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29 minutes | a month ago
What happens next? What does moving forward look like for the Class of 2021 or the Class of 2022? On today's episode, Caleb and Jill discuss tangible steps for High School Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores to take within the next few months. They also talk more in depth about Academic Tutoring Pods and how they can have a big impact on students who are falling behind in school due to online learning. Academic Tutoring PodsACT Test DatesCollege Counseling
61 minutes | 2 months ago
Top Ten Current Trends in College Admissions
College Expert, Caleb Pierce discusses the top ten current trends in college admissions for high school students. So much has changed for students in the past 6 months, what does applying for college look like right now? What are colleges looking for? Caleb answers those questions and more on today's podcast. Free ACT Practice TestCollege Counseling Academic Tutoring Pods
38 minutes | 3 months ago
School & COVID-19
On today’s episode, Caleb and Jill discuss how schools are reopening this year due to COVID-19 and what that looks like. They will also cover the many changes the Class of 2021 has to endure and the next steps moving forward. Added National ACT Dates
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Welcome back to the Simply Smarter Podcast! On today’s episode, Caleb and I will talk about the past several months and how the novel coronavirus has affected students, parents, and life in general.
22 minutes | 9 months ago
The Law School Admission Test
On today's Simply Smarter podcast, Caleb and Jill talk about the Law School Admission Test, or what most people refer to as the LSAT. They break down what the test consists of, how the test is scored, upcoming test dates, and how best to prepare for the test. LSAT Course PrepLSAT Tutors:Ashley BrennanAudrey Hazzard
30 minutes | 9 months ago
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) & What You Need to Know
On today’s podcast, Caleb and I are going to step away from the ACT and talk about another standardized test, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We’ll discuss what the test covers, who needs to take it, how it’s scored, and how best to prepare for the test. GRE Test Prep
24 minutes | 10 months ago
Does My Student Need A Mentor?
Caleb and Jill discuss what exactly an academic mentor is, how it will affect your student, and what to expect from both the mentor and the mentee (the student). We unpack what sets students up for success within the program, time management, organizational skills, and how to build a student's confidence level.
38 minutes | 10 months ago
What You Need to Know About ACT State Testing
On today's episode, Caleb and Jill will discuss what every parent and student need to know when it comes to state/district wide ACT testing. The state of Kansas will have Juniors take the test online and we walk through what that looks like, the pros and cons, and how students can achieve their best score. We also cheer on our Kansas City Chiefs as the 2020 Superbowl Champions! #RedKingdom #ChiefsKingdomTestNav Practice Test
21 minutes | 10 months ago
Three Changes to the ACT
On today’s episode, Caleb and I are discussing three different changes that have been made to the ACT and how that will affect students. And, since we are Kansas City local, we give a little love to our Kansas City Chiefs in preparation for the Superbowl LIV!
29 minutes | a year ago
Building Your Own Brand with Team Cura
Welcome Back to Season Three of Simply Smarter! On today's episode we have a special guest Rob Hughey from Team Cura. Rob is currently the Business Development Manager for Team Cura. We'll be discussing how high school student athletes can gain confidence, develop interpersonal skills, and build their personal brand both on and off the field. Team Cura email@example.com
33 minutes | a year ago
Five Secret Strategies for a Better ACT Score
On today's episode, Caleb and Jill sit down to discuss five smart strategies Caleb and our tutors use throughout different sections of the ACT. They also talk about the delayed ACT scores for the September 14th test, pumpkin spice lattes, throw in a few Napoleon Dynamite quotes and Jill even squeezes a sixth strategy out of Caleb for the win! FREE Practice TestsACT Standard CoursesACT Advanced CoursesPrivate Tutoring
23 minutes | a year ago
Adventures with Scout
On today's episode, we have a super special guest, one of our online students, Scout Webb. Jill babysat Scout while she was in college in Oklahoma and now Scout needs a little extra help studying for the September 14th ACT. We are going to get Scout's point of view about her experience with online tutoring as well as what her goals are for the test. Plus, Jill shares a couple of adventures of when she watched Scout nearly 17 years ago.
24 minutes | a year ago
Adversity Score..."That Was A Mistake"
On this episode, Caleb and Jill talk about The College Board's "Adversity Score" and how changes have already been made to the tool that reduced a student's background to a single number. They break down what's included in the new "Landscape" tool and how it's different than the original "Adversity Score", how this effects students and parents, and does it even matter since some colleges and universities are going "test optional."Website: Get Smarter Prep
19 minutes | a year ago
Kilts, Kids & Keeping It All In Perspective
On the show today we have a very special guest. One of our Master-Level Tutors, Gina Claypool is with us! Gina has been a tutor with us for over 5 years and has seen quite a few changes within standardized testing. We’re going to have a chat with her and hear her true feelings about the ACT.
35 minutes | a year ago
That Was A Horrible Essay!
Today we have a special guest joining us. Our very own expert College Counselor and Standard Level Tutor, Ilana Garon. Ilana’s going to share what it takes to make a great college essay, give us some tips for preparing college lists, and how she can help with the overall college admissions process. Plus, she's going to share a couple examples of good essays as well as bad essays. You don't want to miss this episode.
25 minutes | a year ago
How Early Is Too Early?
The episode today applies mainly to parents of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders. This is one question we get from them all the time! When should we start studying for the SAT/ACT? Today, we’re going to breakdown when students should start preparing for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, start putting together a high school resume, and when they should start building college lists!
21 minutes | a year ago
Scholarships or Part Time Job?
On today’s episode Caleb and I are discussing whether it’s smarter to focus on a part time job or attain academic scholarships for college. We’re going to break down what it takes to make the most money with the least amount of work.
26 minutes | a year ago
Debunking ACT/SAT Myths
Welcome back to Season Two of the Simply Smarter Podcast! We are excited to be back to inform students and parents about all things ACT related. On today’s episode Caleb and Jill are going to debunk several common myths associated with the ACT/SAT. They may even through in a few extra myths and see if they are true or false. It’s going to be fun!
14 minutes | 2 years ago
A Parent's Thoughts About ACT Prep
On this week's episode, we are chatting with Liz Ferrigno, a parent of one of our students who just recently took the April 13th ACT. Her daughter, Danielle, is a Junior at Blue Valley West and is thinking about attending college at either University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, or Washburn University. We breakdown Danielle's ACT scores and discuss how our Standard Course helped her feel more confident and knowledgeable about the ACT.
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Success looks different for everyone. For some students, success may be getting accepted into their dream college, for others it may equate to a significant scholarship, and for others it may be increasing their ACT score 3 points. Everybody has a different measure of success. On today’s episode we’re talking about what success looks like for three of our students and how they chose to reach their goals.
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