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Welcome to THE college admissions industry podcast! Join Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley as they discuss the latest issues in testing, admissions, learning, and education with leading experts. Tests and the Rest is perfect for school counselors, educators, test prep professionals, college consultants, and just about anyone engaged in the college admissions process. You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via any podcast app, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and ...
 
This is a series of monthly podcasts all about Higher Education and learning. I talk with the most forward-thinking and disruptive educational leaders on the planet. Each episode is 40-minutes long, raw and unplugged. We are punks shaping the future of higher education. Oh yeah. Music: (C) Three Bad Eyes / Bill Kerry III
 
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Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Dr. Kelly Finn, who has a BS in Business and K-12 teaching license, a MS in math, and a Doctor of Learning and Teaching from the University of Iowa. She has helped students prepare for college for 15 years. Kelly and he…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Samiya Cogmon, who founded Horizon Star Tutoring Co in 2019 with a mission to bring the joys of academic achievement to others… the confidence that you take into adulthood. The vision was born long before the company wa…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Greg Hudson, an AP United States History teacher at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his Masters in Social Studies Education from Truman State University and has been teaching this AP History for 1…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Stacey Howe-Lott, a 25-year teacher who now focuses exclusively on SAT and ACT test prep. She's been called the Dumbledore of SAT prep in the book The Perfect Score Project for creating customized score reports that can…
 
Education is serious business but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun! Amy and Mike invited educator Julie Post to share the latest tips and tools for game-based learning. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is game-based learning? What makes game-based learning effective? What are some examples of effective game-based lear…
 
The foundations of higher education are shifting, often subtly but sometimes with seismic force. Case in point, a confluence of economic, societal, and demographic trends will almost assuredly lead to school closures. The big questions are “Which ones and when?” Amy and Mike invited educational analyst Gary Stocker to understand the complexities of…
 
Conventional wisdom holds that if you don’t use it, you lose it, whatever “it” happens to be. But why do we forget information we’ve learned and how can we better retain it? Amy and Mike invited educational entrepreneur Tyler York to explain how to use spaced repetition for study success. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is…
 
Aspiring college students tend to commit abundant time and resources to learning all about specific schools and programs, yet remain oblivious to their own motivations and needs. Amy and Mike invited author Tracy Badua to comment on finding your authentic self in the path to college. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Why is the c…
 
The college search should ideally reflect a student’s distinct preferences for learning and living environments, which can be particularly important for teens on the autism spectrum. Amy and Mike invited educational consultant Eric Endlich to detail college admissions considerations for autistic students. What are five things you will learn in this…
 
Major transitions often result in major confusion for the unprepared. If you are–or support–a teen in the high school graduating class of 2025, the time to consider taking or skipping the new digital SAT is now! Amy and Mike invited educator Brian Eufinger to strategize a testing game plan for the class of 2025. What are five things you will learn …
 
The only facts most college applicants know about scholarships for certain is that free money is awesome; everything else is subject to review. Amy and Mike invited scholarship expert Jocelyn Paonita Pearson to clarify four scholarship myths that keep students from winning awards. What are five things you will learn in this episode? When is the bes…
 
We’ve long accepted that students tend to learn best through specific instructional channels based on their personal preferences. But do they really? Amy and Mike invited data scientist Stanislaw Pstrokonski to review the evidence on learning styles. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What does personalization mean in the context …
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced independent educational consultant? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Maria and Tom Geffers of Career and College Counselors. With over 30 years in the education field involving levels from secondary to university in both the public and private school systems, Maria created various educationa…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced independent educational consultant? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Wendie Lubic, a professional who brings a wealth of experience to her educational consulting. She is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and a professional member of IECA, NACAC and PCACAC and has taken classes in Indepen…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced independent educational consultant? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Dana Ponsky, who began her career in education more than 20 years ago as a student at the University of Maryland where she earned a degree in American Studies, a graduate degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Gre…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced independent educational consultant? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Kristin Cocquyt, a seasoned college admission expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the field - on both the college and high school sides of the desk. As an Assistant Director of College Counseling and Director of Co…
 
Happiness is elusive in this world, particularly for anyone going through massive growth and change. As we seek successful, stress-free lives of our own, we parents, educators, counselors, and everyone else who deal daily with adolescents should strive to be part of their solutions, not their troubles. Amy and Mike consulted a wide range of knowled…
 
There are all kinds of colleges and universities in this wide world, which is lucky for all those different kinds of aspiring college students! Amy and Mike consulted a wide range of college admissions experts to share their counsel on which types of students thrive at different types of schools. What are nine things you will learn in this episode?…
 
