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Coping with Changes to the SAT

Coping with Changes to the SAT
Confused about recent changes to the SAT?. In this video, I discuss what you can expect. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics! For more on this topic, you might like my class: High School Testing (Online Training)Only $15.00!
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Guest — Sandy Supplee
My son will be a junior taking get the SAT for the first time in spring 2016 (first release of new version). However, he'll be ta... Read More
Sunday, 30 March 2014 14:14
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College Admission and Scholarship Success Story

College Admission and Scholarship Success Story
    College Admission and Scholarship Success Story There’s nothing more stressful to parents than worrying about college admission and scholarship earnings. Many parents question whether it’s even possible to find a college that is satisfying to both parent and child, a college that will love their student and offer them scholarships to attend. And yet every year at about this time, I'm flooded with letters from successful parents and students.  It doesn't happen by accident.  Success...
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What About College?

What About College?
It’s a common question, frequently posed by skeptical friends and  loved ones. When homeschooling high school, the question “what about college? ” becomes more pressing. Intuitively, parents know that if they try to homeschool high school – and in some way fail – there will be nobody to blame but themselves. Parents are looking for some peace of mind that this path can lead them to the promised land of college admissions and scholarships. I have...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lilia, I have a free class on making course descriptions here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-records-webinar.php... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:38
Guest — Lilia Janss
Hi, I am helping my son apply for ASU college admission and I am filling out the lab sciences forms they require;so I need descrip... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:44
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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Guest — JW
LOL, next time someone says something about socialization, I'll just point them to this video - you're advocating what's known as ... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:00
Guest — Lee
Hi Ellen! Fun to see a friend "in real life" on my blog, LOL! Yes, it's OK to send the letters before the transcript! Your appl... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:58
Guest — Ellen Joslin
Thanks for the tips for Letters of Recommendation. I especially like your tip on furnishing the student's activity list, etc. to t... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:36
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2 Critical Keys for College Success

2 Critical Keys for College Success
There are two critical keys for college success, and neither involves the core subjects of reading, writing, and math.   #1 How to StudyAfter they’d had a few years of college experience, I asked my sons what I should say to people who are preparing their kids for college, and they told me that parents should teach their students how to study. Your goal in high school is not to "teach" your children; the goal is...
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Thankful to Homeschool

Thankful to Homeschool
What are YOU Thankful for?  Let's make a list together! Be thankful you can choose the right college for YOUR child College Rankings Racket"U.S. News likes to claim that it uses rigorous methodology, but, honestly, it's just a list put together by magazine editors. The whole exercise is a little silly. Or rather, it would be if it weren't so pernicious."Read New York TimesThe 25 Best Colleges for Homeschool GraduatesI'm not sure about the list or the...
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I am thankful for all the times we've been able to shelve our school books for the day and spend time in nature. I have seen and ... Read More
Thursday, 22 November 2012 18:54
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What About College?

What About College?
Do you ever wonder about things?  I was one of those moms that would worry and fret about LOTS of things.  Wonder what would happen if you homeschooled through high school? What if you homeschooled independently? What would you do about grades? What about college? Would colleges accept grades given by mommy?If you homeschool through high school, prepare a high school transcript on your home computer, provide mommy grades and kitchen credits, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?Let's see...
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Do you REALLY need that test?

Do you REALLY need that test?
The SAT and ACT are college admission tests, used for college admission purposes.  Some colleges will want those test scores even if your child is older, in order for them to enter for an undergraduate degree.  Because it's hard to forecast the future, I suggest giving one of those tests to students regardless of the situation.  Although it's relatively painless to take the test as a high school student, it would be much more painful to...
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College Plans with No College Clue

College Plans with No College Clue
Question: How do you plan high school courses when all colleges are different and you don't know which college your child is interested in?Answer: Provide a general college preparation early in high school, and then fill in gaps later! First, plan your high school courses keeping normal college preparation requirements in mind.  This article will help you figure out what "college prep" means.  Planning High School Courses.  And this article is helpful to learn about science labs: You...
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Middle School Math Credits

Middle School Math Credits
As a homeschooler, I’m sure you are wondering or will wonder at some point if math done in middle school can go on your students high school transcript. I’m here to assure you that it probably can! Math credits earned are unique to each family, so here are a few examples that you may relate to:If a 6th grader takes Algebra with Geometry over a year and a half, do we include that on their transcript?I...
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AP Scores Now or Later?

AP Scores Now or Later?
Already getting ready for AP testing? Here is a little discussion on sending score that may be helpful for you! It's hard to decide if you should send AP scores to a university right away, or wait until you see them first. You can do it either way. I think it's an individual decision. I suggest that if you are CERTAIN that your child will get a 5, then sending it to the college will make sense.  Even...
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Amazing Records! A Model for Others!

Amazing Records! A Model for Others!
Lisa was so excited to take her son to college this fall. I often hear stories of "Shock and Awe" and Lisa has a great one! The college loved her homeschool records so much, they asked to use them as an example for other homeschoolers! Dear Lee,We dropped my son off at NU Wednesday. During the registration process, one of the check in location representatives stopped me and said,"Your documents for your son when applying to...
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Scared? Listen to Your Heart

Scared? Listen to Your Heart
What are your plans for fall?  Are you at the Crossroads?  Wondering if you should continue homeschooling?  If so, I think this article will really help you! My job is to make sure you don't make a decision based on fear - so you can listen to your heart. Facing the Crossroads   Everyone makes the decision to homeschool for their own reason.  I don't know what is right for your family, but you do. If you...
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In the News - Homeschool Graduates Succeed!

In the News - Homeschool Graduates Succeed!
  Homeschooling Goes To College"Today homeschooling is a credible, viable educational choice that is garnering respect, even admiration, from outside educators. At the nation's elite colleges and universities, once-wary admissions officers are validating the benefits of a home education in the best way possible - with much- coveted acceptances.www.carolinajournal.comHomeschoolers Ready for College"Myths about unsocialized home-schoolers are false, and most are well prepped for college, experts say."www.usnews.comHomeschooled Students Well-Prepared For College, Study Finds"Studies suggest that those who...
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Guest — Homeschool Dad
Great collection! This information needs to get out more. I'm surprised by so many who still think differently. Homeschooling wil... Read More
Thursday, 19 July 2012 07:34
Guest — Debbi
Nice to read those and see what others have done. I've got a few years still to plan but we're thinking backyard bbq with ceremony... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:13
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Keeping Work Samples for College Admission

Keeping Work Samples for College Admission
 In our family’s homeschool experience, it seemed that colleges asked for some pretty strange things when our sons applied for admission.  One college asked for their transcripts in a sealed envelope, signed on the outside by the principal (my husband).  Another asked for transcripts from a ‘recognized homeschool agency’ (what is that?!).   A lot of colleges, though, want samples of a student’s homeschool work, and this at least is a reasonable and quite common request.  In...
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