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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

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

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.

    A Change Of Heart

    A Change Of Heart

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I reflect on a recent conversation I had with a rising senior PrepWeller (KIna). What started off as a brainstorming session for her college essay, took an unexpected turn. As I dug into her background, likes/dislikes, and aspirations, we came to the conclusion that Computer Science may not be the path for her. This came as a surprise, as she has always thought of herself as a Computer Science person. What was her true calling? How did she handle this tension? What was her new major preference?
     

    0:01:27 Kina's profile
     

    0:02:15 The big assumption
     

    0:03:00 Why Computer Science?
     

    0:03:45 Outside influences
     

    0:04:20 Robotics Club
     

    0:07:05 Non-robotics interests
     

    0:11:25 A new major preference
     

    0:12:15 Unchallenged assumptions
     

    0:13:50 Application just got easier
     

    0:14:15 How to be competitive
     

    0:14:50 Beyond admissions
     

    0:15:25 Moral of the story
     

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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.

    • 18 min
    Mash-up Of Summer Advice

    Mash-up Of Summer Advice

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I reflect on my conversations with students and parents over the last few weeks. At the beginning of every summer, I meet with lots of students who want me to assess how they've been doing, what they have planned for the next few months, and where this will place them in the admissions process. This is a mash-up of the most common themes that we discuss.
     

    0:01:30 Acceptance rate differential
     

    0:03:30 Extracurricular activities
     

    0:04:50 Letters of recommendation
     

    0:07:55 The undecided student
     

    0:12:40 If you get a B, should you give up?
     

    0:15:40 A winning list of ECAs
     

    0:16:20 Connecting the dots
     

    0:17:35 Changing gears
     

    0:19:15 Have this discussion now
     

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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.

    • 21 min
    How To Save Reading

    How To Save Reading

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I reflect on the dangers of allowing phones to replace books in the hands of our children. Left unchecked, this is a crisis in the making. It's happening slowly, and right under our noses. Over the last 8 years, I've witnessed a gradual shift away from books and toward phones. Given the commercial incentives to keep students locked into their screens, this is no surprise. I have also observed a corresponding drop in competitiveness in students wishing to attend top tier colleges. Phones have become the primary source of communication, entertainment, and news gathering. Books have been pushed aside as anachronistic and antiquated. This will not end well. Listen to the changes I've seen in my own sons and what I'm doing to stem the bleeding.
     

    0:01:18 Frog in the boiling water
     

    0:03:05 Reading is still a thing
     

    0:03:15 Customized, addictive content
     

    0:04:45 Consuming v creating
     

    0:09:20 Gold standard
     

    0:10:00 Nurture v nature
     

    0:12:30 How to break the addiction
     

    0:13:15 Best practices
     

    0:14:35 Unlimited book budget
     

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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.
     

    • 20 min
    Lessons Learned From The Trenches

    Lessons Learned From The Trenches

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I reflect on another chaotic year in admissions. I update you on what's happening with applications, standardized tests, recruited athletes, cost of attendance, expectations, major choices, competitiveness, predictability, and strategies to deal with all of the above.     
     

    0:01:50 Applications
     

    0:02:30 Testing
     

    0:04:28 Cost of college
     

    0:06:50 Expectation management
     

    0:09:00 Major choices
     

    0:10:00 Competitiveness
     

    0:13:02 Predictability
     

    0:16:40 Harvard, Stanford, USNA, community college
     

    0:17:25 What's the plan?
     

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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.
     

    • 21 min
    Episode Revisit | Should You Hire A Private College Counselor?

    Episode Revisit | Should You Hire A Private College Counselor?

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I break down when (and if) you should hire a private college counselor for your child. What if they aren't motivated?
     

    0:01:23 9th graders
     

    0:02:30 Motivated or unmotivated
     

    0:03:55 My specific advice: 9th grade
     

    0:07:10 My specific advice: 10th grade
     

    0:10:15 My specific advice: 11th grade
     

    0:13:00 My specific advice: 12th grade
     

    0:14:00 What is your child's plan?
     

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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.
     

    • 16 min
    Top 3 Priorities for 7th - 12th graders

    Top 3 Priorities for 7th - 12th graders

    Show Notes:
    In this episode, I preview the Top 3 priorities for students in 7th - 12th grade. Are you focused on the right things? PrepWell Academy is premised on delivering the right priorities at just the right time. Make sure your priorities are both relevant and aligned as we enter into the all-important summer.    
     

    0:01:35 6th and 7th graders
     

    0:05:12 8th graders
     

    0:10:30 9th graders
     

    0:14:52 10th graders
     

    0:20:00 11th graders
     

    0:23:36 12th graders
     

    Follow us:

    Enroll in PrepWell Academy


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    If you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  

    Subscribe to the podcast where ever you listen to podcasts


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    Give us a review


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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.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Bobby MacGhee ,

He's right on the money...

Unfortunately, I found Phil Black and the PrepWell Podcast just a little bit too late for #1 kid, but his very informative podcasts have been a huge benefit for helping advise kid #2 on the college prep and admissions process. His advice is 100% accurate and his POV on the whole admissions process is spot on. It's pretty much a rigged game, but if you follow what he tells your kid to do, you will at least have a dog in the fight.

JB349 ,

Valuable content

Excellent information for students, and it’s worth the investment of time for parents to help guide their kids. Thanks Phil!

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.

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