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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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Why Are College Applications So Stressful? 5 Helpful Strategies

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 17, 2022 2:00:00 PM

College Admissions

A totally normal (but totally frustrating!) part of getting ready for college is college application stress. Statistics show that 76% of students feel high levels of stress about the college application process…so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by college applications, you aren’t alone!

The good news is that there are steps you can take to prepare for the college application process, including having some stress management tactics at the ready. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know for effective college application stress management, including: 

  • Answering the question, “Why are college applications so stressful?”
  • Explaining four reasons why college applications are so stressful
  • Providing a college application schedule to help manage stress
  • Listing five tips for managing stress during college application season

Let’s get started!

 

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BS/DO Programs: Is One Right for You?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jun 7, 2022 6:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Did you know that there are a couple different paths to becoming a doctor in the United States? While the most traditional route involves earning a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree , you can also become a practicing doctor by earning a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Like an MD, a DO degree qualifies you to become a practicing physician in the U.S. 

One big perk to earning a DO degree is that lots of schools offer BS/DO programs. A BS/DO program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree AND have a guaranteed seat in med school once you graduate. Plus, you might even be able to graduate one to two years faster than traditional undergrad students…which means you could start practicing medicine more quickly! If you’re planning to become a doctor, there’s a lot you should know about DO/BS programs and how they can benefit you, so below we’ll tell you:

  • What a BS/DO program is
  • How a BS/DO program differs from a BS/MD program 
  • What the differences are between traditional, accelerated, and combined BS/DO programs
  • Which universities offer the best BS/DO programs 

Ready? Let's dig in!

 

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The 5 Best Homework Help Apps You Can Use

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 23, 2022 9:00:00 AM

General Education

We know that homework can be a real drag. It’s time-consuming, and can be difficult to complete all on your own. So, what can you do if you’re struggling?

You might try looking online or in the app store! If you’ve already looked around you probably know that there are tons of homework sites for students and homework apps out there that all say they can help you improve your grades and pass your classes. But, can you trust them? And what are the best apps for homework help?

Below, we answer these questions and more about homework help apps–free and paid. We’ll go over: 

  • The basics of homework help apps
  • The cost of homework help apps
  • The five best apps for homework help 
  • The pros and cons of using apps that help you with homework 
  • The line between “learning” and “cheating” when using apps that help you with homework
  • Tips for getting the most out of homework sites for students 

So let’s jump in!

 

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The 5 Best Homework Help Websites (Free and Paid!)

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 20, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, General Education

Listen: we know homework isn’t fun, but it is a good way to reinforce the ideas and concepts you’ve learned in class. But what if you’re really struggling with your homework assignments? 

If you’ve looked online for a little extra help with your take-home assignments, you’ve probably stumbled across websites claiming to provide the homework help and answers students need to succeed. But can homework help sites really make a difference? And if so, which are the best homework help websites you can use? 

Below, we answer these questions and more about homework help websites–free and paid. We’ll go over: 

  • The basics of homework help websites 
  • The cost of homework help websites 
  • The five best homework websites out there 
  • The pros and cons of using these websites for homework help 
  • The line between “learning” and “cheating” when using online homework help 
  • Tips for getting the most out of a homework help website

So let’s get started! 

 

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What Is the Duke High School Pre-College Program? Should You Do It?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 19, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

After canceling their summer residential programs in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic, Duke has officially announced that they’ve permanently canceled the Duke TIP program. Instead, they’ve replaced it with the new Duke high school pre-college program for high school students!

With all the changes to the Duke TIP program, there’s a lot to know about how Duke’s Pre-College programs have (and haven’t!) changed. We’ll go over everything you need to know, including: 

  • The differences between the new Duke Pre-College Programs and the Duke TIP
  • Things to consider if you’re thinking about participating in Duke’s Pre-College Programs for high schoolers 
  • The details of the Duke Pre-College Program for 2022, including how to apply 
  • Tips for creating an awesome Pre-College Program application 

If you’re interested in taking part in one of Duke’s pre-college programs, read on to find out everything you need to know about the new system!

 

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ISEE Test Dates 2022-2023: Your Guide to Choosing

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 16, 2022 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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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Spanish Literature Exam

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 6, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam is an excellent opportunity to show off your critical reading, writing, and analytical skills in another language while earning college credit in the process. 

But conquering the course material is only the beginning. You need to learn everything there is to know about the exam to boost your chances of earning a passing score (and college credit) to boot!

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know to start prepping for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam, including: 

  • The structure and format of the AP Spanish Lit exam
  • The core themes and skills you’ll be tested on
  • The types of questions that appear on the exam and how to answer them (with real AP student sample responses!)
  • How the AP Spanish Lit exam is scored, with official scoring rubrics
  • Four crucial tips for prepping for the AP Spanish Lit exam

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

 

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What Is the Duke University Summer Program for Middle School Students?

After canceling their summer residential programs in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic, Duke has officially announced that they’ve permanently canceled their TIP program. 

To take its place, Duke has created the middle school pre-college program! This program is brand new in 2022, and it’s designed to help middle school students get a jumpstart on their college prep. 

Since the Duke University middle school program is brand new, we’ll go through everything you  need to know about what it is, how to apply, and the benefits you’ll receive as a participant. We’ll cover: 

  • How the Duke pre-college programs changed, and how the new Duke summer programs are different from the old Duke Tip program
  • If Duke University middle school program is still used to identify and enrich talented students
  • What you should consider before applying to the Duke pre-college program for middle schoolers 
  • How to apply to the Duke middle school program 

Read on to find out everything you need to know about the new system!

