Episode #172, Elisheva Schwartz, A Quest to Empower Students with Dyslexia

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On episode 172, Alexis Avila speaks to to dyslexia expert and host of the Dyslexia Quest podcast, Elisheva Schwartz.

Elisheva is a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife , intelligence re- define -er and podcast host. She’s on a mission to decode the dyslexic mind, and empower the dyslexic community to fully understand both the strengths and the difficulties of the processing style.

These days Elisheva travels the world to talk about learning differences, dyslexia, and self esteem, has a podcast ranked number 29 on the iTunes category in Education, and a thriving online business ( as well as two adorable children and a husband), but life was not always this full of ease.

By third grade Elisheva was being kicked out of class and into the hallway of the principal’s office, by fifth grade she was getting suspended and by the time she was a junior in High School, Elisheva had dropped out school all together for half of the year, unsure if the classroom was the place for her.

Eventually Elisheva did find her way to university studying psychology, cognitive science and education, but her tumultuous past stayed with her, propelling her into her quest to understand Dyslexia, Learning Differences, Self Actualization and Holistic Human Flourishing; culminating in her live online community course for parents of dyslexic students on Dyslexia and Self Esteem, titled  “ How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem, Even If The School Is Tearing It Down” .

On today’s episode Elisheva talks about her struggles as a school kid with dyslexia, and how she used her experiences to empower students with dyslexia.

Study tips for students with dyslexia: 1. Study with youtube 2. Listen to audio books and get exercise while listening to them

Advice for dyslexic teens? Go to YouTube and educate yourself about your learning challenge.

Advice for parents? Be compassionate and listen to your dyslexic child

Advice for dyslexic teens getting ready for college: Sign up for the most interesting classes, challenge yourself but put a little less on your calendar than you think you want to!

Elisheva Schwartz website: http://www.elishevaschwartz.com/

Listen to the podcast here on: iTunes | Stitcher Radio

See the Episode Archive here: http://www.elishevaschwartz.com/series/episode-archieve/

Check out @thedyslexiaquest on Instagram for inspiration and more about the  podcast or reach out to us on Facebook!

Course info: “How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem– Even If The School Is Tearing It Down: Sep. 2017” A step by step, 6 week online live course for parents of dyslexic students aged 7 – 15 years old: http://the-dyslexia-quest.teachable.com/p/how-to-build-your-child-s-self-esteem-even-when-the-school-is-tearing-it-down1

Episode #172, Elisheva Schwartz, A Quest to Empower Students with Dyslexia

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October 13th, 2017
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Episode #171, Plan an Effective SAT Essay Using SOAPST(one) Strategy Podcast

SAT Instructor Terri Karol of Prepped & Polished, talks about how to write a great SAT Essay using the SOAPST(one) strategy.

SOAPSTone (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) is an acronym for a series of questions that students must first ask themselves, and then answer, as they begin to plan their SAT essays.

Using a concrete plan such as the SOAPStone strategy will help a student to establish the central theme and supporting details of a passage or argument. This is essential to get a good Reading Score on the SAT Essay. Knowing what to look for as you read can help streamline the reading process, organize and develop ideas, and give you a good start on analysis.

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September 28th, 2017
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Episode #170, Jessica Yeager, Three Takeaways from the Dream College Summit

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On episode 170, Alexis Avila brings back to the show three-time guest Jessica Yeager, CEO & founder of Impress the Ivies and the Dream College Summit. Jessica is a graduate of Harvard and MIT. As a senior in high school, she gained acceptance to Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, and Columbia. Her students have gotten into elite schools, like Harvard and Carnegie Mellon.

 

On Today’s episode Jessica talks about her popular Dream College Summit which will feature 26 interviews of experts in the world of college admissions. Jessica also gives us her three best takeaways from the Dream College Summit, a collection of online expert interviews from people who’ve both attended and gotten their students into Dream Colleges.

Three takeaways include:

  1. Don’t rush through your ACT or SAT test, but aim for accuracy.
  2. Let go of your college essay and let people help you to make it great
  3. During alumni interview questions, give more detailed answers

 

Did you know that the Dream College Summit which airs online from Monday 8/28/17-Thursday 8/31/17 is FREE for the first 48 hours?!

Jessica’s X factor for getting into Harvard? Showcase what makes you unique and don’t be a dabbler.

