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  1. My daughter is interested in learning Dutch. She has taught herself a bit on Duolingo, but wants to take it further. Can anyone recommend a beginning textbook?
  2. I had no idea the PSAT is scored differently. So the EBRW has more weight in the PSAT than in the SAT? Thanks for the heads up!
  3. Really? That surprises me. Do you think her PSAT scores were a little lower because the test is a little different? Natural score variation? I had assumed that studying for the SAT would be like overstudying for the PSAT, so the PSAT scores would likely be a bit higher.
  4. Hmm. I logged in this morning, maybe around 7 or 8am. I didn't get an email or anything--just checked and there it was.
  5. My current Junior studied with Khan Academy's SAT prep over the summer and got a 1440 on her August SAT, just before entering 11th grade. If I understand correctly, this indicates she is not a shoe-in for National Merit, but that she might stand a chance. She'd like to give it a go and see what happens. I know the SAT and PSAT are very similar. Does anyone have any advice about whether over the next month until the PSAT she'd do best to stick with Khan, or whether she should consider switching to a specifically PSAT-based study course?
  6. Thanks everyone! I think we're going to give this a try.
  7. Thanks for the feedback so far! Looks like this might possibly be a good match for us.
  8. Thank you Roadrunner! That looks like an excellent option! Does anyone have experience with this program?
  9. Editing original post to see if anyone has any feedback on this German course. My kid is considering taking German 3 with OSU this year. Anyone have experience with this program? [old post: Does anyone know of an accredited online German course? She has taken two years of high-school-level German so far.] Many thanks for any suggestions!
  10. Hmm that’s another possibility to be aware of. Thanks!
  11. Thanks to those who shared their plans and experience. Even hearing from these few families helped us put things into perspective. It's true that it's hard to get a good apples-to-apples comparison because every family and kid is so different and because families will choose to help with different things. (Plus or minus a cell phone and plan, for instance, can be a difference of hundreds of dollars.) But still, it helps. We've been asking whether we want to do a monthly allowance, an annual (or twice-a-year) cash infusion, or something else, and what kind of things should be bought with her work-study earnings. We'd like to get her being a little more independent in thinking about and managing money, though it will be a while before she's financially independent. We always wanted to get a larger-scale allowance going, which she managed in order to decide what clothes, etc. to buy, but in the busyness of life we were never able to decide on a reasonable amount so we did....nothing. It's definitely time, so now we need to decide what expenses are paid from that, how much to give her, etc. Thanks again!
  12. I know this will vary enormously between students, parts of the country, etc., but for those of you who have tried to figure out an approximation of how much money your college student will need for expenses outside educational, medical, room, and board, how do you do it? This is a big category that includes clothes, cell phone plan, small luxuries (a movie or coffee out with a friend), bike maintenance, etc. We'd like to come up with an approximation, but our heads spin every time we try to think of all the possible expenses there might be and what they would add up to. Anyone interested in sharing a strategy or a ballpark dollar amount? We'd be grateful for any experienced words of wisdom!
  13. My dyslexic dad spent his entire career as a university English professor, specializing in the “basic”/010 courses for students who weren’t ready for the entry-level 101 course. He loved these classes and always requested them (to his colleagues’ relief) even when he had the seniority to request more prestigious upper-level classes. He was deeply beloved by his students who often wrote him later to say convincingly that he had radically changed their lives by giving them the written communication skills to succeed in whatever field they chose. He kept getting nominated for a university excellence in teaching award but never received it because he didn’t care to jump through the hoops and get the required letters of praise etc, yet he got nominated year after year. I say all this not to dad-brag but to say yes, it can absolutely be done. In fact I’m certain he was a better teacher for having his own issue and being able to relate to the students’ challenges. He couldn’t spell his way out of a paper bag, but that’s not what writing is, at least not what the vast majority of the writing process is. That’s editing, and I’m sure she could find workarounds. Writing is thinking, organizing, analyzing, using the page as an extension and distillation of your brain. That’s way harder to teach students to do than teaching them how to get their spelling checked, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up being very good at that. Best wishes to her, whatever she decides!
  14. I've been wondering about this, too. My kid (10th grade) has a teacher this year who would write an excellent letter. She could ask him later when she's applying to colleges, but his memory of her and what makes her stand out in his mind will be less clear in a year and a half. I wish we could open a Common App account now for her and collect letters there, but I think you have to wait until early summer of the year you're applying, when that year's Common App version goes live. It seems kind of silly to ask him to write her a letter now and then keep it until he can upload it over a year from now--sounds like we don't trust him to write a good one later when she has an account. Has anyone else come up with a better solution?
  15. Thanks for everyone's perspective! To answer Regentrude's question, definitely talking about visits for students who have been accepted but are still making up their minds where to go. No way would she be registering for classes at these visits; she wants to do a few visits and then decide. And to address Arch at Home's comment, she would definitely plan to do overnights--we'd do it ourselves if the planned event didn't offer that at a school. We kind of go both ways. It is nice, as some of you have pointed out, to have it all planned out for us. On the other hand, she did some pre-application visits, and it's not that hard to DIY. We had started thinking perhaps this could give her a more authentic view of the campus. But then again, there'd be more in-depth interaction at the planned events not necessarily with current students, but with the kinds of kids who are likely to become students....and that could be valuable, too. So we've been going 'round and 'round trying to decide which. Maybe she'll do a little of each. We appreciate all the comments, and would welcome more if anyone has anything else to add!
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