Livius (formerly Chyten)

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Welcome to the Livius podcast! We discuss education, optimizing high school, planning for college, and the importance of sharing YOUR story. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LiviusPod and please join our Facebook group for videos, articles, and more tips at https://www.facebook.com/livius… read more

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You've Been Accepted to College... Now What?

March 22nd, 2019

28:33

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin to discuss what students can do once they've been accepted into college.


Top Study Skills Tips

March 19th, 2019

19:30

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by returning guest Dr. Andy Snyder to discuss their top tips for improving study skills.

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Accommodations and the Cheating Scandal

March 14th, 2019

19:56

In today's episode Jason talks with Kristi Davin, Executive Director of Chyten and parent, about the recent college applications cheating scandal and …

How 9th and 10th Graders Can Prepare for College Applications

March 12th, 2019

15:08

In today's episode Jason talks with college counselor Andy Snyder about what 9th and 10th graders can focus on to start thinking about college …

The Value of College

March 7th, 2019

25:45

In today's episode Jason talks with Kristi Davin, Executive Director of Chyten and parent, about the value of College beyond just the classes and …

Seniors Who Missed College Application Deadlines

March 5th, 2019

21:59

In today's episode Jason talks with college counselor Andy Snyder about what steps high school seniors can take if they missed college application …

Planning for Your Future Career

February 26th, 2019

20:01

In today's episode Jason talks with Kristi Davin, Executive Director of Chyten, about how planning for the type of career you want now can help you get there.

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Junior Year College Application Timeline

February 21st, 2019

27:22

In today's episode Jason sits down with college counselor Andy Snyder to discuss how juniors in high school should be preparing for their college …

Avoiding the Senior Slide

February 19th, 2019

28:21

In today's episode Jason talks with Kristi Davin, Executive Director of Chyten and parent, about the consequences of a senior slide and how to avoid falling into one.


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Beyond the Numbers: AP and SAT Subject Tests

February 14th, 2019

22:02

In today's episode, Jason and college counselor Leigh Ann Schwartz, M.Ed. talk about AP and SAT Subject Tests.  They take a closer look at how …

How Juniors Can Prepare for College Applications

February 12th, 2019

20:46

In today's episode, Jason sits down with college counselor Marvin Vilma to discuss the different ways in which high school juniors can prepare for …

Everything You Need to Know About Financial Aid

February 7th, 2019

22:36

In today's episode, Jason is once again joined by college counselor Leigh Ann Schwartz, M.Ed.  They give you everything you need to know about …

Admissions Beyond the Numbers

February 5th, 2019

21:55

In today's episode, Jason talks to college counselor Marvin about how applying to college means much more than just your numbers.

English Language Learning

January 31st, 2019

25:29

In today's episode, Jason talks to tutor Cindy Frueh about her experiences teaching english as a second language to young students.


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Stephanie Clegg Shares Her Science Background

January 29th, 2019

23:06

In today's episode Jason talks to tutor Stephanie Clegg and her background in Science.  Stephanie shares her journey through the medical and science …

The Truth About Early Decision and Early Action

January 24th, 2019

17:35

Jason sits down with college counselor Leigh Ann Schwartz, M.Ed. to discuss Early Decision/Action.  They dive into some of the myths surrounding …

How to Perfect Your College List

January 22nd, 2019

16:00

Jason and college counselor Leigh Ann Schwartz, M.Ed. discuss the right amount of colleges to apply to, and why it's important to hit the right …

The Transitions from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle to High School

December 21st, 2018

18:04

Jason talks about the challenges in the transitions from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school, and how to best face those …

Tuition, Room and Board, Other College Costs, and the Facts and Fantasies About 'Free Tuition'

November 9th, 2018

21:41

Frequent co-host Kristi Davin joins Jason to discuss the various costs of college, the truth about 'free tuition', and scholarships.

If you have any …

What Not To Do When Building a College List

September 28th, 2018

9:27

Frequent co-host Kristi Davin provides a first-person parent perspective on helping your children and students build a college list along with the …

Recent SAT Controversies

September 25th, 2018

24:04

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin to discuss the recent controversies engulfing the College Board and the SAT.

