Episode #159, Marathon Training and Test Preparation

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC talks about how test preparation is very much like training for a marathon.

Episode #159, Marathon Training and Test Preparation

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May 20th, 2017
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Episode #158, Monica Matthews, Your Guide to College Scholarships

On episode 158, Alexis Avila brings back to the show Monica Matthews educator and founder of www.how2winscholarships.com . In 2008-2009, Monica helped her oldest son procure over 100K in scholarship money. Monica now helps parents and students all over the world find and win college scholarship money. On today’s episode Monica shares some of tips we will find in the updated version of her nationally recognized college scholarship guide.

Monica’s updates to her guide include: How to make your online application better and how to better prep for scholarships.

Are you a B- student and want to win a scholarship? Then you CAN! Many scholarships don’t even ask for GPA.

Monica’s advice for teens going to college? Don’t be afraid to apply for scholarships. Jump right in.

For another related conversation, check out my first podcast with Monica Matthews Episode #17 How to Win the College Scholarship Game

Episode 158 Monica Matthews Your Guide to College Scholarships

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May 4th, 2017
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Episode #157, Make Flashcards for these 4 SAT Chemistry Topics

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC gives you four SAT chem topics that you’ll want to make flashcards for.

Episode #157, Make Flashcards for these 4 SAT Chemistry Topics

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April 28th, 2017
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Episode #156, Jordan Schanda, Why the College Admissions Process Starts After 8th Grade

On episode 156, Alexis Avila speaks to Jordan Schanda, founder of ScholarPrep a company that helps students set goals, track their progress and organize all of the information they will need for college and scholarship applications.
ScholarPrep was created by Jordan and her mother, Christina, based on their personal experiences with the college and scholarship application process. The mother-daughter team developed ScholarPrep after Jordan’s successful yet, overwhelming and stressful, experience applying for college and scholarships.
On today’s episode Jordan talks about how students can stay organized and on top of their college admissions process.

Jordan’s tips for staying on top of the college admissions process:

  1. start right after 8th grade
  2. indentify your specific interests so you can delve into them
  3. get organized either by paper or digitally and have a catch-all device ex) use a file folder

Jordan’s advice for teens: Figure out early what best interests you.

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #126 with Jessica Yeager on Crafting your best college application

Episode #156, Jordan Schanda, Why the College Admissions Process Starts After 8th Grade

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April 14th, 2017
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Episode 155, Overview of the SAT Chemistry Subject Test

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC gives you an overview of the SAT chemistry subject test.

Episode 155, Overview of the SAT Chemistry Subject Test

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April 5th, 2017
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Episode #154, Eric Stutman, Six Goals for the Best College Search Experience

On episode 154, Alexis Avila speaks to college consultant and founder of Top Choice College Consulting Eric Stutman. Eric uses his research and project management skills to help his Top Choice College Consulting clients find the best fit and stay on schedule. Eric earned a BS degree from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and an MS degree from Boston University’s College of Engineering.

On today’s episode, Eric talks about the goals students should make so that everyone involved in the college admissions process will have a great experience during, and after, the college search!

Eric highly recommends the Fiske college guide which has honest observations about the political and social climates at many colleges.
Eric’s advice for teens: Get ready for college in an organized, on-time way, and don’t procrastinate.

 For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #82 with Joan Casey: How to Thrive in College

Episode #154, Eric Stutman, Six Goals for the Best College Search Experience

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April 1st, 2017
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Episode 153, ISEE Sentence Completions-Find the Links to Solve!

ISEE instructor Terri K. shows you how to find links in sentence completions to help you solve challenging sentence comp qs.

Episode 153, ISEE Sentence Completions-Find the Links to Solve!

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March 22nd, 2017
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Episode #152, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, How College Admissions Committees Evaluate the Different Parts of Your Child’s College Application—and what you can do about it

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On episode 152, Alexis Avila speaks to Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder and admissions consultant of Shemmassian Academic Consulting. As a Cornell University graduate and Cornell admissions interviewer, Shirag knows what the best schools are looking for in prospective students during admissions interviews. On today’s episode Shirag gives you some insider tips for what college admissions committees are truly looking for.

Want to get into any ivy league school? Shirag advises to grab what you love and go in deep with that and don’t be a dabbler!

While grades and test scores tell admissions that you work hard and have smarts, the extra currics and essays tell them what type of person you are.

Shirag’s advice for teens. 1. Believe in yourself and 2. Do what you love to do (nothing is too silly)

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #90 with Elizabeth Dankoski: How a Perfect SAT Score can Backfire on You

Episode #152, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, How College Admissions Committees Evaluate the Different Parts of Your Child’s College Application—and what you can do about it

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March 9th, 2017
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Episode #151, 5 Tips for 12th Grade Success

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC shows you five tips for 12th grade success:
Tip 1: Continue to work hard and show leadership
Tip 2: Take a final SAT or ACT if needed
Tip 3: Get your college application essay out of the way early
Tip 4: Submit your college applications early
Tip 5: Visit your guidance counselor often

Episode #151, 5 Tips for 12th Grade Success

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March 3rd, 2017
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ISEE Sentence Completions-Find the Links to Solve!

ISEE instructor Terri K. shows you how to find links in sentence completions to help you solve challenging sentence comp qs.

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February 28th, 2017
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