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162 – Summer Programs, Study Guides, Improving Vocab & More - The College Prep Podcast
May 22 • 32 min
You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! Join us as we discuss the following questions: Summer Programs for College Prep: We are looking at the Stanford University “High School Summer College” program for our son. The classes are interesting, and it…
160: Why Parents Should Resist Scheduling Extra Events in May - The College Prep Podcast
May 15 • 23 min
May is a crazy month for parents and students! Families often have the habit of thinking that May will be an easy month because school is winding down. Actually, May is worse than December in terms of scheduling a multitude of activities, including: * AP…
159: Perfection Paralysis and How to Get Unstuck When Writing - The College Prep Podcast
May 8 • 19 min
Do writing assignments take you longer than necessary because you often feel stuck? Join Gretchen as she shares an interesting tool she created with a client to help him with his perfection paralysis. Specifically, she and Megan discuss: * What perfection…
158: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well - The College Prep Podcast
May 1 • 35 min
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…
157: Tips from a Professor About How to Rock College - The College Prep Podcast
Apr 24 • 36 min
Listen in to a college professor talk about what skills make for a successful college student! Special guest Tina Kruse shares what she’s learned from 15 years teaching freshman seminars at a small liberal arts college, including: What is a Freshman…
156: Community Colleges, National Merit Scholarships, and Bad Teachers - The College Prep Podcast
Apr 17 • 29 min
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Join us as we discuss community colleges versus big name schools, getting national merit scholarships, and dealing with bad teachers. Here are the questions Megan and Gretchen tackle on today’s Q&A show: *…
155: How to Grow a Thriving Academic Life Coaching Biz - The College Prep Podcast
Apr 10 • 32 min
What’s it like to build a successful business as an academic life coach? Guest Debbie Lehr-Lee shares the ups and downs about her path, including how Gretchen’s Anti-Boring Approach Coach training helped her go from 4 clients to a thriving a practice.…
154: Tips for Attending a National College Fair - The College Prep Podcast
Apr 3 • 30 min
Attending a National College Fair with your high school student? We recently heard from a listener who had some questions about how to make the most of her National College Fair visit with her son. Here’s her email: My son is attending a National College…
153: Life-Threatening Allergies and How to Choose An Allergy-Savvy College - The College Prep Podcast
Mar 27 • 33 min
If your child has a life-threatening allergy, you know how important it is to find a college that cares, and has specific policies in place to make sure your kiddo is taken care of. Join guest expert Monica Randall PH.D as she helps explain how to make…
152: Q&A – Math Mistakes, Gap Years, Distracted Studying & More - The College Prep Podcast
Mar 20 • 24 min
It’s another Q&A Show! Here are the questions that we tackle in this episode: 1. Weird Mistakes in Math. My math teacher is a little confusing, which gets me doing weird things that complicate matters on simple problems. Mom thinks it could be that I’m…
151: 3 Tips to Make Worksheets More Than Just “Busy Work” - The College Prep Podcast
Mar 13 • 19 min
Worksheets may seem like useless “busy work,” especially to bored students. But actually, they are great tools to help you score well on tests if you use them in the right way. Tune in to find out more about how to: […]
150: Time Saving Homework Tips, Admissions Deadlines & Early Decision - The College Prep Podcast
Mar 6 • 19 min
You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers! On today’s Q&A show, learn about how to make online textbook reading less time consuming, what to do once you’ve been accepted via early decision, and whether there’s wiggle room to submit another ACT […]
149: Lesser Known Tests for College Admissions - The College Prep Podcast
Feb 27 • 27 min
Did you know that there are more college admissions tests than just the ACT and SAT? Some of these replace the ACT/SAT, and some of them are required in addition to these tests. During this episode, Megan walks us through […]
148: Take Better Notes with This Simple Math-Inspired Technique - The College Prep Podcast
Feb 20 • 16 min
Students struggle to summarize information effectively, often resorting to writing too much or too little in their notes. Gretchen has perfected a technique that adopts symbols from math to help students read more effectively and take notes more effici…
147: Eight Reasons to Apply to Canadian Universities - The College Prep Podcast
Feb 13 • 40 min
Did you know that you can save more than $20K a year by going to Canadian Universities, as compared to American ones? There are many other reasons why American students might want to consider Canadian universities. Join us as guest […]
146: Scams to Watch for Related to College Planning & Admissions - The College Prep Podcast
Feb 6 • 27 min
When parents and students are afraid of their college prospects, they’re more susceptible to scams that prey on this fear. In today’s climate of expensive schools that seem increasingly competitive, this fear and susceptibility can be a problem for fam…
145: Start Now to Plan Meaningful College Experiences - The College Prep Podcast
Jan 30 • 31 min
Teens and parents! What will you do this summer to have experiences that are both meaningful and impress colleges on your applications? Looking for free and low-cost solutions? Now is the time to start planning. We know it seems super […]
144: Are My Scores and Grades Good Enough? - The College Prep Podcast
Jan 23 • 32 min
Junior year it’s time to start compiling your list of colleges. However, how can you tell if your grades are high enough to be considered by the schools on your list? Megan introduces us to a cool online tool that […]
143: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under Two Hours - The College Prep Podcast
Jan 16 • 24 min
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 […]
142: How to Learn Foreign Languages Faster & Better - The College Prep Podcast
Jan 9 • 22 min
Does foreign language learning seem awfully slow? Tune in as Megan and Gretchen reflect about 10+ ways to learn languages, including English, faster and more effectively. Today’s episode is a response to a listener named Hassan, who lives in Iran […]
141: 5 Fears Students Have That Need to Be Acknowledged - The College Prep Podcast
Jan 2 • 26 min
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 […]
140: 7+ Books That Megan & Gretchen Should Read - The College Prep Podcast
Dec 26, 2016 • 30 min
Do you ever buy books that are important professionally but never get around to reading them? Megan and Gretchen both have books on their shelves that they haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Listen in as they list these books, […]
139: The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically - The College Prep Podcast
Dec 19, 2016 • 42 min
Meet two amazing educators teaching students study skills in creative and cutting edge ways. Gretchen interviews Eda Chen and Natalie Borrell about how the unique ways they’ve integrated the Anti-Boring Approach in their work.
