Replay: Raise Competent Teens

raise competent teensRaise Competent Teens – Podcast 36

by Jean Burk

Do you know how to raise competent teens? In this podcast Jean explains how to “capture,” and teach our children “competence,” and how to turn this into competence for our teens? Teaching and encouraging your children to succeed is the topic in this series of podcasts!

Next podcasts in this series:

 

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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Replay: Limited Language Limited Mind

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Limited Language Limited Mind with Jean Burk and your host, Felice Gerwitz

What is the importance of a good vocabulary? How can you increase your vocabulary? What is a fifty-cents word? Or what about communicating effectively? The English language is dying and in this episode Jean shares how her children participated in writing books that contain a great story as well as some of the most used words on the SAT test – are you ready to learn vocabulary the easy way? Join us!

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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Show Notes:

  1. Linga-files – the College Prep novels – Here
  2. State of the union – no politics here
  3. Vocabulary and it’s importance

 

Replay: The Best Kept Secret to Free College: The PSAT!

CollegePrepShowPage psatDiscover what the PSAT can do for you! The Best Kept Secret Free College – PSAT!

Download the notes at www.collegeprepgenius.com/psatradio and follow along as we take you on a journey of misguided information and how we can clue you in to what you can do RIGHT NOW to help your student not only ace the PSAT but understand why this little secret has been circulating for years. Jean Burk and College Prep Genius give you plenty of information that will have you springing into action once you’re done listening.

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Replay: PSAT Crash Course

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PSAT Crash Course with Jean Burk

Episode #60

Are you ready for a PSAT crash course? Are you a junior? Now is the time to get ready to take the PSAT – it is given in the middle of October. In many places, you need to sign up in person (call school first). It can be the school in which your child would attend if in high school. Check your local school board. If your student is a 9th-10th grader or younger you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sign up for the test at the start of the school year.

The SAT test is given in October the first week

The PSAT is given in the middle of October

A younger student has time on your side and in this way you can work on weaknesses and build the framework for a success

  • Check the dates on the collegeboard.org site

Show Notes: PSAT Crash Course

General Overview of the Test:

  1. Reading – details given in the podcast
  2. Writing section- details given in the podcast
  3. Math – details given in the podcast
  4. Math – details given in the podcast

Number One Strategy:

Questions are not in order of difficulty – they are all worth the same amount of points. Look it a question – 10-15 seconds – can I answer this quickly – if you can answer it and move on. If you cannot answer it don’t waste your time on it – put a star and move on. Then come back to these questions … the subconscious works on the problems in your head. You may be able to answer the questions that take more thought.

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Rising Junior is the year to really take the tests –

  1. Take the SAT in November and December as well.
  2. Most colleges will super score – you can combine your scores from different tests you’ve taken.
  3. This saves you from studying all over again and practicing.
  4. This allows you to not take the tests as a senior unless you want to.

Important: Box 22 on the test – it indicates you are a homeschooler. It will send the test booklet back to your home instead of to the school. This is important otherwise it will not come back to you. Something that is new this year. You get your scores back in Nov. and the booklet in December.

It is a great resource and gives you an extra practice. You can make a copy and use it again as a test.

It is an amazing test for Juniors – if you don’t get the desired top score, you can still get amazing full rides on your SAT.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/PredictedPSATscores (gives you the score you need for your state) The scores are based on how many students are taking the test and how well the are doing.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /PSATscores – official booklet – percentiles mean according to the scores

Schools that seek national merit scholars

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /NationalMeritSchools – minimum number of students that the school will take.

Other options for younger students:

PSAT 8/9 for practice

PSAT 10 for practice

 **Alternative Secret for Taking SAT

Contact National Merit association let them know why – you will be given alternative locations –convert the SAT to the PSAT. You must call them! They will give you a specific number to use.

At this time, they will do the conversion:

November, December, March or June test = they will take the highest score


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Replay: How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

how to avoid 5 common freshman mistakesBest of College Prep Genius!  How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes freshmen make – listed are possible thoughts your college freshman to be may have and ways to combat these possible pitfalls.

