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.
||Clean225: Save Money on Testing with Fee Waivers - The College Prep Podcast||For many families, the costs of taking standardized tests like the ACT, SAT and AP’s are out reach. However, it is possible to receive fee waivers, and Megan breaks down exactly how. Tune in to learn more about topics like: […]||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean224: Anti-Boring Tool #4 – Quizzable Study Tools - The College Prep Podcast||The most important part of studying is retrieval practice (in other words, testing yourself)… …but how do you test yourself in new and interesting ways so that you don’t bore yourself to tears? Tune in for Part 4 of the Anti-Boring Summer […]||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean223: How to Apply for Testing Accommodations for ACT & SAT - The College Prep Podcast||It’s possible to receive accommodations on the SAT & ACT for students with physical or learning differences. However (and this is a super important point for families of these kinds of students): you need to apply in advance. Both SAT […]||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean222: Anti-Boring Tool #3 – Hone It Notes - The College Prep Podcast||Do you ever review your lecture notes after you take them? Most people don’t… mostly because it seems like a lot of work and they don’t know how. This simple note taking tip could change your entire ability to learn […]||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean221: Four Tips for Knocking Off Your Summer Reading Assignment - The College Prep Podcast||Many schools assign summer reading, and most students wait until the last minute to do it. Tune in as Megan and Gretchen provide four tips for getting a head start on your summer reading, and getting it done well before […]||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean220: Anti-Boring Study Tool #2 – The Study Senses - The College Prep Podcast||Is studying tedious and boring? Use the Study Senses as a simple checklist for how to engage your brain while learning, so that you learn more in less time. Tune in for Part 2 of the Anti-Boring Summer Series, where […]||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean219: Before You Write Your Admissions Essays, Listen to This - The College Prep Podcast||Essays are an important component of college applications, but most people– students, parent, and even educators– have little idea what a winning essay looks like or how to write one. Listen as we help you get started and share advice […]||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean218: Anti-Boring Tool #1 – The Study Cycle - The College Prep Podcast||If there’s one study tip Gretchen could infuse into the minds of every student and educator on the planet, it’s The Study Cycle. Tune in for Part 1 of the Anti-Boring Summer Series, where she walks you through a simple […]||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean217: Is Your Student Affected by the Rise of Vaping at School? - The College Prep Podcast||As a parent, teacher, mentor there are so many things we need to keep up with as we guide students. One new development at schools in the last year is the rise of vaping amongst teens. Is your student affected […]||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean216: Why Learning is Hard and How to Make It Easier - The College Prep Podcast||Too many students judge themselves as “stupid” because learning new things feels hard. Understanding this one brain fact goes a long way to helping students feel better about themselves as learners. Tune in as Gretchen explains: What a neuron is [||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean215: How to Choose the Right Calculator for High School - The College Prep Podcast||Having the right calculator can effect your math scores on the ACT and SAT, yet too many students have the wrong calculator with them. Megan walks you through how to get the right calculator ahead of time. Tune in to […]||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean214: Should You Improve Academic Skills Over the Summer? - The College Prep Podcast||It’s important to rest and rejuvenate over the summer, but it’s also a great time to reflect about gifts and challenges of the past year, learn from past mistakes, and make a success plan for the new year. Tune in […]||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean213: How AP, IB and Dual Credit Can (And Can’t) Help You in College - The College Prep Podcast||Many families assume that AP, IB and Dual Credit Courses will help them get ahead and save money in college. However, this is not always the case. Listen in as Megan outlines how these higher level higher school classes in […]||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean212: Is Your Student Vulnerable to the Cheating Epidemic? - The College Prep Podcast||Cheating is on the rise in high schools around the country! Megan has been observing this in the reports coming from her clients’ and her daughters’ school. Tune in as Megan and Gretchen explore this topic in more detail, including: […]||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean211: Six Ways to Use Friends to Get Stuff Done - The College Prep Podcast||Did you know your friends can be a HUGE resource to help you get your homework done? Too many students try to go it alone, but school is hard enough as it is! One of your most useful resources as […]||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean210: Take Your College Visits to the Next Level - The College Prep Podcast||College visits can get repetitive and boring, and