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TruSpark Career Assessment for Teens

TruSpark Career Assessment for Teens

Do you have tweens or teens in your house? Have you started discussing their possible career options? Taking a career assessment can be a great learning tool to help them better understand themselves and what motivations spur their actions and interests.

TruSpark Career Assessment assists teens in finding their 3 core motivations, helping them understand what drives them and how that relates to finding a career. A review from Starts At Eight.

Disclosure: I received this product for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. All my opinions are my own, honest thoughts and I was not required to post a positive review. Your experience may vary. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

I currently have two teens still at home. My son is in his final semester of a two year degree and my daughter is a sophomore in high school.

While my son’s degree is IT specific, he isn’t exactly sure where it will take him or what career path within the IT world he would like to pursue. We have talked about possible career options (as his dad is in that field), but he’s still unsure what that looks like in his life.

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My daughter’s first and only true love is horses. While she could pursue a career along those lines, she is unsure that will make a good full time job for her. Or least one she thinks will earn her enough money. She is unsure beyond that what she might be good at or interested in, in terms of a career.

As you can see, two different children, two different places on their journey to adulthood, but both could benefit from a more in-depth look at themselves, their motivations, and some career guidance. To help each child along their path I had them complete the TruSpark Curriculum and Assessment.

TruSpark Career Assessment

TruSpark Assessment & Curriculum

TruSpark offers a curriculum and assessment for helping teens discover their core motivations which will help them discover careers that are geared towards their interests.

TruSpark Career Assessment assists teens in finding their 3 core motivations, helping them understand what drives them and how that relates to finding a career. A review from Starts At Eight.

I had both my children work through both the TruSpark Curriculum and Assessment. (It is recommended that they complete the first two levels of the curriculum before taking the assessment.)

What are Core Motivations?

You heard me use the term core motivations and now you are wondering what exactly are core motivations?

TruSpark Career Assessment assists teens in finding their 3 core motivations, helping them understand what drives them and how that relates to finding a career. A review from Starts At Eight.

TruSpark describes Core Motivations like this:

  • Core Motivations (CMs) are what make you come alive.
  • CMs are a blueprint of why you do what you do.
  • CMs are the origin of a sense of meaning, joy, and fulfillment.
  • CMs spark your interest and show up as intrinsic drives.
  • CMs explain why you are motivated to do some activities and less motivated to do others.
  • Although CMs don’t define you, they do influence your behaviors and decisions.

These Core Motivations are more than just a personality test, TruSpark has created an assessment that helps you discover what really drives you, what spurs you to like or dislike certain things, and why we make the choices we do.

Discovering Your 3 Core Motivations

The TruSpark Curriculum and Assessment walked us through a process to help us discover each of our top 3 Core Motivations. I personally love the act of digging inside ourselves to come up with moments in our lives we were proud of. Things we did that really inspired us and made us happy.

It was easier than I thought, and didn’t need to be some in depth, highly recognized by others moment. In one of mine I used the accomplishment of being able to take our horses just my daughter and I to this big park with water nearby. It took years of prep in big and little ways and it was a bucket list item for me for sure!

TruSpark Career Assessment assists teens in finding their 3 core motivations, helping them understand what drives them and how that relates to finding a career. A review from Starts At Eight.

Using O*Net for Career Exploration

One of the resources the TruSpark Curriculum introduced me to was O*Net.

I had never heard of O*Net before! The O*NET Program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

My Next Move

THIS WAS MY KIDS FAVORITE PART! Taking the results from their TruSpark Assessment and turning it into a real life career assessment process was so much fun for them. It gave them the chance to look at jobs, and not just titles of jobs, but what it takes to get them, how much they pay, what their outlook is, etc. My kids went way beyond the 3 they were required to do for the TruSpark Curriculum and explored around into many careers, even beyond their suggested careers to see what’s out there.

TruSpark Career Assessment assists teens in finding their 3 core motivations, helping them understand what drives them and how that relates to finding a career. A review from Starts At Eight.

Within O*Net is an application called My Next Move. This career exploration application helps new job seekers, students, and other career explorers investigate over 900 occupations. It is an interactive web-based tool that offers you easy ways to search careers. The TruSpark Curriculum introduces teens to My Next Move and walks them through using it as part of their career exploration process.

My Next Move

In the image below you see the worksheets provided by TruSpark. These are to help your teen use My Next Move to explore careers they discovered might be a good fit for them through the TruSpark Assessment & Curriculum.

TruSpark Career Assessment assists teens in finding their 3 core motivations, helping them understand what drives them and how that relates to finding a career. A review from Starts At Eight.

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Homeschool Friendly College in Greenville, Pennsylvania

Homeschool Friendly College in Greenville, Pennsylvania

Thiel College, (pronounced Teal) is a homeschool friendly college, located in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Thiel college is a small, independent liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college, boasting a student-faculty ratio of 11:1!

Thiel - A homeschool friendly college located in Greensville, Pennsylvania boasting an 11:1 student faculty ratio with 60+ areas of study.

Thiel – A Homeschool Friendly College

Thiel College is located in the small community of Greenville in Mercer County, Pa. The campus is a 90-minute drive from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland – vibrant urban centers bustling with opportunity for internships, service learning, educational trips and entertainment – and a 40-minute drive from Youngstown, Ohio.

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Thiel College. I was compensated for my time in sharing this information.  Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Thiel’s unique location allows students to enjoy both the wonders of nature abundant in the western Pennsylvania countryside, including a myriad of outdoor activities, and also take advantage of the dynamic cultural experiences offered in nearby cities.

What Makes Thiel a Homeschool Friendly College?

Homeschooled students are not only encouraged to apply for admission, but they are also eligible for merit-based scholarships and financial aid consideration. Thiel College prides itself on being a school that’s for students who learn differently.

Small Class Sizes

As I already mentioned, Thiel College boasts an incredible 11:1 student-faculty ratio. This benefits students by increasing their access to professors. And the professors? 80% of them hold the highest degree available in their field! That’s a lot of knowledge for our students to learn from.

