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The College Prep Podcast

English, Children-Kids, 1 season, 658 episodes, 4 days, 7 hours, 12 minutes
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Nationally recognized experts Megan Dorsey and Gretchen Wegner share tips and tricks about creative study strategies, SAT/ACT prep, college applications, essay writing, teen-friendly time management tools, and more. They will also host experts on a number of subjects including scholarships, parenting, test prep, learning differences, NCAA athletics, and more! About the hosts: Megan is a college admissions consultant and test prep guru who helps students and parents plan and prepare for college admission. Gretchen is an academic life coach who helps stressed out students and their families feel smart, confident and ready for the rigors of college without losing their lives to school and studying. Together, they are a one-stop shop for how to survive...and thrive!...during the final approach into higher education.
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526: Drop That Class!

Students are told that dropping a class will ruin their future prospects–the dreaded W on the transcript is the scarlet letter. Erin argues that sometimes dropping a class is the best and most strategic choice. She also discusses what other ... Read More » The post 526: Drop That Class! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/20/202427 minutes, 47 seconds
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525: College Essay Question: “What Will You Bring to the College?”

Why does this college application question elicit blank stares from students? How do we help students to figure out what they might bring to the college experience or what sets them apart from other applicants? Megan and Erin discuss how ... Read More » The post 525: College Essay Question: “What Will You Bring to the College?” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/13/202421 minutes, 44 seconds
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524: Tips for Visiting Colleges: Notes from Megan’s Recent College Visits

Megan is back from a whirlwind tour of college visits and is sharing her notes and secret tips. When should you go? Is it worth it to time your visit to coincide with their “special” day? Lots of tips like ... Read More » The post 524: Tips for Visiting Colleges: Notes from Megan’s Recent College Visits appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/6/202429 minutes, 37 seconds
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523: Spring Start / Summer Start / Transer Students: What to do when you don’t enter with the rest of your graduating class?

How do you get plugged-in? What goals should you have for socialization? What factors should you consider before accepting a delayed admission? What questions should you be asking? What should you do prior to your delayed start? Megan and Erin ... Read More » The post 523: Spring Start / Summer Start / Transer Students: What to do when you don’t enter with the rest of your graduating class? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/29/202425 minutes, 39 seconds
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522: NCAA & Athletics in College

Maybe you are interested in participating in your sport in college. Or maybe you haven’t thought about it at all. Or maybe you are confused as to what the Divisions mean. Wherever you are in the college athletics process, Megan ... Read More » The post 522: NCAA & Athletics in College appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/22/202427 minutes, 19 seconds
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521: Warning Signs when Researching Colleges

Approach with Caution! When you see these red flags, it may be a sign that the college on your list could be more of a gamble than you were looking for. These are factors to watch for as you research ... Read More » The post 521: Warning Signs when Researching Colleges appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/15/202429 minutes, 40 seconds
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520: How Can I Tell if a College Is “Good”?

Everyone wants to get into a “good college,” but if we don’t rely on rankings, what are some ways prospective students can tell if a college is good? Megan shares the things she looks for including specific numbers that might ... Read More » The post 520: How Can I Tell if a College Is “Good”? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/8/202426 minutes, 50 seconds
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519: Unique College Programs

Some colleges do their curriculum in very different ways. Megan and Erin talk about some of these programs, their features, and what students might enjoy these colleges. Some of these you may never have heard of but could be your ... Read More » The post 519: Unique College Programs appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/1/202425 minutes, 14 seconds
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518: What We Mean When We Suggest You “Research Colleges”

What do we mean when we ask students to research colleges? What information is helpful? What are some good tools to get started? More importantly, WHY is this information relevant? The post 518: What We Mean When We Suggest You “Research Colleges” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/25/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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517: Looking Forward to Summer- Suggestions for Students

You might be getting invited to fancy conferences or thinking about travel or camps–are these opportunities worth it? What can students do to make an impact over the summer? Megan and Erin share their suggestions for what students can do ... Read More » The post 517: Looking Forward to Summer- Suggestions for Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/18/202423 minutes, 40 seconds
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516: What to do if you get deferred or want to appeal your college decision

You heard from a school but were either waitlisted or deferred–now what? Megan walks through the questions you should ask youself and shares her top tips on what to do (and what NOT to do). Plus, Erin brings in a ... Read More » The post 516: What to do if you get deferred or want to appeal your college decision appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/11/202425 minutes
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515: SAT or no SAT: What is best for students?

Issues, issues, issues with the SAT! The SAT is changing again–and schools are trending back toward requiring the test. Have you noticed this trend? Megan and Erin debate the value of the SAT and help to make sense of this ... Read More » The post 515: SAT or no SAT: What is best for students? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/4/202424 minutes, 1 second
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514: Strategies for Selecting Early Decision 1 and 2 Schools

A parent writes in asking about the difference between Early Action and Early Decision. Megan gives us a brief primer on what our Juniors need to be doing right now in the college search process. Then, she helps us make ... Read More » The post 514: Strategies for Selecting Early Decision 1 and 2 Schools appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/26/202421 minutes, 54 seconds
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513: How to Make the Most of Merit Scholarship Money

A listener writes in with a question about merit scholarships–can they count on them for all four years or can colleges change their mind? Megan shares what she generally sees with merit scholarships, what to look for, and general guidelines ... Read More » The post 513: How to Make the Most of Merit Scholarship Money appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/19/202421 minutes, 14 seconds
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512: Q&A Session!

Erin has asked for topic ideas and questions and has brought them all today. Social media and mental health? College rejections? Preparing for finals? Taylor Swift? All this covered in one episode! EPISODE #505 – Normalizing Rejection The post 512: Q&A Session! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/12/202420 minutes, 29 seconds
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511: SPECIAL GUEST: Sonia Cacique from The College & Career Ready Podcast

Sonia works with students (and parents!) around career and technical education. Sonia is a student advocate and career coach expert that empowers parents and students in the college and career ready journey. Her goal is to help students with self-awareness, ... Read More » The post 511: SPECIAL GUEST: Sonia Cacique from The College & Career Ready Podcast appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/6/202425 minutes, 15 seconds
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510: How Do I Know if I am Ready for Independence?

Students and parents often wonder what it takes to be indpendent. What skills will they need in college besides academics? How can they start honing those skills now? Erin and Megan go through their top lists of skills and provide ... Read More » The post 510: How Do I Know if I am Ready for Independence? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/29/202426 minutes, 2 seconds
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509: What are Learning Differences and Should We Get Tested?

Erin goes on a deep dive about Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and the Executive Function while Megan shares questions that parents and students have asked. This episode is a basic primer on Learning Differences and a couple study hacks to help with ... Read More » The post 509: What are Learning Differences and Should We Get Tested? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/22/202430 minutes, 1 second
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508: What’s on Our College Spreadsheets?

A parent writes in and feels overwhelmed with the amount of information coming in about colleges during the application process. How do Megan and Erin keep it all organized? Is there a “best way” to make sure deadlines are compiled ... Read More » The post 508: What’s on Our College Spreadsheets? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/15/202428 minutes, 52 seconds
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507: Burn-Out is real–what can we do about it?

Erin shares that she is beyond burnt-out and has been doing research on what that’s like and what to do about it. Whether you are a student, an educator, or a parent, we all suffer from burn-out. Erin gives some ... Read More » The post 507: Burn-Out is real–what can we do about it? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/8/202424 minutes, 4 seconds
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506: All About Financial Aid 2023-24

A parent has a number of questions about financial aid–and Erin and Megan have answers! Everything from the timeline, to how to choose which school based on their offer, this episode is a great overview of the financial aid process. The post 506: All About Financial Aid 2023-24 appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/1/202428 minutes, 46 seconds
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505: Normalizing Rejection

Megan shares advice from a colleague who tells students, “If you get into all the schools on your college list, you may have avoided challenge.” Rejection is normal and natural but students have a hard time with it. How do ... Read More » The post 505: Normalizing Rejection appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/25/202320 minutes, 22 seconds
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504: Help! Where should we start planning for college?

“I’m so behind!” Megan and Erin have been hearing this from parents quite a bit. The post 504: Help! Where should we start planning for college? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/18/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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503: College Ideas for Students Who Don’t Seem Ready for Full University Experience

Sometimes, parents aren’t sure their child is ready to go off, live independently, and become a full-time four-year college or university student. If they aren’t quite ready to make that jump, what other options are there? Megan and Erin discuss ... Read More » The post 503: College Ideas for Students Who Don’t Seem Ready for Full University Experience appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/11/202319 minutes, 54 seconds
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502: More Than a Gift Idea: GAMES!

Erin uses games and gamification in her work all the time and she is going to share why games are so great for the brain. We’ll break down different types of games and how games can help with Executive Functioning. ... Read More » The post 502: More Than a Gift Idea: GAMES! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/4/202324 minutes, 40 seconds
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501: Quantify It: Strategy for College Admission

How can you add value to your college application? It feels like everyone is starting a non-profit–it’s the new “it” item for college admissions–but is it? Megan shares her experience with creating an application that is more informative, useful, and ... Read More » The post 501: Quantify It: Strategy for College Admission appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/27/202325 minutes, 48 seconds
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500: Special Guest: How to Encourage Students to Ask for Help

Gretchen Wegner comes back for EPISODE 500!! She challenges Megan and Erin to think about the people they need on their team and how we can help students understand that “asking for support” is an important part of their success. ... Read More » The post 500: Special Guest: How to Encourage Students to Ask for Help appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/20/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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499: Listener E-Mail: Should We Reach Out to the College Admissions Office?

A parent wants to know what to do when college representatives aren’t visiting their local schools. Should they go visit them? Should they call the Admissions office? How will schools know what the individual high schools are like? Megan answers ... Read More » The post 499: Listener E-Mail: Should We Reach Out to the College Admissions Office? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/13/202322 minutes, 7 seconds
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498: Advice for High School Students Considering a Pre-Med/Pre-Vet Path

Megan works with students who are determined to go on a Pre-Med or a Pre-Vet path and she has some ideas and advice! What things should you consider before starting on that path? What should you be looking for? Megan ... Read More » The post 498: Advice for High School Students Considering a Pre-Med/Pre-Vet Path appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/6/202315 minutes, 7 seconds
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497: Artificial Intelligence and the Ethics of Cheating: Navigating the Digital Age

AI is here! In fact, AI wrote this title! How do students use tech to cheat? What is the deal with AI–how does it work and how can we use it responsibily? What are students saying about tech? Erin shares ... Read More » The post 497: Artificial Intelligence and the Ethics of Cheating: Navigating the Digital Age appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/30/202326 minutes, 10 seconds
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496: This Year’s Unique FAFSA

Changes are coming to the FAFSA! What is the FAFSA? We’ll tell you and we’ll go over all the new changes from requirements to deadlines. This is a quick overview of what to expect with the 2023 FAFSA. The post 496: This Year’s Unique FAFSA appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/23/202316 minutes, 13 seconds
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495: Stats Versus Calc: A Showdown

A parent asks – which should my student take? AP Calculus or AP Statistics? What do colleges like to see? Will my math choice be the deciding factor even if I am not a math major? How are the math ... Read More » The post 495: Stats Versus Calc: A Showdown appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/16/202323 minutes, 27 seconds
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494: How to Do College Visits The Right Way

It’s time to visit colleges! What should you do? How will you remember one college from the next? How do you use the visit to tailor your application? And Erin provides her list of questions for ask current students. Happy ... Read More » The post 494: How to Do College Visits The Right Way appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/9/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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493: Listener E-mail: Senior Year Schedule for a Student with Anxiety

A parent, Lisa, writes in about her daughter who has anxiety. Is it alright to skip the math, science, and foreign language senior year? What do colleges want to see? How do I keep my kid competitive and healthy? The post 493: Listener E-mail: Senior Year Schedule for a Student with Anxiety appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/2/202316 minutes, 43 seconds
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492: Update to the SAT & ACT and “never ever” advice from Megan

Megan wished everyone knew these things about the SAT/ACT! We also get an idea about some of the upcoming changes to the digital PSAT and the SAT they are rolling out. What you need to know to give yourself the ... Read More » The post 492: Update to the SAT & ACT and “never ever” advice from Megan appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/25/202326 minutes, 53 seconds
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491: Erin’s Essay Questions: How to Help Students Write an Awesome One

Erin is working with students on the college admission process and she has some questions for Megan about helping with college essays. How much should we help? What if we don’t like the essay? How do we handle the battle ... Read More » The post 491: Erin’s Essay Questions: How to Help Students Write an Awesome One appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/18/202324 minutes, 13 seconds
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490: We Get to Hear From You: Course Selection & Sport Questions

Listener emails!! Today we return from summer with a couple email from you! The post 490: We Get to Hear From You: Course Selection & Sport Questions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/11/202320 minutes, 32 seconds
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489: Erin’s School Supply Smackdown

Ready for back to school? School supply shopping! It is Erin’s favorite thing to do all year and, like most thing, she has some strong opinions on this subject. She even keeps a page about school supplies on her website ... Read More » The post 489: Erin’s School Supply Smackdown appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/4/202323 minutes, 2 seconds
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488: College Applications Series: Expected Major

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: expected major. Some applications ask you to declare an expected major-how are you supposed to know this? What ... Read More » The post 488: College Applications Series: Expected Major appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/28/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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487: Things Teachers/Professors Wish You Knew

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Erin’s series highlighting the ways in which students can learn key skills to succeed in college. Today’s focus is on what teachers and professors wish you knew. What do teachers ... Read More » The post 487: Things Teachers/Professors Wish You Knew appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/21/202319 minutes, 41 seconds
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486: College Applications Series: Activities

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: activities. What constitutes a good activity list? What if I have a bunch of activities–which should I list? ... Read More » The post 486: College Applications Series: Activities appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/14/202313 minutes, 25 seconds
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485: Adulting 101 Series: Cleaning/Tidying

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Erin’s series highlighting the ways in which students can learn key skills so they can live independently. Today’s focus is on cleaning. Now that we have covered decluttering (episode 481) ... Read More » The post 485: Adulting 101 Series: Cleaning/Tidying appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/7/202315 minutes, 57 seconds
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484: College Applications Series: Testing

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: testing. This used to be a very factual and straightforward part of college applications, but with the growing ... Read More » The post 484: College Applications Series: Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/31/20239 minutes, 29 seconds
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483: Adulting 101 Series: Organization

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Erin’s series highlighting the ways in which students can learn key skills so they can live independently. Today’s focus is on organization. Moving from decluttering (episode 481) to organization, Erin ... Read More » The post 483: Adulting 101 Series: Organization appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/24/202315 minutes, 38 seconds
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482: College Applications Series: Honors

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: honors. If you don’t brag about yourself, no one will. Megan goes through the different ways to fill ... Read More » The post 482: College Applications Series: Honors appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/17/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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481: Adulting 101 Series: Decluttering Your Bedroom

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Erin’s series highlighting the ways in which students can learn key skills so they can live independently. Today’s focus is on decluttering. Did you know that decluttering, organizing, and cleaning ... Read More » The post 481: Adulting 101 Series: Decluttering Your Bedroom appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/10/202316 minutes, 22 seconds
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480: College Applications Series: Education

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: the education section. The education section of college applications is very factual, but there are a few places ... Read More » The post 480: College Applications Series: Education appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/3/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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480: College Applications Series: Education

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: the education section. The education section of college applications is very factual, but there are a few places ... Read More » The post 480: College Applications Series: Education appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/3/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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479: Adulting 101 Series: Self-Care

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Erin’s series highlighting the ways in which students can learn key skills so they can live independently. Today’s focus is on self-care. Adulting is something all students need to be ... Read More » The post 479: Adulting 101 Series: Self-Care appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/26/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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479: Adulting 101 Series: Self-Care

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Erin’s series highlighting the ways in which students can learn key skills so they can live independently. Today’s focus is on self-care. Adulting is something all students need to be ... Read More » The post 479: Adulting 101 Series: Self-Care appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/26/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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478: College Applications Series: Family Information

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: family information. Why do colleges ask for household information and a list of all siblings? Why do they ... Read More » The post 478: College Applications Series: Family Information appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/19/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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478: College Applications Series: Family Information

We are continuing with our shorter summer episodes and with Megan’s series highlighting the components of the typical college application. Today’s topic: family information. Why do colleges ask for household information and a list of all siblings? Why do they ... Read More » The post 478: College Applications Series: Family Information appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/19/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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477: Habit Loop

Erin explores how we set habits, tweak habits, and when it is a good idea to sustain a habit. Here are some resources mentioned: The post 477: Habit Loop appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/12/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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477: Habit Loop

Erin explores how we set habits, tweak habits, and when it is a good idea to sustain a habit. Here are some resources mentioned: The post 477: Habit Loop appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/12/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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476: College Applications Series: Personal & Demographic Information

Megan & Erin are featuring shorter episodes for the summer. This summer Megan is working on a series featuring all parts of a typical college application. Today’s episode kicks off with personal and demographic information. For most applicants, this will ... Read More » The post 476: College Applications Series: Personal & Demographic Information appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/5/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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476: College Applications Series: Personal & Demographic Information

Megan & Erin are featuring shorter episodes for the summer. This summer Megan is working on a series featuring all parts of a typical college application. Today’s episode kicks off with personal and demographic information. For most applicants, this will ... Read More » The post 476: College Applications Series: Personal & Demographic Information appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/5/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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Avoid Mistakes When Choosing High School Courses

Most schools have students choose their classes at the end of year. Megan breaks down the five main mistakes she sees college-bound students making with their courseloads. This is a great episode to listen to before we get started with ... Read More » The post Avoid Mistakes When Choosing High School Courses appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/29/202326 minutes, 6 seconds
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Avoid Mistakes When Choosing High School Courses

Most schools have students choose their classes at the end of year. Megan breaks down the five main mistakes she sees college-bound students making with their courseloads. This is a great episode to listen to before we get started with ... Read More » The post Avoid Mistakes When Choosing High School Courses appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/29/202326 minutes, 6 seconds
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474: The Good and Not So Good of Checklists

Erin took a deep dive into the world of checklists. Human Factors of Fight-Deck Checklists: The Normal Checklist – Degani and Wiener: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19910017830 The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande: https://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/dp/0312430000 Under Pressure – Gareth Lock: https://www.thehumandiver.com/underpressure The post 474: The Good and Not So Good of Checklists appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/22/202321 minutes, 9 seconds
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474: The Good and Not So Good of Checklists

Erin took a deep dive into the world of checklists. Human Factors of Fight-Deck Checklists: The Normal Checklist – Degani and Wiener: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19910017830 The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande: https://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/dp/0312430000 Under Pressure – Gareth Lock: https://www.thehumandiver.com/underpressure The post 474: The Good and Not So Good of Checklists appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/22/202321 minutes, 9 seconds
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473: How to Talk to Your Teachers

Students have strong opinions about talking to their teachers. That makes sense since it can be intimidating. Megan and Erin discuss why you should talk to you teachers, when you should talk to them, and how to do it! And ... Read More » The post 473: How to Talk to Your Teachers appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/15/202323 minutes, 8 seconds
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473: How to Talk to Your Teachers

Students have strong opinions about talking to their teachers. That makes sense since it can be intimidating. Megan and Erin discuss why you should talk to you teachers, when you should talk to them, and how to do it! And ... Read More » The post 473: How to Talk to Your Teachers appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/15/202323 minutes, 8 seconds
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472: It’s the end of the school year…now what?

