Friday, December 2, 2011

College Interview Dress DOWN tips

Men's Interview Attire

The Suit:
•The sleeves should taper, gradually ending just over the wrist so the shirt cuff extends about 1/2 inch beyond the jacket sleeve.
•The pant leg bottom in the front should touch the front of the shoe and angle towards the back of the shoe to fall just above the heel.
•Pant cuff or no cuff is a personal choice.
•Choose dark colors, such as navy, gray or coffee beige. Suit should be solid color or subtle pinstripes.
•The fabric should be worsted wool or gabardine, a firm hard-finish durable fabric (such as lightweight wool or rayon).
•Suit is always first choice, but if unavailable, a navy jacket or blazer with black or navy buttons and gray or beige pants are acceptable.
The Dress Shirt:
•The button down collar offers a more casual look than the more formal business style of a point collar.
•Choose a good fit, neatly pressed.
•Best colors include white, pale blue, tan or yellow
•Always wear an undershirt. Avoid v-neck style since the neckline may show
The Tie:
•Your tie should be darker than your shirt and should not extend below the belt.
•Purchase several ties that compliment your suit to give your wardrobe versatility.
•Wear 100% silk (or similar looking) in solid colors or small patterns.

Women's Interview Attire

The Suit:
•Choose conservative colors such as black, navy, gray, tan or brown in a flattering cut.
•The fabric should be gabardine, a firm hard•finish durable fabric such as light wool or rayon.
•Suit should be a solid color or subtle pinstripes.
•A business dress, worn with a jacket, or a tailored pantsuit is acceptable.
•Avoid wearing trendy lapels or buttons.
•Make sure the skirt length is just at knee length, either right above or right below the knee.
The Blouse:
•Wear a neutral color such as white or beige; avoid bright colors and large prints.
•Do NOT wear a low-cut or see-through blouse
Make-up and Jewelry:
•Avoid bright colors and excessive amounts.
•Light shades of lip coloring and nail polish are recommended.
•Jewelry should be small and conservative. Only 1 ring per hand.
•Avoid costume jewelry
•Earrings should be small studs or clip-ons with only 1 earring per ear.
•Wear hair so it's not always falling into your face.
Shoes and Hosiery:
•Do not wear open toe or open heel shoes or heels higher than 2 inches.
•Your shoe color should coordinate with your ensemble and remain in the neutral zone, such as navy, black or taupe.
•Wear hosiery that is close to your skin color.

Monday, November 28, 2011

How to Get College Internship Credit


There are several lists for internships for academic credit and support students seeking credit for internships can access. Please note that students have the responsibility to arrange course credit for their internships, when required by your company. All current students can enroll in an internship course during the first two (2) weeks of any quarter without direct employer involvement, and it is not necessary for you to contact the Center for Career Services.

For internships that require credit, the important things employers must do are: (1) time the hiring schedule to so that students can enroll in an internship class, and; (2) confirm a student’s hiring prior to the “Week 2” deadline. Most college quarters generally begin the first week of January, the first week of April, in mid-June, and the last week of September.

Good luck college students! Now go find your internships!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

What Bethenny Frankel is Thankful for

We can all learn from this incredible woman

Thanksgiving is here. I love the feeling of crisp air and enjoying the last few days of nice weather before we gear up for our snow boots and puffer coats....

What really matters is what you're thankful for. I'm most thankful for my family, and in particular my beautiful baby girl Bryn. She has changed my perspective on life. She has made me more grateful and aware, and has given me different purpose than I had before.

Her sweet smile and her love is what motivates me every day. I'm grateful for a loving and supportive husband who is a great father to Bryn and a good friend to me. I'm especially grateful to Cookie who has been with me through the most difficult and influential stages of my life. She is woman's best friend and I love her as much as a child.

I'm thankful to have good and honest people around me, who accept me for who I am and who support me through anything.

I'm grateful for the experiences I've had, the chances that I've been given and the courage to take them. And I am thankful for the proof that believing in something and making your dreams come true is entirely possible.

I'm also more aware than ever of those who are less fortunate and am more inspired to give back and help people who can't help themselves. We often think about doing something, but never get to it. Now that I am in a position to do something, I'm going to show how thankful I am for what I have by sharing with those who don't have.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Warmest wishes to all.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yahoo Review of Kweller Prep

What more can you ask for in SAT and Regents prep? Kweller Prep offers outstanding support for students and parents from one on one tutoring to college applications and financial aid advice. The staff at Kweller Prep is made of dedicated and passionate educators that are fully committed to each student's academic success. Attention to detail is part of what makes Kweller Prep one of the best sources for tutoring and standardized testing preparation. Parents will also find a support network at Kweller Prep. Parent's night and college workshops allow them to discuss questions and concerns in a comfortable and positive environment. Parents leave each workshop with valuable information on how to improve their child's success in college and a new understanding of the education and testing process. Kweller Prep has been the key component to numerous scholarship and award success stories. I recommend Kweller Prep to any parent who has a child who is preparing for standardized testing and the college admissions process-- Elana D

Reviews of Kweller Prep

Frances Kweller is a major role-model for all of her students! I had the pleasure of meeting Frances just months before my junior year was ending. I had been recommended through one of my high school classmates who was also a student of hers at the time. Initially I thought Kweller Prep could not guarantee me getting into any university and therefore, I should put my money into a more credible organization (i.e. Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc).

However, upon meeting Frances, I instantly felt extremely comfortable and was impressed with all that she had to offer! She broke down the entire college process, devoted countless hours to helping me fill out/fulfill the requirements for ALL 18 COLLEGES that I applied to, encouraged me, taught me, and always supported me. I attended Kweller Prep for about 1.5-2 years and learned more there than I did in most of my high school.

This SAT prep challenged me and prepared me for college. Now that I am in my second year of college I have realized that it was worth investing the time and money into this program. Unlike many high school students who I now mentor I felt prepared every time I took the SAT or any exam for that matter. However, the great thing about Kweller Prep is that it provides more than just SAT tutoring. I HIGHLY recommend Kweller Prep to any high school, undergrad, or graduate student who is seeking the assistance, mentorship, and friendship of an educated women who I know will change this world!! Although Frances can not make promises this program and it's testimonials speak for themselves.

I am currently attending Northeastern University on a full scholarship, Double Majoring in Political Science and Economics.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Steve Jobs -- Lessons We Can All Learn

This month the world lost Steve Jobs. The story of this "adopted" American of Middle Eastern descent who dropped out of college only to become a multi-billionaire is a great American success story. I have heard more wisdom about life and business from Steve Jobs since his death than I ever did during his short life. I thought I would share a few Steve Jobs quotes that really appealed to me. Enjoy the below and remember to stay on top of your Money and Power game.

1. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

2. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

3. "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

4. "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Legacy of Self Made Women Forum! Tuesday, November 29, 2011

• Frances Kweller, Founder & CEO , Kweller Prep Tutoring & Educational Services
• Shivani Siroya, CEO/Founder, InVenture
• Tracy Williams, President and CEO, Olmstead Williams Communications, Inc.
• Hilary Stevens, Realtor, Coldwell Banker
• Joy Chudacoff, CEO/Founder, Smart Women Smart Solutions
• Cathy Alessandra, CEO/Publisher, Today's Innovative Woman
• Jo Bernard, Founder, Commandos Patches
• Kate Rosloff, Owner, KR Associates
• Stacey Freeman, Director of Major Gifts, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region
• Maureen Bernstein, Vice Presidetn, Kaercher Campbell & Associates
• LiAnn Ishizuka, Engagement Manager, InVenture
• Djena Graves Lennix, Director of Business Development, ICV Partners
• Carol Cheng-Mayer, Vice President, Bel Air Investment Advisors
• Katherine Blair, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
• Dana Hollinger, Founder, Dana Hollinger Group
• Tracey MacDOnald, Director of West Coast Operations, Dress for Success
• Sally Jameson, Vice President, Programs & Services, Braille Institute of America
• REnee LaBran, Partner, RC/ Fontis PArtners, LP
• Olivia Goodkin, Partner, Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff
• Beth Berke, Chief Operating Officer, Hackman Capital Partners
• Stephanie Levin, Executive Assistant, Annenberg Foundation
• Samantha Starr, Grants Specialist, Skirball Cultural Center
• Cathy Galarneau, VP Development, St. Anne's
• Anne Landsberger, Administrative Assistant, Advancement, Skirball Cultural Center
• Scott Bowling, President and CEO, Exceptional Children's Foundation
• Sally Phillips, Principal, Legal & HR Strategies
• Susan Amster, Managing Director, WTAS LLC
• Carole Scherzer, Executive Vice President, Scherzer International
• Susan Rubin, Director, Administration, The Saban Research Institute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
• Kelly Rice, Partner, QuantumMethod
• Kimberly Congdon, Regional VP Human Resources, Time Warner Cable
• Jen Petrovich, CFO, Body Armor Nutrition
• Sarah Lewis, Principal, Aequitas Wealth Management
• Rochelle Moulton, President, Rochelle Moulton & Team, Inc.
• JoAnn Magno, Attorney, Magno Legal & Business Consulting
• Berenice Officer, CFO, DOGSWELL
• Scott D. Bowling, President & CEO, Exceptional Children's Foundation
• Debbi Winter, VP Fund Development & Enternal Relations, Exceptional Children's Foundation
• April Spencer, Partner, Ernst & Young
• Laura Ferretti, Principal, Impact Philanthropy LLC
• Sam Smith, ., .
• Laura Probst, Public Relations, Dermalogica
• Tara Roth McConaghy, Executive Director, Goldhirsh Foundation
• Jane Wurwand, Founder and Owner, Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institution
• Beth Shaw, Founder and President, YogaFit
• Jocelyn Tetel, Vice President Advancement, Skirball Cultural Center
• Lizanne Falsetto, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, thinkproducts
• Darya Allen-Attar, Founder, Broads Circle, Financial Advisor
• Diane Wilson, Senior Vice President, HSBC
• Teresa Morris, Financial Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
• Sharona Justman, Managing Director, STEP Strategy Advisors
• Nora Plesent, Principle, Lexolution LLC
• Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, The Woman's Club of Hollywood
• Dawn Olsen, Vice President, Controller, VCA Antech, Inc.
• Wendy Claborn, Shareholder, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.
• Yvonne Bell, Development Director, Center Theatre Group
• Sandra Ebejer, Institutional Giving Officer, Center Theatre Group
• Fay Feeney, CEO, Risk for Good

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PT)

3rd Annual Philanthropy Forum: The Legacy of Self-Made Women
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kweller Prep Reviews on Yahoo

Kweller Prep was recommended to us by my wife's friend. Our son has been attending Kweller Prep for fifteen months. Ms. Kweller is the consummate professional - hardworking, and focused on increasing student's test taking ability and developing their academic potential. Ms. Kweller exemplifies the best tutoring skills of providing hands-on support, patience, enthusiasm, and dedication. Ms. Kweller is knowledgeable regarding SAT test preparations and the college admissions process. Ms. Kweller is available for questions and she returns phone calls promptly. She is a pleasure to work with and we enjoyed the Kweller Prep program.

Our son has benefited greatly by studying with Kweller Prep. He has studied Kweller Prep's SAT exam prep courses, Regents test prep, and math tutorials. He has passed his Regents; his SAT scores have improved tremendously. His time management skills and confidence level have increased.

I would highly recommend Kweller Prep for any student desiring to excel in high school, develop test taking skills, and increase SAT scores. Kweller Prep will increase student's self-confidence and prepare them for future academic challenges.

Sincerely, Amy, James, and Luka

Frances Kweller ESQ' NYU featured alumni

NYU Featured Alumni

Inspired by her love of education and her time at NYU, Frances Kweller (BS '04, Communication Studies) entered the work force on a mission to revitalize the higher education application system. The result was Kweller Prep, an organization she founded which provides highly personalized and intense test prep courses for students seeking higher test scores, entry to top-rated schools, and a way to reach their aspirations

Fan letter

Hi Francis:

Thank you so much for your many contributions to the development of Luka. We will rewrite his personal statement with your recommendations added.

We are thrilled to hear you are thinking about starting a Charter School. With your vision and drive you would make such a tremendous contribution to your students.

Very best of luck.

Again, thank you for your help and many fine suggestions.

Robert, Amy, James and Luka

Review of Kweller Prep by Linda Katayev

Kweller Prep is honestly one of the best tutoring centers to go to for absolutely any subject you need help in. I started to go there in the beginning of my high school years for math help and then stayed there to get help for my SATs which is the most important exam for entrance into college. Starting at Kweller Prep I though that I was never gonna do well on my SATs considering I was horrible in math but Kweller Prep proved me wrong. This tutoring center helped me in more ways then I can count. It raised my first SAT score with my second by 400 points. This center taught me more tricks on how to handle SAT questions than any other tutoring service out there. In addition, I was taught how to be organized with my scheduling and if it wasn't for Kweller Prep I would have probably been lost when it came to applying for colleges. I was helped from beginning to end starting with just doing the application together to getting help with all sorts of college essays and personal statements. There is no doubt in my mind that Kweller Prep was a huge part of my acceptance to college and I have no regrets for choosing this tutoring service to work with.

Columbia University Supplement Sample

Why Columbia?

The three things that appeal to me most about the prospect of pursuing my undergraduate studies at Columbia are: its outstanding NYC location, its opportunities to learn alongside tremendously talented people, and its status as an Ivy League institution. My sister is a Yale graduate in Chemical Engineering (2005) and my brother now attends Brown and majors in Applied Mathematics and Economics. They are my role models, and I too want to study in top-notch schools surrounded by gifted students and laudable professors. My siblings share with me the deep sense of belonging, possibility, and opportunity they have gained from being a part of such elite institutions.