Thiel - A homeschool friendly college located in Greensville, Pennsylvania boasting an 11:1 student faculty ratio with 60+ areas of study.

Over 60 Areas of Study

Thiel College offers over 60 areas of study, including:

  • Business and Accounting (Business Administration, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, and more)
  • Communication (Communication Studies, Media & Journalism, Public Relations, and more)
  • Education (Early Childhood, Secondary including Biology, Chemistry, English, Math and more)
  • Health Sciences (Medical Technology, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Exercise Science and more)
  • Humanities (Philosophy, Religion, English Literature, and more)
  • Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and more)
  • Sciences (Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Environmental Science, Chemistry and more)
  • Mathematics & Computer Science (Data Analytics, Mathematics, Information Systems E-Commerce, Actuarial Studies and more)

There are also various options for minors, Associate’s Degree Programs, and Duel Enrollment.

Thiel’s New Master’s Program

Thiel College has a new accelerated degree program which would be a great fit for motivated homeschoolers!

With their 5-year Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree pathway program students can complete their bachelor’s Degree at Thiel and earn their master’s in as little as 11 months!

Degrees available in this New Master’s Program are:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-language Pathology
  • Business and Accounting/MBA
  • All other majors/Communication and Leadership
  • Physician Assistant/Physician Assistant
  • Psychology/Clinical Mental Health Counseling

(This bulleted list represents the Bachelor’s degree and the matching Master’s degree eligible for this program.)

Enrichment Opportunities

Thiel - A homeschool friendly college located in Greensville, Pennsylvania boasting an 11:1 student faculty ratio with 60+ areas of study.

Students benefit from a robust enrichment program that encourages cultural and educational excursions to major metropolitan areas, as well as domestic and study abroad opportunities.

100% of students complete one or more internships prior to graduation.

Impressive Success Rate

A full 95% of Thiel College graduates report that they are employed or studying in their field within 3 months of graduation.

In addition, graduates often go on to study at top institutions like Duke, Harvard, Oxford, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, or Yale.

Learn More About Thiel College

So if your student is interested in a small liberal arts, homeschool friendly college, Thiel College may be just the right fit for them.

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Careering – A guide for Teens and Young Adults

Careering – A guide for Teens and Young Adults

Young adulthood is the best time to explore, experience, and eliminate possible career paths. Careering will help your student do all three–and get them on the path that is right for them!

What is Careering?

The dictionary may have other definitions for careering, but when you see the word careering in this book, I am referring to the process of taking progressive action in pursuit of a profession or venture.

Tamara S. Raymond

What’s Inside the Book?

Careering is an 8 step process according to Tamara. In this Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career your student will find each of these steps laid out with actionable items to do and places to record their thoughts and findings! All of this in a book small enough to carry around so they can explore and learn as they are on the go!

{I received a free review copy of Careering as part of this review. However, all views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Careering Steps:

Step 1: How to Begin Careering

Step 2: Opportunities to Explore Different Career Options

Step 3: Key Resources to Help Explore Different Career Options

Step 4: The Power of Networking

Step 5: Applying

Step 6: Developing Your Interview Skills

Step 7: Congratulations on Your New Job! Now What?

Step 8: One Final Step

What’s to be Learned from Careering?

  • evaluate your interests, skills, and passions
  • identify jobs, internships, and volunteer positions that align with your personal gifts
  • identify multiple career exploration avenues, from camps to summer jobs
  • put together a resume and references, even if you’ve never had a “real” job
  • learn how to network, apply for jobs, and develop interviewing skills
  • learn how to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities
  • learn how not to use social media if you want to land a job

About Tamara S. Raymond

Tamara S. Raymond, author of Careering - The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career

Tamara S. Raymond is a certified leadership coach and career strategist dedicated to helping professionals reach their maximum potential; and young people get on the right career path so they can make a difference.

Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career is Tamara’s first book. It is available as a paperback, e-book and audiobook. An online course based on the book was released Fall 2020.

In her book, Tamara has woven together her extensive career experience, academic journey and passion for coaching-mentoring youth to share knowledge with teens and young adults. Tamara’s goal is to offer them unique insight into how to excel both academically and in their chosen profession through awareness of their goals, interests and talents, in a purposeful and focused way.

Tamara has appeared on the Inside Personal Growth podcast and The Total Education Hour.
For more information about Tamara and her other projects, including her coaching services,
visit www.imcleaders.com

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Flexible Online College Degree with Total Testing

Flexible Online College Degree with Total Testing

I find it so exciting that now more than ever you can find options for online college degree programs! With technology becoming more accessible these options often make college possible by offering more flexibility and often lower costs incurred.

Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College. In as little as 10 months your high schooler can complete 75% of their bachelor's degree! A review from Starts At Eight

I want to preface this review by saying it holds a little personal history for me! Daemen College is fairly local for me and as a teen it was a college I considered and received early acceptance to.

Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College

Now you are already asking, What is Total Testing?

Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College. In as little as 10 months your high schooler can complete 75% of their bachelor's degree! A review from Starts At Eight

Total Testing is a site that offers degree advisement, review materials, and college credit through exams.

{Disclosure: I received access to Total Testing for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. However these are my honest opinions and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Degree credits are earned by taking exams through Total Testing. You study at your own pace, register for tests and then take them from home.

Each month you have access to degree advisement and up to 3 exams for one low price. Upon completion of a total of 90 credits, completed in your timeframe, you will transfer to Daemen College to earn the final 30 credits.

Daemen College is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational, comprehensive college in Amherst, New York. 

Why as a homeschooler do you want to know about this?

As a homeschooler you want to know about this online college degree option because your homeschooled high schooler can be working through this BEFORE they graduate high school! That means they can have 75% of their bachelor’s degree done before high school graduation!

What does getting started with Total Testing look like?

First, you choose a degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • B.S. Education/Non-Certification Pathway
Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College. In as little as 10 months your high schooler can complete 75% of their bachelor's degree!

