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Paying to Belong

Paying to Belong

| October 6, 2017

How much would you pay to join a group or club? Having a sense of belonging is a desire we all share. It is a driving force and motivator. Countless movie scripts and books have been written around this central theme. We often find our belonging in groups, whether it is at the office, a […]

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CLEP: It is Simply a Test

CLEP: It is Simply a Test

| August 16, 2017

One of the reasons I am such a fan of credit-by-exam is because it is simply an exam. Students across the spectrum of abilities can find success in earning college credits because they can focus on learning, not mastering a series of prescribed lessons. We can customize our students’ learning environment to meet their needs, […]

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High School Planning Guide

High School Planning Guide

| July 25, 2017

Whether you are a homeschool parent planning your students course of study, or a parent with students in public or private school, you might not recognize the repetition that often happens within education. Some subjects, like US History, are favorites of curriculum writers and the result is that students study the same subject multiple times […]

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Catch the Wave

Catch the Wave

| May 13, 2017

Check out these resources. Maybe there is one here you didn’t know about. CLEP is accepted at over 2,900 colleges and there are growing opportunities making it easy to include CLEP-prep in your student’s studies. Once you find a resource you like, watch out! Your student might set sail! CreditsBeforeCollege.com: Of course, I recommend signing […]

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Building-Block Courses

Building-Block Courses

| May 2, 2017

Studying core academic subjects is certainly at the heart of earning credits-by-exam. The academic skills practiced in preparing for CLEP and DSST exams overflows and prepares students for the rigor of future college classes. But, just as important to their academic education, is the instruction in areas that equip students in the areas of decision-making […]

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Entrepreneurship 101

Entrepreneurship 101

| April 13, 2017

We are raising the most educated generation of students, but not the most skilled. In fact, the gap between education and career-readiness seems to be widening. Almost 3/4ths of employers surveyed agree that graduates are not ready for hire. The good news is that students can be pro-active and gain the skills today’s marketplace demands. […]

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10,000 Hour Rule

10,000 Hour Rule

| April 12, 2017

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell asserts that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery in a field. Researchers, time and again, reached the same conclusion: it takes a lot of practice to be good at complex tasks. According to […]

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Facilitating a CLEP Study Group

Facilitating a CLEP Study Group

| March 30, 2017

Creating an effective CLEP course for your students (and their friends!) is very rewarding. Don’t think you have to be an expert in the subject at hand. You can create an educational experience for your student that will be engaging and rewarding, and that leads them to earning college credit. When I suggested to my […]

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Basic Life Skills

Basic Life Skills

| February 17, 2017

Adulting is the gradual process teens go through as they step into their role as adults. Like learning to read or ride a bike, the age kids grow into their adult shoes can vary. Emotional maturity is not the only factor. More likely, it is the hand off … the confidence teens have gained in […]

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Testing Out: Best Kept Secret in Higher Education

Testing Out: Best Kept Secret in Higher Education

| January 24, 2017

Your high school student plans on attending college. Most will start with their “general education” credits, the core courses that are not major-specific, such as English, science, humanities, history and algebra. There are up to 20 general education courses students will take to meet the requirements of most 4-year degrees. Option #1: Attend classes, taking […]

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When You Let God Be Your Travel Buddy

When You Let God Be Your Travel Buddy

| October 7, 2016

When you encourage your kids to choose their own adventure, crazy things happen. My now-graduated daughter offered to share her CLEP experience and where college without debt has taken her. by Katie Frame (22 and a traveling!) “I have an adventure prepared for us to go on and we’re going to do it together … […]

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Great First Jobs

Great First Jobs

| July 15, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to consult with a family that attended one of my workshops. They shared that their daughter just started working as a barista at a local coffee shop and was loving it! Why a barista? Because they took the survey I recommended and barista came up as the number one […]

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