Parents Learn ABCs of College Admission

by L.B. Editor Feb. 5, 2015 A panelist with experience navigating college entry provided reassuring advice about an anxiety-ridden rite of passage for parents and their children at the PTA’s Coffee Break talk last week. Participants included representatives of the high school counseling department and community college, a private college counselor and author, and a private standardized test prep provider. Parents learned that Laguna Beach High School provides ample help navigating the process if they can take advantage of the annual College Round Up, which hosts more than 100 college representatives for an open-house in Dugger Gym. Additionally, nearly 90 college reps visit the school for more intimate meetings with interested students. Each student can also take advantage of an online tool, Naviance, to stay organized, take interest inventories, research colleges or enrichment programs, sign-up for meetings with visiting college reps, or standardized tests, etc. Push button for full...

Coffee Break: How to Get Into College

Kate Rogers/Coastline Pilot February 5, 2015 Getting into college can be one of the most anxiety-producing rites of passage for parents and their children. In response, PTA’s Coffee Break hosted a panel Wednesday to discuss college acceptance tips. Participants included two representatives of Laguna Beach High School’s counseling department, a local community college counseling official, a private college counselor and author, and a private provider of standardized-test preparation. Dawn Hunnicut, a college and career specialist, emphasized the value of campus visits that provide an opportunity to start a relationship with someone from one’s dream school. Read the full...

Writers on Writing Interview

Writers on Writing October 1, 2014 Orange County writer Cindy Muchnick, author of WRITING SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE APPLICATIONS, talks about ways in which she enjoys the publicity and marketing side of being an author, her experience collaborating with her teenage son on one of her nine books, and her advice to fellow writers to “just write it.” The interview begins at the 21 minute mark in the program.   Listen to the Interview – jump to minute...

Harbor Day School Presentation: “A Guide to Study Skills”

harborday.org November 29, 2012 Harbor Day parent, author, and educational consultant Cynthia Muchnick presented her strategies, tips, and tools to succeed in school to a packed room of parents on Thursday, November 29. While the focus of her most recent book, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills,” is equipping middle-to-high-school age students with what they need to know to meet their potential in school, Cindy provided ample advice for parents of children in younger grades as well.     Read the Full...

Coffee Break: Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education Series

October 2012: Cynthia Muchnick “A Parents Guide to Study Skills and School Success: How to Support Your Child and Help them Navigate School” Talk will cover:  The unwritten “rules” of high school and, How Parents can: Help your child cultivate positive teacher relationships Support and Facilitate Good Study Skills Plan college prep in high school (thinking ahead!) Help your teen cultivate good time management Identify  Student “jobs” vs. Parent “jobs” An accomplished educator, author and educational consultant, Cindy Muchnik has conducted numerous workshops locally and across the country on steps to high school success, study skills, and college essay writing.  More than 40,000 copies of her newest book, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills,” have been sold. As a successful educational consultant, Cindy has had a profound impact on high school students who she has assisted with all aspects of the college application process.  Her clients have been admitted to prestigious schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Yale, MIT, Duke, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Vassar, all UC schools, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, The Claremont Colleges, Cornell, Tufts, Georgetown, University of Texas, University of Michigan, Columbia, NYU, and USC among others. She worked as an Assistant Director of Admission for both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She has read and evaluated more than 3,000 applications for college admission to competitive colleges. Cindy, a Stanford University graduate, and her husband live in Newport Beach with their daughter and three...