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The College-Bound Chronicles 120: SAT Shake Up

A podcast series for parents tackling the college admissions process with their children.

Advice and information from the parents’ perspective.

Hosted by:

Dr. Nancy Berk, psychologist, mother and author of College Bound and Gagged.

Lian Dolan, mother, broadcaster and host of The Chaos Chronicles.


On this episode:

Nancy and Lian discuss parental panic and the implications of the redesigned SAT.

Nancy reviews a list of tips from top college consultants.

Check out these websites for more information

Jeannie Borrin and College Connection. Read jeannie’s breakdown of the SAT changes here. 

Debbie Stier and The Perfect Score Project.  Read about Debbie’s quest to ace the SAT’s and lots of good advice here.

Big Future and College

The hosts reveal what they’ve been up to since episode 119, including a Parent’s perspective of Gap Year

Dr. Nancy Berk’s List of 5: Things you can do instead of panicking about the SAT.

To find the entire College-Bound Chronicles podcast series, check out iTunes and Stitcher. Or find the series here on LibSyn. 



Don’t hesitate! Listen to Chaos Chronicles podcast 809 right here:

What’s on the show? 

Lian meets her hero at the Santa Barbara Author’s Lunch. Hear who showed up in the front row!


Daylight Saving Stinks: More accidents, more cyberloafing and more sleepy teens and wide-awake toddlers. Why, Daylight Savings, why???

Young Tech Titans! College or SXSW? What really happens when 16 year-olds invent apps and try to do Calculus at the same time. Here’s the piece from the New York Times “The Young Technorati” 

Animating Owen by Ron Suskind  An amazing excerpt from the New York Times about educating his autistic son through Disney animated films. 




Read about the 50th Anniversary Edition of Harriet the Spy here

Let’s Celebrate the 50th Birthday of Harriet the Spy!

My favorite book of childhood and beyond. 

From the New Yorker: How to Be a Good Bad American Girl by Anna Holmes  A comparison of Harriet M. Welch and Scout Finch.


Listen to the show here:


Thanks for listening. Embrace your Chaos,





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