A quality educational consultant gets his or her knowledge in the following ways:
- One-on-one appointments with admissions representatives, who initiate such meetings, when they are traveling, for the purpose of generating quality applications.
- Frequent tours to schools and colleges to learn more about changes, trends, offerings, school culture, and the strengths and weaknesses of each school. Usually the tours are VIP tours, and access is given to key institutional representatives one normally wouldn’t meet on a typical high school or college tour.
- Meetings with key individuals at each school, such as: presidents, school heads, department chairs, coaches, athletic directors and deans.
- Extensive networking with other educational consultants to hone skills, expand networks and glean knowledge from them about schools they are familiar with.
- It is not uncommon for 30% of a quality educational consultant’s time to be spent on researching some facet of a particular school’s offerings or culture. A large portion of this time is spent visiting actual schools.
Here is some of what School Match 4U has gained:
- Asking each school representative key questions in order to peel back the onion and really understand two things: What they are looking for (in order to get a student accepted) and what they offer that is unique and may appeal to a School Match 4U client.
- Awareness of the criterion that interests any particular school.
- The common mistakes that applicants make.
Educational consultants are valuable. A knowledgeable physician, a leading attorney, a competent CPA or a sterling financial advisor all help improve the quality of life for their clients using their knowledge and expertise. An educational consultant applies expertise and knowledge to one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your child’s life: what school your child will attend.