Welcome to myKlovr!
How to Make the Most of Your Membership


MyKlovr is a first-of-its-kind college and career counseling technology solution for high-school students. Our single-minded focus is to help every myKlovr user increase their chances of college and career success.

Why is it important to us? 90% of the 16 million high-school students in the US are planning to go to college. But over 20% never enroll. Then, over 40% of college students do not obtain a degree within six years of starting. Eventually, college graduates are left with the burden of student loan debts of $40,000 on average.

If you attend college, it’s important to start at a school that’s right for you, one that can deliver the greatest benefit, and for you to be ready to get the most out of your investment.  If you decide college is not the right path for you, how you prepare for life after high-school can make a huge difference in how much you get paid, how secure your job is, and what kind of career you build.

Having a college degree can be very important. Studies demonstrate that on average college graduates earn $22,000 more per year than high-school graduates. Education opens doors to more opportunities and helps find satisfaction and fulfillment in life.

At myKlovr we want to help every student achieve their education and career goals. Using myKlovr is not difficult and follows a simple process:

At the beginning, a myKlovr user needs to tell us something about themselves so that we can understand their strengths, opportunities, interests, ambitions, etc. This is the role of the Student Portfolio.

Based on that information, our artificial intelligence engine formulates personalized Goal Recommendations for every user. This is our digital college prep.

Finally, every myKlovr user needs to decide which Goal Recommendations they want to focus on. Thus, they build their own, unique Action Plan, which will increase their chances of college admission.

MyKlovr also includes valuable tools for career exploration, preparation, and planning for students who choose not to attend college.

There are 8 steps to make the most of your myKlovr membership:

  1. Your Student Portfolio Overview
  2. The Academic Part of Your Student Portfolio
  3. The Personal Part of Your Student Portfolio
  4. The Career Part of Your Student Portfolio
  5. Your Goal Recommendations
  6. Your Goals
  7. Your College Plan
  8. Financial Resources

Step 1 – Your Student Portfolio Overview

Your Student Portfolio is the first thing you should use once you start with myKlovr.  Until you enter at least some of the information, we can’t provide you with any counseling or advice. This is how it works:

Your Student Portfolio consists of three parts that we will talk about in the next four topics. Why so many? Because college admissions are not only about grades and test scores. Good grades are not always enough. And not-so-good grades don’t have to be a road-block, if you tell a compelling personal story. This is what your myKlovr Student Portfolio is for.

As you start building your Student Portfolio keep in mind the following:

  • Most students complete the Academic part first, but you can start wherever you want
  • You don’t have to complete the whole lot in one sitting
  • The more detailed your input, the better your myKlovr Goal Recommendations
  • Keep your Student Portfolio up-to-date so that your Goal Recommendations remain useful.

The best way to use your Student Portfolio is to start early and keep fine-tuning it over time. You are crafting your personal story so that when you submit your college applications, you are ready to tell your unique story, one that will make you stand out in a crowd of applicants.


Step 2 – The Academic Foundation of Your Student Portfolio

Academic performance is not everything when you apply to college. But it is still very, very important. College admissions officers pay a lot of attention to your transcripts, test scores, etc. We know what colleges look for and will provide you with guidance that will put you in the best possible position as a college applicant.

Many students complain that when they start preparing their college applications they can’t find all the required grades, scores, etc. Guess what? You can keep all of your transcript info in your myKlovr Portfolio.

A tip before you dive in: Always keep your data up-to-date. Otherwise, myKlovr Goal Recommendations can become less relevant to where you are.

The Academic part of your Student Portfolio has the following sections:

    • Schools – This is a part of your individual profile.  Include your school, most recent GPAs, grading scale, marking periods per year, grades attended, and the date you enter / graduate from high school.
    • Transcripts – Provide us with your course grades as of your 8thgrade. Colleges want to know your entire high school history and evaluate the trends / changes from one year to another.
    • Standardized Tests – Almost all colleges require SAT or ACT scores and they are one of the first things that admission officers look at. Put in all tests that you have taken, including PSATs and Pre-ACT.
    • Writing and Language Skills – This is your self-assessment. You may ask other people, including your teachers, for their feedback.
    • Academic Achievements & Awards – Brag about the accolades that you have won. They can become an important part of your personal essay.

We’ll send you reminders  near the end of each marking period or semester to update your portfolio, but you don’t have to wait for us.

Step 3 – The Personal Part of Your Student Portfolio

It is amazing how much your passions and interests can help your admission chances. But you need to tell a concise and compelling story. This is what the Personal part of your Student Portfolio is going to help you with.


The first four sections here cover Cross-Cultural Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Hobbies & Interests, and Volunteering & Community Services. At the beginning write about everything that you could tell a friend. Nothing is insignificant. Try not to skip any detail like dates, awards, leadership. We ask about them for a reason and we use them in the analysis of your profile. Over time, myKlovr will help you select the activities and events that can most boost your attractiveness as a college applicant.

