This isn't just your average "I'm a homeschool mom, here's what we did" kind of book. Noooo it is not! First, this book was originally written in 2001, and has sold thousands of copies around the globe. With each new edition, more than just the cover was changed! Each time, she added in information she learned that was helpful. From her days working in a college as a Homeschool Admissions Counselor to experts in the field of students with special needs to a new guest chapter from Professor Carol Reynolds, who weighs in with her opinion and advice to parents to help prepare their incoming freshman students for success their first year and beyond. This is definitely not your average "How-To" style book!
Here are snips of the Contents Pages so you can see how full this book truly is.
Each section tells you what is going to be covered in a very easy to read, easy to understand format. Then it goes on to tell you how to achieve this goal. I really appreciate how this is written in a comfortable tone vs. a stuffy, more clinical tone.
I also really like the pages that give information on typical college requirements, and sample high school requirements that are needed to get into most colleges. Of course, any college your child is thinking about applying to will have their own set of admissions requirements that you need to know about, but these pages provide invaluable insight in how to prepare for any college.
The actual transcript models are given two different ways. There's a horizontal model and a vertical model. Either are acceptable, and really a personal preference. Not only that, but she gives very clear details on how to set this up on your own, using tables. It's honestly that easy. With the directions that clear, you can also choose to tweak it to fit your specific needs, as well.
This is more than a guide to transcripts. It has a writing rubric, how to issue grades, what percentages are what letter grade, how to calculate GPA, and special notes for special needs students. One of the most common questions I hear is "What is a credit?" Well, guess what?! This guide has a section just for "How to Grant Credit" and it tells you how to go about issue credits. In the end there's a same High School Diploma, with instructions on creating your own, as well. We may not need this book right this very second, but I am so blessed and thrilled to have it now so that we can get a head start on the transrcipt process to make it that much easier when it is truly needed! This guide really breaks down the transcript process to make it easy for parents to keep records, record the transcript, and get insider advice on the process of college admissions and what their student will need to succeed!