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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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The College Board Has Ended the SAT Essay

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 20, 2021 4:30:00 PM

SAT Logistics

On January 19th, 2021, the CollegeBoard announced that it would stop offering the optional SAT Essay after June 2021. 

This is a big change, and students are curious about how this may impact the college admissions process. In this article, we’ll cover these new changes to the SAT Essay testing process and help you understand what they mean for you. 

Here’s what you need to know. 

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What Happens if a President Is Impeached? Your Questions Answered

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 15, 2021 7:00:00 PM

General Education

Impeachment is serious business—it can lead to a U.S. President’s removal from office. As of December 2020, only three U.S. Presidents have ever been impeached, and none have ever been removed from office through the impeachment process. 

But “impeachment” can be a pretty confusing situation for those of us who aren’t lawyers or politicians. What is impeachment, anyway? What happens if a President is impeached? And how does impeachment work? 

But don’t worry—we’re here to demystify this confusing process. We’re going to answer all your FAQs about impeachment in this article, including: 

  • What Is Impeachment, and What Does Impeachment Mean? 
  • Who Can Be Impeached? 
  • How Does Impeachment Work? 
  • What Does Impeachment Mean for a President? 

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

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What Is the 14th Amendment? A Simplified Guide

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 10, 2021 7:00:00 PM

General Education

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution help clarify everything from American citizens’ rights to limiting how many terms a person can serve as President. 

One of the most litigated amendments to the Constitution is the 14th Amendment. But what is the 14th Amendment, exactly? The 14th Amendment clarifies issues around U.S. citizenship—specifically, who can be a U.S. citizen, additional rights of citizenship, and how citizenship intersects with U.S. law. 

In this article, we’ll help you understand the ins and outs of this important Constitutional Amendment, including: 

  • Answering the question, “What Is the 14th Amendment?” 
  • Explaining the 14th Amendment in simple terms 
  • Giving you a historical overview of the ratification process for the 14th Amendment
  • Breaking down each section of the 14th Amendment, explained in detail 
  • Listing out key terms you need to know

Okay, let’s dive in! 

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The 10 Steps to Becoming a Psychiatrist

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 8, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that specialize in mental health. They often work with patients dealing with complex issues, like substance abuse or trauma. If you want to be a doctor that specializes in helping people that are struggling mentally, then becoming a psychiatrist might be right for you! 

But becoming a psychiatrist can be a complicated process! What steps should you take to become a psychiatrist—and when? How long does it take to become a psychiatrist? And how many years of school does it require? 

In this article, we’ll demystify the process of becoming a psychiatrist and explain: 

  • What a psychiatrist does
  • The salary and employment outlook for a psychiatrist
  • Psychiatrist degree requirements and the education needed for becoming a psychiatrist
  • Other important elements of becoming a psychiatrist, such as internship requirements and clinical hours

To wrap things up, we’ll summarize the most important steps to becoming a psychiatrist so you can start thinking about whether this profession is right for you.


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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

General Education

If you’ve taken an English class, then you’ve probably had to read and analyze poetry--including William Shakespeare’s sonnets. 

But we know that Shakespearean sonnets can be tough to understand and analyze! That’s why we’ve put together an expert analysis of the meaning, themes, and poetic devices in Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18,” also known as “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day.” 

By the end of this article, you’ll be ready to analyze Shakespeare’s poetry and have the tools you need to bust out a top notch analysis of “Sonnet 18.” 

So, let’s get started!

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Should You Do the Columbia University Science Honors Program?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 4, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you're a high school student who lives near Columbia University and wants to participate in an extracurricular honors program, you can't do much better than the Columbia University Science Honors Program (Columbia SHP).

This honors program experience can give students a big leg-up on college and scholarship applications...but unfortunately, it's really hard to get accepted to the Columbia SHP.

But don't worry: we're here to help. In this article, we'll walk you through the Columbia SHP application process, including:

  • Introducing you to the Columbia University Science Honors Program
  • Explaining what the honors program is like
  • Describing the application process for the program
  • Providing information about the honors program's entrance examination
  • Giving you three tips for succeeding on the entrance exam

Now, let's get started!

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Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop for Death Analysis

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 3, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Emily Dickinson is one of the most important American poets of the nineteenth century. Dickinson takes a unique and artistic approach to her poetry, which can sometimes make its meaning and themes difficult to pin down. 

In this article, we’re going to give you a crash course in the poetry of Emily Dickinson by focusing on one of her most famous poems, “Because I could not stop for Death.” We’ll give you:

  • An overview of the life and career of Emily Dickinson
  • A thorough “Because I could not stop for Death” summary
  • A discussion of the “Because I could not stop for Death” meaning
  • An explanation of the top three themes and top two poetic devices in the poem

Let’s begin!


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The 6 Steps to Becoming a Software Engineer

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 1, 2021 7:00:00 PM

General Education

Becoming a software engineer takes resilience, dedication, and tons of practice. That’s because software engineers go on to do really important work, like developing the software systems that run everything from smartphones to governments. 