What follows is an assessment of your Achievements & Awards. It’s bragging time! Include only accolades that are connected to the Personal part of your portfolio. Other recognition belongs to the other parts.

Now we want to learn about what personal qualities make you shine in your Personal Qualities assessment. After talking to many college admissions officers, we have selected 12 that they look for when evaluating college candidates. Don’t think that you are expected to max out on all of them. Nobody does. We want you to understand what your 2-3 top personal qualities are so that when you write your application essay you can tell a unique story of what makes you an amazing candidate.

The next section is your Personal Video, this is where myKlovr encourages you to talk about yourself, your passions, and about what makes you different. You can produce a short video and feature it here. If you are involved in performing arts, if you play an instrument, or if you are an athlete, you can upload video clips of your performances or games.

Last but not least there is the Statement of Purpose. You are invited to think and write about the vision of your own future, and about the difference that you want to make in the world.  When you apply to colleges, you’ll need to write a personal statement, and the thoughts you have captured in your Statement of Purpose can serve as a starting point.

Step 4 – The Career Part of Your Student Portfolio

The Career part of your Student Portfolio is there for two reasons.

Firstly, we want to encourage you to think about what you want to do in life. There is no rush. You have plenty of time to decide. But if you know your career preferences, it will be easier to select the right colleges for you. If you understand your strengths and where your energy is, you can use them to your advantage.

Most colleges do not expect their applicants to select their career path or even their college major. But they are likely to ask you to explain why you have chosen to apply to their college. When you can talk about your future and how their college can help you get there, it will be easier to convince the admissions counselors that you are the right candidate for their institution.

Secondly, we invite you to capture any internship, work experience or even related recognition, that you may have. Experiences like that give you a taste of what a specific profession can be like. Spend a few weeks at an attorney’s office. Do you still want to be a lawyer? Besides, this is a chapter of your personal story that may connect with an admissions officer at your dream college.


Step 5 – Your Goal Recommendations

Goal Recommendations are the core benefit of our digital college prep. In response to your input in your Student Portfolio, our Artificial Intelligence-driven engine formulates these recommendations of focus areas that, if addressed, will significantly increase your chances of college admissions.

The advice we give depends on the tier of college you plan to attend. More selective colleges have higher standards for admission, and may require more preparation on your part.  Use the “Find My Tier” tool to find the college tier that’s the best match for you, then select that target tier in the Goal Recommendations section.

The Goal Recommendations are arranged under the following tabs: Academic, Personal, Career, and Declined Recommended Goals. Click on a Recommendation to see details about why it is important and what steps you’ll need to take to acheive it.


You can do two things with a Recommended Goal:

1 – Press the ✓ icon to accept the recommendation, if you want to work on it,
2 – Press the ✕ icon to decline if you don’t like it or it is not the right time for you to work on it,

Remember, every time you update your Student Portfolio your Goal Recommendations will be updated accordingly so that you always receive the most relevant counseling from myKlovr.

Step 6 – Your Goals

Your Goals are the tasks you have decided to take on to increase your chances of college admission. But a goal is a goal and you need to be able to work with it.

Under the My Goals Custom tab, click on plus sign icon if you want to create a completely new goal. It can be anything, even something like ‘Wash the dishes every Thursday night’. After a second thought … even though admirable, it probably won’t help you much with your college chances.


Another cool feature of My Goals is that you can mark specific steps or entire goals as complete so that at any moment you can see what progress you have made. Trust me, it will helps your motivation to see that the work is done, so come back often to check your goal steps off.

There is one important thing about Your Goals. It will only be useful to you if you do something about it. A goal without any effort put behind it is wishful thinking. A plan that you carry out is progress.

Step 7 – Your College Plan

My College Plan contains four unique features:

  • Find My Tier
  • College Finder
  • Target List
  • Athletic Eligibility Status

Find My Tier helps you identify a college tier that best fits your profile based on your Student Portfolio. This would normally be your match tier. Your GPA and standardized test scores will affect your current match tier, so be sure to keep this information up-to-date.

The next tool is the College Finder. Our College Finder has seven different filter sections, each of which offers a range of search criteria. There are a lot of colleges and universities in our database, so you’d better use the filters if you want to find the colleges that are right for you.

You can jump from one search section to another, go back, add, change and remove filters as much as you want. The search results will be continuously updated. If you see very few colleges there, it may be because you have added too many search filters, or some criteria are inconsistent. In that case, you try reducing the number of search criteria or adjust them.

Play with the College Finder as much as you want. Try different searches. Selecting colleges is important because you are choosing a place where you are going to spend an important part of your life. Make sure that you love every day of your college years.

