- Paperback: 231 pages
- Publisher: Prufrock Press; 3 edition (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593631812
- ISBN-13: 978-1593631819
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing And Getting into the Right College 3rd Edition
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This comprehensive guide is appropriate for all motivated students, not just those labeled gifted. Other than the chapter entitled "Planning for Gifted Students: What Makes Them Different?" the book offers up suggestions, inventories, and checklists that are important for all college-bound teens. Of particular interest may be the sections on gifted students with disabilities and homeschoolers. Berger walks college-hopefuls through every step, from making an educational plan in seventh grade, to writing a successful essay, asking for letters of recommendation, and making the final choice. The book includes a glossary of college-planning terms, appendixes of early-entrance programs, Web sites, ACT/SAT hints and resources, a junior-year planning checklist, and contests and competitions.
--Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs
College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting Into the Right College is a top pick in its updated third edition, which helps students and their families plan for the best. From writing college application essays and requesting recommendation letters to visiting, assessing, and selecting the right college, chapters are packed with tips on overcoming common barriers.
-- James A.Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
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Berger addresses the parents throughout most of the book, but at times speaks directly to the student. Much of the information presented is applicable to any college bound student, and not just those who are gifted. There is a short section on twice exceptional students and another on homeschooled students. The majority of the book, however, is aimed at the bright or moderately to highly gifted student who does not have the complication of radical acceleration or application to college before completion of a high school curriculum. Radical acceleration is mentioned in passing, but there is not a lot of space in the guidebook devoted to students in this unique situation. Parents who are struggling with the question of whether their preteen should matriculate at a local college or wait until she is older in order to get the 'elite college' experience will not find this sort of answer here. Those who adhere to a fairly typical timetable will find this book to be invaluable. The author includes schedules, comparison tables, and other charts to help with planning. Disorganized people like myself will be glad to have all the dates and procedures in one handy place, so as not to miss test registration deadlines and so forth.
Readers will learn about the seven steps of the college planning process, from gathering information to making acceptance decisions. Berger encourages kids to consider all the aspects of college life and not just the academic program of each institution. Location is important, as is availability of special food for dietary restrictions, extracurricular activities, interaction with professors, etc. Common pitfalls to be avoided are also discussed. These include, "There's only one college that's right for me" as well as, "I'm applying to college X because all my friends are/are not going there." I particularly like Berger's time management charts, which break down tasks and free time activities including sleeping, so that kids can get a feel for where their time really goes, and how to organize their days.
The appendices in the back of the book are not to be overlooked. Appendix A is a list of over 12 early college entrance programs. Appendix B contains web resources such as an online career development manual, college profiles, and a scholarship search site. There are useful hints and links in appendices C through E as well.
It's best to buy this book when your child is in middle school, to take full advantage of the information offered, but it can still be a great asset for those with students in high school.