My daughter chose the Business Administration degree plan as this would be a good path for her if she chooses to start and run her own horse training facility.

Second, you choose your courses:

Each month you can select up to three courses to study. If you complete 3 each month you can earn 75% of the bachelor’s degree in 10 months! And then enroll at Daemen College to finish the rest.

Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College. In as little as 10 months your high schooler can complete 75% of their bachelor's degree!

While that seems a little too rigorous for us, it might be perfect for someone else. The good news is you can SET YOUR OWN PACE!

Busy month and you can only complete one course? Great! Pick your course and go! Got nothing go on while snowed in in January? Perfect! It’s three courses that month!

Third, use the Total Testing Resources to study each course selected:

Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College. In as little as 10 months your high schooler can complete 75% of their bachelor's degree!

I was so excited to see all the resources Total Testing offers to foster success! Everything from Power Points to study guides, video lessons, and tons of practice problems!

Earn an Online College Degree with Total Testing from Daemen College. In 10 months your high schooler can complete 75% of their bachelor's degree!

Fourth, you test for the courses you’ve completed:

When you are ready to test for a course all you need is:

  • reliable Internet access
  • a computer with a webcam
  • a government issued photo ID (in our case my daughter is too young for a driver’s license so we got her a non-driver ID)
  • a clear workspace with no papers, phones, or other items near the computer

Interested? Check out Total Testing Now!

Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp

Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp

Do you have a high school junior or senior preparing to take their SAT?

Looking for something to help them prepare?

The Mr. D Math Live 6 Week SAT Boot Camp might be just what they need! (Be sure to read on and grab the discount just for my readers!)

Mr.D Math Live SAT Boot Camp is a 6 week course that prepares high school students for the math portion of the SAT. They will learn test taking strategies, review formulas they'll need to memorize, take practice tests and more! A Review from Starts At Eight

Mr.D Math Live SAT Boot Camp

Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp is a 6 week live course designed to prepare kids for the math portion of the SAT.

{Disclaimer: I received free access to Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

In just six weeks, it’s entirely possible for your child to raise their SAT math score by up to 120 points … without learning more math. ~ Dennis DiNoia (Mr. D)

What’s Included in the SAT Boot Camp?

SO MUCH! I can’t say this enough! There is SO MUCH content included with this 6 week course!

This Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp helps students understand every question in the math portion of the SAT (even the tricky ones)!

Mr.D Math Live SAT Boot Camp is a 6 week course that prepares high school students for the math portion of the SAT. They will learn test taking strategies, review formulas they'll need to memorize, take practice tests and more! A Review from Starts At Eight

Through the use of:

  • Live class times in which students get personalized feedback
  • Test prep strategies
  • Supplemental Videos with corresponding practice problems
  • Practice problems
  • Practice tests – There are 4 FULL Practice SAT tests with answers and explanations for students to use. He also links you to locations where you can find more practice tests and SAT practice.

this SAT Boot Camp will have students feeling confident in their ability to tackle the math portion of the SAT.

What if they knew exactly how to deconstruct the word problems and “translate” them into formulas they already know how to solve? What if they knew the best way to use scientific and graphing calculators? (They’re allowed during the test, you know …) What if they understood how the SAT is scored and knew how to figure out the correct answers by eliminating all the incorrect ones? ~ Dennis DiNoia (Mr. D)

Live Class Time

Mr.D Math Live SAT Boot Camp is a 6 week course that prepares high school students for the math portion of the SAT. They will learn test taking strategies, review formulas they'll need to memorize, take practice tests and more! A Review from Starts At Eight

Over the 6 week Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp there are weekly live classes. Each class is around 50 minutes to an hour.

Some things I love about what Mr. D does during class time:

  • He makes the chat private so kids can feel comfortable answering and asking questions.
  • He goes full screen with the problems so there are no distractions on the screen.
  • He starts right out with test taking strategies, right from the very first problem.
  • He gives plenty of time for students to answer his questions, without making anyone feel as though they are taking too long.

Weekly E-mails

Mr.D Math Live SAT Boot Camp is a 6 week course that prepares high school students for the math portion of the SAT. They will learn test taking strategies, review formulas they'll need to memorize, take practice tests and more! A Review from Starts At Eight

One of the features I love are the Weekly Announcement E-mails you receive throughout the course.

In these e-mails Mr. D tells students exactly what they should be doing during the week. Everything from what problems to work on to what videos to watch. It’s all clearly stated so the kids know exactly what they need to accomplish!

Supplemental Videos

Mr.D Math Live SAT Boot Camp is a 6 week course that prepares high school students for the math portion of the SAT. They will learn test taking strategies, review formulas they'll need to memorize, take practice tests and more! A Review from Starts At Eight

Here is where I will repeat myself, SO MUCH content, SO MUCH content is included! I was generally dumfounded at how far this course goes beyond the live class and corresponding practice problems.

There are a TON of supplemental videos included in this Mr. D Math Live SAT Boot Camp (more than 20). Beyond the live classes, Mr. D Math has a section in your dashboard of supplemental SAT videos.

The Supplemental Videos cover topics like:

  • The Pythagorean Theorem
  • The Law of Cosines
  • Inscribed and Central Angles
  • Working with Direct and Indirect Variation
  • Working with Absolute Value
  • Working with Imaginary Numbers
  • And SO MUCH More!

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Try Mr. D Math Online Courses

Mr. D Math offers online courses both live and recorded and across multiple genres – not just math!

Math Courses:

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
  • SAT Math Bootcamp
  • ACT Math Bootcamp
  • Consumer Math
  • Summer Math Readiness Classes

Other Courses:

  • Advanced Writing
  • American Sign Language (I, II, III)
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Music and Physical Education (Training Like An Olympic Runner, Flamenco Dance, Flamenco Guitar)
  • Study Skills
  • Technology

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More Mr. D Math Reviews

We have used Mr. D Math courses more than once throughout our years of homeschooling.

