PrepWell Podcast with Phil Black

PrepWell Podcast with Phil Black

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.

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May 2, 2021 16 min
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?

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0:01:23?9th graders

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0:02:30?Motivated or unmotivated

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

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

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

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

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

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    Show Notes: In this episode, I discuss what motivates us to put our kids into sports. Then, I break down the three types of athletes: Div I, Div III, and recreational athletes. Finally, how do each of these athletes fare in the college admissions process??

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    0:02:10?The Div I athlete

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    0:05:50?The Div III athlete

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    0:08:43?The recreational athlete

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    0:10:20?#1: Follow the crowd

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    0:11:07?#2: Exercise

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    0:11:23?#3: Love of spo...

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    Show Notes: In this episode, I make the strong case that every sophomore should dedicate 4-6 weeks this summer studying for the SAT or ACT. Learn the reasons why and how to map out a plan of attack.

     

    0:02:40 Why study for SAT this summer

     

    0:05:44 Why it may not make sense

     

    0:06:55 Will you be smarter in the Spring?

     

    0:07:40 Plenty of time to recover

     

    0:08:22 Early SAT score to coaches

     

    0:08:55 Early is always better tha...

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    Show Notes: In this episode, I walk through the reasons why some of the most selective schools are only admitting 3-4% of the applicants. Once we establish the reasons why, we then tackle the tougher question of - what can you do about it?

     

    0:02:00 Why admit rates so low?

     

    0:02:18 College Rankings

     

    0:02:54 Artificial number of applicants

     

    0:03:55 Definition of applicant

     

    0:04:22 QuestBridge

     

    0:05:10 Common App

     

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    April 4, 2021 19 min
    Show Notes: If you have a 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grader, this episode is for you. I advise parents on how to help their young children prepare for the Verbal section of the SAT/ACT - from a very early age. I also try to disabuse parents of the assumption that good grades in English class necessarily translate into high SAT Verbal scores. They don't. Find out why not and what you can do about it.

     

    0:01:37 Performing ...

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    Show Notes: In this episode, I discuss why this year's admissions results will be the toughest in years. How you should prepare for the results and what to do next.   0:01:13 Why colleges love leaders   0:03:00 7 Common leadership roles   0:04:40 How to secure leadership roles   0:11:52 Inside the mind of an admissions officer   0:14:15 Two strategies for leadership positions   0:16:30 Final advice   Follow us:
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    March 21, 2021 13 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I discuss why this year's admissions results will be the toughest in years. How you should prepare for the results and what to do next.

     

    0:01:13 Why will admissions be so competitive this year?

     

    0:04:49 What will happen to yields?

     

    0:05:35 The long waitlist

     

    0:05:52 What if you're admitted?

     

    0:06:45 What if you're denied?

     

    0:07:15 What if you're wait-listed?

     

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    March 12, 2021 10 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I reveal why GPA has become an irrelevant number in today's college admissions process.

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:01:07 The Big 3

     

    0:01:45 Why has GPA lost its stature?

     

    0:03:23 Not a new trend

     

    0:04:20 How colleges assess GPA

     

    0:05:15 What to do

     

    0:06:10 Do grades still matter?

     

    0:06:30 Case Study

     

    0:09:00 What metric to use to create college list

     

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    March 7, 2021 24 min
    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I reveal the pros and cons of applying "Early Decision" to college. This high-stakes decision should not be taken lightly. Colleges benefit from ED programs, but do students?

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    0:01:20 Timelines and terminology

     

    0:02:00 Early admissions deadlines

     

    0:02:40 Early Decision or "ED"

     

    0:04:00 Restricted Early Action or "REA"

     

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    February 27, 2021 23 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I reveal the single day in the life of your child that represents the "tipping point" when it comes to college affordability. If you miss it, you may not be able to recover.  Find out how prepared you'll be when you reach the tipping point.

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:03:00 Top college affordability questions

     

    0:04:05 How much does college cost?

     

    0:06:00 What about sta...

