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Homeschool Records + Talent = Julliard Dreams Fulfilled

Homeschool Records + Talent = Julliard Dreams Fulfilled
Homeschool Records + Talent = Julliard Dreams Fulfilled Getting into Julliard is like getting into Harvard. You really have to have it ALL - academics, special talent, passion, and luck! Anytime you are trying to get into a highly selective school, it requires some extra effort from both the parent and the child. Recently I received this lovely thank you note from a Gold Care Club member . Their family achieved wonderful success! "I have enjoyed...
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How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best?

How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best?
How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best? I've explained in a earlier blog post the 3 Ingredients of a Great Course Description : a paragraph about what you did, a list of what you used, and a description of how you graded. Within those suggestions, you have a LOT of latitude! You can have a very SHORT description about your grades, and say only "1/3 tests, 1/3 lab, 1/3 daily work." Or...
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Awesome College Costing Only $400 Year

Awesome College Costing Only $400 Year
Awesome College Costing Only $400 Year Wow, some families get all the luck! I got this message from a mom who got an AMAZING college offer for her daughter. Check it out - their college experience will only cost $400 per year! You can't even have a child live with you at HOME for that little money! Woo hoo!!!     Dear Lee, I wanted to thank you, SO MUCH, for your guidance and expertise ! In...
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Guiding Your Child Through College Applications

Guiding Your Child Through College Applications
Guiding Your Child Through College Application It's tempting to think you can let your child go to fill out college applications, and they will be mature enough to handle it from there, but that's not how it normally happens. There are so many details, deadlines, and complicated forms, it's difficult for a young adult to figure out the system. Working on it without help can make a difference in scholarship awards. The help of a parent...
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Missionary in the Philippines to College Admission and Scholarships

Missionary in the Philippines to College Admission and Scholarships
Missionary in the Philippines to College Admission and Scholarships It can seem pretty scary to be overseas as a missionary, and at the same time want your homeschooled teen to come back to the US for college admission. But guess what? It's possible! And homeschool parents just like you are successful! Check out this letter from Nancy, a missionary mom in the Philippines. See what tips you can glean from her, to help you as you...
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How Much College Debt is Acceptable?

How Much College Debt is Acceptable?
Every person has to decide for themselves how much college debt is worthwhile. I can tell you what my debt boundaries are as you begin your research. Ultimately, that will be a family decision that you'll have to make. For me, I think college debt may be worthwhile only if you can pay it back within one year. Estimate how much your child could make at a minimum wage job while living at home for one...
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3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications

3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications
3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications Dual enrollment classes on the transcript Use an acronym before the class title to clearly show which classes were taken at the community college. That shows that senior year classes are harder than last year - a good trend to show.  You can read about that trend in this blog post, Acronym for Outside Classes .  For the classes your student is currently enrolled in, replace the...
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From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers

From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers
Success! I love it when people write to say THANK YOU and share their successes! I got this awesome note from Jen in Pennsylvania. Read some of her tips, and see what you can glean from her experiences today. From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey. I've been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has...
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Kristine States the Obvious - College Listens

Kristine States the Obvious - College Listens
So many moms are scared and nervous about college admission policies. Don't be! Policies are constantly changing, and that YOU can influence change in the positive direction!  Be a positive force for homeschooling.  Ask the question.  State the obvious.  Colleges WILL listen to you! Kristine States the Obvious - College Listens    "Following a college tour today, we met with an admissions counselor to get specific details about their admissions policy for homeschoolers. He told me...
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Simple Formula for Scholarship Success

Simple Formula for Scholarship Success
Simple Formula for Scholarship Success The secrets of college admission and scholarships are actually pretty easy. Start your research early. Diligently keep your transcripts and course descriptions up to date. Apply early during Senior year. Scholarship money is first-come, first-served, and you want to be first in line! But that means you must have all your ducks in a row before you start the application. What can you do today, so that you are successful? Start...
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7 Tips for Earning College Credit this Summer

7 Tips for Earning College Credit this Summer
7 Tips for Earning College Credit this Summer A few summers ago, my children worked for one month and saved our family $56,000.  How did they do it?  By homeschooling college in their spare time!  Not bad for a summer job! You can also save a fortune in college expenses using a few very simple but lesser-known money-saving strategies. Earning college credit is not just for college kids. Some students earn college credit by homeschooling college...
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7 College Acceptance Letters and Generous Scholarships

7 College Acceptance Letters and Generous Scholarships
7 College Acceptance Letters and Generous Scholarships Where are you in the homeschool journey right now? Are you feeling panicky? Overwhelmed? You KNOW you can just reach out and get some help, right? And one day maybe you will report back, shouting from the rooftops about getting 7 college acceptance letters and generous scholarships! I just got the sweetest note from Lois, thanking me for her son's success with college admission and scholarships.         I want...
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Budget for College Applications

Budget for College Applications
Budget for College Applications It's normal to pay $30-$100 per college application Don't think about it as your homeschool budget, think of it as a down payment on the total cost of college - as if by applying you will get more scholarships. It's possible to have the application cost deferred, if you ask. Most colleges will defer the cost of application if you simple go for a college visit. You can also ask the college...
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Transcripts & Applying to College Can Be a Breeze!

Transcripts & Applying to College Can Be a Breeze!
Transcripts & Applying to College Can Be a Breeze! It's that time of year again, when my Gold Care Club members are graduating their children. I love hearing about their successes, and I feel their uncertainty about facing the empty nest after years of homeschooling. I got this sweet note from Jennifer recently. Check it out! With a heavy heart I am writing you an email to say goodbye.  My last home schooled child is graduating...
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How to Say NO to College Offers

How to Say NO to College Offers
May 1st is the 'National Candidate Reply Date' for deciding on which college you will attend and the day you must say no to college offers. It's true that some of them will be great offers and will be hard to say no to. Each college you have applied to will give you directions on how to announce your decision. Some have an online form, others will want an email or paper letter. How, exactly, do...
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