Completing Online College Applications Can Be More Complicated Than Expected

Self-reporting classes and grades on a digitalized college application may seem straightforward, yet the first challenge is families take a crash course in edu-speak

Block schedules, quarters, semesters, trimesters, one grade, two grades, three grades per class require precise manipulation of the standardized digital format so students accurately report their academic history. However, the actual form where students self-report their transcripts can often be connected to other parts of the application, for which a student may not accurately complete. 

Then, when unable to report their transcripts accurately, since neither student nor parent may be familiar with which parts of an application connect to another part (which may not even be located in the same section), they’ll spend hours trying to problem solve, amassing a concomitant amount of frustration

But, crowdsourcing counsel from social media parent groups or other random Googling is not advisable, as improperly completed college applications can be grounds for rescinding a student from admissions consideration. Instead, have a trusted advisor on speed dial, as typically students fill out applications late at night and in the last 36 hours before a deadline. 

Helping others apply to college every year for two decades, Jill Yoshikawa is masterful at navigating online college applications. Contact her to find out how she can assist you for the exact moment when you’ll need her most. 

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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