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    February 21, 2021 19 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I try to convince motivated (but wavering) students to take the SAT or ACT - despite the deluge of messages telling them otherwise.  The fact that most colleges are still "test-optional" has given many students a false notion that it doesn't matter if they take the test or not anymore. For students who want to be competitive, this is not the case.  Please listen to this episode if you are o...

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    February 14, 2021 13 min
    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I discuss the ascendancy of AP classes and exams, and how to capitalize on their momentum. As more and more objective measures of student academic achievement get canceled, others are surging. Find out why AP classes and exams may be the last place to show your academic chops.

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:01:17 The growing challenge for college admissions

     

    0:01:53 Bye, bye SAT/ACT requi...

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    February 7, 2021 29 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I walk through a new and updated Top 10 List of important factors that impact college admissions. This is not your standard list. For example, GPA and rigor of courses fall to #8 on the list. 

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:03:17 Drivers vs. passengers

     

    0:05:00 Recruited athletes

     

    0:10:05 SAT/ACT score

     

    0:12:40 National or international renown

     

    0:13:36 A coherent brand

     

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    January 31, 2021 21 min

    Show Notes:

    There are certain windows of opportunity that should not be missed. Learn the critical decision points and how to stay on track with them.

     

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:03:40 Fresh: Division I scholarships?

     

    0:04:40 Fresh: Highly-selective schools?

     

    0:05:20 Fresh: STEM or Humanities?

     

    0:05:36 Soph: Significant leadership role?

     

    0:08:36 Soph: Want to attend service academy?

     

    0:09:10 Soph:...

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    January 24, 2021 21 min
    Show Notes: SAT Subject Tests and the "essay" section of SAT have both been canceled - indefinitely. Find out what this means for students. Who are the winners and losers? Here is what I discuss in this episode: 0:01:30 SAT Subject Tests canceled   0:02:00 The good news   0:03:07 History of SAT Subject Tests   0:05:36 Who is harmed?   0:08:40 Who may benefit?   0:10:20 But then again...   0:11:15 Using tests to demonstrat...
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    In this episode, I cover more than just a standard list of summer activities. I use a real-world case study to demonstrate why some summer activities might be better than others for "Rick".   Here is what I discuss in this episode: 0:02:34 Behind the scenes strategies   0:03:15 Case study: "Rick"   0:03:47 Rick's options   0:04:30 Option 1: Private Pilot's license   0:07:50 Option 2: Rick's friend gets h...
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    January 10, 2021 26 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I walk through answers to FAQs from 2020. 

     

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:01:14 Should I worry about the SAT or ACT anymore?

     

    0:03:18 I got 1190 on my PSAT. What do I do now?

     

    0:06:03 I've been getting a lot of fancy invitations to leadership conferences. Should I go?

     

    0:08:00 I want to be an engineer. Any advice?

     

    0:09:22 Is there any stigma in moving my child to a diff...

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    January 3, 2021 12 min
    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I walk through the best ways to cope with the 3-month wait before students find out their college application results. 

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:01:20 Applications are in. Now what? 

    0:02:37 Finding your flow 

    0:03:20 How to manage the emotional roller coaster

    0:03:34 Month 1: Aggressive optimism

    0:04:25 Month 2: Re-take control

    0:06:20 Month 3: Aggressive pessimism

    0:06:43 Harva...

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    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I walk through the factors that made this year's early admissions process one of the most difficult in years. Who got in, who got deferred, and who got denied?

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:01:20 What is early admissions? 

    0:04:00 Why was early admissions so competitive this year? 

    0:04:44 #1 More applicants 

    0:05:15 Optional SAT and ACT scores 

    0:06:40 Flight...

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    December 13, 2020 13 min

    Show Notes:

    In this episode, I lay out the steps (and options) for high school students who want to succeed in college and beyond. Step 1: Decide if you want to succeed. Step 2: Decide if you're willing to pay the price. Step 3: Decide if you want to pay now or later?

    Here is what I discuss in this episode:

    0:01:20 Do you want to be successful?

    0:02:30 When do you want to pay?

    0:03:23 Students who want to pay "now"

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