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This show is designed to take the guesswork out of preparing for your standardized test and equip you with practical how-to's for getting more right answers on test day, successfully navigating the admissions process, getting accepted to your dream school, and succeeding in the classroom. Our episodes deliver expert advice from the industry's top test prep instructors and admissions consultants as we endeavor to prepare you for success not only on test day, but also in your future profession and life beyond. Oh, and did we mention that we have a lot of fun? You will too, as we embark on this important next chapter of your education together. Thanks for listening!

The Dominate Test Prep Podcast Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep

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This show is designed to take the guesswork out of preparing for your standardized test and equip you with practical how-to's for getting more right answers on test day, successfully navigating the admissions process, getting accepted to your dream school, and succeeding in the classroom. Our episodes deliver expert advice from the industry's top test prep instructors and admissions consultants as we endeavor to prepare you for success not only on test day, but also in your future profession and life beyond. Oh, and did we mention that we have a lot of fun? You will too, as we embark on this important next chapter of your education together. Thanks for listening!

    52. 5 Tips for Staying Consistent with your Studying [Mailbag]

    52. 5 Tips for Staying Consistent with your Studying [Mailbag]

    There's no doubt that consistency is crucial when it comes to preparing effectively for your standardized test. Miss even a few days, and it can feel like you're starting all over again when you do get back on track with your studying.

    But how can you ensure that you're taking consistent daily action?

    We tackle that head-on in this "mailbag" episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast as we address the following request from loyal-listener Nina:

    "If you could please give me a few tips on how I can manage to study everyday as persistence is important (which I lacked and I have come to realize it)...that would be great."

    If you're struggling with maintaining forward momentum toward your test-day goals, you'll benefit from these five (5) tips for staying consistent with your studying. As your consistency improves, so will your score on test day. Enjoy!

    RESOURCES / LINKS

    At the beginning of this episode we share The Daffodil Principle to highlight the value of consistency. You can read more about it here.

    As always, visit dominatetestprep.com to register for one of our top-rated prep courses.

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    If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these related episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:
    Episode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 1: Top 3 Prep Tips for Any Standardized TestEpisode 8: How I Raised my GMAT Score 120 Points, with Matt Kunzler
    A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

    “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius

    • 29 min
    51. Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian

    51. Succeeding in School — and Life — with a Learning Disability, with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian

    Achieving the highest levels of education is challenging even under the best of circumstances. But if you’re dealing with a learning disability or other life challenges? Then it can be even harder. Yet, success is possible — even likely — if you adopt the right mindset and take advantage of the opportunities and accommodations afforded to you on your journey.

    In this episode, hear the inspiring story of Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting, who overcame Tourette Syndrome en route to getting a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. An expert in mental health, Dr. Shemmassian shares valuable insight and first-hand experience to help guide students through the admissions process and succeed in school — and life — while dealing with various conditions. Specifically, in this episode we discuss:
    Dr. Shemmassian’s own journey from being diagnosed with Tourette’s as a child to success as a pre-med student and ultimately earning his Ph.D. and launching an international consulting firm;Common learning disabilities students deal with, and the important distinction between the condition itself and the impairment it manifests;How impairments can change over time, and what it may mean for you during different phases of your educational and career journey;Accommodations that are available to students with disabilities, both for taking standardized tests and once they get on campus;Tips for how to address your condition — if at all — during the application process;How to handle the desire to “hide,” and where to find the fuel to achieve your goals;Why you shouldn’t be reluctant to take advantage of any accommodations that may be available to you, and a more helpful mindset to adopt with respect to your difference;And more!A learning disability doesn’t have to limit you as you’re pursuing your educational and life goals. Countless people have overcome incredible obstacles to achieve the highest levels of success, and you can, too. Whether you have a learning condition or not, you’ll be inspired by Dr. Shemmassian’s story and learn important keys to unlocking your own potential. Enjoy!

