Special Replay: Caution – Career Path Ahead

caution career choice aheadSpecial Replay:  After High School – Caution, Career Path Ahead with Jean Burke

Podcast #49

It’s time to think about college and now is the time to think about the different career paths. While there are many different paths, the main ones will be covered in this podcast with Jean Burke – “Caution – Career Path Ahead.”

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Three main career paths after high school are discussed in this podcast on selecting a career path and planning.

  1. College
    • Internships – opportunities before high school
    • Costs can vary a few thousand to several hundred thousand for four years
    • Basic degree- BA in Business you should take on another degree.
    • Two Year Degree –Jr. College
    • Different types of jobs requiring 4-Year Degrees
    • Different types of jobs requiring a Master’s Degrees
  2.  Workforce: Vocational Degrees
    • Costs approx.: – $1 to 12-15K
    • After high school may have a job lined up.
  3.  Military: Different branches in the armed forces
    • GI Bill – pay college
    • Officers – for law or medical
    • Top Military school – West Point or Annapolis
    • Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines
    • Enter ROTC program in college

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Special Replay: The Perfect College For You Is…

the perfect college for youSpecial Replay: The Perfect College For You is.. with Jean Burke

There are nearly 5K colleges across our nation and there are so many to choose from. Which college is right for you? What is the best fit for you? Jean Burk explores this question.

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The best fit for you is the one that FITS you! The more info you write down is the best.

  1. The college search:
    1. Local? Where your parents went to school? Your friends are going?
    2. Size? Larger vs. Small School
    3. Location? How far is the college from my home?
    4. Special classes you want to take.
    5. Research
    6. of Education nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
    7. College by rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges
    8. Think about your own personality, career goals
    9. What type of activities does this college offer
    10. Does it have your major
    11. Do you play sports? Does it offer that sport?
    12. Admissions requirement

Use the acronym GREAT 

G – Grades – GPA

R – Rankings

E – Extra curricula activities – clubs and associations, leadership skills

A – Activities – community service

T – Test scores -85% colleges admit and give money based on test scores


Special Replay: College Selection Checklist

college selection checklistSpecial Replay:  Jean Burke explains the importance and gives a detailed college selection checklist for students looking for the ideal college. She explains the college search, the type of school to consider, where to look, large vs. small school and criteria to consider. This college selection checklist also contains a list to some amazing website recommendations to help you make your own custom spreadsheet using the criteria you want to select the perfect school for you.

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Show Notes: College Selection Checklist

  1. College Search
    1. Personal Criteria –make a list.
    2. Location
    3. Cost
    4. Size of the school
  2. Type of School
    1. Community College
    2. 4-Year University
    3. Technical / Military School
  3. Where to Look –Nearly 5,000 Colleges in USA
    1. Internet sites
      1. Start at a school
        1. College Board – great resource
        2. Accreditation Search 
        3. College Navigator
        4. Cappex.com – creates a profile
        5. Best College Rankings
      2. Talking to family and friends
      3. Visit College
        1. Safe school
        2. Reach school
        3. Dream school
  1. Large vs Small schools:
    1. Large: more courses, anonymity, greater ranges of activities and organizations, larger libraries, graduate departments.
    2. Small school, more personal atmosphere, meet professors and students, individual participation and interaction, flexible programs
  2. Request Information via mail
  3. School criteria:
    1. Scores
    2. Size – depends on personality
      1. 5000
      2. 10000
      3. 30000 or more
  1. College worksheet, application and college selection checklist
    1. High school Prep Genius Book by Jean Burke – 50 things to look for
      1. Downloadable Worksheet
      2. Location
      3. Size – not only physical size, enrollment of students
      4. Cost – not only tuition –
        1. Fees
        2. Room and Board
        3. Transportation
        4. Application Fees
        5. More expensive schools have more money to give out
        6. Tuition Tracker -online
        7. Affiliation –public, private, proprietary school
        8. Urban or rural locations
        9. Religious Affiliation
        10. Diversity – looking for this and will “pay”
          1. protestant look for a Catholic school – schools look for diversity
        11. Facilities on Campus –
          1. Campus security
          2. Recreation –gym on site
          3. Medical or Clinic facilities
        12. Majors and academic requirements
          1. School requirements – have way lower than your score they will
          2. Some broad majors
          3. Specific majors
          4. Undecided
          5. Want a 4-year major and be done or…
          6. Some majors don’t lend themselves into jobs afterward

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Special Replay: All About Mandatory Testing

mandatory testingSpecial Replay! Want to know all about mandatory testing? Or is testing even mandatory? Want to know all about mandatory testing? Or is testing even mandatory? In this podcast with author, Jean Burke you’ll learn what is expected for college entrance and the standard – as of now, that yes, testing is mandatory for college entrance. Learn more in this podcast.

