‘Getting College Ready’ tips for you

After successful completion of your high school, now it’s time to get ready for college by challenging yourself. Basically, it’s not at all too early to get prepare for college. Remember, college research means being set financially and academically. Many parents would be devoted to see their children to achieve something.

Planning for your next phase of life is not an easy task. Its starts with choosing the right college or university for correct degree course which is fit for you. Here, you will need to think a lot while preparing for college. With the right skills and the right education, you can step up into a future that you like and can continue to build on it. You will need to look which college is better for you and your career. Summer is the perfect time for exploring college options without having any kind of pressure of tests, homework and term papers. Here are some guidelines for getting ready for the college. Read more here.

Article Written and published by University Navigator.

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Evaluating Your Homeschool – Using the Right Measures

by Debbie Strayer | Originally published by Percipion.com

There are many things about your children and your homeschooling that you will want to evaluate from time to time. As with any other work in progress, it is good to step back from it occasionally to get a better view or a better perspective. How can we as homeschoolers do this in a beneficial way?

The first thing to remember is that there are many kinds of evaluation. You may want to consider annually or semi-annually the progress your child is making. Is he or she moving at the rate you expected? Do you know what rate you should expect? Be careful, because your child’s progress should not be the only factor you consider. One day he or she could seem like a genius, and the next day not remember the most basic facts. This inconsistency is normal with children, so remember that your overall assessment is what counts.

Is your child able, with appropriate review, to give you the basic content you have covered in a particular area? If the answer is “Yes,” you have evaluated one aspect of your child’s abilities. You can be either encouraged or discouraged at different times by your child’s progress, so don’t make that your only criteria. I remember doing better in some grades than other, don’t you? Try to look at this in the context of the overall picture.

Another popular tool of measurement is comparing your children’s progress or abilities with generally accepted guidelines. As I have stated before, I believe one of the blessings of homeschooling is the freedom to be individuals. General comparisons with scope and sequences or age or grade level guidelines may help us plan more effectively. The danger, however, is that these comparisons can cause us to be overly demanding and stressed. I generally suggest that people take portions of these types of guides and follow them, but not try to accomplish every item.

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Homeschooling LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake?

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By: Suzanne H. Stevens and John F. Blair (1997)

Homeschooling is rapidly becoming recognized as a reasonable option for disgruntled parents who can’t get their local schools to provide the special services their LD/ADHD children must have in order to succeed. To these families, home education is the last resort – something to be considered only after all other options have failed.

It’s becoming increasingly common for parents to pull a miserable LD or ADHD youngster out of school in the middle of the academic year. It’s as though something suddenly snaps. The family may have quietly endured years of IEPs, long conferences, tears from the child, notes from the teacher, promises from the administrators, and bad report cards in spite of all the energy they put into running a nightly study hall. They may have come to think of it as normal to feel trapped and helpless. But one day, in a sudden moment of clarity, they realize that their child’s curiosity has disappeared, that he no longer has the impish zest for living that used to be such a charming part of his personality. When that moment of truth arrives, parents have no trouble severing their ties with the schools with just one word: Enough.

The decision is terrifying, but it is usually based on one absolute certainty: “Surely, we can do better than this!”

Homeschooling is not for everybody. But in the hands of the right kind of family, it can prevent many painful and destructive situations from developing and can bring healing to children who have been all but crushed by the system.

Many parents shy away from the thought of educating an LD and/or ADHD child at home because of the horrible hassles they’ve had trying to help the youngster with homework. Homeschooling LD and ADHD children is not as hard as helping them with their homework. Homework is always tackled at the end of the day when the child has already had all he can stand of teachers and books and frustrations. It’s usually conducted by a parent who is tired from a long, hard day of responsibilities. As often as not, the parent and the child both resent the fact that they have to get enmeshed in assignments that are inappropriate, with directions that are not clearly understood, in books that are too difficult. There’s almost always more work than can be accomplished in a reasonable length of time, and half the time, the necessary book gets left at school.

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Homeschooling LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake? | LD Topics | LD OnLine.

 

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Thinking About Homeschooling – FamilyEducation.com

Thinking About Homeschooling – FamilyEducation.com

Education Expert Advice from Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.

 

Q: How can parents get started in homeschooling their children?

