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Goal Setting for Your College-Bound Child

Goal Setting for Your College-Bound Child

College students are treated very differently than they were in high school. The entire system is geared toward making them responsible for their choices and actions. They are expected to really want to grow up. If they resist too much they are going to wind up confused, depressed, or out of touch with their peers. And the school will let them know if they aren't making the grade.

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Practice Alone Is Not Enough

Practice Alone Is Not Enough

One of the contenders for the title "world's worst SAT advice" is the following sparkler: Just take the SAT without preparing, to see how you'll do. You can always retake the test later if you're not happy with your score. This advice is often said especially of the PSAT, because "it's just a practice test, it doesn't count, and colleges won't see your score."

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by: Sandra Berger, M.Ed.

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College Planning for Gifted Kids

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College Planning for Gifted Kids

Deciding on college starts with your own self-discovery. Once you can begin to answer questions about yourself -- your values, strengths, interests, and needs -- you're on the right road to matching who you are and what you want with what a college offers. Start with your grade, below.

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Helping Your Child Find a Job

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Helping Your Child Find a Job

Landing a Job

Unless you have connections—you own a company or know someone who's looking for help—your child will have to find a job on his own. Fortunately, the jobs are out there.

Your child just has to learn how to find them and how to get hired—but these two things are not always simple.

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Updated: May 29, 2020

6 Life Skills Every Teen Should Master Before College

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The stress of entrance exams, applications, narrowing down acceptance letters and choosing a college is finally behind your teen. Academically they have spent at least the last four years focused on getting to this point and feel ready to succeed. However, there are many life skills teens need to know in order to be successful as they embark on their college career, and most of them you won’t find being taught in a school setting.

Updated: May 15, 2019

A Second Chance

A Second Chance

Each 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.

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High School and Higher Expectations

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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.
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Updated: May 15, 2019

Visit College Campuses During the Summer

Visit College Campuses During the Summer

Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association

If you and your parents have time over the vacation, then summer campus visits, while not quite the same as visiting during the academic year, are still worth the trip. Though most students aren't on campus, you can still get a school's "flavor" during the summer by taking a campus tour.

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Preparing for a Job Interview

Preparing for a Job Interview

Believe it or not, you need to know the basics of workplace etiquette right from the start—at the job interview. Sure, you’re anxious, but here is a situation in which how you look and everything you say and do—that is, your overall demeanor—may have a critical impact on your future. You have to be on your best behavior.

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by: Lindsay Hutton

Common Core Confusion: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Schoolwork

common core confusion: a guide to understanding your child's schoolwork

Parents just don't understand

Common Core Confusion: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Schoolwork

If you have a school-aged child currently learning under the Common Core Standards, you might have noticed that the curriculum your child is learning is vastly different from what you remember from your own school days. Does your third grader's homework seem impossible to you? Does your second grader mention terms you've never heard before?
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Environmental Careers for Young People

Environmental Careers for Young People

As long as the ozone layer continues to shrink, and our reliance on the earth's resources continues to grow, there will be a need for environmental experts. Many colleges offer courses and degrees in environmental studies as preparation for future careers.

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Is Your Teen Ready for a Job?

Is Your Teen Ready for a Job?

Your teenager comes home from school and declares he wants to flip burgers at the neighborhood fast-food joint. He says he needs money for CDs, clothes and to buy his own car.

Is this a step to maturity or a slip toward lower grades, inadequate sleep and a constricted social life? How do you talk with your child to help him make the right choice about taking a job? And how do you maintain the communication needed to assure he manages job, school and social time wisely if he goes to work?

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Summer Jobs for Teens: The Hunt

Summer Jobs for Teens: The Hunt

Prepare your teen for the working world. Our tips can help you teach him about the job-finding process.Three good reasons for your teen to take a summer job are:

  • Earn cash
  • Build character
  • Prepare for a career

    Earn Cash
    Which jobs are more lucrative: those that pay a flat rate or an hourly rate? Hourly rate jobs have higher earning potential if the number of hours is expandable.

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    Homeschooling Isn't New: A Brief History of Education

    Homeschooling Isn't New: A Brief History of Education

    It is useful to put homeschool in a somewhat historical perspective. Because of the pervasiveness of public and institutional education over the past 100 years or so, it is easy to think that this way of educating children is the way it has always been done and that it is the best system possible. However, the development of public education into the monolithic system that it has become is a relatively recent turn of events when viewed in an historical context.

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    Your Son's Life Skills and Independence

    Your Son's Life Skills and Independence

    You may think you've heard all there is to hear about the importance of life skills, but the concept takes on a new urgency when your son announces that he's ready to move out. It becomes even more urgent the first time he calls you to announce he's run out of money, forgotten to put oil in his car, or clogged the plumbing of his new home.

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    What Is Needed from Your Kids and Family to Homeschool Successfully?

    What Is Needed from Your Kids and Family to Homeschool Successfully?

    Obviously, homeschool is all about preparing your kids for life so they have a major participating role in the process. The requirements from kids to be homeschooled successfully aren't really that much different from those involved in a traditional school situation. They need to be able and willing to learn, be disciplined to do the work that is required of them, and so on.

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