It’s nearly the end of the school year! Megan and Erin have broken down the things that students and families should do over the summer. Heck, sometimes they even disagree! Listen to hear their suggestions about summer assignments, housekeeping tasks, ... Read More » The post 472: It’s the end of the school year…now what? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/8/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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472: It’s the end of the school year…now what?

It’s nearly the end of the school year! Megan and Erin have broken down the things that students and families should do over the summer. Heck, sometimes they even disagree! Listen to hear their suggestions about summer assignments, housekeeping tasks, ... Read More » The post 472: It’s the end of the school year…now what? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/8/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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471: Ideas to Improve Student Success in Math

Megan has noticed that students have gaps in their math knowledge, even when they are getting tutoring. Erin reflects on her time as a math teacher and provides some tips for numerical literacy and how to avoid simple math mistakes. The post 471: Ideas to Improve Student Success in Math appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/1/202338 minutes, 15 seconds
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471: Ideas to Improve Student Success in Math

Megan has noticed that students have gaps in their math knowledge, even when they are getting tutoring. Erin reflects on her time as a math teacher and provides some tips for numerical literacy and how to avoid simple math mistakes. The post 471: Ideas to Improve Student Success in Math appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/1/202338 minutes, 15 seconds
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470: How to Stop Managing Your Child

Erin always talks about enjoying rather than managing your child and Megan wants to know how to actually do that! Erin provides strategies for talking to your kids as an anxious problem-solving parent and Megan shares some real-world examples of ... Read More » The post 470: How to Stop Managing Your Child appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/24/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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470: How to Stop Managing Your Child

Erin always talks about enjoying rather than managing your child and Megan wants to know how to actually do that! Erin provides strategies for talking to your kids as an anxious problem-solving parent and Megan shares some real-world examples of ... Read More » The post 470: How to Stop Managing Your Child appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/24/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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469: Wins and Loses in Admissions This Year

Megan and Erin have college admissions results coming in and they share what they are noticing. What has worked and what hasn’t? What strategies do they have for minimizing unwanted impacts? How has the push for test-optional schools changed the ... Read More » The post 469: Wins and Loses in Admissions This Year appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/17/202328 minutes, 32 seconds
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469: Wins and Loses in Admissions This Year

Megan and Erin have college admissions results coming in and they share what they are noticing. What has worked and what hasn’t? What strategies do they have for minimizing unwanted impacts? How has the push for test-optional schools changed the ... Read More » The post 469: Wins and Loses in Admissions This Year appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/17/202328 minutes, 32 seconds
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468: The Answers You Don’t Actually Want

Megan tackles some of the honest College Prep answers that families don’t want to hear. Sometimes, tough love is the answer and here are all of the things people ask that Megan winces before answering. Erin asks about whether to ... Read More » The post 468: The Answers You Don’t Actually Want appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/10/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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468: The Answers You Don’t Actually Want

Megan tackles some of the honest College Prep answers that families don’t want to hear. Sometimes, tough love is the answer and here are all of the things people ask that Megan winces before answering. Erin asks about whether to ... Read More » The post 468: The Answers You Don’t Actually Want appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/10/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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467: Why is Single Sex Education a Hard Sell?

Erin wonders why so many students are reluctant to consider single-sex institutions. She shares a little of the background of the Seven Sisters and her experience at a women’s-only college. Megan and Erin try to dispel some myths and compare ... Read More » The post 467: Why is Single Sex Education a Hard Sell? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/3/202320 minutes, 16 seconds
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467: Why is Single Sex Education a Hard Sell?

Erin wonders why so many students are reluctant to consider single-sex institutions. She shares a little of the background of the Seven Sisters and her experience at a women’s-only college. Megan and Erin try to dispel some myths and compare ... Read More » The post 467: Why is Single Sex Education a Hard Sell? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/3/202320 minutes, 16 seconds
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466: Should We Rate Schools Like Ski Slopes?

Megan and Erin chat about the verbiage of college (again) but with a suggestion from a parent on terminology. There is a powerful discussion about how to choose which of the colleges you are accepted into and Erin shares an ... Read More » The post 466: Should We Rate Schools Like Ski Slopes? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/27/202328 minutes, 53 seconds
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466: Should We Rate Schools Like Ski Slopes?

Megan and Erin chat about the verbiage of college (again) but with a suggestion from a parent on terminology. There is a powerful discussion about how to choose which of the colleges you are accepted into and Erin shares an ... Read More » The post 466: Should We Rate Schools Like Ski Slopes? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/27/202328 minutes, 53 seconds
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465: Strategies around going for ED, EA, REA, regular and rolling decisions

A parent Erin works with was asking for clarity about the alphabet soup of acronyms for the various types of college applications. Megan breaks down her strategy for when to apply to schools and how to build momentum as the ... Read More » The post 465: Strategies around going for ED, EA, REA, regular and rolling decisions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/20/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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465: Strategies around going for ED, EA, REA, regular and rolling decisions

A parent Erin works with was asking for clarity about the alphabet soup of acronyms for the various types of college applications. Megan breaks down her strategy for when to apply to schools and how to build momentum as the ... Read More » The post 465: Strategies around going for ED, EA, REA, regular and rolling decisions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/20/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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464: The Importance of the GPA in the College-Admissions Process

A parent, Elisa, wonders about GPAs–what is weighted versus unweighted? How much do they matter in the college admissions process? Megan shares her best advice for choosing a course of study to make you attractive to colleges while Erin encourages ... Read More » The post 464: The Importance of the GPA in the College-Admissions Process appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/13/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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464: The Importance of the GPA in the College-Admissions Process

A parent, Elisa, wonders about GPAs–what is weighted versus unweighted? How much do they matter in the college admissions process? Megan shares her best advice for choosing a course of study to make you attractive to colleges while Erin encourages ... Read More » The post 464: The Importance of the GPA in the College-Admissions Process appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/13/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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463: Homeschooling, Dual-Enrollment, CLEP/IB/AP-credits, and College: What You Need to Know

We hear from Susan, a parent who, after the rigamarole of homeschool college applications, had a few questions and some tips for other parents. When should students enroll in a program outside of homeschooling? How do colleges look at GPAs ... Read More » The post 463: Homeschooling, Dual-Enrollment, CLEP/IB/AP-credits, and College: What You Need to Know appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/6/202329 minutes
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463: Homeschooling, Dual-Enrollment, CLEP/IB/AP-credits, and College: What You Need to Know

We hear from Susan, a parent who, after the rigamarole of homeschool college applications, had a few questions and some tips for other parents. When should students enroll in a program outside of homeschooling? How do colleges look at GPAs ... Read More » The post 463: Homeschooling, Dual-Enrollment, CLEP/IB/AP-credits, and College: What You Need to Know appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/6/202329 minutes
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462: How Much Do Majors Matter for Professional Degrees?

A parent wonders, “how to pick a major for students who desire professional certifications.” Megan shares that not all colleges handle majors the same and provides a few tips on choosing a major. Want to be pre-law, pre-med, engineering, or ... Read More » The post 462: How Much Do Majors Matter for Professional Degrees? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/27/202323 minutes, 47 seconds
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462: How Much Do Majors Matter for Professional Degrees?

A parent wonders, “how to pick a major for students who desire professional certifications.” Megan shares that not all colleges handle majors the same and provides a few tips on choosing a major. Want to be pre-law, pre-med, engineering, or ... Read More » The post 462: How Much Do Majors Matter for Professional Degrees? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/27/202323 minutes, 47 seconds
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461: Something Better Than “Safety Schools”

Erin shares how her student, Victoria, is whittling down her college list and how some of the terminology can really change our feelings about the various schools. Words like “safety,” “target,” “reach,” and other words that Megan would like to ... Read More » The post 461: Something Better Than “Safety Schools” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/20/202320 minutes, 32 seconds
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461: Something Better Than “Safety Schools”

Erin shares how her student, Victoria, is whittling down her college list and how some of the terminology can really change our feelings about the various schools. Words like “safety,” “target,” “reach,” and other words that Megan would like to ... Read More » The post 461: Something Better Than “Safety Schools” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/20/202320 minutes, 32 seconds
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460: How Faculty Issues Can Affect Your College Experience

Guest expert Jane Gabin joins Megan to discuss the issue of part time versus tenured faculty. This issue goes beyond the staffing policies of universities and can affect your experience as a student. Jane explains You can search for the ... Read More » The post 460: How Faculty Issues Can Affect Your College Experience appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/13/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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460: How Faculty Issues Can Affect Your College Experience

Guest expert Jane Gabin joins Megan to discuss the issue of part time versus tenured faculty. This issue goes beyond the staffing policies of universities and can affect your experience as a student. Jane explains You can search for the ... Read More » The post 460: How Faculty Issues Can Affect Your College Experience appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/13/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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459: Financial Literacy, Paying for College, and More

A listener writes in with some financial advice and Megan and Erin talk all things money! This episode wants everyone to think about their future selves and how to set yourself (and your family) up for financial success. Links to ... Read More » The post 459: Financial Literacy, Paying for College, and More appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/6/202323 minutes, 23 seconds
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459: Financial Literacy, Paying for College, and More

A listener writes in with some financial advice and Megan and Erin talk all things money! This episode wants everyone to think about their future selves and how to set yourself (and your family) up for financial success. Links to ... Read More » The post 459: Financial Literacy, Paying for College, and More appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/6/202323 minutes, 23 seconds
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458: What’s the Point of College?

The listeners ask whether college is about getting a job or being a well-rounded human (Liberal Arts education). Megan and Erin debate the topic with a little help from a listener that wrote in about her experience. So, what is ... Read More » The post 458: What’s the Point of College? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/31/202321 minutes, 51 seconds
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458: What’s the Point of College?

The listeners ask whether college is about getting a job or being a well-rounded human (Liberal Arts education). Megan and Erin debate the topic with a little help from a listener that wrote in about her experience. So, what is ... Read More » The post 458: What’s the Point of College? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/31/202321 minutes, 51 seconds
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457: How to Find Meaningful Community Service Opportunities

Megan and Erin answer a parent question today about service opportunities and where to find them (even with a busy schedule). Erin gives her top three places to look for meaningful experiences and Megan shares a few opportunities that have ... Read More » The post 457: How to Find Meaningful Community Service Opportunities appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/23/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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457: How to Find Meaningful Community Service Opportunities

Megan and Erin answer a parent question today about service opportunities and where to find them (even with a busy schedule). Erin gives her top three places to look for meaningful experiences and Megan shares a few opportunities that have ... Read More » The post 457: How to Find Meaningful Community Service Opportunities appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/23/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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456: Stop Saying “This Is So Hard!”

Megan has been hearing students (and her son) say that they “have so much work to do” and that things are “so hard.” How can we help students reframe their thinking? Erin gives a mini-primer of Growth Mindset and encourages ... Read More » The post 456: Stop Saying “This Is So Hard!” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/16/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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456: Stop Saying “This Is So Hard!”

Megan has been hearing students (and her son) say that they “have so much work to do” and that things are “so hard.” How can we help students reframe their thinking? Erin gives a mini-primer of Growth Mindset and encourages ... Read More » The post 456: Stop Saying “This Is So Hard!” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/16/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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455: What You Need to Know About the New Digital SAT

Yes, you read that right, there is a new SAT coming and Megan helps answer all of the questions about what has been announced thus far: Erin and Megan also discuss some of the potential challeges with the new testing ... Read More » The post 455: What You Need to Know About the New Digital SAT appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/9/202329 minutes, 37 seconds
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455: What You Need to Know About the New Digital SAT

Yes, you read that right, there is a new SAT coming and Megan helps answer all of the questions about what has been announced thus far: Erin and Megan also discuss some of the potential challeges with the new testing ... Read More » The post 455: What You Need to Know About the New Digital SAT appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/9/202329 minutes, 37 seconds
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454: What’s the Best Advice You Have Received?

We kick off the new year with advice we were given and want to hear yours! Erin talks about a study she read and wonders – how do you get others to take your “good advice?” Link to researcher Lauren ... Read More » The post 454: What’s the Best Advice You Have Received? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/2/202324 minutes, 31 seconds
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454: What’s the Best Advice You Have Received?

We kick off the new year with advice we were given and want to hear yours! Erin talks about a study she read and wonders – how do you get others to take your “good advice?” Link to researcher Lauren ... Read More » The post 454: What’s the Best Advice You Have Received? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/2/202324 minutes, 31 seconds
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453: 2022 Year in Review

Catch up with the team and hear how Megan, Gretchen, and Erin are wrapping up this year and what they are looking forward to next year. Gretchen shares about her new business venture for educators, Megan gives some advice about ... Read More » The post 453: 2022 Year in Review appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/26/202230 minutes, 28 seconds
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453: 2022 Year in Review

Catch up with the team and hear how Megan, Gretchen, and Erin are wrapping up this year and what they are looking forward to next year. Gretchen shares about her new business venture for educators, Megan gives some advice about ... Read More » The post 453: 2022 Year in Review appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/26/202230 minutes, 28 seconds
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452: Community Colleges

Once called Junior Colleges, community colleges are local educational institutions that offer a variety of programs with easy access, but the stigma of community colleges has kept students from considering them in their college journey. Hear Erin completely nerd out ... Read More » The post 452: Community Colleges appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/20/202224 minutes, 16 seconds
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452: Community Colleges

Once called Junior Colleges, community colleges are local educational institutions that offer a variety of programs with easy access, but the stigma of community colleges has kept students from considering them in their college journey. Hear Erin completely nerd out ... Read More » The post 452: Community Colleges appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/20/202224 minutes, 16 seconds
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451: “More Right” — How to Crack Multiple Choice Tests

Multiple choice tests have been both a frustration and a celebration for students–they think it wil be easy and them feel overwhelmed by the choices. Plus, we share some SAT upcoming changes in 2024 and what Megan and her son ... Read More » The post 451: “More Right” — How to Crack Multiple Choice Tests appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/12/202226 minutes, 46 seconds
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451: “More Right” — How to Crack Multiple Choice Tests

Multiple choice tests have been both a frustration and a celebration for students–they think it wil be easy and them feel overwhelmed by the choices. Plus, we share some SAT upcoming changes in 2024 and what Megan and her son ... Read More » The post 451: “More Right” — How to Crack Multiple Choice Tests appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/12/202226 minutes, 46 seconds
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450: December: Standardized Tests and Final Exams

It’s December and that means it is all about tests–final exams and SAT/ACT planning for juniors. Some seniors are hearing back from colleges while others are working on their final push to complete applications. Megan asks Erin about some study ... Read More » The post 450: December: Standardized Tests and Final Exams appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/5/202221 minutes, 5 seconds
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450: December: Standardized Tests and Final Exams

It’s December and that means it is all about tests–final exams and SAT/ACT planning for juniors. Some seniors are hearing back from colleges while others are working on their final push to complete applications. Megan asks Erin about some study ... Read More » The post 450: December: Standardized Tests and Final Exams appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/5/202221 minutes, 5 seconds
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449: Why Colleges Say No–Top Reasons for Rejection

Rejection can hurt and leave us wondering “why?” Megan covers some of the reasons a college might say no to a student. Erin and Megan also discuss how many colleges to apply to and how to strategize when applying to ... Read More » The post 449: Why Colleges Say No–Top Reasons for Rejection appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/28/202226 minutes, 44 seconds
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449: Why Colleges Say No–Top Reasons for Rejection

Rejection can hurt and leave us wondering “why?” Megan covers some of the reasons a college might say no to a student. Erin and Megan also discuss how many colleges to apply to and how to strategize when applying to ... Read More » The post 449: Why Colleges Say No–Top Reasons for Rejection appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/28/202226 minutes, 44 seconds
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448: Do Colleges Want to See Depth or Breadth?

