The College Prep Podcast
By Megan Dorsey & Gretchen Wegner
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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.
||Clean195: Watch Out for Fake Practice Tests for the SAT & ACT - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean194: Research Reveals the Three Best Ways to Teach, Learn, and Study - The College Prep Podcast||What does research teach us about the best ways for teachers to teach and students to study? Guest experts Yana Weinstein and Megan Sumeracki, otherwise known as The Learning Scientists, school us on what research shows is is the best […]||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean193: What’s REALLY Important in College Admissions? Myths and Realities. - The College Prep Podcast||Many families are confused about where to start with college admissions, and Megan has noticed there is a lot of faulty information out there. In this episode, she lays out, in concrete terms, what’s important when prepping for college and […]||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean192: Seven Types of Students and Their Study Blind Spots - The College Prep Podcast||There are seven different types of students, in Gretchen’s experience, each with different approaches to school and studying. As final exams approach, it’s a great opportunity to explore each type of student’s weaknesses in regards to studying,||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean191: Strategic Extracurriculars – Make Your Activities Work for You in College Admission - The College Prep Podcast||Do you worry whether your high school student has the right kind of activities to impress the colleges to which they’re applying? Megan lays out an easy way to think about extracurriculars to help teens make the most of their […]||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean190: 12 Skills We assume Students Know (But They Don’t) - The College Prep Podcast||There are some basic life and school skills that adults assume teens know how to do — but they really don’t! Gretchen and Megan break down 12 seemingly simply skills they’ve observed in their practices and urge their adult listeners […]||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean189: How to Make an Anti-Cram Plan for Final Exams - The College Prep Podcast||You’ve heard it’s bad for your brain to cram for finals, but what should you do instead to get ready for semester exams? Make an Anti-Cram! plan, of course! During this episode of the podcast (which is a reprise of […]||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean188: Important Distinctions Between Scholarships and Financial Aid - The College Prep Podcast||Families often mistake financial aid with scholarships, which can lead to confusion, disappointment, and wasted time as seniors choose their college and figure out how to pay for it. In this episode Megan breaks down how to think about the […]||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean187: How to Stay on Track with a Mid-Semester Tune Up - The College Prep Podcast||It’s time for a mid-semester tune up! Take a couple hours this Thanksgiving Break to organize yourself, clean up any broken systems, and assess your study skills. Gretchen will teach you how, including: How to tune up your organization systems, […]||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean186: Should Your Teen Take Online Courses? - The College Prep Podcast||Have you ever taken, or considered taking, online courses as a high school students? Megan describes her daughter’s experience taking on online course through the Duke Talent Identification Program and delivers her final assessment about whether these||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean185: Two Note Taking Strategies Every Student Should Master - The College Prep Podcast||How many note-taking techniques do you consciously use when learning from a textbook? Gretchen describes two specific strategies that you can use now in school, and the rest of your life too. Tune into this episode to find out: how […]||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean184: When Weather Interrupts Your College Application Plans - The College Prep Podcast||From hurricanes to snow storms, sudden massive weather can disrupt your college application plans. Megan shares her personal experience of how the Houston area SAT, ACT and school calendars were disrupted by Hurricane Harvey.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean183: How to Help Students Interrupt Self Sabotage - The College Prep Podcast||All the study and time management tricks in the world won’t help students if their minds are filled with damaging self-talk. Gretchen and Megan break down how the thoughts you think can sabotage your success. During this discussion they touch […]||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean182: The Crazy High Costs of Applying to College - The College Prep Podcast||Everyone knows how much it costs to go to college, but there are some surprising hidden costs of applying to college too. Tune in to hear Megan tally the numbers and help you budget for the college application process. She’ll break […]||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean181: How to Calendar the Entire School Year in One Sitting - The College Prep Podcast||For juniors and seniors, there are so many important dates to remember and plan around related to academics, extracurriculars, and the college search. Megan walks you through how to sit down for a few hours and map out the year […]||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean180: How Notifications are Changing Students’ Brains - The College Prep Podcast||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’ […]||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean179: Success in Admission Starts with the Right List of Schools - The College Prep Podcast||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 to, to make sure that you get […]||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean178: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean177: 7 Tips for For Taking Your First Test This Semester - The College Prep Podcast||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: 1. Understand the study cycle. We explain it in this episode, or […]||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean176: Beginning of the School Year Challenges - The College Prep Podcast||There is so much stress at the beginning of the school year! In this episode Megan and Gretchen normalize how hard the transition from summer to academic life is for educators, families, and students. Tune is as they discuss: Some […]||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean175: Set Up Your Study Space for the School Year - The College Prep Podcast||The right study space can make or break a student’s ability to follow through, beat procrastination, and get high quality work done at home. During this episode, Megan and Gretchen detail six things to think about when designing a study […]||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean174: Habits for Parents to Develop Now That Reduces Anxiety Later - The College Prep Podcast||Parents, do you often feel a lot of anxiety about your kids grades and academic habits? Do you suspect that your student feels anxious too? Or maybe it makes YOU anxious that your kiddo doesn’t seem anxious at all. There […]||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean173: Should Students Really Review Their Notes Outside of Class? - The College Prep Podcast||Parents often expect their students to spend time outside of class reviewing lecture notes. How