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Inside University of Southern California

July 2nd, 2020

My name is Selene Klasner. I’m a tutor and teacher at A-List, and also a USC Trojan, Class of 2018. I started at USC as a Biology major but finished with my B.A. in Public Relations and minor in Theatre (more on that later). I was president of my a cappella group, the Troy Tones, … Continue reading “Inside University of Southern California”

Inside Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Science

July 2nd, 2020

Nick Mecikalski Vanderbilt is renowned for many things – its Medical Center, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the Blair School of Music – but it’s not known as a theatre school. And yet, I studied Theatre there. Why?  I didn’t know when I got accepted to Vanderbilt that I would necessarily become … Continue reading “Inside Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Science”

Summer Reading that Makes the A-List

July 2nd, 2020

For students grades 7-12, here are our summer reading list suggestions, compiled by extraordinary A-List tutor and Harvard grad Kim Onah. 7th Grade  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  This young reader’s fantasy book chronicles a young girl’s struggle to safely bring back magic to the kingdom of Orïsha. Our heroine, Zélie, must … Continue reading “Summer Reading that Makes the A-List”

SAT and ACT Updates

June 9th, 2020

Dear A-List Family, We hope you are well and healthy and wanted to share some recent test updates. While we expect that standardized testing will continue to be disrupted this year, we are here to help your family gameplan and prepare for any tests students can take. The SAT will not be offered online this … Continue reading “SAT and ACT Updates”

Committed to Doing More

June 7th, 2020

  As members of a company founded on bringing equity to education, we all share feelings of outrage over the crimes of bias that have brought civil unrest to the country these past weeks. A-List does not and will not support systemic racism and oppression of Black and other minority groups. Disparities in educational opportunities … Continue reading “Committed to Doing More”

eBook: 5 Questions About College Admissions in 2020/2021 Every Parent Should Ask

June 5th, 2020

This “5 Questions” eBook is designed to help families navigate the college admissions process with advice and insight from our team of academic and college advisors. Please share with your community of friends, teachers, parents, students, and anyone preparing to meet the challenges and opportunities of the upcoming year.  A_List 5 Questions_eBook Consumer

How to Write a Compelling College Essay

May 29th, 2020

In this 30 minute presentation, A-List Education admissions advisor Natasha de Sherbinin provides high school students and their families with an introduction to the college admissions essay. Natasha discusses the importance of the personal statement in the admissions process, the factors students should consider when selecting an essay topic, and her insights on how to … Continue reading “How to Write a Compelling College Essay”

Supporting Students with ADHD During Remote Learning

May 28th, 2020

Many students with ADHD or other learning challenges struggle in the classroom. With the sudden shift to distance learning, those children face the additional challenge of classroom instruction in the home environment. Distractions at home and the presence of parents, siblings, or guardians pose increased difficulties, but by tapping into the strengths of children with … Continue reading “Supporting Students with ADHD During Remote Learning”

Make Summer Plans Count for College and Career

May 16th, 2020

Is your summer program cancelled? Do you need a back-up plan? Not sure about what to do this summer during a time of global uncertainty? In this webinar with The Spike Lab, an entrepreneur incubator for high school students, we demonstrate ways that students can use the summer of 2020 as an opportunity to stand … Continue reading “Make Summer Plans Count for College and Career”

Putting It in Perspective: Test Optional Colleges

May 15th, 2020

In this webinar, A-List admissions advisor Natasha de Sherbinin and tutor advisor Dory Schultz explain benefits and drawbacks when considering the test optional choice.