298: How to Reduce the Harm of Constant Comparison

A downside of being a student is that you’re the subject of constant comparison to other students — whether it’s related to smartness, grades, SAT scores, or what college you got into. There are some simple ways adults can shift they way they talk to teens to avoid...

297: Have We Really Been Podcasting for 7 Years?!

Can it be that we are still podcasting as we start our 7th year?! We’ve outlasted many of our “competitors” who were also doing college prep podcasting back in 2014 when we began. Join Megan and Gretchen as we reflect about the last 7 years. Specifically we’ll share:...

How to Make Coworking Agreements with a Friend

?Do you sometimes struggle to get work done when you’re alone? Does it help to work with friends, but is it hard to find the time to meet up in person? Today’s video tip is super special. You get to meet my good friend Katherine, who ALSO happens to be a...

What Motivates You Take This Quiz!

Do you love taking personality quizzes? Recently I told one of my clients (a 9th grader) that if we had extra time in my session, we’d do something “fun.” When I told her we were going to take a personality quiz, she totally perked up! I’m not...

292: 15+ Anti-Boring Ways to Study for Final Exams

Study Smorgasbord! Gretchen lists more than 15 anti-boring strategies students can choose from as they prepare for final exams, to make sure that they’re practicing retrieval and encoding in new ways. Tune in to learn: The 3 most important steps any student needs to...

How Many Creative Ways Do You Have of Using Flashcards?

Do you get bored by flashcards? Are they too repetitive, dull, and unmotivating? Not the way I teach students to play with flashcards! Recently I taught a student my special approach, and we reflected on how well she was able to “retrieve” the information...

291: How to Pay for College with ROTC Scholarships

For students open to spending a few years in military service after college graduation, the ROTC offers generous scholarships. Join us for an interview with Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland, as he explains how families might take advantage of this opportunity....

How Forgetful Students Can Remember to Check Your Grades

Do you forget to check your grades online?! I’ve noticed that there’s a certain kind of forgetful student who probably should check their grades on a daily (or every-other-day) basis, but can’t seem to remember. In this video, I share a story about...

Want to Look Impressive to Colleges? Ask This Question.

Do you have the (faulty) idea that colleges are more interested in students who do a lot of different activities? Recently on my podcast my cohost and I were talking about things juniors in high school need to do to make sure they’re “on track” for...