We’ve all heard that colleges want to see involved students who show academic readiness by completing a rigorous high school program. But do colleges prefer depth– specializing in fields like STEM or humanities, focusing on one or two extracurriculars, or ... Read More » The post 448: Do Colleges Want to See Depth or Breadth? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/21/202224 minutes, 30 seconds
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448: Do Colleges Want to See Depth or Breadth?

We’ve all heard that colleges want to see involved students who show academic readiness by completing a rigorous high school program. But do colleges prefer depth– specializing in fields like STEM or humanities, focusing on one or two extracurriculars, or ... Read More » The post 448: Do Colleges Want to See Depth or Breadth? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/21/202224 minutes, 30 seconds
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447: How College Rankings Hurt Students

College rankings have been in the news again. Columbia University fell from #2 to #18 after lying about student data. Rankings are flawed and rarely reflect families’ college priorities, but they captivate audiences and continue to drive admission decisions at ... Read More » The post 447: How College Rankings Hurt Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/14/202224 minutes, 24 seconds
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447: How College Rankings Hurt Students

College rankings have been in the news again. Columbia University fell from #2 to #18 after lying about student data. Rankings are flawed and rarely reflect families’ college priorities, but they captivate audiences and continue to drive admission decisions at ... Read More » The post 447: How College Rankings Hurt Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/14/202224 minutes, 24 seconds
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446: November: Middle of the Semester Tasks for Success

The month of November is deceptively calm for some students, but there are still college planning and academic tasks to complete. Tune in to find out how students can work this month to make the end of the semester much ... Read More » The post 446: November: Middle of the Semester Tasks for Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/7/202218 minutes, 5 seconds
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446: November: Middle of the Semester Tasks for Success

The month of November is deceptively calm for some students, but there are still college planning and academic tasks to complete. Tune in to find out how students can work this month to make the end of the semester much ... Read More » The post 446: November: Middle of the Semester Tasks for Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/7/202218 minutes, 5 seconds
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445: How To Identify (And Fix) Common Causes of Procrastination

Many students struggle with procrastination–sometimes for surprising reasons. Erin Wilson of Seattle Success Coaching shares the 5 primary reasons students procrastinate and multiple strategies to get past your desire to put off tasks. There might also be times when procrastination ... Read More » The post 445: How To Identify (And Fix) Common Causes of Procrastination appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/31/202220 minutes, 57 seconds
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445: How To Identify (And Fix) Common Causes of Procrastination

Many students struggle with procrastination–sometimes for surprising reasons. Erin Wilson of Seattle Success Coaching shares the 5 primary reasons students procrastinate and multiple strategies to get past your desire to put off tasks. There might also be times when procrastination ... Read More » The post 445: How To Identify (And Fix) Common Causes of Procrastination appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/31/202220 minutes, 57 seconds
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444: Success in Admission Starts with the Right List of Schools [reprise]

This episode originally aired in September 2017. Most admission disappointment start now, with families who don’t take time to create the right college list. Listen in as Megan walks you through the 6 kinds of schools you should definitely apply ... Read More » The post 444: Success in Admission Starts with the Right List of Schools [reprise] appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/24/202233 minutes, 10 seconds
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444: Success in Admission Starts with the Right List of Schools [reprise]

This episode originally aired in September 2017. Most admission disappointment start now, with families who don’t take time to create the right college list. Listen in as Megan walks you through the 6 kinds of schools you should definitely apply ... Read More » The post 444: Success in Admission Starts with the Right List of Schools [reprise] appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/24/202233 minutes, 10 seconds
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443: College Admissions Essays: Frequently Asked Questions

Essays can be a key factor in successful college applications. Guest co-host Erin Wilson asks some of the most frequent questions she’s hear from students. Which topics are overdone? Should you disclose a disability? Should the essay focus on your ... Read More » The post 443: College Admissions Essays: Frequently Asked Questions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/17/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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443: College Admissions Essays: Frequently Asked Questions

Essays can be a key factor in successful college applications. Guest co-host Erin Wilson asks some of the most frequent questions she’s hear from students. Which topics are overdone? Should you disclose a disability? Should the essay focus on your ... Read More » The post 443: College Admissions Essays: Frequently Asked Questions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/17/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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442: October: How to Make the Most of the Inevitable Dip This Month

Hopefully you’ve settled into this semester! October is a good time to identify academic weaknesses and make plans for improvement. Gretchen offers strategies for families and teachers to assess progress and work on better habits and grades while there is ... Read More » The post 442: October: How to Make the Most of the Inevitable Dip This Month appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/10/202221 minutes, 42 seconds
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442: October: How to Make the Most of the Inevitable Dip This Month

Hopefully you’ve settled into this semester! October is a good time to identify academic weaknesses and make plans for improvement. Gretchen offers strategies for families and teachers to assess progress and work on better habits and grades while there is ... Read More » The post 442: October: How to Make the Most of the Inevitable Dip This Month appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/10/202221 minutes, 42 seconds
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441: College Orientation: A Make or Break Factor for Student Success

College orientation is not usually a factor students and parents consider when choosing what colleges to apply to, but it should be! Megan walks us through what makes for a good orientation, the power of meaningful connections as soon as ... Read More » The post 441: College Orientation: A Make or Break Factor for Student Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/4/202224 minutes, 31 seconds
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441: College Orientation: A Make or Break Factor for Student Success

College orientation is not usually a factor students and parents consider when choosing what colleges to apply to, but it should be! Megan walks us through what makes for a good orientation, the power of meaningful connections as soon as ... Read More » The post 441: College Orientation: A Make or Break Factor for Student Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/4/202224 minutes, 31 seconds
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440: Stop Student Brain Drain and Take Charge of Technology

We are draining our brains of much needed energy and attention, thanks to social media and the way new communication technologies work. Tune in to discuss a single act that all families can do to help preserve parents’ and students’ ... Read More » The post 440: Stop Student Brain Drain and Take Charge of Technology appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/26/202225 minutes, 27 seconds
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440: Stop Student Brain Drain and Take Charge of Technology

We are draining our brains of much needed energy and attention, thanks to social media and the way new communication technologies work. Tune in to discuss a single act that all families can do to help preserve parents’ and students’ ... Read More » The post 440: Stop Student Brain Drain and Take Charge of Technology appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/26/202225 minutes, 27 seconds
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439: Time Management or Study Skills: What’s First on the Agenda This School Year?

What should students focus on first this semester, to get things started off right? Megan gets some personal coaching from Gretchen about how to help her son get into better gear this year, and we also discuss how to help ... Read More » The post 439: Time Management or Study Skills: What’s First on the Agenda This School Year? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/19/202217 minutes, 53 seconds
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439: Time Management or Study Skills: What’s First on the Agenda This School Year?

What should students focus on first this semester, to get things started off right? Megan gets some personal coaching from Gretchen about how to help her son get into better gear this year, and we also discuss how to help ... Read More » The post 439: Time Management or Study Skills: What’s First on the Agenda This School Year? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/19/202217 minutes, 53 seconds
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438: September: Tips for Teachers AND Students for Getting Off to a Great Start

What can families and educators be considering as we slide into September? Megan and Gretchen share a short checklist of important tasks to consider related to college admissions, academic skill development and classroom routines, as we all try to build ... Read More » The post 438: September: Tips for Teachers AND Students for Getting Off to a Great Start appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/12/202220 minutes, 56 seconds
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438: September: Tips for Teachers AND Students for Getting Off to a Great Start

What can families and educators be considering as we slide into September? Megan and Gretchen share a short checklist of important tasks to consider related to college admissions, academic skill development and classroom routines, as we all try to build ... Read More » The post 438: September: Tips for Teachers AND Students for Getting Off to a Great Start appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/12/202220 minutes, 56 seconds
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437: How & Whether to Build More Rigor Into Your High School Schedule

We love student questions! Yvonne wrote in concerned that she doesn’t have enough rigor in her high school schedule, and wanted to know what to do about it. Megan walks us through how to think about “rigor” in high school, ... Read More » The post 437: How & Whether to Build More Rigor Into Your High School Schedule appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/5/202228 minutes, 48 seconds
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437: How & Whether to Build More Rigor Into Your High School Schedule

We love student questions! Yvonne wrote in concerned that she doesn’t have enough rigor in her high school schedule, and wanted to know what to do about it. Megan walks us through how to think about “rigor” in high school, ... Read More » The post 437: How & Whether to Build More Rigor Into Your High School Schedule appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/5/202228 minutes, 48 seconds
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436: How a Student With F’s and ADHD Got Into Her Dream School (from the Archives)

Gretchen’s former client Tatiana had a bumpy transition into college and quickly dropped out. Tune in to hear her tell her own story and learn how she went from despair to elation, eventually transferring to her dream university. This episode ... Read More » The post 436: How a Student With F’s and ADHD Got Into Her Dream School (from the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/29/202231 minutes, 8 seconds
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436: How a Student With F’s and ADHD Got Into Her Dream School (from the Archives)

Gretchen’s former client Tatiana had a bumpy transition into college and quickly dropped out. Tune in to hear her tell her own story and learn how she went from despair to elation, eventually transferring to her dream university. This episode ... Read More » The post 436: How a Student With F’s and ADHD Got Into Her Dream School (from the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/29/202231 minutes, 8 seconds
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435: Megan & Gretchen Review Their Summer and Plans for Fall

Megan and Gretchen catch up, sharing stories about their epic adventures this summer– including international travel, new experiences, and family updates. They also look ahead to what exciting things are coming for the fall. Gretchen has big plans for the ... Read More » The post 435: Megan & Gretchen Review Their Summer and Plans for Fall appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/22/202227 minutes, 4 seconds
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435: Megan & Gretchen Review Their Summer and Plans for Fall

Megan and Gretchen catch up, sharing stories about their epic adventures this summer– including international travel, new experiences, and family updates. They also look ahead to what exciting things are coming for the fall. Gretchen has big plans for the ... Read More » The post 435: Megan & Gretchen Review Their Summer and Plans for Fall appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/22/202227 minutes, 4 seconds
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434: This Month in August– College Planning & Academic Issues

August means back to school for many students. Even if you don’t return to school until September, there are some planning issues you may want to work through now. Gretchen shares what she considers key issues for academic planning in ... Read More » The post 434: This Month in August– College Planning & Academic Issues appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/15/202217 minutes, 46 seconds
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434: This Month in August– College Planning & Academic Issues

August means back to school for many students. Even if you don’t return to school until September, there are some planning issues you may want to work through now. Gretchen shares what she considers key issues for academic planning in ... Read More » The post 434: This Month in August– College Planning & Academic Issues appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/15/202217 minutes, 46 seconds
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433: I Wish I Knew How to Best Offer Career Counseling to Students

Over the years, Megan has tried a lot of approaches to helping students choose careers and college majors, but she still doesn’t feel there is an ideal approach. In this summer episode, she and Gretchen outline what they do know ... Read More » The post 433: I Wish I Knew How to Best Offer Career Counseling to Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/8/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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433: I Wish I Knew How to Best Offer Career Counseling to Students

Over the years, Megan has tried a lot of approaches to helping students choose careers and college majors, but she still doesn’t feel there is an ideal approach. In this summer episode, she and Gretchen outline what they do know ... Read More » The post 433: I Wish I Knew How to Best Offer Career Counseling to Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/8/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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432: I Wish I Knew: How to Help Students Better Pay Attention to Attention

This summer Gretchen is unpacking 9 totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the limitations of selective attention and the constraints of mental effort and selective attention. To ... Read More » The post 432: I Wish I Knew: How to Help Students Better Pay Attention to Attention appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/1/202210 minutes, 29 seconds
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432: I Wish I Knew: How to Help Students Better Pay Attention to Attention

This summer Gretchen is unpacking 9 totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the limitations of selective attention and the constraints of mental effort and selective attention. To ... Read More » The post 432: I Wish I Knew: How to Help Students Better Pay Attention to Attention appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/1/202210 minutes, 29 seconds
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430: I Wish I Knew: How to Talk to Students About “Learning Transfer”

This summer Gretchen is unpacking 9 totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the ineffective learning strategies and students’ struggles to transfer learning. To download the full list ... Read More » The post 430: I Wish I Knew: How to Talk to Students About “Learning Transfer” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/18/202210 minutes, 51 seconds
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430: I Wish I Knew: How to Talk to Students About “Learning Transfer”

This summer Gretchen is unpacking 9 totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the ineffective learning strategies and students’ struggles to transfer learning. To download the full list ... Read More » The post 430: I Wish I Knew: How to Talk to Students About “Learning Transfer” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/18/202210 minutes, 51 seconds
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429: How Many Parents Micromanage Their Kids’ Education?!

When Megan started out working on college admissions, she had know idea how many parents are micromanaging their kids’ college experience. In this summer episode, she shares some stories about the lengths parents seem to go to shield their students ... Read More » The post 429: How Many Parents Micromanage Their Kids’ Education?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/11/202211 minutes, 21 seconds
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429: How Many Parents Micromanage Their Kids’ Education?!

When Megan started out working on college admissions, she had know idea how many parents are micromanaging their kids’ college experience. In this summer episode, she shares some stories about the lengths parents seem to go to shield their students ... Read More » The post 429: How Many Parents Micromanage Their Kids’ Education?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/11/202211 minutes, 21 seconds
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428: Beware Insufficient Prior Knowledge & Misconceptions

This summer Gretchen is unpacking nine totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the barriers of Insufficient prior knowledge and misconceptions, and how they impact student learning. To ... Read More » The post 428: Beware Insufficient Prior Knowledge & Misconceptions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/4/202210 minutes, 20 seconds
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428: Beware Insufficient Prior Knowledge & Misconceptions

This summer Gretchen is unpacking nine totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the barriers of Insufficient prior knowledge and misconceptions, and how they impact student learning. To ... Read More » The post 428: Beware Insufficient Prior Knowledge & Misconceptions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/4/202210 minutes, 20 seconds
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427: The Actual Cost of Greek Life

Megan had no idea what the actual cost of college Greek life is until some family friends shared their experiences. In this episode she shares what she wishes she’d known earlier, and shocks Gretchen with some of her facts. The post 427: The Actual Cost of Greek Life appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/27/202212 minutes, 39 seconds
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427: The Actual Cost of Greek Life

Megan had no idea what the actual cost of college Greek life is until some family friends shared their experiences. In this episode she shares what she wishes she’d known earlier, and shocks Gretchen with some of her facts. The post 427: The Actual Cost of Greek Life appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/27/202212 minutes, 39 seconds
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426: How Much Students Fear & Mistrust Teachers

This summer Gretchen is unpacking 9 totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the issue of Fear and Mistrust and how it impacts student learning. To download the ... Read More » The post 426: How Much Students Fear & Mistrust Teachers appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/20/202211 minutes, 4 seconds
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426: How Much Students Fear & Mistrust Teachers

This summer Gretchen is unpacking 9 totally valid cognitive challenges that she wishes she’d known more about earlier in her career. Today we look at the issue of Fear and Mistrust and how it impacts student learning. To download the ... Read More » The post 426: How Much Students Fear & Mistrust Teachers appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/20/202211 minutes, 4 seconds
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425: Early Decisions Has Significant Personal Benefits

Early decision has significant benefits, which Megan didn’t know fully about until her own daughter went through the college application process. Here Megan shares what she wishes she’d known about the power of an early decision application in the right ... Read More » The post 425: Early Decisions Has Significant Personal Benefits appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/13/20229 minutes, 40 seconds
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425: Early Decisions Has Significant Personal Benefits

Early decision has significant benefits, which Megan didn’t know fully about until her own daughter went through the college application process. Here Megan shares what she wishes she’d known about the power of an early decision application in the right ... Read More » The post 425: Early Decisions Has Significant Personal Benefits appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/13/20229 minutes, 40 seconds
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423: An Often Overlooked Way to Evaluate Colleges – Career Services (From the Archives)

The whole point of going to college is to get a job, right?! Yet families often forget to evaluate their prospective college’s career services. Join podcast parent Lydia Schulz as she details everything she learned about how colleges help students ... Read More » The post 423: An Often Overlooked Way to Evaluate Colleges – Career Services (From the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/30/202236 minutes, 7 seconds
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423: An Often Overlooked Way to Evaluate Colleges – Career Services (From the Archives)

The whole point of going to college is to get a job, right?! Yet families often forget to evaluate their prospective college’s career services. Join podcast parent Lydia Schulz as she details everything she learned about how colleges help students ... Read More » The post 423: An Often Overlooked Way to Evaluate Colleges – Career Services (From the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/30/202236 minutes, 7 seconds
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422:Don’t Miss These Key Student Action Items in June and July

What can families and educators be considering as we slide into June and July? Megan and Gretchen share a short checklist of important tasks to consider this summer related to college admissions and academic skill development. Specifically they discuss: what ... Read More » The post 422:Don’t Miss These Key Student Action Items in June and July appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/23/202218 minutes, 32 seconds
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422:Don’t Miss These Key Student Action Items in June and July

What can families and educators be considering as we slide into June and July? Megan and Gretchen share a short checklist of important tasks to consider this summer related to college admissions and academic skill development. Specifically they discuss: what ... Read More » The post 422:Don’t Miss These Key Student Action Items in June and July appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/23/202218 minutes, 32 seconds
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421: SAT or ACT – Which Test is Better?

