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How to Do Homework: 15 Expert Tips and Tricks

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM



Everyone struggles with homework sometimes, but if getting your homework done has become a chronic issue for you, then you may need a little extra help. That’s why we’ve written this article all about how to do homework. Once you’re finished reading it, you’ll know how to do homework (and have tons of new ways to motivate yourself to do homework)! 

We’ve broken this article down into a few major sections. You’ll find: 

  • A diagnostic test to help you figure out why you’re struggling with homework
  • A discussion of the four major homework problems students face, along with expert tips for addressing them 
  • A bonus section with tips for how to do homework fast

By the end of this article, you’ll be prepared to tackle whatever homework assignments your teachers throw at you

So let’s get started! 


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Is a Commuter School Right for You?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 14, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info

College in the United States is normally associated with images of dorms, bustling frat parties, and impromptu late-night snack runs. But at a commuter school, most students' experiences are quite different from this. What is a commuter school? What is a commuter student?

Keep reading to learn everything there is to know about commuter schools, including what it's like to attend one, what students think of their commuter schools, the pros and cons of commuting to college, and how you can ensure you have a great college experience should you decide to go to a commuter school.

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105 Creative Writing Prompts to Try Out

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 14, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

The most common advice out there for being a writer is, "if you want to write, write." While this is true (and good advice), it's not always that easy, particularly if you're not writing regularly.

Whether you're looking for help getting started on your next project, or just want to spend 20 minutes being creative, writing prompts are great ways to rev up your imagination. Read on for our list of over 100 creative writing prompts!

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When Is the December SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 12, 2020 7:43:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The December SAT is your final chance to take the SAT of the year, and for many colleges, it's the final SAT they accept before application deadlines. But is it the best SAT date for you?

There are important pros and cons to the December SAT, and we'll go over each of them in this guide. We'll also explain key December SAT dates, such as what day the test is on, when you need to register by, and when you (and the schools you apply to) will receive your scores.

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When Do ACT Scores Come Out? ACT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 12, 2020 6:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

You've taken the ACT and are now waiting for your scores. This can be a tense time, but knowing when exactly to expect your ACT results can help you plan ahead.

When do ACT scores come out exactly? In this article, find out when your test scores will become available, how to get your ACT results as fast as possible, and what to do once you have them.

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 12, 2020 1:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

The SAT score release dates are always tense for students. Did you get the score you were aiming for? Do you have to take the SAT again? Checking scores immediately when they come out gives you the most time to plan ahead.

In this article, find out when you'll receive your SAT score report depending on your test date, and learn the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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22 Best Colleges in the South: Which One's Right for You?

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

College Info

If you're from a Southern state, or you just love sweet tea, hush puppies, delicious BBQ, and saying "y'all," you may want to attend college in the South. If you're considering going to college in the South, you should have an idea of which schools are the best in the region.

In this article, I'll rank the best colleges in the South and offer tips on finding the best Southern colleges for you.

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How to Teach the SAT: Best Tips for Tutors and Parents

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jan 11, 2020 4:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

When I started working as a professional tutor, I was fresh out of college with few qualifications other than high test scores and some volunteer experience. I struggled with tutoring my first few students—I didn't feel comfortable giving them assignments and I struggled to figure out how best to use our lesson time.

But after years of tutoring, I became thoroughly familiar with the ins and outs of the whole process. I've drawn on my hard-earned knowledge to create this guide laying out the key steps to helping someone excel at the SAT so that you know where to start when tutoring your own student or child. A big part of being a great tutor is being properly prepared—these seven steps will set you on the right path to raising your student's score:

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SAT and ACT Test Dates: Find Your Best 2020 Testing Schedule

You know that you'll have to take the SAT or ACT and do well on itbut figuring out exactly when to take your exam can sometimes feel like the hardest part of the whole testing process. In this guide, we introduce all upcoming SAT and ACT dates for the 2019-2020 testing year and explain what factors you must consider before committing to a test date.

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How Long Does It Take to Get ACT Scores Back?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 9, 2020 5:00:00 PM

After you take the ACT, the anticipation isn't over! Now, you have to wait to get your scores. While the scores aren't available immediately, you don't actually have to wait too long to see your scores or have them sent to colleges.

This guide will go over when you can expect to see your ACT scores for each test date, as well as the differences in score release dates for students who took the ACT with Writing.

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5 Key Differences Between the ISEE and SSAT

Most private schools in the United States require applicants to take an entrance examination as part of the admissions process. If you’re preparing to go to private school, you’re likely wondering what exam you’ll need to take.

There are two standardized exams used by admissions committees at private elementary, middle, and high schools: the ISEE and the SSAT. What is the difference between ISEE and SSAT exams? In this ISEE vs SSAT guide, we will explain the difference between the two and offer tips to help you decide whether to take the ISEE or SSAT.

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The 5 Best TEAS Practice Tests (Free and Paid)

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Are you getting ready to apply to nursing school? Then you’ll probably want to take a TEAS practice test to make sure you’ll get the best score possible on your TEAS exam.

This article contains a comprehensive list of free TEAS practice tests. Let’s dig in!


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What Is the ISEE? Complete Guide to the Exam

Thinking of attending a private elementary, middle, or high school in the United States? Then you’ll need to take an entrance exam called the ISEE. But what exactly does this test entail? In this article, we'll go over what the ISEE test is, how it's structured and scored, what a good score on the ISEE exam looks like, and how to study effectively for it.

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200+ Other Words For Said: Synonyms to Spice up Your Writing

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

One of the words that comes up most commonly in various types of writing, from fiction to academic writing, is the word “said.” Any time a writer is referencing the words or thoughts expressed by another person, whether that be thoughts expressed verbally or in writing, an appropriate way to introduce--or attribute--that person’s thoughts is with the phrase “said.” 

But if you’re incorporating a lot of quotations in your writing, you might find yourself repeating  the word “said” a lot. Repeating the same phrase in a piece of writing can start to feel monotonous, which is why incorporating synonyms or an oft-used word or phrase can make your writing more interesting and accurate. But here’s some good news: there are tons of other words for “said” out there for you to use! 

To help you build a repertoire of words to replace “said,” we’re going to do the following in this article: 

  • Explain the importance of using word variety and avoiding repetition of the same word in your writing
  • Explain when to use “said” and when not to use “said” 
  • Provide a comprehensive list of alternative words for “said,” organized into categories based on emotion and intention

Ready to check out some synonyms for “said”? Then let’s get going!

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How to Use SOHCAHTOA: Tips and Examples

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 6, 2020 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Whether you're brushing up on your trigonometry for the SAT or ACT or learning how to calculate angles for the first time, SOHCAHTOA is a useful mnemonic device to know. In this article, we'll explain what SOHCAHTOA is, how to use SOHCAHTOA, and give SOH CAH TOA examples.

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