Getting Into College With a Low GPA

September 21st, 2018

30:36

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin to discuss some tips floating around the internet about how to get into …

17 College Majors That Are Underemployed

September 14th, 2018

28:34

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin to discuss a recent article on Forbes.com about 17 college majors whose …

Hacking the SAT 10: Teaching the Essay Section

September 12th, 2018

21:34

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss the essay section. How has the essay section changed since the 2016 re-write of the SAT? What are …

Hacking the SAT 9: Teaching the Writing Section

August 29th, 2018

9:42

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss the writing section. How is the Writing section similar to and different from the Reading section? …

How Important Are My Test Scores?

August 27th, 2018

14:31

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin to attempt to answer one of the most common questions we've been asked. We …

Hacking the SAT 8: Teaching the Reading Section

August 21st, 2018

15:24

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss the reading section. What makes the reading section challenging? What is more important, the passage …

Hacking the SAT 7: Teaching the Math Section

August 16th, 2018

17:48

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss the math section. What math is on the math section? What do you need to know? Jason and Neil even …

The Value of the SAT/ACT Essay

August 10th, 2018

30:08

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin to discuss what value there is in taking the optional essay on either the SAT or the ACT.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other, …

Hacking the SAT 6: HomeWORK for Results

August 7th, 2018

18:20

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss how homework. How much homework is too much? Is there such a thing as too little homework? How …

Understanding the Test Optional Movement

August 2nd, 2018

42:44

Recorded live at the Test Prep, Admissions, and Private Tutoring Professionals Conference in Boston on Friday, July 27, 2018. Host Jason Breitkopf …

Hacking the SAT 5: Strategies vs Drilling

July 31st, 2018

15:03

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss building a curriculum for your …

First Generation College Students

July 27th, 2018

26:11

Co-host of the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series Neil Khaund interviews college counselor and scholarship maven Harpreet Singh about his experience …

Hacking the SAT 4: Classroom Space Considerations

July 24th, 2018

12:34

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, the inspiration for the Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss the options for classroom spaces for SAT programs and practice tests. They also touch on whether …

Non-Traditional Paths - A Parent Perspective

July 19th, 2018

13:17

Frequent co-host and guest Kristi Davin sits down for a conversation with fellow parent of teenaged sons and Chyten test prep program advisor Vicki …

Hacking the SAT 3: Pre-assessment Basics

July 19th, 2018

16:34

Host Jason Breitkopf and Chyten CEO Neil Khaund, who inspired this Hacking Your Own SAT Program series, discuss the best tools to use as a …

Independent High School Application Interviews

July 13th, 2018

15:55

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor and former college & independent high school admissions officer Marvin Vilma for the fifth …

Hacking the SAT 2: Building an Ideal Class Syllabus

July 10th, 2018

16:07

Host Jason Breitkopf and Endeavor visionary Neil Khaund discuss how a school or non-profit can build a schedule and syllabus for their hacked SAT …

College Visits - A Parent Perspective

June 29th, 2018

20:34

Frequent co-host Kristi Davin provides a first-person parent perspective on college visits.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other, …

SAT Reading, Writing, Essay vs ACT Reading, English, Essay

June 26th, 2018

31:48

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and co-host Kristi Davin in a follow up to the SAT Math vs ACT Math episode. In this episode we …

Dealing With Rejection

June 22nd, 2018

30:49

Host Jason Breitkopf and frequent guest Kristi Davin discuss different options for high school students who have been rejected by their top choice …

Hacking the SAT 1: Build Your Own SAT Prep Program

June 19th, 2018

10:25

Host Jason Breitkopf and Endeavor visionary Neil Khaund introduce a new summer series called Hacking the SAT in which we show you how to build your …

Social Media Hygiene

June 15th, 2018

27:38

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined once again by educator and communications expert Kristi Davin, this time to discuss social media and the positives and …

Independent High School Visits

June 12th, 2018

11:49

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor and former college & independent high school admissions officer Marvin Vilma for the fourth …

The Community College Advantage

June 8th, 2018

18:53

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent guest and college admissions expert, Dr. Wanda Montañez to discuss community college, and why they can be …

