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Christine A Howard

Build Your Child’s College Application Confidence With The Critical Thinking Co. (Review)

Disclaimer:  I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

Today more than ever, the competition to get into college is quite stiff. No longer can a student rely upon just grades and a solid ACT/ SAT score to get into the college he or she chooses. Now students need to really show who they are and what they have accomplished outside of school as well. That is why we were excited to get the opportunity to review “Who Is This Kid? Colleges Want To Know! from The Critical Thinking Co.™ Here is what we found…

A Little Bit About The Critical Thinking Co.

The Critical Thinking Co. is a company that has a very large selection of educational tools for parents and educators. There site is easy to use, and well organized. For this review, Review Crew families were each given different products from The Critical Thinking Co. to use with their families. To see all of the products and reviews, click on the link towards the end of this post. The products for this review include the list below, but this review will focus solely on Who Is This Kid? Colleges Want To Know!.

  • Creative Problem Solving Level 1 
  • Dare to Compare Math: Beginning 
  • Mastering Logic & Math Problem Solving 
  • Who Is This Kid? Colleges Want to Know!
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A Little Bit About Who Is This Kid? Colleges Want To Know!

Applying for college can seem like quite a daunting task when you are still trying to figure out who you are and what you want to do for the rest of your life. I remember being a high school senior and having so many ideas that I really thought that I would never be able to choose just one path. The purpose of Who Is This Kid? Colleges Want Know! is to help prospective college students not only answer that question, but to be able to express that to colleges.

There are three main sections to the book including a self-assessment, building a college list, and how to effectively communicate with college admissions personnel. Each portion of the book offers students activities to complete. Most of the activities are worksheets, but all of the activities ask the student to really think.

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One of my son’s favorite activities was the “Ten Step Campus Culture Quiz.” This involved taking a ten step quiz with the idea that the quiz will show the student what type of college culture fits them best. My son found that he will fit best with a creative or intellectual college culture, which we thought fit well.

How We Used The Product

My son is going to be a freshman this coming school year, so it is really a bit too early to be thinking about these things. But, then again, is it ever too early to start that journey? Not really, and that is why we chose to review this book. While he is not currently using the book to pick colleges quite yet, he is using it to help him build a better high school path.

The portion of the book that helps him get to know him a bit better is really useful even now. As he picks courses and learning opportunities for high school, he will take what he has learned about himself to make better decisions.

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For example, he learned that he is both creative and intellectual. Because of that, he is thinking about taking classes that have hands-on learning experiences, as well as maybe trying out the theater. However, he doesn’t want to be front and center as much as the behind-the-scenes guy.

As he continues in his high school journey, he will bring this book back out and complete more. He already has an idea of some colleges and some majors that he might enjoy. As he picks classes for high school, he will focus on classes that allow him to get his feet wet in those areas of interest.

Our Thoughts…

Seth (age 14)

“I really found this book to be helpful in choosing high school classes that will help me get into college. I thought that the worksheets are a helpful organizational tool to keep everything in order. The author’s advice is really great.”

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Chris (mom)

“Having a resource to help my son with focusing his studies as well as his college admissions journey is really valuable. This book is laid out very well, and walks students through the process from making a list to knowing what to say at a college admissions interview.”

Review Crew Thoughts…

You don’t have to take our word for it though. Other Review Crew families have been working to bring you a great review. As each family is reviewing different products, I highly recommend checking out all of the Review Crew reviews.

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