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2 Critical Keys for College Success

2 Critical Keys for College Success
There are two critical keys for college success, and neither involves the core subjects of reading, writing, and math.   #1 How to StudyAfter they’d had a few years of college experience, I asked my sons what I should say to people who are preparing their kids for college, and they told me that parents should teach their students how to study. Your goal in high school is not to "teach" your children; the goal is...
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Reach, Fit and Safety Colleges

Reach, Fit and Safety Colleges
Ah statistics!  You gotta love 'em!  Except when you don't....   But if you DO like numbers, this blog post is for you!  Let me explain the concept of "reach, fit, and safety" for math lovers!To find a reach, fit, and safety college, you have to look at "Admissions Data" found online and in books.  Little tip; just Google the school name and the words "admission data" and you'll find it. Then compare it to your...
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What About College?

What About College?
Do you ever wonder about things?  I was one of those moms that would worry and fret about LOTS of things.  Wonder what would happen if you homeschooled through high school? What if you homeschooled independently? What would you do about grades? What about college? Would colleges accept grades given by mommy?If you homeschool through high school, prepare a high school transcript on your home computer, provide mommy grades and kitchen credits, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?Let's see...
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Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications

Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications
Homeschooling isn't cheap.  We pay for our own curriculum, supplies, and teacher manuals.  It doesn't get cheaper as kids get older, either!  For some families, finances are a HUGE issue, even while they are committed to homeschooling through high school.  Here is some helpful advice for these parents who are thinking about college admission. Two important truthsHomeschoolers tend to be single-income families.Homeschoolers love to save money.Two important expensesSAT and ACT tests are required for admission, and...
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Guest — Elijah
Hi, I'm not sure how active this blog still is, but if someone sees this, I would really appreciate some help. My family talked ... Read More
Thursday, 12 September 2019 03:28
Robin
Don't give up, Elijah School districts can be really difficult. Do you have an advocate on staff at school? A teacher or guidance... Read More
Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:27
Guest — Elijah
Thank you for the encouraging words. The school guidance counselor is the one that provided the test, but she's one of the main pe... Read More
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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

Drill Sergeant Not Needed
Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Even scary words like "grades" and "credits" can be simple when you know the easy way to do it!I'll be glad to show you the easy way to calculate high school credits.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is!  No need for a scary-sounding boot camp, with sweating and tremendous effort while the Drill Sergeant is screaming at you. Instead, calculating homeschool credits is more...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks Julieanne! I'm so glad you like it! You can find Julieanne's full review on her blog here: http://www.joyinourjourney.com... Read More
Monday, 24 September 2012 09:56
Guest — Julieanne Miller
Lee, I just read your book this week, and you're right - it is SO helpful! The tasks like writing course descriptions, figuring... Read More
Saturday, 22 September 2012 17:56
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College Plans with No College Clue

College Plans with No College Clue
Question: How do you plan high school courses when all colleges are different and you don't know which college your child is interested in?Answer: Provide a general college preparation early in high school, and then fill in gaps later! First, plan your high school courses keeping normal college preparation requirements in mind.  This article will help you figure out what "college prep" means.  Planning High School Courses.  And this article is helpful to learn about science labs: You...
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Carbonite Can Save Your Bacon

Carbonite Can Save Your Bacon
What's better than bacon? Keeping your files safe with Carbonite! {Note: this post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I make a few pennies, but sadly, not enough for a latte.}   Most homeschoolers don’t have the time or energy to back up all their data like that, but disasters can happen.  A single computer virus, a major computer crash, or a household disaster or theft can destroy all the hard work you put...
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OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers

OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers
In the realm of online learning, “OpenCourseWare” is the new kid on the block, one worth checking into if you have a homeschool student who does well with virtual classes.  OpenCourseWare (OCW) includes coursework and materials shared freely with anyone via the Internet. Universities such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard, to name a few, all offer OCW, although there is no credit conferred for completion of any courses.I think it’s wonderful that these courses...
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific info, Jackie! Thanks!
Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:04
Guest — Jackie Ryan Masek
1) We have done OCW and love it! It isn't nearly as easy as they make it sound, though. But, you know me, I'm a Google Master Extr... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:13
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CLEP, AP, or Community College?

