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Christine Sarikas

Christine graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Environmental Biology and Geography and received her Master's from Duke University. In high school she scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and was named a National Merit Finalist. She has taught English and biology in several countries.

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How to Graduate High School Early: 5 Key Steps

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 1, 2018 6:23:00 PM



Are you a high school student who’s thinking about graduating early? Maybe you have an exciting internship offer, want to start college early, or are just interested in finishing high school faster. 

The good news is that graduating high school early is often not as challenging as people think. This guide will give you all the tips and information you need to know about how to graduate from high school early in an easy and hassle-free way, and it will help you decide if graduating early is the right decision for you.

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The Complete List of High School Classes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 1, 2018 6:22:00 PM


Are you wondering which classes to take in high school? Do you want to find out what courses may be offered for each subject?

We’ve compiled a complete list of high school classes for you to see all the possible course options high school students may have. We'll cover everything from science and math to electives and the humanities.

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7 Steps to a Successful Georgetown Application

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Georgetown University is one of the most selective universities in the country—less than 17% of students who apply there get accepted. However, understanding the application and what Georgetown admissions officers are looking for when they review your application can give you a serious leg up over the rest of the competition.

In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the Georgetown University application, including what you need to submit, every Georgetown application deadline, what admissions officers are looking for when they review applications, and how you can make each key part of your application stand out from the pack.

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How to Get a Copy of Your High School Diploma: 2 Scenarios

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Do you need a copy of your high school diploma and are wondering how to get it? Perhaps you need your diploma for a job or college, but you can’t find your original copy. High school diplomas can be required for a variety of reasons, and it’s important to have a copy of yours on hand. 

This guide will go over each step you need to follow in order to get a copy of your high school diploma, whether you graduated recently or years ago.

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Complete Guide: Job Shadowing for High School Students

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 9, 2018 6:48:00 PM


Are you thinking about future careers and wondering what different jobs are like? There are many job shadowing opportunities for high school students, and they're a great way to observe different jobs and help you decide which careers would be best for you.

Read this guide to learn about job shadowing for high school students, how you can find great job shadowing opportunities, and tips for making the most of your job shadow experience.

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Complete List of High School Electives

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 9, 2018 6:32:00 PM


Are you thinking about high school electives and wondering what your options are? Unlike required courses, electives are classes you choose based on your interests. Most high schools offer electives that cover a wide variety of topics, so you're sure to find some that interest you!

This list was created by compiling the elective options from numerous high schools across the country. A variety of schools were used including public, private, large and small schools in order to create a complete list of high school electives.

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The High School Science Classes You Should Take

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 9, 2018 6:24:00 PM


Which science classes will you be required to take in high school, and what will you learn in them?  Which science subjects will colleges expect you to have studied, and how can you impress them by exceeding expectations?

Read this guide to learn about standard science curriculum, AP and IB science courses, college expectations, and ways you can exceed those expectations and use your high school science classes to strengthen your transcript.

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8 Tips for How (and When) to Ask for a Raise

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 1, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Other High School

Are you hoping to increase your salary but aren't sure how to ask for a raise? Are you also wondering how much to ask for a raise or when to ask for a raise? Asking for a raise can be nerve-wracking, especially if you aren’t sure how to go about it, but we have all the answers you're looking for.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about asking for a raise, including the steps you need to have done beforehand, the best times to ask for a raise, how much you should ask for, and eight tips to keep in mind when you ask.

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The 3 Steps to Convert Decimals to Fractions (and Back)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 1, 2018 6:00:00 PM

General Education

Wondering how to convert decimals to fractions? Or how to convert fractions to decimals? It’s easier than you think! Keep reading to see the steps for decimal to fraction conversions (including why you need to follow different steps if you have a repeating decimal), steps for fraction to decimal conversions, a handy chart with common decimal/fraction conversions, and tips for quickly estimating conversions.

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Understanding the 4 Writing Styles: How to Identify and Use Them

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

General Education

A piece’s writing style can help you figure out what kind of writing it is, what its purpose is, and how the author’s voice is unique. With so many different types of writing, you may think it’s difficult to figure out the specific writing style of a piece or you'll need to search through a long list of writing styles.

However, there are actually just four main types of writing styles, and together they cover practically all the writing you see, from textbooks to novels, to billboards and more.  Whether you’re studying writing styles for class or trying to develop your own writing style and looking for information, we’ve got you covered.

In this guide, we explain the four styles of writing, provide examples for each one, go over the one thing you need to know to identify writing style, and give tips to help you develop your own unique style of writing.

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What Comes After Trillion? Names of Large Numbers

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 25, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Other High School

Not sure what number comes after trillion? Interested in the names of other very large numbers? What is a Googol exactly? Read on to learn what comes after trillion, the name of every important number that’s larger than trillion, and some ways to help you conceptualize extremely large values.

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37 Cool Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 20, 2018 7:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you looking for cool science experiments for kids at home or for class? We’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of 37 of the best science experiments for kids that cover areas of science ranging from outer space to dinosaurs to chemical reactions. By doing these easy science experiments, kids will make their own blubber and see how polar bears stay warm, make a rain cloud in a jar to observe how weather changes, create a potato battery that’ll really power a lightbulb, and more.

Below are 37 of the best science projects for kids to try. For each one we include a description of the experiment, which area(s) of science it teaches kids about, how difficult it is (easy/medium/hard), how messy it is (low/medium/high), and the materials you need to do the project. Note that experiments labelled “hard” are definitely still doable; they just require more materials or time than most of these other science experiments for kids.

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Definition: What Is Community Service?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 19, 2018 6:35:00 PM


Are you looking for ways to help others? Are you interested in community service and want to learn more about it?

Read this guide to learn what community service is, examples of community service, and how you can find service projects that interest you.

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What Is Dynamic Equilibrium? Definition and Examples

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 12, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Dynamic equilibrium is an important concept in chemistry. But what is dynamic equilibrium exactly? How can something be dynamic but also at equilibrium? Keep reading to learn the best dynamic equilibrium definition, common dynamic equilibrium examples, and how dynamic and static equilibrium may look the same but are in fact very different.

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31 Fun Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 11, 2018 9:00:00 PM

General Education

Pipe cleaner crafts are one of the easiest and most fun types of crafts to do with children. In this guide, we’ve compiled 31 of the best pipe cleaner crafts for kids. They range from crafts that take only a few minutes and can be done by very young children, to crafts that are a little more involved but will produce toys that’ll last for many hours of play.

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