PrepWell Podcast with Phil Black
The Importance of Class Selection

The Importance of Class Selection

November 22, 2020

Show Notes:

In this episode, I discuss how the admissions process is changing right before our eyes and how "class selection" has become even more important than GPA or SAT/ACT scores.  How do you approach the class selection process to make sure you get it right?

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:19 Why is class selection so important?
 
0:03:05 The new #1 factor in college admissions (thanks to COVID)
 
0:04:49 How to optimize the class selection process
 
0:05:40 The highly-motivated student
 
0:07:07 Which classes are the top performing students taking?
 
0:08:10 Challenged, but still successful
 
0:09:33 Case study: Students who wants to apply to competitive colleges
 
0:10:15 Which AP class(es) should I drop?
 
0:11:20 How do I know which AP/Honors classes to take?
 
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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.
 
Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.
What to do when the dream of a D-I scholarship dies

What to do when the dream of a D-I scholarship dies

November 15, 2020

Show Notes:

In this episode, I explore what parents should do when their child's D-1 athletic scholarship dreams are dashed. Who makes the decision? When should this decision be made? Is it different for boys and girls? How does the student-athlete recover?  

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:06:44 When should you know if your child has scholarship potential?
 
0:10:00 What if the answer is no?
 
0:15:45 Letters of Recommendation
 
0:10:40 3 options (DI, DIII, no college prospects)
 
0:11:09 Division I prospects
 
0:12:25 Division III prospects
 
0:15:35 No college sports
 
0:17:22 Sticking with the status quo
 
0:20:22 Mix things up
 
0:21:40 How to transition away from scholarship dreams
 
0:20:05 Branding and Leadership
 
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Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.
What Juniors Need To Focus On Right Now

What Juniors Need To Focus On Right Now

November 8, 2020

Show Notes:

The college admissions environment is changing before our eyes. In this episode, I update juniors on what to focus on right now. Please tune-in for a refresher on what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what to prioritize.  

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:52 Grades
0:04:15 Standardized tests
0:15:45 Letters of Recommendation
0:17:09 Signature Extracurricular Activity
0:20:05 Branding and Leadership
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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.
Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.
Top 5 Lessons Learned When Filling Out College Applications

Top 5 Lessons Learned When Filling Out College Applications

November 1, 2020

Show Notes:

Filling out college applications is more than just writing essays and submitting test scores. It’s a process that teaches some of life’s most important lessons. In this episode, I cover the Top 5 Life Lessons Learned during this process. 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:02:55 A life full of applications
0:05:45 How to Market Yourself
0:08:51 Early Preparation
0:10:30 Time Management
0:11:58 Concise Writing
0:13:42 Attention to Detail
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Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.
20 Bad Decisions

20 Bad Decisions

October 25, 2020

Show Notes:

In this episode, I go through 20 bad decisions that high-schoolers make and the consequences of such decisions. Make sure that you are not making similar mistakes. 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:55 Letters of recommendation 
0:02:25 When to study for SAT
0:03:00 Highlight videos for coaches
0:03:30 Leadership positions
0:03:58 College essays
0:04:36 Social media repost
0:05:16 Summer plans
0:05:46 No time
0:06:22 SAT and ACT diagnostics
0:06:54 Volunteer work
0:07:54 Financial aid
0:08:28 High School Clubs
0:09:07 Athletic scholarships
0:09:55 Eagle Scout
0:10:31 LinkedIn
0:11:09 Freshman grades
0:11:50 Test-taking timeline
0:12:26 SAT prep
0:13:14 Help from teachers
0:13:46 Summer planning
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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.
Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.
ROTC Scholarships

ROTC Scholarships

October 18, 2020

Show Notes:

