Creative Marbles Consultancy’s advisors have dedicated their lives to educating the young. Over the last fifteen years, CMC’s consultants have collaborated with hundreds of families to navigate the increasingly complicated college admissions process. Every student deserves a college where they can nurture their talents and create lasting economic success—a goal that is our passion.
We offer a variety of advising retainer options, which fit any budget, to serve the needs of families with high school seniors.
Each retainer option is purchased separately.
RETAINER OPTIONS for GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
COMPREHENSIVE Retainer Option:
PURE & SIMPLE
COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE *
Best for families seeking CMC's strategic guidance as a "safety net" to support their efforts, as they navigate the complex college application process from summer 2020 through mid-February 2021.
CMC’s advisors will meet with families in a College Admissions Strategy Session to draft an initial list of targeted colleges for application, plot out tasks needed to complete applications, as well as define a strategy for developing insightful college essays.
In the fall and winter of 2020, Creative Marbles experts will provide up to 25 hours of support by phone, in person or video conference, to assist with college applications and college essays. The editorial team will assist students while they draft college essays. CMC’s consultants can also answer questions about potential academic majors, as well as continue proposing colleges for application.
Furthermore, CMC’s editors will provide unlimited Google comments to help student refine their autobiographical college essays, throughout the drafting process, until the application is submitted.
Also, parents will receive regularly emailed updates about their senior’s progress in completing applications and essays, as well as the CMC Report, timely tips to navigate the college application process efficiently.
Finally, CMC’s counsel with purchase of the Pure & Simple College Application Assistance, can begin in the Summer 2020 and ends when the last college application is submitted in mid-winter 2021.
ONLY EDITORIAL Retainer Options:
DELUXE COLLEGE ESSAY EDITORIAL SUPPORT
Targeted, expert editorial support, with objective readers who understand both the teenage autobiographer and the college admissions process.
CMC's advisors will first interview students to generate potential essay topics, Then, through up to 60 rounds of Google comments, CMC's advisors will assist students as they refine their autobiography in the college essays. In between Google comment reviews, CMC's editors will provide up to eight (8) hours of editorial support by phone, in person or video conference to break through writer's blocks and collaborate in the drafting process. Parents will receive regular updates about their students progress.
BASIC COLLEGE ESSAY GUIDANCE
CMC's editors will provide students guidance and a framework for engaging the college essay writing process. Students can access CMC's editorial staff for up to 5 hours of advising to edit essay drafts and problem-solve common writer's blocks.
Students can choose how to allocate their hours, options include:
Individualized conversations by phone, video conference or in-person meetings, OR
Editorial reviews using the commenting tool within Google Documents, the online word processing program, where one editorial review by Google comments is timed as 30 minutes.
STRATEGIC PARENT COUNSEL Retainer Option:
STRATEGIC PARENT COUNSEL
Parents have on-call access to CMC's advisors for any questions related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and paying for college expenses, so they can continue guiding their student. In addition, parents receive regular editions of the The CMC Report, with timely tips to coincide with how the college college admissions process unfolds. CMC's experts can make tactical calls to university officials, so parents get just the information needed to make critical decisions about their children's future.
ACADEMIC GUIDANCE Retainer Option:
An advising support retainer, designed to compliment the efforts of parents and students who are navigating what has become a disrupted educational process during the time of COVID-19.
Pre-COVID educational expectations for students: pay enough attention in class, complete homework, commensurately compensated with good grades and college admissions, graduating into prosperity—where parents intervened rarely—are being challenged.
Since March 2020, parents and students are bereft of essential information, and even a familiar school structure from which they can devise and execute an effective academic plan.
When families retain Creative Marbles experts:
- Parents and students gain on-demand access to advisors, as well as timely, forward-looking guidance, tailored to each family’s specific educational needs.
- Parents learn how to transform partnerships with teacher(s) to best support their students’ effort to learn from home.
- Students learn how to manage a digitalized educational process.
- Students gain a sounding board to better direct their learning process to gain greater confidence in one’s inherent ability.
- Families can either define or revise college admissions strategies, utilizing our nationwide network of university staff to support students’ higher education goals.
ONE TIME STRATEGIC SESSION Retainer Options:
STRATEGIC ADVISING SESSION
A single 90-minute session when CMC’s expert advisors moderate a conversation for a senior to draft a proposed list of colleges for applications, introduce the complexities of the modern college admissions process, initiate the essay brainstorming process, outline a plan of action to complete college applications and answer any questions.
COLLEGE ESSAY JUMPSTART
Starting the college essay writing process can be intimidating. In one hour-long session by phone, video chat or in person, CMC's advisors thoroughly interview and explore the breadth of a student's experiences and begin identifying potential essay topics. As an additional support, CMC's professional editors will be available for a single round of follow up editorial review using comments within Google Documents, the online word processing program.
COLLEGE ESSAY CONSULTING
A concentrated critique of a college essay's format and content, in one 30 minute individualized session by video chat, telephone or in person, plus two subsequent rounds of editorial reviews using comments within the Google Documents, the online word processing program. College applicants gain a professional review of their college essays and how the essays will compliment the remainder of their application. CMC's editors will review the college essay's content and format, using their expertise and insight about the college admissions process.
* All clients purchasing any of the Comprehensive Retainer options will also receive The CMC Report, a quarterly newsletter with tips and news about the college admissions process, so families can make informed decisions for their children’s future.
* Additional fees may apply to each retainer. Families are advised to discuss with their CMC advisor about additional services that they may want or need.
Request a Virtual Appointment with CMC’s experts and gain immediate answers for your pressing educational questions.
For more information or to purchase one of these options for your family, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 769-6092.
CMC’s advisors are also available to speak about trends in college admissions with parent and community organizations, companies or a private gathering.