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The College Prep Podcast
23 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
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/actionguideFind small ways to test your retrieval on a regular basis (homework? honing notes?) Make sure you have the right supplies to help yourself encode in a new way Make your study plan at least 3 days out (but preferably more, if you can Plans are meant to be made, not necessarily to be followed exactly. Stay on track; don’t throw out the whole plan just because you didn’t follow the first few parts of it exactly. 6Parents & students — study a bit more than you think you need — things get harder each year Take a look at the test to understand where studying fell short For more information about all these tips, download the free Study Cycle Action Guide at www.gretchenwegner.com/actionguide. To ask Gretchen questions live about studying for your next test (if you’re student), or supporting students in studying (if you’re a parent, teacher, or academic coach), come to the next live Q&A. Sign up at www.gretchenwegner.com/live. Note: This episode is from the archives. It originally aired on September 11, 2017. The post 387: 7 Tips for Taking Your First Test This Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
20 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
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 the following email we received last Spring: I am a high school counselor. I listen to your podcast to and from work and you’ve become like friends to me. I would love to hear your opinion on AP Capstone and how impressive it is to selective colleges. I met with a student yesterday who is considering doing it but he is also taking several other AP courses. We haven’t had the program for too long and we haven’t had very many students become capstone graduates. I have not researched how much of a difference it makes on a student’s high school transcript. Thanks for any thoughts…) Do you have additional questions for Megan or Gretchen? Feel free to email us at collegepreppodcast [at] gmail [dot] com. We’d love to hear from you! The post 386: What’s Impressive for College Admissions?! appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
20 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
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 conversation includes: Why there’s no such thing as “busy work”Why it’s important to understand the purpose behind every assignmentWhy it saves time, energy and aggravation to reflect on the purpose before taking actionHow this advice works for any kind of action, not just school workHow teachers, parents and educators can support students Want to discover what kinds of learning purposes students can choose from? Check out www.gretchenwegner.com/actionguide. Got follow up questions for Gretchen about this advice?! If so, she has a new monthly Q&A event coming up. Sign up for the next one at www.gretchenwegner.com/live. The post 385: The Most Important Question to Ask This School Year appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
20 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
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, including a few mishapsA big change in the way Megan’s family will travel in the future, as the kiddo’s ageAn update about Gretchen’s orthodontics and Megan’s knee painSome fun additions to their business in the fallAnd more! The post 384: We’re Back! The Co-Hosts Catch Up About Summer Adventures & Fall Plans appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
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 hear about her exciting about face! 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.
13 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
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 walks you through two student case studies. The post 382: Case Study – How Two Students Got Smart About Extracurriculars appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
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 disadvantaged students. Learn how in this episode. The post 381: Case Study – AP Study Skills Class a Game Changer for Underprepared Students appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
10 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
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 college for his learning needs, and how this student adjusted. The post 380: When the College You Chose Ends Up Being a Bad Fit appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
12 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
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 of conversations parents can have with their students before college to mitigate disasters like this in the future. The post 378: When You’re Kicked Out of College First Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
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 support drop by 80%, but worried parent calls dropped as well. Tune in to hear how it was done! The post 377: Case Study – How One School Achieved a 50% Drop in “Worried Parent” Calls appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
9 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
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 […] The post 376: When You Get Rejected from Every College You Apply To appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
16 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
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, […] The post 375: Case Study – The Varied Backgrounds of Expert Academic Coaches appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
11 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
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 […] The post 374: Disasters in Standardized Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
35 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
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 […] The post 373: Confused About College Jargon? Here are Definitions. appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
47 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
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 […] The post 372: 10 Things Schools Get Wrong About Student Learning & Wellbeing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
26 minutes | May 31, 2021
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. […] The post 371: What to Know About the Latest Changes in College Admissions Testing appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
34 minutes | May 24, 2021
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 […] The post 370: Have You Considered Taking a Gap Year? appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
25 minutes | May 17, 2021
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 […] 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.
21 minutes | May 10, 2021
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: […] The post 368: 6 Steps to Wrap Up Your Semester appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
32 minutes | May 3, 2021
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 […] The post 367: Tips to Survive the End of This Horrible School Year: A Nervous System Perspective appeared first on The College Prep Podcast.
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