The College Checklist Podcast

The College Checklist Podcast is the podcast dedicated to guiding you through the complex world of college admissions. Host Lauren Gaggioli interviews experts from all areas of college admissions, college search, financial aid, scholarships, test prep and more to empower you take control of your family's college admissions process.

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6 Steps to Create the Perfect SAT & ACT Testing Timeline (Episode 42)

SAT & ACT Prep Expert Lauren GaggioliAs you may know, I am passionate about test prep. Sick as that sounds, it’s quite true. I don’t know why I’m wired this way, but c’est la vie! I might as well embrace it, right?

Well, in the past 7 years as I’ve worked to crack the SAT and ACT codes, I’ve also acquired a lot of really helpful knowledge in the areas around the tests. I’ve learned not just how to work through given questions, but also how to set a student up for success before ever opening a book to study. And today I get to share a little bit of that know-how with you!

I am so excited to share this episode of The College Checklist Podcast because I know firsthand the power of a well-planned testing timeline.

I see a lot of families make “rookie” mistakes when trying to go it alone because – well – parents only go through this process once per student. That’s not very much practice.

Also, a lot of the cookie-cutter advice that floats around the internet may not apply to your student for a wide array of different considerations.

Without proper guidance, you can cause your student unnecessary stress and waste their time and your money.

Being strategic is critical. I’ve advised hundreds of families regarding the very best testing timeline and the amazing thing is that no 2 plans look alike. Every student gets his or her own personal road map – and that is the key to success.

Because I’m so passionate about this topic, I’m thrilled to share that – starting today – I will be offering phone consultations to help all college-bound families that want help determining the very best testing timeline for their student. These are 100% free, no obligation phone calls with me – a test prep expert with over 7 years of experience! :)

I’m here for you and – if you’re interested – I’d love to chat. Fill in the form below, and I’ll be in touch!

Lauren Gaggioli


The College Checklist – How to Create a Stress-Free Testing Timeline

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Show Notes

The College Admissions Exams

3. The SAT Subject Exams

3 Considerations

1. What grade is your student in?
Juniors should have at least 1 test score on either the SAT or ACT before the end of junior year.
Sophomores can take the SAT and ACT if they are ready (see consideration #2).
See below for special considerations for the class of 2017.
2. What level math is your student taking?
SAT – covers up to Algebra 2 (does not include trigonometry)
ACT – covers trigonometry, conics, coordinate geometry, etc.
3. When are your student’s extracurricular activities held?
There are 13 test dates each year – 7 SAT test dates and 6 ACT test dates – so don’t feel like you are locked into any 1 particular test date. Choose your exam dates strategically to avoid conflicts.

How To Set Your Testing Timeline

1. Determine which test you want to take (first or perhaps only). 
2. Look at all of the dates side-by-side. 
3. Consider your busy seasons and determine the ideal test dates for you to take.
Don’t forget to think about sibling’s activities and family vacations too!
4. Block out when you’ll be taking SAT Subject Exams.

- Subject exams are content based so they feel like a final.
- You can take up to 3 subjects in one day.
- I recommend May & June exam dates for subject tests.
- Always try to double up where you can with any APs you’re taking.
- Some colleges or majors require specific tests, while others are opting out of requiring the SAT Subject exams. Do your research first because you might not have to take them. If you’re unsure, be sure to cover your bases with 2 scores you’re proud of.
5. Determine how you’ll prepare.
This is a very personal decision, of course. If you’d like any help weighing the options, feel free to give me a call! I’m happy to help!
6. Lock in your dates.
I recommend scheduling 2 back-to-back test dates. Listen to the episode to find out why!

Sample Timeline

I used my high school self as the template for this timeline. In my junior year, I was enrolled in Precalculus while participating in Mock Trial and the fall play in October and November and the Spring Musical from March to May. I also had AP and IB exams in May.

Knowing what I know now, I would recommend the following timeline for my high school self:
Junior Year
  • Prepare and take the SATs in either October and November OR January and March SAT
  • Take 3 SAT Subject Exams in May & June
Senior Year
  • Prepare and take the ACT in September & October
**If I needed another chance to take SAT Subject Exams, I would probably take them in November of Senior Year to free up time earlier in first semester to focus on my college applications.

