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 collegeContinue Reading

Just What Are Colleges Looking For?

Just What Are Colleges Looking For?

It is the college application season and students around the world are gearing up for the frenzied rush to apply to the school of their dreams. Hovering ever present in the back of their minds is the question of what colleges want. They feel that if they just work hard enough through high school andContinue Reading

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 studentContinue Reading

Working Backwards, Part 2

Working Backwards, Part 2

Working Backwards, Part 2 By Jeannette Webb The skill of calendaring which we discussed last week can mean the difference between success and failure for a new college student. Horror stories abound of college freshman that flunk out or completely blow their GPA because they honestly have no concept of how to organize their lives.Continue Reading

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 academicallyContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

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 deeperContinue Reading

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 seniorContinue Reading

The Little Test That Trips Students Up

The Little Test That Trips Students Up

      The majority of colleges require a reasoning test for college admission such as the ACT or SAT and most people are aware of that fact. Therefore, families plan ahead for that eventuality. However, I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve called me in the senior year wanting to apply to a topContinue Reading

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 howContinue Reading