Secrets Uncovered SAT and ACT

Secrets Uncovered SAT and ACTSecrets Uncovered SAT and ACT with Jean Burk

Podcast #59

Did you know some deep down, low and dirty secrets to the SAT and ACT that the test makers don’t want you to know? In this episode, Jean Burk continues to reveal information that will help you gain a higher score on the tests used for college entrance. This is the last podcast in the series of secrets uncovered. To obtain all twenty-three, listen to podcast one here and podcast two here, and three in the series, here.

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Show Notes: Secrets Uncovered for the SAT and ACT

The number one complaint is Nobody told me, or they told me the wrong information! There are so many missed amazing opportunities because of the wrong information that was given – use accurate sources – find out the truth …when it comes to your student.

ACT is the American college test

SAT use to mean – Scholastic Aptitude Test – now it just means SAT

  1. The SAT partnered with two big companies – first of all the college board needed to stay relevant – partnered with Kahn academy – online education site to offer free press prep to college students. Collegeboard claim all you need to do well study high school information (not true) – also combat the misconception that only the rich can afford college prep programs. Therefore, they did the partnership. Since they are standardized tests. You will not learn short cuts and strategies to ace the tests. Kahn academy is great for various subject matters.

ACT teamed up with Kaplan for 8-11th graders – some students can qualify for fee waivers. It is full of ads for Kaplan programs – introduces core concepts to ACT – encourage social interaction with social media – take your weak points to your counsellor for advice. Not going to help students raise their scores.

  1. New college entrance test emerged that is a game changer – CLT – Classic Learning Test – Jeremy Tate – Jean met with him – this test is an alternative. This test is taken at a proctored environment on the student’s own device – same date results. The richness of the western intellectual traditions. Not aligned with Common Core standards. Every week more colleges adopt this test. They would like 10% of the market. Sept, Nov, Feb, May –scholarship money is attached to the test
    1. Math
    2. Reading
    3. Writing

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  1. Don’t be fooled by test optional labeled schools – SAT and ACT dropped from college entrance equation. However, these articles failed to mention or writer’s left out these schools that are not requiring SAT or ACT are specialized schools. They have their own entrance exams. If a student is looking to get scholarship money – still need to turn in an ACT or SAT for money.

US news and world report – Princeton or Havard – CollegePrepGenius.com/usanewsrankings

Three dirty little secrets test prep companies don’t want you to know…

  1. Some companies use pre-diagnostic test – they will create their own tests. These tests are very hard. Once the student does horrible – they take the program and then take a much easier test is given and they do well. They think they’ve improved. The test is irrelevant test and it is not a fair assessment. And it will not help the students on the actual tests.

Standardized logic tests with recurring patterns – once you learned how to read the questions carefully with – use actual SAT and ACT tests  – you can not take a “made up” company test to do well.

  1. Test prep market is competitive. Prices can vary from hundreds to thousands to five-digits – testimonials are powerful. They can be the determining factor. Finding reliable testimonials. You can buy sophomore PSAT scores – you can take the list and find students who scored high. Give them free tests. The company will brag that they students did well because they took the program. Some kids are good test taking naturally and would have done well anyway. Be careful of testimonials. If you are really helping kids who need the help offer test free to those who scored low –

 

  1. There are arrangements in some schools that only offer and endorse a particular program, they get a kickback in exchange for students who enroll in their class. This financial relationship is unethical. If someone only promotes one program it is a red flag. Sam Walton of test prep – on the Jim Bohannon Show

 

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Best of College Prep Genius: Must Know College Checklist

must know college checklistBest of College Prep Genius – Must Know College Checklist with Jean Burke

When you are ready to visit a college do you know what to look for?  Here is the must know college checklist of important information to find the very best college for your child.

Celebrate with us! Jean Burk is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady!