Special Considerations for the Class of 2017

For the Class of 2017, I have it directly from the admissions office of 2 different universities that they will accept either the current SAT (2400 scale), new SAT (1600 scale), or the ACT. (Click here to learn more about the new SAT.)
The good news is that you have options. The bad news is that families that don’t have good information and guidance run the risk of doing too much work.
My goal is to reduce stress for your class as much as possible. If you want some personalized guidance, click here to get in touch with me.
To reduce the risk of having to do extra work, here are 2 potential testing timelines I would recommend:
Option 1 – The Early Bird
Sophomore Year – May & June 2400 SAT, maybe you take it a 3rd time in Fall of Junior Year
Junior Year – Focusing on your grades, GPA, Spring SAT Subject Exams (May & June)
Senior Year – ACT in Sept/October
Option 2 – Slow & Steady
Junior Year – Focusing on your grades, GPA, Spring ACT (February/April) SAT Subject Exams (May & June)
Senior Year – SAT (October/November)
Neither option is right or wrong. It all depends on what works best for your family!

I’m Here For You

If you need help, please let me know! There’s no need for you to go it alone!

www.higherscorestestprep.com/help

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About Lauren Gaggioli

Lauren Gaggioli is the founder of Higher Scores Test Prep and the host of The College Checklist Podcast. After graduating from New York University with her B.F.A. in Theater, Lauren moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. To make time for auditions during the day, she called upon her academic roots from her high school days and began tutoring the SAT and ACT. She quickly fell in love – not with the exams, but with the feeling that she was helping students put their feet on a firm path towards a big, bright future.

After 7 years working as an in-home tutor with a large test prep firm and then in her own independent tutoring company, Lauren distilled her experiences into the personalized SAT test prep course that is now available through Higher Scores Test Prep. Lauren’s love of teaching and compassion for what students are facing in today’s complex, competitive college admissions landscape allows her to bring a little bit of calm to her corner of the college admissions process.

Saving for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement with Roger Whitney (Episode 41)

"For college savings, start early. Start a 529 plan, work on your cash flow, and talk to your children about the purpose of college." - Roger WhitneyIn this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I talk to my good friend Roger Whitney about his thoughts on saving for college.

Roger is the Retirement Answer Man and the host of the Plan Well, Invest Wisely podcast. Not only is Roger a retirement savings expert, he’s a father of two who just sent his eldest child off to his freshman year of college.

In this interview, Roger shares some great tips and strategies to help college-bound families ensure that they are covering the cost of college by planning well while making sure that they are not sacrificing their retirement in the process.

 


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The College Checklist – Saving for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement

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About Roger Whitney

Roger Whitney Roger Whitney is the Retirement Answer Man. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Management Analyst, Certified Private Wealth Advisor, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary with 24 years of experience in the financial planning field. Roger has a passion for helping people make smart financial decisions and achieve that balance between living well today without sacrificing their tomorrow. He truly has the heart of a teacher and hosts the Plan Well, Invest Wisely podcast as a resource to those looking to learn more about how to save for their retirement.


Show Notes

Quotable Quotes

“What you need to start thinking about for retirement is to re-think what retirement is.”

“You want to run you financial life like a business.  You want to increase free cash flow.”

“For college savings, start early.  Start a 529 plan, work on your cash flow, and talk to you children about the purpose of college.”

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Involve your kids early in understanding the economic realities of paying for college and why they are going to college.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2:  How To Pay For College HQ Podcast and Debt Free U by Zac Bissonnette*

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Take control, do what you can, and don’t think you have to do it all.

Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: The Bible and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand*

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Get in touch with Roger

Click here to hear Roger interview me about the SAT and paying for college!

Ways to Pay for College with Jay Benanav (Episode 40)

GPA and SAT or ACT scores are the 2 most important factors in determining merit aid." -Jay Benanav

In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jay Benanav. Jay is an independent college counselor who believes in a holistic approach to choosing a college. Jay recommends considering 3 key factors as you whittle down your college choices: academic fit, social fit, and cost.

First, Jay shares an overview of how he helps students choose good fit schools. We then do a deeper dive regarding the cost of college. Jay shares his expertise as we explore different ways to pay for college, including the various types of financial aid and loans available to families today.

 


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Leave your Questions Here – (760) 913-7737


The College Checklist Podcast – Ways to Pay for College

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Jay Benanav About Jay Benanav

Jay Benanav is an independent college counselor and the co-founder of the College Advisors Network. A self-professed “recovering lawyer”, Jay has practiced law and helped run successful businesses for over 30 years. He has a law degree from St. John’s Law School and has attended Harvard School of Government and Columbia University School of Business. He believes in helping families find the right academic, social, and financial fit.

 


Show Notes

Quotable Quotes

“Our strategy includes figuring out what people will pay for college and, more importantly, how not get into debt.”