The question Megan is asked th most is, “what’s the different between the ACT and SAT, and which one should I take?” Megan answers this question, walking listeners through the following: What colleges want in regards to standardized testing What’s ... Read More » The post 421: SAT or ACT – Which Test is Better? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/16/202224 minutes, 6 seconds
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421: SAT or ACT – Which Test is Better?

The question Megan is asked th most is, “what’s the different between the ACT and SAT, and which one should I take?” Megan answers this question, walking listeners through the following: What colleges want in regards to standardized testing What’s ... Read More » The post 421: SAT or ACT – Which Test is Better? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/16/202224 minutes, 6 seconds
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420: A 16-Year-Old’s Takeaways from a Semester of Coaching (From the Archives)

How much can a student’s behavior truly change after a semester of coaching? In today’s episode, Gretchen walks us through a sixteen year old’s reflections about how he has grown as a result of academic coaching. The following eight ideas ... Read More » The post 420: A 16-Year-Old’s Takeaways from a Semester of Coaching (From the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/9/202218 minutes, 36 seconds
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420: A 16-Year-Old’s Takeaways from a Semester of Coaching (From the Archives)

How much can a student’s behavior truly change after a semester of coaching? In today’s episode, Gretchen walks us through a sixteen year old’s reflections about how he has grown as a result of academic coaching. The following eight ideas ... Read More » The post 420: A 16-Year-Old’s Takeaways from a Semester of Coaching (From the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/9/202218 minutes, 36 seconds
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419: Key Issues in College Athletic Recruiting with David Robinson

Megan talks with Coach Rob– David Robinson from Scholar Champion Athlete Recruiting– as he outlines some key issues to understand college athletic recruiting process. Listen as they discuss: How coaches view the process How what you see on tv represents ... Read More » The post 419: Key Issues in College Athletic Recruiting with David Robinson appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/2/202228 minutes, 8 seconds
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419: Key Issues in College Athletic Recruiting with David Robinson

Megan talks with Coach Rob– David Robinson from Scholar Champion Athlete Recruiting– as he outlines some key issues to understand college athletic recruiting process. Listen as they discuss: How coaches view the process How what you see on tv represents ... Read More » The post 419: Key Issues in College Athletic Recruiting with David Robinson appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/2/202228 minutes, 8 seconds
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416: Let’s Take Teacher (and Student!) Burnout Seriously with Kendrea Hart

What is a school psychologist in a public school in Los Angeles seeing in regards to teacher and student burnout? Guest expert Kendrea Hart and Gretchen Wegner speak openly and vulnerably about teacher and student burnout including: what Kendrea’s seeing ... Read More » The post 416: Let’s Take Teacher (and Student!) Burnout Seriously with Kendrea Hart appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/11/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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416: Let’s Take Teacher (and Student!) Burnout Seriously with Kendrea Hart

What is a school psychologist in a public school in Los Angeles seeing in regards to teacher and student burnout? Guest expert Kendrea Hart and Gretchen Wegner speak openly and vulnerably about teacher and student burnout including: what Kendrea’s seeing ... Read More » The post 416: Let’s Take Teacher (and Student!) Burnout Seriously with Kendrea Hart appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/11/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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415: April: The Last Month of “Normal”

The end of the school year presents challenges: exams, prom, award ceremonies, and all the unique challenges that come with it. That means April is really our last month of normal– the last month for students to dig into their ... Read More » The post 415: April: The Last Month of “Normal” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/4/202219 minutes, 36 seconds
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415: April: The Last Month of “Normal”

The end of the school year presents challenges: exams, prom, award ceremonies, and all the unique challenges that come with it. That means April is really our last month of normal– the last month for students to dig into their ... Read More » The post 415: April: The Last Month of “Normal” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/4/202219 minutes, 36 seconds
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414: New Ideas for Putting Together Your College List (Beyond the Standard Advice)

You’ve probably heard you should balance your college list with sure thing, competitive, and reach schools. Throw in financial safety and maybe some scholarship options. This is all good advice. But it feels a little dry. Are there some ideas ... Read More » The post 414: New Ideas for Putting Together Your College List (Beyond the Standard Advice) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/28/202219 minutes, 36 seconds
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414: New Ideas for Putting Together Your College List (Beyond the Standard Advice)

You’ve probably heard you should balance your college list with sure thing, competitive, and reach schools. Throw in financial safety and maybe some scholarship options. This is all good advice. But it feels a little dry. Are there some ideas ... Read More » The post 414: New Ideas for Putting Together Your College List (Beyond the Standard Advice) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/28/202219 minutes, 36 seconds
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413: Colleges are Marketing to You

If you have a high school junior or senior, you’ve probably seen the college admissions marketing machine in action. Colleges are spending about $1 million dollars each year to attract new students and there are some things you need to ... Read More » The post 413: Colleges are Marketing to You appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/21/202228 minutes, 55 seconds
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413: Colleges are Marketing to You

If you have a high school junior or senior, you’ve probably seen the college admissions marketing machine in action. Colleges are spending about $1 million dollars each year to attract new students and there are some things you need to ... Read More » The post 413: Colleges are Marketing to You appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/21/202228 minutes, 55 seconds
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412: Help Teens Transition to College with These Surprising Experiences

Preparing for college is not just about academics! Megan and Gretchen discuss a host of easy-to-create, growth-filled experiences that help students gain the skills necessary for independent living on a college campus. For example: social skills and how to meet ... Read More » The post 412: Help Teens Transition to College with These Surprising Experiences appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/14/202222 minutes, 59 seconds
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412: Help Teens Transition to College with These Surprising Experiences

Preparing for college is not just about academics! Megan and Gretchen discuss a host of easy-to-create, growth-filled experiences that help students gain the skills necessary for independent living on a college campus. For example: social skills and how to meet ... Read More » The post 412: Help Teens Transition to College with These Surprising Experiences appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/14/202222 minutes, 59 seconds
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411: How To Handle March’s Sudden Student (and Educator) Slump

The excitement of the new year has worn off. Summer is still too far away and many students fall into a March slump. Gretchen walks us through strategies to stay focused during this challenging part of the school year. Listen ... Read More » The post 411: How To Handle March’s Sudden Student (and Educator) Slump appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/7/202218 minutes, 11 seconds
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411: How To Handle March’s Sudden Student (and Educator) Slump

The excitement of the new year has worn off. Summer is still too far away and many students fall into a March slump. Gretchen walks us through strategies to stay focused during this challenging part of the school year. Listen ... Read More » The post 411: How To Handle March’s Sudden Student (and Educator) Slump appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/7/202218 minutes, 11 seconds
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410: More Note Taking Strategies for the Savvy Student

Gretchen is hot off of a speaking gig all about note taking, and was impressed with the good questions the high schoolers asked her. Hear her answers, and take your note taking to the next level. What if you can’t ... Read More » The post 410: More Note Taking Strategies for the Savvy Student appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/28/202223 minutes, 1 second
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410: More Note Taking Strategies for the Savvy Student

Gretchen is hot off of a speaking gig all about note taking, and was impressed with the good questions the high schoolers asked her. Hear her answers, and take your note taking to the next level. What if you can’t ... Read More » The post 410: More Note Taking Strategies for the Savvy Student appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/28/202223 minutes, 1 second
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409 – How to Get Accommodations on the ACT / SAT

Would you benefit from extra time on the SAT, or other accommodations? Megan breaks down everything you need to know about accommodations on college prep testing. Together with Gretchen, she discusses: who can receive testing accommodations what accommodations are possible ... Read More » The post 409 – How to Get Accommodations on the ACT / SAT appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/21/202224 minutes, 37 seconds
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409 – How to Get Accommodations on the ACT / SAT

Would you benefit from extra time on the SAT, or other accommodations? Megan breaks down everything you need to know about accommodations on college prep testing. Together with Gretchen, she discusses: who can receive testing accommodations what accommodations are possible ... Read More » The post 409 – How to Get Accommodations on the ACT / SAT appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/21/202224 minutes, 37 seconds
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408: Two Straightforward Steps to Taking Great Notes

Too often educators teach specific note taking strategies like Cornell Notes without teaching students WHY they work. Tune in to hear Gretchen outline a straightforward approach to helping take better notes. Specifically, she discusses: Review the Study Cycle, which summarizes ... Read More » The post 408: Two Straightforward Steps to Taking Great Notes appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/14/202235 minutes, 56 seconds
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408: Two Straightforward Steps to Taking Great Notes

Too often educators teach specific note taking strategies like Cornell Notes without teaching students WHY they work. Tune in to hear Gretchen outline a straightforward approach to helping take better notes. Specifically, she discusses: Review the Study Cycle, which summarizes ... Read More » The post 408: Two Straightforward Steps to Taking Great Notes appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/14/202235 minutes, 56 seconds
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407: Controversy – How Binding Is Early Decision & What You Should Know

Recently the New York Times shared an article questioning how binding early decision admissions truly are to families. Megan shares more about the controversy that erupted, and shares her own two cents about how families can navigate early decision with ... Read More » The post 407: Controversy – How Binding Is Early Decision & What You Should Know appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/7/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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407: Controversy – How Binding Is Early Decision & What You Should Know

Recently the New York Times shared an article questioning how binding early decision admissions truly are to families. Megan shares more about the controversy that erupted, and shares her own two cents about how families can navigate early decision with ... Read More » The post 407: Controversy – How Binding Is Early Decision & What You Should Know appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/7/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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406: The Study Tool That Every Classroom & Home Needs NOW!

It’s the start of a new semester, which means time to hone your study skills!! Tune in while Gretchen breaks down her three step study cycle, and explains how to use a very specific study tool to rock your learning ... Read More » The post 406: The Study Tool That Every Classroom & Home Needs NOW! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/31/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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406: The Study Tool That Every Classroom & Home Needs NOW!

It’s the start of a new semester, which means time to hone your study skills!! Tune in while Gretchen breaks down her three step study cycle, and explains how to use a very specific study tool to rock your learning ... Read More » The post 406: The Study Tool That Every Classroom & Home Needs NOW! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/31/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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405: Finding Scholarships – Specific Steps & Realistic Expectations

Finding the right scholarships takes planning! Megan breaks down how sophomores and juniors in high school can consider scholarship potential as they are narrowing down their list. Specifically she shares: How to have realistic expectations for how much money is ... Read More » The post 405: Finding Scholarships – Specific Steps & Realistic Expectations appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/24/202227 minutes, 55 seconds
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405: Finding Scholarships – Specific Steps & Realistic Expectations

Finding the right scholarships takes planning! Megan breaks down how sophomores and juniors in high school can consider scholarship potential as they are narrowing down their list. Specifically she shares: How to have realistic expectations for how much money is ... Read More » The post 405: Finding Scholarships – Specific Steps & Realistic Expectations appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/24/202227 minutes, 55 seconds
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404: “Turn Your Camera On!?” How to Help Students Participate Better in Class

Students are hesitant to turn their videos on in zoom classes. What other ways are there to participate effectively in virtual (and in person) classes? Gretchen shares some wisdom from a recent teacher PD she taught. Specifically, she and Megan ... Read More » The post 404: “Turn Your Camera On!?” How to Help Students Participate Better in Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/17/202220 minutes, 26 seconds
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404: “Turn Your Camera On!?” How to Help Students Participate Better in Class

Students are hesitant to turn their videos on in zoom classes. What other ways are there to participate effectively in virtual (and in person) classes? Gretchen shares some wisdom from a recent teacher PD she taught. Specifically, she and Megan ... Read More » The post 404: “Turn Your Camera On!?” How to Help Students Participate Better in Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/17/202220 minutes, 26 seconds
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403: What We Really Should Pay Attention to About Student Mental Health

Student mental health troubles is at an all time high! How can families and educators pay attention to the signs, and what can we do to better prioritize our student’s health and happiness first and foremost? Gretchen and Megan discuss ... Read More » The post 403: What We Really Should Pay Attention to About Student Mental Health appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/10/202221 minutes, 55 seconds
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403: What We Really Should Pay Attention to About Student Mental Health

Student mental health troubles is at an all time high! How can families and educators pay attention to the signs, and what can we do to better prioritize our student’s health and happiness first and foremost? Gretchen and Megan discuss ... Read More » The post 403: What We Really Should Pay Attention to About Student Mental Health appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/10/202221 minutes, 55 seconds
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402: Some Surprising College Rejection Lessons

This fall we’ve seen some students rejected from schools where they expected offers of admission. In some cases these rejections seemed surprising. However, Megan lays out why the rejections made so much sense, and what famillies can do to avoid ... Read More » The post 402: Some Surprising College Rejection Lessons appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/3/202225 minutes, 1 second
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402: Some Surprising College Rejection Lessons

This fall we’ve seen some students rejected from schools where they expected offers of admission. In some cases these rejections seemed surprising. However, Megan lays out why the rejections made so much sense, and what famillies can do to avoid ... Read More » The post 402: Some Surprising College Rejection Lessons appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/3/202225 minutes, 1 second
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401: How Better Sleep Helps Us Learn Better Too + Hot Sleep Tips

Did you know that better sleep actually helps us learn? But so many students choose to get less sleep because they are cramming or trying to learn! Megan shares what she learned from the book Why Sleep Matters, and provides ... Read More » The post 401: How Better Sleep Helps Us Learn Better Too + Hot Sleep Tips appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/27/202121 minutes, 58 seconds
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401: How Better Sleep Helps Us Learn Better Too + Hot Sleep Tips

Did you know that better sleep actually helps us learn? But so many students choose to get less sleep because they are cramming or trying to learn! Megan shares what she learned from the book Why Sleep Matters, and provides ... Read More » The post 401: How Better Sleep Helps Us Learn Better Too + Hot Sleep Tips appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/27/202121 minutes, 58 seconds
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400: Six Myths about College Admissions That Students Should Stop Believing

[This episode originally aired November 23, 2015.] There are six common myths and misunderstandings that many students and parents believe that cause extra stress senior year. They may also hurt your prospects for getting in to college. Megan breaks them ... Read More » The post 400: Six Myths about College Admissions That Students Should Stop Believing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/20/202124 minutes, 18 seconds
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400: Six Myths about College Admissions That Students Should Stop Believing

[This episode originally aired November 23, 2015.] There are six common myths and misunderstandings that many students and parents believe that cause extra stress senior year. They may also hurt your prospects for getting in to college. Megan breaks them ... Read More » The post 400: Six Myths about College Admissions That Students Should Stop Believing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/20/202124 minutes, 18 seconds
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399: Teaching Students (and Ourselves!) to Run Self-Experiments

What’s the best way to motivate students (and ourselves) to change behaviors? One way is to teach them how to run self experiments. Through stories and examples, Megan and Gretchen discuss what it means to self-experiment, why it works, and ... Read More » The post 399: Teaching Students (and Ourselves!) to Run Self-Experiments appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/13/202121 minutes, 36 seconds
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399: Teaching Students (and Ourselves!) to Run Self-Experiments

What’s the best way to motivate students (and ourselves) to change behaviors? One way is to teach them how to run self experiments. Through stories and examples, Megan and Gretchen discuss what it means to self-experiment, why it works, and ... Read More » The post 399: Teaching Students (and Ourselves!) to Run Self-Experiments appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/13/202121 minutes, 36 seconds
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398: Final Exam Studying – Advice for Teachers and Students

It’s final exam time! What can teachers do to better set students up for their exams? What can students do to better prepare? Gretchen lays down the anti-cram law with some study tips for everyone. Specifically she and Megan discuss: ... Read More » The post 398: Final Exam Studying – Advice for Teachers and Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/7/202120 minutes, 57 seconds
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398: Final Exam Studying – Advice for Teachers and Students

It’s final exam time! What can teachers do to better set students up for their exams? What can students do to better prepare? Gretchen lays down the anti-cram law with some study tips for everyone. Specifically she and Megan discuss: ... Read More » The post 398: Final Exam Studying – Advice for Teachers and Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/7/202120 minutes, 57 seconds
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397: Yes! Even a “C” Student Can Go To a 4-Year College

Many parents and students are terrified that low grades will keep them from getting into college. But that’s not the case at all! Megan reassures us that there are many options, and provides some tips for how to sift the ... Read More » The post 397: Yes! Even a “C” Student Can Go To a 4-Year College appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/29/202123 minutes, 44 seconds
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397: Yes! Even a “C” Student Can Go To a 4-Year College

Many parents and students are terrified that low grades will keep them from getting into college. But that’s not the case at all! Megan reassures us that there are many options, and provides some tips for how to sift the ... Read More » The post 397: Yes! Even a “C” Student Can Go To a 4-Year College appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/29/202123 minutes, 44 seconds
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396: Tips for Being Productive on Vacation Without Sacrificing Downtime

Many students and educators go into a week long vacation like Thanksgiving with high hopes for how to be productive while away from school. Maybe you have a lot of late work to make up? Maybe you want to study ... Read More » The post 396: Tips for Being Productive on Vacation Without Sacrificing Downtime appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/22/202124 minutes, 37 seconds
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396: Tips for Being Productive on Vacation Without Sacrificing Downtime

Many students and educators go into a week long vacation like Thanksgiving with high hopes for how to be productive while away from school. Maybe you have a lot of late work to make up? Maybe you want to study ... Read More » The post 396: Tips for Being Productive on Vacation Without Sacrificing Downtime appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/22/202124 minutes, 37 seconds
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395: How to “Convince” Your Resistant Teen to Try Coaching

Parents: What if you know your teen needs coaching, but they simply aren’t interested? Gretchen gives you some pointers for how to get them ready to accept the idea of getting academic support. This podcast episode is from the archives. ... Read More » The post 395: How to “Convince” Your Resistant Teen to Try Coaching appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/15/202126 minutes, 1 second
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395: How to “Convince” Your Resistant Teen to Try Coaching

