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How to Get the Most out of a College Fair

How to Get the Most out of a College Fair

How to Get the Most out of a College Fair

Do college fairs mystify you? Lee can help! Click on Lee's video, below (or here) and she'll show you what to look for in a college fair experience!

Will you be heading to a college fair soon, or have you been to one already? Please share!

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Homeschool Tips for a College Fair

Homeschool Tips for a College Fair

Homeschool Tips for a College Fair

Overwhelmed at the idea of attending a busy college fair with your high schooler? Click on Lee's video, below, to learn how to make the most of a college fair.

Are you heading to a college fair soon? Do you have college fair tips? Please share!

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College Admission Classes at a College Fair

College Admission Classes at a College Fair
Homeschool conventions are continuing education classes for parents, right? Well, when you attend a college fair, you will notice how they are remarkably similar to homeschool conventions.

In fact, when you attend a college fair, you will probably have the opportunity to take some classes or workshops while you are there.  I encourage you to take those classes!  College applications are important, and the more you know about it, the more likely you are to get college admission and scholarships.

Margaret attended a college fair, and sent me an email with this feedback.
Dear Lee,

Last weekend, my son and I attended a college admissions workshop. Attending were deans of admission from prominent public and private universities in VA, MD, and NC.

In between sessions, I introduced myself as a homeschooler to the deans of admission for two of the top public universities in the US.  I showed them sample course descriptions that I had made from your comprehensive record solution, and asked if information like that would be helpful.  They were very enthusiastic about the information.  They consider rigor of coursework as one of their main criteria, and they felt that this information could help significantly.  They said they would be especially interested in seeing the course descriptions for the current (senior) year with the application.  It hadn't occurred to me to include those course descriptions (although you probably tell us to somewhere!).

I also asked them about the "all A's" dilmemma, and whether it looks suspicious on a homeschooled transcript.  They understood how I could worry about that, but they said that if thegrades were corroborated with outside grades, like community college, and test scores, then they wouldn't think twice about a homeschooler having a "perfect" report card.  They also encouraged me to give them lots of information about how we chose our courses and what our educational philosophy was.

Basically, everything they said dove-tailed beautifully with everything you say.  I know that you are not surprised, but I thought it might be nice to hear anyway!

Thanks for all you do,


Now feeling comfortable and confident, she was able to successfully navigate the college admission process with her child.  You can be confident too!  Go ahead, check out a college fair and attend a class.  Remember to ask questions!

Learn the secrets to successfully navigate the college process from start to finish with my book “The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships” 
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3 Steps to Finding a College

3 Steps to Finding a College

Let me fill you in on a little secret. Finding a college is kind of like "finding" dinner each night.  First you have to go to the store and buy the food.  Then you have to decide how to cook it.  Then you make a gorgeous, colorful, and healthful meal on a perfectly set table with a fabulous centerpiece.... right?

Haha!  Gotcha!  I know homeschoolers aren't typically the "centerpiece" type.  But you get my point - dinner takes both planning AND implementation.  So does finding a college!  You know how a newlywed doesn't know how to make dinner automatically?  Neither will you just intuitively understand the process of choosing a college. So let me share some thoughts on how to do that. Three steps.  That's all.  Easy peasy.

Step 1: Attend a College Fair
Step 2: Visit Colleges
Step 3. Choose Colleges

Read Three Steps to Finding a College.

If you need more than "simple easy peasy" steps, and you are reading to take a more advanced approach to finding a college, I have three resources that will help.

If you are a book person, then grab my book, The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships: Homeschool Secrets to Getting Ready, Getting In and Getting Paid. If you love ebooks, then check out "Finding a College:  A Homeschooler's Guide to Finding a Perfect Fit" on Kindle.

Your best strategy for keeping all the balls in the air is preparation.  The HomeScholar Gold Care Club will give you the comprehensive help you need to homeschool high school
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Tips for your First College Fair

Tips for your First College Fair
When you are trying to figure out what college might  be a good fit, a college fair is often the best first step.

Laura wrote on Facebook:
"Lee, I'm taking my almost 14 year old to his first college fair this weekend.  Any suggestions on how to make the most of it?"

Have him dress nice, look them in the eye, shake hands firmly. Come prepared with a couple of questions to ask each college, something like "Do you have an engineering degree? or How large is the average class?" You as the parent can say, "We are homeschooling, is there anything special I need to provide with the application?" just to see what they say.

