75 episodes

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.

The College Prep Podcast Megan Dorsey & Gretchen Wegner

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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.

    324: Two Interesting Assessments Students Can Take Over the Summer - The College Prep Podcast

    324: Two Interesting Assessments Students Can Take Over the Summer - The College Prep Podcast

    Got a little extra time this summer and looking for something interesting to do?







    Gretchen recommends these two online assessments students can take to learn more about their brains and their career prospects.







    * First, Mindprint Learning is an interesting assessment tool that gives students information their executive functions and how they each learn. This is NOT learning styles, but more evidence-based cognitive profiles.* Second, You Science is an assessment tool that gives you more feedback about what kinds of careers students might be good at, including a lot of interesting information about what it’s like to do that kind of work.







    If you’re looking for ways to engage students over the summer, you might try one or both of these! They certainly work well in tandem to boost many students’ motivation.

    • 14 min
    323: Urban Legend or Reality – Do Colleges Actually Rescind Offers of Admission? - The College Prep Podcast

    323: Urban Legend or Reality – Do Colleges Actually Rescind Offers of Admission? - The College Prep Podcast

    Teachers often threaten that students need to stay academically engaged through senior year because colleges might take away their offer of admissions.







    But is this a myth or reality? Megan weighs in with the following discussion:







    * Why it is indeed true that colleges might take away offers of admission* The three reasons colleges might do this, including falsified information, showing bad character or judgement, and a significant shift in grades* What to do so that you make sure none of these reasons apply to you.

    • 12 min
    322: Teach a Surprising Amount in Under 10 Minutes with the “Mini-Lecture” - The College Prep Podcast

    322: Teach a Surprising Amount in Under 10 Minutes with the “Mini-Lecture” - The College Prep Podcast

    Everyone has less attention span these days.







    How can educators package the most important study theory and strategies for students in a way they will actually hear?







    The answer is the “mini-lecture” and Gretchen unpacks what that is and how to deliver one consistently, including:







    * The 7 characteristics of an effective mini-lecture* How she uses the idea of a mini-lecture to teach the science of learning, including both theory and strategies* How she inspires educators in her Anti-Boring Educators’ Club to create their own creative mini-lectures on topics they are experts in







    For more information about Gretchen’s courses or her Anti-Boring Educators’ Club, visit www.GretchenWegner.com.

    • 10 min
    321: Big Issues to Consider Before Writing College Admissions Essays - The College Prep Podcast

    321: Big Issues to Consider Before Writing College Admissions Essays - The College Prep Podcast

    Summer is the best time to write your college admissions essays! So how should you get started?







    Megan walks you through four steps including:







    * Get organized — know what schools, what questions, how many unique essays and short answers you need. * Recognize that HOW you write is as important at WHAT you write. * Be authentic. Colleges want to get to know you, not the person you think they want you to be.* Be strategic. Your essay can be the factor that tips in your favor or a missed opportunity. Spend time strategically looking at what you need to say to make your application complete.







    If you want in-depth coaching on how to make your college essays and resume work for you, Megan is offering her summer essay workshop LIVE on Zoom on Saturday, June 20. Better yet, it is on sale. Check it out: https://www.collegeprepresults.com/college-application-essay-coaching/

    • 13 min
    320: Help Students Rely Less on Nagging and More On Themselves - The College Prep Podcast

    320: Help Students Rely Less on Nagging and More On Themselves - The College Prep Podcast

    How can students take responsibility for reminding themselves to follow through on tasks large and small? Without relying on mom or dad for nagging?







    In this mini-episode Gretchen shares one of her favorite ways to get students to start thinking about reminder systems.







    This includes a brainstorm where you guide students through the following:







    * Make a list of ways they can remind themselves to follow through on tasks* Discuss the pros of each reminder system, thinking through what kinds of reminders they might work for* Discuss the cons of each reminder system, thinking through what kinds of reminders this system might NOT work for







    If you’d like to learn more about how Gretchen helps students with time management, check out these free and paid courses for families and educators.

    • 11 min
    319: Semester, Trimester, Quarter, or Block Schedules– Which is Best? - The College Prep Podcast

    319: Semester, Trimester, Quarter, or Block Schedules– Which is Best? - The College Prep Podcast

    Which college schedule is best for a student with ADHD – semesters or quarters?







    Recently one of Gretchen’s Anti-Boring Approach Licensed Coaches sent an email asking just that, and Megan & Gretchen chatted about it on this episode of the podcast.







    Here’s the exact question:







    I have a parent asking me for my opinion on her son choosing between 2 colleges right now.  One is on semester, one is a quarter system school.  This young man has ADD.  He hasn’t been great using all the new tools I’ve taught him but is very bright. 







    Quarter system would mean less classes at a time but quicker.  Many say they are consistently having exams during the 11 week quarter. 







    Thoughts?  I was kind of thinking that a quarter system has quite a few positive.   You hate a class, it only last 11 weeks.  You could possibly get more feedback since you have tests more often.   Negatives is there is no time to recover and if you get behind you are screwed. 







    I haven’t coached a student on a quarter system….let me know your thoughts. 







    Tune in to Megan and Gretchen’s wide ranging chat about how to thinking through which schedule is best for what kinds of students.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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126 Ratings

126 Ratings

CJ31380 ,

Must Tune In

I really enjoyed listening to the College Prep Podcast. Megan and Gretchen do an excellent job at providing tons of information for parents and students embarking on the college journey. As someone who deals with student - athletes this is great information for all students.. I look forward to tuning into many more episodes. Chris - Guiding Future Stars Academy

michael ermann ,

Gretchen knows EVERYTHING

it hadn’t occurred to me that students who excel in math have an advantage taking the SAT (vs the ACT) ... and I’m a test prep creator!

Lydia Schulz6 ,

Wonderful podcast!

Megan and Gretchen have a terrific podcast that helps students prepare for college, and helps educators be more effective. I am a parent of a high school student, and I have been listening to the show for several months. I sent Gretchen and Megan an email suggesting that they cover college career services platforms and they invited me to join one of their episodes to discuss my ideas. It was a terrific experience - and shows how willing they are to engage with their audience! I definitely encourage other parents, students and educators to listen and engage with these two wise and impressive women!

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