Category Archives: Homeschool High School

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Devoted parents work hard trying to find the correct path to the goal their child seeks. In their heart of hearts, they want to believe that there is a magic formula for achievement, that if they do the right things in the right sequence, they can guarantee their child’s victory. These parents are always on…Continue Reading

A Behind the Scenes Look at Interview Practice

A Behind the Scenes Look at Interview Practice

In January, most college applications are completed and we turn our attention to interviews for college admissions and scholarships. While most families (and students) are deeply concerned about the interview process, it is a skill that can be developed and can ultimately be a fun experience! I often do a crash course with students in…Continue Reading

Giving Grief Time

Giving Grief Time

While the households of current seniors are in a whirlwind of activity, the homes of last year’s seniors are strangely quiet. After the massive college application push, the excitement of college acceptances, the joy of graduation, the exhilaration of summer plans and the preparations for college, students head giddily into a new life. Left behind…Continue Reading

Diluted!

Diluted!

Dilute: make (something) weaker in force, content, or value by modifying it or adding other elements to it. When our children were younger, we lived in a tiny town perched on the side of a breathtaking Colorado mountain. There were few cultural opportunities in this rural mountain area and my daughter, an accomplished violinist, opened…Continue Reading

ROI

ROI

For generations Americans have seen college as an investment to a better future. The whole family would scrape together the funds and make huge sacrifices to send a smart, hardworking son. He, in turn, would earn higher wages, help the younger siblings, and pull the rest of the family into a different socio-economic level. Back…Continue Reading

The Junior Gauntlet

The Junior Gauntlet

The spring semester means different things depending on where your student is in the high school progression. Freshmen are still exploring activities and learning to hold their own in difficult high school classes. Sophomores are rolling along in their AP class(es) and settling into their extracurricular focus. Seniors are breathing easier after completing the college…Continue Reading

Awakening Possibility

Awakening Possibility

Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 45, he had a life changing insight. He explained, “I’d been conducting for twenty years, and I suddenly had a realization. The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. [His power depends] on his ability to make other people powerful. And that changed…Continue Reading

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Homeschooling to Open Doors

Last week I introduced my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Today I’d like to tell you about the second book in the series. If you are considering homeschooling through high school or are already in the middle of it, Homeschooling to Open Doors: Smart High School Choices for Great College Options…Continue Reading

Secrets to Successful College Apps

Secrets to Successful College Apps

   I’m pleased to announce my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Right now there are two Kindle releases on Amazon, with seven more in the planning stages. They are short, very inexpensive books, but jam-packed with useful information for homeschooling families.   Just in time for the college application season, Secrets…Continue Reading

Volunteer Service Hours

Volunteer Service Hours

I frequently get questions about Community Service Hours (or Volunteer Service Hours). Folks are a little fuzzy on what is meant by the term and how many are needed. Let’s start with a definition. What does the term mean? Volunteer Service Hours are the compilation of time your student spends doing things for other people.…Continue Reading

Overcoming the Asian Bias

Overcoming the Asian Bias

The college admissions game has gotten brutal and, as the competition mounts for entrance into elite colleges, hardworking Asian students often find themselves overlooked and underrepresented. Much of this is due to unfavorable stereotyping. Before you get too upset, you need to realize that there are all kinds of stereotypes associated with students applying to…Continue Reading