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  1. I don't do for-fee counseling anymore, but can provide some insight based on our own experience. Short answer, afaik, no diploma is actually required but as people have said, fine print can change and I haven't looked at UC's for a while. I have PMed you back, EKS. Let's chat over the phone if you have time! Thanks for connecting us Arcadia!!
  2. Hi Gil, I have not read all the responses yet so this might be repetitive. Here's a book that we explored a while back when kiddo was still considering options: How to Study as a Mathematics Major - https://www.amazon.com/How-Study-as-Mathematics-Major/dp/0199661316 I also really like this section from the Princeton Companion to Mathematics (an oh-so-drool-worthy compendium for aspiring mathematicians): Advice to a Young Mathematician - http://assets.press.princeton.edu/chapters/gowers/gowers_VIII_6.pdf I also suggest looking for advice on Quora and Math Stack Exchange
  3. I loved scrolling through everyone's responses. Wow, six years ago...I am slowly losing some of my memories of our earlier homeschooling years but I know that six years ago the kiddo (now a sophomore in college) was already into puberty (which started around age 9) and I was quite worried about challenge level but also trying to keep us "well balanced" (whatever that means) between structure and relaxed homeschooling. What have I learned now that I'm on the other side? Our happiest homeschooling memories are from the times when we "ditched school" and learned on the fly, be it from
  4. Was peeking in to look at the acceptances thread and saw this. So nice to read about all your college kids. Congratulations everyone! Have missed reading about them! I'm sorry to hear of illness and emotional exhaustion. Parenting only gets harder I think...when they are younger, you can still step in to help but when they are older, it's so hard to have to keep back, hold your tongue, let them figure things out. Big hugs! My A just wrapped up fall semester of sophomore year. Started grad math classes and loves them -- one was a regular class that A attended twice a week and the other, A
  5. Yes, others have answered about the difference but I wanted to say kiddo went from knowing zero LateX to using it almost exclusively now at advanced level. It's a lot like learning any other formatting software.
  6. Some good places to start. No hurry. Whenever he is ready. http://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php?title=LaTeX https://smile.amazon.com/Learning-LaTeX-David-F-Griffiths/dp/0898713838/ Lots of kids learn by just doing it for classes etc too.
  7. Another idea is to do a fun foray into LateX. I was a bit of a traditionalist with hoping for kiddo to hand write proofs and kiddo wasn't into LateX then (can't live without it now) but kids we know learned to LateX it instead.
  8. If he continues to do well with Algebra I with CTY moving to AoPS Algebra next is a no brainer to me. Plenty of kids have done well with that strategy. Pre-A was not around when we homeschooled and kiddo did fine using Dolciani with some AoPS supplementation afterwards. There are other options to moving to Geometry in 5th! He could take another year to work on his writing skills via a milder Geometry while doing Algebra 2 concurrently. Or do a year of problem-solving or number theory/counting and probability. If he does really well with CTY Algebra I he could take physics while concu
  9. Wouldn't bet on bolded, unfortunately. I don't think different UC campuses talk to each other let alone have admissions take time to tease out nuances between PS, homeschool charter student, and homeschool PSA student but they do seem to be taking note that PSA homeschoolers do things differently and that these PSA students have lots more room to carve their path purposefully. Don't forget, your student also has 4 essays in which to write their story, hopes, goals, pathway, etc. The personal insight questions carry a lot of weight. Every admission talk I attended at UC stressed them o
  10. Sorry just saw this. Calming Tea, I'm glad you called and that they were able to reassure you. I'd like to know who the homeschool specialist is. That sounds like a cover-my-behind reply if there ever was one. ? My suggestion is to apply widely to all the UCs but if she is dead set on UC Davis, is there something else she can do in the way of summer programs at the campus, for example? It's no guarantee but it shows them her interest in the campus and they will very likely take note of it at least. I can explain to you many times that homeschoolers have been accepted without dotting every
  11. Berkeley at 14 (with concurrent enrollment at 13). Community college at 11. ?
  12. Happy CC, are you saying that you are not with a charter school? If you are not and you are filing your own PSA, you do not need to worry about taking A-G approved classes. UC will assess your students' applications primarily by exam while UC Berkeley and UCLA and possibly a couple others will assess them via holistic factors as well.
  13. Unfortunately I don't remember it. We might have missed it as we don't do books cover to cover here. We used it in a small group setting with another parent leading discussions. I'm not a physics geek! But I liked the way it was presented with examples and thoughtful questions.
  14. We used Derek Owens Honors Physics when kiddo was 9. For kiddo, it was a good program and went at the pace kiddo was comfortable with so that kiddo could spend more time on math. We used lots of living books type resources too and kiddo's dad would help with deep questions and wondering alouds. But I get how Derek Owens might not fit every kid. Does he have an option now to speed up the videos by any chance? And yes, his homework problems can feel like plug and chug (hmm, not always though because I am sure my kiddo would have complained if so). Chapter 2 is hard. It's a very long chapter. I w
  15. Sierra Nevada, have you already tried Thinking Physics? https://amazon.com/Thinking-Physics-Understandable-Practical-Reality/dp/0935218084/ Also try Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems: https://amazon.com/Professor-Poveys-Perplexing-Problems-Pre-university/dp/1780747756/
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