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What Work Samples Should I Keep for Colleges?

What Work Samples Should I Keep for Colleges?
While supplying universities with the information they require, going beyond a transcript may better your chances of scholarships. A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, however colleges would like more than that if you expect them to give you scholarship money. They ordinarily like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Examples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records. I provided three writing samples with our comprehensive...
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What is Perfect for Your Family?

What is Perfect for Your Family?
When you are making your comprehensive homeschool records , it’s a great deal like cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. There is usually a whole lot of work involved, that’s true, however there are a great number of  choices! You can find a huge number of “correct ways” to create great homeschool records! You can  choose to create your information appear the way that is JUST RIGHT for your family. I offer  options as well as templates you are...
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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration: *College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart. *Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine...
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Social Security Requests

Social Security Requests
You are not by law required to supply your social security number when applying for a college. Schools are not required to ask for it. It is going to be necessary for a college loan, but it should not be necessary for a college application. That’s exactly why I advise that you do NOT put a social security number on your transcript. To find out more, read this document from the Social Security Administration: Legal requirements...
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Homeschooling High School: Course Descriptions for Visual Learners

Homeschooling High School: Course Descriptions for Visual Learners
I'm a visual learner. Show me an example, and I can usually imitate it (unless technology stands in my way.)  Are you a visual thinker?  What would you like to see? "I'm a visual thinker and I guess I need to SEE a piece of paper as to how the course descriptions are laid out and formatted. Do you have a format?" ~ Maria Here are some links for visual learners who want to see a...
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Save Your Work Samples

Save Your Work Samples
While supplying universities with the information they require, going further than a transcript will be able to  better your likelihood of scholarships. A transcript may be the building block of admission, however colleges require more than that if you expect them to offer you scholarship money. They ordinarily want to see further comprehensive homeschool records. Examples of student work can be the icing on the cake, the mouth watering dessert of comprehensive homeschool records. In our...
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for Tests It normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by...
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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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Homeschool High School: Affordable and Elite Private Colleges? Are you CRAZY!?

Homeschool High School: Affordable and Elite Private Colleges? Are you CRAZY!?
Many colleges are changing the way they distribute financial aid, making it much more affordable for ordinary students to afford extraordinary colleges. Read about these examples! Brown - "Brown University is eliminating tuition for students whose parents earn less than $60,000, after decisions by fellow Ivy League universities to bolster financial aid as their endowments grow." The New York Times. MIT - "Given our commitment to meeting our students' full need, when tuition goes up, we...
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Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records

Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records
Why write a course description? Some colleges will ask for them and some will not.  There are a few situations when course descriptions are extremely important. 1. When applying to a very selective college. 2. When parents can't afford college. 3. When the child wants to go to only ONE college. In each of those situations, providing detailed homeschool records can improve your child's chances of admission and scholarships. The transcript is the bare minimum requirement...
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A College with 50% Homeschoolers!

A College with 50% Homeschoolers!
Getting to know colleges is very important, because you are trying to find that perfect fit for your student. I was reading an article about Christendom College in Virginia. A strongly conservative and devoutly Catholic college, 50% of their student body has been homeschooled! That college is the perfect match for someone. One day you, too, will find your child's perfect match. Read the article in US News . Do you enjoy these daily doses of...
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13 Commandments of Homeschool Science

13 Commandments of Homeschool Science
Homeschoolers tend to think that there are actually 13 commandments, and that biology, chemistry, and physics are the extra three.  It’s not true! You can branch out when you teach science!  There is astronomy, geology, botany, robotics, astronomy, ornithology… you name it!  Now probably colleges would like to see at least one of the standard sciences. If your child wants to go into a scientific profession then biology, chemistry, and physics might be important.  But for...
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Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?

Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?
An "understanding" of grammar is important.  You need it in order to write well. You need it in order to score well on the SAT and ACT tests.  However, grammar is NOT taught every year in high school.  Colleges don't require or test the ability to diagram a sentence. Taking a special grammar class every year is not necessary for the critical life skill of writing.  You may want to teach grammar separately in high school,...
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Test Scores and College Admission

Test Scores and College Admission
Test Scores and College Admission Anne gave some great advice for others about test scores and college admission on my Facebook page after getting her own question answered: I just wish I had asked it at least a year ago. However I have 3 children yet to graduate so I can still use all the help I can get. My oldest son is graduating in May of this year and we have had some disappointments. He...
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Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records

Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records
When providing colleges with the information they need, going beyond a transcript can  improve your chances of scholarships.  A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more than that if you expect them to give you scholarship money.  They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records. In our homeschool records, I provided three writing samples...
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