The Perfect College For You Is…

the perfect college for youThe Perfect College For You is.. with Jean Burk

Podcast #51

There are nearly 5K colleges across our nation and there are so many to choose from. Which college is right for you? What is the best fit for you? Jean Burk explores this question.

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The best fit for you is the one that FITS you! The more info you write down is the best.

  1. The college search:
    1. Local? Where your parents went to school? Your friends are going?
    2. Size? Larger vs. Small School
    3. Location? How far is the college from my home?
    4. Special classes you want to take.
    5. Research
    6. of Education
    7. College by rankings:
    8. Think about your own personality, career goals
    9. What type of activities does this college offer
    10. Does it have your major
    11. Do you play sports? Does it offer that sport?
    12. Admissions requirement

Use the acronym GREAT 

G – Grades – GPA

R – Rankings

E – Extra curricula activities – clubs and associations, leadership skills

A – Activities – community service

T – Test scores -85% colleges admit and give money based on test scores


Is College Right For You

is college right for youIs College Right For You? And Lame Excuses That Keep You From Going

Episode #50

Is college right for you? Often many students have reasons or excuses for not going. In this podcast, Jean Burk explains how some of these excuses can be overcome with some serious thought.

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Five reasons to go to college

  1. Give you the opportunity to continue your education experience; some jobs require a degree
  2. College opens doors to exciting opportunities like college abroad
  3. Change careers – because of extra courses, college experience
  4. Allows you to have freedom with little responsibility
  5. Allows you to meet new people of different cultures


Five reasons to postpone college

  1. Not motivated enough to do the work that is required
  2. Career focus does not require college
  3. If you have previous family obligations that require immediate attention
  4. Take time off to pursue another a passion. A gap year, take time off to go on the mission field or work for a time-period. Explore various job professions. Time off to do internships. Get pilots license.
  5. Once in a lifetime opportunity right after high school

The recommendation is to take your SAT while you are in high school – your scores will be held for you.

Seven lame reasons not to go

  1. Too expensive
  2. Too hard
  3. Grades are not good enough
  4. Don’t know what to study –
  5. I have something better to do
  6. No one in my family went to college
  7. My friends are not going to college

Caution – Career Path Ahead

caution career choice aheadAfter High School-Caution, Career Path Ahead with Jean Burk

Podcast #49

It’s time to think about college and now is the time to think about the different career paths. While there are many different paths, the main ones will be covered in this podcast with Jean Burk – “Caution – Career Path Ahead.”

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Three main career paths after high school are discussed in this podcast on selecting a career path and planning.

  1. College
    • Internships – opportunities before high school
    • Costs can vary a few thousand to several hundred thousand for four years
    • Basic degree- BA in Business you should take on another degree.
    • Two Year Degree –Jr. College
    • Different types of jobs requiring 4-Year Degrees
    • Different types of jobs requiring a Master’s Degrees
  2.  Workforce: Vocational Degrees
    • Costs approx.: – $1 to 12-15K
    • After high school may have a job lined up.
  3.  Military: Different branches in the armed forces
    • GI Bill – pay college
    • Officers – for law or medical
    • Top Military school – West Point or Annapolis
    • Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines
    • Enter ROTC program in college |

SAT vs. ACT Real Truth

SAT vs. ACT Real TruthSAT vs. ACT Real Truth with Jean Burk

Podcast #48

Which test should your take, the SAT or the ACT? What is the real truth? Learn how to ace the SAT – since colleges are ranked nationally based upon the student’s SAT scores. 85% of colleges give money based on test on like the SAT … the only fair way a college can compare students is through the standardized test.