Financial Aid Award Letters

June 5th, 2018

20:23

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined once again by college counselor, former college admissions officer, and all-around college application experience …

Summertime Prep for Building Your Authentic Narrative

June 1st, 2018

15:00

Host Jason Breitkopf shares a conversation between college counselors Ariella Reidenberg and Harpreet Singh on their experiences using summer to …

College Prep Tools: Naviance & the Scattergram

May 29th, 2018

15:10

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by fellow Endeavor host Kristi Davin to discuss a useful tool in the college prep and admissions process: the …

Independent High School Admissions Process

May 25th, 2018

16:27

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor, former college admissions officer, and former independent high school admissions officer Marvin …

The Common App

May 18th, 2018

19:40

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor, former college admissions officer, and general college admissions expert, Dr. Wanda Montañez to …

Paying for College - A Parent Perspective

May 17th, 2018

7:56

BONUS EPISODE! Frequent co-host Kristi Davin provides a first-person parent perspective on the paying for college experience.

If you have any …

Dealing With Disappointing Test Scores

May 16th, 2018

42:23

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by frequent co-host Kristi Davin to discuss ideas and options for dealing with disappointing test scores.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other, please reach out to us at

Independent School Testing

May 8th, 2018

17:51

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor and former admissions officer Marvin Vilma for the second in a series about the high school …

Personal Testing Calendar

May 2nd, 2018

37:11

Host Jason Breitkopf and returning guest Kristi Davin discuss how to plan out when to take various standardized tests such as the SAT & ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP tests.

Jason and Kristi referenced an article …

Choosing an Independent High School

April 27th, 2018

16:00

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor, former admissions officer, & independent (private) high school expert Marvin Vilma for the …

College Course Selection

April 24th, 2018

24:03

Host Jason Breitkopf welcomes a new guest onto the pod, Noël Um, to discuss strategies for selecting courses in college. Noël is an experienced tutor …

Navigating College Fairs

April 20th, 2018

24:10

Host Jason Breitkopf and college counseling & college admissions expert Dr. Wanda Montañez discuss navigating college fairs. Whether you attend …

Planning College Visits

April 13th, 2018

30:40

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor and former college admissions officer Alison Burr to discuss planning and making the most of …

How to Read an SAT Score Report

April 11th, 2018

35:19

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by college counselor and former college admissions officer Dr. Wanda Montañez to break down a sample SAT score report …

SAT Math vs ACT Math

April 10th, 2018

31:35

Jason Breitkopf and Kristi Davin discuss the differences between the Math sections on the SAT and the ACT, and what goes into deciding which test to take.

For more information, here is the original article that inspired …

Elements of Exemplary Recommendation Letters

April 6th, 2018

28:46

Host Jason Breitkopf and returning guest Dr. Wanda Montañez discuss what makes for a good college recommendation letter. Wanda advises college …

Tips for Improving Your College Application Essay

March 14th, 2018

25:04

Host Jason Breitkopf and guest Dr. Wanda Montañez discuss tips for improving the college application essay.

Here is a list of the 2017-18 Common App …

Finding Your Best Fit College

March 14th, 2018

28:40

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by guest Marvin Vilma, a college counselor and former admissions officer, to discuss suggestions for finding a best …

Wikipedia - Positives and Negatives

March 14th, 2018

25:23

Host Jason Breitkopf is joined by separately by two guests in this episode, college professor Dr. Annalise Gypsy Murphy and high school librarian …

Summer Internships

March 14th, 2018

26:35

Host Jason Breitkopf and returning guest Dr. Wanda Montañez discuss summer internships for high school students, including what an internship is, how …

Scholarships 101

March 14th, 2018

29:21

Host Jason Breitkopf and college counselor and student mentor Harpreet Singh discuss college scholarships, from the search process through the …

"You'll Never Get a Job with an English Major!"

March 14th, 2018

32:11

Host Jason Breitkopf and Kristi Davin deconstruct the trope that there are certain college majors, like an English major, for which a student has no …

College Application Supplemental Essays

March 14th, 2018

28:04

Host Jason Breitkopf and college counselor and student mentor Ariella Reidenberg discuss the supplemental writing samples and other submissions …

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