Have fun!  College fairs are important!

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How to Make a Scholarship Notebook!

How to Make a Scholarship Notebook!
Laura asks:  Wow, this is my first time to blog and I'm not sure what I am doing. Hopefully this is how & what I am supposed to do. Here's my question. I was at the Cascadia college fair where you showed a thick notebook which you had with many dividers. This notebook was a filing system used for researching scholarships and keeping track of stuff. I am wondering if you can tell me what the divided sections were that you used.

Dear Laura,

I had so much fun meeting you at the College Fair!  It was nice to see a friendly face in the audience when I spoke on "College Scholarships for High School Credit. "  My scholarship notebook is a three ring binder with dividers.  In the notebook are all the scholarships, placed in order of "due date."  The tabs were only to keep the scholarships separate, without anything special written on them.  If you put the due date on each tab that may help!  Only descriptions of the scholarships were in the notebook.

I'm planning to make the audio of that presentation available in the future, but my tech department (my sweet husband!) is a too busy preparing my e-book on transcripts right now to be distracted by anything else.  I'll be glad to explain things on the phone, if anyone else needs the information.  It takes an hour to get through the whole conversation.

Read my article: Home School High School Math - Hitting the Wall. If you do, please leave a comment.  Thanks!
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Help for 7th and 8th Grade

Help for 7th and 8th Grade
Parents with students in 7th and 8th grade often feel anxious and don't know where to start with high school. Often their first concern is record keeping. For beginners, I often recommend picking up my video about Preparing to Homeschool High School. But your best bet is to join my Gold Care Club! Get everything you need to help you homeschool through high school, including weekly consultations with me!

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No Freshman Fun!

No Freshman Fun!
Dear Lee,

I have a question about whether I should have my daughter take the PSAT this year. I am aware of the helpfulness of this test. (I benefitted from the "profit" aspect of the test myself when I was in high school.) My problem is that Catherine, my daughter, is a "freshmore" this year. She did not get enough credits last year to qualify her as a sophomore. (I taught high school before and only give the credits when she earns them. She was not very focused last year.) She will achieve sophomore standing mid year. Should I have her take the PSAT this year or wait until next year? At this point I am looking at a 2012 graduation for her, but she may kick into gear and do it sooner. She is very bright, but not always motivated.

Would you mind giving me your opinion on this?

Christina South

P.S. Catherine and I attended the Homeschool College Fair last year and plan to take a group of kids this year. We both loved it and found it very helpful. We attended two of your sessions. They were fabulous.

Dear Christina,
Thank you SO much for your feedback of the College Fair!

Freshmen don't take the PSAT, and the PSAT is only "for fun" as a sophomore, so I don't think I would recommend she take the official test this year.

With the PSAT, it's fairly easy to move kids up a grade level. So if she is a freshman this year, and a sophomore next year, you can suddenly make her a junior instead. Also, if she is a junior one year, you can suddenly graduate her a year early, and she will still qualify for the NMSQT. Since you can move them up a grade level easily, I think I would avoid giving her the PSAT this year.

If you feel that she is probably a candidate for the NMSQT, she can still study for the SAT at home during this school year. I would only study SAT if she has enough math, though, because you don't want her to be frustrated. If she studies for the SAT during this school year, then next year you can say she is a junior and she can take it "for profit" and score well. If she studies for the SAT this year, and you still believe she is a sophomore next year, then there is still no harm done, right?

Keep in mind that sometimes a lack of motivation can mean a child isn't challenged. Sometimes - that means that I certainly don't know if that's the case, I'm just throwing the suggestion out there. You might want to read over my Dig Deeper site on Gifted Teens, and see if anything will apply to your student:

I have an audio CD that we are currently working on, about Gifted Education. Unfortunately, it's not quite done (still having packaging issues.) Just make sure to keep her challenged, but not overwhelmed. Sometimes kids will avoid doing their work because it's not challenging them.

And who came up with grade levels, anyway??? That drove me nuts when I was homeschooling! Like you, my kids didn't fit into one particular grade at a time, and "choosing" a grade for the purpose of a test (of all things!) seemed a little ridiculous! Ultimately, choosing a grade level didn't really change our homeschool at all, though. I guess that's what matters, right?

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the College Fair!

Meet me at the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair this year on October 25!  I will speaking on "College Preparation."  I hope to see you there!
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