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  1. Result: 33/50 MCs correct! DD15 asked me to review that test *before* she takes the FRQs so that she can have a better chance of knowing what to do on the MCs. That's ownership! (FWIW, DS15 got 41/50 MCs correct on this test, but he says he bombed the FRQs (which I haven't yet scored).) To put this into perspective, here are her previous scores on the partial MC practice tests she has taken: Date: Score 3/26: 9/20 3/19: 9/20 3/12: 10/20 3/6: 5/19 2/26: 4/19 2/19: 4/19 Notice that those first three tests had five answers for each question so her scores were indistinguishable from random guessing. Since then, there have been only four answers available for each question. I think she is finally starting to get some confidence in her ability to tackle this test!
  2. Woohoo! DD15 is taking a FULL practice test today and she ran out of time on the MC section! That's a VERY good sign because instead of throwing up her hands on many (most) of the problems because she has no idea how to approach them, she actually feels that she has something she can work out. Can you say "Owning It!"?
  3. Probably not at this point. The text is over 1000 pages and we need to focus on test prep. But I DO make her look up and read in the text whenever she is missing some knowledge. Then I ask her to see if she can then answer the question. She does try, but it has been difficult. We end up having a conversation about the topic and trying to attain some level of understanding. That's kinda my thought that prompted this thread. I'm hopeful that DD15 is benefiting from this "experience." But you coulda knocked me over with a feather yesterday when I got the impression she was having fun. It totally doesn't fit her "teen persona". Oh, and thanks for saying this! I appreciate the confirmation that this might be what is going on. And, BTW, we had a good session today, also.
  4. Yes, DD15 likes that, too. The thing is that I did this course with DS18 last year, so I'm farther along. But I still don't know the material well enough to answer all the questions, so there are still a few questions where we "struggle together". Absolutely! The thing is that I've never done review together with DS15: we always review separately. And we've done this since we started test prep in February. What I think changed things is that DD15 had been under the impression that she could just fail this test and be done with it. Once she found out she would repeat, she realizes that she needs my help to get through this. It was the best thing I could have done at that point, methinks. No way will I ever let on! We must keep appearances up, after all! ;)
  5. We stopped using debit cards once we learned the hard way that when someone steals your debit card, they are stealing YOUR money and you are out that money until you can get the card company to reimburse. With a credit card, they are stealing from the card company directly, so you are not out when the card is stolen. Some cards like American Express allow you to put a different limit on different cards. That allows you to limit expenditures by children. But for around town, we can just give the children the electric car, which is refueled at home. That solves the problem!
  6. I just noticed that my old signature has now appeared!
  7. That's exactly how I feel. Specifically, I believe the insurance company would be completely absolved of any liability leaving the parents entirely exposed to lawsuits in the case of an accident. As MIL says: "They could lose their house if anything happened."
  8. Yes. They are good friends and MIL has spoken with both the boy and his parents about this. He is old enough to have a learner's permit but not old enough to have a driver's license.
  9. Good question! Frankly, tackling new challenges is one of my strengths, but I'm not sure it's a heritable trait! ;) I've been learning chemistry along with the children and I will synthesize relationships from what we've been learning. I find that DS15 and DS18 (who took AP Chem last year) are VERY uncomfortable with this approach. I ask them how they think new things get invented if people can only learn things by seeing what others do. To me, this is how to REALLY learn something: try to figure out something that is not given and then see if it is correct. If you never do that, you end up having no confidence in your abilities to go beyond what has already been taught. I would like to think that skill is something that comes with more learning, but I'm not convinced that it is. It's almost like what is taught is a security blanket to them while I am not comfortable unless I am making the connections myself. And this brings us back to DD15. I think she is very much like me this way. The problem is this only gets you so far with chemistry. Many things in chemistry are NOT intuitive until you have learned a certain amount of basic material and some techniques for applying that knowledge. And there are quite a few "basics" to be learned. But once you get over that hurdle things begin to open up. I've got about 30 days to get her over that hurdle...
