Kathe's Blog

Starting Dual Credit Sooner!

Just when you thought that free college credits and efficient high school planning was as good as it gets, along comes a bombshell bonus!  Several states, including Texas, Georgia, and Arkansas have announced that they have lifted previous restrictions on Dual Enrollment (DE), including age and grade.  That means that students can now start DE in 9th grade. They are no longer limited to just 2 courses. They may take non-core classes such as Photography, Bowling & Nutrition. And best of all, they can .  .  . READ FULL ENTRY

Stress Sucks!

Kids in high school are under a lot of pressure these days. There’s more competition to get into college. And more to juggle on a daily basis, including homework, extracurricular activities and a social life. All while trying to get good grades! This pressure can be tough for any teen. And it’s even harder on kids with learning and attention issues. Stress can lead to behavioral changes, rebellion, loss of motivation, learning problems, low tests scores, and all sorts of things that will interfere with your high school to college plan. Here are some of the major . . . READ FULL ENTRY

Time Management

If you have a learning difference, chances are that getting off topic is a well developed habit by this point in your life.  No matter what your diagnosis; ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Attention Deficit, Dyslexia, or Processing Disordered, time management is a common complaint.  If Mom wasn't constantly looking over your shoulder and reminding you to "keep going", its a pretty safe bet that nothing would get done.  Along with inattentiveness and poor handwriting, lack of self time management is one of the hallmarks of .  .  .  READ FULL ENTRY

Sign Up For AP

If you are in an AP class, you should already be signed up to take the May AP test for that subject.  If not, then getting signed up should be a priority right now.  Remember an AP class without the associated test is negated in the College Package.  Of course, you don't have to take an AP class to get the GPA and Honors associated with Advanced Placement testing.  The best way to benefit from AP is.  .  .  READ FULL ENTRY

Helping Poor Testers

There seems to be an epidemic of “poor test takers” who routinely get A’s on their homework but fail miserably on quizzes and tests. Looking at their grade sheets, you’ll see a few D’s or F’s for tests and quizzes scattered among a sea of A’s for homework. Parents shake their head in confusion because their children manage to get high marks for doing their homework but those good grades aren’t reflected in their low test scores.  Parents often meet with their children’s teachers in search of explanations for these disparate grades. As the director at Merit Educational Consultants, I often hear parents’ claims that their children do their homework and receive excellent grades but that they are just . . . READ FULL ENTRY

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