PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 15 | Why Colleges Love Leaders and How Your Child Can Become One

prepwell podcast Jan 12, 2020

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:03 Why do colleges seem to love leaders?
0:04:13 How can you help your child become a leader?
0:05:55 Why is it so important to start early?
0:07:23 What happens if your child waits too long?
0:08:20 Can 9th and 10th graders become leaders?
0:09:44 What about starting your own club?
0:11:10 What about a Shark Tank Club?
0:12:05 Don’t make this mistake
0:12:45 What about Captains of sports teams?
0:14:37 How your child’s job demonstrates leadership
0:15:15 Students who lead their families
0:15:45 Tried-and-True leadership opportunities
0:16:30 How important is leadership to military programs?
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 14 | Top 10 Things Your High Schooler Should Have done This Year

prepwell podcast Dec 29, 2019

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In this episode, I share with you what every 9th, 10th, and 11th grader should have done between June and December of this year (the first half of the academic year).
I lay out these 10 DIRECTIVES by grade (9th, 10th, and 11th), with a short explanation as to why each is so essential. 
If your child is a PrepWeller, who has been keeping up with their videos for the last few months, this will be old news to them. They will have heard this (ideally) and taken action and been on their way. They are my superstars. If you are the parent of a PrepWeller, who hasn’t quite kept up with the weekly lessons, well, now you’ll learn 10 of the most important things that I’ve been directing your child to do since June. Yes, these are just the tip of the iceberg, but worth noting  And, hint hint, it might be a good idea for you to check-in with your child to see how they’re doing with these directives.

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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 13 | How to Keep Track of your Child’s Extracurricular Activities

prepwell podcast Dec 22, 2019

Show Notes:

In this episode, I discuss how to help your child keep track of their extracurricular activities. There are many options - some of which your child (or you) may already be doing - from doing nothing, to recording events in a notebook, collecting articles or certificates in a physical folder, updating a computer file or spreadsheet - or, doing what PrepWellers do - which is updating, in real-time, their own LinkedIn profile. 
The goal of these options (and there are plenty of others) is to document important moments in your child’s life.
Today, Im going to walk you through the importance of this process and each of the steps required to be successful.

What I discuss in this episode: 

0:01:37 How do PrepWellers track their activities?
0:02:08 Why should my child track their activities?
0:03:50 A practical reason to track activities
0:04:15 How will tracking help with college applications?
0:05:25 When...
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 12 | Should my child take the SAT or ACT?

prepwell podcast Dec 15, 2019

Today, we’re talking about how to approach the SAT and/or ACT - the two standardized tests that most colleges will use to assess your child’s readiness for college.
This is a very important topic. As with most things related to college admissions, students and parents should get involved far sooner than they think - if they want to do well.
That’s the entire point of this podcast, and PrepWell Academy - to give you the early head’s - to help you prepare early - so that your child can perform well.
Here are some questions I address:
  • How do I approach these tests?
  • When should I take these tests?
  • Which test should I take?
  • What’s the difference between the tests?
  • How do I compare an ACT and SAT score?
  • Should I take one or both?
  • How big a deal is my score?
  • How many times should I take it? 
  • How much should I expect to improve?
  • What are the best ways to prepare for these tests?
  • What if I don’t want...
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 11 | Everything you Need to Know About College Affordability

prepwell podcast Dec 08, 2019

In this episode, I break down the financial terminology and buzzwords surrounding college affordability. Unlike most generic overviews, however, I explain how these terms actually affect our lives. How much will college actually cost? At what income level does need-based aid disappear? And other difficult questions...

Show Notes:

In this episode, I advise parents on what they need to know about paying for college - before it’s too late. If parents put their heads in the proverbial sand until junior or senior year of high school, their financial flexibility may be severely limited. Listen to this podcast to orient yourself to the timing, relevance, and potential risks associated with today’s college costs and what you can do about them.

In this Episode:

0:00:51 Why is it hard to get straight answers from parents about financial aid?
0:02:00 What matters when it comes to paying for college?
0:03:15 The importance of early planning 
0:03:23 A...
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 10 | What to Expect of Your Freshman

prepwell podcast Dec 01, 2019

This podcast explores the life and times of freshmen in high school today. What are they up to? What's going through their minds? How motivated are they? How motivated should they be? Are we expecting too much or too little? How do we guide our freshman so that they start off on the right foot?

