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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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Christmas Reading List

Christmas Reading List
Relax and smell the peppermint mocha! Christmas is a great time to snuggle up with a warm beverage and read some classic literature. Christmastime is the perfect season for great literature.  Even during this frantic time, you can enjoy quality academics that don’t add to the craziness. During your busy season as a parent, pick a book or two for your family from my Christmas reading list. Encourage your teen to spend time relaxing with a...
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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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They Grow Up and Leave Home: Sending Your Child to College

They Grow Up and Leave Home: Sending Your Child to College
Homeschoolers seem to have one thing in common - they LOVE their children. They love having children, they love being around their children, and they love having their children live at home. I'm not implying for a moment that their children are perfectly behaved, or that everything is always blissful. I've BEEN a homeschool parent, so I KNOW that isn't true! In general, you're going to be sad when it is sending your child to college time....
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Guest — Karen
Thank you for the article Lee. Sorry for the lengthy comment. My only son has been off at college 2 full years now, so time has... Read More
Monday, 04 May 2015 18:51
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Oh Karen! I think we all feel a bitter sweet mix of sadness and victory when our children graduate. I love the idea of looking fo... Read More
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:09
Guest — Lisa
Thank you for this article today. You've helped me through the high school years more than you could realize!!
Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:25
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Tips for New Empty Nesters

Tips for New Empty Nesters
Tips for New Empty Nesters I found a marvelous collection of articles for parents that are sending their children off to college and becoming empty nesters. Check these out and let me know what you think!  Tips for First-Years This article has some tips on how to stay in touch with your child. What I loved even more, though, was this list: 3 Simple Steps for Academic Success Go to class.Do all of the homework and reading.Get...
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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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“Tamest Party Schools in Each State” by College Prowler

“Tamest Party Schools in Each State” by College Prowler
ECollegeFinder rounded up the tamest school in each state to make this map. See which school is tamest party school in your state! Do you think it's true? Would you prefer a party school for your child? They almost say “Tamest Party Schools in Each State” as if it were a bad thing, but I'm guessing that most homeschool parents hope their children go to college for the education, and not just the parties! In Washington...
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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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When to Start Test Prep

When to Start Test Prep
When do you start the process of test preparation? For most people, the PSAT is the starting pistol for test preparation! Teenagers take the PSAT for fun in October of 10th grade. That will give you a worst-case scenario test score based on no preparation. That can be the starting pistol - go! Start studying now!It makes sense to give children some exposure to the PSAT briefly before that test, so they aren't shocked, but delay heavy-duty test...
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AP Classes Not Required for AP Tests

AP Classes Not Required for AP Tests
Anybody can take  AP TESTS, even if you don't take  AP CLASSES. An AP test can be marvelous outside documentation for learning, and it can be a real boost to your college application if you are gearing up for a very selective school, or need big scholarships. But you don't need an AP course in order to take an AP test. Read more on the College Board® website. "You can take as many AP Tests as...
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Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades
I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0 instead of a 4.0.  Some high schools will increase the grade by 0.5, so honors...
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ME
Wow, that is complicated. Thank you for this article, I am grading standard grades; not weighted.
Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:17
Robin
That's really smart! You are making it much easier for yourself and for prospective colleges. Well done! Robin Assistant to The ... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:26
Guest — SCD
I don't weight any of my HS course grades, but my students have taken college dual-enrollment classes. Instead of weighting the g... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:25
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