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Episode #160, Lynn O’Shaughnessy, How to Get Smarter About The College Planning Process

On episode 160, Alexis Avila speaks to Lynn O’Shaughnessy, a nationally recognized college expert, who is a higher-ed journalist, speaker educator, and founder of The College Solution. As former Los Angeles Times reporter, Lynn has written and been interviewed about college issues for such national outlets as The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. On today’s episode, Lynn helps us understand ways to better afford college and how to get smarter about the college planning process.


Lynn’s advice to parents:

  1. Stop fixation on only getting into ivy league schools. There are plenty of good schools out there. Fixating on only a few name brand schools will only put stress on your kid.
  2. Run a net price calculator on how much college will cost you
  3. Buy the Book The Thinking Student’s Guide to College by Andrew Roberts


Lynn’s advice for teens: What matters most is what you do when you’re in college!


For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #65 my interview with College Coach Todd Weaver on How to Appeal your Financial Aid Award Letter

Also check out my podcast interview #14 with Maria Furtado about Colleges that Change Lives


Episode #160, Lynn O'Shaughnessy, How to Get Smarter About The College Planning Process

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June 1st, 2017
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Marathon Training and Test Preparation

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished, LLC located at 21 Eliot Street in South Natick, Massachusetts discusses similarities between marathon training and test preparation.

You do not want to jump into rigorous preparation at week one of a sixteen week training schedule. Rather, you want to prepare and build you miles/study harder and longer gradually.

Test Preparation

You don’t want to cram a few days before the test, nor do you want to run a 20 + mile run the week of the marathon!

On test day/marathon day, you want to move through the test steadily and pace yourself well.

Doing Test Prep Right! Marathon Training and Test Preparation Article

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Hey, everyone. Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, here at our new office in South Natick, Massachusetts. Now studying for a standardized and preparing for a marathon are really quite similar. This April, I recently completed my first marathon in Boston, and believe me, it was not easy. To cross both finish lines, you have to spend a good four to five months preparing, doing smart preparation. So here are some similarities between marathon training and test preparation training.Now when you train for a marathon, you don’t want to, week one, go out of the gates and run a 20-miler. Okay? You’re going to collapse. It’s not going to work well. Similarly, when you train for a standardized test, you don’t want to dive right into rigorous preparation right away. You have to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Get familiar with the test format, the types of questions you’re going to find on the test. Once you figure out the road map, then you can start to study harder and really crank up those miles. Now any marathon runner will tell you that if you run a 20 plus-miler the week of the actual marathon, you’re going to heighten your chance of injury. Similarly, you don’t want to cram for the SAT a few days before the big test. See, cramming for the SAT could hurt your concentration and injure you mentally on test day. See, if you spread out your SAT studying over a series of months and get some ample rest, you’ll put yourself in the best position to ace the exam.Okay, it’s the big day, and if you want to run a marathon, you have to run a smart race. That means on race day you got to hydrate well and run in a relaxed and comfortable pace. Now on test day, you don’t want to rush through the test and make a bunch of careless mistakes. That could hurt your score. Nor do you want to spend any significant amount of time on one problem. What you want to do is you want to move quickly but carefully through the easy problems at the beginning, and then you want to slow down when you encounter the medium and difficult problems. Now if you get stuck on any one given problem, you’re going to circle that problem and go back to it if you have time. Like a marathon, on a standardized test, you’ll score the best if you pace yourself wisely from start to finish. Okay, I wish you really good luck on your test preparation. And whether you prepare for a test or a marathon, just remember, prepare yourself well. I wish you good luck and I will talk to you soon.

Have you considered running a marathon? How else is marathon training similar to test preparation?

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June 19th, 2012
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Uldis S. (Norwell, MA)

“Alexis was instrumental in preparing my daughter for SAT, ACT exams. We re-engaged Alexis a second time to analyze results and seek additional improvement for top flight colleges, and we were also successful in achieving this result. My daughter is now performing well in a pre-pharma track at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.”

April 20th, 2011
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