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What Are Enzymes? What Do They Do?

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Mar 4, 2019 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Cells are the building blocks of life. All living things have cells - from small, single-celled organisms like bacteria to large, multicellular organisms like humans.

Cells have specific functions that help keep these varied creatures alive and kicking. In order to make these functions happen, chemical reactions occur within cells. Oftentimes, these chemical reactions are sped up by a special kind of protein called an enzyme.

In this article, we’re going to answer a few questions: what are enzymes, what are enzymes made of, and what types of enzymes exist.

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10 Ser Conjugation Charts For Every Tense in Spanish

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

 

One of the hardest parts of learning a romance language—especially one like Spanish—is verb conjugation.

In Spanish, the way a verb is conjugated depends on a number of factors, including the subject, the verb tense, and the purpose of the sentence itself. That means that there are actually many versions of each verb, all of which mean something slightly different. And because so much of understanding Spanish revolves around verbs, it’s an important (though pretty confusing) part of learning Spanish as a second language.

If you’re taking the AP Spanish exam, ser is one of the most critical verbs that you need to know—and know how to conjugate. Unfortunately, the conjugations for ser can be pretty tricky. But we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll give you every possible verb conjugation for the Spanish verb ser, which means “to be.” We’ll even give you a quick rundown on what ser means and when to use it!

So… ¡si estan listos, vamos!

 

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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2019, 2020, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Mar 3, 2019 8:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little more than a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we’ve researched patterns from previous testing years to predict future ACT test dates.

The ACT test dates for 2018-19 have been officially released, but I’ll also provide the confirmed and likely dates for 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with a fair degree of confidence.

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Future Years' SAT Test Dates, Schedules, and Deadlines

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 3, 2019 8:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

Future SAT test dates are only confirmed less than a year in advance, but we at PrepScholar have done the hard work of looking at past test date patterns to predict future SAT test dates and registration deadlines. For 2018-19, the official timetable is set in stone. But even though they're more uncertain, we can predict future years like 2020 and 2021 with decent confidence. These predictions have been updated in March 2019 to reflect the latest possible data.

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2 Tricks for Remembering Greater Than and Less Than Signs

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Mar 3, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

What do those little sideways carat symbols mean? They're inequalities! Inequalities can be difficult to get a handle on, especially because the greater than and less than signs look so similar. But these symbols are very useful, because they help us show the relationship between numbers or equations in a way that doesn't just say that they're equal.

In this article, we’ll be talking about what inequalities are, how they’re represented, and how to remember which sign means what.
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The 20 Most Useful Rhetorical Devices

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Mar 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Rhetoric is the art of effective communication; if you communicate with others at all, rhetorical devices are your friends!

Rhetorical devices help you make points more effectively, and help people understand you better. In this article, I'll be covering some important rhetorical devices so you can improve your own writing! 

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What Is the PSAT Test? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Most students know what the SAT is, but what is the PSAT? Sure, it's got "SAT" in its name, but is the PSAT actually connected to the SAT? More importantly, how does the PSAT test work and what is its purpose?

In this article, we’ll answer your most pressing question: what is the PSAT test? We'll start by explaining the meaning of PSAT and why students typically elect to take it. We'll then go over the logistics of the test and how PSAT scoring works. Finally, we'll finish with a brief discussion about how important PSAT scores actually are for students.

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The Ultimate SAT Math Prep Guide: Tips, Formulas, and Practice

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Mar 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Math

It's entirely possible to train for the SAT Math section. The more you understand how it works, the better you'll perform on test day. Here, we'll give you absolutely everything you'll need to know to master SAT Math.

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How to Register for the PSAT: 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Mar 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Every autumn, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT. But how exactly does the PSAT registration process work? Does everyone have the same PSAT sign up date? What does it cost to take the PSAT?

Here, we'll teach you everything you need to know about PSAT registration. We'll start with a brief overview of how registration works and then go over the three key steps you need to take in order to register for the PSAT. We'll also touch on how to register if you’re homeschooled or living outside the US before finishing with our top tips for ensuring a smooth PSAT registration process.

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122 Tone Words to Set the Mood in Your Story

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Mar 2, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

In writing, an author’s tone is his or her general attitude or feelings about the work’s subject matter and audience. Tone words are used to help express that attitude.

In this article, we’ll talk about what tone words are, analyze their use in several examples, and give a list of tone words with definitions that you can use in your writing.

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Full Expert Analysis: "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 1, 2019 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Learning to read and understand poetry is tricky business. Between the tough terminology—what is synecdoche, anyway?!—and complicated structure, it can sometimes feel impossible to understand what a poet is trying to say. Unfortunately, if you’re going to take the AP Literature exam, you’re going to have to figure out how to quickly read and understand poetry.

One of the best ways to get a handle on poetry is to read a poem along with a detailed explanation of both what the poem means and how the poet conveys that meaning.

To do this, we’re going to take a look at Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night,” one of the most famous poems of the 20th century. Not only will you have a handle on the poem’s overall message, but you’ll also understand the most important techniques Dylan Thomas uses to convey that meaning to the reader.

We promise: by the end of this article, poetry will seem a lot less scary. So let’s get started!

 

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10 Personification Examples in Poetry, Literature, and More

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Mar 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Personification is an important literary device—as a form of metaphor, personification compares two things quickly and efficiently, often in a poetic fashion. But what is it?

In this guide, we’ll discuss what personification is, what it does, and why so many writers use it, as well as a whole bunch of examples to help you get accustomed to identifying personification when you see it.

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Best SAT Prep Books 2019

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

There are a lot of "Best SAT Books" lists out there, but we think that most of them aren’t very good or thorough. As a result, I’ve tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you’ll learn which books are absolutely critical for your SAT prep, which books you can use to improve your individual section scores, and which books you'll need if you’re aiming for a top score. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use these SAT prep books for effective studying.

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What Is a Good SAT Score? A Bad SAT Score? An Excellent SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target

What is a good SAT score? You took the SAT, got your scores back, and now want to know how you did. Or maybe you want to know what score to aim for next time.

In this guide, we discuss how to figure out how your SAT scores stack up against those of all the other test takers. We’ll then help you determine what a good SAT score for you is based on the colleges you are interested in. Finally, we provide the SAT score ranges of 38 popular schools and discuss what to do if your score turns out to be lower than you expected.

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What Is Stockholm Syndrome? Is It Real?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

 

If you’re studying for your AP Psychology exam, you’ve probably stumbled across the term “Stockholm Syndrome.” But what is Stockholm Syndrome, exactly? As it turns out, Stockholm Syndrome is a complicated diagnosis that is still surrounded in quite a bit of controversy.

In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about Stockholm Syndrome, and we’ll answer the following frequently asked questions:

  • What is Stockholm Syndrome?
  • Where does it come from?
  • What causes Stockholm Syndrome, and what are its symptoms?
  • Is Stockholm Syndrome a real diagnosis?

At the end of this article, we’ll wrap things up with an in-depth look at two real-life cases of Stockholm Syndrome. (You’ll want to stick around until the end...those cases are really interesting.)

Ready? Then let’s jump in!

 

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