I am currently a senior at the Lycee Francais De New York high school located on the Upper East Side. Coming to New York was a mixed blessing; as much as I miss my homeland, Haiti, I now couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. New York is filled with limitless possibilities, and after being exposed to just a taste of what NYC has to offer, I am certain that I want to spend my undergraduate years here. Moreover, Columbia appeals to me because of its international reputation as a school of excellence, filled with a diverse student body, and one where I could explore my interests with limitless resources. Last but not least, the option to study abroad is something I would absolutely be interested in as well, and knowing that Columbia has programs as far as the United Arab Emirates will give me immense options.

Strong Personal Statement example

Personal Statement: TITLE: 26 Seconds
Accepted: Columbia University, Full Scholarship

I was raised in Haiti and happily lived there until the winds of change brought events that turned my world upside down. Before the tragedy, my mother worked for the U.S. Aid as a medical doctor and my father was employed at the American Embassy as the chief maintenance engineer. My sister was living in Paris after graduating from Yale College with a degree in Chemical Engineering and my brother was in his first year at Brown University studying applied Mathematics. Like them, I aspired to attend a prestigious university in America and worked as hard as I could to maintain my nearly perfect GPA. I attended the Montessori School of Haiti and then the Lycée Alexandre Dumas International School. I was a typical young girl, blessed with a loving and supportive family, and my biggest fear was a Monday morning quiz in French.

Never did I imagine how drastically my life would change on a seemingly calm day in mid January. The sun was at its peak, submerging the beautiful blue sky with its cosmic embrace. It was right before dinner time, when suddenly a loud blast pierced my ears. Instantly, all the glass windows throughout our house shattered and debris from outside flew onto our floor. I stared with awe as the entire left side of our two story house began to crumble; my father and I were the only ones inside, and ran for our lives. Seconds later, our entire house collapsed; it was truly a nightmare. Those were the longest 26 seconds of my entire life.

On January 12, 2010, an Mw 7.5 earthquake struck my homeland, Port-au-Prince, leaving more than 1.5 million homeless, killing more than 300,000 Haitians and destroying most infrastructures throughout the capital. Within days, I was forced to leave my homeland, as well as all of my memories behind. I never had the chance to see or say good-bye to my classmates and had no belongings to take with me. On January 16th, 2010, I flew to New York with my mother on a U.S. military plane while my father stayed behind to help in the rescue efforts. I did not turn my head to waive goodbye to my beloved homeland; it was too painful. I still feel chills as I think back to how simple and carefree my life was before the earthquake compared to what it would be like in the days to come.

Seven hours later, I arrived to the United States, and had to start over from nothing. Before I really had time to process the tragedy, I gained immediate acceptance as a transfer student to Lycee Francais in New York. It was there that I began to truly immerse myself in my studies and clung onto my books as if they represented the familiarity I longed for. My mother missed my father greatly, and the months that followed were the longest I ever went without seeing my father. I worried for his safety a great deal too. The Lycee school was very kind to me, and offered to send me to counseling as I could not and would not discuss the earthquake with anyone. Indeed, in time, I sought help, and learned that I had to cope with the aftermath of the ordeal. All my classmates at Lycee Francais knew that I was the victim of the earthquake and many expressed their sympathy and many went out of their way to comfort me. However, I felt at times that I just did not want them to view me as an earthquake victim; I just wanted to be a normal girl.

Proving my academic abilities was yet another obstacle I had to face. I was tested and retested and ultimately placed into the most advanced programs at the school. My teachers realized early on that I was academically advanced and continued to provide me with challenging coursework. I became a workaholic; back then, my studies saved me. I clung on to my books as they represented stability in my life. I scored a perfect 800 on the French SAT subject test. I enrolled in Advanced Spanish, English OIB, French OIB. Calculus and Economics. Like in Haiti, I continued to play Varsity Volleyball at the Lycee in New York. Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to adequately prepare for the SAT test. The score I received does not truly reflect my academic ability. It is a miracle that I will be graduating from high school on time. So much of my life changed over the past two years, and I am still coping with the loss of dear friends and loved ones. I think that I matured more since the earthquake than even I thought imaginable. I am better, stronger, and more prepared to face any challenges that life sends my way.

Rebuilding my life after the earthquake taught me that I can overcome any obstacle. It showed me how vulnerable as human beings we really are, and that one should never take life for granted. I value life now more than ever before, and unlike typical teenagers, I am well aware of my mortality and the fact that it can be taken away in an instant. I have learned to appreciate all the little blessings in life. I will take nothing for granted and will appreciate all that I have. This year, I am applying to top American universities for college, and look forward to my dreams coming true. I plan to make an incredible positive contribution to the college I will attend.

Lessons I Learned About Starting My Own Business!

Lessons I Learned About Starting My Own Business!

Frances Kweller, J.D. is founder of Kweller Prep Advanced Tutoring and Educational Services. An intensive test prep and college prep program designed for busy and talented youth. Her article is designed to offer reflection, and hopefully inspiration, to her readers. You can reach Frances at or visit for more information.


You have to trust your gut. If you don’t trust your own judgment, then how can you possibly expect others to trust in you? You have to make decisions for yourself, even if you fail. The best lessons you learn in life are from the mistakes you yourself made.

I had my business idea to open an advanced tutoring center while a college student at NYU. I knew it had tremendous potential. My time back then was limited, so I got to hand pick the kids I would work with—and I chose the best of the best. Top tennis athletes, exceptional students, and community service oriented kids. They were all ideal candidates for me to work with. I knew that after doing test prep with these kids, I could help them secure not only incredible college acceptance letters, but also a multitude of scholarships. I can’t even count how many times I worked on scholarship applications with my high school kids and they won--nearly $100,000 per kid. The parent would invest around $2,000- $5,000 in my service, and reap the benefits from it within a few months.

My gut said over and over again, ‘GO BIG GO BIG GO BIG.’ I eventually listened, but only after I completed law school—three years later! Obtaining a law degree gave me a tremendous amount of confidence. I was the first person to go to law school in my family and when I learned that I had passed the NYS bar, I felt as if I could rule the world. I needed that degree—I needed those three grueling years in law school, to gain the confidence I lacked in order to eventually open my own business.

People often ask me why I don’t “practice” law. But I do. In fact, I use my knowledge from law school all the time—to set up my first, and then my second corporation, to create employment and non-competition agreements, to obtain licenses to use material from the College Board, and to work with other lawyers as I form my corporate structure.


I work with a lot of well-meaning parents who only want the best for their children, but sometimes, they discourage their kids from trusting themselves, because as parents, they think they know better.

One of my best friends lives in Israel now. She said one of the biggest mistakes she ever made in life was not listening to her gut, and studying the wrong major. Her parents really wanted her to be in the business world, but she loved to study art. Business was simply not her thing. Instead if encouraging her to take art classes, they sent her off to Kumon learning school every day. It took lots of bad jobs, and many unhappy years until she finally learned to do what she loves—which is art. She now works for an art appraiser and is happier now than ever before.

If your gut says be a doctor, then be a doctor! If it says be a tennis coach, then be one! But be the best! Work hard and put your energy into doing that what you love.