Show Notes: SAT vs. ACT: Real Truth

  1. Recurring patterns
  2. Follow the same patterns, rules, and profiles to make it standardized
  3. Component that is common to everyone. Anyone can answer
  4. Same grading system that applies to everyone

Biggest Myth about ACT –

  1. ACT is knowledge based –not true
  2. SAT is reasoning – not true

Difference and similarities

  1. Both used for college entrance
  2. Both used for college money
  3. Every college takes either one
  4. SAT – 3 hours opt. essay reading/writing/math in some form – geometry formulas not on ACT – ESSAY – analytical –given a high quality published piece of work, write an essay based on the given work.
  5. ACT – 3.5 hours – reading – fewer citations – English – both test grammar, style and reading analysis – math basic, math, geometry – trig (no grid in boxes) – persuasive like (40 minutes) the old SAT – science section –don’t need to know anything about science – combo of reading and basic math
  6. SAT scores are not averaged – ACT scores section is averaged
  7. SAT –unlimited ACT only 12 times
  8. Easy crossover of info – try them both
  9. Free tests online and download SAT or ACT practice tests online
  10. ACT – subtle changes …
    1. Timing to essay 40
    2. Added sub-scores –
  11. SAT – August SAT
    1. First time, based on bell curve your students can do better on the scoring
  12. Disservice high schools are doing for their students
    1. Don’t bother with the PSAT test – it is very important
    2. Merit Scholarships
    3. PSAT you must sign up in person
  13. How can you SAT if not offered at your high school
    1. and put in your zip code

Checklist For College – Car and Personal

checklist for college - car and personalChecklist Before College – Car and Personal with Jean Burk

Do you need a check list for college prep? Have you considered what you need for your car or personal items that are necessary to make your life easier away from home? This is a great broadcast for teens and parents approaching those college years.

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Podcast #47

Car Care

  1. Inspections or have a mechanic check it out
  2. Supplies to change a tire and know how to change one
  3. Car insurance card – keep in glove compartment and insurance
  4. Drivers License up to date
  5. Emergency roadside kit – good flashlight
  6. Change of clothes
  7. Warm Jacket or blanket
  8. Bottle water
  9. Jumper cables or portable battery jumper
  10. Spare car key
  11. Five dollars in quarter or twenty dollar bill
  12. Map of area or surrounding area
  13. Roadside assistance program.
  14. Most states drive license –  800 number for stranded motorists

Personal – 

  1. Dental check up before you head out
  2. Doctor’s checkup
  3. Medical records for school
  4. Take your refills and transfer prescriptions to campus or near dorm
  5. Medical Insurance Records
  6. Cell phones
  7. School supplies
  8. Backpack
  9. Preloaded credit card or cash
  10. Umbrella
  11.  Favorite book, movies
  12. Sports Equipment
  13. Personal items -important, put in lockbox or fireproof box
  14. Check for what is permitted on campus
  15. Cell phone – be sure there is coverage at your college

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Checklist Before College – Dorm Life

checklist for college dorm lifeChecklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk


College dorm life can be scary and exciting at the same time. In this podcast Jean Burk shares her long list of things to bring and not forget.

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Show Notes – Checklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk

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  1. Toiletries – personal items
  2. Mattress protector and bedding
  3. CD player – speakers
  4. Alarm clock – double set clocks
  5. Pictures from home – decorations
  6. Bring towels
  7. Small refrigerators of your own
  8. Broom of swifter
  9. Garbage container with bags
  10. Computer chair
  11. Reading lamp
  12. Drying rack
  13. Computer with wireless
  14. Printer/ paper
  15. Flash drive
  16. Food – cooking/cups, silverware, plates or bowls
  17. Sharing bathrooms – own stuff
  18. Your own stuff – soap, dish rags
  19. Portable fan
  20. Hangers
  21. Irons or iron boards – ask about permission – steamer, spray
  22. Laundry bags – pop-up baskets
  23. Detergent pods
  24. Medicine – first aid kit
  25. Microwave
  26. White and black threaded needle
  27. Shower caddy
  28. Hygiene stuff
  29. Television
  30. Headphones
  31. Wireless external speakers
  32. Duct tape
  33. Toolbox with basic tools
  34. Power strip with surge protector
  35. Bookshelves
  36. Fireproof boxes – name and address
  37. List of contacts – family members and addresses
  38. Stationary or cards


How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

how to avoid 5 common freshman mistakesHow To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes freshmen make – listed are possible thoughts your college freshman to be may have and ways to combat these possible pitfalls.