Having access to an instructor where the kids can ask questions and get feedback is such an awesome part of Mr. D Math live online courses.

You can check out what our experience was like with two of our children. Just click on the images below.

Tackle Homeschool High School Algebra with Mr. D Math! Mr. D Math offers online live or self-paced courses for high school math, Test Prep, ASL, and more! A review from Starts At EightHomeschooling Algebra with Mr. D Math from Starts At Eight

Planning High School Electives

Want help planning your student’s high school electives? Check out this FREE Plan Your High School Electives Printable Pack.

Plan Your High School Electives is a 3 step process of research, conversations with your teen, and a narrowing down of choices and how you will fulfill them.

  1. Step One: Checklist of High School Electives Options – an extensive list of options to think about and check off ones you and your teen feel could be possible options
  2. Step Two: Top 10 Electives to Explore – question to help you narrow the field of options, along space for keeping track of possible resources, curriculum, classes, etc.
  3. Step Three: Final Elective Choices – the final choices your teen will be engaging in along with course descriptions, number of credits and a resource list

Plan Your High School Electives: Free Printable Pack from Starts At Eight

 

How to Prepare your High Schooler for the SAT

How to Prepare your High Schooler for the SAT

Do you have a child entering high school? Have you started thinking about college prep? Does your child know how to prepare for the SAT?

The SAT can be an important piece of college entrance. Preparation can and should begin in 9th grade. Read on to find out all about the SAT test and how to prepare for it.

New in 2021

As of 2021, the College Board made two immediate changes that affect high school testing.

1. The College Board will no longer offer SAT Subject Tests.

2. The College Board will no longer offer the essay portion of the SAT Test. 

How to Prepare for the SAT Test

Junior year rolls around and with it comes the excitement for the future—and the dread of standardized tests. Standardized tests like the SAT are important, not just for college admissions, but to increase scholarships and financial aid students receive, minimizing future college debt. 

But how do you prepare your student for an intimidating but important test like the SAT?

What is the SAT?

The SAT is a standardized test created by the College Board. It’s typically taken by juniors and seniors and used for college admissions and scholarship awards.

  • The score of the test ranges from 400 to 1600.
  • It consists of four sections: a Reading section, a Writing & Language section (English) and two Math sections.
  • The test takes approximately 180 minutes, not including breaks. 
  • The first Math section does not allow students to use a calculator while the second section does. Because of the two Math sections, math accounts for half of the score on the SAT. 

Registering for the SAT

To register for the SAT, head to www.collegeboard.org. It costs $52 to take the SAT or $68 if you also want to register for the Writing portion of the test.

The SAT test is typically offered seven times a year in March, May, June, August, October, November, and December. Test centers can be found on the SAT website, and you can search by state and test date. 

The high school code for homeschoolers to register for the SAT is 970000.

Students need to bring a photo ID as well as their admission ticket on test day. You can use a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued photo ID. If your student doesn’t have any of these IDs, the SAT offers alternative methods to prove their identity. 

The SAT does offer fee waivers for eligible students. Homeschoolers must contact a local high school counselor and provide proof of eligibility to request a fee waiver.

When Should you Take the SAT?

Having your students to take the PSAT can be a good introduction to the format and content of the SAT. This test can be taken during sophomore or junior year of high school.

Students may only qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by testing during their junior year. To sign up, reach out to local high schools to see when they offer the test and if they have space to accommodate homeschooled students. Make sure you reach out a few months before the test date so the school can prepare and order the correct number of tests. 

After taking the PSAT, it’s best for students to take the SAT at least four times. No one gets their best score the first (or even second) time. This usually means taking the test twice junior year and twice senior fall. This increases the chances of your student scoring their best score and increasing potential scholarships and financial aid! 

Tips to Prepare for the SAT

Now that you know the basics of the SAT, what should you do to prepare for the test? Two words: preparation and practice. 

Effective Preparation

There are a number of resources out there to help your student improve their SAT score. They range from free tools to personalized tutoring. Find a program that works for your student and keep to the schedule! And remember, more information isn’t always the solution. It’s better to find a structured program that gives you a schedule rather than an open-ended platform with an endless number of videos to watch. 

Consistent Practice

One of the best ways to prepare for the SAT is by practicing. When you take the test (even just practice tests at the beginning), you learn how to manage your time and energy. Use actual SAT practice tests to learn the format of the questions and to see how you can improve your score. 

However, even practice tests can’t fully prepare you for the actual test. That’s why it’s important to take the SAT test multiple times. Remember, if you can, to take it four times: twice your junior year and twice your senior fall. This truly helps you earn your best possible score!

SAT Prep Resources

On To College SAT Prep

The OnToCollege SAT Prep Course includes:

  • 10 on-demand video sessions
  • 2 hours of one-on-one tutoring (if a friend enrolls, share your hours and receive four hours of tutoring)
  • 3 practice SAT tests with detailed solution videos for each question
  • Additional math, grammar, and reading prep

Mr. D Math SAT Boot Camp

  • This program also prepares students for the PSAT.
  • Each SAT Math Bootcamp meets once a week for 6 weeks.
  • Each program is timed to end just a few days before an SAT Test Date.
  • Sessions are taught by trained Mr. D staff via the online “virtual classroom,” so students can participate from anywhere!
  • Students will also have access to recordings of each session.

Ready for the SAT test? Remember to prepare and practice so your student can achieve the best score! 

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Preparing Your High School Student For The PSAT

Preparing Your High School Student For The PSAT

The time has come…the time has come that our home will contain it’s first ever…High Schooler!

I am down to the final 2 months before my first child begins her freshman year of high school. I started planning for this moment two years ago. I think I should have started planning from birth! There is so much to think about, so many decisions to make, so many possibilities and roads to consider.

One of the many things on our list is preparing for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude or Scholastic Achievement Test). The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

The thing is, there is even a test to take before the SAT that matters almost as much. It is the PSAT. That is where my focus is right now as it is the “Preliminary” step to the SAT.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. ~College Board

Why Take the PSAT?