Parents: What if you know your teen needs coaching, but they simply aren’t interested? Gretchen gives you some pointers for how to get them ready to accept the idea of getting academic support. This podcast episode is from the archives. ... Read More » The post 395: How to “Convince” Your Resistant Teen to Try Coaching appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/15/202126 minutes, 1 second
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394: How to Do An Audit of Your Notes

How good are your notes? Have you gotten “lazy” as Gretchen has? Note-taking is arguably the most important skill academic coaches teach students, and we could ALL benefit from an audit of how well we do, students and educators alike. ... Read More » The post 394: How to Do An Audit of Your Notes appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/8/202124 minutes, 37 seconds
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394: How to Do An Audit of Your Notes

How good are your notes? Have you gotten “lazy” as Gretchen has? Note-taking is arguably the most important skill academic coaches teach students, and we could ALL benefit from an audit of how well we do, students and educators alike. ... Read More » The post 394: How to Do An Audit of Your Notes appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/8/202124 minutes, 37 seconds
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393: Expectations for College Night, Info Sessions & Tours

Should you be nervous when you go to your first college night, info session or tour? What should you expect, and how can you make the best use of your time when you talk to a college representative. Megan walks ... Read More » The post 393: Expectations for College Night, Info Sessions & Tours appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/1/202125 minutes, 25 seconds
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393: Expectations for College Night, Info Sessions & Tours

Should you be nervous when you go to your first college night, info session or tour? What should you expect, and how can you make the best use of your time when you talk to a college representative. Megan walks ... Read More » The post 393: Expectations for College Night, Info Sessions & Tours appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/1/202125 minutes, 25 seconds
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392: How to Get (or Write!) an Amazing Letter of Recommendation

Find out what colleges are looking for in a good recommendation letter, what teachers should and shouldn’t say, and what families can do to help ensure that your letters knock it out of the park. In this episode that originally ... Read More » The post 392: How to Get (or Write!) an Amazing Letter of Recommendation appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/25/202138 minutes, 7 seconds
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392: How to Get (or Write!) an Amazing Letter of Recommendation

Find out what colleges are looking for in a good recommendation letter, what teachers should and shouldn’t say, and what families can do to help ensure that your letters knock it out of the park. In this episode that originally ... Read More » The post 392: How to Get (or Write!) an Amazing Letter of Recommendation appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/25/202138 minutes, 7 seconds
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391: How to Respond When a Teacher Humiliates You in Class

Have you ever had a teacher who called you out in class? Did you feel humiliated? Gretchen and Megan talk out a recent situation Gretchen encountered with a college student, including how to assess what your next actions should be ... Read More » The post 391: How to Respond When a Teacher Humiliates You in Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/18/202124 minutes, 21 seconds
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391: How to Respond When a Teacher Humiliates You in Class

Have you ever had a teacher who called you out in class? Did you feel humiliated? Gretchen and Megan talk out a recent situation Gretchen encountered with a college student, including how to assess what your next actions should be ... Read More » The post 391: How to Respond When a Teacher Humiliates You in Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/18/202124 minutes, 21 seconds
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390: A New-ish Take on Accountability for Students… and All Humans!

Accountability is a word that sounds dry and tedious. But what if it were inspiring and fun? Gretchen reimagines accountability by telling a story of a sneaky way she supports her clients (adults and kids) to take action, and asks ... Read More » The post 390: A New-ish Take on Accountability for Students… and All Humans! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/11/202119 minutes, 36 seconds
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390: A New-ish Take on Accountability for Students… and All Humans!

Accountability is a word that sounds dry and tedious. But what if it were inspiring and fun? Gretchen reimagines accountability by telling a story of a sneaky way she supports her clients (adults and kids) to take action, and asks ... Read More » The post 390: A New-ish Take on Accountability for Students… and All Humans! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/11/202119 minutes, 36 seconds
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389: Identifying (and Fixing!) Your College Admissions Weaknesses

It’s not as complicated as you think to identify your college admissions weaknesses. But it CAN be confusing to figure out how to fix them! Megan breaks down a simple process for figuring out how to look your best for ... Read More » The post 389: Identifying (and Fixing!) Your College Admissions Weaknesses appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/4/202120 minutes, 7 seconds
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389: Identifying (and Fixing!) Your College Admissions Weaknesses

It’s not as complicated as you think to identify your college admissions weaknesses. But it CAN be confusing to figure out how to fix them! Megan breaks down a simple process for figuring out how to look your best for ... Read More » The post 389: Identifying (and Fixing!) Your College Admissions Weaknesses appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/4/202120 minutes, 7 seconds
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388: Should You Use the Pass/Fail Option When It Comes to Grades?

Some high schools are respond to the COVID crisis by allowing students to take some classes pass/fail. When does it make sense to do this, and when are you hurting your college admissions if you do? Megan breaks down the ... Read More » The post 388: Should You Use the Pass/Fail Option When It Comes to Grades? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/27/202118 minutes, 27 seconds
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388: Should You Use the Pass/Fail Option When It Comes to Grades?

Some high schools are respond to the COVID crisis by allowing students to take some classes pass/fail. When does it make sense to do this, and when are you hurting your college admissions if you do? Megan breaks down the ... Read More » The post 388: Should You Use the Pass/Fail Option When It Comes to Grades? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/27/202118 minutes, 27 seconds
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387: 7 Tips for Taking Your First Test This Semester

The first tests of the school year are happening now for many students! Check out these 7 tips for how to get prepped to take your first assessments, including: Understand the study cycle. For more info about this, see www.gretchenwegner.com/actionguide ... Read More » The post 387: 7 Tips for Taking Your First Test This Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/20/20210
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387: 7 Tips for Taking Your First Test This Semester

The first tests of the school year are happening now for many students! Check out these 7 tips for how to get prepped to take your first assessments, including: Understand the study cycle. For more info about this, see www.gretchenwegner.com/actionguide ... Read More » The post 387: 7 Tips for Taking Your First Test This Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/20/20210
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386: What’s Impressive for College Admissions?!

Have you heard of the new AP Capstone experience? Megan shares about what it is, whether it’s worth all the work for students and schools, and what’s truly impressive for colleges (and what isn’t). This podcast episode was inspired by ... Read More » The post 386: What’s Impressive for College Admissions?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/13/202119 minutes, 44 seconds
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386: What’s Impressive for College Admissions?!

Have you heard of the new AP Capstone experience? Megan shares about what it is, whether it’s worth all the work for students and schools, and what’s truly impressive for colleges (and what isn’t). This podcast episode was inspired by ... Read More » The post 386: What’s Impressive for College Admissions?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/13/202119 minutes, 44 seconds
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385: The Most Important Question to Ask This School Year

What’s the one question we should be asking students, and ourselves, this school year? Gretchen shares what a simple question that is becoming more and more central in her work with students, educators, and coaches starting their own businesses. The ... Read More » The post 385: The Most Important Question to Ask This School Year appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/6/202119 minutes, 55 seconds
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385: The Most Important Question to Ask This School Year

What’s the one question we should be asking students, and ourselves, this school year? Gretchen shares what a simple question that is becoming more and more central in her work with students, educators, and coaches starting their own businesses. The ... Read More » The post 385: The Most Important Question to Ask This School Year appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/6/202119 minutes, 55 seconds
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384: We’re Back! The Co-Hosts Catch Up About Summer Adventures & Fall Plans

Megan and Gretchen catch up, sharing stories about their epic adventures this summer. They also look ahead to what exciting things are coming for the fall. In this episode find out about: Gretchen’s big road trip in her camper van, ... Read More » The post 384: We’re Back! The Co-Hosts Catch Up About Summer Adventures & Fall Plans appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/30/202119 minutes, 40 seconds
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384: We’re Back! The Co-Hosts Catch Up About Summer Adventures & Fall Plans

Megan and Gretchen catch up, sharing stories about their epic adventures this summer. They also look ahead to what exciting things are coming for the fall. In this episode find out about: Gretchen’s big road trip in her camper van, ... Read More » The post 384: We’re Back! The Co-Hosts Catch Up About Summer Adventures & Fall Plans appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/30/202119 minutes, 40 seconds
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383: Case Study – How One College Student Goes From F’s to A’s in Physics

How does a student recover from “hitting bottom”, and failing a class and tests multiple times? In this final Summer Case Study, Gretchen shares a success story from a college student she worked with last semester. Tune to in to ... Read More » The post 383: Case Study – How One College Student Goes From F’s to A’s in Physics appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/23/202110 minutes, 49 seconds
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383: Case Study – How One College Student Goes From F’s to A’s in Physics

How does a student recover from “hitting bottom”, and failing a class and tests multiple times? In this final Summer Case Study, Gretchen shares a success story from a college student she worked with last semester. Tune to in to ... Read More » The post 383: Case Study – How One College Student Goes From F’s to A’s in Physics appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/23/202110 minutes, 49 seconds
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382: Case Study – How Two Students Got Smart About Extracurriculars

Many students believe that they’re supposed to “check off” as many impressive extracurriculars as possible, if they want to get into a good college. But actually, there are some smarter (and more fun) ways to think about your extracurriculars. Megan ... Read More » The post 382: Case Study – How Two Students Got Smart About Extracurriculars appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/16/202112 minutes, 30 seconds
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382: Case Study – How Two Students Got Smart About Extracurriculars

Many students believe that they’re supposed to “check off” as many impressive extracurriculars as possible, if they want to get into a good college. But actually, there are some smarter (and more fun) ways to think about your extracurriculars. Megan ... Read More » The post 382: Case Study – How Two Students Got Smart About Extracurriculars appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/16/202112 minutes, 30 seconds
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381: Case Study – AP Study Skills Class a Game Changer for Underprepared Students

Many students come into Advanced Placement classes with skill deficits when it comes to learning. How can schools help bridge this “preparation gap”? Gretchen shares a real-life story about an AP teacher who did just that for her 97% economically ... Read More » The post 381: Case Study – AP Study Skills Class a Game Changer for Underprepared Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/9/202111 minutes, 41 seconds
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381: Case Study – AP Study Skills Class a Game Changer for Underprepared Students

Many students come into Advanced Placement classes with skill deficits when it comes to learning. How can schools help bridge this “preparation gap”? Gretchen shares a real-life story about an AP teacher who did just that for her 97% economically ... Read More » The post 381: Case Study – AP Study Skills Class a Game Changer for Underprepared Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/9/202111 minutes, 41 seconds
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380: When the College You Chose Ends Up Being a Bad Fit

Sometimes a family can overlook a key characteristic in a college that makes it an extraordinarily bad fit for a student. In this shorter summer episode, Megan tells a story about a student who ended up choosing the exact wrong ... Read More » The post 380: When the College You Chose Ends Up Being a Bad Fit appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/2/202110 minutes, 17 seconds
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380: When the College You Chose Ends Up Being a Bad Fit

Sometimes a family can overlook a key characteristic in a college that makes it an extraordinarily bad fit for a student. In this shorter summer episode, Megan tells a story about a student who ended up choosing the exact wrong ... Read More » The post 380: When the College You Chose Ends Up Being a Bad Fit appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/2/202110 minutes, 17 seconds
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378: When You’re Kicked Out of College First Semester

What happened when one of Megan’s students got kicked out of college his first semester of freshman year? Megan walks us through what happens you a student gets too much freedom too soon, and includes some tips for the types ... Read More » The post 378: When You’re Kicked Out of College First Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/19/202111 minutes, 52 seconds
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378: When You’re Kicked Out of College First Semester

What happened when one of Megan’s students got kicked out of college his first semester of freshman year? Megan walks us through what happens you a student gets too much freedom too soon, and includes some tips for the types ... Read More » The post 378: When You’re Kicked Out of College First Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/19/202111 minutes, 52 seconds
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377: Case Study – How One School Achieved a 50% Drop in “Worried Parent” Calls

The impact of teaching a study skills class to middle school students has some surprising benefits! In this Summer Case Study episode, Gretchen shares about an innovative Study Skills program for 7th graders. Not only did the requests for one-to-one ... Read More » The post 377: Case Study – How One School Achieved a 50% Drop in “Worried Parent” Calls appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/12/20219 minutes, 2 seconds
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377: Case Study – How One School Achieved a 50% Drop in “Worried Parent” Calls

The impact of teaching a study skills class to middle school students has some surprising benefits! In this Summer Case Study episode, Gretchen shares about an innovative Study Skills program for 7th graders. Not only did the requests for one-to-one ... Read More » The post 377: Case Study – How One School Achieved a 50% Drop in “Worried Parent” Calls appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/12/20219 minutes, 2 seconds
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376: When You Get Rejected from Every College You Apply To

What happens when you assume you’ll get into all your college choices and don’t include a back up school? Sometimes you can get rejected from every school you apply to! In this shorter summer episode, Megan walks us through this ... Read More » The post 376: When You Get Rejected from Every College You Apply To appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/5/20219 minutes, 25 seconds
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376: When You Get Rejected from Every College You Apply To

What happens when you assume you’ll get into all your college choices and don’t include a back up school? Sometimes you can get rejected from every school you apply to! In this shorter summer episode, Megan walks us through this ... Read More » The post 376: When You Get Rejected from Every College You Apply To appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/5/20219 minutes, 25 seconds
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375: Case Study – The Varied Backgrounds of Expert Academic Coaches

Expert academic coaches come in all shapes and sizes! Over the years training folks to start their businesses, Gretchen has encountered a surprising array of reasons that people shift their careers and become coaches. In this Summer Case Study episode, ... Read More » The post 375: Case Study – The Varied Backgrounds of Expert Academic Coaches appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/28/202115 minutes, 30 seconds
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375: Case Study – The Varied Backgrounds of Expert Academic Coaches

Expert academic coaches come in all shapes and sizes! Over the years training folks to start their businesses, Gretchen has encountered a surprising array of reasons that people shift their careers and become coaches. In this Summer Case Study episode, ... Read More » The post 375: Case Study – The Varied Backgrounds of Expert Academic Coaches appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/28/202115 minutes, 30 seconds
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374: Disasters in Standardized Testing

What happens to students who don’t heed Megan’s warnings about how to approach their SAT’s, ACT’s and other standardized tests? In today’s shorter summer episode, Megan walks us through some disaster scenarios that actually happened to some of her student ... Read More » The post 374: Disasters in Standardized Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/21/202110 minutes, 42 seconds
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374: Disasters in Standardized Testing

What happens to students who don’t heed Megan’s warnings about how to approach their SAT’s, ACT’s and other standardized tests? In today’s shorter summer episode, Megan walks us through some disaster scenarios that actually happened to some of her student ... Read More » The post 374: Disasters in Standardized Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/21/202110 minutes, 42 seconds
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373: Confused About College Jargon? Here are Definitions.

Are you confused about all the collegiate jargon? Maybe you are an international student or a parent who hasn’t been in school for many years. Maybe you are trying to navigate all the terms and graduation requirements for your new ... Read More » The post 373: Confused About College Jargon? Here are Definitions. appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/15/202134 minutes, 36 seconds
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373: Confused About College Jargon? Here are Definitions.

Are you confused about all the collegiate jargon? Maybe you are an international student or a parent who hasn’t been in school for many years. Maybe you are trying to navigate all the terms and graduation requirements for your new ... Read More » The post 373: Confused About College Jargon? Here are Definitions. appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/15/202134 minutes, 36 seconds
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372: 10 Things Schools Get Wrong About Student Learning & Wellbeing

Have you ever thought about why schools are structured the way they are, from grades to homework and more? Researchers and authors Jared Cooney Horvath and David Bott chat with Megan and Gretchen about their latest book 10 Things Schools ... Read More » The post 372: 10 Things Schools Get Wrong About Student Learning & Wellbeing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/7/202146 minutes, 32 seconds
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372: 10 Things Schools Get Wrong About Student Learning & Wellbeing

Have you ever thought about why schools are structured the way they are, from grades to homework and more? Researchers and authors Jared Cooney Horvath and David Bott chat with Megan and Gretchen about their latest book 10 Things Schools ... Read More » The post 372: 10 Things Schools Get Wrong About Student Learning & Wellbeing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/7/202146 minutes, 32 seconds
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371: What to Know About the Latest Changes in College Admissions Testing

If it seems like there are changes every few months in colleges admissions testing, there are! Megan walks us through the latest shifts, and gives advice for families who are transitioning their students to college in the next few years. ... Read More » The post 371: What to Know About the Latest Changes in College Admissions Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/31/202125 minutes, 46 seconds
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371: What to Know About the Latest Changes in College Admissions Testing

If it seems like there are changes every few months in colleges admissions testing, there are! Megan walks us through the latest shifts, and gives advice for families who are transitioning their students to college in the next few years. ... Read More » The post 371: What to Know About the Latest Changes in College Admissions Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/31/202125 minutes, 46 seconds
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370: Have You Considered Taking a Gap Year?

Many students are exhausted with learning during a pandemic, and more and more are considering taking a gap year between high school and college. In this episode, we chat with Rebecca Barr from www.EFGapyear.com about how gap years work and ... Read More » The post 370: Have You Considered Taking a Gap Year? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/24/202134 minutes, 18 seconds
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370: Have You Considered Taking a Gap Year?