CLEP, AP, or Community College?
When you are looking at using CLEP, AP, or Community College, you may wonder which one is best.  "Best" is not always easy to decipher.I'll tell you the big truth about all of this:  it depends on the college your child will ultimately attend.  If you ask 10 different colleges, you might get 10 different answers.  Some very prestigious colleges feel the same way about AP exams and community college classes.  It's almost impossible to tell....
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Guest — Lee
Mary, yes, one transcript for all the colleges. You can make it look just perfect for your top choice college, but use that same v... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:59
Guest — Mary
I assume we need to have one transcript that is the same and is sent to all the colleges we apply to...correct? It would be so ni... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 18:34
Guest — Lee
Margie, Ron is correct, but only SOME colleges limit credits, and it's not ALL state colleges. Every college will have unique re... Read More
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:51
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Making the Most of Community College

Making the Most of Community College
 If you are planning to use community college classes to replace or supplement junior and senior year, I have some specific suggestions.For maximum benefit.... Make sure to have your child take a class in each major subject area: English, math, history, etc.  If you are trying to get an AA degree, that means you will be covering all of those major subject areas plus a little more. Make sure to have her take a class for...
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Guest — Cassie Fishbein
A lot of schools offer the option of taking classes for "honors" credit. This will involve more work from the student, but it is a... Read More
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:30
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College Survival Skills

College Survival Skills
 There are two big college survival skills you need to teach your children before they leave home.#1 How to Study A big key to high school success is to make sure that you teach your students the skills that are necessary for college survival. Before my sons were seniors in college, I would have said that the most important college preparation skills were note taking, public speaking, and essay writing. I asked my sons what I...
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Guest — Heather T.
Like Michelle I'd love to know of a resource that helps teach your child to study! Anxious to hear your ideas!
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:08
Guest — Michelle
How would you suggest teaching your child to study? I discovered this year that my 8th grader needs help in this area. I haven't ... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:32
Guest — Lee
This is where a class specifically for that purpose is really helpful. Study/learning skills don't come naturally to everyone, so... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:58
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College Prep, Step by Step, Part 2

College Prep, Step by Step, Part 2
 Junior YearAs you continue to prepare your student for college, their Junior year is a particularly important year.  You really want to work hard at high school advising during junior year, because that’s when the rubber meets the road. The first task for junior year is to take the PSAT; the junior PSAT is the one that qualifies your student for the National Merit Scholarship. It’s the one that counts, and it’s the one for the...
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College Prep, Step by Step, Part 1

College Prep, Step by Step, Part 1
Preparing for college can start even before your child hits high school.  If you have a middle school student, it’s a great time to review or preview. If you need to do remedial work with your student when they don’t quite know their basic math facts, now’s the time. Likewise, if your child is ready for algebra or geometry, 7th or 8th grade is a perfectly fine time for you to teach those classes.Middle school is...
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Determining CLEP Credit

Determining CLEP Credit
For determining test-related CLEP credits, here are three big ideas to help:1. Ask the university where you hope to attend and give 1 high school credit per class they equate to that CLEP.2. Look at the "Sample CLEP Policy" from the CollegeBoard to estimate credits.  Each equivalent college class could be one high school credit:3. Remember, it all depends on where  you end up, and the CLEP policy for that university.Colleges each have their own policy...
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What Colleges Like to See

What Colleges Like to See
 What do colleges like to see?  More than academics!If you have a student who plans to go to college (and even if you don’t—remember, they sometimes change their minds!), it’s important to include in their high school activities at least some of the things that colleges like to see.  Leadership is high on that list for almost all colleges. Of course, when some homeschoolers think about leadership, all they think of is being student body president,...
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Guest — Sandy Grant
One thing that my kids have been able to do to build leadership points is joining our City's Youth Council. It is like a City Cou... Read More
Monday, 16 April 2012 21:46
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