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  1. I don't know how much coding/technology experience she has, but we've all been doing a lot more with coding projects while we've been stuck at home. There are some really cool Coursera classes and free online resources for App development or other coding practice. Is there an app she could develop that would help with data collection in her field? Some technology tool that she could improve her skills with that would help her with her major? I am gathering that she does wildlife work, so could she learn enough about AI or machine learning to create a useful tool for image classification or rec
  2. My son liked the College Panda math prep books (Here's one: https://www.amazon.com/College-Pandas-SAT-Math-Advanced/dp/0989496422) He also really liked doing the SAT math problems at uworld.com. Between those two resources, he felt he was able to do very targeted preparation for just the types of problems that came on the exam. It's about grinding through enough of the same types of problems and isolating any weak areas. My son felt at a certain point that he had seen all the patterns and ways of asking the questions and had no surprises on his test. No tutors or private classe
  3. 13, so on the high end of the age range for the class. I really wanted to build confidence for him in being able to learn a language this year after a bad experience last year, and it is working well so far!
  4. Oldest – taking a gap year and enjoying it (yay!) Middle – This is his most rigorous year of academics thus far, and he’s keeping his head above water for the moment. Hits: AP Calculus AB with Regina London at HSML – My ds LOVES Mrs. London. She has clever little ways of helping students remember not to make common mistakes (doing the chain rule and telling the kids to “don’t ya dare touch it,” (in her awesome North Carolina accent) when taking the outside part of the composite function derivative… or cute ways of remembering the quotient rule). Her method of teaching is a great fi
  5. My son is currently taking a gap year and has STILL not been to the university he will be attending next year! Hooray for youtube and virtual tours. It was the only way for us to get an idea of things during the pandemic. Enjoy the ease of your last kid! I've got two more to go who are likely to be more difficult than my first 😂
  6. Congratulations! What a wonderful connection your son has made. That all sounds so exciting, and all in the middle of a pandemic!
  7. JHU definitely did NOT require them all (we applied there). They are a score select school and do super scoring. Be sure that you MUST send rather than "it's recommended." Talk with multiple people if you are really worried, but, again, you should be just fine either way!
  8. Oh, that is no fun. It's hard enough to stay focused for the duration of the test without other stressors thrown into the mix. My oldest son went through the ringer with competitive college admissions last year, and it was a tough process for us (I was not the most organized with our records, so I had a lot of work to do when getting all of my counselor paperwork ducks in a row!). He would relate to your son's pain about the frustration with the math section. He missed one question in the math section during his first taking of the SAT, and the curve for that administration date was
  9. Yikes. I'm sorry to hear that they are not doing well. I cannot believe that professors are implementing attendance policies like that during a pandemic. I can imagine that lots of students who might have "mild" illness would be incentivized to attend classes despite not feeling well to avoid penalties. That will just make the whole problem worse. *sigh* I hope your kids stay healthy!
  10. This is great to hear! I often felt like the whole college admissions process was forcing us into more traditional pathways than we wanted. I think I just didn't have the vision/confidence to really commit to a more nontraditional path like we had in the earlier years of homeschooling. My son was also interested in competitive schools, so I repressed my rebel impulses (I thought I had to) 😂 It sounds like I should have contacted the nontraditional admissions officer directly. It might have saved me some angst about having messed up this whole homeschool thing. I have two more kids to go,
  11. We didn't actually apply to Washington and Lee, and I was just going off of a list of schools and what subject tests they recommend or consider. Five is crazy! It's funny, because W&L sent my son several emails about waiving the application fee near the deadline time. We were slightly tempted to just chuck another application if it was free, but I'm glad we didn't because we surely didn't have 5 tests! I bet they get lots of last-minute applicants with those fee waivers to bump up their numbers 😂 Regarding schools not wanting more tests from homeschoolers, I find that interesting. We
  12. My son took 3 SAT subject tests for admissions purposes: Biology E (August after 9th grade), , Chemistry (June after 11th grade), and Math Level 2 (October of 12th grade) From our recent college admissions adventure in this area: William and Mary says the following for homeschool applicants: "Some homeschool students who have not taken any—or very few—Advanced Placement or dual-enrollment college courses would likely benefit from providing test scores. This may include any SAT/ACT scores, SAT subject scores, Advanced Placement exam scores or a combination of the above." So, basically
  13. Do you have written confirmation from the school that they are going to accept all of these homeschooling credits that you will be completing this year? I ask because, where I live, the schools do not give credit for any homeschool classes. When we decided to continue homeschooling in 9th grade, it was like jumping off a cliff, because we knew that there would be no going back or changing our minds and enrolling in public school later without losing at least a year of credits. Here, they give students testing for placement, but will not give credits for graduation for homeschool coursework.
  14. We just made a similar decision with my middle son to have him "repeat" 9th grade to have some more space for maturing and working on weak areas (writing/LA stuff). I'm so excited to have another year with him, and he's excited to have more time to learn things before going off to college. He's not the kind of kid who is itching to fly the coop, so more time at home will be good (actually, my oldest son who just graduated is doing a gap year, so maybe none of my kids are itching to leave, lol! I'll take it as a compliment to our homeschool). One thing that I think a lot of people do is ca
  15. This is what my son did. He applied as a senior and did his SAT, APs, and other standardized testing on the normal schedule for his grade. When he was accepted to his university, he applied for a gap year through them (as an accepted student) and was approved to start the following year.
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