With college just around the corner, we were eager to review Who Is This Kid? Colleges Want to Know! from The Critical Thinking Co.™ But I have to say I was more interested than our college-bound son. Our son wants to major in music and is able to provide a variety of instruments. He wants to attend one college in particular. But I know from personal experience, having some additional options to consider provides a better balance.
provides a variety of resources and materials for all grades. But I love that they offer some things specifically geared to high school students. We have used and reviewed materials from this company before, and I am always happy with the quality of the resources we receive.
This particular workbook is available as both a physical book as well as an ebook. My one concern about the ebook is that it is only available for Windows computers. I would prefer this to be offered for both Windows and Mac users. I have only Apple products myself, so. I would have to use the physical book. However, my son has access to a Windows laptop, so he would be able to use the ebook.
The convenience of an ebook is that it can be filled in on the computer rather than writing everything out. Providing everything from self-assessment activities to practice essays to searching for college fairs this book has a lot to offer families.
It is broken down into five parts:
- Student Self-Assessment
- Searching the Colleges – Building Your College List
- College Admissions Calendar
Joyce Slayton Mitchell, the author, has created an extremely user-friendly workbook for families to use while completing their college search. However, I feel this workbook would be best suited for families and students who are just starting on their college finding journey. For my son who already has a definite college in mind, a lot of the forms did not interest him or relate to him either. He did enjoy completing the Campus Culture section. Here are his completed forms.
After completing the forms and seeing his results were 70% Creative, we both felt this assessment did an excellent job of describing him. He definitely is not someone who wants to study law or go into medicine – so 10% Preprofessional definitely suited him as well. he also received 10% for Intellectual and Activist. We both appreciated the descriptions of the various college culture being given after the assessment was completed rather than before. We felt like students would be more likely to answer the questions honestly.
I appreciate how the workbook has several college search worksheets including colleges we had heard of, and then provided opportunities to narrow those choices down. On these forms, places are provided for the number of undergraduates, male/female ratio, average SAT/ACT and more. Worksheets are also provided for when families actually visit college campuses.
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