138: Safe, Fun & Life Changing Adventure Travel Trips for Teens - The College Prep Podcast
Dec 12, 2016 • 30 min
Ever considered adventure travel as a interesting summer option for your teen? There are a number of companies that take teens on cool trips around the world and build their life and leadership skills, to boot. On today’s podcast, we […]
137: 10+ Productivity Apps for Scattered Students with ADHD - The College Prep Podcast
Dec 5, 2016 • 25 min
Smart phone apps can be a great support, but also an annoying distraction, for students. Gretchen provides a list of 10+ apps and suggestions for how to use them so that students maximize productivity and minimize distractions. Tune in to […]
136: How to Ace the College Interview - The College Prep Podcast
Nov 28, 2016 • 36 min
The college interview is a great way to round out your college application. However, students often make silly mistakes! Megan provides numerous tips to help you be your best self at your interview. Tune in to this episode to explore: […]
135: How to Help Teens Who Struggle with Anxiety - The College Prep Podcast
Nov 21, 2016 • 38 min
Anxiety in teens is on the rise! At least, this is Megan and Gretchen’s experience working with students all over the country. Guest expert Yshai Boussi, a family therapist, helps us understand more about this phenomenon.
134: Easy Tips for Prepping for Finals Over the Holidays - The College Prep Podcast
Nov 14, 2016 • 23 min
Thanksgiving is coming up soon, as are the winter holidays. If you get started studying for finals now (or over the winter holidays, if your finals aren’t until the end of January), you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches later […]
133: Great Colleges for Students with Learning Differences - The College Prep Podcast
Nov 7, 2016 • 34 min
Students with learning differences or high anxiety often have special considerations when choosing what college will be best. Tune in as guest expert Melissa Masland shares her tips about how to help non-neurotypical students land in the perfect colleg…
132: How to Create Your Personal Brand and Other Tips to Rock College - The College Prep Podcast
Oct 31, 2016 • 31 min
Do you know what a “personal brand” is? Any idea why learning how to be a good storyteller is an essential 21st century skill that students should develop in college? Guest expert (and recent college grad) Brian Robben shares insightful […]
131: When Grades Are Low, Should Student Be Allowed to Continue Extracurricular Activities? - The College Prep Podcast
Oct 24, 2016 • 28 min
Should parents take away student’s activities if their academic grades are not up to snuff? Megan and Gretchen weigh in on this important question from a listener, about how to work with her middle school age daughter who loves to […]
130: How to Get Homework Started Painlessly with the Pomodoro Method - The College Prep Podcast
Oct 17, 2016 • 32 min
Initiating homework is a hard task for students! Especially students who are challenged with their executive functions (which means: almost all teenagers). Tune into today’s episode to learn about why the Pomodoro technique is such a good antidote to g…
129: How to Apply for Anything (Including College) Without These Silly Errors - The College Prep Podcast
Oct 10, 2016 • 32 min
Megan is shocked by all the errors she’s seeing on scholarship and college applications! To help you avoid these mistakes, she’s compiled all her advice into this one quick podcast episode. Tune in to discover what these errors are and […]
128: How to Help Teens Get Control of Their Schedules - The College Prep Podcast
Oct 3, 2016 • 26 min
Managing time is hard for anyone in this modern world, and teenagers struggle more because their brains are still developing. Gretchen shares one time management trick that she does with all her clients, and it really helps them see time […]
127: The Congressional Award, Homeschooling & Helicopter Parents - The College Prep Podcast
Sep 26, 2016 • 30 min
We recently got an email from a homeschool parent about how to organize a gigantic project — preparation for the Congressional Award — in a way that doesn’t steamroll her high school’s son ability to learn how to organize himself. […]
126: Evernote: A Note Taking Tool That Will Revolutionize Your Academic Life - The College Prep Podcast
Sep 19, 2016 • 35 min
Do you have a good way to organize your your research — both the digital and nondigital variety — as well as other aspects of being a student? Evernote is a surprisingly robust note taking tool, which we learn how […]
125: One Parent’s Concerns About College Admissions & ACT/SAT Prep - The College Prep Podcast
Sep 12, 2016 • 28 min