We are a generation of winners. 22 year old Lady Gaga earned 68 million dollars last year. Mark Zuckerburg, creator of facebook, was worth 26 billion. Bill Gates started Microsoft in 1975 and was the richest person in the world by 1996. What do they all have in common? Besides all dropping out from their respective colleges, they made a fortune doing what they love, trusting their gut and executing ideas.

If I only had one dollar every time a parent met with me and said, “Wow, you are so much younger than I expected.” Time and time again, parents think I must be in my forties or fifties because I am a lawyer and run my own successful business. Even my tutoring staff is amazed with me. “you are so successful” Helen, my 18 year old tutor, says. But I don’t see it that way. After all, Mark Zuckerburg is that same exact age as I am, and by age 27, he had made billions of dollars, and changed social media as we know it. HE is successful. Look at Lady Gaga, and Bettheny Frankel. THEY are successful.

I will never settle with moderate success--I always hold myself up to higher standards. I have role models my own age. We live in a generation of winners and young wealth. We are, bar far, the most intelligent generation society has ever had.

The sheer volume of information available at our fingertips is incredible. We are winners. We are Young. We are going places that prior generations never even dreamed of. Lady Gaga made more than Madonna last year. We do not only look up to our role models; we out-perform them.

I wonder if I lose clients because I am so young—because they think that an older, more experienced tutor or college counselor to get their kids into the ivy leagues. I think parents who do not use me are making a huge mistake. I’m young, I’m savvy, and I’m optimistic. Best of all, I have a track record of getting kids into top schools, on incredible scholarships.

I just spoke with one of my student’s college counselors yesterday. This counselor is older and jaded. He is not as optimistic as I am. I have worked with his student regularly for the past year and helped her go from a 1350 SAT score to a 2190. He sees her transcripts and worries. I see her SAT score and smile. I envision an amazing addendum letter to her college application discussing what an amazing, talented, albeit late blooming student she is. She went from a USTA National Tennis Ranking of 332 to 57. Amazing. Her sharp rise in tennis correlated directly with her higher and higher performance on her SAT. As her testing performance went up, so did her athletic abilities. She is incredible. She can hit the Ivy Leagues. And she will.

A young person sees what an older person may not. At my age, I am surrounded by young success. How can I possibly not be optimistic about my future?


I am in the education industry, and I’m doing what I love. I’m not teaching at a school, because I don’t love that. I am a leader, not a follower, and I can’t handle bureaucracy. I can’t work as a teacher—simple reason: I could NEVER fail a kid. I work with kids until they become winners and I NEVER give up—my students will attest to this. I respect teachers so much; my mother was a school teacher for over 30 years. But even if I was the principal, I’d still have to answer to someone. So I won’t go that route (Unless I open a charter school for reasons I will mention in another article) I feel that my creativity would be restricted. I run a private practice. I need to be the boss.

Professionally, I can’t be anything else; it’s just not me. You have to do what you love to do. You have to know yourself—really know who you are. Trust me, the money will follow. The amazing part is that you don’t feel that you are ‘working’ when you do what you love. Your job is no longer a job—it is you. You actually enjoy talking about work—outside of work-- and in general, enjoying life. My highest levels of personal satisfaction came from Kweller Prep--launching something I love and creating something even larger than what I envisioned, with almost 200 students entering the Kweller Prep doors by the end of the first year (which, by the way, means I wasn’t thinking nearly big enough!)

Generation 2010 is filled with winners. My ambitious friends, who couldn’t find jobs, are opening their own businesses and are running them well—they are now the ones looking at resumes and doing the hiring. Our future is filled with alternative career options and I’m not going to let propaganda like CNN flash recession updates, or a jaded college counselor scare me away from taking risks or trying to place talented kids into top schools—on full academic scholarships.


If I have learned one thing, it is this: Ideas are worthless unless executed. Since opening Kweller Prep, people have approached me with one idea after the other. Many claim that my success has inspired them and that they want to share their ideas with me. My response always is, “your idea is great, but how do you plan to go about executing it?” Without execution, your ideas are worthless. Completely Worthless. Executed ideas, however, are invaluable.

Sometimes executing your ideas means that you will lose friends, sometimes it means you will alienate family. But if you don’t follow through with something that you want to do, you will lose hope, and that is the greatest loss of all. Few people know this, (but after this article a lot more will), but my father (a man whom I admire and respect so much and speak to multiple times daily) was strongly opposed to me opening my own business. He had a different “picture” of how my life should go. When I decided to open my business, I told my father my “plan.” He strongly discouraged me and even threatened to stop speaking with me. He reminded me that we are in the midst of a recession, and I would have to be a complete idiot to take a loan out in such tumultuous time. I remember wishing so much that I had his support, but I also looked deep inside myself and listened to my gut—and continued to follow through with my plan.

THE HATE LETTER: My well meaning, very traditional father was adamantly opposed to me, a woman, opening her own business. Upon learning that I signed the lease, he was irate. Shortly after, he presented me with a letter. It went something like this: “I prohibit you from doing this. We are in the midst of a recession and what you are doing—taking a loan, opening your own business, signing a two year lease for tutoring after I paid for all of law school is ridiculous. Your business will fail. It will cost you thousands of dollars to run it. You don’t even know how to balance a check book. I WANT YOU TO WORK AS A LAWYER FOR THE GOVERNMENT. This way, you can make $40,000 a year to start, plus have full medical and dental coverage. You can set up a pension plan and a roth IRA. You can work from 9:00 to 5:00 pm and then retire after 20 years. THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. I am your father and I know what is best. I would never mis-guide you” I wish I had kept the letter. Just the thought of working 9 to 5 makes me nauseous. Everyone has their calling—that kind of job or that kind of lifestyle simply is not mine.

In fact, my father was so angry that he had paid for my law degree and I decided to ‘work as a tutor’ that he did not speak with me my first three weeks in business. So much for a grand opening! I’m surprised my mom and dad didn’t walk around in black veils! For the first six months that I ran Kweller Prep, my father told friends and family that I was looking for a “real” legal job but I couldn’t find “real” work due to the recession. He was a man in deep denial. The truth was that I handed out no resumes. I went on no interviews, but my father for the life of him couldn’t come to terms with the fact that I was returning to do something I had done since I was fifteen years old—tutoring. Many members of my family were quite confused. I bet they still are. I went from being “my niece the lawyer,” which they would say with pride to “Henry’s daughter who wasted his money and got a law degree for nothing.” Ouch! Talk about harsh. It took about 6 months, $100,000 in earnings and a feature in the NYU alumni newsletter as an outstanding alumni for them to think otherwise. By the end of my first year, Kweller Prep generated over $250,000. I started with a -$10,000 credit card loan (I had to take a loan again my credit card because no bank would help me out).