 

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The Complete Guide to the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Mar 29, 2022 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Comparative Government and Politics exam tests your knowledge of how the political systems in different countries are similar and different. The exam requires endurance, strong critical thinking, and top-notch writing skills…which means you’ll need to be extra prepared!

If you’re looking for an AP Comparative Government study guide to carry you through all of your AP prep, look no further than this article! We’ll walk you through: 

  • The structure and format of the AP Government — Comparative exam
  • The core themes and skills the exam tests you on
  • The types of questions that show up on the exam and how to answer them (with sample responses from real AP students!)
  • How the AP Comparative Government exam is scored, including official scoring rubrics
  • Four essential tips for preparing for the AP Comparative Government exam

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

 

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The Ultimate APUSH DBQ Guide: Rubric, Examples, and More!

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 25, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

You’ve been working hard in your AP US History class, and now it’s time to start prepping for your APUSH exam. 

But there’s a lot you’ll need to know if you want to do well, especially on the APUSH DBQ section. For instance, you’ll need to understand the APUSH DBQ rubric so you know how you’ll be scored on your answers, and you’ll need to look at a few APUSH DBQ examples so you understand what it takes to 

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about APUSH DBQs in one easy place. (That place is, uh, here.) We’ll go over: 

  • An explanation of what APUSH DBQs are and why they’re important 
  • A walkthrough covering how APUSH DBQs work on the exam and what to expect
  • A six-step process for writing a great DBQ
  • Four tips for studying for and answering the APUSH DBQs

We’ll also give you an APUSH DBQ rubric and APUSH DBQ examples That’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get going!

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How to Ace the AP World History DBQ: Rubric, Examples, and Tips

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 25, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History is a challenging class, and in order to get credit for it you’ll have to take an equally challenging exam. And one of the toughest parts of the test is the AP World History document-based question, or AP World DBQ. This question asks you to read and analyze documents on the fly, then write an argumentative essay…all in one hour. 

It can be hard to know what–and how–to study for the AP World History DBQ, especially when you don’t know which documents you’ll receive on test day. But don’t worry: we’ll break down everything you need to know about the AP World History DBQ so you can ace it on test day. (We’ll even give you AP World History DBQ example questions and an AP World History DBQ rubric example!) 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • An explanation of what the AP World History DBQ is 
  • A look at how the DBQ works on the AP World History exam
  • A step-by-step process for tackling the AP World History DBQ
  • A guide to studying for and answering the AP World History DBQ

Let’s get going!

 

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Should You Take AP Physics C? Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 23, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Physics C courses are both challenging and rewarding. If you choose to take either AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism or AP Physics C: Mechanics (or both!), you’ll get the chance to learn college-level material and potentially earn college credit! 

But is AP Physics C hard? Can you take AP Physics C without Physics 1? If you’re asking yourself, “Should I take AP Physics C?,” keep reading–we’ll answer these questions and more in this complete guide to the AP Physics C courses and exams

Our article covers all of the following info about AP Physics C: 

  • What’s on the AP Physics C exams and how they’re formatted
  • A quiz to help you decide if you should take AP Physics C
  • A guide to AP Physics C practice tests
  • Five tips for prepping for the AP Physics C exams

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

 

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The Ultimate AP Macroeconomics Cheat Sheet (Graphs Included!)

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 10, 2022 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Each year, around 20% of test takers score a 5 on the AP Macroeconomics exam. (no pressure, right?) If you want to be one of those top scorers, you need to really understand the graphs and equations that will help you make tough calculations during the exam. 

To help you with that, we’ve put together a complete AP Macroeconomics cheat sheet that you can use to prepare for the exam! In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about our AP Macroeconomics cram sheet, including the following: 

  • A quick refresher on what the AP Macro exam covers 
  • A full overview of what’s included in the AP Macro cheat sheet (graphs, equations, and key terms are all covered!)
  • An explanation of how to use the AP Macro cheat sheet
  • Our four best tips for how to study for the AP Macro exam

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

 

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What Are Test-Blind Colleges? Complete List and Explanation

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 29, 2022 3:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Over the past several years, a rising number of US colleges have dropped SAT/ACT scores from their admissions requirements. Schools that no longer consider test scores for admissions at all are known as test-blind schools. If this sounds like new information to you, keep reading--there’s a lot to learn about test-blind admissions!

In this article, we’ll get you up to speed on test-blind admissions policies by covering the following: 

  • A breakdown of test-blind admissions means, and how it’s different from other policies, such as test optional
  • Three examples of test-blind schools
  • A list of all of the test-blind colleges you need to know about
  • Five pros and cons of applying to test-blind schools 

Keep reading to learn all about test-blind admissions (and how you should prepare for it!). 

 

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The 96 Best Test-Optional Schools in the US

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 28, 2022 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

If you want to get accepted into your dream school, you need to earn great test scores. But many colleges have recently made submitting SAT and ACT scores an optional piece of their application process. Yep, you read that right—at some schools, SAT and ACT scores are not required. 

So what does this mean for you? Should you still take the SAT or ACT if your top choice schools have gone test optional? We’ll explain how to handle the SAT/ACT when you’re applying to the best test optional schools in the US, including: 

  • What test optional means (and why so many top schools have gone test optional)
  • A list of all of the top 100 nationally ranked schools that are currently test optional
  • Four key factors you need to consider before deciding how to handle the SAT/ACT for your college admissions

That’s a lot to cover…so let’s get to it!

 

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