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Social Media Influences Admission

Social Media Influences Admission
Did you know? Many college admission professionals check the social media accounts for their applicants. It's important to talk to your children about making smart choices on what they post on social media. Have them use the "Rule of Mom" with social...
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Freshman Year for Free with Modern States Education Alliance

Freshman Year for Free with Modern States Education Alliance
Modern States Education Alliance has a program to provide freshman year of college for free through free online CLEP courses and payment of $80 test fee. Modern States Education Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to making college more accessible and ...
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Guidance Counselor Pro Tip: Read College Statistics

Guidance Counselor Pro Tip: Read College Statistics
You are the high school guidance counselor. Like your counterparts in public and private school, you need a book to explain the differences between colleges. When you are looking for colleges that might be a good fit, it's important to read the fine ...
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Colleges - Homeschool Friendly or Homeschool Fussy?

Colleges - Homeschool Friendly or Homeschool Fussy?
Colleges love homeschoolers! Look for ways colleges target advertising to you and your student. Look in homeschool magazines and around homeschool conventions. You'll be sure to find a homeschool friendly college that would love to have your child on...
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How Many Colleges is Too Many Colleges

How Many Colleges is Too Many Colleges
How Many Colleges is Too Many Colleges How many colleges is too many? Applying to more than 12 colleges is almost always too many! This is how I explain it:  1-2 is too few  5-8 is just the national average  Over 12 is too many I sugge...
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Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

Practice College Application Essays Junior Year
Practice College Application Essays Junior Year The Common Application has announces the essay prompts for 2017-2018. Now is a GREAT time to practice your college application essays if you have a junior! You can use those topics to practice your essa...
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College Admission Policies in Plain English!

College Admission Policies in Plain English!
College Admission Policies in Plain English! Applying for college admission can be a time-consuming, complex process. When you consider that the average high school student applies to approximately six different colleges, it's clear that this is a pr...
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3 Steps to Score a Great Letter of Recommendation

3 Steps to Score a Great Letter of Recommendation

3 Steps to Score a Great Letter of Recommendation


There are basically three easy steps that will help you score a great letter of recommendation for your homeschool student.

Step 1: Think and Plan

Plan ahead and encourage high school activities that can lead to glowing recommendations.

Step 2: Assess and Investigate

Ask for a letter of recommendation from someone who knows your child well and writes well.

Step 3: Ask and Inform

The teenager should request the recommendation politely, in person, a month in advance, and provide additional details the recommender may not already know.



For more information, this article may help: How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation.





 
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Sample Letter of Recommendation Format

Sample Letter of Recommendation Format

Sample Letter of Recommendation Format


When you must write a letter of recommendation for your child, be sure to follow a formal-looking format, to show you are a serious educator. Use this format, and follow this example.



A formal letter will not talk about elementary school or junior high experiences - it will only mention high school.

Don’t include personal matters not related to the purpose of the letter, such as a divorce. The letter should only be about the student. Personal matters should be included in the student's essay if appropriate.

Try not to sound like a mommy or daddy. Don’t talk about your child’s annoying habits or their weaknesses. Make sure to brainstorm enough strengths to fill the letter.

Don’t write about your other children, or how difficult it is to homeschool.

For more information, this article may help: How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation.



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How to Stand Out from the Crowd

How to Stand Out from the Crowd

How to Stand Out from the Crowd

If you took a peek through the window of your local university’s admission office between September and March, you’d probably see a frenzy of activity and piles of papers as admissions counselors sift through thousands of applications from hopeful high school seniors. How, you may wonder, does an aspiring student make their application stand out, instead of blending in with all the others? One way is to give the admissions office as much information about a student as possible. Homeschoolers can do this with transcripts, course descriptions, and reading lists, but there’s another list that is often overlooked, and that’s the activity and awards list.

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Sending Senior Year Transcripts to College

Sending Senior Year Transcripts to College

Sending Senior Year Transcripts to College

Putting together a homeschool transcript is one of the most important things to do before your student’s senior year. Is yours up to date and ready to send to colleges? Here are some helpful things to consider when putting the final touches on your masterpiece!

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How to Create the WOW Factor for College Admission

How to Create the WOW Factor for College Admission

How to Create the WOW Factor for College Admission

Submit comprehensive records for the best chance of convincing a college that your child is a good fit for admission and scholarships.

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Benefits of Homeschooling College

Benefits of Homeschooling College

Benefits of Homeschooling College


Homeschooling college might not be for everyone, but for the student who is willing to put in the work, it can be an effective fast track to a college degree. Here are just a few of the benefits of homeschooling college.

It provides outside documentation


Colleges like proof of education, and they like this proof from all students, not just from homeschoolers. College level tests can provide this proof, like SAT scores provide some proof.
Other college level scores can also give them the proof they desire. Some colleges will use these tests to give college credit. Some colleges will use the test to prove that the child has some understanding, but they may not necessarily give college credit for it.

Outside documentation is a reflection. I often tell people that their transcript grades should be reflected by their test scores, in the same way that a lake reflects the image of what’s real. Test scores reflect your child's real education. Even though we commonly think of this in terms of the SAT or ACT test, which is used for college admission purposes, this is also true in subject tests that are used for homeschooling college. They still provide proof of education – outside documentation - that colleges like.

