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  1. Reinforce the idea that high quality writing involves multiple iterations of revision. Offers a specific revision guide or checklist. This might be similar to a rubric, or it might be more detailed. Doesn't put a grade on rough draft efforts but reflects on what does and doesn't work while encouraging further revision. Recognizes the difference between creative, persuasive, and analytical writing and that student proficiency in each may be at different levels. Models the writer's process with her own writing. (It can be humbling to sit down to write an essay. The block many people have with supporting documentation for college applications is often a form of writer's block.)
  2. I didn't attempt to do all of the labs. I did egg osmosis (including trying a liquid that wasn't listed, a cola); both dragon genetics, and a couple others including Is Yeast Alive. We also did the Handwashing and Microorganisms kits from Home Science Tools and built a few Winogradsky Columns. My son also grew a lot of plants during biology, so he had hands on experience with that aspect of biology.
  3. I did labs I picked from what was on this list. https://serendipstudio.org/sci_edu/waldron/ I substituted an egg osmosis experiment for the ones that use dialysis tubing (because the materials were less expensive). I really like the Dragon Genetics exercises.
  4. The tutoring center will be somewhat in the dark, since they don't have a copy of the test to know how to assist your daughter. I would suggest that she make an appointment to meet with the professor to review the test and ask questions about it.
  5. I think it's really tough to anticipate how college practices will change in light of the removal of these parts of the NACAC code of ethics. New practices will depend a lot on where a college is on the selectivity (what percentage they accept) and yield (what percentage of accepted students attend) spectrum. I expect the most change with schools who have lower yields. They are trying to fill a class and may make late offers to do so. This might mean holding some financial aid in reserve, or offering honors college to students who were on the fence, or reaching out to students who didn't complete an application. A student who isn't interested can say Thanks, but no thanks. But it might be good news for students in some situations. Take the Virginia Tech scenario of higher than expected yield and a historic large freshman class. If other colleges in the area reached out with a pot sweetener, some number of students might decide that George Mason or NC State actually was a better fit than an overfilled VT.
  6. I think the above is a major takeaway. The documents we can provide offer a chance for the reader to better understand our students' experience. It can be challenging to put it into words. I used to come up with things about my kid that I categorized as "what admissions will never understand." Just little things about them that are hard to capture, like one kid's penchant for elaborate Halloween displays like the big Night Circus themed carnival with card tricks. It's also a tremendous open door to reveal aspects of your kid that don't come through in a plain transcript and activities list.
  7. @lewelma Was this counselor letter in addition to a school profile, or did you not do a school profile for MIT?
  8. First off, how wonderful that he is writing thank you notes! I think hand written for both would be perfectly fine and would be appreciated. If he is self conscious about his handwriting, then a typed thank you note to the league would be ok. I might still do a hand written letter for the GM, since that is someone he knows personally. Hand-written isn't too informal. One thing that I sometimes see is people who have smaller sized stationary (about half sheet size, but oriented with the longest edge running top to bottom) that they use in a printer to create a note for thanks or congratulations. They are hand signed, with sometimes a one line additional note at the bottom. It can feel awkward to have a full sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper with only a couple sentences. The smaller stationary or a notecard is a good size for these basic thank you's.
  9. If it is actually an AP course I would probably list it. The exams will be taken long after admissions decisions occur. It hasn't been unusual for seniors to skip AP exams if they know the school they are headed to doesn't offer credit for that course. If it's self-study and isn't going to appear as AP on the transcript, you could go either way on listing it.
  10. 1. There are some schools that use GPA scales that are not on a 4.0 = straight A paradigm. For example a course might be worth 10 quality points per semester. The Common App has to be able to accommodate many options, including overseas schools for international applicants. The 13, 14, 15 options may have been an easier way of programming the menu, or it might represent a weighted scale of some kind. If it doesn't apply to you, don't over think it. 2. If the question asks about which AP the student wishes to report, then the student can pick the scores. I would list all in progress AP courses. Also the registration period for exams has switched to fall, so if you don't have a test site for all exams yet, that should be a priority item.
  11. I think all three of those would fall well within the bounds of a science course. I awarded one credit for each CC course of 3+ credits. My kids had more than 4 credits in some subjects as a result, which was fine. Even my kids says that my English courses are more demanding than the English 100 CC course he took as a DE course.
  12. I think the president at Virginia Tech definitely has a goal of making the school larger (even over the frustration of the current student body). But I also think that the high yield was a surprise for them this year. I played around with the numbers when the large freshman class was announced. There had been a couple years of lower yield, and then this class was a higher yield year, but still within the norms for the past 5-7 years. When you are dealing with a large school, a couple percentage points difference can have a big effect. I don't think most colleges welcome news of being over-capacity. It's one thing to be very popular. It's something else to have to house students in converted lounges and hotels.
  13. You have an incredibly interesting and talented kid who has been holding her own at academic herpetology settings for years. That is a great thing. Will some colleges turn her down? Yep. Even my kid who was accepted at Stanford was turned down by some other colleges (including my own alma mater, which has become something we can joke about). I would definitely encourage her to bite the bullet and write about herself, even though that is outside her comfort zone. I totally understand the discomfort. It is a feeling she shares with the vast majority of students applying to college. I would also say that advocacy that failed can be just as interesting, maybe even more interesting, than work that went smoothly. When I interview, I love to talk to students about what went wrong in their projects and what they learned from it. In my mind, if there wasn't some failure, it might show that that the attempt wasn't audacious enough. And on a book note, I don't love Acceptance (or The Gatekeepers, a similar book from the admissions office side). It does show one class of students at one school fared. But not only does the counselor get things strikingly wrong for one student (in the afterward, at least one has transferred after freshman year), but also there are many students who don't have intimately connected counselors, who also get into great match colleges.
  14. Jenny, Sorry to hear about the biopsy. I can totally understand why that set you back a bit. I did two classes in the winter term and it was a lot of work to keep up with both of them, while also doing everything else in life. I had considered doing a summer term class, but we also made a major move those months. I was very happy not to be juggling class too. Best wishes for treatment.
  15. What?! It's not only pretty common in Virginia, but also a requirement under state law to allow access to homeschoolers.
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