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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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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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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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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training Made Easy!
Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchoolThis budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes?1. Delight Directed Learning2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year4. Planning High School Courses5. Getting the BIG Scholarships6. College Scholarships for High School Credit7. Making the Grades8. High School Testing9. Finding a College10. College Admission EssaysWhat do...
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College visits are like job interviews

College visits are like job interviews
You know why it's important to visit colleges?  So you can learn more about the college and they can learn more about the student.  While visiting, make sure your student is actively engaged in the visit.  I often say that students need to "look them in the eye and give a firm handshake."  But being present is MORE than a handshake.  Karen didn't want me to identify her school, but she has allowed me to share...
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I plan to read this article with my own children. I plan to discuss the social mistakes that the teen made and what could have bee... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:02
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How Colleges View Transcripts

How Colleges View Transcripts
Whenever colleges are looking over students to admit, it’s quite a lengthy and arduous process for them. Rather unpleasant, they point out! They typically have only a couple of minutes to make a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on an applicant. For that reason, the transcript might be the only section of information they utilize for that determination.The transcript is designed to whet their appetite. Do they want more of your student? or not?Similar to an appetizer prior...
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Dear Tee, You don't have to set up a time - if you purchased The Total Transcript Solution, you get a free 20 minute phone consult... Read More
Monday, 09 December 2013 06:39
Guest — Tee Jenkins
Thanks Lee!! I needed to read this today (December 7th, Sunday 9:43 a.m.) as I have been seriously dragging my feet on completing... Read More
Sunday, 08 December 2013 06:44
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CLEP Success!

CLEP Success!
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to reach college credits through...
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Harvard is Pro Homeschooling

Harvard is Pro Homeschooling
The easy part of earning admission to Harvard is being a homeschooler.  The hard part about getting into Harvard is the same thing that makes it hard for every other student to get in.  Harvard accepts homeschoolers, and if your homeschooler has an eye on the Ivy League schools, don't worry that homeschooling will hold them back.  Here is a story about one family and how they educated for excellence, with excellent results.Here is a YouTube...
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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice
I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...
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Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges

Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges
Catherine asks: How important is it to have a typical looking transcript with grades and a GPA vs a more narrative type of transcript or even one with courses listed but no grades, since our goal is mastery and so they’d all just be A’s anyway?Hi Catherine,Perhaps you might attempt to think about this a little differently. Imagine yourself being a foreign language translator. Your job is to translate what you have completed in your homeschool,...
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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 records. I...
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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 able...
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What documentation does my homeschooler need?

What documentation does my homeschooler need?
Typically the transcript is extremely important. It’s the one page synopsis of your student so the college or university can give them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” quickly. It’s a excellent strategy to have some outside documentation besides your transcript.Commonly that’s the SAT or ACT test. Sometimes it can be online classes, dual enrollment, or letters of recommendation. It depends on the college the amount of emphasis they put on tests, because each and every...
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