Preparation for College
homeschool high school program may be lacking some vital elements.
you know what they might be?
your homeschooled child is in the high school years you should already
be starting to prepare for the college years ahead. As you very well
know, these high school years are very important in the college prep
process and nothing should be overlooked.
ask what exactly needs to be done to prepare for college. Well,
preparation for college usually entails:
• determining an area for study (a major)
• investigating colleges
• completing all high school requirements
• participating in extracurricular activities
• taking the SAT (or ACT)
• applying for college
Doing these is an absolute must. In fact most homeschooled children do
well in all of these areas. However, there are some simple, basic areas
that many students miss, or, take for granted. It is these
‘missed’ things that can make the
student’s college freshman year much more difficult than it
has to be.
Michael Dinger, the author of this web site, was homeschooled since the
sixth grade After his junior year he spent two years at two different
technical schools before enrolling in a private college in his junior
By the time he was ready to graduate from homeschool, both he and his
parents thought he was well prepared for the college years ahead.
However, upon starting his freshman year he soon realized that he
should have put more of an effort in and done a few things differently
during his homeschool years.
On this web site, Michael carefully evaluates a variety of issues
regarding homeschooling and the effects on preparation for college. He
describes things that he thought he was lacking in and explains what
the prospective college student should do to better prepare himself for
the freshman college year. Assuming he was a typical homeschool
student, it is a pretty sure thing that many more students are probably
lacking in these same things.
Michael doesn’t stop there. Since he was accepted, and
eventually enrolled, in three different colleges, he has plenty of
experience in the enrollment process. As such, Michael goes on to
explain, simply and practically, what he thinks is necessary to get
accepted in college, what to do to prepare for college, and then what
to expect once in college.
In summary this is what you find in this series of articles
entitled "A Practical Guide to College
Preparation for Home Schoolers."
13 Things To Do While Still
Being Home Schooled
Each of these sections will explain one thing that will help you get
into that college of choice. Some of them you may have already heard
about but others may be things you never really considered.
Some of the 13 topics are:
• Extra curricular activities
• Standardized Testing
• Aptitude Tests
• Job hunting
• College Courses
Things to Expect While in College
Each of these sections will help prepare you for the college enrollment
process and what to expect in your first year in college. A couple of
points are also shared on how to deal with professors and maybe get a
Lastly, this site is written for either the student or parent. The
student will be made aware of things he/she may not have considered and
perhaps thought were not important, while the parent can learn the same
things and help get the student grounded in some of these basic
If you want a really practical and helpful way to help students prepare
for college and get more out of those high school years, read through
this series of articles.
You are free to print any or all of these pages.However, if you don't
want to bother with all the extra verbiage, this information is also
availble in an e-book form which you can purchase
for $5. (Just to clarify this, the e-book only contains information
about homeschooling the higher schooler. All the other articles
about basic homeschooling are NOT included in this e-book.)
We wish you the best in your homeschooling years. It is our hope that
you take what Michael has shared and learned, and apply it so
that your students can enter college learning from his mistakes.
Bruce, Elizabeth and Michael Dinger
P.S. As you might
expect, the three things that Michael lists as most lacking in many
homeschooled students are three things that most homeschooled students
do not like to do (and maybe even hate). His explanations of the
importance of these are well written and very convincing. (Now if you
can only convince your child of the importance.)
Remember, the better your child does in high school and preparation for
college, the better the chances of getting more scholarships and the
less money that has to come out of your pocket or be taken out in loans
by your child. (The points discussed on this site are also very
important in the scholarship application process.)
P.P.S. As a special bonus, if you purchase this e-book you
will get a free copy of the e-book: "How To Save
Time and Money When Paying Bills" which normally sells for
$14.80. To read more about this e-book please visit www.howtosavetimeandmoney.com