There are many reasons why you might have your student prepare for and take the PSAT. Top on my list is that I believe in preparing for the PSAT, you are leading your student down a path towards being more prepared to take the SAT. Your student can become familiar with the style of testing they will see on the SAT, from the directions that are given to the kinds of questions they will encounter.

Reasons Why You Might Have Your Student Take the PSAT:

  • Your student will gain valuable techniques and information that will prepare them to take their SATs.
  • Your student will receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in the skills necessary for their college study.
  • Your student will be able to see how their performance on an admissions test might compare with that of other college applicants.
  • Your student will be able to enter the competition for for National Merit Scholarships NMSC (grade 11).
  • Your Student will have the option to choose to receive information from colleges via a check “yes” to Student Search Service.

When to Schedule and Take Your PSAT

The PSAT test is only offered in October each year (NEW in 2021 is a January offering) so you need to sign up in September. You must sign up for the PSAT at your high school (or one in your community) as this test is administered by high schools, not through test centers.

Online registration is not available so head in and talk to your school counselor to sign up. While you are there you can pick up a free copy of the “Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT”. Here you can find all the PSAT/NMSQT testing information.

While taking the PSAT in your sophomore your does not count towards scholarships, it will be good practice for your student to take it first in their sophomore year. Then when it really counts during their junior year (the only year that qualifies you for the National Merit Scholarship) they will be much better prepared.

Know the Format of the PSAT

The Critical Reading sections include reading comprehension questions about full-length and paragraph-length passages. They also include exercises that ask you to complete a series of sentences.

* Sentence Completion – 13 questions
* Passage-based reading – 35 questions
* Two 25-minute sections
Total time: 50 minutes

MC900441732The Writing section includes multiple-choice questions covering the fundamentals of grammar, usage, word choice, and organization.

* Identifying sentence errors – 14 questions
* Improving sentences – 20 questions
* Improving paragraphs – 5 questions
* One 30-minute section
Total Time: 30 minutes

The Math sections include multiple-choice questions and calculation questions. Topics include numbers and operations; geometry and measurement; algebra and functions; and statistics/probability/data analysis.

* Multiple-choice – 28 questions
* Calculations – 10 questions
* Two 25-minute sections
Total time: 50 minutes

Preparation for the PSAT

Once you know how and when to schedule the test, and what the basic expectations are for the PSAT, then you can plan out your preparations for taking it.
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Math Topics

It is a good idea to complete Geometry before taking the PSAT as Geometry is covered on the test. I have our daughter taking Algebra II in 9th grade and Geometry in 10th grade (she took Algebra I in 8th grade). So while she won’t have much Geometry when she takes it as a sophomore, when it counts as a junior she will have all the Geometry she needs.

Here are some great math options:

Reading Skills

A good way to hone your student’s reading skills is simply by reading. Reading lots of literature in varying genres, and being able to analyze them in a critical manner will go great lengths to helping your student with sentence completion and vocabulary.

High School Literature List Series from Starts At Eight

We are choosing to do a year of Latin Roots to help strengthen our daughter’s basic understanding of English vocabulary. Over 60% of English comes from Latin roots, not to mention prefixes and suffixes!

Choosing Latin as a High School Elective from Starts At Eight

Learning and understanding the way these roots work will help her learn and comprehend the English language at a much deeper level. The goal is to develop your student’s vocabulary at a quicker pace, while increasing their understanding of existing vocabulary as they begin to comprehend why our words mean what they do.

Specific PSAT Test Preparation

Besides going about their general academics that are geared toward an overall increase in their math, reading/vocabulary, and writing skills, students can spend time preparing specifically for the PSAT. There are many books and web based programs for this purpose. One option is Barron’s Test Prep.

Using Barron’s Test Prep

With Barron’s Test Prep you can get everything your student needs to get prepared for the PSAT. From targeted practice, test taking strategies, and vocabulary building tools to full length tests. Their online solutions are catered to each student’s learning style.

Their adaptive test prep solution creates a customized course based on your skills, your time, and what you need to maximize your score. It then goes one step further by making it accessible anywhere you are! Whether you’re on a desktop, laptop or iPad, you have an instant connection to your personal learning dashboard.

Here is a direct link to their online Practice PSAT Exam.

Using Mr. D Math SAT Bootcamp

Mr. D Math offers 6 week SAT Bootcamps throughout the year that can be used for PSAT prep as well.

(My own personal review of this will be coming in March!)

  • This program also prepares students for the PSAT.
  • Each SAT Math Bootcamp meets once a week for 6 weeks.
  • Each program is timed to end just a few days before an SAT Test Date.
  • Sessions are taught by trained Mr. D staff via the online “virtual classroom,” so students can participate from anywhere!
  • Students will also have access to recordings of each session.

Our High School Plan

Ninth Grade – For our daughter the plan is to go about our freshman year covering our basic courses, including Algebra II, a literature and writing course, and the Latin I mentioned before. We are considering adding in some PSAT specific preparation in the latter half of the year.

Tenth Grade – In September we will sign her up for the PSAT. During the months of Sept & October beyond our usual course of study, the focus will be on specific PSAT preparations. She will take her PSAT in October. Based on her scores we will focus our attention where it is needed.

Eleventh Grade – In September we will again sign her up for the PSAT while continuing our usual course of study plus specific PSAT preparations. In October she will take her final PSAT. Based on her scores we will begin focus on preparing for her SATs.

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Thiel College Equestrian Studies

Thiel College Equestrian Studies

Have a teen looking for college options? Want a college that is homeschool friendly? If you have one like my teen you are looking for a college that offers equine studies. Thiel College offers over 60 areas of study, including Equestrian Studies.

The Nuts & Bolts

Thiel College is a private, homeschool-friendly college, located in the small community of Greenville in Mercer County, PA.