Invite your teen to listen to this episode with you – the most important information to help your teen be prepared. 

by Jean Burk

Show Notes: How to Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You have to be the exact same person you were at home or in highschool
  2. You can’t be as good as everyone else.
  3. Think that your dorm room is the best place to hang-out
  4. To be a gentleman you pay for a young lady – (or for females – you allow the guys to pay)
  5. You have to take a ton of credits

Bonus Mistake – It is not going to happen to me. (Whatever “that” is …)

 

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Little Known Scholarships

little known scholarships | Little known scholarships are available even for trade schools - or colleges. 85% of scholarships are based on test scores. This is the college rules! College scores help the rankings of the school. #homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #collegescholarshipsLittle Known Scholarships #70

Little known scholarships are available even for trade schools – or colleges. 85% of scholarships are based on test scores. This is the college rules! College scores help the rankings of the school.

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Miscellaneous Scholarship 

  1. Culinary scholarships
  2. Scholarships for Cancer survivors
  3. Veterans – GI Bill, or if there has been a death of a loved one in the military
  4. Students with special needs, blind or deaf, or disabled
  5. Search for a “GPA” or “Hispanic scholarships” Or minority scholarships, or “scholarships for women.”

Little Known/ Wierd scholarships

  1. If I was president scholarship
  2. Jane Austin society essay contest
  3. Federal Duck Stamp Competition
  4. Shakespeare fellowship essay competition
  5. Angels in action award
  6. College Prowler essay
  7. digital dorm room of the future
  8. Holocaust remembrance
  9. AAA high school challenge
  10. Tall and short people scholarship
  11. Potato industry scholarship
  12. American welding
  13. Vacuum coders
  14. Famous scholarships
  15. Literature scholarships
  16. National Rifle association scholarship
  17. Lost bed scholarship
  18. Zolt – last name – and Catholic
  19. Medical field – scholarships
  20. Research micro-biology and fungus

     Military

  1. GI Bill
  2. Scholarships can sign on the bill.
  3. SAT / ACT scores to qualify
  4. Various type – reserves, national guard, and veterans benefits
  5. Parents are veterrans

     Need-based – doesn’t mean you are needy or poor. What a college costs and what your family can contribute

  1. List of 80-100% of need in Jean’s book
  2. Federal aid and FAFSA must be filled out October 1st! Be sure to sign up early. Every year renewal.
  3. State higher education agency has programs depending on need
  4. Cost containment scholarship (on previous podcast HERE)

     Opportunity

  1. The student has an opportunity to qualify
  2. Federal work-study programs
  3. Internships that colleges offer
  4. Research for grad schools
  5. Employer assistance program – if you are an employee you can have college paid for
    1. Banks, large stores, restaurants, grocery stores

     Private

  1. 5% of total scholarship money
  2. Fastweb.com is a place to start, scholarships.com, princetonreview.com, scholarship monkey, scholarshiptoolkit.com
  3. Set up a separate email for scholarship opportunities
  4. Employer have private scholarships

     Institutional

  1. The big money at the college – colleges give the most money
  2. Funding is determined by test scores
  3. Additional CSS – Financial aid profile – private schools require this.

Whatever scholarships you receive you must have the minimum score that is required. Scores for entrance is a level playing field. High schools score kids differently. That is the only way these scholarships can make the determination. It is important for students to keep their GPA up as well. Test prep should be part of your daily school. Critical thinking and logic is an important to discern.

Top Seven College Scholarships

college scholarshipsTop Seven College SCHOLARSHIPS #69

College scholarships can help children get a head start in life. Most people don’t have money saved for college, and this way with scholarships you can help! If children can “earn’ their way with scholarship money they can graduate debt free. 85% of colleges will give scholarships based on merit.

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There is scholarship money out there but up to the student to earn it!

     1.  Merit-based

  1. Based on something your child has done.
  2. GPA, SAT, ACT scores
  3. Qualifications
    1. A first come first serve.
    2. The college has you fill out these scholarships
    3. Specific colleges have a special program.
    4. Some will give you study abroad money – and even a computer or iPad!

2.    Automatic Qualification Scholarships and supplemental scholarships

  1. Some post information on the website
  2. Colleges have different criteria for money based on test scores.
  3. Some based on SAT or ACT only no other information.
  4. Some schools fight for National Merit scholars (based on PSAT in Junior year!)
  5. Check with the college themselves.

Supplemental  — add on money to other scholarships

  1. Sometimes a special department will give money based on a SAT score – school of engineering for example.
  2. National Merit or achievement scholarship, attracted colleges – you can get a specific scholarship – the trustee scholarship.
  3. National achievement – research funding, spending cash, etc.

     3.  Competitive and Direct Competitive:

  1. Different depending on the college.
  2. Outstanding income freshman can apply in some colleges. Full scholarship for four years, if you receive. First-time freshmen can apply. There is a minimum SAT or ACT scores required.
  3. Direct competitive – will take the scholarship applications. Can include an interview or an essay. Some have transfer student scholarships.