“One of the most common reasons kids drop out of college is cost.”

“GPA and SAT/ACT score are the 2 most important factors in determining merit aid.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the colleges you are interested in.  You are buying a very expensive product.”

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Take a deep breath. Treat this like you would any major purchase. Take your time.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2:  DIY College RankingsCollege Solutions, and a Google search of  “Common Data Set” + Name of the College

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Use all of the resources available to you.

Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin* and Joshua and Isadora by Michael Benanav*

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Get in touch with Jay


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Health Tips for College Bound Students with Steve de la Torre (Episode 39)

Fitness pro Steve de la TorreFor this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, fitness expert Steve de la Torre. Steve’s been a personal trainer in Orange County for years, but – due to a change in routine – he recently started working out in the mornings. When he told me the effect that this change up had in his level of focus throughout the day, I just knew I had to have him on the show.

Steve has a really great philosophy of balance that anyone can easily incorporate into his or her life. In this episode, Steve shares his advice about how high school students can boost their energy, focus, and academic performance with just a few simple, effective health tips, tips they can carry with them into college. We cover a lot of ground and will touch on the importance of exercise, nutrition, and sleep for today’s busy, college bound students.


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Leave your Questions Here – (760) 913-7737


The College Checklist Podcast – Health Tips for College Bound Students

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About Steve de la Torre

Steve de la Torre of Personal Training RevolutionSteve de la Torre is a fitness professional, entrepreneur, and podcaster. Steve is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fitness and nutrition, mostly because he’s experienced being not healthy first hand. As he says on his website, he’s gone from fit to fat and back again. Steve has been a personal trainer in Orange County for over 12 years. He is also the founder of Personal Training Revolution and the host of the Fit Pro Inferno podcast.


Show Notes

In this episode, Steve and I discuss:

  • the importance of balanced nutrition
  • the importance of exercise
  • the benefits of morning workouts
  • the power of good sleep
  • tips to help you stick to your routine

Quotable Quotes

On Morning Workouts: “My mood shifted so dramatically by working out in the morning.  I was just on cloud 9.  I had incredible creativity and I was able to think fast.  I felt just amazing.”

On the Freshman Fifteen: “When kids go to college you can see the stress cycle in plain sight.”

Tip to help you follow through: “Recruit a friend that can keep you committed.”

Tip to keep you going: “Having enough water can boost your performance by 25%.”

Get in touch with StevE


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College Prep: Get Started Early for Success with Less Stress with Mindy Popp (Episode 38)

Mindy Popp of Popp and AssociatesToday’s episode of The College Checklist features Mindy Popp, the managing director and principal consultant of Popp & Associates. In this episode, Mindy shares her college prep tips for freshmen and sophomores in high school. She explains how these students and their families can reduce some of the stress of college admissions by using their early years to focus on becoming their authentic selves and by becoming familiar with the college prep process in bite-sized pieces. Mindy gives us some great advice on the simple but important steps families can take in 9th and 10th grade to prepare them for the college search process.

 


 

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The College Checklist Podcast – College Prep: Get Started Early for Success with Less Stress

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About Mindy Popp

Mindy Popp, Principal at Popp & AssociatesMindy Popp is the managing director and principal consultant of Popp & AssociatesMindy has extensive experience both as a school-based college counselor and in the college admissions world. Among other positions, she has served as the Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Wellesley College. Mindy is also a member of many professional organizations, including NACAC and IECA.

 


Show Notes

Quotable Quotes

“Little decisions made every day can really add up and have a big impact.”

“It is important for students to engage in the world around them for their own benefit and personal growth.”

“Admission officers are able to tell if a student’s engagement in an activity is genuine and authentic.”

“Don’t be ashamed if something isn’t going well; let’s figure out how to address it early on.”

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Ask for help early on. Start in the 9th grade, and you’ll make more informed decisions.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: The Popp & Associates blog (http://www.poppandassociates.com/blog)* and College Admission by Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde*

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Never lose sight of who your son or daughter is and what he or she needs to be successful.

Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen*

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Get in touch with Mindy

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3 Things I Learned When I Bombed the ACT (Episode 37)

As a test prep pro, I take both the SAT and ACT periodically not only to check in on the tests to make sure they aren’t shifting in tone or content but also to stay connected to my students. The college admissions exams are stressful and a real test day takes everything up a notch.
I usually enjoy the experience on test day; however, on October 25th, 2014, I took the ACT and it did not go well.
Let me be clear. I love these exams, and I really enjoy taking these tests in the official environment. (It’s an illness…I know…) This experience didn’t lessen my love of the tests, but it did teach me a whole lot about the stress that a lot of my students face.
This episode of The College Checklist Podcast recounts the experience, as well as my 3 key takeaways from it so that my students won’t make the same mistakes I did on this test.

