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Welcome to the Simply Smarter Podcast hosted by college prep expert Caleb Pierce and Marketing Coordinator Jill Purcell. On this show, we’ll help families navigate some of the areas surrounding the college prep process by providing college and ACT related advice for students and their families. Listen each week to find out how students can score better on college placement tests, with techniques and methods that build confidence, beat test anxiety, and identify strengths within each student.

Welcome to the Simply Smarter Podcast hosted by college prep expert Caleb Pierce and Marketing Coordinator Jill Purcell. On this show, we’ll help families navigate some of the areas surrounding the college prep process by providing college and ACT related advice for students and their families. Listen each week to find out how students can score better on college placement tests, with techniques and methods that build confidence, beat test anxiety, and identify strengths within each student.
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Welcome to the Simply Smarter Podcast hosted by college prep expert Caleb Pierce and Marketing Coordinator Jill Purcell. On this show, we’ll help families navigate some of the areas surrounding the college prep process by providing college and ACT related advice for students and their families. Listen each week to find out how students can score better on college placement tests, with techniques and methods that build confidence, beat test anxiety, and identify strengths within each student.

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English

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Episodes

Adventures with Scout

9/11/2019
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On today's episode, we have a super special guest, one of our online students, Scout Webb. Jill babysat Scout while she was in college in Oklahoma and now Scout needs a little extra help studying for the September 14th ACT. We are going to get Scout's point of view about her experience with online tutoring as well as what her goals are for the test. Plus, Jill shares a couple of adventures of when she watched Scout nearly 17 years ago.

Duration:00:22:36

Adversity Score..."That Was A Mistake"

8/28/2019
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On this episode, Caleb and Jill talk about The College Board's "Adversity Score" and how changes have already been made to the tool that reduced a student's background to a single number. They break down what's included in the new "Landscape" tool and how it's different than the original "Adversity Score", how this effects students and parents, and does it even matter since some colleges and universities are going "test optional." Website: Get Smarter Prep

Duration:00:24:25

Kilts, Kids & Keeping It All In Perspective

8/21/2019
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On the show today we have a very special guest. One of our Master-Level Tutors, Gina Claypool is with us! Gina has been a tutor with us for over 5 years and has seen quite a few changes within standardized testing. We’re going to have a chat with her and hear her true feelings about the ACT.

Duration:00:18:59

That Was A Horrible Essay!

8/14/2019
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Today we have a special guest joining us. Our very own expert College Counselor and Standard Level Tutor, Ilana Garon. Ilana’s going to share what it takes to make a great college essay, give us some tips for preparing college lists, and how she can help with the overall college admissions process. Plus, she's going to share a couple examples of good essays as well as bad essays. You don't want to miss this episode.

Duration:00:35:16

How Early Is Too Early?

8/7/2019
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The episode today applies mainly to parents of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders. This is one question we get from them all the time! When should we start studying for the SAT/ACT? Today, we’re going to breakdown when students should start preparing for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, start putting together a high school resume, and when they should start building college lists!

Duration:00:25:05

Scholarships or Part Time Job?

7/31/2019
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On today’s episode Caleb and I are discussing whether it’s smarter to focus on a part time job or attain academic scholarships for college. We’re going to break down what it takes to make the most money with the least amount of work.

Duration:00:21:01

Debunking ACT/SAT Myths

7/24/2019
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Welcome back to Season Two of the Simply Smarter Podcast! We are excited to be back to inform students and parents about all things ACT related. On today’s episode Caleb and Jill are going to debunk several common myths associated with the ACT/SAT. They may even through in a few extra myths and see if they are true or false. It’s going to be fun!

Duration:00:25:31

A Parent's Thoughts About ACT Prep

5/1/2019
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On this week's episode, we are chatting with Liz Ferrigno, a parent of one of our students who just recently took the April 13th ACT. Her daughter, Danielle, is a Junior at Blue Valley West and is thinking about attending college at either University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, or Washburn University. We breakdown Danielle's ACT scores and discuss how our Standard Course helped her feel more confident and knowledgeable about the ACT.

Duration:00:14:23

Measuring Success

4/24/2019
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Success looks different for everyone. For some students, success may be getting accepted into their dream college, for others it may equate to a significant scholarship, and for others it may be increasing their ACT score 3 points. Everybody has a different measure of success. On today’s episode we’re talking about what success looks like for three of our students and how they chose to reach their goals.

Duration:00:24:56

Managing Expectations

4/17/2019
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Setting realistic expectations when it comes to the ACT is important. Why? Just like any other scenario in life, such as a big test, a speech, a business meeting, or an interview, you have to prepare. Being prepared gives you confidence and confidence allows you to do your best given the situation. On today’s episode we discuss how you can properly manage expectations when it comes to the ACT.

Duration:00:31:10

What Makes Up the ACT/SAT?

4/10/2019
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The ACT is very different from all other tests in high school. Students tend to feel overwhelmed with the way test makers phrase the questions and run out of time in different sections. On today's episode we discuss in detail every section of the ACT, what it covers, what students tend to struggle with in specific sections, different tips for each portion of the test and then we compare the ACT to the SAT.

Duration:00:43:14

Choosing the Correct ACT Test Date

4/3/2019
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Every high school student's Junior year is hectic and their schedules are full! In today's episode, Caleb and Jill breakdown how to choose the correct ACT test date. It may sound simple, but there are a number of pieces to identify before choosing a test date that works for students and their schedules. They discuss academic load, sports, extracurricular activities, and of course college deadlines & scholarships. How does a student fit studying for 8-10 weeks for the ACT into their busy...

Duration:00:24:45

What is a "Good" ACT Score?

3/27/2019
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On this week's episode of Simply Smarter we talk about what a "good" ACT score really means, how each student should have different ACT goals, and how to establish a baseline ACT score. We also break down the admittance rate for several colleges as well as discuss how your ACT score impacts different scholarships levels. As as added bonus, our listeners get to hear Caleb's southern accent even though he is from Colorado!

Duration:00:24:48

Varsity Blues Admissions Scandal

3/20/2019
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Today on the Simply Smarter Podcast Caleb and Jill are discussing the Varsity Blues College Admission Scandal, who was involved, the colleges that were a part of the scandal, as well as students' lives that are affected by this. We also touch on how parent's within our community are feeling anxiety surrounding test prep and what they can do about it. We discuss how our currently enrolled students are feeling, what they can do to obtain a legitimate ACT score, and the steps to admittance into...

Duration:00:22:54