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Supporting students on their journey to college by providing information on a broad variety of topics including test preparation, college fit and the college admissions process.

Latest Episodes

Using the Summer to Prepare for College Applications

This week's episode focuses on making the most of your summer to prepare college applications. Topics include: brainstorming essays; the importance of drafts; where to draw ideas from; weaving interests & experiences, and more.

25 MIN2018 JUN 23
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Using the Summer to Prepare for College Applications

What Admissions Officers Are Really Looking for in Essays

This week's episode focuses on strategies for writing your best college supplemental essay. Themes include: how to identify and avoid common pitfalls; the importance of research and specificity; where to find information beyond the university's website, and more.

21 MIN2018 JUL 4
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What Admissions Officers Are Really Looking for in Essays

3 Examples of College Essays that Worked!

This week's episode features 3 examples of college essays that worked as well as breaking down the key strategies for putting forth your best effort.

24 MIN2018 JUL 11
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3 Examples of College Essays that Worked!

Key Elements & Strategies in the College Application Process

Key discussion points include: - Restricted early action single option vs. early decision - Submitting applications before the regular deadline to indicate interest and preparedness - College Counselors in private high school environments vs public high schools - Top tips for mastering the "Why this School" Supplemental Essay - A reading of the main Common Application essay - The pros and cons of writing a 'service essay' - The role of sincerity, personal reflection and awareness in essay writing

25 MIN2018 JUL 22
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Key Elements & Strategies in the College Application Process

Communications in College Admissions

Key discussion points include: - Best practices for effective communication with Admissions Officers - Under what circumstances candidates should share updates after submitting their application - The value of writing a "first choice letter" - The significance of letters of recommendation - The importance of nurturing relationships with those writing letters of recommendation - Exploring different types of letters of recommendation - When it may be fitting to send additional letter of recommendation

24 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Communications in College Admissions

All About College Interviews

This week's podcast episode is all about the college interview process -- everything from the types of questions you can expect to the best ways to prepare (and what to wear!). Listen in as Harvard graduate, Sara Allan, shares valuable insights and answers your most pressing questions on the topic.

24 MIN2018 AUG 28
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All About College Interviews

Understanding & Selecting College Majors

This week's podcast episode is all about understanding and selecting college majors. Listen in as recent Harvard graduate and Zenith Tutor, Sara Allan, shares valuable insights and answers your most pressing questions on the topic.

25 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Understanding & Selecting College Majors

Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT

Should you prep for the PSAT? How does the PSAT differ from the SAT/ACT? Will SAT/ACT prep help you for the PSAT? If you are homeschooled, can you still take the PSAT? How do National Merit Scholarships relate to the PSAT? Should you list your PSAT score on your college application? What other types of scholarships/recognitions can you receive for doing well on the PSAT? Do you recommend taking a practice PSAT? Can you use your PSAT score in lieu of your SAT/ACT score?

22 MIN2018 SEP 18
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Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT

Our Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Math Mistakes

Here are some of the key areas covered in today's episode: How to make the best use of your time on math tests The importance of keeping your eye on the prize How to avoid answering the wrong part of the question Why you should limit operations at any given step in algebraic equations How to approach translating word problems accurately The advantage of visual representations How to avoid common pitfalls in unit problems

22 MIN2018 SEP 26
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Our Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Math Mistakes

How to Best Prepare for the SAT/ACT in the Final Days

The value of writing a full practice test What it means to mimic the conditions of the real test How to conduct a strategic review following the practice test The importance of using a detailed answer key The power of journaling about errors and planning for similar underlying content on the real test Understanding key principles underlying the questions rather than merely answers to specific questions How to control the controllable Taking care of your body and visualizing success

24 MIN2018 OCT 3
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How to Best Prepare for the SAT/ACT in the Final Days

Latest Episodes

Using the Summer to Prepare for College Applications

This week's episode focuses on making the most of your summer to prepare college applications. Topics include: brainstorming essays; the importance of drafts; where to draw ideas from; weaving interests & experiences, and more.

25 MIN2018 JUN 23
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Using the Summer to Prepare for College Applications

What Admissions Officers Are Really Looking for in Essays

This week's episode focuses on strategies for writing your best college supplemental essay. Themes include: how to identify and avoid common pitfalls; the importance of research and specificity; where to find information beyond the university's website, and more.

21 MIN2018 JUL 4
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What Admissions Officers Are Really Looking for in Essays

3 Examples of College Essays that Worked!

This week's episode features 3 examples of college essays that worked as well as breaking down the key strategies for putting forth your best effort.

24 MIN2018 JUL 11
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3 Examples of College Essays that Worked!

Key Elements & Strategies in the College Application Process

Key discussion points include: - Restricted early action single option vs. early decision - Submitting applications before the regular deadline to indicate interest and preparedness - College Counselors in private high school environments vs public high schools - Top tips for mastering the "Why this School" Supplemental Essay - A reading of the main Common Application essay - The pros and cons of writing a 'service essay' - The role of sincerity, personal reflection and awareness in essay writing

25 MIN2018 JUL 22
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Key Elements & Strategies in the College Application Process

Communications in College Admissions

Key discussion points include: - Best practices for effective communication with Admissions Officers - Under what circumstances candidates should share updates after submitting their application - The value of writing a "first choice letter" - The significance of letters of recommendation - The importance of nurturing relationships with those writing letters of recommendation - Exploring different types of letters of recommendation - When it may be fitting to send additional letter of recommendation

24 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Communications in College Admissions

All About College Interviews

This week's podcast episode is all about the college interview process -- everything from the types of questions you can expect to the best ways to prepare (and what to wear!). Listen in as Harvard graduate, Sara Allan, shares valuable insights and answers your most pressing questions on the topic.

24 MIN2018 AUG 28
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All About College Interviews

Understanding & Selecting College Majors

This week's podcast episode is all about understanding and selecting college majors. Listen in as recent Harvard graduate and Zenith Tutor, Sara Allan, shares valuable insights and answers your most pressing questions on the topic.

25 MIN2018 SEP 5
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Understanding & Selecting College Majors

Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT

Should you prep for the PSAT? How does the PSAT differ from the SAT/ACT? Will SAT/ACT prep help you for the PSAT? If you are homeschooled, can you still take the PSAT? How do National Merit Scholarships relate to the PSAT? Should you list your PSAT score on your college application? What other types of scholarships/recognitions can you receive for doing well on the PSAT? Do you recommend taking a practice PSAT? Can you use your PSAT score in lieu of your SAT/ACT score?

22 MIN2018 SEP 18
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Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT

Our Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Math Mistakes

Here are some of the key areas covered in today's episode: How to make the best use of your time on math tests The importance of keeping your eye on the prize How to avoid answering the wrong part of the question Why you should limit operations at any given step in algebraic equations How to approach translating word problems accurately The advantage of visual representations How to avoid common pitfalls in unit problems

22 MIN2018 SEP 26
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Our Top 10 Tips for Avoiding Math Mistakes

How to Best Prepare for the SAT/ACT in the Final Days

The value of writing a full practice test What it means to mimic the conditions of the real test How to conduct a strategic review following the practice test The importance of using a detailed answer key The power of journaling about errors and planning for similar underlying content on the real test Understanding key principles underlying the questions rather than merely answers to specific questions How to control the controllable Taking care of your body and visualizing success

24 MIN2018 OCT 3
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How to Best Prepare for the SAT/ACT in the Final Days
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