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Comparing Online Products and DVDs

Comparing Online Products and DVDs
 Kids have a learning style, right? Parents do too! I try to have a variety of ways to get information, so you can learn what you need to know. I have freebies for parents just starting to think about things. I have digital products for parents that are pretty good on the computer. And I have products like books, DVDs and CDs that are mailed to your home, because I know that some parents just need...
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Disappointed by College Rejection

Disappointed by College Rejection
 Applying to college doesn't mean you'll get in. And frankly, rejection HURTS. This letter is from Michelle, who shares her hurting heart and looks for words of encouragement and suggestions.Hi Lee,I guess I am writing you to just vent. My daughter applied to BYU-Idaho last month and she just received an email telling her that her homeschool transcript was not valid.Here is the exact message: "Thank you for your interest in attending a CES school. We...
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Guest — Janice Gay
If your daughters ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores are similar to national average or better, then I certainly would "push back" for an i... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
Michelle, I was very surprised by that as well! I've seen it before though. Here's the take-away: if a college has different br... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:13
Guest — Michelle
Why does BYU-I always have to have different rules from the other BYU schools?? Like not allowing skinny jeansSounds like your da... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:57
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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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Guest — Lee
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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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves
Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships.Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college?It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that scholarships come...
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Above Average is Good!

Above Average is Good!
Once you get the PSAT scores, what happens next?  Have your children take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year.My daughter is going to take the SAT in Mar 2012. She's taken the PSAT and we had her scores sent to our home. But when it comes to the SAT scores I was thinking of doing the same thing and then we personally send the scores to the colleges. Is that the best...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, For the PSAT scores, a 50 per section is average. The percentile score is helpful too, but you want to be above the 5... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 09:23
Guest — Lois
Thanks, Lee. I was looking at the scores wondering what they meant. Is the percentile any indication of how she did? I think her p... Read More
Friday, 30 December 2011 15:34
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Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently

Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently
Can you give me guidance on writing a recommendation as a counselor? The Common Application and another school have requested I do.  What points should I cover in answering college homeschool supplements that request explanation of an educational philosophy?~ DanaDear Dana,I have a section on recommendation letters that will help.  Remember that even though the concept makes you feel anxious, at least you know your child!  Lots of teachers have to give letters of recommendation for...
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College Consulting

College Consulting
"Do you know of any type of coaches or consultants to help us get our kids into a college and program of their choice?"Considering a college counselor?  There are business that are dedicated to only college consulting.   They normally work with public and private school students.  Although high school guidance counselors are supposed to fill the role, many parents don't feel they provide enough guidance, or enough individual support, so they look to a dedicated...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you so much! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:22
Guest — HomeschoolNewbe
Lee, the information you have provided on this website has been invaluable! I was tempted to hire a college coach, but intstead I ... Read More
Friday, 16 December 2011 07:29
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges.Lee,Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week.I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle as I must...
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Guest — Tina
I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 23:42
Guest — Jennifer
Hi Lee, Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog. I do have a question though. I thought a transcr... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 17:29
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College Admissions and Thanksgiving Menus

College Admissions and Thanksgiving Menus
Preparing your menu for admissions is a lot like preparing for Thanksgiving.  It takes time and effort to prepare scrumptious and eye-pleasing presentations.  If you are thinking about Thanksgiving, let me share my menu with you.  If you are thinking about college admission, I’ll give you my menu for that as well!Here is my regular Thanksgiving Menu. Each item will take planning, and it has to be carefully timed to be presented at just the right...
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Guest — Ann
I love this analogy! And your Thanksgiving menu looks scrumptious! Have a wonderful time with your family on Thursday, and enjoy t... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 06:15
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Senior Year Tests

Senior Year Tests
Why, oh WHY would you submit willingly to the torture of standardized tests?  Well...  money, for one thing!Kim asked me on Facebook, "Is there any point in a senior taking the ACT again in December? Applications and transcripts will already be turned in by the time we get the results."Kim, yes, there is a point to this madness!  I encourage you to have your child take it again IF you think they can get a better...
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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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Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions

Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions
Start your college applications early.  It can be complicated, and questions can come up.  Read how it took this mother weeks to prepare detailed course descriptions. Plan ahead, like Leanne.Hello, Lee-I have been working for weeks now preparing detailed course descriptions (like yours in your publications on the subject). I take my son to Grove City College next week for an interview.I was wondering about a course that you really only have a pass/fail grade for....
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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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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript
Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking?Hey, Lee-I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see. He said to send it when...
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hi Leanne-- If I were applying as an undergraduate, I would be very interested in Grove City! That said, I wanted to mention tha... Read More
Saturday, 05 November 2011 13:20
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