It allows your child to obtain college credit


This depends on each university, and each university has its own unique policy. They vary widely, so check the schools that you want your child to go to. Some colleges accept some CLEP scores, others accept them all, and some will not accept any CLEP. Some colleges accept AP, but not all colleges do. Some colleges accept community college credits, but may not accept them all, or they prefer that you have community college credits but won’t give college credit for community college courses.

Each university has its own policy, and I simply can’t tell you what’s the right way or the wrong way. Sometimes people will be concerned that I suggest that one strategy will always work, but that’s not true. Each university will have its own unique policy and you have to check.

At one of the colleges we applied to, they did not accept any CLEP for credit, but they were thankful that we had them to demonstrate outside documentation of our students’ grades. Another college that we applied to accepted any CLEP with a score over 50, but they would only accept up to one year of CLEP credits. Each school has their own policy. It’s really up to the parent and student to work together and figure out what your college choices want. All four of the colleges that we applied to had different policies, so it would not be unusual if that were to happen to you either!

You have to consider your student, and what is most helpful for them. If push comes to shove, I suggest that you look at the policy of your first choice college most closely. This would be the college that your child is most likely to go to should you decide not to homeschool college all the way through to a degree.

It may allow your child to earn a college degree


You can mix and match the credits earned from different college level tests, combine them together to meet requirements for different degrees, and then fill in any additional credits from different sources to meet specific degree requirements. Then you send these credits to a university that provides a diploma.

It’s important to check the accreditation status of the university. Check the school’s rules and regulations, and make sure that they are still accredited by the time your child is done with them. At least this will give you a starting place. You don’t want to just use any university online, because there are some diploma mills out there, and it’s very difficult to tell which ones they are. Unless it is somebody that you really know and trust, make sure the university is accredited. Sometimes I recommend CollegePlus as a resource, because they are very familiar with universities that are accredited, and I do trust their opinion in this matter.

Would you like to learn more about homeschooling college?


This article is an excerpt from my Coffee Break Book, How to Homeschool College: Save Time, Reduce Stress, and Eliminate Debt. Regular price is $2.99 for Kindle. Grab your copy here today!



Once you’ve read it, I would be so grateful if you left quick review to let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

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Options After High School Require a Transcript

Options After High School Require a Transcript


After high school, your children gradually transition into adulthood. Some children jump ahead of the line, eagerly seeking college or career. Other kids do best with a slow start option. Some children prefer to play video games and not become adults at all.

You see, graduation isn't actually your goal. Successfully launching your children into the world of adults is the real goal!

It's hard to know what the future holds because teenagers are moving targets, constantly changing their minds from one career option to the next. The only way to be prepared for anything is to have a transcript ready to go at all times. Is your transcript ready?

Listen, Michelle sent me a sheepish question not long ago. Her daughter is 24, and Michelle hadn't made a transcript. Suddenly her daughter wants to go to college and has a full ride scholarship all ready for her - but she needs a transcript from her mom! Remember, her mom hasn't actually been homeschooling her for the past 6 years!

You may be nervous about making a transcript now, but won't it be even harder 6 years from now? Please, get your transcript done now. Make your transcript every year, so you are ready.



Learn more about the options after high school, because high school graduation isn't the end of anything, it's just the beginning of something else. Do you have a plan?

Read my whole article, Options after High School.

Grab the Coffee Break Book, Options After High School: Steps to Success for College or Career.



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Success Stories of Confidence Plus College Admission

Success Stories of Confidence Plus College Admission

Success Stories of Confidence Plus College Admission


I love this time of year when parents are sending me their success stories! You know what I see most from parents with seniors? Shock and awe!

Feel Confident
“I'm so glad you came to Wichita this year! With an 8th grader soon to enter high school, the information you shared was exactly what I needed to launch us into 9th grade next school year. In many way, I really didn't know what I needed to know! Now I feel confident we can navigate the waters armed with the resources we have as well as the words of your seminars echoing in my mind from the weekend. Thanks for doing what you do and praise the Lord for His timing!! Blessings, Miriam”

Accepted to Every College
"I just wanted to thank you for your help & templates for our daughter's high school transcript and other documentation through the Silver Training membership. Our daughter's high school transcript & other necessary documentation has impressed every (8 in total) college/university she applied to. She has been accepted by every single one! She narrowed it down to her top two choices by February but her top choice really stood out above the others and made her decision easy. She also likes that it is only an hour away from home. They offered her a nice academic scholarship based on her ACT scores, awarded her a nice vocal scholarship, a place in their choir in the fall, and offered her a place on the women's volleyball team in the fall as well. Amazing! God is so good!  ~Louisa"

Homeschool Your Way
"Hey, Lee, I am similarly grateful. When I was having fear and my kids were entering high school, I listened to your advice which was that I could do it! I could continue to homeschool "my way" and still make sure my kids were accepted into college. My son's transcript was accepted at a community college for dual enrollment next year and my daughter's at another community college where she should be entering at or near sophomore status. I kept waiting for call-backs to ask me about those transcripts, but they caused no problems whatsoever! THANKS for all the help! ~ Colleen"

I would love to hear your stories of success, too! Please chime in when you have something to share. You know, other parents just LOVE to hear about the success of others.





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