Get a Jump Start on College: A Practical Guide for Teens


Get a Jump Start on College will show you how to:

  • save thousands of dollars on college
  • add instant credibility to your high school transcript
  • motivate bored teens to take charge of their learning
  • give your student success tools for life

Trade paper; 8.5 x 11″; 80 pages

Product Description

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” The high school years are short and precious, and you can help your teen make the most of them by getting a jump start on college while still in high school.

Why earn college credit while in high school?

Teens who earn college credits during the high school years are way ahead of the game. They have options.

  • they can take a lighter course load in order to leave time for other pursuits such as travel, hobbies, volunteering.
  • they can finish college in two or three years, rather than the customary four or more.
  • they have time to start a business and make it profitable before they need to support a family.
  • they have more room in their schedules for upper-level classes (the really interesting ones).

They’re even ready to take on the corporate world if that’s what they want to do!

Each of our boys began earning college credits when he was in his mid-teens. By studying just a little deeper, and doing a little planning, the boys were able to enter college with quite a few credits already under their belts. But why did we want to do it? How did we convince our teens that it was a good idea?

Getting a jump start on college is a great motivator

Teens who finish college early have an automatic head start on life. I found that the challenge of earning credits and the goal of early graduation motivates and focuses a busy teen in a way I would never have imagined. Suddenly, schoolwork has real meaning, and there is a tangible reward for the time they spend. Earning college credits gives them immediate feedback on the quality of their learning. It shows they are motivated and willing to challenge themselves, and that’s a terrific way to earn the respect of peers, mentors, and yes  . . . college admissions departments.

Why our boys got a jump start on college

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of early college ever since I heard of the Swann family, whose 10 children earned bachelor’s degrees at age 15 and master’s degrees at age 16, all from the comfort of home. Compare that with the average 16-year-old who is looking at six more years of school just to finish a bachelor’s degree! And that’s not even mentioning the fact that earning college credits independently can save you thousands of dollars.

“I just had to let you know that your Get a Jump Start information has already saved our family thousands of dollars in college expenses. Thank you so much!”
Mary Lou R., Homeschool Mom, VA

I didn’t necessarily want the boys to earn their entire degree at home, but I could see that there were huge advantages to getting a jump start on the future. College credits add tremendous credibility to a homeschool transcript. They show academic ability, motivation, maturity, and so much more. I knew my boys were academically up to college-level work, but they definitely weren’t ready to be immersed full-time into the college scene. Earning credits independently allowed us to keep homeschooling as long as we wanted to, while still meeting their academic needs.

Earning credits independently allowed us to keep homeschooling as long as we wanted to, while still meeting their academic needs.

“Yes, you really can get a “jump start on college” and save tens of thousands of dollars . . . or, with your now proven track record, get into much more prestigious institutions . . . or both!

“Janice Campbell has done an excellent job of attractively presenting ways you can earn college credit before college . . . plus pointing out many additional opportunities and pitfalls. It would take you hundreds of hours to ferret all this out on your own. I know, because I went through this very process years ago!

“As a result of my research, my own children have already done just about everything Janice recommends (so I know it works!).

“Having some college-level work under your belt is a definite plus, whether you just want to whiz through college quickly or are trying to set yourself apart from the crowd and impress a top university. Now finding out how to grab those college credits in high school is easier than ever before.”

Mary Pride, Publisher of Practical Homeschooling magazine and author of Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

What’s In Jump Start?


Early College: Why Bother?
What Does It Take To Earn A Degree?
…..Can You Get A Quality Education From Home?
…..Read Widely, Learn Deeply
How to Earn College Credit Non-Traditionally
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
College-Level Exams
…..*Smart Tip
Choose Your Exams
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
Portfolio Credit
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
Take a Class!
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
Choose Your College
Choose a Major
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
Apply For Financial Aid
…..How to Apply
…..*Smart Tip
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
Create A Degree Plan
Skills You Need to Master
…..Action Steps You Can Take Today
How to Review For College-Level Exams
…..Study Tools
…..Study Steps
Available Exams
Reproducible Worksheets
The Jump Start Checklist

“One of the sad ironies of life is that many Christian parents train up their children and then actually pay for their spiritual destruction at secular and liberal Christian colleges.

Janice Campbell’s book, Get a Jump Start on College, offers excellent advice for getting a college education while avoiding full immersion in what often ends up being a ‘University of Destruction.'”
David Wheaton, author of University of Destruction

Start considering a jump start on college today—I think you’ll be glad you did.

“Thank you for making it so easy to understand…”
Tara, via E-mail

Don’t forget! This book also comes in an ebook edition, as well as a print and ebook bundle.


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