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Planning for college – here are some tips

13 May

How to get into Harvard or any college?

In general every colleges want interested and motivated students

1, Inculcate Good Study Habits
2, Conduct Your Own Research and work with your educational consultant
3, Discuss with Your Teachers
4, Conduct a SWOT Analysis
5, Take up Extra Courses
6, Learn a Foreign Language
7, Take Part in Extracurricular Activities

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• Decide on college according to your interest. Is that college worth? Choose college that delivers high value for the dollars spent.
• A, Who’s teaching? – taught by professors or teaching assistants.
• B, Who’s rating and what they are rating? Are they rating for social life or the education they get. Check http://www.uwire.com
• C, Who’s staying in? the number of students who remain enrolled at college from freshman to sophomore year is key.
• In most case, No Financial aid is provided, if parent’s salary is above $150000.
• Try to get into IVY league. (The Ivy League is a collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States. The conference name is also commonly used to refer to those eight schools as a group. The eight institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. )
• When you enter middle school, start preparing for college. Make Harvard as your goal – aim for best then you will land in your dream college.
• To get into college your need
1. Academic,
2. Talent & activities,
3. Personal essay and
4. Letter of support

Academics requirement in years:
Harvard VS UW
English : 4 /4
Math : 4/3
Science :4/3
Social studies 3/2
Foreign language 4/2

You can enter into Harvard or any other university even before you finish high school.

Harvard need 4.0GPA
Learn more about college admission test at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/testing/5-ways-that-admission-tests-can-help-you-college-application

ACT super score : http://www.collegeadmissionspartners.com/college-testing/colleges-superscore-act/

Practice SAT multiple time. They need your best score.

Some university accept ACT score, but not Harvard.

There is something called SAT2

Act test score: 33 -34 is best then they can’t reject your application
SAT :750 or more then they can’t reject your application.

Talents and activities: (extracurricular activities)

• Colleges are interested in learning about any activities that help develop a student’s talents, interests, and strengths.
• Colleges want to know how students spend their time outside of school and often work is part of it.
• While there is no required amount of community service for college admission, students should list any outside service they have completed.
• While many of these activities are generally recognized, students should take time to explain their participation. Do not assume colleges will be familiar with every group or organization.
• Like Sports, Business, Music, debate team, community service and math and technology team.
Extracurricular Activities College consider:
1, School Clubs and Sports – National Honor Society, soccer, debate, newspaper, French club, math team, baseball, cheerleading, theater, spirit club, and other school-based organizations.
2, Non-School Based Groups – Boy and Girl Scouts, club sports teams, and religious youth groups.
3, Community Service
4, Employment – occasional babysitting, summer employment, or even unpaid internships.
5, other activities: during high school participate in various Contest, summer programs.

Contest examples:
Math Olympiads – starts elementary level
Math counts
AMC – American mathematics competition
High school Math meets
*** There are no Calculus in above math contests.

Capital science and engineering fair
Science Olympiad
Intel science talent search
First Robotics competition
Science competition

Some local university (like University of Wisconsin) will allow students to participate in lab, other science class.

Join summer programs during high school. ** try to get the free summer programs.
SRIP (summer research Internship program) – to join reach school teacher.
RSI (Research science institute) – very tough to get in. Take place in MIT.
SSP (Summer science program)– paid
TASP (Telluride Association Summer Program) summer program for Junior
BEZOS (Bezos Scholars Program) leadership program

Personal essay:
1. Just write about yourself. The best admissions essays are the ones in which students are able to reveal something personal about themselves and how it has affected their learning.
2. Don’t over sell yourself, DON’T List your accomplishments
3. Don’t try to impress them with length
4. Pick an experience that relates to the department you want to attend
5. Write about why u choose “Harvard”
6. Start drafting essay when you enter high school.
Check more details at http://www.examiner.com/article/five-steps-to-writing-a-great-college-essay

Letter of support:
1. get 1-4 letters from known teacher
2. Select teacher from high school, select from your summer program or from extra class who can give you unique letter.
Check more at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/your-high-school-record/how-to-get-a-great-letter-of-recommendation

***** consider applying early ?? About 450 colleges offer early admission plans. Under these plans, students can apply to colleges early — well before the usual deadline — and get a decision early. check more details at

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Why some Children are not attentive in learning?

