Articles by Lisa Mader

A College Counselor Chronicles Her Own Family’s Journey

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People often ask independent college counselor Lisa Mader what she would do if it were her son applying to college. Now that she’s actually going through the college search process as a parent herself, she is chronicling her experience to provide tips (and laughs) for other parents on the same journey.  Read More…

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Summer To-Do List for Incoming Juniors

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Sophomores, you can still spend plenty of time poolside this summer, but make sure you hit these major milestones as you gear up for your critical junior year of high school.  Read More…

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Soon-to-Be Seniors: Prepare for Fall Apps

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Don’t waste your pre-senior-year summer! Prioritize tasks you can get out of the way this summer so that you’ll be able to breathe easier this fall.  Read More…

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Essay Excellence: Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish

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LEAP’s five-step essay-writing process can help you craft an impressive essay with plenty of time to spare for other tasks in the college application process.  Read More…

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College Plan B: Bouncing Back from Rejection

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Didn’t get into dream school? It’s disappointing, but not the end of the world as long as you have a Plan B.  Read More…

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Four-Year Plan: Smart High School Scheduling

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Before you start scheduling your high school classes, check out this expert advice on how to make your schedule help you achieve your long-term goals.  Read More…

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Decoding Your PSAT Score

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Got your PSAT results but not sure exactly what they mean? Here are some tips for making sense of your score.  Read More…

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Don’t Let Poor Planning Wreck Your Fall Test Score

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Poor scores are often a result of poor planning. Don’t make that mistake. Find out how to get ready, organized, and a achieve a great score.  Read More…

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What’s New in CA4? Expert Tips for Navigating the 2013-14 Common App

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What’s changed with the Common App and how does that affect you? Be sure you’re prepared for what’s required by checking out this list.  Read More…

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Mutual Attraction: Getting the Schools You Notice to Notice You

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Learn what “demonstrated interest” is and how it can work in your favor in college admissions.  Read More…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Mader relies on extensive teaching experience, a master's-level education, and affiliation with some of the industry's most important accreditation boards to help college-bound students maximize their performance and find their best-fit college. Through her company LEAP, Lisa has helped countless families in the areas of test preparation, college selection/application, choosing a major and future career, and much more.