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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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78 Cool Last Names for Your Fiction Characters

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 14, 2020 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Whether you’re writing fiction or building out a D&D campaign, you know that choosing the right names for your characters is a tough task. You want to make sure your characters' names are appropriate, memorable, and meaningful! 

If you’re hoping to stumble upon that perfect character last name, check out this article’s list of 78 unique last names for girl characters, guy characters, and characters from a range of genres, including:

  • Action Adventure
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • SciFi
    We’ve also put together a list of five tips for selecting unique last names for your characters to help you put a name to your characters’ personalities all on your own. So, let’s get started!


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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, 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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Should College Athletes Be Paid? An Expert Debate Analysis

Posted by Ashley Robinson | May 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM


The argumentative essay is one of the most frequently assigned types of essays in both high school and college writing-based courses. Instructors often ask students to write argumentative essays over topics that have “real-world relevance.” The question, “Should college athletes be paid?” is one of these real-world relevant topics that can make a great essay subject! 

In this article, we’ll give you all the tools you need to write a solid essay arguing why college athletes should be paid and why college athletes should not be paid. We'll provide:

  • An explanation of the NCAA and what role it plays in the lives of student athletes
  • A summary of the pro side of the argument that's in favor of college athletes being paid
  • A summary of the con side of the argument that believes college athletes shouldn't be paid
  • Five tips that will help you write an argumentative essay that answers the question "Should college athletes be paid?" 

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The 30 Best SAT Memes to Get You Through Test Prep

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 29, 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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Gemini Compatibility: Find Your Best Match

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

General Education

Geminis are complex, but if you give them a chance, you'll find Geminis make an energetic and vivacious partner or friend.

But that doesn't mean that Geminis make great partners for everyone. To answer all of your questions about which star signs are compatible with Gemini, we'll:

  • Describe the core traits of the Gemini star sign
  • Answer the question, "Who is Gemini compatible with?" by describing the traits that make a good match (and not-so-good match) with Geminis
  • Rank Gemini compatible signs from most to least compatible
  • Offer three key takeaways for Geminis

So who is Gemini most compatible with? Let's find out!

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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


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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Race vs. Ethnicity vs. Nationality: All You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Apr 16, 2020 4:00:00 PM

General Education

With all the recent controversy surrounding immigration in the news, you're probably hearing a lot of talk about race, ethnicity, and nationality. But what do these terms mean? While you probably have a general idea about what these terms mean, the truth is that the concepts can be pretty complicated. Like, how exactly do you define race? Are race and ethnicity the same thing? If not, what's the difference? And can you be racist against someone for the country they come from?

All of these issues are at the heart of the United States dialogue lately, but it seems like people rarely start at the beginning with how you define race vs ethnicity vs nationality. In this article, we're going to walk you through nationality, race, and ethnicity, including:

  • Defining each term
  • Explaining each term with examples
  • Providing a table that compares and contrasts race vs ethnicity vs nationality
  • Giving examples of race vs ethnicity

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to this topic, so let's get started!


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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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