The College Checklist Podcast – 3 Things I Learned When I Bombed the ACT

My ACT History & Score Predictions

  • My high school ACT score from 2003 was a 31 composite (97th percentile).
  • In December of 2013, I scored a 34 composite (99th percentile). The section breakdown was 35 (English), 33 (Math), 34 (Reading), 32 (Science).
  • My prediction for this exam (October 2014) is a 31 composite (97th percentile). I predict that the section breakdown will be 33 (English), 25 (Math), 33 (Reading), 33 (Science).
Some will likely view my prediction of a 31 composite score on the ACT as a success, however, that score is equivalent to my high school score. After 7 years as a test prep tutor, by the rigorous standards I hold myself to, I bombed the test – in particular, the math section.
**Side note: I don’t want any student feeling as though this discussion of my score is a judgement of theirs if it is lower than a 31. I believe every student has a different highest score. My goal is always to help a student achieve their own highest score. I simply know my personal highest ACT score lies north of a 31. 

Attention College-Bound Families

Do you need help figuring out your test prep path? I am always happy to set up a free 30-minute phone consultation or exchange a few emails to help you decide your course of action.
Call me at (760) 814-9655 or send me an email – lauren@higherscorestestprep.com.

Time Management Tips for Students with Denise Levine (Episode 36)

Hear time management tips for students from Denise LevineIn this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Denise Levine share some amazing, actionable time management strategies with us. While these are geared specifically towards our students, they can be really helpful for we adults too! I know I learned a lot about how I can manage my time much better from this interview. I hope that you find it as interesting and actionable as I did!


The College Checklist Podcast – Time Management Tips for Students

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About Denise Levine

Denise Levine, Outside In OrganizingDenise Levine is a personal organizer and makeover specialist and owner of Outside In Organizer and MakeoversDenise helps people nationwide take control of their clutter, their wardrobe, and their time. With a background in education as well, Denise today shares her tips and strategies that will help students make the most of their time and organize their study space.


Show Notes

Recommended Reading

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Three Basic Time Management Strategies

  1. Planning is a huge time management strategy.  Know when something is due and work back from the deadline, with a written plan breaking down each step.
  2. Schedule time to complete each steps of the plan.
  3. Become good at estimating how much time it takes to complete a task.

Three Basic Space Organizing Strategies

  1. Have a distraction free space to work. Think about the sensory things that support success.  For example, have good lighting and comfortable seating.
  2. Organize information so you can find what you need when you need it.
  3. Have the right emotional support where you study and how you study.  For example, you might do well with a study partner.

Quotable Quotes

“What is the difference you feel inside when you are late for something vs. when you get there early.”

“Organizing is a process, not an event.”

“If you know it is difficult for you to wrap up at the end of an assignment, set the vibrating feature on your watch.”

“Time management is something you practice.”

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How to Improve Your SAT Scores with Debbie Stier (Episode 35)

"WIth SAT prep you need to get out of your comfort zone and do the work." -Debbie StierIn this episode of the College Checklist Podcast, I interview Debbie Stier, author of the Perfect Score Project. Debbie shares insights from her journey as she tackled the SAT the year before her son Ethan did in order to figure out the best methods of preparation for the test. Debbie even went so far as to take the SAT an incredible seven times in one year. She shares some great tips on what to do and what not to do in preparing for the SAT, including some great test day tips.

Debbie’s #1 takeaway from her SAT journey is that preparing for the SAT is not a fast process, but it does not need to be a reviled rite of passage. I can’t agree with that statement enough and am grateful to Debbie for sharing her experience with us in this episode.

As an added bonus, at the end of the episode I’ll share with you a way for you to win a free copy of Debbie’s book.


The College Checklist Podcast – How to Improve Your SAT Scores

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About Debbie Stier

Debbie Stier, Author of The Perfect Score ProjectDebbie Stier has a background in the publishing world and is the author of The Perfect Score Project*. In 2011, Debbie took every SAT offered in an effort to motivate her son Ethan. The book that results is part memoir, part research project that will open your eyes to all of the aspects of the SAT – from history and facts about the exam to the implications of a good SAT score to the touching (and stressful) moments that Debbie and her son share on this journey.

