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Ashley Robinson

Ashley Sufflé Robinson has a Ph.D. in 19th Century English Literature. As a content writer for PrepScholar, Ashley is passionate about giving college-bound students the in-depth information they need to get into the school of their dreams.

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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 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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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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What Colors Make Purple? How to Make Different Purples

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 28, 2021 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Let’s say you want to learn how to make purple food coloring or how to make purple paint. You’ll need to understand how to mix colors! But where do you begin? What two colors make purple? 

To learn how to make purple, you need to have an understanding of the science behind color mixing. In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to use colors to make purple. We’ll cover the following: 

  • A quick guide to how to make purple
  • A scientific explanation for the question, “What is purple?”
  • A thorough explanation of how to make more complex shades of purple
  • Examples of different shades of purple and what colors you combine to create them

Now, let’s talk about how to make purple! 

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How Will AP Tests Work in 2021?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 12, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re wondering what AP exams will look like this year, you’re not alone. As a result of the continued COVID-19 pandemic, there are several changes to AP exams in 2021 that AP you need to know about. 

In this guide, we’re going to answer your pressing questions about changes to AP exams in 2021. We’ll explain everything you need to know about new AP exam guidelines for 2021, including how AP exams will be administered, AP 2021 dates and official schedule, the status on whether colleges are accepting AP scores for credit and placement, and three tips for how to prep for AP exams in 2021.

Let’s begin!

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AP Physics C Equation Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 1, 2021 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Both of the AP Physics C exams supply a nifty information sheet with the exam booklet on test day. This information sheet is packed full of formulas and equations that are used in physics, which means it can be extremely useful as you prepare for and take the AP Physics C exams. 

There’s a lot of information on the three page equations sheet provided on the AP Physics C exams, though, so it’s important to be familiar with the info included on the sheet and how to use it to your advantage during the AP exams. 

That’s why we’ve developed the PrepScholar AP Physics C equation sheet. Our sheet contains all the formulas and information you’ll see on the official College Board Physics C equation sheet, plus explanations of the equations so you’ll know when to use them. This sheet is designed to be a study tool for you as you prepare for your AP Physics C exam.

To further help you learn the ins and outs of the AP Physics C reference tables, we’ll also do the following in this article:

  • Explain how to use the AP Physics C equation sheet, section by section
  • Provide three tips for using the equations sheet to prepare for the AP Physics C exams
  • Provide three tips for using the equations sheet during the actual AP exams.

Let’s get started!

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How (and Why) to Transfer from Community College to University

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 1, 2021 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

If you’re reading this, you’re probably seriously considering getting a college degree because of how it can benefit you in the long run. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher have 3% lower unemployment rates and 40% higher median weekly earnings than people with a high school diploma. The job market is also getting more competitive: According to the US Census Bureau the percentage of Americans over 25 years old with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose from 29.9% to 36.0%.

But because of academic, financial, familial, or other reasons, maybe you don’t feel ready to go to a four-year university just yet. In these instances, it might be a good idea to study 2 years at community college then transfer to a four-year school later. In this article, we’re going to examine all the ins and outs of transferring from community college to university, including: 

  • The benefits of transferring from community college to university
  • When you should transfer community college credits to university 
  • How to go about transferring from community college to university
  • How to decide which university would be best for your needs

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

 

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How to Write an Introduction Paragraph in 3 Steps

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 1, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

It’s the roadmap to your essay, it’s the forecast for your argument, it’s...your introduction paragraph, and writing one can feel pretty intimidating. The introduction paragraph is a part of just about every kind of academic writing, from persuasive essays to research papers. But that doesn’t mean writing one is easy!

If trying to write an intro paragraph makes you feel like a Muggle trying to do magic, trust us: you aren’t alone. But there are some tips and tricks that can make the process easier--and that’s where we come in. 

