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At Private Prep we have access to some of the top experts in their educational fields. Learn from them on specific subjects with our Thrive in 30 webinar series.

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Writing Compelling College Essays: How to Make Your Experience Stand Out

June 15|7 PM EST

Take the pressure out of the essay-writing process with simple and impactful advice from our experts. From our do’s and don’ts for the Common App personal statement, as well as information on how to write knockout supplements, our team is here to help your child make their mark—without all the added stress.

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Recent Webinars

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  • The Science Behind the Covid-19 Vaccine

    The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine (April 27, 2021)

    Join Private Prep chemistry and biology tutor and Weill Cornell Clinical Epidemiology masters candidate Mark Bernard as he discusses the latest on the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, and why getting vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19 is critically important. Mark will discuss how the vaccines were created and tested, how they work with your immune system, how viruses spread, and more as he debunks myths and presents the facts on CDC cases and vaccine statistics in a compelling and eye-opening presentation.

    At Weill Cornell, Mark is part of the Vaccine Awareness Coalition, a collection of researchers from a consortium of NYC hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Hunter College, and Cornell University.

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  • Thrive in 30: Finish the Year Strong (April 14, 2021)

    The end of the school year is coming up, and we know that brings extra stress in the form of finals, essays, AP exams, the desire to pull grades up, and sorting out plans for the summer. Students and their parents are invited to join our EF coaches for ideas about how to build effective study plans, clarify your writing process, and not get burned out.

  • Thrive in 30: Time Management for Parents (March 10, 2021)

    While Private Prep primarily focuses on students’ needs, we know that quarantine life has been tough on parents, too. That’s why our executive functioning team has put together a special webinar just for parents: learn how you can effectively manage your time when work and home have merged. We'll share the motivation equation that allows you to better understand how to get yourself going on less desirable tasks, how to build a zero-balance time budget, and a few ways that you can think about prioritization across various aspects of your life: self-care, work, and family. We hope you’ll take advantage of our team’s expertise during this complimentary webinar.

    Please bring a pen and paper to this workshop as we'll all take the first steps towards building an ideal weekly schedule together.


  • Thrive in 30: The 2021 Testing Landscape (February 24, 2021)

    These days, it’s hard to know how testing and admissions changes will affect your child’s plans. Join our Director of Admissions Counseling and Director of Test Prep to better understand test optional policies, test prep best practices, and more.

  • Thrive in 30: The 2021 Testing Landscape (January 27, 2021)

    These days, it’s hard to know how testing and admissions changes will affect your child’s plans. Join our Director of Admissions Counseling and Director of Test Prep to better understand test optional policies, test prep best practices, and more.

  • Creating Structure and Using a Calendar (September 16, 2020)

    Part Five of our Thrive in 30: Executive Functioning Webinar Series:
    Most parents would agree that using a calendar of some sort is an important skill for kids to learn, but what’s the best way for children to do that? Learn how to easily teach your child structures around monthly, weekly, and daily planning so they can meet their responsibilities more consistently. Join our EF coaches for this 30-minute webinar to learn more.

  • Time Management & Course Correction (September 9, 2020)

    Part Four of our Thrive in 30: Executive Functioning Webinar Series:
    Creating a plan that children can execute requires that they be able to accurately assess how much time a given task will take and be flexible enough to accommodate inevitable changes and setbacks. While many of us expect children to develop those skills out of necessity, there are concrete steps parents can take to speed up that process and make your life (and theirs) a bit easier.

  • Setting Up a Physical Work Space (September 3, 2020)

    Part Three of our Thrive in 30: Executive Functioning Webinar Series:
    Whether the 2020-2021 academic school year is remote, in person or some hybrid, there’s a strong chance that your children will be doing some of their schoolwork at home. Learn the tips and tricks to optimize that work space and empower your child to independently keep it organized during this 30-minute webinar.

  • Building Motivation and Beating Procrastination (August 26, 2020)

    Part Two of our Thrive in 30: Executive Functioning Webinar Series:
    Parents often ask us, “How can I convince my child to value sleep over screen time?” or “What can I do to encourage my teenager to start projects well before they’re due?” Join our executive functioning coaches for practical ideas about how to increase your child’s motivation for effortful tasks and give them the push they need to get started early.

  • Simple Skills of Successful Students (August 12, 2020)

    Part One of our Thrive in 30: Executive Functioning Webinar Series:
    Is your child smart but still struggling in school? Motivated to do well on a project but not sure where to start? Join our EF coaching team to learn more about foundational skills tied to time management, organization, and self-reflection that are central to student success. This 30-minute webinar will also feature concrete ideas to help your child develop these skills so as to reach their full potential. 

  • Test Optional Admissions & The Class of 2021 (July 1, 2020)

    Part of Private Prep's Thrive in 30 College Admissions Webinar Series:
    Join our Director of Admissions Counseling for a deep dive into understanding test optional policies, how applying test optional impacts how your file is read, how to decide whether to apply test optional, and all your other burning test-optional questions.

  • Essays, Personal Statements, and More (June 3, 2020)

    Part of Private Prep's Thrive in 30 College Admissions Webinar Series:
    Take the pressure out of the essay-writing process with our do’s and don’ts of the Common App personal statement as well as information on how to write knockout supplements—including the dreaded “why us?” essay and how to address the impacts of COVID-19.