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Show Notes: Mandatory Testing

  1. What is a standardized test?
  2. Will people stop using standardized tests?
  3. Standardized tests are required for typical college entrance.
  4. SAT and ACT tests level the playing field
  5. 0 differs from high school to high school
  6. 85% percent of colleges admit and give scholarships on test scores alone.
  7. Use reliable sources, don’t believe just anyone who says students no longer need to take standardized tests
  8. Standardized tests level the playing field.
  9. Homeschoolers typically score higher on SAT or ACT
  10. Prep books don’t help as well as understanding strategies
  11. Roadmap to studying for tests – see Jean’s site at CollegePrepGeinus.com
  12. As homeschoolers, you can incorporate test prep in your homeschool curriculum
  13. Not understanding the test can be more stressful
  14. Once you understand the recurring patterns and standardization of the test you can answer the questions in thirty seconds or less.

Important information for college entrance – includes mandatory testing

  1. GPA
  2. Rankings – not as important but a factor
  3. Community Service, Sports, clubs, part-time jobs
  4. Test score

Special Replay: ABC’s Of Early College

abc's of early collegeSpecial Replay: The ABCs of Early College

Do you know the ABC’s of Early College Admission? Whether you are getting college credits or an AA degree, you may be considered a transfer student, and you may miss out on scholarships – low-cost college and credits. If you’ve ever considered this option, listen to this podcast for great information from Jean Burke.

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Show Notes: ABC’s of Early College

  1. What are some college trends?
    1. 66% of college graduates are ending up with 100K of debt. The unemployment rate is 9% — nearly 38% work in positions that don’t require any college at all.
    2. Low-cost college and credits
    3. Bachelor’s degree can make 182% more per week
    4. College tuition increased by 600%
  2. 12 Early college benefits?
    1. For homeschoolers broadens their course offerings
    2. Enhances academic rigor
    3. Avoids duplication of course work
    4. Increases their schedule flexibility – earn extra minors or majors
    5. Tend to finish college as a whole
    6. Earning a technical degree or certificate while in high school
    7. Shortens your time to earn a degree
    8. Reduce college costs
    9. Transferable college credits – basic or core credits
    10. Earning high school and science simultaneously
    11. Building your student’s confidence
    12. Still, home so you can guide and coach them
  3. Name the 3 main types of early college?
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Podcast 2 – https://ultimateradioshow.com/transcripts-your-key-to-free-college-2/

  1. AP – advanced placement credits
    1. By college board – same people who make the SAT
    2. Challenging and show mastery
  • Approved by the college board
  1. Online, or buying the books and study on your own, take courses by AP teacher who was authorized by the college board
  2. Listen to the audio for recommendations for official AP courses online
  3. 38 courses your students can take
  1. CLEP—College level placement
    1. Be prepared to be sure it all transfers to the college you want to attend.
    2. Made by the college board, 2900 colleges and universities accept them, there is a cost for test and test center.
  • No age limits or restrictions
  1. Tests are 90 minutes long
  2. Testing centers listed on College board website.
  3. Official study guides by the college board
  1. Dual Enrollment – early enrollment
    1. Sometimes credits don’t transfer
    2. High school and college at the same time
  • The transition from high school to college easier
  1. Core classes out of the way
  1. What test scores are required?
    1. The entrance exam is still needed for college even junior or state college
    2. Scores need to be high enough on SAT and ACT for admission, check the college of choice

Cough and Respiratory Homeopathic Remedies – Part 2

Cough and Respiratory Homeopathic Remedies - Part 2 with Sue Meyer from Homeopathy for Mommies Who needs a refresher on Coughs and Respiratory Homeopathic Remedies?  Here’s part 2  with Sue Meyer  of this very informative podcast about coughs and respiratory homeopathic remedies. She talks about understanding the type of cough and which remedy will be good to use based on the symptoms of the cough.  Be sure and get the helpful handout that goes with this podcast for your homeopathic notebook!  This is part 2 of a two part series – find part 1 here!





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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.

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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

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  • 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!


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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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