College Planning Workshops

Finding the Best Fit School  
It is possible to find a perfect school for your child,​ but there are several steps that families must take early on.  
In this workshop, we'll show you:
  • What a "Best Fit School" is and how you will know when you find it?
  • How and when to begin planning...Is 9th grade too soon?
  • How to build a team of experts to assist in the planning and applying.
  • Why regular communication among your "team" is important to keep the process moving forward.            
  • Why it is important to trust the process.
 
10 Things You Need to Know about Financial Aid
Ever wonder how financial aid is calculated? This is an important piece of information in the journey to college selection.  Many do not look beyond the price tag of private schools because they do not fully understand the difference between merit and need-based scholarships and how they are awarded.
In this workshop, we'll:
  • Give you an overview of the financial aid process.
  • Provide a clearer understand how Expected Family Contribution is calculated.
  • Give you some basic strategies to maximize your financial opportunities.
  • Show you how to select colleges that provide generous financial aid packages.
Solving the College Admissions Puzzle
The college admissions process can be complex and confusing. Understanding the current expectations that colleges have for applicants is key!  
In this workshop, we'll give you an overview of:
  • What colleges consider the most important qualities and experiences for high school applicants.  
  • What a "best fit" school is and how to go about finding one.
  • An overview of the financial aid process that colleges use, and basic strategies to help maximize your financial opportunities.
Keeping the Faith - Considering Faith-Based Schools
If faith or religion is something you value, faith-based schools should be a part of the college conversation. 
In this workshop we'll cover:
  • How to determine the "real cost of college" and how to make private schools an option.
  • Practical ways to encourage your teens to stay engaged with faith while away at school, whether they attend a public or private school.
  • How to help your young adult figure out what they are seeking in a faith community (Quiet prayer? Involvement in social justice? Community?)
College Planning - Using the Summer Wisely
Take advantage of your student's summer schedule and get a jump start on college plans!
In this one hour workshop for students and parents, you'll learn:
  • What your student can be doing this summer to be a strong college applicant and maximize scholarship opportunities.
  • What colleges are really looking for in extracurricular activities (Hint: "resume building" is not time well spent!)
  • How to have a balanced summer, including work, play and study opportunities.
  • Why it's imperative to plan ahead (well before senior year) in order to maximize financial aid.
College Essay Workshop
The college essay can be a big stumbling block for students, but it doesn't have to be. In this extended workshop, students will learn what to do and what not to do when approaching the college admission essay. Brainstorming and drafting techniques will be explored, as well as insight into what an admissions counselor or board might perceive when reading an essay.
The Common App Workshop
More than 700 colleges use The Common App as on option for application. In this one-hour, hands-on workshop, students will set up and navigate The Common App, and learn specific techniques to begin creating an impressive application.
 
Any of these presentations can be delivered to
your school, athletic, civic or business organization. 
 
Contact Tiffany to arrange
at tiffany@philekoos.com.
 
We've presented at the following locations, and
would love to add your name to the list!
Baraboo Optimists Club, Baraboo, WI
Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie Du Sac, WI
Portage High School, Portage, WI
Wonewoc Public Library, Wonewoc, WI
Wisconsin Dells Women's Association, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Necedah Memorial Library, Necedah, WI
American Family DreamBank, Madison, WI
Columbia County Retired Educators, Pardeeville, WI
Kilbourn Library, Wisconsin Dells, WI
St. Mary's Catholic School, Portage, WI
Waunakee Public Library, Waunakee, WI
Hatch Public Library, Mauston, WI
Two Sisters Event Center, Mauston, WI
Mauston High School IMPACT Class, Mauston, WI
 
What people say about Tiffany's presentations:
"Thank you-great topic, very knowledgeable!" 
"Thank you for your timely talk. I appreciate your support."
"Great amount of information. Thank you!" 
"Great info. I didn't realize until now how much (the process) had changed to get into college. It was much simpler and less competitive 25 years ago. I look forward to the presentation on financial aid."
"Very informative! Thank you."
"Great workshop! Thx!"
"I liked your presentation, very knowledgeable!"
"Great information. Small group setting worked out well. Wish we would have had more time!"
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Give us a call to discover how we can best assist you in the college search process. 608-548-3684 

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