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  5. Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program

What I discuss in this episode:

0:01:37 What is life like for today’s high school freshman?
0:02:14 The importance of peer groups
0:03:02 Why do freshmen do dumb things?
0:03:30 What do we want from our freshman?
0:04:14 How to avoid the big 4 life-altering mistakes
0:05:10 How do we get teens to think about the future?
0:05:24 How to build great habits (e.g....
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 9 | Phil Black Answers Most Popular FAQs

prepwell podcast Nov 24, 2019

In this episode, I answer a ton of popular FAQs from parents, students, and PrepWellers. Check out the timeline below and see if any of these questions pique your interest.
If you want to support the show, here are three immediate steps to take.  
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  3. Give us a review
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  5. Join our mailing list
  6. Enroll your 9th or 10th grader in the program

Here are the questions I answer in this episode:

0:01:03 Do I have to take SAT Subject Tests?
0:03:01 Do colleges care if I take the SAT or ACT?
0:03:11 Is it true that Ivy League schools do not give merit scholarships?
0:03:49 How many times is too many for taking the SAT?
0:04:48 Is it possible to get a full-ride scholarship in baseball?
0:06:00 How many colleges should I apply to?
0:06:46 Is it better to get an A in a non-weighted class or a B in a weighted...
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 8 | Should I Seek College Admissions Advice for my Freshman or Sophomore?

prepwell podcast Nov 17, 2019

Show Notes:

Should you look for someone to help your freshman or sophomore with the college admissions process? If so, whom might that be, what might that person bring to the table, when should you start, how much should it cost, what should you expect, and what role should your child play (if any) in this decision? 
Questions to consider:
  1. Has your child ever been coached in a sport?
  2. Has your child ever had an instructor for a musical instrument?
  3. Has your child ever had a tutor to help with school work?
  4. Have you ever hired a plumber?
  5. Have you ever used an accountant?
  6. Have you ever engaged a lawyer? 
Options (assuming you agree that early engagement is important):
  1. Put your child in charge of their own preparation
  2. You take control of your child’s preparation 
  3. Pay an advisor for a 1-time assessment
  4. Enroll in PrepWell Academy
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 7 | The Myths and Realities of the Ever-Elusive Full-Ride Athletic Scholarship

prepwell podcast Nov 10, 2019

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In this episode, I talk about the elusive "full-ride” athletic scholarship to college. Does it really exist? Who gets one? What are my kid's chances? Are all athletic scholarships created equal? What are the pros and cons of a scholarship? Is it even worth pursuing? Why does it seem that everyone knows someone who’s on a full-ride scholarship somewhere?

If you’re curious about college recruiting and scholarships, Operation Varsity Blues, fake athletic profiles, and the mythical full-ride scholarship, then stick around. I’ll address all of these issues and more during the show. I will cover how athletic scholarships work so that you and your child can make informed decisions - while it’s still early enough to matter. 

One of the big takeaways (spoiler alert), is that many parents (unknowingly) wait too long to realize that their child's dream of playing sports in college is unrealistic. And, unfortunately, by...

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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 6 | How Extracurriculars Turn a Ho-Hum Application into a Home Run Application

prepwell podcast Nov 03, 2019

Show Notes:

In this episode, I take you “inside” a check-in session with one of my private PrepWell students (we’ll refer to him as John). John, who is just beginning his junior year, has been enrolled in PrepWell Academy since freshman year and has positioned himself well for the college admissions process. He has a 4.5 GPA, takes challenging AP and Honors classes, plays a varsity sport, engages in student government, and scored well on his PSAT 10 in sophomore year. That’s the good news.

What’s the bad news? John has revealed that he aspires to attend a Top 10 colleges. This puts John in competition with some of the most motivated high school students in the country. As I audit his extracurricular activities, it becomes clear that his current path will not get it done. John is a bit surprised. He thinks he’s been doing everything right. What more can he do in the next 10-12 months to be competitive?

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