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The PrepWell Podcast helps parents prepare their children for the admissions process for highly-selective college programs like the Ivy League, military service academies (e.g. USNA and West Point), ROTC and athletic scholarships.

PrepWell Podcast with Phil Black Phil Black

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The PrepWell Podcast helps parents prepare their children for the admissions process for highly-selective college programs like the Ivy League, military service academies (e.g. USNA and West Point), ROTC and athletic scholarships.

    Rapid-Fire FAQs

    Rapid-Fire FAQs

    Show Notes:In most of my podcasts, I do deep dives into one or two topics. Today, I’m bringing back the rapid-fire FAQ format. I’ll give you my quick-takes on some of the most common questions that I get every day as a college admissions advisor. Here is what I discuss in this episode:0:01:07 Should I still bother taking the SAT or ACT?0:01:40 Do colleges prefer SAT or ACT?0:02:20 Should I take the SAT and the ACT?0:02:44 Which test should I take: SAT or ACT?0:03:37 How do I differentiate myself while working remotely?0:04:50 How do I make a highlight reel with no games?0:05:34 Should I switch from soccer to fencing?0:07:05 Is college even worth it?0:07:44 Will colleges still give financial aid?0:08:12 Should I study for PSAT?0:09:20 How do I stay motivated with remote learning?0:10:20 How do I not fall behind?0:11:20 How much will senior year grades count?0:12:30 Should I write about COVID?0:13:20 How do I start my Common App personal statement?0:14:48 When should I take my SAT or ACT?0:15:18 Any tips for the SAT in two weeks?0:16:18 When should I submit my SAT score?0:17:17 Will test-optional trend stick around?0:17:47 Who will be the COVID winners and losers?Follow us:Enroll in PrepWell AcademyFollow on InstagramFollow on FacebookIf you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcastsFollow me on Instagram or FacebookGive us a reviewShare this episode with a friendJoin our mailing listEnroll your 9th or 10th grader in the programPodcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

    • 20 min
    Mid-summer Check-in

    Mid-summer Check-in

    Show Notes:We are halfway through one of the most unusual summers that teenagers will experience for the next 50 years. Two months at home - without much responsibility (in most cases). In this episode, I speak directly to every teenager, student, PrepWeller, and prospective PrepWeller. I ask them to reflect on what they’ve accomplished during the month of July. I prompt them to make a plan for August. I challenge them to decide whether or not they want to be different. I provide a key strategy for making August the best month ever. Here is what I discuss in this episode:0:04:00 August is here…buckle-up0:05:25 Want to be like everybody else?0:06:15 Are you a Good Time Charlie?0:06:45 What does it mean to be different?0:09:00 Are you different?0:10:10 What’s the one thing?0:12:00 Benefits of a checklist0:13:45 SummaryFollow us:Enroll in PrepWell AcademyFollow on InstagramFollow on FacebookIf you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcastsFollow me on Instagram or FacebookGive us a reviewShare this episode with a friendJoin our mailing listEnroll your 9th or 10th grader in the programPodcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

    • 17 min
    Catch-up session for rising Juniors

    Catch-up session for rising Juniors

    Show Notes:At the end of March, PrepWell Academy closed registration to the Class of 2022 (rising juniors). In our eyes, June 1st marks the point of no return. Either you care about college admissions - or you don’t. If you do, the end of sophomore year is the last time that you have a chance to enroll in PrepWell Academy.Because of the COVID shutdown and our multiple airings on Shark Tank, this year happened to be a giant year for last-minute sophomore enrollees. To make sure this cohort gets up to speed quickly, I have laid out exactly what should have happened in 9th and 10th grade and what rising juniors can do to catch up if need be. Here is what I discuss in this episode:0:03:10 Artificial deadline0:04:50 Not too late for rising juniors0:05:50 Basics of 9th and 10th grade0:09:00 Where do I stand?0:10:44 Extracurricular activities0:13:45 Leadership0:15:05 Summers0:18:10 SAT or ACT0:19:37 Summary remarksFollow us:Enroll in PrepWell AcademyFollow on InstagramFollow on FacebookIf you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcastsFollow me on Instagram or FacebookGive us a reviewShare this episode with a friendJoin our mailing listEnroll your 9th or 10th grader in the programPodcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

    • 22 min
    Episode Revisit | Should my child take the SAT or ACT?

    Episode Revisit | Should my child take the SAT or ACT?