 

A: Parents all across the country are jumping aboard the homeschooling bandwagon. There’s no question that it is working for more than one million families. Besides increasing family unity, it is an academic winner. Homeschoolers average above the 77th percentile in reading, mathematics, and language. Here are some tips on getting started in homeschooling:

 

  1. Learn all you can about homeschooling.
    For the nitty-gritty of what homeschooling is really like, you need to talk with experienced homeschoolers. Go online to home-ed-magazine.com, teachinghome.com, or homeschool.com to find the names of homeschoolers and support groups in your area as well as to get solid information about homeschooling. 
  2. Determine if homeschooling is right for your family.
    Homeschooling isn’t right for everyone. Husbands and wives must agree that this is the way to educate their children. Plus, the parent who will do most of the homeschooling needs to be patient, organized, and enjoy spending time with his or her children. On the other side, the children will need to respect the parent as a teacher. 
  3. Find out about your state’s laws that govern homeschooling.
    Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. However, every state has its own laws about things that you must do to comply with state regulations. Go online to the Home School Legal Defense Association for a summary of state laws. 
  4. Choose teaching materials and methods.
    At first, you may wish to use a prepared curriculum from a homeschool publisher, a correspondence school, or your local school district to guide your teaching. Visit the previously described websites, talk to other homeschoolers, and attend a homeschooling association conference to discover the wealth of materials you can use. As you become more experienced, you can adapt materials to meet your children’s needs. 
  5. Set up your homeschool.
    Establish a place for learning and studying with all the necessary equipment, supplies, and books. Also, establish a school schedule as well as a schedule for family chores.

 

Find out more on home school by going to www.citizenschool.com

 

Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts are experienced teachers who have more than 60 educational publications to their credit. They began writing books together in 1979. Careers for Bookworms was a Book-of-the-Month Club paperback selection, and Pancakes, Crackers, and Pizza received recognition from the Children’s Reading Roundtable. Gisler and Eberts taught in classrooms from kindergarten through graduate school. Both have been supervisors at the Butler University Reading Center.

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5 Best Apps for Homeschoolers

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5 Of The Best Apps for Homeschool (via http://www.WireService.co)

As they’ve evolved, apps have become very capable of not only entertaining users, but also solving their problems and increasing the ease of their everyday lives. While most of the apps you’ll see in the headlines these days will be catchy games…

Wording is Everything in a Resume

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The words you use in your resume – is everything.  This is the time to highlight your vocabulary and your written communication skills.  When describing jobs, accomplishments, and activities, make sure you use action verbs.  The following action words will help you get started:

Assist Advanced Extended
Conduct Contributed Negotiated
Structured Suggested Headed
Encouraged Trained Calculated
Tutored Designed Inventoried

Readying Yourself for an Interview

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After you apply for a position, you will be asked to come to the place of business for an interview.  Regardless of how many interviews you do, they will get your heart pumping, and rattle your nerves.  You can offset the stress by being fully prepared for your interview. In an interview, the hiring manager will ask you questions about your background, interests, and in return, they will expect you to ask intelligent and well-though out questions about the business, and the job.

What to Take To an Interview

You must show up at your interview prepared.  Bring the following items with you:

  1. Identification (in case you are offered the job on the spot!)
  2. Resume
  3. Reference letters and contact information for your references.
  4. Notebook and pen so you can take notes.
  5. A list of questions you have about the job and the business (see below).

How to Dress For an Interview

How you dress is important.  The general rule of thumb is that you dress for an interview, a step above what the job would require as a dress code.  For whatever type of position that you are applying for, ensure that your clothes are clean, pressed, and that you are well-groomed.  A neat and clean appearance is essential; make sure that your breath is fresh and that your nails are clean.  Never wear shorts, short sleeve shirts, open-toed shoes or casual clothes to an interview.

Research the Business

The hiring manager will ask if you have questions.  This is the time that an interview tanks, or becomes successful.  Potential employers expect applicants to have a basic knowledge of their business, and the job that they are applying for.  Search online about the business, the business owners, and the type of clients that they serve.  Write in the notebook that you take with you questions you have about the business.  Here are some suggestions:

“What is the primary goal for the next year for the team that I’d be working for?”

“What do you see is the biggest challenge for this position?”

Prepare Yourself for Personal Questions

The interviewer will be asking you questions about your background, your interests, and how you feel qualified for the position.  It is imperative that you be able to speak thoughtfully and intelligently about your background.  Below are some sample questions that you may be asked during the course of an interview.

“Why are you interested in working here?”

“Why do you feel that you are prepared for this position?”

“What do you feel is your most significant accomplishment?”

“Tell me about how you handle difficult people?”

“Do you feel you are dependable?”

“What do you think is your biggest weakness?”

“What hours and days will you be able to work?

“Do you feel that you are a good team member?”

Presenting Yourself Well In an Interview

The interviewer will be paying attention to your non-verbal communication as well as listening to the way you ask and answer questions.  Non-verbal communications give those around us insight into our level of anxiety, stress, and confidence. It is essential that you make eye contact throughout the interview.  Strong eye contact shows confidence and that you have nothing to hide. It is especially important when answering questions. Throughout the interview, smile and sit up straight. A slouching posture shows problems with self-confidence.

When the interview is complete, thank the interviewer for their time.  Ask when they will be making a decision and when you can follow-up with them.  When you get home, hand write a Thank You note, and get it in the mail. Tell them how much you enjoyed meeting them and that you hope to be working with them in the future.

By ADG