Applicants find themselves more confused than ever by current test-optional admissions policies; how do you know if “optional” really applies to you? Amy and Mike invited college counseling expert Judi Robinovitz to explore the complexities of whether to submit test scores or not. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is the dif…
 
Higher education might be the priciest purchase in a person’s life. So why are there still so many questions about when and how to put money aside for that specific expense? Amy and Mike invited financial planner John Skomski to share strategies for investing in college. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Is it reasonable for fami…
 
Empowering Students To Succeed In Life Through Private, Personalized Tutoring with educators Eva Addae and David Blobaum What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is the story behind Summit Prep? What differentiates Summit Prep? What kinds of students work best with Summit Prep? What kinds of outcomes do Summit Prep students experie…
 
Coaches often claim that we play like we practice. Unfortunately, we don’t always replicate our best practice results when it counts. Amy and Mike invited educator Brooke Hanson to discuss what to do when a test score disappoints. What are five things you will learn in this episode? How can test takers determine expectations for test score increase…
 
The college admissions process can provoke a lot of anxiety, not just in students but in every other person with a stake in uncertain outcomes. Does submitting applications have to be this hectic? Amy and Mike invited high school counselor Candace McMahon to share guidance on destressifying the college admissions process. What are five things you w…
 
Discover the power of Niagara University with Alison Boland and Kyle Schwindler What are five things you will learn in this episode? Where is Niagara University located and what are its demographics? What types of students feel most at home at Niagara University? What is the energy or vibe like on campus? What are the strengths of Niagara Universit…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Meredith Bagwill, the owner of Total College Prep, LLC. Meredith has 28 years of experience in education. Total College Prep, LLC. provides comprehensive tutoring services that enable students to improve test scores, na…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Meet Kailey Ossanna, the proud owner of KO Tutoring, the test prep company she founded in August 2020. She is a graduate of Campbell University, receiving her BS in Biology. Kailey's path to KO Tutoring has had many interest…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Dr. Kuni Michael Beasley has a BS from Texas Christian University (GO Frogs!), an MBA from Oklahoma City University, a Doctor of Ministry in Greek and Hebrew from Tyndale Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Jeff Eisenberg, the founder of Long Island Test Prep, has been working as a test prep professional since 1991. He’s a lifelong resident of Long Island. Having just retired from the classroom after a 31-year career teaching S…
 
Ready to learn the history, philosophy, and practice of an experienced professional in the test prep industry? MEET OUR GUEST Huzefa Kapadia is the founder of Scalar Learning LLC, an education services company based in Los Angeles, CA. Moreover, he is a math video curriculum developer, math musician, and a private math tutor. His life is fully devo…
 
Learning and innovation, it is said, go hand in hand. Unfortunately, teachers don't always see how to bring the two together. Amy and Mike invited educator Barak Moore to describe how to be an innovative educator. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What makes innovation such an important cornerstone of education? What academic the…
 
So many important factors converge in the college selection process, yet one of the most critical ones is far too often ignored. Amy and Mike invited college consultant Chris Wills to make the case for considering college financial fit first. What are five things you will learn in this episode? In what ways have the costs of college changed over th…
 
Discussions about education tend to focus on those who do the teaching. Let’s not ignore, however, the abundant opportunities for improvement possible at the point of learning. Amy and Mike invited educator Patrice Bain to explain the importance of feedback-driven metacognition. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Why doesn't study…
 
Test takers have more ways than ever to prepare for important exams. However, if the way you are learning doesn’t involve actually taking practice tests, does it even count as prep? Amy and Mike invited educator Paul Pscolka to explain why practice tests matter so much. What are five things you will learn in this episode? Is it really test preparat…
 
Helping Tutoring Companies Grow Their Businesses with educator Matt McCorkle What are five things you will learn in this episode? What is the story behind Clear Choice Prep? What makes Clear Choice Prep the clear choice? What kinds of organizations work best with Clear Choice Prep? What kinds of outcomes do Clear Choice Prep clients experience? Wha…
 
Most new college students say they don’t want a reprise of high school, but rather a brand new world of educational immersion and independent living. So why are so many teens not only unprepared for exactly that but unable to locate the resources put in place for their benefit? Amy and Mike invited educator Perry LaRoque to share strategies for mak…
 
Most of us understand the meaning of the term “hook” in the context of a catchy song or piece of writing, but when did we start using it for college applicants? Amy and Mike invited educational consultant Aly Beaumont to explain what “unhooked” means in admissions. What are five things you will learn in this episode? What exactly is a "hook" in col…
 
We all value physicians, which means we all, by extension, value medical school. Like it or not, that must mean we all value that really challenging admissions exam all future doctors in the U.S. must excel on. Amy and Mike invited educational consultant Shirag Shemmassian, Ph.D. to tell us all about the MCAT. What are five things you will learn in…
 
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