Category Archives: Standardized Tests

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…

Standardized Tests:  Dreaded Adversary or Fun Challenge?

Standardized Tests: Dreaded Adversary or Fun Challenge?

Standardized Tests:  Dreaded Adversary or Fun Challenge? By Jeannette Webb    There is little in the life of a competitive high school student that can dredge up as much fear as the standardized testing cycle.  It seems that so much is riding on the performance of a few hours.  However, there are things a student…

Working Backwards Part 1

Working Backwards Part 1

Working Backwards Part 1 By Jeannette Webb   It is a constant delight to work with students who homeschool high school.  They never fail to amaze me with their creativity, their work ethic, their unique way of seeing the world.   However, there’s one skill that I often find lacking, even in the most proactive and academically…

A Homeschool Mission Statement

A Homeschool Mission Statement

  A Homeschool Mission Statement By Jeannette Webb Sometimes in the homeschool experience, we get so busy with lesson plans that we forget the bottom line. Or maybe we’ve never sat down and written a carefully thought out mission statement that expresses the heart of what we are trying to do.  But, it is worth the…

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting?  Part 1

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting? Part 1

 Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting? Part 1  by Jeannette Webb   Two generations ago it was easier to get into Harvard than it was to get into the army, according to an elderly Harvard alum.  Last year it was reported that Harvard had 35,000 applications.   At America’s top schools, the paper piles are getting deeper…

Homeschool High School:  Develop a Plan Early

Homeschool High School: Develop a Plan Early

  Homeschool High School:  Develop a Plan Early By Jeannette Webb While I work with any student headed to any college, the majority of my clients homeschool high school and thus have a unique profile that needs to be handled carefully.  Far too often I get a call in the late fall of the senior…

The Secret to Performing Well on Standardized Tests

The Secret to Performing Well on Standardized Tests

   Standardized tests are a fact of life for students heading to good colleges and are a critical component in the college application. They are especially important for those who choose to homeschool high school.  The real key is to understand what tests your student needs, which ones showcase their skills the best, and how…