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Overseas Homeschool Friends - Listen Up!

Overseas Homeschool Friends - Listen Up!
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. If you are living overseas and are homeschooling because you are military, missionary, or for other reasons live outside the US, I have a great resource for you to add to your home library. The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition One of my overseas homeschool parents suggested this, so I asked to review...
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Following Advice for 3 Years = College Admission and Scholarships

Following Advice for 3 Years = College Admission and Scholarships
What is it like to homeschool? Great fun experiences and opportunities! And as the homeschool parent, you can put the academics awesomeness into your high school records. I just got a sweet letter from Kathy explaining how she used a hike up Mt. Fuji for a PE class, for example. Feel FREE to look outside the box, and do whatever works with your child to help them learn, and prepare them for college admission and scholarships!...
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College and Career Planning for Teens Who Will be Famous

College and Career Planning for Teens Who Will be Famous
College and Career Planning for Teens who will be Famous Guiding your child with their college and career planning when sports or music is their passion can be difficult. It is also very necessary. Things change a LOT with sports-minded and musically-inclined kids over time. A simple injury can change the trajectory completely. I encourage you to guide your children as if they will go to college at age 18, applying as normal. That way, when...
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2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar

2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar
2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar  Every month I help parents homeschool though high school by publishing an email newsletter. January is a great time to look back and see all we have learned in the past year. Join me below for a 2014 homeschool year in review with The HomeScholar.  January Complete the FAFSA for Fun and Profit  February  iTired: Dealing with Homeschool Fatigue  March Know Your State Homeschool Law  April  How to...
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Focus on Your Child's Strengths

Focus on Your Child's Strengths
What will your story be, when your child finishes high school? Are you putting focus on your child's strengths when you create records? Read about Kelly's daughter who received $11,000 in financial aid!Lee, we bought Setting the Record Straight some months ago to prepare our oldest daughter's transcript. We were late in our application because we moved cross country due to a work transfer this winter.  I admit I felt unprepared, confident in her education, but...
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Not a Good Tester

Not a Good Tester
Not a Good Tester Is your child just not a good tester? Some kids don't do well on standardized tests. Nobody knows that better than a homeschool parent with a child that doesn't do well on tests.  For college admission, though, it can help to provide test scores from the SAT or ACT.Colleges want test scores. It's very uncommon (although not impossible) to get college admission and scholarships without taking one of these tests. A child doesn't need...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Janet, I'm not exactly sure about what to do, but I know where to find the answer: http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/i... Read More
Saturday, 13 February 2010 11:05
Guest — Janet
I have a daughter who may never be able to do well a "bubble" test, due to vision issues. (However, she is not legally blind.) W... Read More
Friday, 12 February 2010 08:52
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Digging Into College Statistics

Digging Into College Statistics
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. When you are looking at different colleges, spend some time enjoying college statistics before you visit. Little numbers on a page can indicate HUGE differences between colleges - and can explain how some colleges are "cheap" while others are a good investment.  First, look at college statistics that can indicate if your child will...
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How to Earn $1600 an Hour Writing Course Descriptions

How to Earn $1600 an Hour Writing Course Descriptions
  If your homeschool family is struggling to make the time to write course descriptions, this might be a good blog post to share with your spouse.If you had the perfect job, working from home, loving your children, how much could you earn per hour, do you think? Traci found out that her job as a homeschool parent was actually earning her WELL over minimum wage. Can you believe it? $1600/hour for working on her homeschool...
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Guest — Beth
Lee, I have what may seem like an odd question. I would like to know how families pay for the remaining college expenses (room/boa... Read More
Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:05
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
It's not an odd question, Beth. I think we all wonder about that! In her article, Homeschooling College with CLEP Lee says "Homesc... Read More
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:20
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3 College Application Tips

3 College Application Tips
Getting ready to send in your college applications? How about a few quick tips to get you started?!  1. Modify your college application essays Many colleges have similar essay prompts. You can reuse essays for applications to different colleges, and save lots of trouble by writing fewer essays. At the same time, though, make sure to personalize the essay to the specific college you are applying to. So first, write the essay. Then modify the essay,...
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Guest — Colleen
We've had everything ready to go for awhile, but have had to wait for his college calculus professor to turn in his letter of reco... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:16
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's so frustrating, Colleen! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:10
Guest — TIM
I just published my own list of college application "hacks." Recognizing the common areas of information that schools require is ... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:07
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College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush!

College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush!
A Unique College Admission Essay When writing your college admission essay, begin with a creative hook to make the college pay attention to you. Think about a single moment in time, perhaps that moment a picture was taken, and try to tell a story that would make your Grandma gasp. Your goal is not to make Grandma blush, so don't go over-the-top!Use this writing prompt for ideas.Prompt: “Grandma, you are NOT going to believe what happened...
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Guest — Lee
Oh my goodness Lin! I laughed so hard, my husband came running, LOL! That's HILARIOUS! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Lee... Read More
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 07:28
Guest — Lin
My daughter took this advice from you when she wrote her National Merit essay. It began "My mother, bloody axe in her hand, prepar... Read More
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 07:15
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High School for Academically Behind Children

High School for Academically Behind Children
High School for Academically Behind Children Remedial Subjects are Normal Homeschoolers have normal children. They are good at some things, but not others. Great homeschoolers can have struggling learners. As hard as this is during elementary school, it Can be more distressing as you begin high school. Keep the Big Picture in Mind In the grand scheme of things, it can be helpful to remember that a full 30% of kids who attend college are at...
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How do I Help My Child Choose a College Major?

How do I Help My Child Choose a College Major?
How do I Help My Child Choose a College Major? Decisions, decisions! How do you help your child choose a college major from among all those choices? Click on Lee's video, below, for some tips!Is your teen in the midst of making that college major choice right now? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!If your child is choosing colleges and college majors, check...
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A Quick Homeschool Transcript Tip

A Quick Homeschool Transcript Tip
Your child is in senior year and it's time to send the homeschool transcript! Some colleges want to see a hard copy of your homeschool transcript, a paper copy sent through snail mail. Other colleges, and some organizations such as camps and prospective employers, require you to provide your child's transcript by email. Here's a quick homeschool transcript tip for sending by email. A Quick Homeschool Transcript Tip When submitting your child's transcript electronically, make sure nobody...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Luke, You make a pdf for the college, when you submit the transcript to the college, so you don't want anyone to edit it at al... Read More
Friday, 30 July 2010 06:45
Guest — Luke Holzmann
Good tip, Lee! Is there a special setting for making it so only you can edit the .pdf? I know that I've been able to fix typos an... Read More
Friday, 30 July 2010 06:07
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Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript

Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript
A CLEP Exam is a college level test that measures college level knowledge in a specific subject area. If a child takes and passes a CLEP test in ANYTHING then it goes on the high school transcript.When determining high school credit for CLEP, it does not matter how long it took the student to learn the material. Whether it was 2 weeks or 2 years, credit is not determined by the hours of study. With CLEP, you...
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Guest — Nita
In my dd's case we put the CLEP course as a class. Also, we didn't even start taking the CLEPs until we identified that our local ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 04:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Well done, Nita! It's so important to do the "leg work" first to see what the community college and universities are looking for! ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:52
Guest — Julia
My daughter studied Apologia's Biology last year and got an A. Then she took the CLEP (6 college credits) for outside documentati... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:55
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How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?

How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?
How Do I Prove My Child is Educated? Are you worried about how to prove to colleges that your child is educated? Click on Lee's video below to learn how to prove that your child's home education was a rigorous one!Have you successfully proven to colleges that your child is educated? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!I can help you create...
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