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Looking for help with college admissions, career planning, SAT/ACT prep, college applications, college essays, financial aid, and more? We have the answers to all of your college prep questions. The "College Prep? Yep!" podcast guides students and parents through every step of your college journey. Hosted by Erin & Carmella of Ensphere College Planning Services. Download your free episode worksheet at www.enspherecps.com/podcast.
 
Confused about the road to college? Don’t know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist podcast is your source for great information on the college admissions journey. Hosted by SAT & ACT expert and entrepreneur Lauren Gaggioli, the College Checklist features interviews from college counselors, admission officers and other professionals who can help you get into college, pay for school with scholarships, and succeed once you’re there. This podcast also features test prep tip ...
 
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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 this all important issue. Specifically they discuss how to: Normalize talking about and seeking mental health trea…
 
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 the potential pitfalls. Specifically she discusses: Faulty assumptions that all schools are equally test…
 
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 some all important tips. Specifically she and Gretchen discuss: Stories from their own lives about fitbits, sleep data, what g…
 
[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 down for you (see the list below), and tells you what the truth is instead (tune into the episo…
 
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 how adults can model this skill better in our own lives so that we better support kids. Gretchen also invites…
 
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: Why “dead week” is such a valuable process for schools to institute The difference between homework and studying How…
 
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 good ones from the bad. She covers: The ways that community college might (or might not) be a good option, depending on the stude…
 
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 for finals? Or perhaps teachers assigned too many projects? Megan and Gretchen provide some pointers, including: How to plan ahead at the st…
 
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. It originally ran on September 2, 2019. If parents have follow up questions about how to convince THEIR resistant…
 
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. Here are some questions Gretchen recommends you ask yourself: Do you have a dedicated & organized PLACE to take not…
 
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 […] The post 393: Expectations for College Night, Info Sessions & Tours appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 392: How to Get (or Write!) an Amazing Letter of Recommendation appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 391: How to Respond When a Teacher Humiliates You in Class appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 390: A New-ish Take on Accountability for Students… and All Humans! appeared first on The College Prep Pod…
 
This week, our guest is Rishav Khanal, who is a bestselling author and founder of Compound Career, where he helps college students and recent graduates develop the career readiness skills to break into competitive job market. In this episode, we discuss: Networking secrets from somebody who’s landed jobs at Under Armour and LinkedIn Revealed: The 3…
 
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 […] The post 389: Identifying (and Fixing!) Your College Admissions Weaknesses appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 388: Should You Use the Pass/Fail Option When It Comes to Grades? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
Your network is your net worth. And in this episode, we'll reveal the secrets behind a top 1% networker on LinkedIn with tips like: The unknown area of LinkedIn where you can explode your network One of the best places to get LinkedIn connections outside of LinkedIn 3 types of authenticity which make people want to network with you Why people reall…
 
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 […] The post 387: 7 Tips for Taking Your First Test This Semester appeared first on The College …
 
We're talking about the 4 word question every student should ask themselves before ever stepping foot in a college. To find the answer to the question, we've got tips like: Other lucrative options besides going to college The 2 Column Test every student should do before going to college Why you should measure this "cost" before ever going to colleg…
 
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 […] The post 386: What’s Impressive for College Admissions?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 385: The Most Important Question to Ask This School Year appeared first on The College …
 
No matter where you work or what you do in life, you will interview. In this episode, I'm revealing interviewing secrets from 25 years in the corporate world like: 3 questions to ask the interviewer to give you an unfair advantage for job interviews How to become an interview detective where the interviewer tells you HOW to get the job The 2 types …
 
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, […] The post 384: We’re Back! The Co-Hosts Catch Up About Summer Adventures & Fall Plans appeared first on The College…
 
Get the real answer to the most asked question for any student or parent who's ever taken math. Discover things like: The one thing math class gives you which will change your life Which jobs which pay over 150,000, if you have the right math skills Why anxiety and pressure from math class give you an unfair advantage in the real world…
 
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 […] The post 383: Case Study – How One College Student Goes From F’s to A’s in Physics appeared first on The College Prep…
 
What if you could install part of Elon Musk's brain into your brain? How would that change your life? In this episode, we're covering thinking tips like: Why modeling will explode test scores and get you job interviews What bear attacks teach you about succeeding in life To achieve your goals, ignore the goal and focus on this instead. What is cong…
 
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 […] The post 382: Case Study – How Two Students Got Smart About Extracurriculars appeared first on T…
 
Are you a bad writer? An average writer? Here's how to transform yourself into a keyboard killer using one skill. The one book you can read in 2 days which will transform your writing into greased lighting Use this free tool to tighten up your college essay The one skill needed to upgrade a boring college essay into something college advisors can't…
 
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 […] The post 381: Case Study – AP Study Skills Class a Game Changer for Underprepared Students appeared…
 
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 […] The post 380: When the College You Chose Ends Up Being a Bad Fit appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 378: When You’re Kicked Out of College First Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 377: Case Study – How One School Achieved a 50% Drop in “Worried Parent” Calls appeared…
 
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 […] The post 376: When You Get Rejected from Every College You Apply To appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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, […] The post 375: Case Study – The Varied Backgrounds of Expert Academic Coaches appeared first o…
 
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 […] The post 374: Disasters in Standardized Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast…
 
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 […] The post 373: Confused About College Jargon? Here are Definitions. appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 372: 10 Things Schools Get Wrong About Student Learning & Wellbeing appeared first on The College P…
 
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. […] The post 371: What to Know About the Latest Changes in College Admissions Testing appeared first on The Coll…
 
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 […] The post 370: Have You Considered Taking a Gap Year? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] 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.…
 
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: […] The post 368: 6 Steps to Wrap Up Your Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 367: Tips to Survive the End of This Horrible School Year: A Nervous System Perspective appeared first on The College Prep Podc…
 
You have a great idea for a college essay. But how do you effectively structure it in a way that resonates with readers? This episode will walk you through one framework you can use to do just that. You can also find more insights and writing strategies in our 130 page guide "Cracking the College Essay: How To Write Winning College Admission Essays…
 
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 […] The post 366: Tips to Help Students Plan & Study for Finals appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.…
 
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 […] The post 365: Scams (and Shams) That Target High School Students & their Families appeared first o…
 
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 […] The post 364: Mental Health Tips for Students at This Stage of the Semester… & Pandemic appeared first on The Coll…
 
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 […] The post 363: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well appeared first on The College P…
 
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, […] The post 362: Best Practices for Empowering Black & Brown Students with Guest Taryn Fletcher …
 
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 […] The post 361: Does It Matter What Academic Skills We Teach Students First? appeared first on The Col…
 
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