Friday, May 17, 2013

High School Prep Genius: A Guide to Academic Excellence : A TOS Crew Review

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High School Prep Genius: A Guide to Academic Excellence by College Prep Genius

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From their website:
"High School Prep Genius gives parents answers to all the questions they ask about high school (and the questions they should ask)! Everything from transcript preparation to nailing the college interview, HSPG teaches how to turn a student’s high school career into a springboard for lifelong success! This is a guidebook to navigating through high school and beyond. Help your students maximize their opportunities and achieve their highest potential."

Cost: $29.95

I can't believe it... the Bentz Test Laboratory is full-steam ahead for college planning and prep.  After a mere 11 years of homeschooling, this new phase has arrived. 

We were delighted to get to take a peek at High School Prep Genius by College Prep Genius (one of our favorites!)

This book is a very comprehensive, step-by-step guide to preparing your high school student for college.  Built around 3 key foundations: Personal Success, Academic Success and Future Success, this guide will help you take your first steps toward college.

My 9th grader and I have been reading this together.  He is busy creating his "College and Career Notebook", as recommended.  This is to keep all your college planning and record keeping in one place.  The Introduction will tell you exactly how and what to include, with many handy forms included to help you get started.

Month-by-month timelines for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are outlined to give you an overview of what to be expecting and working on throughout the high school experience.

The 18 Chapters speak directly to the student and the parent.  Each chapter includes "Think About Questions" to discuss together, as well as "Parent's Homework".   These questions have provided great discussion points for us.  Some of the "What Would You Do" questions have made excellent dinner table discussion as well! 

I appreciated that this book wasn't centered around just the academics.  It really is a guide to a complete education: discovering interests, building a healthy you, effective studying, the college application, and even a college essentials list. 

The Appendices are packed full of useful information: Creating Transcripts, Talent Searches and even how to reduce Test Anxiety.

My son is building a summer reading program from the "Great Books to Get You Started" list.

If you are needing a high school roadmap, Jean & Judah Burk have thought of everything you'll need, and put it all together in a VERY useful, practical and easy-to-use book. Every high school student - and parent of one, should have a copy of this book!
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