I currently employ about a dozen tutors, and have professionally edited and proofread nearly 1,000 college applications and personal statements. I now offer an at-home tutoring option (to reduce overhead cost) and am in the preliminary stages of writing a grant proposal to open a charter school in New York and Los Angeles for first generation immigrant students geared to help them get into competitive colleges on scholarship. I blog, I twitter, I work on my website and face fear daily while writing up parts of my business plan to expand. I NEED to believe in myself, even when no one else will. I need to pray that I make the RIGHT personal and professional choices, and hope to remain a role model for all the kids who have come my way.

I need to be OK with my decisions, and need to always trust my gut. I have become best friends with my gut. I listen to it, and it leads me in the right direction. Always.

My dad recently made my day. It took three years. He sees how happy I am. I get to travel, and launch incredible business ventures. I am more confident now than ever before. He told me that he used to think that he was 100% right, but now he realized that after I opened the business and ran it successfully without his help, he had been 100% wrong. To me, his respect means more than anything in the world. Today, I have it. Had I not executed my idea, it might have been lost. Now I take my father to events where I do presentations on the business and hold informational workshops on competitive college admissions. My father is amazed each and every time. It took a while, and a very powerful idea execution to gain his admiration and respect in a way in which satisfies both me and him.


You have an idea? Great…. START, but that’s all it is. You can jot general ideas down on a napkin, or tape record yourself while you speak, or simply share an email with a friend to get the ball rolling, but you must have some kind of vision, some kind of plan that you can put into written form. Thinking small isn’t enough; to be successful in business—and in life—you must think big. You must put your ideas in writing. You must have a business plan. I get chills right before working on mine. But I have support. There are numerous websites that can help with this, and they even offer free consultations. You have to be crazy not to take advantage of these opportunities. You can speak with an experienced business plan expert for free! Your first step is the PLAN. You must at least have that. Then you need drive, ambition, and a touch of luck.


I read somewhere that a child hears the work ‘no’ seven times more than he hears the word ‘yes’ as he grows up. I think it gets worse as you get older. I will never say to my child or children that they cannot do anything. Everything is within their reach.

When I first approached people with my business idea for a tutoring center, I felt like I heard the word ‘no’ 40 times more than I heard ‘yes.’ “There is already a Princeton, and a Kaplan, and schools are packed with after school services- some are even free—why would they go to you?“ And there was more “You can teach. You can work in law. You can work in a company and have vacation days! Like 2 weeks a year!” My parents said no, my then boyfriend said no, his mom said no, the bank said no. I wanted $100,000 to open my business. The answer was unanimously “no-no-no-no-no.” Uggh.

One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with was hearing the word no, but moving on despite hearing that vulgar word. I am a natural people pleaser. In a way, I think everyone is. I knew I had a great idea, which was to create Kweller Prep – a learning incubator in Forest Hills, specifically designed for advanced children of immigrant kids. I was hoping to fill a niche. I wanted to provide exceptional support services for already talented kids. So many of those kids live in Queens, where there is a high 1st generation immigrant population, an area filled with talented, driven young minds, and parents who aspire to give their kids the best education possible.

People take for granted that smart kids will just ‘figure out’ how to get into a top college or university, but that is not the case. Over and over again, I was discouraged from pursuing my ideas-- first by my own family, then from my friends. The problem is that even the people who supported me (and there were very few), didn’t have the money or capital to invest in my ideas. Even those who said they would never followed through. This doesn’t mean they were bad friends, but perhaps they were just too busy in their own world to help me pursue my dreams. YOU HAVE TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS. They are YOURS!

I was pleasantly surprised when kids with very low grades came to Kweller Prep for help. I did not turn anyone away. “The center is not designed for you, but if you commit to working your butt off, to deactivating facebook, to learn with and respect the tutors here, then I’ll take you in.” One after the other, they unanimously agreed. Multiple students went from 60 to 90 averages thanks to Kweller Prep. We helped some gets get out of the school system entirely; we arranged to home school, alternate schools, and charter school them. Overall, I observed one success after the other.


I remember after law school, I was finally confident enough to open my business. I had, after all, a law degree that I knew I could fall back on. I had a top undergraduate degree from New York University—from which I graduated early, in 3 1/3 years with high honors. I decided to go, with confidence from one bank to the next to promote my small business idea.

Talk about getting no support! Citibank shut me down completely. The small business banker said I must be ‘in business’ at least 2 years before I can even think about applying for a loan. She also gave me her two cents that I would be better off working for another tutoring center for a few years and then opening my own. Why people offer free advice—which turns out to be well-meaning but bad advice—is beyond me. After completing law school, I had momentum—I wanted to open my own business. I was ready to do so. I opened it and I did really well. Had I taken the Citibank’s business specialist’s advice, she would have set me back a few years. Or worse, I would have lost my momentum or entered into a non-compete agreement with another tutoring company, which could potentially have prohibited me from opening my own unique center.

SBA rejected me. That really hurt. I had nowhere to go except the credit cards after that. I maxed out my credit line. I was very lucky. My business did well, and I paid my loan back, ahead of time!

I received a letter from the SBA that my business got nominated for best local start up business by a woman in 2010. I was very flattered and very confused. After all, the guy who nominated me was the same one who couldn’t help me secure a loan from SBA to start my business in the first place! I just didn’t get it. The letter said that I helped create more jobs in this horrible economy and if I won the award, then 60,000 copies of the SBA newsletter would go out with Kweller Prep featured on the cover. Wow! I was honored, but not interested in the publicity. I found it strange, if anything, the same people who nominated me now were the ones who couldn’t invest in me back then.

I was also going through some immense personal changes I have no desire now to write about now. The timing was off, and the nomination,all the potential publicity, while flattering, just didn't sit well with me at the time. I didn't want Kweller Prep on the cover of 60,000 fliers, not yet at least. I had so much more to do. I wasn't ready.

Getting rejected hurts. Get over it. Move on. Look what wound up happening with me-- the same people who refused to give me a business loan later nominated me for best local start up business!


You have to find people you trust, and you have to, above all, trust yourself. Even though you might be able to do a fabulous job of running the entire business on your own, it can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. You must, my dear readers, learn how to let go and delegate. There are only 24 hours in a day and you can only do so much. However by delegating, you can essentially create more time—more time to clear your head, and more time to think about bigger, better and more important things.

When I hired my first tutor, Risheen, I delegated to her the job of instructing students how to handle the critical reading sections on the SAT. Risheen had perfect SAT scores. She graduated from Columbia University, with high honors and was obtaining a professional degree from NYU in social work. I was at first nervous at having her work with ‘my kids.’ I was very possessive (grrr! Mine mine mine!). But as the business began to grow, I knew that I couldn’t teach and run the business single-handed. You can find her here:

Much to my surprise, the kids started to love Risheen. I BECAME JEALOUS. She worked for me on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the kids requested her on Mondays and Wednesdays. I was so happy that she was a good fit, and so happy that she was so likeable, and jealous when the kids started to gravitate to her. I was learning to let go, and, boy, was that difficult. For the sake of my business and for what I had created, I had to find more amazing tutors. The kids had to love them. I had to learn to let go and allow them to be loved. I hired more and more incredible staff. It took a lot of trial and error. I gave the kids complete control over the hiring decisions at Kweller Prep. This empowered them. If they liked the tutor, I kept them; if not, I fired them. It was that easy. After the kids selected the tutors they liked the most, I began to train, and train and train. But I trained carefully. I had all the tutors sign confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non compete agreement.