There are quite a few steps in the process of becoming a software engineer. We’ll walk you through the process and also: 

  • Answer the questions “What is a software engineer?” and “How long does it take to become a software engineer?”
  • Explain how much a software engineer makes
  • Discuss the employment outlook for software engineers
  • Go over the five key steps to becoming a software engineer, including potential educational paths
  • Look at three universities with top programs for software engineering

Ready? Let’s go! 

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Enneagram Type 2: The Caring Helper

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 31, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you the type of person who always shows up early to parties so you can help people set up...and then stays late to clean up after everyone goes home? Or are you famous among your friends for doing things like helping old ladies carry groceries to their cars?

If this sounds like you, then you might be an Enneagram Type 2! Type 2s are known as The Helpers, and they’re willing to step up and support others in need. 

But there’s actually a lot to learn about being an Enneagram 2. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about this type, including: 

  • How to tell if you’re an Enneagram 2 (there’s a quiz involved!) 
  • The top five things you should know about Enneagram Type 2s 
  • How Type 2s behave in relationships 
  • The best Enneagram Type 2 careers 
  • The Enneagram Type 2 wings 

Let’s dive in! 


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How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer: 4 Key Steps

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 30, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’ve ever been to a gym, you’ve probably seen a personal trainer at work. (You may have even worked with one yourself!) If you enjoy helping others reach their fitness goals and don’t mind a flexible schedule, then you might enjoy being a physical trainer! 

If you’re interested in learning how to become a personal trainer, we’re here to help. This article will give you a clear sense of how to become a personal trainer by answering the following questions

  • What does a personal trainer do?
  • How long does it take to become a personal trainer?
  • How much do personal trainers make?
  • What’s the employment outlook for personal trainers?
  • What are the steps to becoming a personal trainer, and do you need any special certifications?

Are you ready to learn more about becoming a personal trainer? Then let’s get started!


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Does NYU Require the SAT Essay?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, SAT Essay

New York University, or NYU, is a big school with more than 50,000 students and 18 schools and colleges. It’s also pretty tough to get intoonly 16% of students who applied to NYU in 2018 were accepted. 

If NYU is your dream school, don’t lose hope: you can get in as long as you start working toward your goal as soon as possible. Along with focusing on your extracurriculars and grade point average, you’ll want to make sure you’re acing your standardized tests, too! Does NYU require the SAT essay?

But NYU’s testing policy can be a little confusing. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of NYU’s standardized test requirements. Specifically, we’ll take a closer look at whether NYU requires you to submit the SAT essay.

Let’s get started!


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What Are the Claremont Colleges? A Guide to the Claremont Consortium

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 21, 2020 2:00:00 PM

College Info

The Claremont Colleges—which are also known as the Claremont Consortium or the 7Cs—are a group of private liberal arts schools in Southern California. As a consortium, these universities work together to provide common resources and a wide range of academic opportunities for their students. 

If you're not 100% sure what a college consortium is or how it works, don't worry. In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about the Claremont Consortium. We’ll explain: 

  • The history of the Claremont Colleges
  • Which colleges are part of the Claremont Consortium
  • The essential stats for each Claremont College, including admissions rate, enrollment numbers, and national ranking
  • The features that make each Claremont College unique
  • The benefits of attending a Claremont College

We’ll wrap up with our five top tips for getting into a Claremont College. Now, let’s get started!

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5 Ways to Show Demonstrated Interest in a College

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Demonstrated interest is one of the trickier parts of the college admissions process. Knowing what demonstrated interest is and how to use it to your advantage can help boost your admissions chances, especially at competitive schools. 

In this article, we’ll answer all your questions about demonstrated interest, including: 

  • What demonstrated interest is, including the basics of how to show interest in a college
  • Why demonstrated interest is important to the college admissions process
  • How to show interest in a college in four ways 
  • How to demonstrate interest in a college to maximize your chances of getting into your top schools

Ready? Let’s dive in. 


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What Is Hybrid Learning? Blended Learning? Understanding the Models

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 20, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Hybrid learning is a teaching model that combines online learning with in-person instruction. It’s a “best of both worlds” way of teaching students! 

Because hybrid learning is a blend of digital and person-to-person education techniques, it can be a bit confusing to wrap your head around. That’s where this article comes in! To help you understand how hybrid learning works, we’ll:

  • Answer the questions, “What is hybrid learning?” and "What is blended learning?"
  • Explain the differences between eLearning vs blended vs hybrid learning models
  • Answer the question, “What is a hybrid class like?” in elementary, high school, and college classrooms
  • Cover four pros and cons of hybrid learning vs remote learning and hybrid learning vs in-person learning
  • Provide three tips for both students and teachers for getting the most out of hybrid learning.

Let’s dive in!


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The Official ACT Subject Guides: Expert Review

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Dec 17, 2020 2:00:00 PM

ACT Strategies

The Official ACT Subject Guides are a series of test prep books designed to help students improve their scores on each subject test on the ACT. While there are lots of ACT prep books out there, the official guides are the only ones put together by the makers of the ACT exam! 

In this article, we’re going to go over each of the Official ACT Subject Guides for Math, Reading, English, and Science. In each review, we’ll explain what each study book includes, what each book is good for, and what each book isn’t helpful for. We’ll also give you three tips for how to incorporate the official ACT subject guides into your study routine. 

So let’s check them out. 

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