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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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My ACT/SAT Test Cancelled Due to Coronavirus. Now What?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 25, 2020 3:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, SAT General Info

ACT and SAT dates in March, April, May, and June 2020 have been canceled due to COVID-19. If you’ve been caught in these cancellations, you’re probably feeling pretty stressed out. When will you get to retake your test? And is there a special process for registering for the SAT after cancellation? 

If these unknowns have left you feeling confused about how to handle ACT/SAT score requirements for your college applications, let us help you out. In this article, we’ll walk you through what to do after your SAT or ACT test has canceled. We’ll explain: 

  • How to transfer your registration for a canceled exam
  • How to cancel your registration if you don’t want to move your exam date
  • If there are special accommodations for certain groups of students 
  • How to choose the right option for you

We’ll also go over the available next steps for students who haven’t taken the ACT/SAT yet but want to enroll in college in Fall 2020

We know there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding test scores, but rest assured — you have options!

 

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September SAT 2020: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics

COVID-19 has led to the cancellations of SAT dates in March, May, and June 2020. Unfortunately, this has thrown a wrench in many high school students’ plans, especially if they’re applying for college in the near future! 

As affected students work to reschedule their tests, the College Board expects there to be a much higher demand for fall testing opportunities. That’s why the CollegeBoard has added a September SAT date in the fall 2020

In this article, we’ll tell you everything we know about the September 26, 2020 SAT date as of right now. Keep in mind that information about the exam is still being released, so be sure to check back for updates.

 

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22 Fun, Easy Art Projects for Kids That You Can Do at Home

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 13, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

If it feels like your days are on a loop of kids shouting, “I’m bored!” while staring at a screen, try mixing things up with some easy and earth-friendly art and craft projects. These projects can be put to use in your home to help your children stretch their brains, spark their imaginations, and even give you a little quiet time to complete some projects of your own.

We’ve put together a list of 22 fun art projects for kids and teens to get you started. We’ve also included three tips for implementing art projects at home that will help keep your kids’ creative ventures hassle and (mostly!) mess-free. 

So let’s dive in!

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20 Easy and Fun Math Games for Kids

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 13, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Math games are a fun and easy way to help your kids work on their math skills at home while school’s in and out of session. But choosing math games that are educational and fun can be tough, especially when you’re already juggling a busy schedule.

Don’t worry: we’re here to help. Our expert guide to 20 math games for preschoolers, elementary, and middle schoolers will help you choose games that are both educational and fun. We’ve compiled a mix of analog and digital games, too...so you’ll be able to choose the learning option that best suits your family. 

Best of all, you can implement all of these games at home—and most of them are free! 

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How COVID-19 Will Affect Fall 2020 College Applications

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 29, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some colleges and universities are changing the application process for the upcoming Fall 2020 application cycle. These changes are meant to help applicants and may include application deadlines, required application materials, and financial aid applications and awards.

If you’re planning to apply to college this fall, it’s important you know about these changes and how they might affect you. In this article, we’ll help you navigate changes to the Fall 2020 college application process due to the COVID-19 epidemic by describing four ways that these changes may affect college applicants. We’ll also provide four tips for how to proceed if your college application is affected by COVID-19. 

Take a deep breath: we’re here to help you navigate the changes to the admissions process. Now, let’s take a look at the Fall 2020 admissions process. 

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The 30 Best SAT Memes to Get You Through Test Prep

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

We’ve found the best new SAT memes on the internet, just for you. (Sorry, SAT 2019 memes. You’ve been replaced.) Is there Floating Kid? Yep. Are there cats? You bet. Spongebob? Naturalmente. We even have Baby Yoda SAT memes for you, hot off the presses.

So, without further ado: here are the hottest SAT Memes of 2020!

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36 Awesome Family Feud Questions for Playing at Home

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM

General Education

Lots of families enjoy chilling out with an episode of the game show Family Feud in the evenings. If you’re one of those families but want to spend an evening being a little more active, consider incorporating your own, at-home version of the Family Feud game into your plans for family time. Playing your own version of Family Feud is a great way to help everyone blow off some steam at the end of a long day!

Instead of scouring the Web for Family Feud questions and answers yourself, put up your feet and use our guide for orchestrating an at-home Family Feud game, questions and answers included. 

To get everyone in the family engaged, our list of 36 questions and answers includes Family Feud questions for kids, teens, and adults. We’ve also got a quick, 9 step how-to that you can use to play Family Feud at home from the comfort of your couch. 

