"We want to thank you so much for your help and support during our college research. You have helped her prepare herself to be a better young individual; also you have prepared her to go to the new phase of her life, the college world." – I.B.
What Is Guided Self-Analysis?
"Who are you?" If you can’t answer that question coherently, the university admissions process will be challenging.
UCA believes that students should understand their personalities, competencies, tendencies and preferences before trying to sell themselves via essays and interviews and even before trying to find schools that offer the right fit.
Each session of UCA’s Guided Self-Analysis (GSA) is goal-oriented and directed. GSA uses the Socratic Method to perform personality profiling, using standard dichotomies as well as our own proprietary evaluative criteria. After the first session, students are given simple homework – such as a memory inventory and an interest inventory – designed to corroborate our initial findings and also to identify student preferences in subject matter and in learning method. Then, we turn towards strategy, assisting students in developing a "marketing pitch” (Personal Thesis) and overall plan for the applications to support a coherent and harmonious admissions effort.
When it comes to college fit, UCA believes that post-secondary education is an evolutionary period. Attending a university is the first time that most students leave home, determine their own schedules, and make life and career decisions. UCA recognizes that university and graduate school education should be based upon deep consideration of curricular structure and overall environmental influences. Whether actively or by osmosis, many factors influence and develop young people. UCA wants our students to achieve their best within environments that both teach and inspire. For that reason, we have created our own database of universities based upon 4-year graduation rates and other important criteria.