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  1. Wonderful news! I looked up CLS and it sounds like a State Dept program, which sounds very prestigious. Could you tell us more about the applicant pool and qualifications? (No plans to apply here, just curious to hear the inside story.)
  2. I don't have direct experience but I just brainstormed an idea. How about looking for an opportunity where she can be the one teaching or tutoring another student in a topic she loves and understands well? It may help to have the tables turned?
  3. "Mere memorization is a mathematical malpractice" my high school teacher wrote at the top of our syllabus every year. You also have my permission to use your notes to refer to formulas as you are solving problems. The challenge will eventually be one of deciding which formulas to use in a given situation.
  4. On a related note, when I am on a high school campus, I notice a lot of student-made posters on the walls, describing math or science concepts. I don't remember ever making a poster in high school. I'm wondering if this is replacing papers or exams as a way to show mastery of concepts? Or maybe extra credit?
  5. I'm with you @Hadley. I can't learn by watching a video or listening to a lecture. I really need to read something. Even in high school and college, I would take notes, then go home and read them. Only then did I understand what was going on. On a related note, I'm terrible at foreign languages, and I think it's related to my inability to comprehend things by listening to them. I need to see them in print.
  6. Also, I don't know if other letter writers feel the same way, but it really helps if I can get a bulleted list of items the student wants me to highlight. Especially if a year or more has passed, I may be sketchy on the details. Something like: It would be great if you could include in your letter: My A+ on the final paper How much I contributed to class discussion My tutoring of students in your other class Something like this makes my job a lot easier, but I'm not sure how other letter writers feel about this.
  7. You can tell your dd that I agree with @Lori. In many areas of my life, I'm always grateful when I receive a reminder. I don't know if I'm alone in this, but when I start teaching a student, I feel my attitude about them changes. I'm suddenly on their team. As such, their success reflects on me. Last year I submitted 3 LoRs for 3 students who wanted to attend Stanford Online High School. All 3 were admitted. I'm hugely proud of my students and I feel like their success is partly owed to me, both for the letter, and for the teaching I did to prepare them. I tell this to other parents who are considering hiring me. If your dd doesn't like Lori's template, I can offer another more colloquial one that worked well for me. I'll respond to my original email with the links and lead withthis bit: "Bumping! In case this slipped out of your inbox..." I found that approach to be a friendly reminder without sounding too obnoxious. It may come off as too familiar so use your discretion. I just used this with a Harvard professor whom I emailed cold (no prior contact). He didn't respond to my first cold email, but when I followed up with the "Bumping!" email he did respond graciously.
  8. You aren't alone, @Hadley While this wasn't the reason I originally started homeschooling (because I wasn't aware how bad things were in ps), it is the reason I persisted.
  9. I think you'll find as you keep working through the book it will get easier. When you read the introductory problems and solutions, write them out as you are reading them. Don't just read the solutions. Write out all the solutions and draw all the diagrams, step by step. Make sure you understand each step before continuing on to the next step. Even if you get the right answer, check their solution to see if the solved it a different way. If so, then write out their solution and make sure you understand it. Line up your equal signs. Draw nice big clear diagrams. Good luck and have fun! You won't find a better math textbook.
  10. I think it all depends on the specific situation. If it's going to be a financial hardship or not necessary for future academic and career prospects, then of course it isn't necessary. My DH and I both went far from home to attend college, and I think both of us were eager to get away from our provincial areas and experience the wide world, lol. However, we have worked among many, many people who graduated from IIT, which is about as far removed from a "college experience" as you can get. (I'm only now starting to see IIT license plate frames on cars around town.)
  11. My students aren't dyslexic, but we used AoPS "buddy style" (love that term). I read the text out loud and worked through the problems on paper as described in the book. My daughters did not study the AoPS textbooks independently of me.
  12. We have a library room that's available on a limited basis for meetings like this, so that was free. Since my own kids were taking the exam, I hired a proctor. Often librarians will proctor exams.
  13. Yes, MK is very homeschool friendly. They have it set up where you can either have a private site where you personally invite students, or you can make it public and anyone can sign up. You can also specify which grades you will accommodate. It might be too late this year, but check out this site: Maria responds quickly to questions.
  14. You can find sample MOEMS on their website: What I love about MOEMS is that they are super-short, only 5 questions, and you get about 30 minutes. So you can spend the first half hour taking the exam, have the students turn them in, and then it takes about 20 minutes to review all the questions. I have the students describe their solutions while I scribe for them at the white board and assist them with vocabulary. They are done in less than an hour, so they don't get fatigued, especially for the younger students. If you do things officially, you don't need to meet more often than once a month, so it's easy to schedule. And in May I schedule an award ceremony with the trophies and other prizes provided by MOEMS and food provided by parents. It was really quite lovely and my kids made friends who went on to do MathCounts and AMC together. Plus, after my kids aged out of MOEMS I had them return to coach younger students, which was great for their self-esteem and public speaking skills.
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