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Thiel College. I was compensated for my time in sharing this information.  Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

The campus is a 90-minute drive from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland – vibrant urban centers bustling with opportunity for internships, service learning, educational trips and entertainment – and a 40-minute drive from Youngstown, Ohio.

Some of the aspects of Thiel College that homeschool students may find appealing include:

  • Small class sizes   11:1 student-faculty ratio; 70% of classes have less than 20 students
  • One-on-one academic advising
  • Thiel Learning Commons – for supplemental learning opportunities, such as tutoring and instruction.
  • Internship and career counseling services – 100% of students complete one or more internships or a practicum prior to graduating
  • 100+ clubs, teams and organizations
  • Thiel’s invitation-only Dietrich Honors Institute offers a custom curriculum developed for its members.
  • Students benefit from a robust enrichment program that encourages cultural and educational excursions to major metropolitan areas, as well as domestic and study abroad opportunities

Some interesting stats:

  • 80% of faculty hold the highest degree in their field
  • 95% of students live on campus
  • 95% of graduates report being employed or studying in their field within three months of graduation
  • Graduates often go on to study at top institutions like Duke, Harvard, Oxford, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, Yale

In addition to their robust campus life, they offer online classes and Dual Enrollment and College in High School programs, as well as an Excel program for those students looking to elevate their learning skills and study habits as part of the college transition.

Thiel College Equestrian Studies

Equestrian Studies is just one of the over 60 areas of study Thiel College offers. While majoring in something like Business Administration or Biology, your teen can minor in Equestrian Studies!

They offer such courses as:

  • Introduction to Equine Science 
  • Equine Behavior 
  • Equine Nutrition and Feeding 
  • Equine Profiling and Conformation 
  • Equine Groundwork
  • Equine Biomechanics
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Riding

A student who graduates from Thiel College with an equine minor will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts in the equine industry
  • Select appropriate horses for specific disciplines based on conformation, breed and behavior
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of techniques to supplement training and problem solving
  • Account for the body systems in order to maximize equine performance, longevity and health
  • Recognize common issues that may arise with horses’ health and soundness
  • Judge a class of breed specific horses based on conformation

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Helpful Tips for Working While In College

Helpful Tips for Working While In College

Most kids that head off to college will find themselves working while in college. Not only do they need to cover the cost of tuition and books, but they still want to go out, eat out, buy new clothes, etc. While many will get scholarships and take on student loans, most will still need to be earning money while they are in college.

Helpful Tips for Working While in College from Starts At Eight. College is a huge expense. Paying for college can be done in multiple ways including student loans, scholarships, and working while in college. Here are some tips to help your kids navigate going to college and working at the same time.

There is no doubt that working while in college can be challenging. Your student will need to have good time management skills, a means to manage their stress, and a strong support system.

Tips for Working While in College

Is your child a student who will be facing financial challenges in college? Will they need to be working while in college?  They will need some help to effectively weld both job and college in a manageable way.

Below you will find helpful tips to share with your teens on working while in college.

Opt for a more flexible job

I’m sure you’ve got it at the back of your mind that the college life is still more important. Why? It is time-bound. You would need to give it the needed focus if you want to achieve your desired success within stipulated time. As for business or keeping a job, you would always find enough time for that later on. But for your studies, that is never the case.

What then do you think would be the right attitude? Get a flexible job! Nothing more! Now, you would have to define and determine what you consider to be flexible for you. Advisedly, the test for a flexible job is what fits in with your studies effectively.

For example: Find a job where you can build in study time. Maybe a child care job where naps are taken, or a receptionist type job where these is down time.

Design a master plan

Once you have made up your mind as to what you want as a jobber and a scholar, you now need to create a master plan. The master plan describes in full details, all that you need to check out for to ensure you are still on the path to achieving your expected goals at the end of the day. So, a master plan helps keep your eyes on the goals.

For example: As part of your plan create a to-do list. Prioritize what needs to be done first and when. Keep a calendar. Be sure to include personal, work, and school obligations. Having everything written in one place can help you design a plan for getting it all done!

Minimize stress

I’m not saying you should totally eliminate stress. You actually cannot. But you can manage it and work to minimize it. When you manage your stress as you should, you will feel more capable of accomplishing the task of juggling working while in college.  And one thing you need to realize is that minimizing stress has to do with your habits.

For example: Try and add in at least 15-30 minutes of daily exercise. Walk briskly to class, walk on break, or if you can squeeze in some formal exercise then do so! Exercise can greatly help to reduce stress.

Can you study online?

Online courses are very flexible compared to the brick-and-mortal arrangement we have in most universities today. Taking on online class would afford you the freedom of not having to be in class at a set time, thus making your schedule more flexible.

For example: Consider taking some of your easier courses, or things you feel you don’t need to be in the classroom for. Maybe things like history or psychology, even English. Then you can flex that time you would have been in class.

Work on your reading speed

Through the use and application of some appropriate techniques, you can always enhance the speed at which you study. You cannot afford to study at the same pace you did before, simply because you need to save time.

Multitask

Many folks suppose it is only ladies that can multitask. The truth is that anyone who can apply his intelligence and couple it with diligence can multitask! This goes hand in hand with being efficient with your time. Plan your time, arrange your schedule to include less down time, less travel time, and batch things together that easily fit together.

Spare minutes?

Do not spare them! They are not really spare minutes but passing periods that most people perceive as insignificant. However, after all, they are significant. Therefore, you can choose to make the most of seeming spare minutes.

For example: You may listen to your audio textbooks as you commute in your friend’s car, you may read while you wait to receive your orders from the online store, you may skillfully arrange little, important activities for little periods.

Strategic Studying

A great challenge of work-study is overseeing the demanding study requirements. So, you need to carefully plan out the time and the way you have arranged to study. One effective method for taking care of your study requirements is to categorically divide your reading into strategic periods.

For example: If you need to read 150 pages in few weeks,  calculate the number of hours which will be available in the coming two weeks. Suppose you only have fifteen hours left to you, that means you must read about 10 pages each hour to finish up with your assignment. In the circumstances that you’re not a fast reader, you may need to allocate additional time in your study schedule. This hint helps you to do away with undue stress when you’ve got so much to cover.

