Tutor Ted Talks College Admissions
By Ted Dorsey, M.A.
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Applying to college is competitive, anxiety-provoking, and potentially the most rewarding part of high school. Since 2000, Tutor Ted has been on the front lines of getting into college through his ACT and SAT prep students, and really, since he applied to Princeton himself. In this podcast, Ted talks with admissions officers, college counselors, test prep tutors, and former clients to hear their perspective on best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and more than anything, staying sane while navigating the college admissions process. Ted promises to stick to his policy of keeping it “non-boring” too, so hopefully we’ll have some fun along the way.
||CleanEpisode 14: College Essay Guy, The Sequel||Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy, returns to the show for Part 2 of his conversation with Ted. In this follow-up, they “get down to the nitty gritty” of writing an awesome college essay, detailing the four qualities that are essay must-haves.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Keep Calm And Test On||Ted speaks with Gail Meyer, President Emeritus of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA) and an educational consultant specializing in college admissions. Before getting into college admissions she spent 17 years as a clinical socia.||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: You’re Getting Very, Very Sleepy/Good At Writing College Essays…||Ted introduces Ethan Sawyer, the “College Essay Guy,” a nationally recognized college essay expert. Ethan has a degree from Northwestern in screenwriting and English, an MFA from UC Irvine, two certificates in college counseling and one in hypnother||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Clowning Toward Infinity||Ryan Harrison returns to discuss some of the most common SAT/ACT conspiracy theories, myths, and old wives tales out there. First, though, the guys share a few of the school-themed nightmares they’ve experienced while asleep.||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Looking At College Admission Through Rose-Colored Glasses||Ted takes a field trip to Campbell Hall High School to speak with their director of college counseling, Jennifer Simpson. As a self-proclaimed “recovering life planner,” Jennifer uses her strategist superpowers to help individual students identify a||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: We Like Problems, Yes We Do||Wes Carroll- MIT grad, podcast host, math tutor, educational coach/consultant, and Ted-proclaimed “Master Problem Solver”- joins the show for Episode 9. Wes explains how learning to problem solve is more than simply learning how to answer test que||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Helicopter Mom Has Landed||Ted talks with self-professed “helicopter mom” Courtney Jane about her high-achieving children, Jamie and Cece, who were also students of Ted’s test prep program. Jamie just completed his junior year at Harvard and Cece will be starting at Brown i||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Righting An Upside-down Philosophy||Ted welcomes guest and friend Candice Frankel, a college counselor with 25 years of experience. Candice founded her own company, Frankel College Counseling, to assist students and their parents in the application process. In addition,||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, Pals||Jordan Schanda, co-founder of ScholarPrep, joins Ted to discuss when and how students should begin to prepare for the college application process. ScholarPrep is centered around The Organizer, a tool that helps students set goals,||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Gimme Shelter(ed Assets)||Chelsea Watkins, founder and CEO of College Application Training, joins Ted for a conversation about how families can handle the staggering cost of college. College Application Training provides guidance with creating a stellar college application and .||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Martha Marion’s Mathematic Mnemonics||Ted introduces Martha Marion: actor, writer, comedian, poet, and longest-tenured tutor at Ted’s company (take that Ryan!) Martha’s tutoring specialty is in translating intimidating math problems into more accessible narratives.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Decisions, Decisions||Episode 3 features guest Jacob Osborne, the newest member of the Tutor Ted test prep family. Jacob is a 2016 Yale graduate, actor and comedian in Los Angeles, and lifelong fan of JJ Redick. Ted asks him about growing up in a tiny town in Vermont,||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Is All Fair In Love and Test Prep?||Episode 2 asks whether, in a world where people with means so often have an advantage over others, the test prep business is fair. This is an existential question for Ted, who loves and believes in his career but also thinks prep should be freely avail.||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: By Default, This is Entertainment||In an episode of firsts, the premiere edition of Tutor Ted Talks College Admissions features the vocal renderings of Ted and Ryan, a newly minted duet To Be Named Someday Or Possibly Never Spoken of Again. They open with an acapella rendition of the cl.||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Very informative podcast on the importance of test prep and admissions.
First rate advice!
So much about the college admissions process is fraught with stress and anxiety, but Ted delivers first rate advice from years of expertise in such an entertaining, even funny way that you start to actually believe that it's all going to be okay!
Fun and Informative
This podcast is perfectly balanced between entertaining and educational. There is so much information out there abut test and college prep, but this podcast cuts through the overwhelm and makes it feel easy. Looking forward to more
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