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Ian Parker

Throughout his career as an educator and tutor, Ian has found that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to college. As a Master Tutor at The Princeton Review and instructor with the Fullerton and Long Beach school districts, he has discussed with families the value of conducting comprehensive analysis and collecting data to assess each student’s needs, goals, and interests when making academic decisions. When he’s not working with students, Ian keeps up with the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, hikes with his dog, and can offer astute opinions on what makes a good Philly cheesesteak.

College Applications

Common App 2022-2023 Quick-Start Guide
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By Ian Parker
July 29, 2022 | 5 minute read

The year was 2005. George W. Bush was beginning his second presidential term, Star Wars: Episode III was the biggest thing in theaters, and gas cost $2.30 a gallon. And, reader, I was...

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Choosing a College College Research

Applying to Multiple Colleges? Here's What You Need to Know
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By Ian Parker
May 16, 2022 | 5 minute read

What’s the “right” number of colleges to apply to? Decades ago, college applicants mostly applied to somewhere between one and three institutions. That wasn’t wrong, or bad, or weird – it...

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Choosing a College

How Do I Help My Child Pick A College?
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By Ian Parker
April 18, 2022 | 3 minute read

Well, this is it – or, as the mom of one of my students told me the other day, “That’s a wrap!” For most high school seniors, applications have been submitted, admission decisions have been...

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Choosing a College

To Do Great Research, Try Thinking Smaller
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By Ian Parker
March 17, 2021 | 7 minute read

I’m a professional college counselor, so I know a thing or two about colleges. But when you live in a country with over 4,000 degree-granting institutions, there’s always more to learn.

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