  • Using the Arts to Amplify Your College Application (May 27, 2020)

    Part of Private Prep's Thrive in 30 College Admissions Webinar Series: Curious how to leverage your artistic talent in the college admissions process? Tune in to learn more about BFAs, BAs, and the role that arts can play in the admissions world, especially in light of COVID-19.

  • Sophomores and Freshmen Task List (May 20, 2020)

    Part of Private Prep's Thrive in 30 College Admissions Webinar Series:
    Learn about the college admissions timeline, including what freshmen and sophomores can be doing now to prepare for next year and beyond as well as how COVID-19 will affect that process.

  • Virtual College Night

    Private Prep's Virtual College Night (May 12, 2020)

    Part of Private Prep's Thrive in 30 College Admissions Webinar Series: College visits may be off the table for the time being, but that doesn’t mean high schoolers can’t learn more about colleges and universities from the comfort of their couch. Join Private Prep alumni as they discuss what they love about the colleges they currently attend, answer student questions, and give your child a real-life peek at some of their top picks. Featuring student panelists from: Emory University, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, Syracuse University, and the University of Wisconsin.

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  • Class of 2021 Updates (May 6, 2020)

    Part of Private Prep's Thrive in 30 College Admissions Webinar Series:
    Juniors are facing some big changes to standardized testing and college admissions. Join our Director of Admissions Counseling and our Director of Test Prep & Tutoring Curriculum for the most up-to-date insights and recommendations.

  • Tips for Setting a Homeschooling Schedule (March 24, 2020)

    A Thrive in 30 Webinar:
    Our Director of Executive Functioning Services shares strategies for setting a homeschooling schedule.

  • Test Prep Office Hours (March 26, 2020)

    A Thrive in 30 Webinar:
    Our Director of Test Prep & Curriculum address your questions about what's changed for ACT and SAT exams and addresses what your child can do to stay ahead.

  • Goal Setting and Follow Through

    A Thrive in 30 Webinar:
    Join Vanessa Hughes, our very own Director Performance Prep, and Jenna Prada, our Director of Executive Functioning, for a Thrive in 30 webinar that introduces research-based best practices for setting goals in a way that you and your children can follow through on them.

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Independent Middle and High School Admissions And Testing

    Join us as we answer your questions and give you tips and tricks for the independent middle and high school admissions process and testing in NYC. Hear from Private Prep and AdmitNY to make sure you and your child are set up for success.

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  • Thrive in 30: Mindfulness for Students

    Ring in the new year with a new skill: mindfulness. Join Jennifer Tilliss, founder of Superstar Life Coaching LLC and mindfulness instructor, for a Thrive in 30 Webinar that showcases a taste of Koru Mindfulness.

    Watch Jennifer demonstrate how mindfulness can assist us in managing stress levels, staying present, and striving for our goals. We also explore how students can create a mindfulness routine of their own, enabling them to achieve greater focus, develop more resilience, and deepen their capacity for self-compassion. Join us, and learn how to connect to the present.

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  • Navigating the New School Normal

    Private Prep & JCC present: Navigating the New School Normal (November 9, 2020)

    Join Private Prep's directors of executive functioning and elementary services to discuss concrete ideas to help your family transition to hybrid learning in a way that allows you and your children to have productive, enjoyable days.

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  • Transition to Hybrid Learning

    Private Prep & Scarsdale Public Schools present: Transition to Hybrid Learning

    Join Jenna Prada, Private Prep's Director of Executive Functioning, to discuss concrete ideas to help your family transition to hybrid learning in a way that allows you and your children to have productive, enjoyable days.

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  • College Admissions: How to Navigate the Process During COVID-19

    Private Prep & The Colony Group present: How to Navigate the College Admissions Process During COVID-19

    Now that our routines of work and school are upended by COVID-19, how can families successfully navigate the college admissions process? Join Rachel Elmer, Director of College Admissions Counseling for an informative discussion on what you need to know about the college admissions process today.

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  • Private Prep & University of Maryland present: Application Workshop

    Private Prep has partnered with the University of Maryland to offer an interactive virtual application workshop. Admissions officers responsible for the NY/NJ metro areas present and discuss the college application process in general as well as tips for successfully completing the University of Maryland application.

  • Private Prep & Brio Benefits Consulting present: Thrive in 30: College Admissions Office Hours (April 14, 2020)

    A Thrive in 30 Webinar:
    Our Director of Admissions Counseling and Director of Test Prep & Tutoring Curriculum discuss the rapidly changing college admissions landscape.

  • Private Prep & Sadar Psychological present: Thrive in 30: How Parents Can Help Manage Anxiety During COVID-19

    A Thrive in 30 Webinar:
    Tips and tools from a licensed psychotherapist on what you can do to lighten the load for you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Parenting Teens During a Pandemic

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    The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Online Resource Guide

    No matter the age, no matter the need, this list has it all

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    Our Top 10 Tutoring Tips

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    Dear Parents: You Can Do This

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    How You Can Learn About Colleges from Home

    Virtual campus tours, website deep-dives, and more

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