Private College Counseling

Flexibility and Communication are Key

My goal is to help students and families navigate every phase of the college application process with as little stress as possible. During our first session, we will map out a strategy for moving forward that works for you and is tailored to your needs, schedule and goals.  Throughout the college counseling process, I am available to students and parents by email and telephone to answer questions, calm frayed nerves or suggest new strategies.  The bottom line?  I serve as your guide, translator and sounding board from pre-application to post-acceptance.

Cancellation Policy

• Students are asked to provide at least 24 hours’ notice of any cancellation.

• If a session is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to a scheduled appointment, I will make every effort to reschedule the missed session. If no suitable time can be found, I reserve the right to charge for 30 minutes of the missed session.

• If a session is cancelled within four hours of the scheduled appointment, I reserve the right to charge for the entire missed session unless another session can be scheduled within the same calendar week.

• In the event that a student does not show up for a scheduled appointment, I reserve the right to charge for the entire missed session.


Barbara was instrumental in helping our daughter navigate the college application process. Together, they created a thorough and practical plan for completing her college applications. More …

“College essay writing is truly an art. Barbara Shore’s “Art of the College Essay” tutoring provided our son, Jake, with the guidance he needed to produce succinct, imaginative, meaningful essays that captured his unique personality and translated his accomplishments into one-of-a-kind works of art!  More …

“Having a private college counselor for our high school senior proved to be the best investment and experience we could hope for. Barbara Shore really got to know our son and his particular needs in regards to finding a small learning environment for college.  More …

“As a mother of four children who have all needed tutoring at one time or another, I look for a tutor who can provide not just tools for learning but a deeper connection to my child in order to provide motivation and encouragement. Barbara has a heart of gold and a mind like a steel trap. More …

“Barbara Shore provided language arts tutoring for our daughter, McCall Barbara is such an important part of our girls’ education. She has worked with their individual strengths and weaknesses to help them develop into stronger, more confident readers and writers. The improvement has been tremendous and we are so thankful for the caring support she provides.”

She also knew that Barbara was on her team because Barbara even offered to be available by phone or to skype with McCall if she needed it. The proof of Barbara’s methodology was apparent when McCall arrived home at the semester break grinning from ear-to-ear and announcing, “I got an A in English—thanks to Barbara!”   More …

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  • Time Is Short. The Time To Start Is Now!

    The life of a student is filled with school, activities and friendships. It is never too early to learn the goal-oriented, disciplined study habits that lead to a successful college career and professional life.

  • Time To Unlock Your Potential

    Perseverance and continuous, focused action–rather than intelligence or strength–are the keys to unlocking potential. My work with students involves teaching the skills and habits they need to unlock and realize their potential.

  • Become A Star Performer

    Setting challenging yet reasonable goals–and then achieving them–is a thrilling experience. I meet students where they are and empower them to achieve their own success.

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