In this article, we’re going to explain how to write a captivating intro paragraph by covering the following info: 

  • A discussion of what an introduction paragraph is and its purpose in an essay
  • An overview of the most effective introduction paragraph format, with explanations of the three main parts of an intro paragraph
  • An analysis of real intro paragraph examples, with a discussion of what works and what doesn’t
  • A list of four top tips on how to write an introduction paragraph

Are you ready? Let’s begin!

 

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Walmart's Live Better U: Reviews and Requirements

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 1, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

It’s no secret that college is expensive. That’s especially true for people who want a degree but have family, financial, or other obligations that make going to school difficult. 

That’s why Walmart has created the Walmart Live Better U program. Designed by the Walmart Corporation, Live Better U offers affordable GED, trade school, and college degree programs to all Walmart employees. 

If you work at Walmart, are considering working at Walmart, or are just curious about ways to attend college without breaking the bank, this article is for you! In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the Walmart Live Better U Walmart program, including:

  • What the Live Better U program is
  • How Live Better U differs from a traditional scholarship program
  • What the Live Better U requirements for eligibility are
  • How to sign up for Live Better U
  • An overview of Live Better U reviews, and
  • How to decide if you should use Live Better U

Are you ready to learn more? Then let’s jump in!

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Expert Guide: Should I Go to Community College First?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 28, 2021 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Community college can be a great option for many students who are ready to step into higher education but aren’t ready to go to a four-year university for financial, academic, or a host of other reasons. 

But how do you know if going to a community college first is right for you? In this article, we’re going to give you an honest assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of going to community college before pursuing a four-year degree. So if you’re asking yourself, “Should I go to community college first? Is it bad to go to community college then transfer?” this article will help you out! We’ll cover the following in this article: 

  • What a community college is
  • Reasons for going to community college first, then university
  • Reasons to go to vocational school first
  • Reasons to start at a four-year college
  • A visual comparison of community college vs vocational school vs 4-year college

Let’s get started!

 

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The 85 Most Common Last Names in the World

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 28, 2021 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Last names, also known as surnames, can tell us a lot about our family history and cultural identity. Our surnames can help us trace our family trees, but they can also tell us about the history of how people traveled across the world, built their communities, and contributed to society. 

It turns out that there’s actually a lot to know about last names...including why some last names are more popular than others. (There’s more to it than you might think!) We’ll go over: 

  • The history of how last names came to be
  • Why some last names are more common than others 
  • The most common last names in the U.S. 
  • The most common names in the world 

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

 

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How to Write a Perfect Synthesis Essay for the AP Language Exam

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 28, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're planning to take the AP Language (or AP Lang) exam, you might already know that 55% of your overall exam score will be based on three essays. The first of the three essays you'll have to write on the AP Language exam is called the "synthesis essay." If you want to earn full points on this portion of the AP Lang Exam, you need to know what a synthesis essay is and what skills are assessed by the AP Lang synthesis essay.

In this article, we'll explain the different aspects of the AP Lang synthesis essay, including what skills you need to demonstrate in your synthesis essay response in order to achieve a good score. We'll also give you a full breakdown of a real AP Lang Synthesis Essay prompt, provide an analysis of an AP Lang synthesis essay example, and give you four tips for how to write a synthesis essay.

Let's get started by taking a closer look at how the AP Lang synthesis essay works!

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Every Table on the AP Physics 1 Equation Sheet, Explained

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 28, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One great thing about the AP Physics 1 exam is that exam takers have access to a table of equations and formulas to reference during the exam (which is often referred to as the "AP Physics 1 equation sheet").

But the AP Physics 1 reference tables include a lot of information! If you aren't already familiar with the formula sheet before you take the exam, you might end up wasting valuable time trying to navigate the different equations and remember when and how to use them.

To help you out, we've developed a PrepScholar Physics 1 equation sheet. This sheet contains all the equations you'll see on the actual AP Physics 1 equation sheet plus additional explanations to help you use it as a study tool.

In the rest of this article, we're going to give you a detailed explanation of each table of information supplied on the AP Physics 1 equation sheet and explain how it can be used on the exam. We'll also give you three tips for using the formula sheet on the exam, and three tips for using the formula sheet to study for the exam.

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