Show Notes

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A Few Tips for HIgher SAT Scores

  • Physically cross out the wrong answers.
  • Keep your own time.  Wear an analog watch and, at the beginning of each section, set it at the top of the hour.
  • Bring snacks, nothing big, dark chocolate and apples are good.
  • Sit in the front row to minimize visual distractions.
  • The night before , watch quiet TV and keep yourself from distractions.  Make it a peaceful night.

Click here to hear my top 5 tips for higher SAT scores.
Click here to hear my top 5 tips for higher ACT scores.

Quotable Quotes

“To be good at the SAT is to be good at reading, writing and math.  It is not mutually exclusive to improving your GPA.”

“For SAT prep you need to be methodical.  You need to choose one good plan and stick with that plan.”

“Learning vocabulary is not a short process. It takes time.”

“With SAT prep you need to get out of your comfort zone and do the work.”

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Try to have fun. Go into it with a positive attitude and it can be a wonderful shared experience.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: The Perfect Score Project* and The College Solution by Lynn O’Shaughnessy*

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Pick one town and go on college tours. Do 1 per day and see all you can at that college.

Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien*

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Get in touch with DebbiE

Want to win a free copy of The Perfect Score Project? Share your favorite takeaway from this episode in the comments below!

Submissions are due by 11:59pm Monday, November 3rd. I’ll notify the winners by email.

Tips for Great College Visits with Jessica Velasco (Episode 34)

"The sollege campus visit that you make can play into the admission decision." - Jessica VelascoIn this episode of the College Checklist Podcast, I interview Jessica Velasco, an independent college counselor who also has experience as a college admissions officer.  Jessica’s experience on both sides of the college admissions process gives us unique insight into what colleges are really looking for from their applicants.

Today we take a dive into campus visits. Jessica explains the different ways that you can visit a college campus and shares some of her tips on how to get the most out of your college visit. She details the importance of these visits, when to start making visits, what time of year to go, and what to do while on campus.


The College Checklist Podcast – Tips for Great College Visits

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About Jessica Velasco

Jessica Velasco, Founder of JLV College CounselingJessica Velasco is an independent college counselor and founder of JLV College Counseling. She started her counseling company after working in higher education for ten years. Jessica has worked in college admissions and career centers at 3 colleges, including 2 years as Director of Admissions at Northwest University, just outside of Seattle. Her experience in these positions on the “other side of the desk” make her a wealth of information to her current clients.


Show Notes

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Quotable Quotes

“It is so important to go see the campus to get a feel for the college.  It’s important to see if you are going to fit in to the community.”

“Register with the admissions office and let them know what you want to see.”

“The campus visit that you make can play in to the admission decision.”

Resources Mentioned

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Don’t choose a college based on prestige and reputation.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: Admission Matters by Sally Springer, Jon Reider, and Marion Franck*

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Early on, really think about what you want and what you don’t want in a college.

Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee* and The Big Book of Berenstain Bears*

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Get in touch with Jessica

How to Memorize SAT Vocabulary Words with Master of Memory Timothy Moser (Episode 33)

With the PSAT and SAT right around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk about the dreaded SAT vocabulary words. And who could be better to help us learn new strategies for remembering vocabulary than the Master of Memory himself, Timothy Moser.

In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Timothy and I start by discussing overall strategies for memorization and the dive deeper on memorization techniques that are specific to PSAT and SAT vocabulary. We cover everything from using mind palaces to memorize phone numbers to a using unique stressed-syllable approach to memorizing vocabulary words.

We also discuss why the PSAT taken in October of the junior year of high school is so important in obtaining financial aid, the upcoming changes to the SAT, and how those changes will affect the October 2015 PSAT.

The College Checklist Podcast – How to Memorize SAT Vocabulary Words

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About Timothy Moser

Master of Memory, Timothy MoserTimothy Moser is a prolific podcaster as well as a PSAT& SAT tutor who specializes in helping students memorize vocabulary. He hosts 3 podcasts – Master of Memory, Accelerated Spanish, ACE Productivity – and tutors students through his company, Tutoring for Scholarships. He has also created 2 e-learning courses. You can learn more about them here: http://masterofmemory.com/courses/

Show Notes

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Quotable Quotes

“Students who finish in the top 1% on the PSAT for their state get options for financial aid they might not have believed were possible.”

“Anytime you are studying make sure whatever you are working on will actually improve your score.”

“I was home-schooled so I was the valedictorian at my graduation.”

Strategies Mentioned

  1. Memory Palaces and How They Work 
  2. Stressed Syllables to Memorize Vocabulary for the SAT

Get in touch with Timothy