The Tortoise Approach: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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I always choose sanity over chaos. I work ahead, knowing that unpredictable bottlenecks happen in the last hours before something is due. I let things sit for a few weeks and grow cold, understanding that my work is better with time for reflection and enough space to see my mistakes. I tend to plod faithfully  [read more] …

Mid Year Reports

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No sooner than homeschool parents finish the Common Application School Report than they have to turn around and submit the next document, the Mid Year Report. This can basically be the student’s transcript updated with official mid year grades from the various venues. You will also be asked to include course descriptions. This can be  [read more] …

Back it Up!

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  All of my children live in the world of high tech where a daily (if not hourly) computer back up is crucial to protect valuable work. Yet, many of us don’t think about the information that might be lost if our personal computers crash. Certainly there are the important household records, but many do  [read more] …

Watch Your Words!

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As a writer, I must constantly be on guard against it. As a college consultant, I check essays carefully for it. As a student, you must be aware of it. The tendency to overuse words and phrases affects all writers. We get an idea in our head – a theme if you will. Then, we  [read more] …

Keep Application Priorities Straight

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There are some things so big, so all-encompassing, that you just have to live through it to understand the enormity of the task: marriage, childbirth, and running a marathon are just a few things that come to mind. I would have to add college applications to the list after helping hundreds of families over the  [read more] …