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Preparing For College

Preparing For College
 Preparing For CollegeIn order to determine what courses your student should cover in high school, it’s good to think about what colleges want to see as admissions requirements, and then set your goal in line with those.  If you set college preparation requirements as graduation requirements, your student will be prepared for college whether they intend to go now, or if they change their mind later.Cover the CoreStudents should have four years of English during high...
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Struggles with Daily Math

Struggles with Daily Math
What do you do when your child struggles with daily work? It can be confusing! Let me suggest a few ideas: check the curriculum try to motivate kids to work more carefully consider using a test to inform you on a grade, or provide a grade that reflects their poor scores.Karen asked a question about her son's math, and I will illustrate how she can use these strategies to help.Hi Lee, I bought your book, Setting the Records Straight and want...
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Guest — Kathleen
I have a similar situation to Margaret, but it is different enough that I want to pose the question: Using a popular homeschool co... Read More
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 05:46
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Kathleen, Lee talks about explaining unusual situations in your homeschool cover letter: Writing a Homeschool Profile Letter ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:40
Guest — Margaret
Lee, thank you so much! That is helpful.
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:45
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Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!

Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!
 Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!One of my friends saw me at the store and asked me a simple little question. "What should my senior be doing right now?" I suggest the following checklist just for seniors:1. Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.govThe FAFSA is a government form you fill out to determine your financial "need" for scholarships. Financial aid is sometimes "first come - first served" so apply as soon as possible in January.2. Apply...
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What do PSAT Scores Mean?

What do PSAT Scores Mean?
 What do PSAT Scores Mean?When your child takes the PSAT in October, you will get the results in December. If you just received your PSAT scores, you may want to know what those scores really mean. You can get more information here: College Board® Score Reporthttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/scores/report.htmlFor more information, these reports will help.Understanding 2011 PSAT/NMSQT Scores (pdf/870.7K)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/understanding-psat-nmsqt-scores.pdfSample PSAT/NMSQT Student Score Report (pdf/1.46M)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sample-psat-nmsqt-student-score-report.pdfWhen your child takes the PSAT next year, be sure to register your child as a...
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Guest — Krissy
I signed up my son to take the PSAT/ NMSQT at our local high school. They only wrote his name on a sheet of paper. Will he fill ou... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Krissy, You will give more info on the day of the test. In her article Two Weeks to the PSAT Lee says, "When the student fill... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:50
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Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"

Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"
 Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"I'm so pleased to have the Institute for Excellence in Writing participate with this free webinar for homeschoolers. In it, I will explain the SAT and ACT. Then Andrew Pudewa will discuss how to teach essay writing for those tests. It will be a real meat-and-potatoes class filled with useable information, and I hope you can join us!Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Amy, Here is the link for the webinar that Andrew has already recorded http://excellenceinwriting.adobeconnect.com/p54pt2y... Read More
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:36
Guest — Amy
Lee, I would love to listen as I have a son taking the ACT this spring, but will not be home Monday night. Can I download it and ... Read More
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:42
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Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

Classics that can Raise SAT Scores
 Hi Lee,One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank you for...
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Guest — D. M. Rutledge
Hi Lee! You have been quoted as saying, "Homeschool families tend to focus on the classics and colleges like to see that kids have... Read More
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Deanna, In her article College Bound Reading List, Lee talks gives examples of a wide variety of classic and contemporary lit... Read More
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:58
Guest — Cheri Frame
Lee, thanks for the ideas. I have not used these books, but look forward to it!
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56
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Letter of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation
  How do you write a letter of recommendation about your own child? Often the letters of recommendation from teachers are enough, but remember that you want to do things exactly the way the school wants them (as long as it doesn't contradict your values, right?) Do it their way, make it easy on them, and they will love you more and throw money at you :) If a college wants a letter of recommendation from...
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Guest — Cindy @ Fenced in Family
Great tips. The idea of writing a recommendation letter for my own child is a little strange to me. I appreciate your simplifying ... Read More
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:22
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Course Description Help

Course Description Help
 What if you don't read the WHOLE book - what do you do with that? How does it fit into your course description when you didn't finish every word of it? Julie asked some questions about her course descriptions...Hello Lee.I’m finding your book Setting the Records Straight quite helpful as I learn to write course descriptions. That’s triggered three hopefully simple questions though.May I use the course descriptions from the book, both the page layout and...
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Guest — Lee
Right. Supplemental texts read in full: complete name of book. Excerpts: partially read book that was used as a supplement. C... Read More
Monday, 16 January 2012 16:09
Guest — Cherie
This was helpful. Thanks! Just to be clear: for supplemental texts, you would NOT use the word "excerpts," but you would use that... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:26
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges.Lee,Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week.I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle as I must...
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Guest — Tina
I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 23:42
Guest — Jennifer
Hi Lee, Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog. I do have a question though. I thought a transcr... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 17:29
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College Admissions and Thanksgiving Menus

College Admissions and Thanksgiving Menus
Preparing your menu for admissions is a lot like preparing for Thanksgiving.  It takes time and effort to prepare scrumptious and eye-pleasing presentations.  If you are thinking about Thanksgiving, let me share my menu with you.  If you are thinking about college admission, I’ll give you my menu for that as well!Here is my regular Thanksgiving Menu. Each item will take planning, and it has to be carefully timed to be presented at just the right...
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Guest — Ann
I love this analogy! And your Thanksgiving menu looks scrumptious! Have a wonderful time with your family on Thursday, and enjoy t... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 06:15
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Senior Year Tests

Senior Year Tests
Why, oh WHY would you submit willingly to the torture of standardized tests?  Well...  money, for one thing!Kim asked me on Facebook, "Is there any point in a senior taking the ACT again in December? Applications and transcripts will already be turned in by the time we get the results."Kim, yes, there is a point to this madness!  I encourage you to have your child take it again IF you think they can get a better...
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What Colleges Need

What Colleges Need
Different colleges ask for different information from homeschoolers.  It can be difficult to determine what extra information they may require from you.The only way to find out is to check their website and also speak to them in person.  Some colleges will have one policy posted, but admission personnel require more or less than the posted policy.  Other colleges won't have a policy posted on their website, but the admission personnel will know the details (or...
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More Competitive with CLEP?

More Competitive with CLEP?
What about using CLEP in high school?  Wendy asked these questions after she read my blog post about Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript: If a college doesn't accept CLEP courses as fulfillment of a college class, will they recognize it as fulfillment of the high school course? And will this make the student's college application more competitive? Will organizations like National Homeschool Honor Society and other "honor" societies make a student's college application more...
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Senior Year Last-minute 12-Step Emergency Panic Plan for Hopelessly Behind Parents

Senior Year Last-minute 12-Step Emergency Panic Plan for Hopelessly Behind Parents
  Senior Year Last-minute 12-Step Emergency Panic Plan   Hopelessly Behind? "Second best" success is also possible. If you don't have a clue about college admissions, and you are in the midst of senior year, it's very difficult to quickly regroup in order to experience success. I have an emergency plan for families who haven't started preparing for the admission process prior to senior year. Here is a quick checklist just for those panicky parents. 1.  ...
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Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running
The best success comes to parents who plan ahead.  What does that mean exactly?  It means parents with elementary students who "listen in" when others talk about high school.  It means middle school parents who learn how to homeschool high school BEFORE panic starts.  It means taking challenging classes each year, just in case one year you can't get everything done.  It means seizing junior year tasks with gusto.  But you know what?  Everything can still...
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