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Megan Dorsey & Gretchen Wegner

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The College Prep Podcast

The College Prep Podcast

Megan Dorsey & Gretchen Wegner

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Latest Episodes

344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause

Parents, have you done an inventory recently of the way you talk about and to your kids? are you 100% sure it’s shame and blame free? Join Elaine Taylor Klause in this interview as we discuss her “coach approach” to parenting, as described in her new book: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids. Also, if you want to watch the full recording of this interview, it will be inside Gretchen’s Anti-Boring Educators’ Club through January 2021. Join us for only $25 (instead of $55) by using this link. Elaine Taylor-Klaus is a change agent: a mother of 3 complex kids, a parent educator, a writer, a health care advocate, a community entrepreneur, a public speaker, a facilitator, and a compassionate listener. She is also a certified professional coach, providing support for families around the globe raising children with complex needs. The co-founder and CEO of ImpactADHD.com, a virtual training and coaching resource for parents of kids with ADHD and related challenges, Elaine is a writer for publications like Huffington Post, Attention and ADDitude magazines. A regular presenter at national conferences, such as CHADD (Children & Adults with ADD) and the LDA (Learning Disability Association of America), she serves on the national Board of Directors of CHADD, chairing the Membership committee. She also serves as an expert voice for parents as part of Pfizer’s Making Moments education campaign.

38 min6 d ago
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344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause

342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network

Peer tutoring is a super effective method for improving academic skills. Meet Gabriela Nguena Jones, a teenager who started a nonprofit dedicated to teens tutoring teens. She chats with Megan and Gretchen about: * what prompted her to start a nonprofit when she was a sophomore in high school* where she got her work ethic and resilience from* what it’s like being a college freshman this year during COVID* tips for apply to college* tips for being a great peer tutor To find out more about Gabriels’s nonprofit, visit her organization’s website: www.teenstutorteens.com.

31 min2 w ago
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342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network

341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions

Although there is a “standard” path towards college for most students, there are many families who have special circumstances. Tune in as Megan discusses all things unique in the college admissions process, including: * how to apply for fee waivers, * why it’s so important for the college process to fill out the form for free/reduced lunches if you qualify* when and how to apply for testing accommodations for the college board (SAT) and the ACT* three other special circumstances students might experience in the college admissions process,* and more!

23 min3 w ago
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341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions

340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond

Now that so many students are studying virtually, they learning world is limited to two dimensions. That means that now, more than ever, students need to learn the power of 3D learning tools — what Gretchen calls the “Study Senses.” Tune in to learn more, including: * an Introduction to how to learn according to the Study Senses* The importance of using as many senses as possible during virtual learning* Note-taking and quizzable study tools as crucial 3D learning methods* What do to when taking tests digitally,* and more! To learn more about how to use or teach the Study Senses, check out one of Gretchen’s courses!

23 minOCT 27
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340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond

339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors

In this new age of virtual learning, how does a student build a strong enough relationship with a teacher in order to ask for a letter of recommendation? Megan and Gretchen take on the following listener question: One fear I have is that I’m applying to medical school next year and still need a science professor letter of recommendation. I was planning on asking my public health pathophysiology professor for a letter of recommendation after taking her class this semester, but now I’m worried that it will be hard to build a relationship with a professor through online-only classes. Do you have any advice around that? I was hoping that online office hours would be available and I could sign up for those every week to ask her questions about what we learn about in class and talk about my career goals. Also, I know ideally you should ask for letters of recommendation in-person but how would I do that online? Tune in to hear their tips!

22 minOCT 19
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339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors

338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours

One of the most time consuming activities for students is reading! Tune in to discover simple tips for reading faster and more effectively than you ever thought possible. * The section of the book readers usually skip (but shouldn’t)* How to skim for thestructure of the information so you remember the main points* How to find secret clues inside the chapter that will allow you to quickly identify main ideas* How to use your hand while you read to help you read faster* How to annotate a nonfiction text (it’s not what your teacher taught you!)* and more. If you’d like to check out the original video 4-part series that this podcast is based on, check outPart One,Part Two,Part ThreeandPart Fourof How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under Two Hours.Audio Player This podcast originally aired on January 16, 2017.