You can click on each college in the Finder results to see more detail or to save the college in your Target List Clipboard. Many colleges have virtual tours available, so click the video tour icon when you see it.

On the following tab, you will find your Target List. Colleges you save from the College Finder are listed in the Clipboard section. From there,  you can move colleges to your reach, match, or safety lists.

You can specify the target tier for each of your Reach, Match, and Safety lists, and you’ll see a warning icon if a college in one of the lists is from the wrong tier.

Finally, we have the Academic Eligibility Status tab. If you indicated that you might be interested in playing collegiate sports, you’ll want to keep track of your academic eligibility according to NCAA regulations. (If you don’t see this tool, it might be because you said you didn’t plan to play college sports. You can change the setting in the Settings tab.) Understand that you’ll have to confirm your eligibility directly through the NCAA website for a final determination.


Step 8 – Financial Resources

Recognizing that nearly three-quarters of U.S. families are concerned about paying for college as higher education costs continue to increase, myKlovr has partnered with several partners to provide resources for you and your parents.  The “Paying for College” tab has information about financial aid (Over 70% of college students receive some sort of financial aid, ranging from reduced tuition and scholarships to personal loans.)

Screenshot of Paying for College Section, buttons: Financial Aid Info, True Cost of College, Scholarships and Grants

The Finanical Aid Info section contains information about financial aid resources, different kinds of financial aid, information on applying for aid, and how to research scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and loans.

The True Cost of College tool helps you understand how much you and your family are likely to pay to attend a specific school considering the school’s history of tuition reduction, grants, work-study programs, as well as your family’s financial situation.

The Scholarships and Grants tool can help you search for scholarships and grants that will reduce your cost of college with no obligation to repay the funds.

We have now completed the 8 steps to make the most of your myKlovr experience. We look forward to helping you take control of your future and setting you on a journey towards growth and fulfillment.

The Common App: What You Need to Know

By Thomas Broderick

Here’s an interesting, but not ironic fact: getting into college is harder than ever, but applying is easier than ever. And no, the latter has nothing to do with the former. Societal expectations and good marketing are to blame for admission rates plummeting across the board.

But applying to college sure is a lot easier than it was 10, 15, or 20 years ago. Thanks to the trusty internet, high school students and their families can learn about colleges, take virtual tours, and apply online.

Another critical component of college application readiness is The Common Application (Common App). For over 40 years, the Common App and the organization behind it have encouraged member colleges and universities to simplify the application process. After all, it can be daunting keeping up with different application requirements and materials. Why not make it easier for applicants?

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Common App and examine what you should know before submitting it.

What Is the Common App?

To answer this question, we have to go back to 1975, when a non-profit called, you guessed it, The Common Application released the first version of what we call The Common App. You see, as the Baby Boomer generation flooded into America’s colleges, some people realized that there had to be a better way to apply. Today, more than 800 colleges around the world accept the Common App. 

What Do I Need to Know?

Doing research for this article, I learned just how much the Common App has changed since I used it to apply to colleges 15 years ago. Back then, the Common App was just a form. You filled it out once and sent copies – along with other application materials – to colleges. It made applying somewhat easier, but it wasn’t groundbreaking.

The Common App in 2019 is so much more than a piece of paper. On The Common Application website, you can create an account, research potential colleges and universities, review application requirements, and most importantly, and apply to schools. The Common Application even features a mobile app wherein high school students on the go can access and update their accounts at any time.

This system’s most significant advantage for you is organization. By using the website or app, it becomes nearly impossible for you to forget about a test score, recommendation letter, or essay requirement. Speaking of essays, be sure to write yours in a .doc before copy/pasting it into the application. The program tends to delete the essays of applicants who type their essay in the provided text box.

At the colleges and universities that you apply to, admissions counselors use a similar interface to access and review your materials. And before you ask, no, an admissions counselor CANNOT see the other schools where you sent applications.

One thing the Common App DOESN’T do is lower the cost of applying to college. For each application you submit, you still need to pay that school’s application fee.

Other ‘Common Apps’

In your college search, you may come across competitors to the Common App. These alternative ‘common apps’ – Universal College Application, Coalition for College, and the Common Black College Application – offer many of the same services as the Common App, but fewer colleges accept them. Although these organizations offer legitimate services, I would caution against them as you’d be juggling these apps, the Common App, and likely other applications for schools that use neither.

In other words, when it comes to the Common App, accept no substitutions.

Final Thoughts

I wish I had the 2019 Common App to help me navigate college admissions in the fall of 2003. What was once just a form has become a valuable college application resource that can help you research colleges, stay organized, and submit applications. These tools, combined with those in myKlovr, can help you dramatically increase your chances of college admission success.

So, if you haven’t already, get on the Common App website and create an account.

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