Nationally recognized experts Megan Dorsey and Gretchen Wegner share tips and tricks about creative study strategies, SAT/ACT prep, college applications, essay writing, teen-friendly time management tools, and more. They will also host experts on a number of subjects including scholarships, parenting, test prep, learning differences, NCAA athletics, and more! About the hosts: Megan is a college admissions consultant and test prep guru who helps students and parents plan and prepare for college admission. Gretchen is an academic life coach who helps stressed out students and their families feel smart, confident and ready for the rigors of college without losing their lives to school and studying. Together, they are a one-stop shop for how to survive...and thrive!...during the final approach into higher education.
405: Finding Scholarships – Specific Steps & Realistic Expectations
Finding the right scholarships takes planning! Megan breaks down how sophomores and juniors in high school can consider scholarship potential as they are narrowing down their list.
Specifically she shares:
* How to have realistic expectations for how much money is and isn’t available* How to identify your educational goals, so you can find complementary scholarships* How to apply to the right schools where scholarships are available* How to organize yourself and apply to the schools on time, so you don’t miss out on opportunities.
This episode originally aired as episode # 254 on March 4, 2019.
404: “Turn Your Camera On!?” How to Help Students Participate Better in Class
Students are hesitant to turn their videos on in zoom classes. What other ways are there to participate effectively in virtual (and in person) classes?
Gretchen shares some wisdom from a recent teacher PD she taught. Specifically, she and Megan discuss:
* the relationship between participation and engagement and motivation,* why turning the camera on in a virtual class is not the best sign of engagement* a unique “Participation Bingo” game that she came up with to teach teachers how to help students participate* and some specific examples of things students and teachers can do to break participation skills down into bite size parts.
If you’d like to remain in conversation with Gretchen about any of these ideas, please sign up for her next FREE Q&A at www.gretchenwegnerc.com/live.
403: What We Really Should Pay Attention to About Student Mental Health
Student mental health troubles is at an all time high! How can families and educators pay attention to the signs, and what can we do to better prioritize our student’s health and happiness first and foremost? Gretchen and Megan discuss this all important issue.
Specifically they discuss how to:
* Normalize talking about and seeking mental health treatment * Re-prioritize college prep (grades, test scores, resumes) if there is a crisis* Watch kids who are hardest on themselves* Understand how learning disability diagnosis can help mental health issues* And more.
Also, feel free to download Gretchen’s free document all about how to support students and ourselves with better nervous system regulation: www.gretchenwegner.com/regulation.
402: Some Surprising College Rejection Lessons
This fall we’ve seen some students rejected from schools where they expected offers of admission.
In some cases these rejections seemed surprising. However, Megan lays out why the rejections made so much sense, and what famillies can do to avoid the potential pitfalls. Specifically she discusses:
* Faulty assumptions that all schools are equally test optional * Lack of interest on the students’ part, and the school’s reaction to that* Recommendations or interviews that sent the wrong message* Failing to submit ALL elements of application on time * Over estimating student’s credentials
401: How Better Sleep Helps Us Learn Better Too + Hot Sleep Tips
Did you know that better sleep actually helps us learn? But so many students choose to get less sleep because they are cramming or trying to learn!
Megan shares what she learned from the book Why Sleep Matters, and provides some all important tips.
Specifically she and Gretchen discuss:
* Stories from their own lives about fitbits, sleep data, what gets in the way of sleep, and more* Stories about students and how to get them to try to up their sleep hygeniene* Some fun facts about how sleeps helps us learn better* Several tips about what not to do (and what to do) before bed to improve our sleep
Also happy new year, everyone!
400: Six Myths about College Admissions That Students Should Stop Believing
[This episode originally aired November 23, 2015.]
There are six common myths and misunderstandings that many students and parents believe that cause extra stress senior year.
They may also hurt your prospects for getting in to college.
Megan breaks them down for you (see the list below), and tells you what the truth is instead (tune into the episode):
* It’s too late to apply to college.* My weighted GPA for honors classes. will make my grades look better.* I can hide my bad grades from the colleges by making up for it in other ways.* I don’t meet a college or major’s suggested requirements, so I shouldn’t bother applying.* Most students know what they want to major in.* Professionally written essays work.
So Helpful for this IEC
I’m an Independent Educational Consultant, emphasis on the independent. It can get lonely without any co-workers to compare notes with. Gretchen and Megan have been helping me with my private practice through this podcast for years now, keeping me informed on current trends and changes. I especially love that their conversations always align with the topics that are relevant seasonally. (ie aligning with the college applications cycle).
Megan and Gretchen do such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
I am a freshman, and while this is a little early to start college prep, I want to be a veterinarian so thats kinda what im listening to this for. Its so helpful, and I have walked around Stetson University, DeLand. I will be doing dual enrollment in two years, and the program has scholarships to Stetson and UCF. I am really hoping I’ll get a scholarship. Could you do an episode about scholarships?
Thank you, this is a great podcast