The laments are shrill and unending:  “How can young people EVER expect to do well in school if they never look up from their mobile devices?!”  


Happily, a turn-lemons-into-lemonade approach may be a part of the answer. Research is demonstrating the positive impact of text-message “nudges” on students preparing for college.  Even routine reminders and alerts – e.g., completing financial aid forms, remembering to send in a dorm deposit – seem to play an even larger role in helping students stay focused and confident. 


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Fairfax, VA. – csMentor, Inc., announced today that it will partner with KIPP DC schools over three years to help college-bound KIPP DC alumni successfully prepare for and complete their first year of college.The csMentor program monitors students’ adjustment to college life via interactive, multimedia modules that students access via smart phone and tablets.


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Today’s kaleidoscopic college landscape can turn the most thoughtful educator into a shoulder-shrugging agnostic.


The future of higher education looks anything but predictable.  Most observers make a compelling case that the 19th century model of undergraduate education has already been disrupted by economics, demographics, and technology. But what comes next? Are there any safe bets?

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Your "Mentor on Mobile"

Every time your mentor wants to reach you with a new "MIP," she or he will send you a link in a text message. Just click that link to connect!  (See how csMentor works on different devices further down this page.)   TIP: Save the number 25827 in your contacts as "My Mentor." 



Checking In

Each MIP includes a few questions that csMentor calls a "Check In."  Don't skip the Check In, please!  It is the only way we can provide you feedback. It is the only way your mentor can make sure that you are doing OK!




Each week your mentor will send you a text-message reminder with a link to a feedback report. Just click that link and then scroll down through the report. The report uses GREEN, ORANGE, or RED to suggest how you are doing in four categories.

GREEN: You seem to be doing great. No problem.

ORANGE: Don't sweat it unless the color stays ORANGE week after week. If it does, talk with an advisor, mentor, or counselor.

RED: You may be having some challenges in that area. Talk with an advisor, mentor, or counselor right away.

Plus, you always can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we'll respond!



Devices! Devices!

On any Android or Apple smartphone: You can access your mentor's MIPs by clicking the URL for that MIP in the text message you receive (See "Your Mentor on Mobile" above). Your mentor's video will play in "native" mode - meaning that you may need to size it yourself using the pinch-to-zoom motion.

On any tablet or laptop: Login to your personal csMentor page at  Use the "Student Login" tab and use the login name and password you registered with for csMentor.  Your personal csMentor page also archives all of the past MIPs your mentor has sent to you!



Connect with Us!


Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SMS:    25827

Web:    Log in to your personal csMentor page at and send us a message from there.



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