    RESOURCES / LINKS
    [Video] Dr. Shirag Shemmassian shares his story of Living with Tourette SyndromeConnect with Shemmassian Academic ConsultingMeet Ibrahim Hamadtou, the double-amputee Egyptian ping-pong champion who plays with the paddle in his mouthBoost your standardized test score with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep courses
    SIMILAR EPISODES

    If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:
    Episode 25: How to Find the Motivation to StudyEpisode 17: Nutrition Hacks for Improved Focus, Memory, and Mental Clarity, with Dr. Barrett DeubertEpisode 3: Framework for a Successful Grad School Application, with Linda Abraham
    A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

    "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  -- John Wooden

    • 42 min
    50. What Good Are Standardized Tests Anyway? [Mailbag]

    50. What Good Are Standardized Tests Anyway? [Mailbag]

    Be honest. Do any of these sentiments about standardized tests resonate with you?
    "Standardized tests are pointless.""I'm so much more than my test score.""I know I'm smart, I'm just not a good test taker.""Studying for this exam is ruining my life.""Can't I show my readiness some other way?"Or, as one person commented on our YouTube channel: "The GRE is stupid!"Whatever your beliefs about the standardized test you're preparing for, at some point you've likely questioned why you have to take it in the first place. In this episode, we address this concern head-on.

    In addition to sharing several of the most important reasons your target schools require you to take a standardized test for admission, we suggest a more constructive way of thinking about your exam altogether. Having a positive mindset matters. We want to shift your thinking about your test so that you attack it as the opportunity it is. As the great Jim Rohn said, "Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better." Enjoy!

    RESOURCES / LINKS

    In this episode we reference validity studies demonstrating the usefulness of standardized tests for predicting future success in the classroom. Here are links for several of the most common exams if you'd like to dive deeper.
    [GRE] Validity Evidence: Predicting Success in Graduate Education[GMAT] Predicting Student Success in Quantitative Masters Programs: A Meta-Analysis[LSAT] Predictive Validity of the LSAT: Summary of 2017, 2018, and 2019 LSAT Correlation Studies[SAT] Validity of the SAT for Predicting First-Year Grades and Retention to the Second Year
    SIMILAR EPISODES

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    A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
    courage to change the things I can, 
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    — Serenity prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr

    • 26 min
    49. Entrepreneurship and the MBA, with Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao

    49. Entrepreneurship and the MBA, with Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao

    The MBA degree is often thought of as helping people advance their careers in the corporate world. But is it also beneficial for entrepreneurs? In the case of Daniel Bernal and Tingting Miao, co-founders of Flora Colombia, the answer is a resounding yes! In this episode they share their fascinating story of meeting at EDHEC Business School, conceiving the idea of going into business together, and applying lessons from their MBA to the "real world" of running an international e-commerce startup. Specifically, they share:
    Why they left careers in banking (Daniel) and railroads (Tingting) to travel halfway around the world to attend business school at EDHECThe complementary strengths that drew them together as business partners -- and the spark that shifted their thinking toward entrepreneurship in the first placeThe "hard" and "soft" skills learned during their MBA that have helped them on their entrepreneurial journeyWhether or not business school is really necessary to succeed in businessThe value of the network you develop in business school, and specifically how their EDHEC network has been instrumental for them in launching Flora ColombiaThe #1 biggest mistake they've made so far, and what they learned from it to become better business ownersThe importance of the trips abroad that they took to San Francisco and South Africa as part of their MBALooking back, whether they view the time and financial investment pursuing an MBA as worth itAnd more!Whether you're currently and entrepreneur trying to decide if going back to school could help you grow your business, or you're set on getting your MBA and intrigued by the idea of parlaying your degree into launching your own business, we think you'll really benefit from the stories and lessons-learned that Daniel and Tingting share. Enjoy!

    RESOURCES / LINKS
    BusinessBecause article: "We Became Serial Entrepreneurs After the EDHEC Business School Global MBA"Flora Colombia - https://www.floracolombia.comConnect with Daniel Bernal on LinkedInConnect with Tingting Miao on LinkedInLearn more about EDHEC Business School - https://www.edhec.edu/en
    SIMILAR EPISODES

    If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other similar episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:
    Episode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim MunyonEpisode 22: A Peek Behind the MBA Curtain, with Sam KleinEpisode 45: How to Pay for School Without Going Broke, with Peter Lampert
    A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

    “People often overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a year.” — Mat Fraser

    • 43 min
    48. Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary Lanni

    48. Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary Lanni

    There's nothing quite like a college campus. Each one is so unique and different -- some in the city, some more rural; some with gothic architecture, some modern; some with a vibrant party scent, others more academic-focused. Like different flavors of ice cream, each campus appeals to different types of people. And that's why it's so important that you visit the campuses of the schools you're planning to apply to see if the particular "flavor" is right for you.

