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Creating a Plan for Senior Year

It’s hard to believe junior year is wrapping up in only a few short weeks. Now is the time to look ahead to your student’s final year in homeschool! This year, your student will continue many of the tasks begun in his junior year, building on the foundation and priorities you’ve set so far. Plan […]

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Compiling a Strong Transcript

A student’s high school transcript is his life on paper. Academics, extracurricular interests, volunteer work, and standardized tests are compiled together, a one-or-two page summation of four years’ work. If you’ve been recording your student’s work up to this point – which in some states is required and is always highly recommended, if not necessary […]

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Letters of Recommendation

When preparing an admission packet, the college application, essay, and test scores are at the forefront of most students’ minds. But there’s one more piece to a complete portfolio that shouldn’t be forgotten – a letter of recommendation (or three)! Letters of recommendation aren’t always required for the application process, but many schools do utilize […]

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Preparing for the SAT

Are you tired of hearing about standardized tests yet? Most students are! Yet this topic is one of great importance if a student wishes to attend college – immediately after high school or even down the road. Your SAT and/or ACT score gives the college a glimpse of your critical thinking skills, reading comprehension, and ability to problem-solve under pressure. All of these are skills you need for college and career.

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How to Write a Stellar Essay

The college application essay fills many students an understandable trepidation. So much rides on this one written work! Though essays are optional on standardized tests (largely because colleges have their own admission essays they wish to consider), the college application essay is required. No two essays are the same, however. Each college chooses an essay topic unique to what they seek in their applicant pool.

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Planning Your College Visit

As the weather gets colder and holiday preparations begin, schoolwork takes a backseat. Whether you break completely for the holidays or do light work all year round, I’m about to add one little thing to your to-do list: arranging your first college visits! Don’t worry: you don’t need to visit colleges in December. Since most of the students and professors will be home for Christmas break, there wouldn’t be much to see anyway! This is the month to begin planning for next year’s visits, whether in spring or fall. How do you set up a campus visit, and what should you do once you’re there? Here are some tips:

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College Applications: Things to Know

You and your student might not be anywhere close to deciding on a college yet. Perhaps you haven’t decided if he wants to go to college at all! That’s perfectly fine; junior year is a time of preparation more than it is a season of decision. Since you’re in the preparation process, here are some things to know about college applications.

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Tips for the Scholarship Search

The first question I receive from parents regarding college is usually, “Where do we find scholarships?” Today, that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss! Scholarship searching is not easy; it’s almost a part-time job. But with time and diligence, scholarship searching produces an amazing return. Know Where to Look Where do you start? While some […]

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How to Choose a Major

If you’ve started applying for scholarships already, you may have noticed that some scholarship applications are already asking your student to indicate a major of study. But not many sixteen-year-olds have a firm grasp on what they want to do with the rest of their lives! It’s completely normal for your high school student to delay choosing a major as she explores her interests and passions. However, it’s also helpful to have a general direction for her academic path. Choosing a major starts in high school, and narrowing down potential careers is easier than you’d think.

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The Importance of Study Skills

The fall term is only a few weeks away, and your junior is already nervous. Between standardized tests, dual credit classes, and his normal homeschool workload, this year is shaping up to be a lot of work! Well, here’s some great news to alleviate those nerves: incorporating study skills into your homeschool routine will help your student not only retain all the information he’s learning, but increase his chances of high test scores and a great GPA. Here are some study skills to start working on this month:

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Get Registered!

Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on when we least expect it. Deadlines for standardized tests are no different! The fall semester is months away, so why are you receiving this email? I want to get these dates and deadlines into your hands so you can remain ahead of the curve with your rising junior. Junior year is the Year of the Test – whether PSAT, ACT, SAT or CLEP – and the plethora of dates, deadlines, and registration details can be overwhelming. Read below for links to the appropriate registration sites and approximate deadlines.

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