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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast


Jan 30, 2024

Too many students think that getting into a college implies a guarantee that they’ll be successfully getting out with a degree. Reality suggests otherwise, but teens can tilt the odds in their favor even while still in high school. Amy and Mike invited educator Michael Ermann to share college readiness advice from a college professor.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What does readiness mean in the context of college?

  2. What is one of the most important traits in a college-ready student?

  3. What is the link between SAT & ACT scores and college readiness?

  4. What can students do right now in high school to be more successful in college?

  5. What are three things a student can do for success once enrolled in college?

MEET OUR GUEST

Michael Ermann is the creator of Olive Book, an SAT and ACT animated prep course with 6,000 enrolled; 10,000 per month visit his Olive Book blog. He is a tenured full professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture, where he has taught since 2001 and served as architecture program chairman from 2007 to 2011. His work has earned him the American Institute of Architects’ top regional design award, an international design award, the top state research award (twice), and a top state award for lifetime achievement, as well as the school’s top research award, and the school’s top teaching award (twice). Professor Ermann is a registered architect, the author of Architectural Acoustics Illustrated (Wiley, 2015, five stars on Amazon), and the creator of the animated video course Amber Book, which prepares candidates for the exams that will make them a licensed architect and has enrolled more than 40,000. His YouTube channel has over seven million views and more than 35,000 subscribers. 

Professor Ermann has a math degree from Tulane University and a master’s in architecture from the University of Florida. His lifelong love of teaching math has never waned, having tutored students in the subject for more than 30 years. He believes everyone is a visual learner and has created in Olive Book a way to teach math, grammar, reading comprehension, and science in the graphic language of architecture. That course is instructive, comprehensive in preparing high school students for the tests, and engaging. To watch a short video demonstrating the Olive Book, click here.

Find Michael at info@olive-book.com.

LINKS

College Readiness Benchmarks


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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Tests and the Rest is THE college admissions industry podcast. Explore all of our episodes on the show page.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS

Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning and founder of TestBright. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros. If you’re interested in working with Mike and/or Amy for test preparation, training, or consulting, feel free to get in touch through our contact page.