College Planning Specialists

October 6, 2007

Most Important Resource for Aspiring College Students Wishing to Investigate College Lecture Work!

Jimmy Ruska “Speed Math” braincrusher

In what has to be one of the slickest and most economical methods of investigating and reviewing classes at a top notch university, before entering said university, jimmyr.com published a directory of all 177 video courses offered by the University of California at Berkeley. Jimmy Ruska is the author of this list which includes the following subject matter: Computer Science, Health, Biology, Engineering, Math, Chemistry, and various other subjects like Astronomy.

Each course is presented by it’s name with a link. For instance:

Computer Science Video Courses: Teacher

1. CS 162 Operating Systems and System Programming F. 07 John Kubiatowicz

When you click on CS 162 you are presented with a synopsis of the course with the date- Fall of 2007 and a description of the course work and goals. Below this introduction is a list of every class lecture, class date, and the lecture description on video for anyone to view.

In addition the aspiring student has the option of utilizing a podcast or downloading a MP3 as well as the video format.

This is one of the richest sites of information on actual university classes that can be found on the internet. In addition, Jimmy has a video tutorial guide on youtube at youtube.jimmyr.com.

If you are an aspiring student entering a top flight university, if you took AP courses but are still curious, and if you wish to see what you will be facing in the very near future, then check out jimmr.com. He is the real deal!

August 1, 2007

University Charter Academy High School of Oakland Forced to Close Under Avalanche of Pressure

Filed under: Colleges,High Schools,SAT Testing,Scandal — deansguide @ 1:59 am

In a follow up story to the controversy and questions surrounding Oakland’s University Charter Academy high school, the governing board for the school voted 3-1 to close the school down. The vote, amid allegations of cheating on test scores, manipulation of student grades and transcript, and fraudulent collection of state funding, sealed the fate of the troubled institution.

Now deposed founder Isaac Haqq had no comment to this latest announcement. Haqq’s resignation on July 12 fueled the storm of controversy that Uprep was never able to overcome.

In a previous notice, Oakland Unified School officials threatened to repeal the school’s charter if the Uprep governing board didn’t fix a avalanche of problems which included violations of California’s public meeting laws.

For further information regarding high school or college financing contact Dean Guadagni at ddguad@aol.com

June 15, 2007

SAT Test Preparation Options Part 2: Traditional vs Non Traditional

Filed under: SAT Testing — deansguide @ 5:17 am

In the first article on the subject of SAT Test Preparation options, we reviewed the positives and negatives of Self Help books and SAT Prep Classroom Courses. In this installment, we will take a look at Private SAT Tutors (Traditional) and Online SAT Prep Products and Courses (Non Traditional). Our source for this information is the fine website ePrep.com and SAT expert Karl Schellscheidt holder of a law degree from University of Pennsylvania and a BSE from Princeton.

1. Private SAT Tutors: $100 to $300 per hour with overall cost from roughly $5,000 to $15,000. Not for the faint of heart!

Pro-Highest quality teaching talent, personalized curriculum to meet each student’s needs, and the tutor often becomes a coach who inspires motivation and excitement in the student. Families received constant feedback on the student’s progress; this provides a control mechanism that none of the other methods of SAT preparation addresses.

Con-Extremely expensive costs involved are a major obstacle for most family budgets. Often a search for a qualified tutor can be more time consuming than imagined. Many areas do not have access to this resource.

Conclusion: This is the best most effective method of preparation, for students of all ability levels, assuming the tutor is qualified. That is true if the financial resources exist.

2. Online SAT Prep Products and Courses: Students can purchase these options for between $30 and $1,000.

Pro-Affordability makes this option accessible to everyone. A wide range of products and services are available. Diagnostics and programs that help students who have constantly changing levels of expertise. The number one factor is convenience. Students can schedule their prep studies anytime without worry-their schedule is catered to rather than someone else’s schedule.

Con-Students are on their own with little consultation. Many courses are simple online delivered self help books. Many variations of product make it difficult to choose the correct products or services. No personal contact make this truly a individual experience which is often not well suited to many student’s needs.

Conclusion: This method of preparation works well for busy students who have average computer skills or better. It is the fastest growing method of preparation today.

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