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30 Awesome At-Home Preschool Activities

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 27, 2020 4:00:00 PM

General Education

The current COVID-19 situation has shuttered many preschools across the country. Parents are now faced with the task of either implementing a preschool homeschool curriculum or devising their own preschool lesson plans for their children who are suddenly at home a lot more. 

Preschools may not have given you a curriculum to follow at home, so you may be faced with creating one yourself. It might seem overwhelming to face the prospect of building your own homeschool preschool from the ground up, but have no fear, we’re here for you. This article will give you some valuable tips on making your own preschool homeschool curriculum, as well as provide several educational preschool activities to help the time pass faster in a fun and educational way. 

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

 

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12 Easy Minute to Win It Games for Kids

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 27, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

If you feel like you’re constantly running out of ways to keep your family entertained but don’t have the time to plan elaborate activities to occupy them, Minute To Win It games are an easy, affordable solution. 

Planning Minute To Win It games for kids is quick and painless, and the games are fun for everyone, too! This brief guide will help you choose and implement your own easy Minute To Win It games in a pinch.

Here are 12 easy Minute to Win It games that the whole family can play, complete with materials you’ll need and instructions for how to play each one. 

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The 30 Best PSAT Memes to Destress During Test Prep

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 26, 2020 5:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

2018 was a banner year for PSAT memes. That’s because the College Board released a statement forbidding students to create memes about the 2018 PSAT exam. The result? The internet was flooded with amazing PSAT memes. 

The College Board definitely shouldn’t have tempted students! 

There are a ton of great ones out there, so it was difficult to whittle down our list of the best PSAT memes. But we rose to the challenge! 

So without further ado, here are the 30 best PSAT memes. 

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

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 23, 2020 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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The Best Daily Study Schedule for Distance Learning

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

General Education

For some students, taking classes online probably sounds like a dream come true. Never having to change out of your pajamas? No tardy slips? What’s not to love?! 

But the reality of attending school from home is different...and more complicated, especially when it comes to maintaining a daily schedule that’s good for your education and your GPA.  

In this article, we’ll teach you how to stay organized and on top of your schoolwork while you’re attending school from your living room. We’ll explain how much time you should spend studying a day, then walk you through a sample weekly study schedule with breakdowns for each day of the week. Finally, we’ll give you practical solutions to four common problems that come with doing school from home. 

Let’s get started! 

 

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting 12 Popular High School Summer Programs

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

Extracurriculars

As the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spill over from one week to the next, some pre-collegiate summer programs for high school students are announcing changes. Because of social distancing measures and temporary university closures, some summer programs are making the difficult decision to cancel or reformat their programs for an online environment. 

How do you know if your program has been affected? And what do you do if these changes apply to your summer program? To help you stay abreast of these changes, we’ve put together a quick guide to what to do if your summer program has been affected by COVID-19. We’ll also provide updates on the current status of 12 popular summer programs. 

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6 Tips for Taking High School Classes Online During COVID-19

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 10, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Other High School

The escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic has required us all to make changes to our daily lives. For some of us, that means our schools have temporarily closed, and in some instances, are transitioning to online learning. 

While we’re all in this situation together, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help and support when you can’t see your teachers, classmates, and friends face-to-face.

In this article, we’ll do our best to help you navigate this transition to socially-distanced school days, including an explanation of what to expect from online learning, six tips for learning online, and answers to the following FAQs: 

  • How do I navigate my school’s online distance learning system? 
  • How do class time and lectures work? 
  • How do I complete and turn in my assignments?
  • How do I take quizzes and tests? 
  • How do I check my grades?

Let’s get started by talking through what to expect from distance learning next. 

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Does Speed Reading Work?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

The amount of reading you have to do on a daily basis can feel pretty daunting when you’re a student. If making it through all of the reading you need (or want!) to do is a challenge for you, learning how to speed read can help.

But speed reading doesn’t simply mean sitting down with a book or document and skimming over it as fast as you can. In fact, speed reading can be a slightly complicated process that takes some time to learn and master. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to get through your stacks of reading much more quickly. 

To help you grasp the skill of speed reading, we’re going to: 

  • Explain what speed reading is and how it works,
  • Cover the four main steps involved in learning how to speed read, and 
  • Provide a list of five resources that can help you learn to speed read. 

Now, keep reading (at a normal rate) to learn all of the essential information about how to speed read!

 

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