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Must Know College Checklist Show Notes

  • Visit top two schools,
  • Ask yourself questions; Am I comfortable walking around? Can I be friends with these people?
  • Make a checklist to compare colleges
  • Apply to 5-6 schools, safe schools, reach schools, and dream schools

Links we disucssed:

 

  • Remember there is no perfect college
  1. Check the school website for visit dates
  2. Contact admissions counselor for personal date
  3. Go on a weekday to get a feel for the campus
  4. Try to schedule an interview while you are there
  5. Ask if the school offers reimbursement for travel fees
  6. Make travel arrangements as soon as you can
  7. Arrange for an excused absence to take college visits
  8. Try to talk to the dean or professors
  9. Sit in on one or more classes
  10. Take a tour of the campus
  11. Visit the bookstore student center or library
  12. Spend the night in a dorm to get a feel for the housing
  13. Eat in the cafeteria to see if you like it
  14. Meet with the admissions counselor face to face
  15. Wander around the campus by yourself
  16. Talk to students at the college and ask about their experience
  17. Visit around the school to get a feel of the area

Questions to Ask Academic Advisor –

  1. What is the average class size for the freshman
  2. How many of those students returned the following year
  3. What makes this college program special
  4. How easy is it to switch majors
  5. How does the school help the student adjust to college life
  6. Is there Greek life or social groups at this school
  7. Is the Greek System important to this school
  8. What organizations are the school partnered with
  9. What does the tuition cover
  10. Are there hidden fees
  11. Work study jobs
  12. How safe is the campus
  13. What does the housing scene look life
  14. Are freshman allowed to live off campus
  15. Are freshman allowed to have their own car
  16. Campus parking situation
  17. Does the school offer campus wide tutoring
  18. How big is the average class size

Things to ask the students at the college

  1. Thing they like most about the college
  2. The worst thing about this college
  3. Why did they pick this college
  4. Would you pick this school again if you had the chance
  5. If I need help how acceptable are the professors here
  6. Are the professors down to earth
  7. What do you like about your department
  8. Do you like the professors
  9. Are the professors teaching the classes themselves or is it done by a TA
  10. How diverse is the student body
  11. How is the cafeteria
  12. What do you do for fun here
  13. How close are the shopping center
  14. How are the dorms
  15. Which dorm is best
  16. Are the dorms nice
  17. What is the one thing you wish you knew ahead of time

 

 

Special Replay: Facing the Fall

Facing the Fall - Making Plans for the Next Homeschool YearSince Ashley and I were talking summer, we thought we would also talk about the thing that comes right after summer… THE FALL. It seems that as soon as July 4th passes, my brain immediately turns to the fall and making plans.

Over the years I have learned a few things that help me as I face the next school year. We talked about that today on the show.

1. Pray – Get alone and reflect on last year… what worked, what didn’t. What was challenging for the children? For you?
2. Prioritize – Set priorities for your family this year. What will you focus on? What will your kids focus on? Anything unusual happening in your year such as; building a house, having a baby, moving to New Zealand?
3. Plan and prepare – Know how you work and plan according to that. Gather materials, create spaces and work on a routine your family can follow.
4. Pass on the rest!!! Say it with me…. NO, NO, NO. So many people grab at homeschool moms because it is assumed that homeschool moms have tons of free time on their hands. You must so know to the extra noise… making meals, babysitting, leading bible studies, etc… There is a time for all of that, but it isn’t now.

Fall will be here before we know it. I hope you are looking to this new school year with your blessings, I sure am!

 

Find a way to #sayyes today.

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Special Replay: Teen Consequences

teen consequencesTeen Consequences – Special Replay

with Jean Burk

In this episode, Jean explains teen consequences and the importance of communicating, cultivating and choices! Teen consequences can be life changing or life shattering – we want teens that are successful, happy and make good choices. How do we encourage our children to do that? They are not adults contrary to what the “world,” says – based on age. Here Jean shares some very practical advice and options for you and your family.

Jean is the award-winning author of college prep genius – the no-brainer way to get free college. She is a FOX News contributor as well as making many other appearances on television and radio networks on the topic of the SAT.

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Special Replay: What If I Think My Child Needs a Diagnosis?

What if I think My Child Needs a Diagnosis?Special Replay from Kathy Lee!  I have the coolest friends. Sometimes I forget that they are even more amazing in their careers. This is the case with my friend, Lei Rhyne. Not only did she homeschool her kiddos fro several years, is beautiful and funny, she is also a psychometrist… say that three times fast. When she mentioned to me that she helped families who saw their children struggling, I wanted to know more.

