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ACT Testing Update

A little over a year ago we posted a blog about a very exciting announcement from the ACT. The company had decided to begin offering students the opportunity to retest individual sections of the ACT. Students were elated- gone were to be the many long mornings taking the entire ACT; instead, they looked forward to taking the full test only once and then focusing on just a few sections for improvement on test dates thereafter. Unfortunately, this change was postponed. With the global pandemic closing many test centers, the ACT was struggling to find enough seats for even just the students who needed to take the test for the first time. Individual section retakes simply could not be prioritized when some students couldn’t take the test at all. The fallout from that situation is still felt in many locations as large backlogs of students who haven’t been able to test

The Summer Before Senior Year: To Do

By Michal Strawn Many students don’t begin thinking about colleges until late in their junior year or early in their senior year of high school. The perception is that until the applications are open, there isn’t much you can do. Boy is that a misconception! In the months prior to the start of senior year, there are many steps that students can take to help reduce the stress of application season and help the entire process move smoothly. Consider making our to-do list your to-do list for the summer. 1. Finish that list Filling out applications isn’t actually all the difficult, it’s just time consuming. What can be difficult is finding the colleges to apply to! Take time over the summer to find a handful of colleges at which you can see yourself being happy and that have a strong program in your chosen field. Look up their admission requirements

Distance Learning and Homeschooling Tips

By Michal Strawn As many students and parents contemplate another semester at home, the question has arisen in most houses as to how to ensure that students have their best optimal outcome despite the big changes that have occurred. I myself was fully homeschooled for eight years and so have a good idea of what some of the difficulties may be when students are expected to learn at home, and I’ve been teaching students online for a few years now, so I understand some of the stresses that teachers face as well. As a student or a parent, here are some ideas for making the most of the online classroom. Note: most of these tips are best for middle and high school students Find the right space in your home By now we’ve all read about a half dozen articles about tele-commuting. The first piece of advice most of them

Homeschooling Questions and Answers

Caitlin and I had the opportunity to share our experiences with homeschooling with a therapy blog. If you have questions about whether homeschooling would be a good fit for your family, you may find this article useful: https://speechblubs.com/blog/things-you-need-to-know-before-you-start-homeschooling/ Best, Caitlin and Brian Stewart