effective is this habit? Should students do it? And if so, how do parents motivate students to spend extra time studying? In this episode Megan […]||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean172: The Perfect Planner for Your School Year? - The College Prep Podcast||Are you searching for the perfect planner to help you organize your due dates and assignments for the next school year? One that is oriented towards a student’s real-life needs? Lesley Martin of Class Tracker joins Gretchen to describe her […]||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean171: Megan’s College Visits — Notes as a Mom & College Consultant - The College Prep Podcast||Megan is looking for the perfect college with her daughter and has just returned from a five day campus visit trip. Find out some insider tips for planning visits, asking the right questions, limiting your choices, and evaluating schools. Tune […]||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean170: Wise Budgeting Advice from a Teenager - The College Prep Podcast||How the heck do you teach teens to budget their money? Eighteen year old Jason Esguerra is a budgeting enthusiast who Gretchen first met in a Facebook group for YNAB (You Need a Budget), a unique budgeting software that has […]||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean169: Requests for Teachers that Create Big Returns for Students - The College Prep Podcast||Teachers — you are powerful people in students’ lives! There are a few simple tweaks you can make that will help students be better and less anxious learners and time managers. Now is a great time to plan. Listen in […]||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean168: College Admissions Essays — How to Get Started - The College Prep Podcast||Summer is a great time to get started on college admissions essays. However, many students start their writing in the wrong order! Megan breaks down exactly what to do to set yourself up to write essays that contribute to a […]||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean167: 10-Minutes a Day Will Keep Teens’ Brains In Gear Over the Summer - The College Prep Podcast||Are you worried your kid will lose their summer to video games and YouTube? There are activities that students can do this summer — in 10 minutes a day — to help them get a jumpstart on the new school […]||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean166: Is Self Control a Myth or a Must-Have? - The College Prep Podcast||So often parents wish their students had more self-control. However, it turns out that “effortful restraint” (which is one word researchers use for “self control” is hard for the best of us, students and adults alike During today’s episode, Gr||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean165: How to Help Students Budget Their Money Before College - The College Prep Podcast||Budgeting is a skill that many adults don’t have! However, it’s a super important skill to teach your students before they go off to college. On today’s episode, Megan and Gretchen discuss some tips for how to get started helping […]||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean164: Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate – Should We Do It? How? Why? - The College Prep Podcast||Advanced Placement courses can provide a huge advantage to students when they hit college, but they can also be a huge drain on a high school student’s schedule and sense of balance. Recent a mom named Tamra wrote in with […]||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean163: Why Perfectionism in Teens Is Not Always Healthy - The College Prep Podcast||Although perfectionism can seem like a good thing, students with perfectionist tendencies can struggle with exhaustion, poor self-esteem, and unhealthy habits related to school/life balance. Guest expert Ann Marie Dobosz sheds insight into how perfecti.||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean161: Advice Parents and Students Don’t Want to Hear - The College Prep Podcast||Sometimes educators have to dish out advice that families simply don’t want to hear. In this episode, Megan and Gretchen detail their most unpopular advice for students and parents. The advice folks don’t want to hear includes: Course Selection: You||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean162 – Summer Programs, Study Guides, Improving Vocab & More - The College Prep Podcast||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 interesti||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean160: Why Parents Should Resist Scheduling Extra Events in May - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean159: Perfection Paralysis and How to Get Unstuck When Writing - The College Prep Podcast||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,||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean158: 5 Secrets to Taking Multiple Choice Tests Well - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean157: Tips from a Professor About How to Rock College - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean156: Community Colleges, National Merit Scholarships, and Bad Teachers - The College Prep Podcast||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: CO||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean155: How to Grow a Thriving Academic Life Coaching Biz - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean154: Tips for Attending a National College Fair - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean153: Life-Threatening Allergies and How to Choose An Allergy-Savvy College - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean152: Q&A – Math Mistakes, Gap Years, Distracted Studying & More - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean151: 3 Tips to Make Worksheets More Than Just “Busy Work” - The College Prep Podcast||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: […]||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean150: Time Saving Homework Tips, Admissions Deadlines & Early Decision - The College Prep Podcast||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||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean149: Lesser Known Tests for College Admissions - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean148: Take Better Notes with This Simple Math-Inspired Technique - The College Prep Podcast||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.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean147: Eight Reasons to Apply to Canadian Universities - The College Prep Podcast||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 […]||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean146: Scams to Watch for Related to College Planning & Admissions - The College Prep Podcast||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||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
What a great resource!
So excited to discover this podcast. It's really well done, and I enjoy the back-and-forth between the co-hosts. Keep it coming!
Gretchen is magical!
Gretchen is by far the most innovative educator I’ve come across. She draws from many years of experience and training, but more importantly, she has a natural gift when it comes to making things like studying and test prep easy, approachable, and most magically —fun!!
This podcast is amazing!
Gretchen and Megan have so much amazing content to share. I’m learning so much already. As a mom of 3 - helping my kids study and learn better is a huge focus for me so it’s great to have a podcast I can listen to in the car and get actionable advice that makes ALL of our lives easier!
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