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How to Take Awesome Notes When Studying for an Exam

How to Take Awesome Notes When Studying for an Exam

Whether you’re preparing for a high school final, a college-level test, or a dual credit exam, there is nothing more important than taking proper notes that will serve as a useful and easy study tool. This sounds simple, but good note taking doesn’t come naturally. Here are some expert note-taking tips that will help you ace your exams. Keep it simple Add only important facts,...

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“What Curriculum Do You Use?”

“What Curriculum Do You Use?”

Often someone will ask what curriculum we use or have used with our own kids. I’m happy to list some of it here and let you know how we’ve tweaked it so that it fits our family better. Every student has different learning styles and passions, so be creative and flexible and find what inspires learning for your child! I don’t use affiliate links on...

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How to Build a Great College Application For a Traditional College Degree

How to Build a Great College Application For a Traditional College Degree

Over the past year, I’ve spoken with many home schooling parents and here are two thoughts that come up often. #1 – “What courses/activities/etc. make an outstanding college application “package?” #2 – “What should we be doing during high school to build an impressive resume/transcript?” How you approach these matters helps set the course for your child’s future. Note: Parents and students are increasingly choosing...

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9 Great Field Trip Ideas for Teens

9 Great Field Trip Ideas for Teens

Being familiar with your destination is a huge part of making the most of field trips – talk about the trip in advance, look at a map, visit the website, have a purpose for the visit. Go slow and enjoy the time together. Stop long enough for lunch – make eye contact, tell them you’re enjoying the time with them, talk about what you’ve seen/learned...

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Six Steps to Achieve Your Spring School Goals

Six Steps to Achieve Your Spring School Goals

Hopefully by now you’ve written school goals and plans for your spring semester. But if not, perhaps this post can guide you through the process of getting your high school at home ready for a great spring start! When you take these six steps, you’ll set your teen on a course for success! #1 Consider each student and where they need to be by the...

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What is the difference between a BA and a BS degree?

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are the most common undergraduate degrees offered in the United States. Academically, both degrees are equivalent. The main difference is the courses that are taken to achieve the degree. A BS degree indicates a science major or a vocational program such as nursing, business, or engineering. A BS requires a high number of credits...

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How to List Dual Credit at Home’s High School Credits on Your Student’s Transcript

How to List Dual Credit at Home’s High School Credits on Your Student’s Transcript

Students completing the Dual Credit at Home Study Plans study 13 subjects and most choose to take the 13 corresponding CLEP and DSST exams. CLEP exams are produced by The College Board (also the producers of the SAT test), and DSST exams are owned and administered by Prometric. BONUS RESOURCE: Get our free dual credit e-book to learn how our family has saved over $300,000...

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7 Home School Hacks Straight From the Bible!

7 Home School Hacks Straight From the Bible!

life•hack [līfˌhak] noun; informal noun: life hack – a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. Here are 7 “strategies or techniques” straight from the Bible that apply directly to home schooling high school! His help has been right there all throughout our home school years, and He’s faithful to continue. So as we’re...

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What Your Kids Know About This Past School Year

The other day my friend was enjoying visiting with another mom who was wrapping up her first year of home schooling. She was discouraged that she still had seven weeks of “curriculum” to go before she could be “done.” Many of us can remember our beginnings too, whether they were last year or a decade ago. And some of us have even had the taste...

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Want to have the best “summer school” ever?

Want to have the best “summer school” ever?

Don’t think you’re the only one who’s kind of tired of school right now! Me too! But since I didn’t want to lose too much momentum over these summer months, I decided we still had to do SOMETHING. It’s turned out to be so amazing that I wanted to show it to you. It has nothing to do with dual credit though (which is my...

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The “End” of School is in Sight!

Okay, for those that actually “end” their school years, we are right at that moment! For lots of us the “end” just kind of melds into the “beginning” of the next one! Usually though it’s just at this time of year that we need to regroup, refresh, and perhaps even change direction. But just the thought of regrouping, refreshing, and changing might be disturbing right...

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How to Keep Good Records During High School at Home

How to Keep Good Records During High School at Home

(Note: Here’s a link to a Four-Year Plan I’ve added to my site since this article was published. Thought it might be helpful for you!) I recently met with a home school mom who found herself in a pickle. Her oldest son was approaching graduation and she was struggling to help him with his future plans because she hadn’t kept better records. Throughout high school...

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