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On episode 116, Alexis Avila talks to SAT tutor and educator Stacey Howe-Lott. Stacey took the SAT about 45 times, answered approximately 10,000 questions, provided 20,000 explanations, and, has helped more than 500 students improve their scores.Stacey graduated from University of Puget Sound, with a B.A. in English, and has a Masters in Education from University of Virginia.
On today’s episode Stacey talks about her experiences working as an online SAT tutor and gives us a peak into the world of test prep, revealing the good and bad!
Great free SAT resources: PWN the SAT (challenging math), and The Critical Reader (reading and writing)
Advantages to online tutoring: most kids are comfortable online and you spend less time commuting to appointments
Best way for a student to increase his score? Know yourself and your weaknesses, then work on addressing them
A good tutor is: empathetic and an expert
How to avoid getting a bad tutor? Ask for references and talk to both parents and students
Take home tip for parents: Breathe, and choose one test to take (ACT or SAT)
Words of wisdom for teens: You can do anything you put your mind to, find your areas of improvement and work on them.
For another related conversation, check out my podcast w Debbie Stier,Episode #30, DebbieStier: Meet the Woman Who Took the SAT Seven Times in One Year
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On episode 112, Alexis Avila talks to international speaker, and teen mentor David McQueen. David is the founder of Magnificent Generation, a company delivering speeches and workshops to students and teachers. For over 25 years, David has spoken to teens on five continents. His humor, story telling and ability to connect with audiences across the board have made him the choice speaker for schools, conferences, and corporate events.
On today’s episode David talks about some of the people in his life that motivated him to pursue his passions and teaches us the key ingredients to be more confident and successful in and out of school.
Parent tip: Instill education in the household, and LISTEN to your teen in a NON-JUDGEMENTAL way, and be humorous with your teen! Teens respond well to humor.
David’s key tip for teens: Learn to express yourself in a healthy way by having an adult around you who is willing to listen non judgmentally and gives you the forum to express yourself. If that happens this gives growing confidence and experience that allows you to better communicate with adults later in life.
David’s final KEY tip: Always know who your friends are and don’t worry about people who don’t matter to you. Treat people like you want to be treated, and treat others like they want to be treated. And DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES! Have a blast as a teen, be present, be in the moment, and surround yourself with good friends and family!
Other related podcasts you may enjoy:
Episode 36 DJ Irie, Using the Main Stage to Empower At-Risk Youth
Episode 16 Theresa Huggins, Creating Teen Leaders
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On episode 102, Alexis talks to college coach expert and writer Suzanne Shaffer of the popular college coaching site, Parents Countdown to College. Suzanne brings a unique perspective to the college admissions process, the PARENT’S perspective. On today’s episode, Suzanne shares her personal story and insights on how she helped her own kids navigate the college admissions process. If you are a ‘do it yourself’ kind of parent, this episode is a must listen.
Suzanne’s must do’s: apply to local scholarships, apply to colleges where you are going to shine
Suzanne’s things to avoid: don’t waste time applying to scholarships that you don’t think you have a chance winning, and don’t apply to colleges without visiting first
Suzanne’s ‘a-ha’ moment: 1. Everyone qualifies for financial aid, just fill out the FAFSA form!
Advice to parents? Don’t miss out on Twitter. Use twitter to ask questions to experts in college admission process.
Recommended college experts who offer tons of free information:
Financial Aid: Jodi Okun and my podcast with Jodi Okun
College Visits: Kelly Queijo and my podcast with Kelly Queijo
College Planning: Paul Hemphill
College Essays: College Essay Guy
What was your biggest takeaway from this podcast? Do you have any questions for Suzanne Shaffer and Alexis Avila?
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Alexis talks to parenting expert Erika Katz. A parenting and beauty expert, Erika is the author of Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust (Greenleaf Press, March 2011) and Bonding Over Beauty: The Beauty Recipes. Erika Katz uses her expertise to help moms bond with their ‘tween and teen daughters. Erika can be seen as a guest of The Today Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, Hollywood Live, Inside Edition, and Telemundo. She discusses and gives seminars on parenting, social media, beauty, lifestyle, and how to keep your child safe. Erika is a graduate of Dartmouth College. On today’s episodes Erika gives parents tips on how to talk to your teens, how to relate to your teens, and how to help your teens make more friends.
