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Is a Computer Science Degree Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Thinking about getting a computer science degree? You've probably heard that there's huge demand for computer science graduates, and students who major in computer science can expect high-paying jobs right out of college. But computer science programs have very high dropout rates, often because students choose this major without really understanding what it'll be like. 

The best way to avoid this is to know what to expect going into a computer science program, and we're here to help! By reading this guide you'll learn:

  • What is a computer science degree?
  • What do computer science majors learn?
  • Is computer science the right major for you?
  • What are the best schools for computer science?
  • What can you do with a computer science degree?
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What Is an IT Degree? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 5, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Information technology majors are needed in almost every industry to run, troubleshoot, and maintain technology. For many people, an  IT degree can translate into  a stable career, respectable salary, and stimulating work. 

But what is an IT degree exactly, and what does it take to be a successful IT major?

We’re here to answer these questions and more about getting an IT degree. By the end of this article, you’ll have a full understanding of what an IT degree entails and what to expect as an IT major at a four-year college or university. We’ll also cover the following about IT degrees: 

  • What Information Technology (IT) is as a career field
  • What an IT degree is
  • How to decide if an IT degree is right for you (with a five question quiz!)
  • Overview of the top seven IT degrees in the U.S. 

Let’s dive in!


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What Are the Ivy League Schools? Should You Go to One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Apr 4, 2021 8:00:00 AM

College Info

When we hear the phrase "Ivy League", most of us probably think of rich people who tie sweaters around their necks. Believe it or not, there's a lot more to it than that. The Ivy League is a group of elite colleges that have a long history of impressive achievements and notable alumni. But how did this come about? And what are these schools really like? Read on to learn more about the formation of the Ivy League, its member schools, and whether you should consider applying.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Freshman?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 1, 2021 10:26:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're gearing up for a high PSAT score your junior year, then you might choose to take the PSAT as a freshman for practice. Taking the PSAT in 9th grade will help you identify your current scoring level and figure out how you can improve for the future.

As a freshman, you can choose between two tests: the PSAT/NMSQT that 11th graders take or the PSAT 8/9, a version of the test specifically geared toward 8th and 9th graders.

These two tests have comparable but slightly different score ranges. This article will go over the scoring and percentiles of both so you can know what would make a good PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 score as a freshman.

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The 10 Best ACT Books Recommended for ACT Prep

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 31, 2021 7:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

Has your reading list been taken over by ACT prep books? There are a lot out there to choose from, and you want to make sure you're using high-quality materials that will get you ready for the ACT.

This guide is meant to help you choose the best ACT prep books to achieve your goals. I've divided the books up into three categories: the critical book you need, the best books for general prep, and the best books by ACT section. Before jumping into my recommendations, a quick note about the perspective I'm coming from.

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How to Multiply Fractions With Whole Numbers

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 31, 2021 6:00:00 PM

General Education

Need to learn how to multiply fractions with whole numbers? Or how to divide fractions by whole numbers? The process is probably easier than you think! We break down the 4 simple steps to follow for multiplying fractions by whole numbers, as well as the one extra step to divide fractions and whole numbers. Learn this important math skill, then test your knowledge by taking our quiz at the end of this guide.

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What Is a BS Degree? Is It Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 31, 2021 3:00:00 PM

College Info

What is a BS degree? You've probably heard of this degree, especially if you're researching colleges and the majors they offer. However, what does "BS" stand for, and how does a BS degree differ from other types of college degrees you can get? In this guide, we explain the BS degree meaning, subjects and skills BS students learn in college, popular BS degrees to get, how this degree type differs from other degrees like BA and BFA, and how you can decide if a BS degree is the best option for you.

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What Colors Make Pink? How to Make Pink Easily

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 30, 2021 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Let’s say you’re working on a painting and need to mix the perfect shade of pink. Where would you even begin? What colors make pink? 

In order to understand how to make pink, we need to understand a whole lot about both physics and culture. This article will teach you everything you need to know about what colors make pink...and we’ll teach you a little about color theory, too! Here’s what you’ll find below: 

  • A quick guide to how to make pink
  • A scientific answer to the question, “What is pink?” 
  • An in-depth explanation of how to make more complex shades of pink
  • Examples of different shades of pink and what color families they belong to

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started! Let’s start with the very basics. 


