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Midyear Grades for College Applications

Midyear Grades for College Applications
If you have a senior, it's time to send colleges your mid-year grades! When you have a senior , you will need to send colleges your child's mid-year progress report, or semester grades. Part of the process of applying is keeping your colleges ap...
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45 Tips to Ace an Interview [Infographic]

45 Tips to Ace an Interview [Infographic]
Learning interviewing skills is important for all adults, whether they go to college or not. At some point in life, most people have experienced a job of college interview. Spend some time during junior and senior year discussing interview skills whi...
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College Admission is like Thanksgiving Dinner

College Admission is like Thanksgiving Dinner
Preparing your menu for admissions is a lot like preparing for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. It takes time and effort to prepare deliciously, scrumptious and eye-pleasing presentations. If you are thinking about Thanksgiving, let me share my menu...
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45 Simple Tips for a College Admission Interview

45 Simple Tips for a College Admission Interview
A college admission interview is a great opportunity to learn the adult skill of interviewing for a job. Perfect for college bound or non-college bound kids, teach your children these simple tips to success in a college admission interview. 12 Ways t...
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Colleges May Require, Request, or Appreciate Course Descriptions

Colleges May Require, Request, or Appreciate Course Descriptions
Most colleges require, request, or appreciate course descriptions. Most parents plan ahead, by having course descriptions ready for college admission. However, there is great variety on how to provide that information. Some colleges say they "don't n...
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College Reference Books

College Reference Books
Did you take statistics in high school yourself? Maybe you wondered when you were ever going to use that skill, right? Well, it's now! One step in finding a college is to take the time to compare statistics in college reference books. You want t...
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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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