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Homeschool Documentation and Work Samples

Homeschool Documentation and Work Samples
It is important to provide colleges with the information they need when going through the college admission process. Although the transcript...
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Sending Homeschool Transcripts for Senior Year Applications

Sending Homeschool Transcripts for Senior Year Applications
Is your child's transcript up to date?  Even if their transcript looks great on paper, it can be confusing to figure out how to submit a homeschool transcript when you are filling out college applications during the fall of senior year. Let me give you a few quick tips to make your college admission process easier. Homeschool transcripts aren't hard to make. They do, however, take time to make. And, it is a good idea to...
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What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest
​You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine ...
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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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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
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College Application Lexicon

College Application Lexicon
College application has it's own unique vocabulary.  As you look toward college admission, you'll notice you have many different choices on how to apply.  Here are the NACAC definitions of terms for different kinds of application plans.  If you need a primer on what "application" means, this blog post is for you. ADMISSION TERMS PER NACAC Non-Restrictive Application Plans: All of these plans allow students to wait until May 1 to confirm enrollment. Regular Decision is...
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Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified
Finding a college is more than watching where your friends and neighbors’ children go to school. Take your sophomore or junior to a college fair and/or search online for the perfect college match for your student. Once you have some possibilities, visit the college in person. Visiting is the only way to see if it’s a perfect match. Try to whittle down the list to a handful of colleges by the end of junior year. When...
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3 Reasons to Write Course Descriptions

3 Reasons to Write Course Descriptions
 Why write course descriptions? Many people will tell you they aren't necessary, but here are three important reasons not to shirk on t...
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Letter Template to Request Change of Admission Policy

Letter Template to Request Change of Admission Policy
The GED test is intended for high school drop-outs, so avoid taking that test as a homeschool student, even if a college asks for it. As you are looki...
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Record Keeping Round Up: Transcripts - Course Descriptions - Samples

Record Keeping Round Up: Transcripts - Course Descriptions - Samples
Record Keeping Round UpA collection of the best resources available to homeschoolers with high school record keeping, transcripts, and course descript...
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45 Simple Tips for a College Admission Interview

45 Simple Tips for a College Admission Interview
A college admission interview is a great opportunity to learn the adult skill of interviewing for a job. Perfect for college bound or non-college boun...
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Colleges May Require, Request, or Appreciate Course Descriptions

Colleges May Require, Request, or Appreciate Course Descriptions
Most colleges require, request, or appreciate course descriptions. Most parents plan ahead, by having course descriptions ready for college admission....
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Who Should Write a Letter of Recommendation?

Who Should Write a Letter of Recommendation?
A great letter of recommendation can make the difference in college admission, and boost scholarships. They can help compensate for low SAT or ACT tes...
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  • How to Write Essays in High School

    During Alex's first week at college, he came home and thanked me for a specific skill he learned when we were homeschooling. Believe it or not, he thanked me for teaching him how to write essays in high school, specifically a quick essay. 

     Learning to write a quick one or two page, hand-written essay is important for three reasons.

    1. Being able to
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  • How to Motivate Homeschool Teens and Rouse Slug-Slow Students

    One mom jokingly told me that her son's spirit animal was a sloth. We had a good giggle over that one, because I remember what it's like to try to motivate homeschool teens . And frankly, misery loves company!

    Misery also craves solutions. That's where this book comes in.  

    Need to light a fire under your unmotivated teen? Learn expert

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  • 3 Reasons Why You are Qualified to Homeschool

    Many parents ask, "Am I qualified to homeschool my kids?" when they first begin thinking about homeschooling. The short answer is, "YES! You are qualified to homeschool"! Read on for more reasons why you actually are qualified to homeschool high school.  

    If you're new to homeschooling, or just considering it for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions

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  • The Psychology of Letting Go (with a Success Story)

    Letting go is tough. It's even tougher when you are a homeschool parent. Being with our children 24 hours a day provides its struggles, yes, but it provides such great joy, as well! There can be success along the way.


    psychology of letting go


    Joyce and I have worked together for years as part of my Gold Care Club , getting all her homeschool records

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