I am a lawyer, but I invested in hiring an experienced lawyer to help me draft such important documents. I also did a thorough background check on each tutor, as per my attorney's advice. There are people out there who know more than you. You just have to accept that in life. Don’t fight it—use them as resources. After all, you go to a mechanic for your car, a doctor for your health, and hopefully a knowledgeable lawyer to help you execute contracts for your business dealings. You need to go to those who have experience. It will save you time, and in the long run, a lot of money.


After a lot of trial and error, you will eventually learn to hire the right staff. You will eventually train the staff you like most. You may unfortunately train a competitor, like Princeton review and Kaplan did when they trained the founders of the now multi-million dollar test prep industry Revolution Prep. But that is a risk you have to take. If you avoid risk, you may also avoid highly profitably opportunities. You can’t suffer from ‘analysis-paralysis.’ Sometimes, thinking too much gets you nowhere. You analyze until you over analyze, and the thinking process exhausts you. Act now, think later, then process. Take a bite of the apple so you at least know what it tastes like.


In college, I dodged basic accounting like the plague. In fact, I made it all throughout college and law school without taking a basic tax class. I feared I would fail the subject and managed to do without it—all because I didn’t want a bad grade. A class like accounting should be required. After all, the only things absolutely certain in life are taxes and death. I think that taking an accounting class should be ungraded. College kids should just take the class to learn and not fear a bad grade in an unknown area—but that is a separate discussion entirely. If you have the option to sit in on an accounting class (called “auditing” a class) go for it! Just sit in the back and take notes. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting a grade. Just enjoy and absorb the information.


I went through three accountants my first year in business. The first one came highly recommended, but screwed up my filing status. He also put me on the radar with auditors. I paid him $400 to file my taxes. He used TurboTax, which I could have done myself for free. The second accountant had over 20 years of experience, which was great, but she did not handle the amended taxes with the care I wanted. Actually, she didn’t handle them at all. She held onto my tax return information for 2 weeks and let it collect dust in her office. I thought she was working on it. I thought she was helping me make a timely amendment, but she had bigger and better fish to fry. I was a new business, and low on her priority list. She returned my tax file to me untouched and told me to leave it as is, and be prepared to explain to an auditor that I made a one-time boo boo with my tax filing status in the event of an audit.

What an idiot. I was so angry. At that point, I began to complain to my friends, and they found me a trustworthy accountant, Alex Muratov. He really took control of my business. With Alex, Kweller Prep went from being a sole proprietorship (which I created) to a Corporation. Alex saved me money. Alex explained tax law to me. Alex helped me transition from paying my staff as 1099 employees (private contractors) to putting them on payroll.

Finding a good accountant is like finding a good doctor. The right one can save your life. The wrong one can end it. Alex is young, ambitious, clear and persistent. He has been practicing for 11 years and really knows his stuff. Most of all, he knows how to explain. This was something I needed that the other accountants really lacked.


Everyone offers me unwanted, uninvited, free advice, all the time. A lot of times it is negative advice. I’ve reached a point in my career now where I don’t even hear the words said anymore; all I hear is the negative and I nod but I zone out completely as to what the person is actually saying. I love this about myself. I do not process the word NO. What if Steve Jobs had listened to that evil word. We wopuld never have the ipod or Ipad! You will be surrounded by “nay say-ers” all your life--“Why are you opening a business?” “90% of business fail.” “You are wasting your talents.” “Get a ‘safe’ job with a pension, retirement plan, and ‘benefits’” “You are taking on too many responsibilities.” “So-and-so ran a business and HE failed…”

Learn to deal with them. Their negativity is like venom. You need to walk away before the snake bites. It will hurt.

I recently decided to post a 1 day workshop, called SAT in a DAY on facebook. I launched it before anyone had time to offer me free advice on it. People flew in from around the country to attend my workshop. It got rave reviews. I then launched it in Manhattan ( I found a great lawyer to help me get the legal work done, and I couldn’t be more excited about this venture.


I have never been happier before in my life than I am now. I am in my element, and I hope this article inspires you to be too. I have a lot more lessons to learn down the road, and I’m excited to see what the future has to bring. 2011 has been an incredible year, despite the recession, despite the falling trees of Forest Hills, and despite the really bad free advice I got, and fortunately taught myself not to listen to. Thanks for reading!

What if I Could Build a School?

What if I could build a Tutoring Center – but for more than just tutoring? How about a school?

What if I could offer life coaching, and health and wellness? How about stress management while parents and kids navigate the ever so convoluted college and graduate school admission process? What if my tutoring center could create future leaders in America and the world? What if everyone who graduated would make a greater, positive series of contributions to society? What if it was not just a school, but a place to build confidence and grace?

What if my tutoring centers had tutors who not only educators, but also mentors? What if at my school, the teachers and staff really cared about the welfare of every single kid and parent who entered? What if I offered at-home tutoring, but not just tutoring—how about at home mentoring? What if the tutors would show kids how to get organized at home so that they could study well and create a safe space that is clean, clutter, and distraction free? What if I could build insane amount of confidence in these kids, one “tutee” at a time?

Years later, what if 100 or 1000 of these centers existed, and kids would graduate from Kweller Prep? What if the tutors served as mediators between parents and kids as they struggle to find balance and peace during the turbulent teenage years? What if this school had weekly workshops What if I, one person, could revolutionize the education industry? What if I grew so big that colleges and graduate schools would reconsider what criteria they use to decide which kids get into their schools, and which ones get out? What if I made winners out of kids who thought of themselves as losers?

I may be a dreamer, but I also built my first from school from nothing, a credit card loan, and never looked back, because I was tired of the few options and failing school systems around me. I want to create immense change in the tutoring, test prep, and education industry. Kweller Prep is just the first step in that direction. Welcome to my journey, and I hope you enjoy the ride.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Testing early?

The short answer to your question is that YES, your child will have a much higher competitive advantage if he studies for the SAT as early as tenth grade (at Kweller prep, we work with kids as young as 12 years old to prepare them to take the SAT exam so they can enroll in John's Hopkins university' TTY program for talented youth. There is also a tremendous amount of money available-- if your son will score well on the PSAT exam (a test very similar to the SAT) and offered in October of tenth and eleventh grade. Lastly, many prestigious universities are notified of students who perform exceptionally well on the PSAT, as that is a good indicator that they will also perform well on the SAT. Please do not under estimate how powerful a strong SAT score is, and how much more relaxed your child will be if he feels 'over-prepared" rather than under. Early is key. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

1/3 of students taking AP exams score a 1

According to a recent report by the College Board, more minority students are taking AP exams however they are still underrepresented both in the classes and in the scores.

