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In high school, the academic workload increases as teachers' expectations rise. Use these resources to promote your child's educational development. You can also encourage his success in high school by helping him prepare for standardized tests and other exams.

A Second Chance

A Second ChanceEach year, more than 25 percent of U.S. high school students drop out of school, joining the 45 million American adults who lack a diploma. Meanwhile, nearly 85 percent of today's jobs require at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Perhaps your son or daughter quit school before receiving a high-school diploma. Fortunately, there is a way out of the dead-end job futures facing drop outs: an alternative diploma. read more


Don't let those test blues get you down! The key to the standardized testing process is to develop a plan that will work well for you. read more

ADD and Higher Education

College may not be the best choice for someone with ADD who struggles in school. Before applying, it's wise to explore what feels more interesting and exciting. read more

Adult College Students and the GED

An expert advises an adult to pursue college once she gets her GED. read more

Blanks Cost You Points

Blanks Cost You PointsMost people believe that on the SAT, blanks "don't count." They probably think that blanks don't count because a blank sounds like nothing or a zero, so leaving a question blank must cost zero points. These people are wrong, and you can prove it to yourself with the answer to a simple question. What kind of SAT score would you have if you left every question blank? read more

Can Prep School Provide Academic Motivation?

Before sending an unmotivated student off to an expensive private school, consider some alternatives. read more

Changing the Way You Take the SAT

Changing the Way You Take the SATThere's nothing natural about taking the SAT. Many of the problem solving techniques you'll be learning here won't feel natural at first, either. Indeed, it's natural to resist change, any kind of change. read more

College Options for Below-Average Student

For the determined student who is willing to work hard, there are always options for continuing your education. read more

College/Career Counseling: Joining the Army

College/Career Counseling: Joining the ArmyYoung people participating in the JROTC have a big decision to make when they graduate from high school: whether to join the Army. The Army is an excellent way to gain valuable experience, meet people from all walks of life, build leadership skills, and gain exposure to national and global issues. In addition to the financial benefits for college tuition, Army services can help with employment, since employers view experience in the armed services as a big plus. read more

Colleges for Students with LD

There are many opportunities available for the young adult with learning disabilities who would like to pursue studies beyond high school. read more

Deciding on Technical College

When your child is undecided about school, how should you proceed? read more

Does Your High-Schooler Have Dyslexia?

Is your teenager struggling in school? Find out if you should have him evaluated for a reading disability. read more

Does Your High-Schooler Have LD?

Is your teenager struggling in school? Find out if you should have him evaluated for a learning disability. read more

Don't Finish Early

Don't Finish EarlyNo Matter What Your Score Level, You'd Better Not Finish Any Section Early If you've finished a section early—it doesn't matter how good a test-taker you are—you've rushed. Your goal is to pace yourself throughout each section so that when the proctor says "Stop, put your pencils down," you've just finished answering the last question you were working on or just taken your last buzzer shot guesses. read more

Don't Rush, but Don't Linger

Don't Rush, but Don't LingerWhat's a few seconds, right? Doesn't sound like very much time, does it? But if you waste even a few seconds on each question of the SAT, you'll have lost 15 minutes by the end of the exam! Gone, vanished. And 15 minutes is enough time to answer fifteen questions. In other words, if you waste just a few seconds per question, you'll be risking as much as 150 points by the end of the exam. read more

Don't Shortchange Math and Science

It's important to take all required math and science courses, even though they may not be required for your field of interest. read more

Dropping Out of High School

Find how to deal with a child who wants to drop out of high school. read more

Dyslexia and the High-Schooler

Dyslexia and the High-Schooler By the time students reach high school, many have managed to camouflage their dyslexia with well-developed strategies or deceptions that cover up academic lapses. Others continue to have problems and may suffer from low self-esteem or depression. And since distractibility, dreaminess, and lack of motivation are age-typical behaviors, it's not always easy to separate real learning problems from adolescent angst. read more

GED Accommodations

Someone with a confirmed learning disability is eligible to take the GED exam in a modified fashion. read more

Getting a Good Score Without Finishing

Getting a Good Score Without FinishingSuppose you received a score of 80 out of 100 on a test at school. Would that be a very good score, a good score, an average score, or a bad score? Well, on the SAT, 80 percent right is better than a 650 on the reading, writing, or math tests. That's a combined score of 1950, a score level achieved by only one in ten college-bound students. In other words, you could leave one sixth of the questions completely blank, make a few mistakes, and still achieve a very good score. read more

Gift Ideas for Special People and Special Occasions

Gift Ideas for Special People and Special Occasions Here are a few ideas for suitable gifts for special people and special occasions. Babies Many adults save and treasure gifts they received when they were babies. When giving a baby gift, therefore, you might want to consider purchasing some trinket in silver or gold. Pins, mugs, rattles, or bracelets that have the recipient’s name and birth date are good ideas. read more

Graduation Gifts from the Heart

Graduation Gifts from the HeartIf you want to venture beyond the standard graduation gifts, you might want to consider giving your graduate one of the following gifts from the heart. Use these ideas to trigger thoughts about unique gifts from your heart that your child will treasure for a lifetime. Make a photo collage of her life, from infancy up to present date, and frame it. read more

Graphing Calculator Grids

This printable page contains ready-to-use graphing calculator grids. read more

Guessing Does Not Hurt Your Score

Guessing Does Not Hurt Your ScoreBad guessing hurts your score; good guessing helps your score. I'm serious. Only two things hurt your score: blanks and errors. Here, look at it this way. Every time you get to a question, you have two options: answer the question or don't answer it. Every time you don't answer a question, you lose 10 points. read more

Harassed 14-year-old Doing Poorly in School

Harassment is the number one cause of dropping out of school and can lead students, especially girls, to fail to meet their potential. read more

He Dislikes School

Learn from an expert how to talk to your child when he says he dislikes school. read more

Helping Teenagers Find Alternatives to College

Helping Teenagers Find Alternatives to CollegeIt can be difficult to motivate a teenager who has no desire to get a job and no idea what to do after graduating from high school. Many kids are not ready to make a commitment to further schooling, and have no clue about what job or career they'd like to explore. read more

High School and Higher Expectations

High School and Higher Expectations I am an advocate for my kids, in the truest sense of the word. I made it my responsibility to inform all of their high school teachers, counselors, and principals that our family goal was for them to attend college. I would ask, "How can you help us get there, and what do we need to provide for you, and what do we need to do to help ourselves?" Understand that teachers who have any love for their profession want to be a part of their students' successes. read more

High School Seniors Say Thanks

High School Seniors Say Thanks High-school seniors reminisce a lot. As their graduation approaches, they become nostalgic, cling to one another, and recount endless tales from their shared past. While your highly emotional senior is in such a mindful state, you might ask her to consider expressing gratitude to the special people in her life who believed in her when she had lost belief in herself, who comforted her when her dreams were shattered, and who gave her safe harbor when her world seemed out of control. read more

High-School Diploma for Homeschooler

There are many correspondence and independent study programs that can help your daughter obtain an accredited diploma. read more