--OCT 12
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338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours

337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown

Don’t fall prey to myths about how colleges evaluate their applicants! If you have a full understanding of all the criteria, you can better plan for a more successful college search. Here’s the breakdown: * Know the 6 factors that are part of the admissions decisions * Understand 5 characteristics that colleges are actually looking for (including ability to keep up with academics on campus, curiosity, interest in learning etc)* What it means to be “admitted” and what colleges are actually trying to do, including a super cool football metaphor* The different emphasis between big universities and smaller private schools. * How to use this breakdown to influence your choices

30 minOCT 6
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337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown

336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall

Not sure where to start with visiting colleges? Have you visited a school or two only to get overwhelmed with information? In today’s episode, Megan talks with Danielle Marshall, author of “The College Visit Journal: Campus Visits Demystified.” Danielle knows not every family enjoys the guidance of a college admissions expert, so she has created a journal to help guide you through the process. Listen as we discuss: * The best times to visit campus* Additional stops you should schedule into your campus time* The type of information you should record from your visit (and it isn’t just the things you like!)* How to find the right words when making requests from coaches, admissions officers, or professors* How to make virtual tours work for you* What to expect if you are able to make an in-person visit during this pandemic * And more . . . You can follow Danielle Marshall’s blog or purchase her book at www.TheCollegeVisitJournal.com

30 minSEP 28
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336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall

335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches

What does one black student wish white academic coaches would know about how to better support him about race? Recently Gretchen sat down with a former client to have a straightforward conversation about race. In this excerpt from the longer conversation, listen in as they discuss: * Their coaching relationship* A time when Gabriel had a really hard race-related situation with a teacher, * How Gretchen supported him through that situation, and Gabriel’s thoughts about that If you’d like to access the full hour-long recording (where we hear more details about a few racist situations he encountered in all-white neighborhoods, Gretchen’s confession of a time she thinks she committed a microaggression in a session with him, and more), please join the Educators’ Club for one month! If you use the code code COLLEGEPREPPODCAST, it will get you into the club for a one time fee of $35, and you’ll actually have access to 3-months worth of content in the club. You can cancel your subscrip...

31 minSEP 21
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335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches

334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships

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 you’re in the 95% or the 5%. Specifically, we will cover: * What is the PSAT and how does it compare to the SAT?* What type of recognition is available for students who score well on the PSAT?* Who is eligible to take the PSAT, and to be in the running for National Merit Scholarships?* What scores to students need to be considered for the Scholarships* What do students win if they get a National Merit Scholarship? This episode is from our archives. It originally aired as episode 178 on September 18, 2017.

27 minSEP 14
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334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships

Latest Episodes

344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause

Parents, have you done an inventory recently of the way you talk about and to your kids? are you 100% sure it’s shame and blame free? Join Elaine Taylor Klause in this interview as we discuss her “coach approach” to parenting, as described in her new book: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids. Also, if you want to watch the full recording of this interview, it will be inside Gretchen’s Anti-Boring Educators’ Club through January 2021. Join us for only $25 (instead of $55) by using this link. Elaine Taylor-Klaus is a change agent: a mother of 3 complex kids, a parent educator, a writer, a health care advocate, a community entrepreneur, a public speaker, a facilitator, and a compassionate listener. She is also a certified professional coach, providing support for families around the globe raising children with complex needs. The co-founder and CEO of ImpactADHD.com, a virtual training and coaching resource for parents of kids with ADHD and related challenges, Elaine is a writer for publications like Huffington Post, Attention and ADDitude magazines. A regular presenter at national conferences, such as CHADD (Children & Adults with ADD) and the LDA (Learning Disability Association of America), she serves on the national Board of Directors of CHADD, chairing the Membership committee. She also serves as an expert voice for parents as part of Pfizer’s Making Moments education campaign.

38 min6 d ago
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344: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor Klause

342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network

Peer tutoring is a super effective method for improving academic skills. Meet Gabriela Nguena Jones, a teenager who started a nonprofit dedicated to teens tutoring teens. She chats with Megan and Gretchen about: * what prompted her to start a nonprofit when she was a sophomore in high school* where she got her work ethic and resilience from* what it’s like being a college freshman this year during COVID* tips for apply to college* tips for being a great peer tutor To find out more about Gabriels’s nonprofit, visit her organization’s website: www.teenstutorteens.com.

31 min2 w ago
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342: Teens Tutor Teens: How One Student Started Her Own Peer Tutoring Network

341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions

Although there is a “standard” path towards college for most students, there are many families who have special circumstances. Tune in as Megan discusses all things unique in the college admissions process, including: * how to apply for fee waivers, * why it’s so important for the college process to fill out the form for free/reduced lunches if you qualify* when and how to apply for testing accommodations for the college board (SAT) and the ACT* three other special circumstances students might experience in the college admissions process,* and more!