Invite your teen to listen to this episode with you – the most important information to help your teen be prepared. 

by Jean Burk

Show Notes: How to Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You have to be the exact same person you were at home or in highschool
  2. You can’t be as good as everyone else.
  3. Think that your dorm room is the best place to hang-out
  4. To be a gentleman you pay for a young lady – (or for females – you allow the guys to pay)
  5. You have to take a ton of credits

Bonus Mistake – It is not going to happen to me. (Whatever “that” is …)





How To Avoid 6 Common Freshman Mistakes

College - You're Accepted Now WhatHow To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes by Jean Burk

Podcast #44

Better to be safe than sorry – right? Here are some things your child may think when they leave for home, now is the time to go over some of these very common freshman mistakes.

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Show Notes: How To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You can eat anything you want
  2. You can stay up all hours of the night and make it to my 8:00am class
  3. Stay up all night – or partying
  4. You can ask other people to get you a drink – beware!
    1. never assume your face
    2. never accept a drink from a new friend
    3. people can put things in your drink
  5. Introverts? Don’t make any friends
  6. You have to be the same person you were in highschool

College – You’re Accepted Now What?

youre-accepted-into-college-now-what-1You’re Accepted Into College – Now What? with Jean Burk

You’ve gotten the letters, you’ve made the choice – and now it’s countdown until the big day – the first day of college. How do you prepare? What do you take with you, what do you do now? In this podcast, Jean Burk shares a list of many things to jump start your prep on getting to college prepared. From the creator of the college prep genius course, Jean always encourages students to be prepared, so why not with the approaching college day? Listen to this audio and invite your teen to listen as well – on your smart phone or computer.

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Show Notes: The New SAT – All About the Read

Podcast #43

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Show Notes: You’re Accepted Into College – Now What? 

  1. Just relax
  2. Start scheduling your classes
  3. Room and roommate assignments- meet if possible
  4. Go to the student orientation for the school
  5. Call or skype your roommate
  6. Set Goals – spiritually or physically
  7. Purchase everything you need for your dorm
  8. Make sure your medical records are up to date
  9. If you are taking a car – make sure it is up to date (inspected if your state does this)
  10. Bank account info is all set up
  11. Job – save your money
  12. Get your first-semester book list -purchase early or rent
  13. Social network – use it to find incoming freshmen
  14. Let your family and friends know how important they are to you.

New SAT – Writing and the Essay

new SAT all about writing and essay
New SAT All About The Writing Section and The Essay with Jean Burk 

What are the thirteen most common grammar errors? What are the patterns and how can you find the correct answers? In this episode of College Prep Genius Podcast the New SAT writing portion and essay are discussed along with tips to ace the test.

Show Notes – Ace The New SAT! All About the Writing and Essay Portion of the Test.

  1. Each student has about 35 minutes to take this test with 44 questions on it –  and about 40 seconds to answer each one.
  2. Grammar, style and reading comprehension is the focus
  3. Look for the patterns and each question can be answered in about ten seconds.
  4. There is a fast way to answer each question – college prep genius teaches how this works
  5. One section has a multiple choice section with variations of the answer or one that says, “no change”
  6. Thirteen of the most common grammar errors are tested, words such as affect and effect; as well as access and excess — understand these types of words and differences in each.

The Essay – optional 

Highly recommend you take this portion of the test as it will set you apart from other students since most students will “opt” out of the essay. When colleges have a tie between two students they will look at the essay portion to make their determination. This can help you.

  1. Differences: No longer a prompt questions
  2. The work used is a published work
  3. The essay is analytical
    1. No personal information
    2. No facts drawn in
    3. No information about your beliefs to support the claim
  4. Proven template that works
  5. Objective grading system – looking for key elements
  6. Two different graders have about thirty seconds to read and grade your work
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