29 Dec

Why some Children are not attentive in learning? Why do we often hear “Mom… can I do the home work later?”  “ Dad… I just did my math, can I do English latter ?” “ Reading is boring. “  “ Can I read tomorrow?”


Why children dislike to do math or reading?

The answer is simple “they get bored with current learning style or  frightened to learn new things. Because they feel that they are bad learners and so feel threatened.”

We need to change their learning style and help them to create positive image about learning.

1. Find out what is your child learning style.

2. Talk to them, let them know that “School work really can make them intelligent!”

3. Help them to learn using left and right brain together. (If you are doing jigsaw puzzle, it’s easier to look at the big picture on the box lid with your right brain while you’re tackling the details of the pieces with your left brain.)

4. Sit with them when they read or doing their homework. Spend time with them.

5. Create positive emotion when they learn. Teach them how to relax and calm themselves to become learning pro.

6. Create Schedule and learning space for your children. Set daily learning time for your children. Before bed. After school let them play for some time, then start learning.

7. Don’t push too much.

8. Repeat the same tasks multiple times. Read the same book many times. Repeat math facts several times. Repeating improves the confidence.




Facts to remember:

Learning stimulate brain cells. More stimulated brain cells means more intelligent you are.

You learn better and more easily when you use the left and right sides of your brain together.

Confident will make you learn faster. It is easy to convert negative thoughts into positive.

Study curriculum guide for all grade

26 Oct

Source : http://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study

How to build reading stamina with kids

1 Oct

Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Find out how you can help your child develop reading stamina.

Having stamina for something means being able to stick with something for periods of time. This stamina, or endurance, builds strength. Stamina can apply to lots of different areas, such as exercise or painting. It can also apply to reading.

Teachers often think about a student’s reading stamina. Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Reading stamina is something that parents can help students develop. Here’s how:
1.Vary the way the reading is done. Parents can think about this in terms of having their child “read to himself, read to someone, and listen to reading.” Some combination of the three should make up the reading time, especially for new or struggling readers.

2.Choose “just right” books. If your child is at a stage of being able to read alone, help him choose books that he is able to read independently. This means he should be able to decode almost every word in the book correctly. In this situation, avoid using books that are too difficult to read alone. If your child will be reading with you, choose books that are lively and engaging.

3.Set reasonable goals. Most toddlers and preschoolers find it difficult to sit for long periods of time, even with the most engaging book! When starting out, limit book time to just a few minutes and work up from there. For elementary aged readers, consider starting with 10-15 minutes of reading time, and work up from there. Add a few minutes to your reading time every week or so.
4.Celebrate progress. Without getting too caught up on the number of minutes spent reading, celebrate the time that is spent reading. Share your favorite parts of books read, plan the next visit to the library, and share progress with other family members.

Spending longer periods of time reading means fewer interruptions and more time reading what you love. As your child moves into higher grades, having reading stamina will help your child navigate the longer texts and assignments. Using these tips can help develop more stamina in your reader.

Source : Growing readers

Art lesson – How to draw, paint and design

28 Jul

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Artyfactory offers free art and design lessons where you can teach yourself how to draw, paint and design by following our illustrated step by step instructions. We are building a growing resource of art lessons, art history notes, ideas and techniques designed to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.

Lesson plan: http://artyfactory.com/sitebody/art_lessons.html
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FREE Homeschool online planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one

17 Jul


Homeschool Skedtrack is a FREE online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.

The whole system is a personal virtual school that features: •easy record keeping from PK-12 for each student
•worry free data back-up
•access of your virtual school from anywhere around the world
•flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
•automated display of daily home school activities/lessons per course
•automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
•scheduling and tracking of field trips
•scheduling vacations and declaring holidays
•a school calendar for each student
•a resource list per course
•tests recording
•automated grade calculation
•report card generation in pdf format
•transcript generation in pdf format ( two columns or by subject )

Benefits to Homeschool

11 Jul

je41, Shared learning – learn with family members and grow closer.

2, Flexibility.

3, Know what kids are learning.

4, Kids are growing better how to take care of them selves and family.

5, Less stress and less pressure.

6, Learn different – choose your curriculum.

7, More time for holidays with family and friends.

8, As you teach your kids you will grow and learn new things.

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