23 min3 w ago
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341: Accommodations, Waivers & Special Circumstances in College Testing & Admissions

340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond

Now that so many students are studying virtually, they learning world is limited to two dimensions. That means that now, more than ever, students need to learn the power of 3D learning tools — what Gretchen calls the “Study Senses.” Tune in to learn more, including: * an Introduction to how to learn according to the Study Senses* The importance of using as many senses as possible during virtual learning* Note-taking and quizzable study tools as crucial 3D learning methods* What do to when taking tests digitally,* and more! To learn more about how to use or teach the Study Senses, check out one of Gretchen’s courses!

23 minOCT 27
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340: A Crucial Learning Habit for Students During Distance Learning and Beyond

339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors

In this new age of virtual learning, how does a student build a strong enough relationship with a teacher in order to ask for a letter of recommendation? Megan and Gretchen take on the following listener question: One fear I have is that I’m applying to medical school next year and still need a science professor letter of recommendation. I was planning on asking my public health pathophysiology professor for a letter of recommendation after taking her class this semester, but now I’m worried that it will be hard to build a relationship with a professor through online-only classes. Do you have any advice around that? I was hoping that online office hours would be available and I could sign up for those every week to ask her questions about what we learn about in class and talk about my career goals. Also, I know ideally you should ask for letters of recommendation in-person but how would I do that online? Tune in to hear their tips!

22 minOCT 19
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339: How to Build Strong Virtual Relationships with Professors

338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours

One of the most time consuming activities for students is reading! Tune in to discover simple tips for reading faster and more effectively than you ever thought possible. * The section of the book readers usually skip (but shouldn’t)* How to skim for thestructure of the information so you remember the main points* How to find secret clues inside the chapter that will allow you to quickly identify main ideas* How to use your hand while you read to help you read faster* How to annotate a nonfiction text (it’s not what your teacher taught you!)* and more. If you’d like to check out the original video 4-part series that this podcast is based on, check outPart One,Part Two,Part ThreeandPart Fourof How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under Two Hours.Audio Player This podcast originally aired on January 16, 2017.

--OCT 12
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338: How to Read a 400 Page Book in Under 2 Hours

337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown

Don’t fall prey to myths about how colleges evaluate their applicants! If you have a full understanding of all the criteria, you can better plan for a more successful college search. Here’s the breakdown: * Know the 6 factors that are part of the admissions decisions * Understand 5 characteristics that colleges are actually looking for (including ability to keep up with academics on campus, curiosity, interest in learning etc)* What it means to be “admitted” and what colleges are actually trying to do, including a super cool football metaphor* The different emphasis between big universities and smaller private schools. * How to use this breakdown to influence your choices

30 minOCT 6
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337: How Colleges Evaluate Applicants – The Breakdown

336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall

Not sure where to start with visiting colleges? Have you visited a school or two only to get overwhelmed with information? In today’s episode, Megan talks with Danielle Marshall, author of “The College Visit Journal: Campus Visits Demystified.” Danielle knows not every family enjoys the guidance of a college admissions expert, so she has created a journal to help guide you through the process. Listen as we discuss: * The best times to visit campus* Additional stops you should schedule into your campus time* The type of information you should record from your visit (and it isn’t just the things you like!)* How to find the right words when making requests from coaches, admissions officers, or professors* How to make virtual tours work for you* What to expect if you are able to make an in-person visit during this pandemic * And more . . . You can follow Danielle Marshall’s blog or purchase her book at www.TheCollegeVisitJournal.com

30 minSEP 28
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336: How To Make College Visits Like A Pro with Danielle Marshall

335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches

What does one black student wish white academic coaches would know about how to better support him about race? Recently Gretchen sat down with a former client to have a straightforward conversation about race. In this excerpt from the longer conversation, listen in as they discuss: * Their coaching relationship* A time when Gabriel had a really hard race-related situation with a teacher, * How Gretchen supported him through that situation, and Gabriel’s thoughts about that If you’d like to access the full hour-long recording (where we hear more details about a few racist situations he encountered in all-white neighborhoods, Gretchen’s confession of a time she thinks she committed a microaggression in a session with him, and more), please join the Educators’ Club for one month! If you use the code code COLLEGEPREPPODCAST, it will get you into the club for a one time fee of $35, and you’ll actually have access to 3-months worth of content in the club. You can cancel your subscrip...

31 minSEP 21
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335: One Black Student’s Advice for White Academic Coaches

334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships

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 you’re in the 95% or the 5%. Specifically, we will cover: * What is the PSAT and how does it compare to the SAT?* What type of recognition is available for students who score well on the PSAT?* Who is eligible to take the PSAT, and to be in the running for National Merit Scholarships?* What scores to students need to be considered for the Scholarships* What do students win if they get a National Merit Scholarship? This episode is from our archives. It originally aired as episode 178 on September 18, 2017.

27 minSEP 14
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334: Understanding the PSAT & National Merit Scholarships
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