As your student learns combine academics and business at this stage of their life, they will learn to realize this requires a great level of self-discipline. The good news is they will get to enjoy the fruits as they will have not only developed their intellect but prepared themselves for the ultimate challenge in the business world.

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Affordable Online College Courses with Ed4Credit

Affordable Online College Courses with Ed4Credit

We are knee deep in our second round of Homeschooling High School. There is lots of talk and focus on earning college credit in high school as well as the path to college and beyond. There are many ways to accomplish earning college credit: from AP courses to CLEP Exams, attending the local community college, and online college courses too!

Affordable Online College Courses. You can earn college credit without breaking the bank with Ed4Credit's online college courses. No hidden fees, everything is included, sign up, take a course, and transfer the ACE Credit. A Review from Starts At Eight.

While we have already walked this path once, there are things we are doing differently this time around! For instance we are purposely graduating our son a year early from homeschooling after realizing with our first how easy it was to do that while still fulfilling all the NYS Homeschooling Regulations. Another thing we are doing is that since our son wanted to do ASL for his foreign language in high school (and our daughter had taken it in college already), we decided to have him take it at the local community college – earning both high school and college credit for it during his sophomore year in high school.

Ways We Have Earned College Credit

  • AP Courses/Exams – My oldest took the English Language & Composition exam, however we did not find this route to be time and effort effective and did not continue down this path with any other AP Exams.
  • CLEP Exams – Not only did my oldest take some CLEP Exams but my son recently passed his US History I (earning him 3 college credits) and has plans to take a few more.
  • Local Community College – My daughter is graduating from our local community college after only 3 full time semesters due to her dual enrollment and CLEP credits. Having prior credits also made it possible for her to take a lighter load each semester with only 12-15 credits instead of 17-18 each semester. Our son is currently taking one course with plans to take a few more before going full time. Although he is looking for ways to earn college credit in more time and cost effective ways.

Ed4Credit Online College Courses

While we have talked about doing courses online, and my daughter has taken a couple through our local community college, I hadn’t given it much thought for our son. It’s hard to pay the same for an online class that you would a physical class! Especially when some kids really need to be in class to keep them on-track and motivated!

Self-Paced Online College Courses. You can earn college credit without breaking the bank with Ed4Credit's online college courses. No hidden fees, everything is included, sign up, take a course, and transfer the ACE Credit.

If you have a kid suited to online learning then Ed4Credit might just be a real consideration for you! Not only can your kids take them in high school (thus fulfilling their high school credits) but they can also earn college credit for a fraction of the cost of attending college! {This post has been sponsored by Ed4Credit. However all opinions are my own.}

Ed4Credit has everything you need for each course in one place. They include the textbook (eTextbook), the review materials from Quizlet, tests, and supplemental materials like Power Points and external videos.

Benefits of Ed4Credit Online College Courses

1. Accredited – Ed4Credit is proud to be a part of the American Council on Education (ACE). All of our courses are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education’s Alternative Credit Project™ or their College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®). This highly regarded recommendation means that your Ed4Credit classes will be considered for credit at over 2,000 colleges and universities across the United States. See if your college of choice is listed here: ACE Credit College & University Partnerships. You can place a 

2. Affordable – There are no application fees. All classes cost $195 – that includes eTextbooks. Our local community college is $127 per credit plus fees and books. That means the same Sociology course would cost over $400!

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3. Easy to Use – There is no enrollment process, simply sign up, pay for a class, and dig in! And all the classes are self-paced (they give you 4 months to complete a course), which means your student can work on it morning, noon, or night, working around work and other activities or classes.

Ed4Credit has all their learning materials and directions in one place. For instance, in the image below is a screen shot of the first module of Sociology 101. As you can see there is an overview of what is covered, a list of things you need to do, and all the materials (linked) you will need!

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4. Wide Range of Courses – I counted over 40 online college courses to choose from. Ranging from things like Accounting and Macroeconomics, to Biology and Chemistry, English, History, Psychology and more!

5. Free Ebook – They also offer a Free ebook 5 Ways to Get Alternate College Credit which offers you more ideas for earning college credit without breaking the bank.

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Online CLEP Test Prep with Study.com

Online CLEP Test Prep with Study.com

The cost of college grows exponentially each and every year. In our house we ensure each of our children can complete at least a two year degree without debt. One of the ways we do this is by using CLEP tests as a means of earning college credit for less. Want to know what a CLEP test is? Need CLEP Test Prep resources? I answer all of those questions and more for you in my CLEP Exam series!

What is a CLEP Exam? from Starts At Eight

When my first child hit high school I began looking into the options for reducing the massive amount we would have to spend on a college education for our children. That led me to CLEP – College Level Examination Program which is meant to give students college credit for their prior knowledge. I spent time researching all the ins and outs of CLEP Test prep, signing up to take the test, CLEP testing, CLEP vs. AP and more!

One of the things I love most about CLEP exams is that your student can study in any manner they choose to gain the knowledge, and then take the test to earn credit for that knowledge. This means as homeschoolers our kids can easily study at home, earning both high school and college credit for a fraction of the cost of a college education! While my oldest was in high school she studied things like Psychology and US History I for high school, and then at the end of the year did some extra CLEP specific studying before taking the CLEP exam to earn college credit!

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I am now on “round two” of having a high school age student working towards a 2 year college degree. Since going through this a few years ago, I have found a new CLEP Test Prep resource that I am loving!

Study.com offers CLEP test prep products that help students prepare to take CLEP Exams. {I received access to this product for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

I am so excited to be using Study.com’s CLEP Test Prep products with my 9th grade son this year! He is working towards taking both College Algebra and US History I CLEP exams at the conclusion of this school year.

