SCARSDALE, N.Y. – This fall, the Academic Center at the JCC of Mid-Westchester is adding three new classes to its portfolio of offerings for high school students.
The new classes -- college application essay writing, college interview skills, and a series of “Extra Edge” lectures and workshops that address stress -- are designed to help students through the college application process. These programs will expand the center’s menu of year-round PSAT, SAT and ACT preparation courses.
"Our goal is to go beyond offering only test prep courses by providing programs for students and parents through small classes that help students with all components of the college application process, including learning how to manage stress," said Lisa Itzkowitz, director of the center at 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, in a prepared statement.
The "College Application Essay Writing" workshops will focus on writing the personal essay for college admissions, exploring what makes each student unique and working to craft a narrative to best portray one’s self in college application essays. According to one parent whose child recently took the class: "The course is a definite winner. The instructor provides expert guidance and encouragement for writing the essay.”
The "College Interview Skills Essentials" workshops teach students critical interview skills to help them in both the college interview process and beyond. According to research done by workshop leaders Kyrie Stillman and Peggy Marx, founders of College Interview Counselors, a common myth insists that college admissions interviews are simply a formality. Interviews for admission are offered and encouraged at 95 percent of the top 75 colleges and 88 percent of the top 25 universities.
The "Extra Edge Student Workshops for Peak Academic Performance" will teach students how to practice relaxation and emotional intelligence skills to efficiently improve attention, memory and recall.
Studies of K-8 students show an average gain of 11-17 percent on achievement test scores after learning stress management skills. This program is adapted from the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
The "Writing Skills Workshop" will teach students how to hand in their best writing with proper use of grammar and language, as well as what additional steps to take to ensure a final, polished piece of writing, not just a clean version of the first draft.
Parents and students also can attend the center’s fall evening lecture series, featuring:
- "Extra Edge Stress Reduction for Peak Academic Performance," an introductory overview at 7 p.m., Sept. 30.
- 6th Annual Inside the Admissions Office, with deans and directors of admissions from American University, Emory University, Lafayette College, University of Chicago, University of Maryland and Vanderbilt University, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20.
- The ABC’s of Organizing Teens at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29.
Pre-registration is required for lectures and workshops. For fees and other information, visit http://www.jccmw.org/academic.htm, or contact Itzkowitz at 914-472-3300, ext. 275 or email@example.com.