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Test Scores and College Admission

Test Scores and College Admission Anne gave some great advice for others about test scores and college admission on my Facebook page after getting her own question answered:I just wish I had asked it at least a year ago. However I have 3 children yet to graduate so I can still use all the help I can get. My oldest son is graduating in May of this year and we have had some disappointments. He did...

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Success Stories of Confidence Plus College Admission

Success Stories of Confidence Plus College Admission I love this time of year when parents are sending me their success stories! You know what I see most from parents with seniors? Shock and awe!Feel Confident“I'm so glad you came to Wichita this year! With an 8th grader soon to enter high school, the information you shared was exactly what I needed to launch us into 9th grade next school year. In many way, I really didn't...

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How to Avoid Cheating in College

According to ABC News, the University of Central Florida has a huge problem.  Recently 200 seniors cheated on a Business course midterm.  One third of the class cheated, and now they may not be allowed to graduate. One student called it a witch hunt and said, "This is college.  Everyone cheats, everyone cheats in life in general." Students may be tempted to cheat in college.  While they are at home, tell them you are aware of...

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What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?

What are your options when a college decides your homeschool child is "not college ready"? Dear Lee,I am hoping that you could give us some advice.  We have homeschooled our daughter all of her life.  She graduated this past May. She has done well with most subjects at home and at various co-op classes.  She has consistently scored low on the SAT and ACT tests throughout her life.  She took two classes for ACT/SAT prep in...

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Are AP Classes Necessary for Homeschoolers?

Do you have to take AP classes if you don't want to? Debbie wrote on Facebook:"I have a 12 yr (7th grade) daughter who is currently doing 9th grade work. As I pick her school work is it necessary for her to do AP classes and how do I know which home school courses are AP? In other words, can I make any curriculum an AP course and how?"Debbie, anyone can take an AP test, even...

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How to Stand Out from the Crowd

How to Stand Out from the Crowd If you took a peek through the window of your local university’s admission office between September and March, you’d probably see a frenzy of activity and piles of papers as admissions counselors sift through thousands of applications from hopeful high school seniors. How, you may wonder, does an aspiring student make their application stand out, instead of blending in with all the others? One way is to give the...

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College Admission and Scholarships Received!

College Admission and Scholarships Received A homeschool mom posted on Facebook to say thank you for her successes. She followed my advice, and with hard work and conscientious effort she received college admission and scholarships for her child. Good things can happen to you, too! Here is the good-news report Lizzy shared on my Facebook page!If you need some guidance on earning college admission and scholarships, like me on Facebook, check out my pins on Pinterest, and...

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It's College Fair Time!

Put that College Fair on the Calendar!It's college fair season, and it's time to get that responsibility on your calendar before it gets full!  Attending a college fair is a key to finding a college, and I strongly recommend that every homeschooler attends a college fair in Junior Year.  I think they are great for freshmen, fabulous for sophomore and seniors, but should be required for Juniors.  One of the major tasks of Junior year is...

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Sending Senior Year Transcripts to College

Putting together a homeschool transcript is one of the most important things to do before your student’s senior year. Is yours up to date and ready to send to colleges? Here are some helpful things to consider when putting the final touches on your masterpiece! What to Include Make sure to include all the classes your child is currently taking, even if they haven’t completed them yet. Is your child taking a calculus class this fall?...

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How to Create the WOW Factor for College Admission

How to Create the WOW Factor for College Admission Submit comprehensive records for the best chance of convincing a college that your child is a good fit for admission and scholarships. But comprehensive records are ... well ... comprehensive. Often admission officers don't read the whole package, word for word. Sometimes a college looks at your records just long enough to know that you are one of those homeschoolers who, you know, educates your child. Don't...

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What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine i...

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Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

If you have a child in high school and are beginning to look at colleges, you will soon discover there are three different options for applying. The f...

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High School with Learning Challenges

If your child struggles with learning challenges, you are not alone!  Read my article "College for Struggling Learners" to hear about other teenagers with learning problems. These are the resources listed in the article, linked so you can easily access the information. Learning Disabilities Association of AmericaTypical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Learning Disabilities Association Tips for College AdmissionLearning Disabilities - 8 Tips For...

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College Application Lexicon

College application has it's own unique vocabulary.  As you look toward college admission, you'll notice you have many different choices on how to apply.  Here are the NACAC definitions of terms for different kinds of application plans.  If you need a primer on what "application" means, this blog post is for you. Regular Decision is the application process in which a student submits an application to an institution by a specified date and receives a decision...

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Amazing Records! A Model for Others!

Lisa was so excited to take her son to college this fall. I often hear stories of "Shock and Awe" and Lisa has a great one! The college loved her homeschool records so much, they asked to use them as an example for other homeschoolers! Dear Lee,We dropped my son off at NU Wednesday. During the registration process, one of the check in location representatives stopped me and said,"Your documents for your son when applying to...

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