Many students are exhausted with learning during a pandemic, and more and more are considering taking a gap year between high school and college. In this episode, we chat with Rebecca Barr from www.EFGapyear.com about how gap years work and ... Read More » The post 370: Have You Considered Taking a Gap Year? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/24/202134 minutes, 18 seconds
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369: How to Search for Colleges When You Do & Don’t Want Religion to Be a Major Factor

Do you want a college that supports your religious beliefs? Or would you prefer a college that is not religious at all? Today Megan walks us through several tips for how to do a college search if you do or ... Read More » The post 369: How to Search for Colleges When You Do & Don’t Want Religion to Be a Major Factor appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/17/202125 minutes, 8 seconds
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369: How to Search for Colleges When You Do & Don’t Want Religion to Be a Major Factor

Do you want a college that supports your religious beliefs? Or would you prefer a college that is not religious at all? Today Megan walks us through several tips for how to do a college search if you do or ... Read More » The post 369: How to Search for Colleges When You Do & Don’t Want Religion to Be a Major Factor appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/17/202125 minutes, 8 seconds
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368: 6 Steps to Wrap Up Your Semester

It’s the end of the semester! Here are 6 straightforward tasks that will help you wrap things up, and position yourself to take a full break this summer, and then rock the next school year. Gretchen and Megan chat about: ... Read More » The post 368: 6 Steps to Wrap Up Your Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/10/202120 minutes, 48 seconds
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368: 6 Steps to Wrap Up Your Semester

It’s the end of the semester! Here are 6 straightforward tasks that will help you wrap things up, and position yourself to take a full break this summer, and then rock the next school year. Gretchen and Megan chat about: ... Read More » The post 368: 6 Steps to Wrap Up Your Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/10/202120 minutes, 48 seconds
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367: Tips to Survive the End of This Horrible School Year: A Nervous System Perspective

This has been the worst school year ever, and students and parents are barely hanging on as we near the end. Learn a few nervous system tools to help you stay as regulated as possible… and get all that missing ... Read More » The post 367: Tips to Survive the End of This Horrible School Year: A Nervous System Perspective appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/3/202131 minutes, 51 seconds
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367: Tips to Survive the End of This Horrible School Year: A Nervous System Perspective

This has been the worst school year ever, and students and parents are barely hanging on as we near the end. Learn a few nervous system tools to help you stay as regulated as possible… and get all that missing ... Read More » The post 367: Tips to Survive the End of This Horrible School Year: A Nervous System Perspective appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/3/202131 minutes, 51 seconds
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366: Tips to Help Students Plan & Study for Finals

It’s a month until final exams in the United States. What can teachers do to help set students up for less stress and more success this finals season? Listen in as Gretchen lays out 5+ tips including: how far in ... Read More » The post 366: Tips to Help Students Plan & Study for Finals appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/26/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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366: Tips to Help Students Plan & Study for Finals

It’s a month until final exams in the United States. What can teachers do to help set students up for less stress and more success this finals season? Listen in as Gretchen lays out 5+ tips including: how far in ... Read More » The post 366: Tips to Help Students Plan & Study for Finals appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/26/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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365: Scams (and Shams) That Target High School Students & their Families

Families are sometimes so desperate to afford college that they jump at “opportunities” that are actually scams. Megan walks you through four types of offers families will want to say no to, including: Scholarships for a fee and financial planning ... Read More » The post 365: Scams (and Shams) That Target High School Students & their Families appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/20/202127 minutes, 36 seconds
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365: Scams (and Shams) That Target High School Students & their Families

Families are sometimes so desperate to afford college that they jump at “opportunities” that are actually scams. Megan walks you through four types of offers families will want to say no to, including: Scholarships for a fee and financial planning ... Read More » The post 365: Scams (and Shams) That Target High School Students & their Families appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/20/202127 minutes, 36 seconds
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364: Mental Health Tips for Students at This Stage of the Semester… & Pandemic

Students’ mental health is struggling more than ever at this stage of the pandemic. Gretchen and Megan discuss the available resources to support students, along with tips and trick for everyone to make it through to the end of the ... Read More » The post 364: Mental Health Tips for Students at This Stage of the Semester… & Pandemic appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/12/202132 minutes, 14 seconds
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364: Mental Health Tips for Students at This Stage of the Semester… & Pandemic

Students’ mental health is struggling more than ever at this stage of the pandemic. Gretchen and Megan discuss the available resources to support students, along with tips and trick for everyone to make it through to the end of the ... Read More » The post 364: Mental Health Tips for Students at This Stage of the Semester… & Pandemic appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/12/202132 minutes, 14 seconds
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363: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well

Too many students struggle with multiple choice tests. Often, this difficulty is not that they don’t know the material but rather because they haven’t learned how to take those tests well. Listen in as Megan provides her top five tips so you stop losing ... Read More » The post 363: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/5/202136 minutes, 20 seconds
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363: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well

Too many students struggle with multiple choice tests. Often, this difficulty is not that they don’t know the material but rather because they haven’t learned how to take those tests well. Listen in as Megan provides her top five tips so you stop losing ... Read More » The post 363: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/5/202136 minutes, 20 seconds
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362: Best Practices for Empowering Black & Brown Students with Guest Taryn Fletcher

Today’s podcast is a special interview with school leader, consultant and author Taryn Fletcher. She and Gretchen will be discussion Dr. Fletcher’s new book In All Lanes: Action Steps for New Leaders to Empower Black and Brown Students, Rethink School, ... Read More » The post 362: Best Practices for Empowering Black & Brown Students with Guest Taryn Fletcher appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/29/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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362: Best Practices for Empowering Black & Brown Students with Guest Taryn Fletcher

Today’s podcast is a special interview with school leader, consultant and author Taryn Fletcher. She and Gretchen will be discussion Dr. Fletcher’s new book In All Lanes: Action Steps for New Leaders to Empower Black and Brown Students, Rethink School, ... Read More » The post 362: Best Practices for Empowering Black & Brown Students with Guest Taryn Fletcher appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/29/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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361: Does It Matter What Academic Skills We Teach Students First?

Parents and educators often ask, “What order should we teach our students what academic skills?” In this episode, Gretchen rethinks whether the Study Cycle, her model for teaching students how the brain learns, really should be the center of her ... Read More » The post 361: Does It Matter What Academic Skills We Teach Students First? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/22/202124 minutes, 46 seconds
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361: Does It Matter What Academic Skills We Teach Students First?

Parents and educators often ask, “What order should we teach our students what academic skills?” In this episode, Gretchen rethinks whether the Study Cycle, her model for teaching students how the brain learns, really should be the center of her ... Read More » The post 361: Does It Matter What Academic Skills We Teach Students First? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/22/202124 minutes, 46 seconds
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360: The Absolute BEST Way to Prep for College Success

If you want to prepare your student to get in the perfect college for them, there really is a clear front runner that you absolutely should be paying attention to. In this episode, Megan breaks down the importance of making ... Read More » The post 360: The Absolute BEST Way to Prep for College Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/15/202120 minutes, 5 seconds
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360: The Absolute BEST Way to Prep for College Success

If you want to prepare your student to get in the perfect college for them, there really is a clear front runner that you absolutely should be paying attention to. In this episode, Megan breaks down the importance of making ... Read More » The post 360: The Absolute BEST Way to Prep for College Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/15/202120 minutes, 5 seconds
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359: Engaging Your Reluctant Teen in College Planning and Academic Success

Many students don’t want to start thinking about college until they’re a junior (or even a senior!) in high school. However, it’s important to start them exploring college, and improving their academic track record, when they’re in middle school and ... Read More » The post 359: Engaging Your Reluctant Teen in College Planning and Academic Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/8/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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359: Engaging Your Reluctant Teen in College Planning and Academic Success

Many students don’t want to start thinking about college until they’re a junior (or even a senior!) in high school. However, it’s important to start them exploring college, and improving their academic track record, when they’re in middle school and ... Read More » The post 359: Engaging Your Reluctant Teen in College Planning and Academic Success appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/8/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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358: How to Stay Motivated in the Midst of Increasing Pressure

Note: This podcast episode originally ran on November 24, 2014 as Episode #18. Are you stressed out at this point in the semester? It’s hard to stay motivated in the face of increasing pressure, but it’s not impossible if you ... Read More » The post 358: How to Stay Motivated in the Midst of Increasing Pressure appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/1/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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358: How to Stay Motivated in the Midst of Increasing Pressure

Note: This podcast episode originally ran on November 24, 2014 as Episode #18. Are you stressed out at this point in the semester? It’s hard to stay motivated in the face of increasing pressure, but it’s not impossible if you ... Read More » The post 358: How to Stay Motivated in the Midst of Increasing Pressure appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/1/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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357: Supporting Undocumented Students with the College Search Process

The college search process is intimidating for any families; add an “undocumented” status, and it becomes even more complex. In this episode, Megan walks us through some basic things to think about for any undocumented students and families, as well ... Read More » The post 357: Supporting Undocumented Students with the College Search Process appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/22/202128 minutes, 39 seconds
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357: Supporting Undocumented Students with the College Search Process

The college search process is intimidating for any families; add an “undocumented” status, and it becomes even more complex. In this episode, Megan walks us through some basic things to think about for any undocumented students and families, as well ... Read More » The post 357: Supporting Undocumented Students with the College Search Process appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/22/202128 minutes, 39 seconds
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356: What (Not) To Do When Hiring An Academic Coach

There is more and more demand for academic coaches! If you are a family considering whether to hire one, listen in to this discussion about how to find the right one… and how to set your student up for success. ... Read More » The post 356: What (Not) To Do When Hiring An Academic Coach appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/15/202133 minutes, 31 seconds
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356: What (Not) To Do When Hiring An Academic Coach

There is more and more demand for academic coaches! If you are a family considering whether to hire one, listen in to this discussion about how to find the right one… and how to set your student up for success. ... Read More » The post 356: What (Not) To Do When Hiring An Academic Coach appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/15/202133 minutes, 31 seconds
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355: Realistic Strategies for Reducing College Costs

Concerned about the high cost of college? Join the club. Megan walks families through seven strategies to reduce the cost of college. This is a “must-listen” for anyone getting started with the college search journey! She covers topics like how ... Read More » The post 355: Realistic Strategies for Reducing College Costs appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/8/202127 minutes, 4 seconds
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355: Realistic Strategies for Reducing College Costs

Concerned about the high cost of college? Join the club. Megan walks families through seven strategies to reduce the cost of college. This is a “must-listen” for anyone getting started with the college search journey! She covers topics like how ... Read More » The post 355: Realistic Strategies for Reducing College Costs appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/8/202127 minutes, 4 seconds
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354: 6 Academic Resources Students Don’t Use Enough

A crucial life skill we need to teach our teens is how to ask for help and take better advantage of the resources right under their noses. Tune in as Megan and Gretchen brainstorm the resources they wish students would ... Read More » The post 354: 6 Academic Resources Students Don’t Use Enough appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/1/202124 minutes, 40 seconds
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354: 6 Academic Resources Students Don’t Use Enough

A crucial life skill we need to teach our teens is how to ask for help and take better advantage of the resources right under their noses. Tune in as Megan and Gretchen brainstorm the resources they wish students would ... Read More » The post 354: 6 Academic Resources Students Don’t Use Enough appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/1/202124 minutes, 40 seconds
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353: AP or Not to AP: Controversy & Considerations [Reprise]

(This episode originally aired in March 2018) The national average of number of AP classes taken by students admitted to top universities is five to eight total. That’s a lot! Deciding whether to take (or not take) Advanced Placement classes ... Read More » The post 353: AP or Not to AP: Controversy & Considerations [Reprise] appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/25/202139 minutes, 44 seconds
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353: AP or Not to AP: Controversy & Considerations [Reprise]

(This episode originally aired in March 2018) The national average of number of AP classes taken by students admitted to top universities is five to eight total. That’s a lot! Deciding whether to take (or not take) Advanced Placement classes ... Read More » The post 353: AP or Not to AP: Controversy & Considerations [Reprise] appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/25/202139 minutes, 44 seconds
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352: Stop Telling Students to “Study” & Try This Instead

When students grades are lower than you’d like, how do you talk them through improving them? Too often parents tell students to “study,” but that’s not enough. Here’s how to get specific about what actions students can take. In today’s ... Read More » The post 352: Stop Telling Students to “Study” & Try This Instead appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/18/202129 minutes, 31 seconds
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352: Stop Telling Students to “Study” & Try This Instead

When students grades are lower than you’d like, how do you talk them through improving them? Too often parents tell students to “study,” but that’s not enough. Here’s how to get specific about what actions students can take. In today’s ... Read More » The post 352: Stop Telling Students to “Study” & Try This Instead appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/18/202129 minutes, 31 seconds
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351: Start the New Semester Better Than Before

It’s the start to a new semester, which means a fresh start and one more opportunity to turn the school year around. Tune in as Gretchen and Megan discuss tips for how to set yourself up for success this spring. ... Read More » The post 351: Start the New Semester Better Than Before appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/12/202124 minutes, 22 seconds
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351: Start the New Semester Better Than Before

It’s the start to a new semester, which means a fresh start and one more opportunity to turn the school year around. Tune in as Gretchen and Megan discuss tips for how to set yourself up for success this spring. ... Read More » The post 351: Start the New Semester Better Than Before appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/12/202124 minutes, 22 seconds
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350: Unconventional Ways of Getting to the College of Your Dreams

Not every student is built for an immediate transition from high school into the college of their dreams. Megan lays out unconventional pathways that can help students who need more support transition into their ideal college. Specifically, she discusses: School ... Read More » The post 350: Unconventional Ways of Getting to the College of Your Dreams appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/4/202127 minutes, 37 seconds
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350: Unconventional Ways of Getting to the College of Your Dreams

Not every student is built for an immediate transition from high school into the college of their dreams. Megan lays out unconventional pathways that can help students who need more support transition into their ideal college. Specifically, she discusses: School ... Read More » The post 350: Unconventional Ways of Getting to the College of Your Dreams appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/4/202127 minutes, 37 seconds
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349: 5 Fears Students Have That Need to Be Acknowledged (From the Archives)

Sometimes adults forget that being a student is an emotionally taxing job, and students need reassurance! On today’s New Year’s episode we discuss the 5 ways that feelings get in the way of student success if they’re not acknowledged. Each ... Read More » The post 349: 5 Fears Students Have That Need to Be Acknowledged (From the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/28/202026 minutes, 29 seconds
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349: 5 Fears Students Have That Need to Be Acknowledged (From the Archives)

Sometimes adults forget that being a student is an emotionally taxing job, and students need reassurance! On today’s New Year’s episode we discuss the 5 ways that feelings get in the way of student success if they’re not acknowledged. Each ... Read More » The post 349: 5 Fears Students Have That Need to Be Acknowledged (From the Archives) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/28/202026 minutes, 29 seconds
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348: Ways We Hope Schools Don’t “Go Back to Normal”

As we celebrate the holidays together, let’s envision what’s possible for schools and schooling! How can we use some of the changes forced by this global pandemic to create something beautiful and new, and not just “go back to normal”? ... Read More » The post 348: Ways We Hope Schools Don’t “Go Back to Normal” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/21/202034 minutes, 5 seconds
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348: Ways We Hope Schools Don’t “Go Back to Normal”

As we celebrate the holidays together, let’s envision what’s possible for schools and schooling! How can we use some of the changes forced by this global pandemic to create something beautiful and new, and not just “go back to normal”? ... Read More » The post 348: Ways We Hope Schools Don’t “Go Back to Normal” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/21/202034 minutes, 5 seconds
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347: Access Scholarships: How to Find, Apply, and Earn Scholarships with Ayden Berkey

Who doesn’t want to make college life easier and more affordable? Today Megan talks with Ayden Berkey of Accessscholarships.com a new site for students to find scholarships and resources that are: Personalized to your year, school, area of study, etc. ... Read More » The post 347: Access Scholarships: How to Find, Apply, and Earn Scholarships with Ayden Berkey appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/14/202026 minutes, 11 seconds
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347: Access Scholarships: How to Find, Apply, and Earn Scholarships with Ayden Berkey

Who doesn’t want to make college life easier and more affordable? Today Megan talks with Ayden Berkey of Accessscholarships.com a new site for students to find scholarships and resources that are: Personalized to your year, school, area of study, etc. ... Read More » The post 347: Access Scholarships: How to Find, Apply, and Earn Scholarships with Ayden Berkey appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/14/202026 minutes, 11 seconds
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346: The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Study Guides to Prep for Tests

In junior high and high school, teachers often hand out study guides to help students prepare for tests. However, there’s a wrong way and a right way to use them, if you care about optimal learning! Listen in for the ... Read More » The post 346: The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Study Guides to Prep for Tests appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/7/202026 minutes, 30 seconds
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346: The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Study Guides to Prep for Tests

In junior high and high school, teachers often hand out study guides to help students prepare for tests. However, there’s a wrong way and a right way to use them, if you care about optimal learning! Listen in for the ... Read More » The post 346: The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Study Guides to Prep for Tests appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/7/202026 minutes, 30 seconds
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345: Watch Out for Fake Practice Tests for the SAT & ACT

Did you know that many of the practice SAT & ACT tests offered by companies to help you study — are fake?! Don’t fall for fake tests! Megan walks you through how to make sure the practice tests you are ... Read More » The post 345: Watch Out for Fake Practice Tests for the SAT & ACT appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/30/202025 minutes, 33 seconds
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345: Watch Out for Fake Practice Tests for the SAT & ACT

Did you know that many of the practice SAT & ACT tests offered by companies to help you study — are fake?! Don’t fall for fake tests! Megan walks you through how to make sure the practice tests you are ... Read More » The post 345: Watch Out for Fake Practice Tests for the SAT & ACT appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/30/202025 minutes, 33 seconds
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344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause

Parents, have you done an inventory recently of the way you talk about and to your kids? are you 100% sure it’s shame and blame free? Join Elaine Taylor Klause in this interview as we discuss her “coach approach” to ... Read More » The post 344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/23/202038 minutes, 52 seconds
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344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause

Parents, have you done an inventory recently of the way you talk about and to your kids? are you 100% sure it’s shame and blame free? Join Elaine Taylor Klause in this interview as we discuss her “coach approach” to ... Read More » The post 344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/23/202038 minutes, 52 seconds
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343: Tips for How to Search for Colleges During COVID and Beyond

Putting together your college list is daunting at any time, much less during a global pandemic. However, there are some straightforward tips you can follow for how to research the best college for you during this strange time. Megan walks ... Read More » The post 343: Tips for How to Search for Colleges During COVID and Beyond appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/16/202023 minutes, 20 seconds
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343: Tips for How to Search for Colleges During COVID and Beyond

Putting together your college list is daunting at any time, much less during a global pandemic. However, there are some straightforward tips you can follow for how to research the best college for you during this strange time. Megan walks ... Read More » The post 343: Tips for How to Search for Colleges During COVID and Beyond appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/16/202023 minutes, 20 seconds
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342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network

Peer tutoring is a super effective method for improving academic skills. Meet Gabriela Nguena Jones, a teenager who started a nonprofit dedicated to teens tutoring teens. She chats with Megan and Gretchen about: what prompted her to start a nonprofit ... Read More » The post 342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/9/202031 minutes, 1 second
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342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network

Peer tutoring is a super effective method for improving academic skills. Meet Gabriela Nguena Jones, a teenager who started a nonprofit dedicated to teens tutoring teens. She chats with Megan and Gretchen about: what prompted her to start a nonprofit ... Read More » The post 342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/9/202031 minutes, 1 second
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341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions

Although there is a “standard” path towards college for most students, there are many families who have special circumstances. Tune in as Megan discusses all things unique in the college admissions process, including: how to apply for fee waivers, why ... Read More » The post 341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/2/202023 minutes, 17 seconds
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341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions

Although there is a “standard” path towards college for most students, there are many families who have special circumstances. Tune in as Megan discusses all things unique in the college admissions process, including: how to apply for fee waivers, why ... Read More » The post 341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11/2/202023 minutes, 17 seconds
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340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond

Now that so many students are studying virtually, they learning world is limited to two dimensions. That means that now, more than ever, students need to learn the power of 3D learning tools — what Gretchen calls the “Study Senses.” ... Read More » The post 340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/26/202023 minutes, 48 seconds
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340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond

Now that so many students are studying virtually, they learning world is limited to two dimensions. That means that now, more than ever, students need to learn the power of 3D learning tools — what Gretchen calls the “Study Senses.” ... Read More » The post 340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/26/202023 minutes, 48 seconds
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339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors

In this new age of virtual learning, how does a student build a strong enough relationship with a teacher in order to ask for a letter of recommendation? Megan and Gretchen take on the following listener question: One fear I ... Read More » The post 339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/19/202022 minutes, 29 seconds
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339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors

In this new age of virtual learning, how does a student build a strong enough relationship with a teacher in order to ask for a letter of recommendation? Megan and Gretchen take on the following listener question: One fear I ... Read More » The post 339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/19/202022 minutes, 29 seconds
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338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours

One of the most time consuming activities for students is reading! Tune in to discover simple tips for reading faster and more effectively than you ever thought possible. The section of the book readers usually skip (but shouldn’t) How to ... Read More » The post 338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/12/20200
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338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours

One of the most time consuming activities for students is reading! Tune in to discover simple tips for reading faster and more effectively than you ever thought possible. The section of the book readers usually skip (but shouldn’t) How to ... Read More » The post 338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/12/20200
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337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown

Don’t fall prey to myths about how colleges evaluate their applicants! If you have a full understanding of all the criteria, you can better plan for a more successful college search. Here’s the breakdown: Know the 6 factors that are ... Read More » The post 337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/6/202030 minutes, 3 seconds
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337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown

Don’t fall prey to myths about how colleges evaluate their applicants! If you have a full understanding of all the criteria, you can better plan for a more successful college search. Here’s the breakdown: Know the 6 factors that are ... Read More » The post 337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10/6/202030 minutes, 3 seconds
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336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall

Not sure where to start with visiting colleges? Have you visited a school or two only to get overwhelmed with information? In today’s episode, Megan talks with Danielle Marshall, author of “The College Visit Journal: Campus Visits Demystified.” Danielle knows ... Read More » The post 336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/28/202030 minutes, 50 seconds
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336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall

Not sure where to start with visiting colleges? Have you visited a school or two only to get overwhelmed with information? In today’s episode, Megan talks with Danielle Marshall, author of “The College Visit Journal: Campus Visits Demystified.” Danielle knows ... Read More » The post 336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/28/202030 minutes, 50 seconds
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335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches

What does one black student wish white academic coaches would know about how to better support him about race? Recently Gretchen sat down with a former client to have a straightforward conversation about race. In this excerpt from the longer ... Read More » The post 335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/21/202031 minutes, 11 seconds
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335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches

What does one black student wish white academic coaches would know about how to better support him about race? Recently Gretchen sat down with a former client to have a straightforward conversation about race. In this excerpt from the longer ... Read More » The post 335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/21/202031 minutes, 11 seconds
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334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships

The PSAT is practice for 95% of test takers. But for the other 5% it is an important test that qualifies students for the National Merit Scholarship competition. Learn more during this episode about how to tackle the PSAT, whether ... Read More » The post 334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/14/202027 minutes, 49 seconds
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334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships

The PSAT is practice for 95% of test takers. But for the other 5% it is an important test that qualifies students for the National Merit Scholarship competition. Learn more during this episode about how to tackle the PSAT, whether ... Read More » The post 334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/14/202027 minutes, 49 seconds
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333: Tips for Families at the Start of the Weirdest School Year Ever

What are academic coaches noticing as they start working with students this school year? Listen in as six Anti-Boring Approach coaches share reflections based on their coaching sessions thus far this year. Each one also shares a specific tips for ... Read More » The post 333: Tips for Families at the Start of the Weirdest School Year Ever appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/7/202033 minutes, 31 seconds
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333: Tips for Families at the Start of the Weirdest School Year Ever

What are academic coaches noticing as they start working with students this school year? Listen in as six Anti-Boring Approach coaches share reflections based on their coaching sessions thus far this year. Each one also shares a specific tips for ... Read More » The post 333: Tips for Families at the Start of the Weirdest School Year Ever appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9/7/202033 minutes, 31 seconds
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331: Ten Tips for Learning from a Screen

There’s going to be lots of virtual learning this school year! Check out these ten tips for how to learn best when your teacher, textbook, and tools are all (or mostly) via a screen. How to set up your space ... Read More » The post 331: Ten Tips for Learning from a Screen appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/24/202020 minutes, 56 seconds
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331: Ten Tips for Learning from a Screen

There’s going to be lots of virtual learning this school year! Check out these ten tips for how to learn best when your teacher, textbook, and tools are all (or mostly) via a screen. How to set up your space ... Read More » The post 331: Ten Tips for Learning from a Screen appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/24/202020 minutes, 56 seconds
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332: Updates for the SAT, ACT & PSAT: Who Should Test & Who Should Wait

Although many colleges have relaxed their requirements for standardized testing this year, many students still want to take the SAT, ACT or PSAT. Megan walks you through how to decide whether you should go ahead with testing as planned, or ... Read More » The post 332: Updates for the SAT, ACT & PSAT: Who Should Test & Who Should Wait appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/10/202021 minutes, 39 seconds
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332: Updates for the SAT, ACT & PSAT: Who Should Test & Who Should Wait

Although many colleges have relaxed their requirements for standardized testing this year, many students still want to take the SAT, ACT or PSAT. Megan walks you through how to decide whether you should go ahead with testing as planned, or ... Read More » The post 332: Updates for the SAT, ACT & PSAT: Who Should Test & Who Should Wait appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/10/202021 minutes, 39 seconds
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330: The Weirdest School Year Ever – A Personal Check In

Welcome to the weirdest school year ever! We thought it would be a good idea to check in with each other, share about our strange summers, and look ahead to plans for a very different kind of school year. Tune ... Read More » The post 330: The Weirdest School Year Ever – A Personal Check In appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/10/202034 minutes, 6 seconds
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330: The Weirdest School Year Ever – A Personal Check In

Welcome to the weirdest school year ever! We thought it would be a good idea to check in with each other, share about our strange summers, and look ahead to plans for a very different kind of school year. Tune ... Read More » The post 330: The Weirdest School Year Ever – A Personal Check In appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/10/202034 minutes, 6 seconds
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329: How Will Cost Play a Factor in Your College Choices?

College is expensive! Megan provides some tips for how to start thinking about costs, and talking about it with our student and family members. She covers topics such as: How to talk to your student about the reality of college ... Read More » The post 329: How Will Cost Play a Factor in Your College Choices? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/10/202014 minutes, 9 seconds
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329: How Will Cost Play a Factor in Your College Choices?

College is expensive! Megan provides some tips for how to start thinking about costs, and talking about it with our student and family members. She covers topics such as: How to talk to your student about the reality of college ... Read More » The post 329: How Will Cost Play a Factor in Your College Choices? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/10/202014 minutes, 9 seconds
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328: Calendaring Habits to Get in Gear Before School Starts

Some students are super resistant to using calendars. What can parents do to nurture the habit of calendaring? Tune in to hear more details about the following 4 tips from Gretchen: Make sure they HAVE a digital calendar and that ... Read More » The post 328: Calendaring Habits to Get in Gear Before School Starts appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/3/202014 minutes, 38 seconds
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328: Calendaring Habits to Get in Gear Before School Starts

Some students are super resistant to using calendars. What can parents do to nurture the habit of calendaring? Tune in to hear more details about the following 4 tips from Gretchen: Make sure they HAVE a digital calendar and that ... Read More » The post 328: Calendaring Habits to Get in Gear Before School Starts appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
8/3/202014 minutes, 38 seconds
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327: A Much-Needed New Tool to Organize & Plan for College Admission

Finally! There’s a new planner in the works that combines all the important college admissions tasks while also tracking a high school students’ assignments and due dates. Tune in to hear more about Megan’s newly designed planner, just in time ... Read More » The post 327: A Much-Needed New Tool to Organize & Plan for College Admission appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/27/202010 minutes, 6 seconds
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327: A Much-Needed New Tool to Organize & Plan for College Admission

Finally! There’s a new planner in the works that combines all the important college admissions tasks while also tracking a high school students’ assignments and due dates. Tune in to hear more about Megan’s newly designed planner, just in time ... Read More » The post 327: A Much-Needed New Tool to Organize & Plan for College Admission appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/27/202010 minutes, 6 seconds
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326: 3+ Digital Clean Ups for Teens & Adults to Do Over the Summer

Summer is an ideal time to clean house, digitally speaking. Here are 3+ simple tasks everyone can do to clean up their computers and phone apps so they are ready for an uncluttered new school year: Install an adblock Clean ... Read More » The post 326: 3+ Digital Clean Ups for Teens & Adults to Do Over the Summer appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/21/202013 minutes, 46 seconds
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326: 3+ Digital Clean Ups for Teens & Adults to Do Over the Summer

Summer is an ideal time to clean house, digitally speaking. Here are 3+ simple tasks everyone can do to clean up their computers and phone apps so they are ready for an uncluttered new school year: Install an adblock Clean ... Read More » The post 326: 3+ Digital Clean Ups for Teens & Adults to Do Over the Summer appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/21/202013 minutes, 46 seconds
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325: What Calculator Should You Use on the ACT or SAT?

Yes! You CAN use calculators on the ACT or SAT. But it matters which one you bring on test day, so pay attention as Megan schools you on clever calculator criteria. Specifically she discusses the importance of: Avoid last minute ... Read More » The post 325: What Calculator Should You Use on the ACT or SAT? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/13/202013 minutes, 24 seconds
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325: What Calculator Should You Use on the ACT or SAT?

Yes! You CAN use calculators on the ACT or SAT. But it matters which one you bring on test day, so pay attention as Megan schools you on clever calculator criteria. Specifically she discusses the importance of: Avoid last minute ... Read More » The post 325: What Calculator Should You Use on the ACT or SAT? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/13/202013 minutes, 24 seconds
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324: Two Interesting Assessments Students Can Take Over the Summer

Got a little extra time this summer and looking for something interesting to do? Gretchen recommends these two online assessments students can take to learn more about their brains and their career prospects. First, Mindprint Learning is an interesting assessment ... Read More » The post 324: Two Interesting Assessments Students Can Take Over the Summer appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/6/202014 minutes, 6 seconds
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324: Two Interesting Assessments Students Can Take Over the Summer

Got a little extra time this summer and looking for something interesting to do? Gretchen recommends these two online assessments students can take to learn more about their brains and their career prospects. First, Mindprint Learning is an interesting assessment ... Read More » The post 324: Two Interesting Assessments Students Can Take Over the Summer appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
7/6/202014 minutes, 6 seconds
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323: Urban Legend or Reality – Do Colleges Actually Rescind Offers of Admission?

Teachers often threaten that students need to stay academically engaged through senior year because colleges might take away their offer of admissions. But is this a myth or reality? Megan weighs in with the following discussion: Why it is indeed ... Read More » The post 323: Urban Legend or Reality – Do Colleges Actually Rescind Offers of Admission? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/29/202012 minutes, 7 seconds
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323: Urban Legend or Reality – Do Colleges Actually Rescind Offers of Admission?

Teachers often threaten that students need to stay academically engaged through senior year because colleges might take away their offer of admissions. But is this a myth or reality? Megan weighs in with the following discussion: Why it is indeed ... Read More » The post 323: Urban Legend or Reality – Do Colleges Actually Rescind Offers of Admission? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/29/202012 minutes, 7 seconds
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322: Teach a Surprising Amount in Under 10 Minutes with the “Mini-Lecture”

Everyone has less attention span these days. How can educators package the most important study theory and strategies for students in a way they will actually hear? The answer is the “mini-lecture” and Gretchen unpacks what that is and how ... Read More » The post 322: Teach a Surprising Amount in Under 10 Minutes with the “Mini-Lecture” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/22/202010 minutes, 58 seconds
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322: Teach a Surprising Amount in Under 10 Minutes with the “Mini-Lecture”

Everyone has less attention span these days. How can educators package the most important study theory and strategies for students in a way they will actually hear? The answer is the “mini-lecture” and Gretchen unpacks what that is and how ... Read More » The post 322: Teach a Surprising Amount in Under 10 Minutes with the “Mini-Lecture” appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/22/202010 minutes, 58 seconds
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321: Big Issues to Consider Before Writing College Admissions Essays

Summer is the best time to write your college admissions essays! So how should you get started? Megan walks you through four steps including: Get organized — know what schools, what questions, how many unique essays and short answers you ... Read More » The post 321: Big Issues to Consider Before Writing College Admissions Essays appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/15/202013 minutes, 45 seconds
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321: Big Issues to Consider Before Writing College Admissions Essays

Summer is the best time to write your college admissions essays! So how should you get started? Megan walks you through four steps including: Get organized — know what schools, what questions, how many unique essays and short answers you ... Read More » The post 321: Big Issues to Consider Before Writing College Admissions Essays appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/15/202013 minutes, 45 seconds
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320: Help Students Rely Less on Nagging and More On Themselves

How can students take responsibility for reminding themselves to follow through on tasks large and small? Without relying on mom or dad for nagging? In this mini-episode Gretchen shares one of her favorite ways to get students to start thinking ... Read More » The post 320: Help Students Rely Less on Nagging and More On Themselves appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/8/202011 minutes, 33 seconds
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320: Help Students Rely Less on Nagging and More On Themselves

How can students take responsibility for reminding themselves to follow through on tasks large and small? Without relying on mom or dad for nagging? In this mini-episode Gretchen shares one of her favorite ways to get students to start thinking ... Read More » The post 320: Help Students Rely Less on Nagging and More On Themselves appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/8/202011 minutes, 33 seconds
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319: Semester, Trimester, Quarter, or Block Schedules– Which is Best?

Which college schedule is best for a student with ADHD – semesters or quarters? Recently one of Gretchen’s Anti-Boring Approach Licensed Coaches sent an email asking just that, and Megan & Gretchen chatted about it on this episode of the ... Read More » The post 319: Semester, Trimester, Quarter, or Block Schedules– Which is Best? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/1/202023 minutes, 59 seconds
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319: Semester, Trimester, Quarter, or Block Schedules– Which is Best?

