is indicated to highlight a student’s accomplishments and strengths to the schools on their Smart List. The Common Application Workshop will provide students the guidance and insight to prepare the best application possible!


The Common Application Workshop Includes:
  • The guidance needed to prepare and complete The Common Application
  • Completion of the registration process
  • Instruction and completion of loading your schools and personal data
  • A specific To Do List with deadlines for students to complete

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Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

“High standards really matter, but let me be crystal clear — by high standards, I am not referring to achievements. I don’t mean straight A report cards, consistent 10s in gymnastics, or pitching perfect Little League games. I mean being a good human being….”  -Ken Ginsburg


The College Admission Process excitingly leads to a new chapter for students, but it also involves a plethora of forms, choices, and deadlines; many students become easily overwhelmed and anxious. In this workshop, facilitated by Dr. Deborah Ledley, students will learn healthy routines to minimize the onset of anxiety, strategies to manage different types of anxiety, and more!


The Coping With The College Admission Process Workshop Includes:

  • Strategies for managing anxiety during the college testing and interview process
  • Learning to recognize the importance of sleep, healthy diet, and regular exercise during times of stress
  • Questioning commonly held beliefs about college admissions in order to reduce anxiety during this lengthy process
  • Learning to cope with peers, schools, and parents during the application process
  • Helping students to become mindful of one’s own interests, values, and goals, and to apply these to the college decision making process
 
Please call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates!

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” -Bobby Unser


When and how do you determine the schools to which you will apply? How do you determine what schools will grant you admission? How do you know which schools are “safety” schools? Is there a way to determine if a school is a good fit? Creating a list of schools where you plan to apply that reflects your academic goals, personal values and various requirements requires important self-reflection and solid research. Although there are no guarantees, it is possible to create a “Smart List” that will yield excellent options. This workshop will provide you the methodology and guidance to create YOUR SMART LIST!

The Smart List Workshop Includes:

  • Guided discussion to promote self-reflect to determine the characteristics that will guide your search
  • Tips on how to best research schools to determine fit
  • Best practices on how to determine admissibility
  • College suggestions for students attending the workshop

Please call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates!  

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

”A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.”  -Virginia Woolf

 

The college essay is an important part of a student’s application file and provides an opportunity to personalize the application. Every student has a unique background, interests and personality...This is your chance to tell YOUR story. Learn how to write a personal, thoughtful essay about something that has meaning to you and set yourself apart in the competitive college selection process.  

 

The College Essay Writing Workshop Includes:

  • The guidance needed to write a compelling college essay
  • Brainstorming exercises in order to identify excellent topics
  • Drafting the 1st paragraph before leaving the workshop session
  • An email review of a completed essay (No additional cost)
Please call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates!  

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

“When you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh


Standardized tests are challenging, plain and simple; students sit in a room for roughly four hours with minimal breaks, encounter a number of never-ending distractions (courtesy of the surrounding students), and often feel like their future depends on this set of scores. How can students overcome these factors to achieve success? How can they alleviate the anxiety that comes with these experiences? Join Dr. Deborah Ledley to understand the anxieties that stem from standardized testing, as well as coping methods and lifestyle changes that can prevent them. This workshop will help to prepare even the most anxious of students for standardized testing success!

The Overcoming Testing Anxiety Workshop Includes:
  • Identifying the three factors that maintain test anxiety
  • Learning to challenge negative, self-defeating thoughts and replacing them with more realistic, helpful thoughts
  • Noticing the physical symptoms of anxiety that might interfere with test taking, and learning strategies to evoke a sense of calm before and during tests
  • Understanding habits and behaviors that increase and decrease anxiety, and, ultimately, affect test performance
 
Please call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates!

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

$100

"Whatever the difference between brilliant and average brains, we are all creative. And through practice and study we can enhance our skills and talents." -Jeff Hawkins


Study skills are the foundation of academic excellence. Say goodbye to disorganized notes, last-minute cramming and that look of panic before a test! Join Educational Services’ and College Pursuits’ resident Study Skill Experts Alexandra McIlvaine and Tina Gregor to learn different methodologies to improve your child’s study skills. Upon completion of the seminar, a complimentary consultation is available upon request to further discuss your child’s specific needs.

The Study Skills Workshop Includes:
    • Methods of organization for class notes
    • Various study methods that are tailored to different learning styles
    • Structuring homework for secondary review
    • Time management and building test preparation timelines
    • Effectively taking class notes
    • How and when to study for different subjects

Please call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates!

Space is limited. Please call 610-687-0627 today to reserve your place!

 


* The Fine Print: The cost of each workshop is due at registration. The facilitators of these workshops and seminars are some of the best in the industry; therefore, all cancellations must be made 7 days in advance. ES will neither offer refunds nor alternative scheduling for students unable to attend the workshops when less than 7 days notice is provided.

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