    Today, we’re talking about how to approach the SAT and/or ACT - the two standardized tests that most colleges will use to assess your child’s readiness for college.This is a very important topic. As with most things related to college admissions, students and parents should get involved far sooner than they think - if they want to do well.That’s the entire point of this podcast, and PrepWell Academy - to give you the early head’s - to help you prepare early - so that your child can perform well. Here are some questions I address:How do I approach these tests?When should I take these tests?Which test should I take?What’s the difference between the tests?How do I compare an ACT and SAT score?Should I take one or both?How big a deal is my score?How many times should I take it? How much should I expect to improve?What are the best ways to prepare for these tests?What if I don’t want to take either test?Here is what I discuss in this episode:0:02:20 Where do standardized tests fit into the big picture of college admissions?0:02:40 What are the top 3 factors in the admission process? 0:03:48 What SAT score will hit the screen?0:04:50 How a strong SAT score can earn you money?0:05:09 Why is it important to learn how to study for a standardized test - regardless of outcome?0:05:30 Standardized Tests I’ve taken: SAT, GMAT, ASVAB, MOCAT, Series 7, Series 63, ACE exam, Firefighter Civil Service Test, etc. 0:06:36 Which students excel the most?0:07:15 Which test do colleges prefer?0:07:55 When should your child begin to think about the SAT or ACT?0:08:30 How to establish a strong baseline score?0:08:50 When your child their their first legitimate PSAT0:09:15 Does my child have to study for the PSAT 10?0:09:51 Bad assumptions about PSAT 10 scores0:12:12 How to predict how your child will do on the real PSAT/NMSQT or SAT in junior year0:14:20 How can your child do to improve their score?0:15:20 What PSAT score puts you in striking distance of any college?0:16:00 What accounts for large SAT and ACT score improvements?0:17:00 What is PrepWell's strategy to maximize SAT or ACT score?0:17:50 What is the first thing your child should do (and when)?0:18:30 How to choose between ACT and SAT?0:19:45 What are the different scoring scales for SAT and ACT?0:21:28 How to create a realistic test-taking environment0:21:40 Should I take an official SAT and ACT?0:22:00 What’s the best way to take a diagnostic SAT or ACT from home?0:22:45 How to come up with a study plan0:23:20 Why not to study for the SAT or ACT during junior year0:25:45 Why it’s nice to have a backup date0:26:45 Summary of strategy and steps0:27:38 What’s the most important piece of the puzzle?0:28:04 How motivated is your child?0:29:30 Why some parents don’t want to pay for SAT/ACT prep?0:32:40 Why an SAT/ACT prep course is a good use of money0:33:33 What are my child’s options when it comes to preparation?0:34:44 What study method suits your child best? 0:36:00 Student A versus Student B with same tutor0:37:32 Summary of Steps0:38:24 The time vs. expected improvement continuumIf you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcastsFollow me on Instagram or FacebookGive us a reviewShare this episode with a friendJoin our mailing listEnroll your 9th or 10th grader in the programFollow us:Enroll in PrepWell AcademyFollow on InstagramFollow on FacebookPodcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank, etc.Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-

    • 40 min
    When All Else Fails

    When All Else Fails

    Show Notes:In today's episode, I provide advice to parents who are trying to help their child stay on top of academics over the summer (even if just a little bit) - and students who want to stay on top academics (even just a little bit) - especially when they find themselves overwhelmed, due to travel, or COVID, or other circumstances - or, they’re just paralyzed by too many options. Here is what I discuss in this episode:0:01:35 The most basic advice on summer academics0:02:15 What should we pack for our trip?0:03:05 When-all-else-fails0:06:00 Are you falling behind academically?Follow us:Enroll in PrepWell AcademyFollow on InstagramFollow on FacebookIf you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcastsFollow me on Instagram or FacebookGive us a reviewShare this episode with a friendJoin our mailing listEnroll your 9th or 10th grader in the programPodcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

    • 7 min
    How and When to Research Colleges

    How and When to Research Colleges

    Show Notes:Researching colleges at the right time and with the appropriate intensity is an important part of the college admission process. The sooner your child (and you) begin to follow a plan - the better. Especially for students with “specialty aspirations”. In this episode, I walk you through how, when, and why you should begin your research. Here is what I discuss in this episode:0:01:13 What is a specialty aspiration?0:02:15 What if my child doesn’t care that much?0:02:45 9th and 10th graders0:04:55 Rising juniors0:07:15 Rising seniors0:11:20 How research becomes a force multiplier0:14:45 The more you know, the better prepared you’ll beFollow us:Enroll in PrepWell AcademyFollow on InstagramFollow on FacebookIf you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcastsFollow me on Instagram or FacebookGive us a reviewShare this episode with a friendJoin our mailing listEnroll your 9th or 10th grader in the programPodcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

L. Reilly ,

Top notch

Phil Black is top notch in everything he does. He will show you evidence of this through his own life and he will prepare for whatever lies ahead of him. Interesting and informative podcast especially if you have teenage children who will soon be starting high school.

AGT 7724 ,

Fantastic Podcast

I stumbled on to this after watching Mr. Black on Shark Tank.
I have listened to most of the podcasts so far and found them well organized, informative, thought provoking, and appropriate for parents who want to prepare their kid(s) for college—and life afterwards. Students will also find the podcast highly beneficial.
I have an eighth grader so this is great stuff to start thinking and preparing for as he approaches high school.

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