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What Colors Make Red? Understanding Color

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 30, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

You probably learned in school that red is a primary color, meaning that it can be combined with other primary colors to make new colors like orange and purple. (If you’re new to primary colors, this Sesame Street song explains it well...and it’s catchy!) 

But if red is a primary color...what colors make red? Is it even possible to make red from other colors? 

In order to understand how to make red colour, we need to understand a whole lot about both physics and culture. This article will teach you everything you need to know about what colors make red, like: 

  • A quick primer on what two colors make red
  • A scientific answer to the question, “What is red?” 
  • A walkthrough of how to make red through mixing
  • Examples of different shades of red you can make
  • Three tips for making the perfect shade of red

 There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started! 

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BA vs BS Degree: Which Is Better for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 30, 2021 2:00:00 PM

College Info

You'll have lots of decisions to make when you begin college, and one of them is the degree you want to earn when you graduate. BA and BS degrees are the two most popular degrees for undergrad students to get. But what is the difference between BA and BS degrees? How will they affect which classes you need to take? And is one more degree impressive than the other? Read this guide for answers to all your BA vs BS degree questions.

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New York State Regents Exams: What Are They? When Do You Take Them?

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Mar 29, 2021 6:00:00 PM

General Education

If you're in middle school or high school in New York State, chances are that you've heard of the NYSED Regents exams. In fact, all NY public high school students have to take (and pass) a certain number of these exams to graduate from high school.

In this article, we'll discuss exactly what the Regents are and which Regents you'll need to take. We'll also give you tips on how to prep for the NYSED Regents as well as the (limited) Regents testing schedule for 2021.

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Where to Find the Best DBQ Examples

Posted by Ellen McCammon | Mar 29, 2021 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the best ways to prepare for the DBQ (the "document-based question" on the AP European History, AP US History, and AP World History exams) is to look over sample questions and example essays. Doing this will help you to get a sense of what makes a good (and what makes a bad) DBQ response.

That said, not all DBQ essay examples are created equal. I’ll briefly cover what makes a good DBQ example and then provide a list of example essays by course. Lastly, I’ll give you some helpful tips on how to best use sample essays in your own preparation process.

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What Is a DO vs. MD? Which Is Better?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 29, 2021 1:00:00 PM

General Education

It’s pretty common knowledge that becoming a medical doctor is hard work. It takes years of school and training before they are approved to practice medicine. 

If you’re planning on going to medical school, you’re probably thinking about getting your Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. However, there’s another medical degree that many medical schools offer: the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. 

Both the DO and the MD qualify someone to be a physician, and both are valid pathways to becoming a medical doctor. But what is a DO vs. MD? And between the DO vs. MD, which is better? 

Our article will answer those questions for you by: 

  • Explaining what is a DO vs MD
  • Giving you an overview of the comparison between an MD vs DO
  • Providing in-depth information about both the MD and DO degrees, including salaries and potential career fields
  • Including a quiz that will help you choose between the DO vs MD degree
  • Summarizing the things you need to remember about the differences between a DO and MD degree

There's a lot to cover, so let's dive in! 


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ISEE Test Dates 2021-2022: Your Guide to Choosing

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 29, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

The ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Examination, is a test that many students have to take to gain admission into private middle and high schools in the United States. That means that if you want to attend a private school—or if you want your child to attend a private school—there's a good chance you'll have to register for the ISEE as part of your admissions application.

In this article, we're going to explain everything you need to know about ISEE registration, including:

  • Which test level to register for
  • How to choose ISEE test dates
  • A step-by-step guide to ISEE test registration
  • A quick look at what to expect from the ISEE exam

Keep in mind that ISEE test registration—which includes choosing ISEE test dates, locations, and paying for the exam—must be done by a legal adult.

Now, without further ado, let's talk about the ISEE exam!


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When Do IB Results and Scores Come Out?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 29, 2021 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

You're in an IB Diploma Programme or a few IB classes, and you've tirelessly worked all year (or two years) studying for your SLs and HLs. You sat for the exams, where you probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome. And you can relate a little too well to this video, but you're hoping you did a bit better on your IB exams.

So when do you get your IB exam scores? How do you get your scores? What does your score mean? I will answer all these questions and more in this article.

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