Lei Rhyne, psychometrist - What if I think my child needs a diagnosis?

In this episode Lei shares the full process involved of having your child tested and diagnosed, putting your fears to rest. She explains the first meeting with the Psychologist, the fact-finding mission that usually involves a couple of days of testing and observations and the results meeting with both the Psychometrist and Psychologist.

Lei Rhyne

I think one of the best parts about getting a diagnosis from Lei her team at Fresh Start Mind is the fact that in the end, parents will be armed with the information and tools needed to help their child succeed emotionally, socially, and academically.

If suspected that something is not quite right with your child socially, emotionally or academically, you should consider giving Lei or another qualified educational consulting team a call.

You’ve got this!


Find a way to #sayyes today.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast and leave a review on iTunes!!!

Thank you to The Homegrown Preschooler for sponsoring this Podcast! Check out the blog post Kathy mentioned, Farmhouse Schoolhouse, to read more about A Year of Playing Skillfully.

Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 

Special Replay: Teens Making Great Choices

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with Jean Burk

Jean is the award-winning author of college prep genius – the no-brainer way to get free college. She is a FOX News contributor as well as making many other appearances on television and radio networks on the topic of the SAT.

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Best of College Prep Genius: How To Avoid 6 Common Freshman Mistakes

College - You're Accepted Now WhatHow To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes by Jean Burk

Better to be safe than sorry – right? Here are some things your child may think when they leave for home, now is the time to go over some of these very common freshman mistakes.

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Show Notes: How To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You can eat anything you want
  2. You can stay up all hours of the night and make it to my 8:00am class
  3. Stay up all night – or partying
  4. You can ask other people to get you a drink – beware!
    1. never assume your face
    2. never accept a drink from a new friend
    3. people can put things in your drink
  5. Introverts? Don’t make any friends
  6. You have to be the same person you were in highschool

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Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
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Special Replay: Keeping Your Calm This School Year

Keeping Your Calm This School Year - Tips for Surviving Back to School with The Real Kathy Lee - Listen Now! #podcast #moms #homeschool

Special Replay!  School approaches … can you believe it?  Here’s a special replay with some special tips to help you get ready to have a calm school year!

 

As this school year approaches, I thought I would share some of my plans to have a calm year! This year I have one 7th grader, one 9th grader, two high school seniors, one in Estethecian School and one junior in college. Whew, that is a lot. I will be honest, the first couple of weeks I find myself struggling to get us all on the same page. Between school, jobs, sports, etc… keeping this house running smoothly is a challenge.

 

Here are some of my tips for surviving back to school 2018:

  1. Create Dream Posters.
  2. Create a Healthy Meal Plan.
  3. Follow Through on Healthy Meal Plan.
  4. Plan a family night to make dream posters. You will need poster board, markers, magazine, and glue. Invite your children to create a dream poster and display them in your home.
  5. Have a Dream Poster Date Night with your partner/spouse.
  6. SLEEP… get sleep. Make sure everyone in the home is getting enough sleep.
  7. Organize your space and remember less is better. Don’t forget to create a cozy corner for reading books/getting away.
  8. Take time to watch and listen. What are your kids talking about, playing with, dreaming of? What pushes their buttons, brings them joy, challenges them?
  9. Create a realistic routine that you can live with. Encourage children to stick with routine.
  10. Be Flexible – If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it.

Say YES and have a great week!!! Don’t forget that The Homegrown Preschooler’s biggest sale of the year is going on until Labor Day, save $35 off any order of $150 or more.

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast and leave a review on iTunes!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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Thank you to The Homegrown Preschooler for sponsoring this Podcast! Check out the blog post Kathy mentioned, Farmhouse Schoolhouse, to read more about A Year of Playing Skillfully.

Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

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Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Unhurried Homeschooling with Durenda Wilson

Unhurried Homeschooling - Durenda WilsonWe hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day:  For this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Durenda Wilson, author of The Unhurried Homeschooler, a mercifully short book on homeschooling, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. I just love Durenda’s heart for unhurried homeschooling and her passion for helping moms learn to trust fully in the Lord with their children’s education. I know you will be blessed, too!

Durenda is a homeschooling mom of eight (born 1991-2004), five of whom have graduated. She has been married for 28 years to Darryl and they have 4 grandchildren. Durenda has written The Unhurried Homeschooler-a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. She is the owner/writer/host of her blog and podcast, Durenda Wilson. She is called to a ministry of encouragement and has a very special place in her heart for moms and homeschooling moms because she believes, for many reasons, that motherhood is not only a gift, but often the unseen place where God moves in very powerful ways. This is why she is convinced that Christian moms must have a working knowledge of the Word that will give them the courage to raise their children as faithful followers of Christ above all else.

Here is what I asked Durenda on the show:

  • Tell us first of all how you started homeschooling and how it became unhurried homeschooling?
  • In reading your site, so much of it resonated with me and I felt like I could have written it! In particular, you talk about today’s homeschooling parents as being bombarded with all this information about what is best for their children. You say: “In an effort to do what we think will ultimately benefit our children, we are, in fact, robbing them of the very thing they need to engage in higher learning and become well-adjusted adults. The results are that our kids are having to cope with the complexities of adulthood and losing their one chance to be a kid.” Explain to us more of what you mean by that.
  • What has had the biggest influence in shaping your educational philosophy of unhurried homeschooling? Were there any books that had a particular impact on you?
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” How does your family lifeschool? Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you?
  • Tell us about a typical day in your homeschool and has this changed over the years?
  • What are some of the gifts that you saw early on in your children and how did you tailor their education around the development of those gifts?
  • I think for many homeschoolers who have not yet seen homeschooling through to the end with any of their kids, it is very reassuring to hear veteran success stories, especially from those who have embraced unhurried homeschooling. Tell us a little bit about the children you have graduated and what they are doing now.
  • You wrote a couple books, The Unhurried Homeschooler, a mercifully short book on homeschooling and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. I love that… “a mercifully short book…” by the way, because I think most of us homeschoolers struggle getting through an entire book! Tell us a little bit about your books and where to find them. (You may find Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart and The Unhurried Homeschooler on Amazon.)

And that’s Life as a Lifeschooler! Subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. Hope you’ll join us next time!


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Co-ops: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

co-opsWe hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day: What makes homeschool co-ops good? And what makes them bad or downright ugly? Are there certain things that we should look for when we try to find a co-op?

On this episode, veteran homeschooler Christi Deason and I tackle the issue of homeschool co-ops and try to answer these questions. When Christi was homeschooling her children, the landscape of homeschooling and co-ops looked different than it does now. We talk about what has changed and where we see problems developing.

It seems everyone these days who homeschools is involved in a homeschool co-op of some sort. In fact, in the survey we conducted before this interview, all the respondents except one indicated that they had been involved in a co-op at some point in their homeschooling. But is it truly necessary for all families to even be involved in a co-op?

Our opinion is, simply, no. What works for some, may not work for your family. And there is nothing wrong with being your child’s sole teacher! For the homeschool pioneers, this was normal. Remember, homeschooling is about freedom, and your children will be successful if you follow the Lord’s leading.

So how do you know if a co-op is right for your family? We give some suggestions to help you determine if a homeschool co-op is right for you and some ideas of what to look for. Here are a few tips:

  • Look for something small
  • Look for something with families you know and respect
  • If your children are young, keep it fun-focused (not academic)
  • Look for something with some flexibility
  • Look for something that fills a true need

Here are some other things to remember:

  • Pray first and ask God if this is the right direction for your family
  • Be okay with the fact that what works this year may not work another year
  • Always be willing to “shift” if things don’t work out

There are some great co-ops out there! Just be careful to pray first and be discerning during the vetting process. Know what you want and don’t settle for any homeschool co-op simply because you think you need to. At the end of the journey, YOU are the teacher and you and your spouse are the ones responsible for your children’s education. God will show you what is best if you trust Him.


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