In today’s episode, I discuss ROTC scholarships. What are they? How do they work? How do they differ from service academies? Why should I care? 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:40 Let’s start with military service academies
0:02:10 Military Service Academies
0:04:35 What is ROTC?
0:07:00 What do ROTC scholarships cover?
0:09:15 More affordable
0:09:50 Serve your country
0:10:06 Part time commitment
0:10:36 Leadership training
0:11:00 Guaranteed job for 5 years
0:11:44 Admissions advantage
0:12:28 Career optionality
0:12:54 Automatic affinity group
0:13:33 Monthly stipend
0:13:51 Life-changing Adventure
0:14:24 Combat exposure 
0:15:07 Resume-builder
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Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.
Top 3 Tips for 9-12th Graders

Top 3 Tips for 9-12th Graders

October 11, 2020

Show Notes:

Today’s episode is a review of the 3 most important things that students should focus on in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grades. To save time, fast forward to the grade that you care about most. 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:03:00 9th-graders

0:08:05 10th-graders

0:15:00 11th-graders

0:21:00 12th-graders

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

24 Rapid fire FAQs

24 Rapid fire FAQs

October 4, 2020

Show Notes:

Today’s episode is a compilation of answers to questions you have sent me by email, DM, phone, and voicemail. This format allows me to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and gives you the opportunity to test your knowledge about the process. Keep those questions coming... 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:45 Do I need to worry about the SAT or ACT anymore?

0:02:20 Need-based versus merit-based financial aid

0:03:08 What are the best extracurriculars for my child?

0:03:56 Should my son apply ED to Dartmouth?

0:04:50 Do Ivy League schools offer merit aid?

0:05:31 Is it too late to take the SAT this year?

0:06:05 How is my son supposed to be recruited?

0:07:22 What’s the single most important factor for academics

0:07:35 What’s the difference between West Point and ROTC?

0:08:42 Is any college worth $85K/year?

0:09:32 What is Single-Choice Early Action?

0:10:18 When should my child start to study for the SAT/ACT?

0:10:37 Which test is easier - SAT or ACT?

0:11:17 Do Div III schools offer athletic scholarships?

0:11:27 Do Ivy League schools offer athletic scholarships?

0:11:33 What is the single biggest mistake students make?

0:11:56 How will admissions handle academic performance during COVID?

0:12:26 How much volunteer work is enough?

0:13:50 What will replace SAT and ACT scores?

0:14:15 What should I be worried about with distance learning?

0:15:00 Should my daughter take AP exams this year?

0:16:00 How can I motivate my unmotivated child?

0:17:02 Advice for college essays?

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

How to avoid waking up in a panic your senior year

How to avoid waking up in a panic your senior year

September 27, 2020

Show Notes:

Many teenagers wake up at the end of 11th grade, wondering why they are not prepared for the college admissions process. In this episode, I teach teenagers: (1) how to avoid this fate, (2) why it’s important to start early, and (3) how to maintain their motivation - even during COVID-19.

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:02:05 What “things” can we control? 

0:03:30 How small changes affect long-term goals

0:03:55 The Titanic

0:05:35 What “icebergs" do you have in your life?

0:06:55 How do you avoid the fate of the Titanic?

0:07:24 Importance of a vision

0:07:49 What is viscipline?

0:09:50 What simple behaviors will change my life?

0:12:30 What insight helped me achieve success?

0:13:14 My ultimate hope 

0:13:30 The Magic Formula

0:14:05 How do I start the journey?

0:15:00 The first step...

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

How Will Test-optional/Test-blind Affect Admissions?

How Will Test-optional/Test-blind Affect Admissions?

September 20, 2020

Show Notes:

In this episode, I discuss how a trend toward test-optional and test-blind policies will affect the college admissions process - this year and for years to come. Important for families with 8th - 12th graders.   

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:02:10 Dealing with more test-optional/test-blind colleges 

0:02:40 How colleges used to evaluate students

0:03:45 How colleges evaluate students now

0:05:00 The Big 2

0:05:45 What do colleges look at after the Big 3

0:06:14 Imagine yourself as a college admissions officer

0:07:50 10 Extracurricular Activities

0:08:38 Case study

0:11:00 How do I optimize my Activities?

0:15:30 Unique Extracurricular Activities

0:17:40 Summary

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank (2X), etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

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