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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.

    Does your child have metrics?

    Does your child have metrics?

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I offer a step-by-step method to help you determine your child's odds of becoming a recruited college athlete. I break down the competitiveness of certain sports, the importance of metrics, whether or not an athlete "projects well", and the athlete's mindset. If you have a child who may be a college prospect in their sport (from DI - DIII), this is the episode for you.
     


    0:01:24 What are metrics?
     


    0:02:51 High school level metrics
     


    0:04:22 Div III level metrics
     


    0:05:40 Div I level metrics
     


    0:06:50 Your child's metrics
     


    0:08:00 Freshman year matters
     


    0:09:10 "...if I get recruited"
     


    0:10:14 Exceptions to the rules
     


    0:11:35 How competitive is the sport?
     


    0:12:08 Your child's metrics
     


    0:13:15 Do they "project"?
     


    0:14:44 Are they committed?
     


    0:15:30 Sample family decisions
     


    0:16:08 Case Study #1
     


    0:19:13 An athlete or athletic?
     


    0:22:17 Cast Study #2
     


    0:23:13 The big decision
     


    0:28:05 Time to execute the plan
     


    0:29:00 Where are you on the timeline?
     


    0:30:00 Do you have the courage to ask?
     


    0:30:25 Parent checklist
     


    0:31:52 Summary
     


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    Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program


    Podcast 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.

    • 33 min
    Connecting today with tomorrow (and the next day)

    Connecting today with tomorrow (and the next day)

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I challenge high school students to take two important steps. Step #1: Think about their future and what they want the next 6-8 years to look like; Step #2: Decide whether their actions today are consistent with that vision for the future. I speak directly to the students in this episode, as opposed to parents.
     


    0:01:14 Do you have prospective?
     


    0:04:10 What will your future look like?
     


    0:05:54 Upgrade your middle school vision board
     


    0:06:25 Personal agency
     


    0:07:20 Connecting vision with behavior
     


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    Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program


    Podcast 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.

    • 9 min
    The New California Lottery

    The New California Lottery

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I review the impact of the ongoing "test-blind" policy for the UC school system. What does this mean for your child? What are the unintended consequences? What are the pitfalls to avoid and the right moves to make?
     


    0:01:50 The lottery has arrived
     


    0:03:10 Don't be lazy
     


    0:05:54 National Merit Scholarships
     


    0:07:25 Slip your score into your application
     


    0:08:50 Applications skyrocketing again
     


    0:09:39 What is left to differentiate?
     


    0:10:40 Take the process seriously
     


    0:11:05 What matters for UC schools?
     


    0:13:35 7 Rules to live by in CA
     


    0:15:53 Start early
     


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    Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program


    Podcast 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.

    • 19 min
    How to Create a "Theme" for Your Application

    How to Create a "Theme" for Your Application

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I review a student's college application and the process of building a "theme" over three years. Learn what the theme was, what extracurriculars helped to fortify the theme, and whether or not it was successful.   
     


    0:02:00 Putting lipstick on a pig
     


    0:03:00 What's left for admissions officers?
     


    0:03:48 What is a theme?
     


    0:05:25 Case study
     


    0:05:50 The 10 Extracurriculars (ECAs)
     


    0:07:00 Aspirations in 9th grade
     


    0:09:35 The student's theme: defined
     


    0:12:50 Context and background
     


    0:14:25 10 Extracurriculars (quick-read)
     


    0:15:33 An Admissions Officer's perspective
     


    0:22:40 Did you detect a theme?
     


    0:24:00 How will your application turn out?
     


    0:24:45 What's the trick?
     


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    Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program


    Podcast 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.

    • 27 min
    How to Help Your Child Discover Their Path

    How to Help Your Child Discover Their Path

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I review the process PrepWellers go through to help them discover what they might want to major in, what career they might enjoy, and what kind of lifestyle to pursue.
     


    0:01:11 What do you want to major in?
     


    0:03:55 What kind of engineering?
     


    0:04:45 Top 3 reasons to become an engineer
     


    0:07:00 Why this mental exercise is important
     


    0:08:40 How do I get my child to engage in this process?
     


    0:10:10 How to refine a teenagers' thinking
     


    0:11:45 The writing exercise
     


    0:12:57 What if you hit a dead-end (Big Future)
     


    0:15:25 How to fortify your research
     


    0:17:20 Books
     


    0:17:50 Podcasts
     


    0:18:30 Jobs & Internships
     


    0:20:28 Online learning platforms
     


    0:21:35 No frame of reference
     


    0:22:00 Students need to take control
     


    0:22:35 Why this improves the college application
     


    0:23:15 Get your child on board
     


    0:24:00 How this process inoculates your child from pressure
     


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    Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program


    Podcast 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.

    • 27 min
    A Blessing In Disguise

    A Blessing In Disguise

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I argue that this year's ridiculous admissions cycle is actually a blessing in disguise. It should cause us to take stock of where we are, where we're going, and how to get there.
     


    0:01:23 Admissions as we know it - is broken
     


    0:03:55 The new mindset
     


    0:05:10 How to optimize for the new reality
     


    0:06:00 The old-fashioned strategy
     


    0:08:00 We must think differently
     


    0:08:10 Hard-charger or status quo?
     


    0:09:15 Motivation and ambition
     


    0:10:37 Status quo students
     


    0:11:45 What to do with a status quo student
     


    0:12:45 What to do with a hard-charger
     


    0:13:20 Institutional priorities
     


    0:13:50 The athletic profile
     


    0:14:48 Other profiles?
     


    0:15:45 Will your child own a viable profile?
     


    0:16:20 Summary review
     


    0:18:15 What's the through-line?
     


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    Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program


    Podcast 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 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.

Jdub# ,

Really good content bad intro music

The content in this podcast is great. The intro music is not aligned with the great content. The music is cheesy and loud and does not match the sophistication of the podcast. Just skip through the music and listen to the good advice.

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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