Parents, help your kids stay current.
Invite kids to have friends over, and have lots of snacks ready. Talking happens over food.
Get your kids involved in activities, THAT THEY LIKE
Don’t tell your kids “How can you be so stupid!”. Instead say, “How could you do better in that situation”.
Advice to avoid getting bullied? Encourage kid not to post too much.
Erika’s advice for teens entering young adulthood? Figure out what your’e good at, figure out what it’s going to take to get there, and don’t let any negativity get in your way.
What was your biggest takeaway from this podcast? Do you have any questions for Erika Katz and Alexis Avila?
Alexis Avila talks to Joan Casey, Founder of Educational Advocates College Consulting. Joan has a Masters Degree from Harvard, is a CEP (Certified Educational Planner), and has visited and experienced more than 300 college campuses world wide.
On today’s episode Joan talks about the many kinds of opportunities available in college and what leads to positive outcomes by the end of college.
Advice for college-bound students: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself when you first walk on campus, and get involved and join in on activities.
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Alexis talks to Sebastiaan van der Schrier leading voice for those suffering from social anxiety and host of Social Anxiety Solutions podcast on Itunes. After several traumatic and tragic childhood events, Sebastiaan has battled social anxiety disorder since he was 11 years old.
On today’s episode, Sebastiaan talks about an embarrassing classroom experience that left him traumatized at age 11 and how he was able to ultimately overcome his social anxiety disorder and offer inspiration to people all over the world.
Check out Sebastiaan’s podcast, www.socialanxietysolutions.com/podcast and make sure to listen to episode 3 of Sebastiaan’s podcast on how to overcome bullying.
Sebastiaan’s advice for teens: Learn to manage your emotions properly.
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Alexis talks to the Amie Hoff fitness expert and founder of Hoff Fitness LLC and co-founder of the FitKit line of health improvement products. Amie is an expert in the field of fitness with guest appearances on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNBC and Good Morning America. As fitness expert, Amie has been featured in all of the major health magazines, such as Shape, Fitness and Women’s Health, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek.
On today’s episode, Amie will give you her tips for how college students can best avoid the freshman 15 and teaches you ways to stay healthy during your college years.
What was your biggest takeaway from this article? Do you have any questions for Amie Hoff and Alexis Avila?
Alexis talks to the Essay Adviser and author Elly Swartz. Elly is an experienced writer and author of dozens of articles for both The Journal of Legal Ethics at Georgetown University and for Teen Life Media, and has over a decade of experience helping hundreds of students gain acceptance to America’s best colleges, grad schools, and independent secondary schools. Elly received her B.A. with honors from Boston University and J.D. with honors from Georgetown University. Elly’s company The Essay Adviser helps students with the school application process, particularly focusing on the application essay. From brainstorming to editing to hitting send, Elly Swartz offers a custom-designed, personalized approach that best ensures your son or daughter will get into a top-tier school. On today’s episode, Elly talks gives you key tips on how to start, write, and revise a fantastic college admissions essay.
8 Takeaways from this podcast are:
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The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.
On today’s Tutoring Tips Episode, Alexis gives you five tips to beat the summer brain drain including:
1. Keep reading
2. Take a screen break
3. Get your hands dirty
4. Explore local museums
5. Write it all down
Enjoy, Thanks for Listening and remember at The Prepped and Polished Podcast, We Empower You to Take Control of Your Education!
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On episode 68 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to Dr. Caroline Apovian. For over twenty-five years, Dr. Apovian has held a position at the forefront of the weight-management and nutrition field. One of the world’s premier weight-loss experts, she has distinguished herself as a leading researcher, treatment provider, teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. Caroline’s latest book is called the Age Defying Diet. Dr. Apovian is a doctor AND plays one on TV! She recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show, giving tips for weight loss and nutrition. On episode 68, Caroline gives us the best foods for test day, best foods for students w test anxiety, and what foods to definitely avoid.
Some key takeaways include:
Sleep 8 hours or more, otherwise you tend to gain weight.
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