Parker Educational Consulting has helped students get into the schools of their dreams and go on to accomplish great things!
With more than 2200 four-year colleges in the US to choose from, how will you find the perfect match?
At Parker Educational Consulting, I help you navigate this maze both by helping you find the schools that are right for you, and by helping you present yourself as the right student for them. If you’re in the Asheville-Charlotte-Greenville triangle, I’ll come to you. If not, we can work via phone, Skype, or whatever platform you’re happy with. You and I will get the best results if we start our conversations in the tenth-grade year or the summer following. It’s never too late, though, and I can help you at any and every stage of the process.
As online applications and resources streamline the admission process, more students are applying to more colleges every year. But acceptance rates continue to drop.
About Parker Educational Consulting
What We Do
This might be the most important thing we do together. Assembling and curating a list of possible colleges is crucial. How do you find schools that reflect your needs, interests, goals, and personality? How do you find schools at all that you haven’t heard of through relatives, friends, or media?
Together we’ll build a timeline of everything from your SAT/ACT dates to college visits, Early Decision deadlines, standard application deadlines, and projected notification dates from your colleges.
While some schools are no longer requiring standardized tests, most still do and all will still take it into consideration. Even without a formal prep course, you can improve your score through simple strategies. Picking up as few as ten questions on the SAT will improve your score 100 points. Your test scores will count towards consideration for scholarships and other financial aid.
Your essay is your best chance for your schools to see the real, authentic you. I don’t want to intrude on that authenticity. On the contrary: I will help you explore topics that best showcase the real you. Once you decide on your best bet, I’ll help you edit and work through as many drafts as you like until you have your best essay possible.
A lot of schools don’t require an admissions interview, although it’s certainly available in many cases. The good scholarships, though, often feature interviews with committees composed of admissions staff, faculty, and alumni. We’ll talk about wardrobe, handshake, posture, common questions, and good answers, and practice them all.
Admissions officers want to see that you’ve followed your passions, not that you’ve over-scheduled yourself: being an officer in every club, spending every summer on grueling service trips, and taking too many easy-A classes in subjects you don’t care about in order to pad your GPA. Admissions deans say they’d rather have you get a B in an AP Calculus class than As in easier courses.
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Call (704) 870-0862 or fill in the form to schedule your free 30 minute consultation. Our general response time is one business day.
Exclusive Online Portal
With our exclusive online portal, your student will have instant access to information about all the colleges they want. They will have the ability to generate reports comparing schools and showing them how their own test scores and GPAs stack up against accepted freshmen at their schools. There is a feature for your student to exchange messages with me, and the portal also serves as a central hub for reminders, meeting notes, and to do lists.
David Parker, Education Consultant
“I know what makes one student stand out from the crowd: what puts one application at the top of the stack.”
Some of the colleges my clients have been accepted to
“Our son was applying to multiple upper-tier colleges, and David helped him to tailor his essays to each. With David’s help, our son received several acceptances and scholarships and is going to attend Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as a direct admit. Working with David was a great experience.”
“Having David guide our son through the essay-writing task of college admissions was a lifesaver. David was instrumental in helping our son choose a topic and angle that represented his strengths in the best light. Having David proofread also helped us keep the peace during a very stressful time! Our son was admitted to his first choice university. I highly recommend working with David!”
“When our daughter Grace started looking at colleges, we turned to David Parker for help. David met with us to review Grace’s interests and help build a list of colleges for her to pursue. He worked one-on-one with Grace, sharpening her interview skills, as well as coaching and encouraging her through the essay portion of the application. David’s expertise and professionalism have been indispensable in Grace’s hunt for the perfect college. Thank you David!”
The mission of this firm is to help students find the colleges that best suit them, and then to help those students present themselves in their best and truest light to those schools. The goal is to make a great match. Nobody benefits if I “get you in” to a school that doesn’t suit you and where you’re not prepared to succeed. I will help you present your best self, but will not “package” you as someone you’re not.
I’ve been in the classroom since I was four years old, either learning or teaching– oftentimes both. That's why I know students and schools and how they fit each other.
I’m from Atlanta; I took my BA degree at Furman University, and I finished my MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, all in English.
With twenty years of teaching in the English Department at Gardner-Webb University under my belt, ending as department chair, I learned volumes about the college admissions process. I spoke with many visiting prospective students and their parents about the university. I spent hours every year at admissions events meeting dozens of prospective students and their parents.
I served for years on scholarship committees where we combed through applicants’ files, read their essays, and eventually interviewed the highest-ranking applicants. I was in the “behind closed doors” meetings where we made decisions about six-figure scholarship packages. After all these years of sitting on scholarship committees, I know what makes one student stand out from the crowd: what puts one application at the top of the stack.
Perhaps most importantly, year after year, I got to know first-year students. Some had chosen the perfect school for themselves and spent four marvelous years at Gardner-Webb. Some chose poorly, or hastily, or out of convenience, and were deeply unhappy at a school that didn’t fit. These students usually left: some to go to other schools, and some, frustrated, never to finish college.
In 2017, I left Gardner-Webb to start a tutoring firm, Tutor Doctor of Shelby. I managed tutors in all K-12 subjects. I also tutored students in SAT and ACT prep, and began to lecture on general college admissions issues. In the summer of 2018, I co-led a four-day college admissions essay workshop. From there I started coaching private essays and established Parker Educational Consulting. I have come to realize that in my years in academia, it was the students, much more than the subject matter, that were my passion. I care about them, their intellectual and emotional development, and their preparation for the world beyond graduation
Parker Education Consulting’s purpose is to introduce the right schools to students and then presenting those students in their best light to those schools. I want to find that "good fit match" that I saw throughout my teaching career.