According to the report, about 28% of last year's graduating class took at least one AP exam, with 59% of that group earning the score of 3 or above necessary to earn college credit. In terms of demographics, there were some interesting findings. Asian students, who made up 5.5% of the total graduating class, comprised over 10% of students taking AP exams. Hispanic students were about even at 16% of both the graduating class and AP participants. In the rear, African American students made up 14.6% of the overall graduating class but only 8.6% of AP exam takers.

The College Board maintains that much of the disparity comes from local policy decisions. For example, in Texas and Florida where teachers are given funding for summer college courses to help them teach their AP classes, participation and scores of Hispanic students are both higher.

However, the study also suggests that increased participation in AP exams may not be a good thing. Nationally, about a third of students who took the AP exam in chemistry, biology and environmental science earned a 1, the lowest possible score. Some of these scores were attributable to schools that put students in AP classes before the necessary science classes they needed to prepare them.

While higher participation in AP exams can be a feather in a school's hat, forcing students into them before they are ready can have very negative effects. Increasing the representation of minority students taking AP exams should instead be a slower and more personal process that will give more reliable, long-term success.

The fee for each AP exam is $87. Hundreds of thousands of high school students take the AP exam each year. College board is doing quite well for itself.

Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA)

What is the Difference Between Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA)?

As you begin looking at colleges, it is not only natural to start ranking your choices, but it is actually a very helpful idea. After doing the necessary background research, it is important to start deciding which universities are your primary choices. In the era of the Common Application when you can apply to dozens of schools, many people feel that it's better to apply first and chose later. However, knowing where exactly you want to go before you apply can actually help your chances of getting in.

Many schools offer special admission options which can give you a decision earlier (which helps end one of the most stressful times in a student's life) and can actually increase chances of getting accepted. The options you need to look for are Early Decision and Early Action. But what's the difference?

• Early Decision The most common option given, Early Decision allows an applicant to formally state their intention to enroll in the school if they get accepted. This is a legal, binding agreement and your parents or legal guardians are obligated to cosign the early decision agreement. Colleges accept a certain amount of Early Decisions, so when you apply ED you are only competing with other ED students and not students who are looking to play the field or are only using the school as a safety. You have a better chance of getting into the college of your choice if you apply ED, as it demonstrates your true commitment to the school. Beware though, ED students tend to get locked out of financial aid awards. Think about it—what monetary incentive does a college have to entice you to go there is you are already if you already signed a contract promising you will go if accepted? This is why most ED kids are not offered financial aid awards. However, you can apply for private scholarships (Kweller Prep can help) throughout the rest of the year. Overall, ED is so nice! About 6 weeks after applying to the college of your dreams, you will know if you got in! Amazing! You can then truly start enjoying your senior year of highs school.

• Early Action Early Action is a much more recent development and is not as common as Early Decision. The difference between the two is that Early Action does not require you to enroll in the school if accepted. In other words, you are not obligated to attend if accepted. Because of this, more people are likely to apply EA, even students who aren't as serious about that particular school. For a list of colleges that accept EA applications, click here:

How to Get Extended Time on the SAT or ACT

Extended time and other accommodations are available for the SATs & ACTs, but in recent years changes have vastly increased the number applying for it. As a result, it has made getting these accommodations more difficult. So if your child requires extended time, it is important to explore the rules and plan out your actions well before test day—at least 6 to 12 months before the actual SAT or ACT test date. Here's a basic run down of how to extend time for the SAT or ACT. Courtesy of

1. The College Board used to gauge students needs based on the Individuals with Disability Education Act, but has more recently started using criteria more in line with the ADA. Under the ADA model, students need to be able to demonstrate how functional impairment disrupts the daily academic work- so substantially that they cannot perform adequately on the SAT without the extended time.

2. You will need to present a formal psychological evaluation, usually from a school psychologist. The College Board will be looking for evidence of an active IEP. For those living in the Queens Area, the St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services offers such evaluations at a low cost. See:

3. You will need to have received testing accommodation at your testing high school for at least 4 months before the SATs or 12 months before the ACTs. This qualifies as your “documented evidence” that you need extra time on exams in general.

4. Finally, you'll need to have letters and data from teachers describing the student's disability and performance. 2 teacher letters should be enough. A guidance counselor letter is a must.

5. The other important detail to know is that you can appeal the College Board's ruling. According to some experts, it is practically the College Board's unofficial policy to deny everyone the first time around. Don't give up hope and just keep reapplying. However, be sure to start your case months in advance of any test as it can take time to file.

6. Last but not least, always request more time than you actually need. College board’s unofficial policy is to give students who request double time per section, only a quarter and so forth, so apply generously. If you really need the extra time for the SAT or ACT, you are 100% entitled to it under the ADA, but you must be extremely organized with your filing paperwork (Kweller Prep can help) and all must be filed 6 to 12 months in advance of your testing date.

7. Good news: There is no reason to fear any stigma from requesting extra time for the SAT or ACT. Under the ADA, colleges are prohibited from knowing which students get extra time and which do not. If you need the extra time to function properly on these tests, get it!

How to Get Extended Time on the SAT or ACT

Extended time and other accommodations are available for the SATs, but in recent years changes have vastly increased the number applying for it. As a result, it has made getting these accommodations more difficult. So if your child requires extended time, it is important to explore the rules and plan out your actions well before test day—at least 6 to 12 months before the actual SAT or ACT test date. Here's a basic run down of how to extend time for the SAT or ACT. Courtesy of

1. The College Board used to gauge students needs based on the Individuals with Disability Education Act, but has more recently started using criteria more in line with the ADA. Under the ADA model, students need to be able to demonstrate how functional impairment disrupts the daily academic work- so substantially that they cannot perform adequately on the SAT without the extended time.

2. You will need to present a formal psychological evaluation, usually from a school psychologist. The College Board will be looking for evidence of an active IEP. For those living in the Queens Area, the St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services offers such evaluations at a low cost. See:

3. You will need to have received testing accommodation at your testing high school for at least 4 months before the SATs or 12 months before the ACTs. This qualifies as your “documented evidence” that you need extra time on exams in general.

4. Finally, you'll need to have letters and data from teachers describing the student's disability and performance. 2 teacher letters should be enough. A guidance counselor letter is a must.

5. The other important detail to know is that you can appeal the College Board's ruling. According to some experts, it is practically the College Board's unofficial policy to deny everyone the first time around. Don't give up hope and just keep reapplying. However, be sure to start your case months in advance of any test as it can take time to file.

6. Last but not least, always request more time than you actually need. College board’s unofficial policy is to give students who request double time per section, only a quarter and so forth, so apply generously. If you really need the extra time for the SAT or ACT, you are 100% entitled to it under the ADA, but you must be extremely organized with your filing paperwork (Kweller Prep can help) and all must be filed 6 to 12 months in advance of your testing date.

7. Good news: There is no reason to fear any stigma from requesting extra time for the SAT or ACT. Under the ADA, colleges are prohibited from knowing which students get extra time and which do not. If you need the extra time to function properly on these tests, get it!