Which college schedule is best for a student with ADHD – semesters or quarters? Recently one of Gretchen’s Anti-Boring Approach Licensed Coaches sent an email asking just that, and Megan & Gretchen chatted about it on this episode of the ... Read More » The post 319: Semester, Trimester, Quarter, or Block Schedules– Which is Best? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
6/1/202023 minutes, 59 seconds
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318: 5 Mistakes Parents Make When Hiring Tutors

There are appropriate (and inappropriate) times during the school year or college admission process to hire a tutor. Make sure you know the ins and outs of when and how to hire a tutor so that you can save time, ... Read More » The post 318: 5 Mistakes Parents Make When Hiring Tutors appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/25/202033 minutes, 28 seconds
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318: 5 Mistakes Parents Make When Hiring Tutors

There are appropriate (and inappropriate) times during the school year or college admission process to hire a tutor. Make sure you know the ins and outs of when and how to hire a tutor so that you can save time, ... Read More » The post 318: 5 Mistakes Parents Make When Hiring Tutors appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/25/202033 minutes, 28 seconds
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317: 7 Phases of the College Sports Recruiting Process

There’s a university for everyone, and a college sports team too. If you’re curious about how to prepare for college sports recruitment, even if you’re as young as 8th grade, this interview with Guest Expert Chris Stack is a must-listen. ... Read More » The post 317: 7 Phases of the College Sports Recruiting Process appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/18/202038 minutes, 10 seconds
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317: 7 Phases of the College Sports Recruiting Process

There’s a university for everyone, and a college sports team too. If you’re curious about how to prepare for college sports recruitment, even if you’re as young as 8th grade, this interview with Guest Expert Chris Stack is a must-listen. ... Read More » The post 317: 7 Phases of the College Sports Recruiting Process appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/18/202038 minutes, 10 seconds
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316: Is She a Hypocrite? Why Gretchen Doesn’t Follow Her Academic Advice

Gretchen is taking a couple of classes this semester, and she is fascinated to notice that she’s a bad student! Or more specifically: She doesn’t follow her own advice about learning. Tune in to find out why, and what she’s ... Read More » The post 316: Is She a Hypocrite? Why Gretchen Doesn’t Follow Her Academic Advice appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/11/202027 minutes, 6 seconds
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316: Is She a Hypocrite? Why Gretchen Doesn’t Follow Her Academic Advice

Gretchen is taking a couple of classes this semester, and she is fascinated to notice that she’s a bad student! Or more specifically: She doesn’t follow her own advice about learning. Tune in to find out why, and what she’s ... Read More » The post 316: Is She a Hypocrite? Why Gretchen Doesn’t Follow Her Academic Advice appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/11/202027 minutes, 6 seconds
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315: SAT Delays? Final Exams (or Not)?! How to Navigate This Strange End-of-Semester

Standardized tests have been delayed. Many high schools are replacing final exams with final projects. Megan and Gretchen check in about the changes they’re seeing in In the world of college planning and test prep, Megan shares: How to handle ... Read More » The post 315: SAT Delays? Final Exams (or Not)?! How to Navigate This Strange End-of-Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/4/202034 minutes, 9 seconds
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315: SAT Delays? Final Exams (or Not)?! How to Navigate This Strange End-of-Semester

Standardized tests have been delayed. Many high schools are replacing final exams with final projects. Megan and Gretchen check in about the changes they’re seeing in In the world of college planning and test prep, Megan shares: How to handle ... Read More » The post 315: SAT Delays? Final Exams (or Not)?! How to Navigate This Strange End-of-Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
5/4/202034 minutes, 9 seconds
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314: A Fascinating (and Free!) Career Exploration Tool for Teens

Introducing the ASVAB, a completely free tool to help students discover their career aptitudes! Guest expert Kate McLean breaks down why this is such a useful tool, and how families might get access to it. Specifically, she discusses: What the ... Read More » The post 314: A Fascinating (and Free!) Career Exploration Tool for Teens appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/27/202028 minutes, 34 seconds
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314: A Fascinating (and Free!) Career Exploration Tool for Teens

Introducing the ASVAB, a completely free tool to help students discover their career aptitudes! Guest expert Kate McLean breaks down why this is such a useful tool, and how families might get access to it. Specifically, she discusses: What the ... Read More » The post 314: A Fascinating (and Free!) Career Exploration Tool for Teens appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/27/202028 minutes, 34 seconds
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313: Take Your College Visits to the Next Level [Reprise]

College visits can get repetitive and boring, and the “official” tours offered by the school don’t always reveal the hidden details that help you make a decision about which school is best for you. In this episode from the archives ... Read More » The post 313: Take Your College Visits to the Next Level [Reprise] appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/20/202031 minutes, 54 seconds
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313: Take Your College Visits to the Next Level [Reprise]

College visits can get repetitive and boring, and the “official” tours offered by the school don’t always reveal the hidden details that help you make a decision about which school is best for you. In this episode from the archives ... Read More » The post 313: Take Your College Visits to the Next Level [Reprise] appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/20/202031 minutes, 54 seconds
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312: Tailor Your College Application to Improve Your Admission Chances

Admission to state universities can be very competitive. Your chances of admission increase significantly when you tailor your college application to the specific focus on each school on your list. Listen in a Megan visits with Wei-Li Sun an expert ... Read More » The post 312: Tailor Your College Application to Improve Your Admission Chances appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/13/202039 minutes, 47 seconds
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312: Tailor Your College Application to Improve Your Admission Chances

Admission to state universities can be very competitive. Your chances of admission increase significantly when you tailor your college application to the specific focus on each school on your list. Listen in a Megan visits with Wei-Li Sun an expert ... Read More » The post 312: Tailor Your College Application to Improve Your Admission Chances appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/13/202039 minutes, 47 seconds
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311: Is Freshman Year Too Soon for SAT Subject Tests & Test Prep?

Recently we got a question about when students should take their SAT subject tests. Tune in as Megan answers that question…and provides other tips about test prep for the subject tests. Here is the exact question the mom Nathalie asked: ... Read More » The post 311: Is Freshman Year Too Soon for SAT Subject Tests & Test Prep? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/6/202017 minutes, 41 seconds
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311: Is Freshman Year Too Soon for SAT Subject Tests & Test Prep?

Recently we got a question about when students should take their SAT subject tests. Tune in as Megan answers that question…and provides other tips about test prep for the subject tests. Here is the exact question the mom Nathalie asked: ... Read More » The post 311: Is Freshman Year Too Soon for SAT Subject Tests & Test Prep? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
4/6/202017 minutes, 41 seconds
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310: Tips from Admissions Insiders About What Colleges are Really Looking For

Ever wonder what the folks in college admissions departments actually think about students’ applications? Maxine Seya actually interviewed several of them, and learned a lot in the process, which she shares with the College Prep Podcast. Join Gretchen and Megan, ... Read More » The post 310: Tips from Admissions Insiders About What Colleges are Really Looking For appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/30/202028 minutes, 32 seconds
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310: Tips from Admissions Insiders About What Colleges are Really Looking For

Ever wonder what the folks in college admissions departments actually think about students’ applications? Maxine Seya actually interviewed several of them, and learned a lot in the process, which she shares with the College Prep Podcast. Join Gretchen and Megan, ... Read More » The post 310: Tips from Admissions Insiders About What Colleges are Really Looking For appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/30/202028 minutes, 32 seconds
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309: How Teens Can Accept Defeat with Grace (In College Admissions and Beyond)

It’s the time of year students get the news about what colleges they have (and haven’t!) been accepted into. The reality of the rejection is a lot harder than many families expect. Megan and Gretchen reflect about how parents can ... Read More » The post 309: How Teens Can Accept Defeat with Grace (In College Admissions and Beyond) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/23/202018 minutes, 45 seconds
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309: How Teens Can Accept Defeat with Grace (In College Admissions and Beyond)

It’s the time of year students get the news about what colleges they have (and haven’t!) been accepted into. The reality of the rejection is a lot harder than many families expect. Megan and Gretchen reflect about how parents can ... Read More » The post 309: How Teens Can Accept Defeat with Grace (In College Admissions and Beyond) appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/23/202018 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Personal Message from Megan & Gretchen

Should we change our podcast programming during the Corona Virus shutdowns? Megan and Gretchen decided not to, and explain why during this check in. Megan also gives an update on college admissions for high school juniors and seniors. The post A Personal Message from Megan & Gretchen appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/19/202014 minutes, 32 seconds
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A Personal Message from Megan & Gretchen

Should we change our podcast programming during the Corona Virus shutdowns? Megan and Gretchen decided not to, and explain why during this check in. Megan also gives an update on college admissions for high school juniors and seniors. The post A Personal Message from Megan & Gretchen appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/19/202014 minutes, 32 seconds
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308: Advice About Corona Virus Changes to Schooling and College Admissions

The Corona Virus is changing everything for parents, students, and teachers, for the short term and possibly the long. Megan and Gretchen weigh in about how to maneuver through all the changes one day at a time. Specifically they discuss: ... Read More » The post 308: Advice About Corona Virus Changes to Schooling and College Admissions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/16/202031 minutes, 15 seconds
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308: Advice About Corona Virus Changes to Schooling and College Admissions

The Corona Virus is changing everything for parents, students, and teachers, for the short term and possibly the long. Megan and Gretchen weigh in about how to maneuver through all the changes one day at a time. Specifically they discuss: ... Read More » The post 308: Advice About Corona Virus Changes to Schooling and College Admissions appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/16/202031 minutes, 15 seconds
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307: 10 Ways to Stay Awake in a Boring Class

School is boring much of the time! So how do you stay awake and engaged when your whole system wants to tune out? Gretchen walks students through more than 10 simple ways to keep yourself going so you can learn ... Read More » The post 307: 10 Ways to Stay Awake in a Boring Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/9/202020 minutes, 50 seconds
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307: 10 Ways to Stay Awake in a Boring Class

School is boring much of the time! So how do you stay awake and engaged when your whole system wants to tune out? Gretchen walks students through more than 10 simple ways to keep yourself going so you can learn ... Read More » The post 307: 10 Ways to Stay Awake in a Boring Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/9/202020 minutes, 50 seconds
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306: The Differences Between High School and College Learning with Leonard Geddes

Many students experience a rude awakening when they get to college, and realize they aren’t ready to do the kinds of learning and thinking tasks college professors expect. Guest Expert Leonard Geddes breaks down the key differences between high school ... Read More » The post 306: The Differences Between High School and College Learning with Leonard Geddes appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/2/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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306: The Differences Between High School and College Learning with Leonard Geddes

Many students experience a rude awakening when they get to college, and realize they aren’t ready to do the kinds of learning and thinking tasks college professors expect. Guest Expert Leonard Geddes breaks down the key differences between high school ... Read More » The post 306: The Differences Between High School and College Learning with Leonard Geddes appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
3/2/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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305: How to Do College Visits and Why They’re Important

Visiting colleges is an important factor in deciding what school to go to! Megan breaks down the who, what, when, where, why and how of planning and going on your college visits. Specifically she discusses: why college visits are important ... Read More » The post 305: How to Do College Visits and Why They’re Important appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/24/202024 minutes, 19 seconds
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305: How to Do College Visits and Why They’re Important

Visiting colleges is an important factor in deciding what school to go to! Megan breaks down the who, what, when, where, why and how of planning and going on your college visits. Specifically she discusses: why college visits are important ... Read More » The post 305: How to Do College Visits and Why They’re Important appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/24/202024 minutes, 19 seconds
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304: Why Students Don’t Ask for Help and What to Do About it

There are two huge reasons why students don’t ask for help, but this can change with a little prodding. Gretchen breaks down how to help students get over their discomfort with looking “stupid” and asking the right questions to get ... Read More » The post 304: Why Students Don’t Ask for Help and What to Do About it appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/17/202017 minutes, 13 seconds
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304: Why Students Don’t Ask for Help and What to Do About it

There are two huge reasons why students don’t ask for help, but this can change with a little prodding. Gretchen breaks down how to help students get over their discomfort with looking “stupid” and asking the right questions to get ... Read More » The post 304: Why Students Don’t Ask for Help and What to Do About it appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/17/202017 minutes, 13 seconds
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303: In-State Tuition – Who Qualifies and What is the Cost Difference?

There are a number of misconceptions that families have about state schools and in- and out- of state tuition. Megan breaks down everything you need to know if you’re considering going to a state school (and might convince you why ... Read More » The post 303: In-State Tuition – Who Qualifies and What is the Cost Difference? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/10/202025 minutes
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303: In-State Tuition – Who Qualifies and What is the Cost Difference?

There are a number of misconceptions that families have about state schools and in- and out- of state tuition. Megan breaks down everything you need to know if you’re considering going to a state school (and might convince you why ... Read More » The post 303: In-State Tuition – Who Qualifies and What is the Cost Difference? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/10/202025 minutes
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302: Select the Right High School Classes to Avoid Common Pitfalls

This episode is a re-broadcast of episode 30 originally published on February 30, 2015. However, the content is still relevant today! Enjoy. It’s course selection time at high schools across the country! If you’re the parent of a rising freshman, ... Read More » The post 302: Select the Right High School Classes to Avoid Common Pitfalls appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/3/202040 minutes, 9 seconds
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302: Select the Right High School Classes to Avoid Common Pitfalls

This episode is a re-broadcast of episode 30 originally published on February 30, 2015. However, the content is still relevant today! Enjoy. It’s course selection time at high schools across the country! If you’re the parent of a rising freshman, ... Read More » The post 302: Select the Right High School Classes to Avoid Common Pitfalls appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
2/3/202040 minutes, 9 seconds
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301: Listen In On One of Gretchen’s Training Calls with Teachers

Have you ever wondered what teachers’ who care about student learning talk about when they’re in a room alone withe each other? In this episode Gretchen lets you “in” on what the discussions in her Anti-Boring Educators’ Club are like. ... Read More » The post 301: Listen In On One of Gretchen’s Training Calls with Teachers appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/27/202025 minutes, 23 seconds
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301: Listen In On One of Gretchen’s Training Calls with Teachers

Have you ever wondered what teachers’ who care about student learning talk about when they’re in a room alone withe each other? In this episode Gretchen lets you “in” on what the discussions in her Anti-Boring Educators’ Club are like. ... Read More » The post 301: Listen In On One of Gretchen’s Training Calls with Teachers appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/27/202025 minutes, 23 seconds
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300: Don’t Stretch the Truth; Colleges Are Fact Checking More Applications

Thanks to the Varsity Blues scandals, colleges are reviewing their application policies and looking to improve the integrity of their admissions systems. What does this mean for high school seniors applying to colleges? Tune in to find out. In today’s ... Read More » The post 300: Don’t Stretch the Truth; Colleges Are Fact Checking More Applications appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/20/202022 minutes, 59 seconds
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300: Don’t Stretch the Truth; Colleges Are Fact Checking More Applications

Thanks to the Varsity Blues scandals, colleges are reviewing their application policies and looking to improve the integrity of their admissions systems. What does this mean for high school seniors applying to colleges? Tune in to find out. In today’s ... Read More » The post 300: Don’t Stretch the Truth; Colleges Are Fact Checking More Applications appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/20/202022 minutes, 59 seconds
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299: Parenting Differently Wired Kids with Debbie Reber

Parenting is always challenging, and being a parent of a “differently wired” kids comes with its unique set of adventures. Listen in as parenting expert Debbie Reber shares tips for navigating the transition from homeschooling to high school with a ... Read More » The post 299: Parenting Differently Wired Kids with Debbie Reber appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/13/202039 minutes, 11 seconds
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299: Parenting Differently Wired Kids with Debbie Reber

Parenting is always challenging, and being a parent of a “differently wired” kids comes with its unique set of adventures. Listen in as parenting expert Debbie Reber shares tips for navigating the transition from homeschooling to high school with a ... Read More » The post 299: Parenting Differently Wired Kids with Debbie Reber appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/13/202039 minutes, 11 seconds
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298: How to Reduce the Harm of Constant Comparison

A downside of being a student is that you’re the subject of constant comparison to other students — whether it’s related to smartness, grades, SAT scores, or what college you got into. There are some simple ways adults can shift ... Read More » The post 298: How to Reduce the Harm of Constant Comparison appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/6/202031 minutes, 44 seconds
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298: How to Reduce the Harm of Constant Comparison

A downside of being a student is that you’re the subject of constant comparison to other students — whether it’s related to smartness, grades, SAT scores, or what college you got into. There are some simple ways adults can shift ... Read More » The post 298: How to Reduce the Harm of Constant Comparison appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
1/6/202031 minutes, 44 seconds
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297: Have We Really Been Podcasting for 7 Years?!

Can it be that we are still podcasting as we start our 7th year?! We’ve outlasted many of our “competitors” who were also doing college prep podcasting back in 2014 when we began. Join Megan and Gretchen as we reflect ... Read More » The post 297: Have We Really Been Podcasting for 7 Years?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/30/201939 minutes, 53 seconds
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297: Have We Really Been Podcasting for 7 Years?!

Can it be that we are still podcasting as we start our 7th year?! We’ve outlasted many of our “competitors” who were also doing college prep podcasting back in 2014 when we began. Join Megan and Gretchen as we reflect ... Read More » The post 297: Have We Really Been Podcasting for 7 Years?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/30/201939 minutes, 53 seconds
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296: Updated Advice — Do You Need to Take the Written Essay on the ACT/SAT?

The advice has changed! Although we used to suggest that students should always write the “optional” essay on the ACT/SAT, now it really depends. Tune in to hear the updates on this key college admissions topic. Specifically, Megan walks you ... Read More » The post 296: Updated Advice — Do You Need to Take the Written Essay on the ACT/SAT? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/23/201916 minutes, 43 seconds
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296: Updated Advice — Do You Need to Take the Written Essay on the ACT/SAT?

The advice has changed! Although we used to suggest that students should always write the “optional” essay on the ACT/SAT, now it really depends. Tune in to hear the updates on this key college admissions topic. Specifically, Megan walks you ... Read More » The post 296: Updated Advice — Do You Need to Take the Written Essay on the ACT/SAT? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12/23/201916 minutes, 43 seconds
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295: Junior Year Status Check – Are You on Track with Essential College Tasks?

Junior year is supposed to be “the most important year” of high school! Megan breaks down why that is, and gives you a 5-part checklist for how to tell if you’re on track with making the most of the year. ... Read More » The post 295: Junior Year Status Check – Are You on Track with Essential College Tasks? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.