  10. MIL is visiting with us this week. Over the years, she has relayed some stories about her neighbors who are extremely permissive with their children. The latest story was a bit of a shock to me. Apparently, their son comes home from school each day, hops in the family's Jeep and drives off to see his friends. The issue is that this boy does not have a driver's license. He only has a learner's permit. For reference, this is in the state of Maryland. This boy is driving in the vicinity of Quill's house. ;) That raises a host of questions in my mind: What happens if this boy gets into an accident in which someone is injured or killed? What happens if this boy gets into an accident where no one is hurt? What happens if this boy gets pulled over by the police? I realized that I have no idea what the consequences would be in these cases. Not good thoughts come to mind, but I simply don't know. Does anyone have any idea about how those situations would be handled?
  11. I noticed a few more things while posting: A carriage return creates a paragraph break. I like this when writing paragraphs. When making a list, I need to use this list thing I am using now, which seems to work, too. NO POST PREVIEW!! On a forum that moves as fast as this one does, post preview is very important. The quoting system is at least as clunky as the old one was, if not moreso. There is an annoying box which reads "Enter your text; hold ctrl and right click for more options" that has the annoying tendency to appear directly over the text I am trying to type, making it impossible to read what got typed. I say "Hold your own ctrl and let me type!"
  12. Thanks, HeighHo! That is very helpful! I find that we are doing this with the AP Chem practice test reviews, but we are doing it in a tutoring session. I call it "struggling with" the problem (or concept). The idea behind that term is that it is NOT passive. (I find myself saying "passive" and "passively" a lot these days!) Perhaps by doing this together with her (and DS15) they will see how I approach things. DS15 is very active when he reads his chemistry while DD15 is very passive.
  13. Simply put, the PSAT scores are used to allocate significant amounts of scholarship money and the ACT and SAT are used as one measure of a student's readiness for college for admissions purposes. (The ACT and SAT are also used for scholarship purposes, but to a lesser degree than the PSAT at most schools.) I think it is both. The problems on these tests can be quite tricky, so a very good student should not expect to ace them without doing real test preparation. You can be as cynical about it as you like, but your students will be competing against other students for scholarships and/or admissions who have done significant preparation for these tests regardless of how you feel about them. Yes, I would think colleges would want to know that, but how would they access such information? OTOH, colleges might ALSO want to know which students are willing and able to work hard preparing for tests thoroughly enough to achieve a very high score. We do significant preparation (at home) with our children for the PSAT and SAT. All told, our (seven) students will likely receive scholarships which add up to about half a million dollars total. Without the test preparation, I believe that total would be much, much lower. But I do not see test preparation to have merely monetary benefits. My observation is that in order to achieve near-perfect scores on these tests our children have had to master skills which are extremely valuable in college and in life in general. My biggest gripe with these tests is that they significantly reward student mental processing speed. We have both fast and slow processors in our family and IMO fast processing can be valuable in some venues, but a slow processor can sometimes be better suited for other tasks. This is because often those individuals who are slow processors may be more capable of dwelling on a subject and my gain insights that fast processors might miss. Put another way, the world needs all different types of people.
  14. That sounds like DD15... ...and that sounds like DS15. Yeah, her definition of "studying" is something I am working to help her see is sorely lacking. Her reading "skills" are quite good: she got a 710 on the R&W section of the PSAT in October. Her reading "habits" are the problem. For instance, last week's practice test had a question which included a drawing and description of an experimental setup and a question related to that experiment. DD15 had NO IDEA what was going on with the problem, but DS15 recognized the drawing to be virtually identical to one in the textbook and got that question correct. I'm sorry, but I do not know what that is. Can you please elaborate?
  15. Our children pay for their own insurance. What we have done with the older ones is we provided them with a cheap first car that they own outright. That way, when they needed a license in order to get to a job, they can get insurance on their OWN policy for their own vehicle. The benefit of this approach is that it is actually cheaper than having them be insured to drive our cars. When DS28 first got his license at age 20, he was paying about $600/year for his insurance. When DD25 first got her license at age 19, she was paying about $450/year for insurance. (When she was 22, she moved to a different part of the country where she could no longer use the carrier we have and she now pays about $900/year.)
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