We recently got an email from a concerned parent about how to prepare her daughter for the SAT and ACT. In a surprisingly wide ranging conversation, Megan addresses this common concern for parents, as well as some others too! Here […]
124: How Involved Should Parents Be In Their Student’s School Work? - The College Prep Podcast
Sep 5, 2016 • 37 min
It’s every parent’s dilemma — how involved is TOO involved to be in your child’s education? On the one hand, you want them to be self-sufficient, and a self-motivated learner. On the other hand, you also want them to be […]
123: The 5 Essential Deadlines for College Admissions that Family Should Know - The College Prep Podcast
Aug 29, 2016 • 23 min
Do you know the 5 essential deadlines for college admissions? Megan has noticed that most of her newest clients seem clueless about what college app dates to pay attention to, and what to ignore, as the school year progresses. So, […]
122: 8 Tips for When to DIY vs. Hire an Academic Professional - The College Prep Podcast
Aug 22, 2016 • 25 min
Should you hire a tutor, coach or consultant? Or should you DIY for just a little longer? During this episode, Gretchen and Megan help you decipher when it makes sense to spend the big bucks and get professional help…and when […]
121: Plan Now to Graduate College in Only Four Years - The College Prep Podcast
Aug 15, 2016 • 40 min
Why is it important to graduate in four years? What are some ways that you can choose your college smartly to ensure that you do graduate without spending needless extra money and time? Guest expert Karina Dusenbury walks us through […]
120: Tips to Wrap Up the Summer without Stress - The College Prep Podcast
Aug 8, 2016 • 16 min
The beginning of the school year is always crazy and stressful for families. But if you follow these tips for wrapping up the summer, you’ll save yourself some stress later on. It’s an investment of time that’s well worth it. […]
119: Why Your Disadvantages May Be Your Biggest Asset - The College Prep Podcast
Aug 1, 2016 • 28 min
Would you rather be the smartest person in an average school or the middle student at the smartest school? Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath has a wealth of wisdom about how to approach college admissions sanely. Megan shares key […]
118: Help Frustrated Kids with Math Homework in a Common Core World - The College Prep Podcast
Jul 25, 2016 • 41 min
Now that the Common Core curriculum is more wide spread in the United States, kids are learning math in ways very different than their parents, tutors, and coaches originally learned it. This is causing some frustration around kitchen tables around […]
117: How to Make Your Social Media College and Job Ready - The College Prep Podcast
Jul 18, 2016 • 29 min
Colleges are increasingly checking out students’ online social media profiles to decide whether they are worthy of admission into their schools. How college and job ready is your social media presence? Megan shares some stories,
116: How to Have Meaningful College Visits in the Summer - The College Prep Podcast
Jul 11, 2016 • 32 min
Just because it’s summer and students aren’t on campus doesn’t mean that you can’t have a rich, meaningful college visit. In fact, summer is one of the most practical times for families to visit colleges around the country, as a […]
115: How Many Alerts Should You Allow on Your Teen’s Devices? - The College Prep Podcast
Jul 4, 2016 • 18 min
In our tech-oriented lifestyles, pop-ups and notifications are common experience on all our devices, from phones to computers. So common, in fact, that we all tolerate them more than we should, to the detriment of our increasingly fractured ability to […]
114: Eight Ways to Decide What to Do First (for Teens Who Struggle to Prioritize) - The College Prep Podcast
Jun 27, 2016 • 25 min
Making a good To Do list is a skill in and of itself. But once you get good at making accurate and helpful lists, how do you actually prioritize which items to do first? Today Gretchen and Megan discuss blind […]
113: New College Essay Topics & How To Get A Jumpstart on Writing Yours - The College Prep Podcast
Jun 20, 2016 • 28 min
The college essay topics have been updated! University of California has posted a brand new set of college essay topics that provide a nice selection for students who have trouble thinking of what to say. During this episode Megan walks […]
112: 10 Simple Skills to Grow Over the Summer - The College Prep Podcast
Jun 13, 2016 • 29 min
We have noticed all kinds of simple and surprising skills that students don’t know how to do! But they NEED these skills in order to function independently in college and through life, so we list them here. Have fun building […]