Planning for admission to professional schools and graduate programs is essential to optimizing students’ chances of success. Effectively planning for admission can start as early as age 16. Many students do not maximize the opportunity to formulate the best possible profile for their application. Common errors such as poor course selection or extracurricular activities can result in unsuccessful or delayed admission and missed professional opportunities.
We recommend taking a proactive approach prior to the application cycle to develop and continuously enhance your profile. We coach students (based on their achievements and experiences to date) on the steps we recommend to take to improve candidacy.
Our Academic Planning Session covers some/all of these areas as applicable to your personalized needs and profile:
- Development of a personalized academic plan
- Identification of university/program where you would be most competitive and assistance with university selection
- Recommendations on extracurricular, work and volunteer activities to strengthen your profile
- Guidance on specific course selection to maximize undergraduate GPA
We gear your academic planning session to the specific topics that you wish to cover.
Register COST OF SESSION: $200 (1 HOUR)
Personalized Academic Planning
An academic plan starts with an understanding of your ultimate academic goals, such as admission to medical, law, dental or business school. Planning for admission into competitive programs is essential to maximize chances of successful admission. For example, applicants to Ontario medical schools are evaluated on their activities going back to age 16. As such, students must take steps at an early stage to ensure a strong application when they are ready to apply.
We perform a detailed review of your past experiences and achievements and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in your profile. Then, we work with you to develop an academic plan that encompasses not only short-term scholastic objectives but also matches your long-term academic and career objectives. This plan takes into consideration a strategy to ensure that grades are maximized, courses are chosen strategically, extracurricular activities are selected with an appropriate focus and rationale, and standardized tests (if applicable) are timed suitably in relation to other commitments.
University / Program Competitiveness and Compatibiilty
Based on your profile (and action steps for enhancing your profile), we discuss your options and identify the universities and programs where you have the best chances of admission, while at the same time, reviewing the programs which are a good fit based on your personality and learning style.
We discuss the answers to the following questions: Where should you apply? Which universities are best suited to your strengths and interests? If you obtain multiple offer letters, which university should you attend? We discuss your professional interests with you in order to understand your academic goals. We also gain perspective on the teaching style and learning environment best suited to you and provide advice on the programs where applications should be submitted. Then, we work with you to get organized for the application process.
Extracurricular, Work and Volunteer Activities
Put your best foot forward. We review your academic goals as well as strong and weak areas of your profile and provide recommendations on activities that you should consider.
Leadership and research experiences are key components of high quality university applications. Many students do not select the optimal extracurricular activities in high school and undergraduate study to support an eventual application to professional school – leading to unsuccessful or delayed admission.
Once we understand the programs and universities that are of interest to you, we provide recommendations on activities that you should consider. We undertake a thorough review of your extracurricular, work, research and community service experiences to date and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your profile. Then, we provide guidance on the types of activities you can undertake to ensure your eventual application will demonstrate your commitment to your chosen field of study and will distinguish you from the competition.
Guidance on Course Selection
Far too often, students choose courses poorly (including in their first year of university) that lead to low grades and course omissions required as prerequisites for professional programs. Mistakes relating to course selection can delay the admissions process, costing students an additional year of lost income and missed professional opportunities. There are many strategies that can be employed to minimize these errors.
Attaining strong, consistent grades is an ideal way to exhibit your competence when compared to other qualified candidates, increasing your chance of admission to preferred professional schools.
We discuss strategies for selecting the optimal combination of courses that puts you in a position to maximize performance. We review program prerequisites to ensure that you complete all necessary requirements in a timely manner prior to submitting your application. We also make recommendations on course sequencing so you can more effectively prepare for standardized tests for professional schools.
Why Use Astroff?
Astroff has been transforming the university application landscape for over a decade. We have experience with thousands of students, from high school to post-graduate studies, putting us in the unique position to help you with every step of your academic path.
Our personalized academic plans are designed to suit your unique skills, interests and academic goals. Working with Astroff changes the way you see your potential. Our experience with the application process will give you the tools to vastly widen your academic prospects.
Dr. Robert Astroff has graduated from four different elite universities across Canada, having pursued academic studies at the highest level, attaining four university degrees including a law degree and PhD. Dr. Astroff’s own educational background, professional experience in the field of post-secondary education and extensive knowledge of the university admissions process make him uniquely qualified to assist clients in achieving their educational and professional goals.
Location of Service
We offer one-on-one coaching academic planning sessions in-person in Toronto, over the phone or by videoconference:
- In person: We will meet with you at our Toronto office (located at the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair).
- Over the phone or by videoconference: We work with clients from across Canada, the U.S. and overseas, providing coaching sessions over the phone or by videoconference. We find these coaching sessions work just as well as in-person sessions.