    In this episode, educational advisor Mary Lanni of Afford College helps you plan your campus visits so that you have the best possible feel for each school before ultimately choosing the one you want to attend. In our conversation Mary shares:
    Why it's important to actually visit campus rather than relying on marketing materials, websites, or virtual toursThe number of schools you should plan to visitThe relative importance of campus visits for undergraduate vs. grad schoolThe ideal timeline for planning your visitsWhy you should actually plan three (3) visits to each school, the purpose of each, key questions to ask, and things you should do while on campusWhat to do on an overnight or if you have the opportunity to sit in on a classWhat to  pay attention to during your visits and how to de-brief afterwardWhere campus visits factor in to your overall decision of where to attendTips for getting a sense of a school long-distance (if necessary)And more!If you haven't yet started planning your campus visits, now is the time. Even if you've already done an initial tour of prospective schools, what Mary shares in this episode may prompt you to think about planning a follow-up visit. Whether you're still in high school or already out in the workforce thinking about graduate school, a campus visit may be just what you need to ensure that you end up in the best-fit college for you. By the end of this show, you'll know how to maximize that visit. Enjoy!

    RESOURCES / LINKS
    Download a free copy of Afford College's college visits workbook: College Visits from Start to Finish. Note: This guide is normally reserved for paying clients, but Afford College has generously made it available as a bonus for listeners of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast. Please respect their copyright and don't share, distribute, or reproduce this workbook. Thank you!Connect with Mary Lanni at Afford.CollegeBoost your standardized test scores with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep courses
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    Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda AbrahamEpisode 45: How to Pay for School Without Going Broke, with Peter LampertEpisode 41: SAT vs. ACT for College Admissions, with Amy Seeley
    A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Heraclitus

    • 33 min
    47. How to Tackle Short-Answer Application Essays, with Hillary Schubach

    47. How to Tackle Short-Answer Application Essays, with Hillary Schubach

    Application essays are an important part of the admissions process for all levels of higher education. Nearly all programs will ask you to write at least one "long" essay on a topic of their choosing. But many schools will also include one or more "short" essay prompts -- either required or optional -- that provide you with an opportunity to share additional bits of information about your candidacy. And don't be fooled! Just because these essays are short, they still require careful consideration and can round out your profile in a favorable way if written effectively.

    In this episode we've invited MBA admissions consultant Hillary Schubach, founder of Shine MBA Admissions Consulting, to share her expert insight and provide tips on how to tackle these short-form admissions essays. During our in-depth conversation Hillary covers:
    Statistics revealing just how important essays are compared to other parts of the application (test scores, GPA, recommendations, etc.)The purpose of the short-form essay, and the mindset you should approach it withThe most common types of short essay prompts, with an emphasis on the short-term vs. long-term career goals essayDiscussion of this year's short-essay requirements from the Haas School of Business and Columbia Business SchoolWhat to do if you don't have a clear sense of your immediate post-degree career goalsAnalysis of a short-essay prompt from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with particular focus on nuanced language in the question itself -- and how to address itThe importance of taking a holistic view of your application before deciding which anecdotes to share and what to emphasize in your short-answer responsesSample opening sentences and "hooks" to draw the reader inIdeal essay structureAnd more!Even if you don't have to write the exact essays we discuss here, the tips that Hillary shares will serve you well and can be adapted to any short-answer essays you may have to write in your own applications. Enjoy!

    RESOURCES / LINKS
    Contact Hillary Schubach at Shine MBA Admissions ConsultingBoost your standardized test scores with Dominate Test Prep's proven prep courses
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    Episode 7: Storytelling Essentials for Your Application Essays, with Michael NoltemeyerEpisode 18: "I've Been Waitlisted! Now What?" with Hillary SchubachEpisode 3: Framework for a Successful Grad School Application, with Linda Abraham
    A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

    “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” — Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters

    • 48 min

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