GED verses High School Diploma

It is always a question to me – teens are allowed to drop out of high school (in Florida at age 16 teens have the right to sign out of school).  Their mentality is they will just get a GED.  Although there are very valid reasons that some people need to get a GED – a defiant, healthy, teenager usually doesn’t have a reason except they simply don’t want to go to school.  In life, as they will learn, there are many things we don’t want to do – but will do them anyway.  There are things we don’t understand how important they are until years later – like going to college. Visit www.helpyourteens.com if you need help.

If you or your teen are looking to obtain a GED, here is a great list to work from:

Whether you’re ready to finish high school early or never graduated and want a GED to help you plan out a more lucrative career and education path, there are a lot of resources online to help you prepare for the exam. These blogs offer lesson plans, practice tests, and discussions about the subjects you’ll be tested on, and we’ve also included several helpful blogs to inspire you to plan out the next stage of your life, from deciding to go to college to finding a job.

Test Taking

Get GED-specific tips and tools here.

  1. GED Academy Articles: This blog dates back to 2006 and has information about scholarships, GED scams, and more.
  2. Liz’s World: Practice timed essays, find daily exercises and get more tips on writing and other aspects of the GED.
  3. GED Ahora!: Maria hopes to help students pass the GED so that they can have better opportunities for themselves and their families.
  4. Online GED Advice: Find example problems and more here.

Math

Practice math problems and find reference tools from these blogs.

  1. Homeschool Math Blog: Get worksheets and review help here.
  2. Refresh Your High School Math Skills: This book may have some more advanced problems, but it’s a good resource for practicing GED-type problems.
  3. Kids Math Blog: This blog isn’t just for kid: you can practice online algebra, fractions and other problems, too.
  4. Math Expression Blog: Review basic math principles here.
  5. Virtual Math Tutor: Review formulas, practice algebra, and more.
  6. Math Teacher Mambo: Pull practice sheets here.
  7. Math Tutor in San Diego: This blog gives real-world explanations for math theories to help you understand why you need to master certain concepts and formulas.

Social Studies

Look over these blogs to gain a critical understanding of history, which will help you with the social studies portion of the GED.

  1. Mr. Mower’s History Blog: Even if you’re not in Mr. Mower’s class, you can review maps, watch videos, complete handouts and get more American history practice.
  2. Becca’s GED Social Studies Blog: Get practice questions and social studies help from this official GED blog.
  3. Social Studies and History Teacher’s Blog: Click on a tag like “WWII” or “historical speeches” to learn more about a particular time in history, even if you’re just a student.
  4. Social STudies Central: Get weekly tips, best practices and online resources for studying economics, U.S. history and a lot more.
  5. USHistoryBlog: Don’t just memorize dates: this blog will help you learn about presidents and major U.S. events in context, as they all relate to each other.
  6. American History Blog: From the Civil War to Texas history to D-Day, you can click on a number of categories to tailor your studying.
  7. Mike Anderson’s Ancient History Blog: View images, maps and read commentary about life in Ancient Greece and Rome.
  8. Kingdoms of Africa: Get an overview — or a very detailed look, it’s up to you — of African history with this well-organized blog.

Science

Look up science terms and subjects to help you prepare for the test.

  1. Dwayne’s Study Zombies: This is the science help blog from PassGED.com.
  2. RealClimate: This blog also includes a glossary and helpful FAQs to explain climate change, global warming and more.
  3. SciGeek: Use the search engine to look up subjects or jump on the forums to ask questions.
  4. ScienceBlogs: Here’s a great collection of blogs that you can use for reference.
  5. Science Tutor: Feel free to ask questions on this blog if you’re having trouble understanding a particular problem or concept.
  6. ScienceFix: Watch videos and get explanations to common science concepts.
  7. ScienceDaily: Browse headlines or look up more comprehensive videos and articles about every field in science.

Reading and Writing

On these blogs, you can practice grammar, get tips for organizing essays, and more.

  1. Pennington Publishing Blog: Written for teachers, this blog also has good hints for students wanting to practice sentence diagramming, reading comprehension, and other skills.
  2. Daily Writing Tips: Get grammar and punctuation help, words of the day, and tips for writing essays.
  3. Academic Writing Blog: While this blog offers tips for longer papers you won’t have to master just yet, it’s a great resource for organizing your writing and making your essays persuasive and interesting.
  4. EssayLib.com Blog: Writing tips are found here to help you write a better thesis and essay.
  5. Essays in College: Breeze past the dissertation posts and focus on the tips to help you with titling, organization, and other helpful strategies.
  6. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips: This popular blog will sharpen up your grammar and help your writing stand out.
  7. English Grammar Blog: Review all the grammar rules you tried to learn in school, from sentence fragments to different tenses.
  8. Daily Grammar: Daily Grammar simplifies the rules so that you can better understand parts of speech and more.
  9. WhiteSmoke Academic Blog: Recent posts on this blog will help you master capitalization, punctuation, spelling tricks and more.

After the Test

Use these blogs to help you plan out your career and higher education goals after you pass the GED.

  1. Curtis’s Speed GED: Learn about the careers that may become available to you after taking the GED, as well as test taking tips.
  2. Skipping Breakfast: If you’re ready for college, read this blog to prep for higher ed.
  3. OnlineCollege.org Blog: Explore alternative higher education opportunities on this blog, from distance learning to taking a gap year.
  4. Career Tips Blog: Learn about interviewing protocol, find out what your talents and skills are, and get free career assessment.
  5. ResumeBear: Visit this blog to learn self-marketing tips, discover helpful tools for your job search, and how to write a strong resume.
  6. Here We Are. Now What?: Read this blog to get motivated to take the next step to getting a job.
  7. Life Optimizer: You may need to figure out how to organize and optimize your life before others in your age group are forced to, so turn to this blog for guidance.
  8. Susan Ireland’s Job Lounge: Susan Ireland has written on all sorts of job-search and career success topics, from e-mail introductions to networking to relocating to phone interviews and more.
  9. Graduated and Clueless: Once you’ve completed your GED, make a real plan for your future.
  10. Careerealism: This popular blog has lots of tips to help you become a savvier job searcher.
  11. Lindsey Pollak: Lindsey is the “next generation career expert,” helping young professionals and those just learning about the workforce get situated.
  12. JuniorBiz: Get all kinds of creative, smart money-making ideas and business venture plans from other young people on this blog.
  13. Career Alley: Get practical job advice here.
  14. Undergrad Entrepreneur: Your GED may be enough education to help you start your own business.
  15. Highere: Use this resource to learn about everything there is to know about looking for and getting a job — salary expectations, overall career planning, cover letter writing, and more.
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