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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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9 Amazing Legal Programs and Law Internships for High School Students

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 29, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

If you’re a high school student who’s interested in becoming a lawyer, you can actually start preparing for your future career now by participating in high school law internships and other law-focused programs. 

High school law internships, summer programs, and law volunteer opportunities for high school students all allow you to explore legal careers before you ever even get to college. We’ll explain everything you need to know about these programs, including:

  • The types of law programs available to high school students 
  • Real-life examples of law programs for high school students
  • Tips for including your law experience on college applications 

Keep reading to learn more! 

 

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What Is USABO? Complete Guide to the USA Biology Olympiad

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 27, 2022 6:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you a student with a love for biology? If so, then you should consider participating in the USA Biology Olympiad, or USABO! Nearly 10,000 talented high school students participate in the Biology Olympiad each year, and it’s a great opportunity to build your science skills and your college applications. 

 We’ll teach you everything you need to know about the USABO, including: 

  • What USABO is and who’s eligible to compete
  • The content and topics that USABO covers
  • The benefits of competing in USABO
  • How the USABO competition works
  • Four tips for getting involved in USABO

Let’s get started!

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Do Online Extracurricular Activities Count for College Applications?

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 27, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Extracurriculars

It can be tough to find extracurricular activities that you love. Fortunately, online extracurricular activities are a popular and easy way to get involved when you can’t participate in person. 

If you’re searching for fun and enriching online extracurricular activities, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll give you all the essential information about online extracurricular activities, including:

  • An explanation of what online extracurricular activities are and how they can benefit students
  • A discussion of how colleges look at online extracurricular activities and online clubs for high school students (free and subscription-based)
  • Eight ideas for online extracurricular activities you can do 
  • Five tips for getting the most out of online extracurriculars

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

 

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Is Precalculus an AP Class? Expert Guide to the Newest AP

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 26, 2022 4:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’ve been wondering, “Is Precalc an AP class,” wonder no more! The College Board recently announced that starting in the 2023-24 school year, there will be a new AP Precalculus course that you can take in high school! 

Since the class is new, it can be tough to find information about AP Precalc. But don’t worry, our experts have done the legwork for you and collected everything you need to know about the new AP Precalc class in one place. We’ll cover: 

  • The basics of the AP Precalc class
  • The AP Precalculus curriculum, including major course topics  
  • The final AP Precalculus test format 

Let’s get started!

 

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How to Get a 5 on the AP Biology Exam: 15 Tips and Strategies

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 25, 2022 7:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Biology can be a pretty challenging course. But if you’re planning on majoring in STEM in college, it can give you a head start on your degree…if you make a great score on the AP Bio exam, that is. 

Even though the AP Biology class and exam might be difficult, getting a perfect score is totally possible! We’ll walk you through how to get a 5 on the AP Bio exam, including how to maximize your classroom time, tactics for getting the most out of your study time, and even tips for boosting your test-day performance. 

Ready? Let’s dive in! 

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How to Get a 5 on AP US History: Expert Tips and Tricks

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 22, 2022 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

It’s no secret that AP US History (also known as APUSH) is a challenging class for tons of students. If you’re one of the many high school students wondering how to get a 5 on APUSH, exam prep time can be stressful. But even though the test is notoriously difficult, it’s 100% possible to get a perfect score

To take some of the stress out of your studying, and to show you how to get a 5 on the APUSH exam, we’ve put together a list of tips and strategies that can help you succeed.

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The Best 13 Math Competitions for High School Students

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Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jul 3, 2022 8:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Math competitions are a fantastic extracurricular activity for high school students. Math competitions help students improve their math skills, earn scholarships, and stand out as college applicants. 

If you are interested in getting into high school math competitions but aren’t sure where to begin, this article is for you. We’ll give you all the details on 13 math competitions for high school students, including the eligibility requirements and cash prize opportunities for each competition. 

We’ll also briefly explain how to decide which math competition is right for you and how math competitions can help you shine as a college applicant. So let’s get started!

 

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University of California Drops SAT/ACT Scores: What It Means for You

Yep, you read that correctly: in May 2020, the University of California Board of Regents voted unanimously to stop requiring the ACT and SAT as part of admissions applications. In other words, if you're applying to a UC school, you won't have to submit your ACT or SAT scores.

Before you get super excited, there are some caveats you should know about. That's why we're breaking down the changes — and answering your FAQs! — below.

 

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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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