Online CLEP Test Prep

My son is currently working his way through the US History I Study Guide and CLEP Test Prep with a goal of taking the exam at the end of June. One of the features of Study.com we love is that you can set a date for taking the test, and they will lay out a course of action for you to have completed the CLEP Test prep by that time! Even better, the student can have emails or tests sent to them as reminders so you don’t have to!

CLEP Test Prep Course Goals from Starts At Eight

These CLEP Test Prep products include features that make them valuable for many different kinds of learners. Why? Because they include multiple ways of presenting the material as well as check and balances to guide students along.  These features inlcude:

  • Short, engaging videos with lots of visuals that are very helpful for kids who learn that way
  • Supporting text transcripts for videos so someone can watch and read the exact same content
  • Quizzes to check what you’ve learned
  • Practice tests
  • Personalized study plan

So now you’re wondering what does Study.com really have to offer and how does it work?

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  • CLEP study guides: Study.com has 30+ CLEP Study Guides across all subjects: business, composition, history, math and more.
  • CLEP practice tests: Study.com’s CLEP practice tests will give you confidence before taking the actual exam. They are designed to familiarize you with the types of questions that are asked on the actual exam. After taking a practice test, Study.com identifies your areas of strength and weakness, so you can focus on the concepts that you’re having a difficult time retaining. In addition to providing you with the correct answer to each question missed, Study.com directs you to the location in the video that explains the concept for further understanding.
  • CLEP courses: Get ready for your CLEP exams quickly with the fun and engaging CLEP test prep courses at Study.com. The courses they offer contain engaging video lessons and CLEP practice tests, and they provide study options for the most popular CLEP tests, including College Algebra, U.S. History and Spanish.

Get Started with Study.com

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  1. Sign Up! –  See some great deals lower in this Get Started section!
  2. Pick a Course – Once you have signed up, you will need to choose a course, or courses! You can choose by subject or education level, or use their search engine to find what you are looking for.
  3. Add to Dashboard – Add any courses you wish to your dashboard.
  4. Take the Course(s) – While my daughter loves to learn via video format, my son has appreciated having the text transcripts so he can choose to read the material at his own pace, or when not near a computer. Each lesson ends with a brief quiz that offers immediate feedback of not only their score, but where they were weakest with answers to all the questions.Study.com Course Progress Report from Starts At Eight
  5. Take a Test – After your child has completed a course they have the option of earning ACE and NCCRS credit, or like my son, he is signing up at a local CLEP exam site to take the CLEP Exam for college credit.

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Spartanburg Methodist College – A Homeschool Friendly College

Spartanburg Methodist College – A Homeschool Friendly College

When you get beyond your concerns of homeschooling high school itself, you will find the next hurdle may pertain to college (or no college) depending on your child.

Does my child want to go to college? If so, what is their plan? How do we prepare for college? Two or four year schools?

Our first “road beyond high school” started while homeschooling my oldest through high school. I created a 4 year High School Plan that would offer her the opportunity to easily continue on to college if that was her choice. She also chose to take advantage of CLEP Testing in order to earn some college credit for things she was doing in high school.

We have been lucky enough to have a community college locally  that she ultimately decided to attend full time after having taken a myriad of classes there during her homeschool high school years.  While our community college was familiar with homeschoolers and made the experience fairly easy to manage, not all colleges are.

Spartanburg Methodist College is a two year college that is homeschool friendly as well, and one you might want to consider if your child wants to attend college.

Spartanburg Methodist College - A Homeschool Friendly College Option from Starts At Eight. Spartanburg Methodist College is a homeschool friendly two year college offering small class sizes and personal attention.

This post is sponsored by Spartanburg Methodist College. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College is a private, two-year residential college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. One of the only colleges of its kind, SMC offers a liberal arts education exclusively for freshmen and sophomore students in a Christian-centered environment open to students of all religious and nonreligious backgrounds. The college serves 800 students in a small, supportive community focused on helping students successfully transition from high school to college.

Spartanburg is located near within an hour’s drive of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is within a three-hour drive of Atlanta, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina.

Students who attend SMC for two years and complete all requirements earn an Associate Degree. This degree can be valuable for students who plan to complete a four-year degree because it shows employers and college admissions offices that the student is capable of college-level work. All SMC Associate Degrees are designed to transfer easily to other colleges and universities. Most SMC transfer students enter other colleges as juniors.

Spartanburg Methodist College - A Homeschool Friendly College

If your student is considering college, here’s why SMC could be the right place to start:

Small, supportive campus environment. Homeschool students thrive in small classes and enjoy personal attention from professors who are invested in helping them succeed. SMC prides itself on low student-teacher ratios.

Professors serve as student academic advisors. Your child will work directly with a professor to plan their courses and ensure they are on track to meet their goals. They won’t be left on their own to sink or swim. The first two years of college courses will allow your student to explore their interests and then identify the right college to finish their degree.

Transfer assistance to colleges and universities. 1/3 of all college students transfer to another institution before graduating. Most colleges don’t help their students leave to attend another school. SMC is different. The faculty and staff are focused on assisting your student with transferring to the right college to complete their degree.

Earn a degree in two years.We know that homeschool students are typically better prepared for college than their peers. SMC students who stay for two years and meet the requirements will earn an associate degree. If a financial, emotional or family crisis puts your child’s education on hold, they will still have a college degree to fall back on. A recent employment study showed that workers with associate degrees earned as much as $500,000 more over the course of their career than workers with only a high school diploma.

A Christian-centered education.SMC is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but we welcome students from all religious and non-religious backgrounds. Chapel services are held weekly (but are not required) and there are a variety of religious activities, clubs, and organizations that will help your student stay close to or grow in their faith while at SMC.

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3 ways to get a closer look at Spartanburg Methodist College:

  1. Attend the October 21 Open House for high school students and families
  2. Schedule a Campus Visit (any time of the year)
  3. Request More Information

Interview with SMC students who were homeschooled:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w4M_efri4g

Connect with Spartanburg Methodist College On Social Media:

Follow SMC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to see all that’s happening there! This is a great way for your students to connect with SMC!

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