Monday, February 7, 2011

"One wonderful source of information for us has been from Kweller Prep"

One wonderful source of information for us has been from Kweller Prep. If this sounds like a plug for this learning center, then so be it. If you are in the New York City area, I highly recommend a consultation with them as they offer a range of assistance from tutoring to tests prep to finding scholarships to completing college applications and more.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Major Nationwide Change in School Lunch Menu

Major changes are coming to school lunches across the country and some people aren't happy about it. In an effort to curb rampant obesity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new guidelines for nutrition in cafeterias.

Many popular items may find themselves on the chopping block. French fries, pepperoni pizza, and even chocolate milk are being removed from menus in a desperate attempt to lower the amounts of sodium of calories in students' diets. The key, regulators believe, is by giving healthier alternatives to get children accustomed to making better choices. Chocolate and whole milk will be replaced by skim and 1%, French Fries and other starches are being limited to one cup a week and more emphasis will be placed on fresh, leafy greens.

Some criticize the new plan. One principal interviewed estimated that the changes would raise the cost of the meals by 14 cents, only 6 of which the government would pay for. Critics argue that the burden is too much for schools which are already suffering major budget shortfalls. Not only would the food they prepare cost more, but many schools have already offset cafeteria costs by allowing “competitive foods” from chains into the schools.

But the stakes are high. This is a country where 17% of children are not only heavy, but obese. And in a country that is getting progressively sicker (this generation is expected to be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than the one before) the schools have a responsibility to be teaching children how to live properly. It is the one subject our children cannot be allowed to fail.

College Education is Tax Deductible-- Slightly

Good news for parents looking for ways to help afford college! In a recent U.S. News & World Report article, there are two important tax credits that can help lessen that tuition burden. Here are some quick facts:

The American Opportunity Credit
 Up to $2,500 per eligible student
 Available for the first 4 years of post-secondary education
 Student must be pursuing an undergraduate degree
 Good for tuition, fees and course-related books and equipment
 Usable by taxpayers making less than $80,000 or $160,000 for joint returns by married couples

Lifetime Learning Credit
 Up to $2,000 per eligible student.
 Available for all years of post-secondary education, as well as courses to gain/improve job skills
 Students need not be pursuing a degree
 Usable by taxpayers making less than $60,000 or $120,000 for joint returns by married couples

For more information, check out the whole article here

Public Colleges-- Cheap No More!

Public colleges and universities have long been a boon to parents. By principally receiving their money from the state, these institutions have traditionally been able to subsidize their tuition, meaning a comparable education for a fraction of the cost of many private schools.

However, even these schools are not immune to the effects of the recession. As times become tougher and many states slash their education budgets, public universities have had to shift where they receive their funding from. A recent article in The New York Times reported,

“The burden on students is likely to keep growing. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 30 states face shortfalls of at least 10 percent of their budgets next year. And given the difficulties of cutting costs for Medicaid or K-12 schools, which get the biggest chunk of state budgets, appropriations for higher education are likely to shrivel further, leaving public universities ever more dependent on tuition money.”

Perhaps hardest hit is the state of California, which has raised public tuition 30% over the last two years and is proposing massive cuts in state aid. Out-of-state tuition of UC schools is already over $50,000, rivaling private colleges.

The key for students and parents applying to schools is not to assume that a public college will be cheaper, especially if you are applying out-of-state. Explore all funding possibilities like scholarships, grants, prizes and subsidized loans and with enough due diligence you might save yourself from an unexpectedly high bill.

An Evening with a College Financial Planning and Scholarship Expert

February 21st, 2010-- Kweller Prep Educational Services is hosting a special Parents-Only workshop, “An Evening with a College Financial Planning and Scholarship Expert”. We will be discussing the ins-and-outs of college scholarships and financial aid programs and the best ways to prepare for rising college costs.

There's a lot you might not know. There is a reason why some students pay over $50,000 a year for college while others pay next to nothing, and it is a secret that will be revealed! Many of the preconceived myths of college costs will be debunked. Learn why saving money under your kids' names can help you lose it! Find out how to get your children a private-school education for less than the cost of a state university!

This is not an opportunity you can afford to miss. Join us at Kweller Prep, conveniently located in the heart of Forest Hills at 104-40 Queens Blvd. Suite 1E (Parking Lot in Rear). All materials are included for the price of $30 for new Kweller Prep members and just $10 for current members.
Seats are going fast so be sure to reserve yours by calling 1-800-631-1757 or emailing See you there!

Kweller Prep Remains Open During Blizzard

December 26, 2010- It was an epically miserable January day when the city was buried. Snow as deep as a foot and a half in places smothered every thoroughfare and cut off the city's vital arteries like a cold, white heart attack. The subways were disrupted, side streets were impassable and the main avenues were only for the bravest of us. This vibrant “city that never sleeps” went deathly still.

And still, Kweller Prep opened its doors for business. We've been asked what makes us different from other tutoring centers and while we have many answers, we think the simplest one is that we're dedicated to the students more than any other company. We are the kind of place that stays open in a snowstorm that otherwise shuts down the city. Kweller Prep has faithfully served and continues to serve its neighbors in Forest Hills, giving proven results to parents and bright futures to students.

We know you have many choices when it comes to tutoring and test preparation. Our competitors think they have education down to a simple formula. They are so confident, in fact, that they open countless identical centers across the country that use the same strategy of teaching the same lessons out of same book to clients. They are wrong.

And if we lived in a world where every student was the same and learned in the exact same way, we might agree with them. But in the real world, what works for sophomore Bridgette Smith in St. Paul, Minnesota might not work for 8th grader Robert Koh in Sarasota, Florida. Every student is different and requires different strategies, different curriculum and most importantly of all, every student deserves to have their individual needs met.

The only possible result through the personal approach Kweller Prep takes is that of success-- We are not a chain: we serve the community with gifted tutors hand-selected from the top local universities. We tutor all subjects as well as Regents, IB, PSAT, SATs, ACTs, as well as provide students with organization, note-taking and study skills, college selection and applications, and post-graduate skills like resumé building and interview techniques.

Sample letter to teacher-new student

Kweller Prep Tutoring and Educational Services
104-40 Queens Blvd. Suite 1E Forest Hills, NY 11375 1(800)-631- 1757¨

February 4th, 2011

Dear Teacher:

I am writing to inform you that XXX XXXX will now be coming to tutoring every day after school at Kweller Prep Educational Center. We know that he struggles a lot in English and we would greatly appreciate of you could provide us with any materials/ papers/ make up HW assignments that could better improve his grades in your class.
We look forward to working together. Any extra materials or assignment that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Also, any additional comments you could make to help us as we work with XXX-XXXX would be great. Please feel free to use the back sheet of this paper to write any additional comments that will further help us make Shin improve in your class.

Please contact our tutoring center at any time at the above number if you have any further questions.


Frances Kweller, J.D. and the Kweller Prep Tutoring Team

Regents, SAT, Multi-lingual College-Counseling and More.
Located in the Heart of Forest Hills