the “official” tours offered by the school don’t always reveal the hidden details that help you make a decision about which school is best for you. Let Megan school you on how […]||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean209: How to Study When Given Essay Questions in Advance - The College Prep Podcast||Do your teachers ever give you the essay questions far in advance of the chapter test or final? Many students don’t take advantage of this key resource. Gretchen walks you through a few ways to use these advance questions to […]||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean208: How to Make Your Final College Decision - The College Prep Podcast||April 1 was the date by which all colleges should have notified students of acceptance; students have this month to make the final choices and notify schools of their decisions. Tune in as Megan walks you through 10 factors to […]||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean207: Give Your Time Management a Mid-Semester Makeover - The College Prep Podcast||By mid-semester students’ time management routines have often weakened or collapsed. Consider these four questions when giving your routines a makeover so that you can make it to the end of the semester with your grades and self esteem intact: […]||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean206: Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension on SAT, ACT or AP Tests - The College Prep Podcast||Believe it or not — raising your reading comprehension scores on standardized tests is often not about improving your reading skills! Tune in as Megan outlines surprising skills to improve if you want improved performance on this section of your test||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean205: One Student’s Takeaways From a Semester of Coaching - The College Prep Podcast||How much can a student’s behavior truly change after a semester of coaching? In today’s episode, Gretchen walks us through a sixteen year old’s reflections about how he has grown as a result of academic coaching. The following eight ideas […]||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean204: AP or Not to AP: Controversy & Considerations - The College Prep Podcast||The national average of number of AP classes taken by students admitted to top universities is five to eight total. That’s a lot! Deciding whether to take (or not take) Advanced Placement classes is more complicated that simply taking as […]||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean203: Don’t Overlook These Seven Surprising Study Techniques - The College Prep Podcast||Sometimes small study tweaks can make a difference. In this episode, Gretchen outlines seven small study techniques that can are easy to integrate into your homework time, and can help you be better prepped for tests. We’re listing them here, […]||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean202: Course Selection: How to Develop a Four Year Plan - The College Prep Podcast||“Make time visible” is a favorite refrain of Gretchen’s, and it’s equally as true for college planning as it is for daily time management and organization. In this episode, Megan walks students step by step through how to make the […]||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean201: How to Let Kids Fail “Small” Earlier On - The College Prep Podcast||Students need to become familiar with failure earlier than their parents often let them. Megan and Gretchen discuss why it is important to let student fail small in the younger grades, and provide tips for how parents might back off […]||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean200: How Lapses in Judgement Impact Graduation and Admissions - The College Prep Podcast||Teenagers often have lapses in judgement.But when these lapses go too far, how might it impact high school graduation or college admissions? Megan lays out 5 kinds of trouble that teens can get in and analyzes how that behavior might […]||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean199: How to Make a Family Nag Plan - The College Prep Podcast||Sometimes nagging is necessary! So how can parents do it in a way that will make teens receptive to their reminders and prodding? In this episode, Gretchen tells stories about how 3 different clients made agreements with their parents about […]||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean198: Rock Your College Visits With These Advanced Strategies - The College Prep Podcast||College visits are a time consuming part of the college search process, so how do you make sure you are getting helpful information when you are on campus? How do you look past the college’s marketing messages to see what […]||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean197: Three New Academic Coaches Talk Candidly About Starting Their Biz - The College Prep Podcast||Thinking about starting your own academic coaching biz? Maybe you’ve already started, but you’re frustrated with how slow moving it is? Maybe you’re a parent curious about hiring an academic coach? Listen in as these 3 newly minted academic coache||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean196: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life - The College Prep Podcast||How do we motivate teens to take little actions that offer big results? Megan reports in about a book she read recently that has lots of great advice for teens: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and […]||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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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