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March 28, 2018 03:59 PM PDT

In this episode, our team gets into the various secrets that you may our may not know about the college admissions process and how students need to start strategizing to improve their chances of admissions. We cover the following topics: 

-What you may and may not know
-School Profile
-Teacher Recommendations 
-Fit/College themes 
-Demonstrated Interest 
-Socioeconomic status 
-Uniqueness factor
-Case Studies

March 21, 2018 02:07 PM PDT

In a previous episode, we discussed general questions students have when creating their college list. After receiving more questions about the college search process and with our current Class of 2019 students starting to create their own lists, we decided to delve into the process in more detail during this episode by covering the following topics:

-What to consider when creating my college list

-Strategy vs. fit (what is this)

-How to research colleges

-When to start

-What undergraduate school is and what it isn't

Tune in to hear our team discuss their own stories while giving their personal advice!

March 14, 2018 01:51 PM PDT

In this episode, we discuss recommendation letters: when/how to submit, who to get them from, why they are important, etc. and most importantly, how students should start preparing for them!

-What is included in the college application process? 
-How to upload?
-How do I choose the right teachers/professionals/etc.?
-How do I get close to my teachers and counselor?
-What components do the best recommendation letters have? 

March 07, 2018 03:42 PM PST

In this episode, our team will be discussing what supplemental materials are and how to strategize and plan for submission. We delve into the different types of supplemental materials and cover the following topics and questions:

-What type of supplemental materials are there? 
-College policies
-Who reviews supplements
-Supplemental deadlines
-How to upload?
-How do I choose?
-Where can I get help?

January 24, 2018 02:17 PM PST

Welcome back to our newest season of the Hall Pass Podcast! This season, we're excited to be bringing you more interesting content from inside the admissions office at top universities. In this episode, our team will review and evaluate this past application season and our overall thoughts and findings, including:

-UC Admissions Data
-Ivy League and Top Schools Applicant Data
-Conditional Admissions
-Record Numbers
-New Essay Prompts
-Reviewing a Case Study of an Ivy League Applicant

We're so excited to be back to share our experiences with our listeners! Click below to tune in!

July 05, 2017 02:19 PM PDT

In this episode, we will be using all of the topics we've covered throughout this season (college lists, athletic recruitment, accelerated programs, essays, etc.) to provide advice for our 2 students through case studies. Check out the data for our students on www.thehallpasspodcast.com.

June 28, 2017 01:47 PM PDT

Motivation by definition (according to the Business Dictionary) is the internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal. Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the (1) intensity of desire or need, (2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and (3) expectations of the individual and of his or her peers. These factors are the reasons one has for behaving a certain way. An example is a student that spends extra time studying for a test because he or she wants a better grade in the class.

There are two types of motivation -- Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic: are those that arise from outside of the individual and often involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition or praise.
Intrinsic: are those that arise from within the individual, such as doing a complicated crossword puzzle purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.

Tune in to this episode to hear from our speakers about what they did when they lost motivation and cover the following topics below:

-Why do you think students lose motivation?
-What to do when you lose motivation.
-Motivational strategies.
-How to set goals.
-What are colleges looking for?
-....And More!

June 21, 2017 01:40 PM PDT

In this episode, we have a special guest, Dorothy Kang, one of our former students who just finished her first year at Stanford University.

Listen in on some insider knowledge about Stanford University, the application, general tips and advice and answers to the questions below:

-Tell us about what you did in high school.
-What is your major? Did it change from when you first applied? 
-What do you love about Stanford? Favorite class?
-One thing that students should know about Stanford before applying.
-Was Stanford your top choice when you decided to apply? What was the biggest draw? Why was Stanford your dream school?
-Is there anything you don’t like about Stanford?
-Advice on how to get into Stanford.
-Advice on Stanford application/essays.
-What do you know now, as a Stanford student, that you didn’t know when you were in high school, about colleges and college life, in general
-What do you wish you knew about college and the admissions process now that you have gone through it?
-One of the best and most challenging parts of college is being on your own, with a relatively unstructured schedule. How has that adjustment been?

June 14, 2017 02:03 PM PDT

Study Habits are learned traits and skills that not everyone is born with. In fact, it is commonly known that 90% of bad grades in high school are due to poor study habits. 

How you approach studying matters. Where you study matters. In this episode, we delve into various tips and tricks to improve your Study Habits for various courses. A few topics we cover are: 

-Preview/Review Tips
-Scheduling Tips/Procrastination
-Memorization Tricks
-Using Your Teacher
-Using Your Peers
-...And MORE!!! 

June 07, 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Accelerated programs are a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree programs that are structured to be completed in a shorter time frame. Some programs can be completed in as little as 12 months, and others may take 6 to 7 years in comparison to the normal 8-year track. 

In this podcast, we cover the following questions:

- What kinds of programs are there (profession, duration)?  BSMD, BSN, BSPharmD, BSDDS, BAJD, BAMA, BAMS, AILE, etc. 
- What are the pros and cons of accelerated programs? 
- How do I go about preparing for applying to an accelerated program? 
- What are college admissions looking for when reviewing accelerated program applicants?
- How do I know an accelerated program is right for me? 
- How many accelerated programs should I apply to?

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