 

      4. Athletic – athletic as well as good scores

  1. NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association – D-1 or D-2
    1. Club athletics – some of these institutions – badminton, fencing, lacrosse, judo, etc.
  2. NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Atheletes – smaller colleges, and private colleges
  3. NJCAA – National Junior College Association – two year or associate degree college
  4. NCCAA – National Christian College Athletic Association – D-1, D-2 for Bible college, etc.

      5. Arts – can be very competitive

  1. Based on merit — dance, music, art, theatre, photography, Videography
  2. Auditions possibly required
  3. Specific music schools that specialize in specific medium
  4. Schools of theatre major
  5. Schools of videography

      6. Merit Scholarships based upon Activities – Team-based: Journalism, Cheerleading, Journalism

  1. Activities you belong to and are involved with a competitive edge.
  2. Journalism – newspaper writing, yearbook, etc.
  3. The band — marching band

      7. State

  1. Varies depending on your state
  2. Look at your state for information about in-state scholarships
  3. Based on test score – full rides on trade school –

 

College Grants

College Grants | What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you! #homeschool #homeschooling #podcastCollege Grants #68

What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you!

College GRANTS

College grants consist of the money you don’t have to pay back. Gov. grant FAFSA – mistakes and how to sign up for it.

Some colleges offer endowments – such as the Moody Bible Institute through federal and institutional grants. The education part is paid through grants. Keep in mind a big name or high pricetag school often offers more opportunity. Test scores help but income bracket also helps – Standford by definition says 144K is low income.

For example, law schools are ranked in the top six, top ten, top sixteen. You don’t want to rule out a college because of money. Or it appears to be out of your reach, you never know.

Are you a resident of a certain state? You may be surprised at what grants are offered some in the form of entitlements.

Federal Pell Grant – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA

Federal supplemental (FFEOG)

Academic Competitiveness Grant ACG

National Smart Grant SMG

College Grants — TEACH Grant

      Cost-Containment Programs

      Tuition Equalization Grant  –Private school in-state tuition. College for all Texans, for example. If you meet the college costs and how much your family can pay. 2.5 GPA — if tuition cost is more than the private school you can qualify for a tuition grant.

      Reciprocity —

  1. Some states will provide reciprocity for other states. In-state tuition to a governing state. MSEP – Midwest Student Exchange Program. Non, resident (listen to the podcast for more information) go to a neighbor or nearby state can reduce the cost of tuition.
  2. Western undergrad exchange — Arizona, Alaska ca Idaho, Hawaii – reduces instate tuition.
  3. Look at the New England reciprocity program.

One of the best websites is the Sallie Mae website.

FAFSA – stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Maximize chances for getting the student aids. October 1 is the first day – and do it as early as possible or the money is gone! You must have this filled out first. LISTEN

Federal Pell Grant – FPG – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA – the most financial money. The undergrad who has not earned a professional degree yet. Start with FAFSA – every year must be filled out. Depends on the school year, student, max. award around 6K – Cost of attendance, whether the child is working in the school or not.

Federal Pell Grant – Iraq or Afganansstan Service Grant – parent died under the military, eligible for additional money under the age of 24 and enrolled in college.

Federal supplemental (FFEOG) federal supplemental opportunity grant — low-income undergrad students who need a lot of help – 4K per year just depending on your personal situation. Most colleges participate in these grants. No additional funds are available once you get these funds. Check the college website or financial aid dept of your college for more information.

Academic Competitiveness GrantACG  and the National Smart Grant SMG-Two programs that fall under improved math and science instruction. Take on more challenging courses in high school and helps your child become more successful in these areas. High demand in the global economy – technology or engineering. Available to students.

TEACH Grant – Teacher education assistance for college and higher education. Take specific classes to get the grants themselves and do a certain type of job or it will turn into a loan. The sooner you apply the more money you can get.

 

Is College Worthwhile?

Is College worthwhile | Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student's dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. #homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #collegeIS COLLEGE WORTH IT-WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Episode  67

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

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This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college

 


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Special Replay: Build An Amazing Homeschool Transcript

CollegePrepShowPage homeschool transcriptSpecial Replay!  Build An Amazing Homeschool Transcript

Impress even Harvard with an incredible transcript! Download the notes at: www.collegeprepgenius.com/radio.transcript There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture on how to build an amazing homeschool transcript. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio – and amazing homeschool transcript – that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss this radio show.