Jessica’s advice to students who get rejected from Harvard? Get involved and make an impact at any school you get into.

Jessica’s advice for teens: You are the sumo of the five people you hang out with the most. So surround yourself with positive people.

 

For Prepped & Polished listeners only, you can access Jessica’s Ultimate Guide to the Commmon App!

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #126 with Jessica Yeager: Crafting your Best College Application

Episode #170, Jessica Yeager, Three Takeaways from the Dream College Summit

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September 14th, 2017
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Episode #169, Mastering ISEE Synonyms

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, talks about how students can master ISEE synonyms.

Episode #169, Mastering ISEE Synonyms

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August 24th, 2017
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Episode #168, Mark Altman, Helping Teens Build Positive Mindsets

On episode 168, Alexis Avila speaks to teen mentor Mark Altman Founder of Mindset Go, a company that empowers students to find their voice to become the best versions of themselves and actualize their potential. Mark also wrote the curriculum and teaches the Parenting your Teen: Communication for Life workshops that help parents and teens better talk and listen to each other so they can strengthen their relationships. Marks’ belief? That growth mindset is the top contributor to personal and professional success and happiness. On today’s episode Mark talks about how he empowers students to become more confident and effective communicators.

Marks advice for teens: It’s never too early to improve your skills (especially your communication skills) and improve your resume.

For another related podcast interview check out episode #80 with Tami Walsh, on her wisdom for teenage girls

Episode #168, Mark Altman, Helping Teens Build Positive Mindsets

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August 15th, 2017
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How to Tackle Specific or Detailed SSAT Reading Questions

SSAT Instructor Terri shows you how to recognize and approach specific or detailed questions on the SSAT reading section.

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August 10th, 2017
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Episode #167, The ISEE vs. The SSAT

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, talks about some of the differences and similarities between the ISEE exam and the SSAT exam.

Episode #167, The ISEE vs. The SSAT

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July 29th, 2017
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Episode #166, Wayne Weber, Helping Families Give the Gift of College

On episode 166, Alexis Avila speaks to Wayne Weber, CEO of Gift of College, a gift registry for college savings plans, helping friends and family to contribute to loved ones’ existing or newly established 529 college savings accounts or make a payment toward an existing student loan account.   Over the holiday season Toys“R”Us®  became the first retail chain to offer Gift of College gift cards to shoppers at select stores across the country.  On today’s episode, Wayne talks about the rising cost of college, and how his Gift of College can help you better afford college and pay off your student loan debt.

Wayne’s advice for teens: Make sure you know what you want to do and take the right steps to get there. You don’t want to get 135K degree for a low paying job. Instead consider a lower cost degree, or spend a few years in community college to cut off some of the tuition cost.

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #134 with John Hupalo on Financing College

Episode #166, Wayne Weber, Helping Families Give the Gift of College

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July 20th, 2017
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Episode #165, Three College Financial Aid Tips for Parents

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC gives you three college financial aid tips for parents. To get more info about college financial aid planning, please contact Todd Weaver at Strategies for College

Episode #165, Three College Financial Aid Tips for Parents

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July 5th, 2017
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Episode #164, Gregg Cohen, How to Maximize Your Need and Merit Aid Scholarships

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On episode 164, Alexis Avila speaks to Gregg Cohen Founder of Campus Bound  a company that helps a wide variety of students to apply to colleges throughout the United States. Gregg has presented to hundreds of organizations about financial aid and has appeared on local media outlets such as WBZ-TV and Fox-25 News. Gregg has an MBA from Babson. On today’s episode Gregg talks about How to Maximize Your Need and Merit Aid Scholarships.

Fun fact about Campus Bound? While the national average is 30% that students go to a different college after their first year, at Campus Bound their average that a student STAYS at the same school after first year is at 95%!

Did you know that Merit Aid = Scholarships given by colleges used as a recruiting tool

Did you know that need based aid = when schools look at family finances to determine aid amount

Gregg’s advice to parents: Don’t be shy to ASK colleges for more money. Worse thing they can say is no.

Gregg’s advice for teens: Finding a school that is a best fit for you is what’s most important.

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #148 with Brad Baldridge on How to Tame the High Cost of College

For listeners to the podcast today remember to enter the Coupon Code:  Prepped25  – and you will receive a 25% discount off Apply Right products.

Episode #164, Gregg Cohen, How to Maximize Your Need and Merit Aid Scholarships

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