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Episode 54: Preparing for College Academically

Overview: Preparing for college as homeschoolers may seem daunting. With these suggestions from a veteran homeschool mom your teen will be ready! (Text may include referral links.)

I’ve sent four kids off to college. Two graduated — one of those went on to get her Master’s degree, and the other is studying for CPA exams right now. One of the kids decided college wasn’t for her; not because of grades but because of inclination. She came home and decided to work full time instead (and is now out on her own). The fourth will graduate junior college with his associates degree soon. We’re pleased with these results!

We didn’t do anything super-duper magical to get them ready. Preparing for college academically entails a few common-sense tasks that will help grow your teen to handle the independence of college courses and the level of the work. You might discover it’s easier than you think.

As always, don’t listen to the voices saying you have to do all. the. things. Wait for the third item I mention for more understanding about that. 🙂


Preparing for college as homeschoolers may seem daunting. With these suggestions from a veteran homeschool mom your teen will be ready!

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Episode 54: Preparing for College Academically

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7Sisters MLA and other guides

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Come back in two weeks for How to Prepare Your Teen for College Socially and Emotionally

About the author

Ann Karako

Ann has been homeschooling for 20+ years and has graduated four children (one more to go). She believes that EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY -- and even CONTENTEDLY -- provide the COMPLETE high school education that her teen needs. Ann's website, AnnieandEverything.com, offers information, resources, and virtual hugs to help homeschool moms do just that. 

Ann has written Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Manual for Research & Planning and Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation. She also founded the popular Facebook group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School, which now has over 27K members; and recently she started the It's Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Podcast.

She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.

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