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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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Is a Computer Science Degree Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Thinking about getting a computer science degree? You've probably heard that there's huge demand for computer science graduates, and students who major in computer science can expect high-paying jobs right out of college. But computer science programs have very high dropout rates, often because students choose this major without really understanding what it'll be like. 

The best way to avoid this is to know what to expect going into a computer science program, and we're here to help! By reading this guide you'll learn:

  • What is a computer science degree?
  • What do computer science majors learn?
  • Is computer science the right major for you?
  • What are the best schools for computer science?
  • What can you do with a computer science degree?
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How to Multiply Fractions With Whole Numbers

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 31, 2021 6:00:00 PM

General Education

Need to learn how to multiply fractions with whole numbers? Or how to divide fractions by whole numbers? The process is probably easier than you think! We break down the 4 simple steps to follow for multiplying fractions by whole numbers, as well as the one extra step to divide fractions and whole numbers. Learn this important math skill, then test your knowledge by taking our quiz at the end of this guide.

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What Is a BS Degree? Is It Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 31, 2021 3:00:00 PM

College Info

What is a BS degree? You've probably heard of this degree, especially if you're researching colleges and the majors they offer. However, what does "BS" stand for, and how does a BS degree differ from other types of college degrees you can get? In this guide, we explain the BS degree meaning, subjects and skills BS students learn in college, popular BS degrees to get, how this degree type differs from other degrees like BA and BFA, and how you can decide if a BS degree is the best option for you.

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BA vs BS Degree: Which Is Better for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 30, 2021 2:00:00 PM

College Info

You'll have lots of decisions to make when you begin college, and one of them is the degree you want to earn when you graduate. BA and BS degrees are the two most popular degrees for undergrad students to get. But what is the difference between BA and BS degrees? How will they affect which classes you need to take? And is one more degree impressive than the other? Read this guide for answers to all your BA vs BS degree questions.

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Every AP Statistics Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 28, 2021 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you taking the AP Statistics exam soon and want to make sure you're prepared? One of the best ways to measure your progress and figure out which areas you need to focus on is to take practice exams. There are a lot of AP Statistics practice exams available; however, some are higher-quality than others. Taking a poorly written practice exam can cause you to study the wrong things and give you an inaccurate picture of what the real AP exam will be like.

In this guide, I'll go over every AP Statistics practice test available, explain if and how you should use each one, and end with a schedule you can follow to help you incorporate practice tests into your study plans.

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Every AP Environmental Science Practice Test Available

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 28, 2021 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you preparing for the Environmental Science AP exam? One of the best ways to study for the test and figure out how well you're doing is to take practice tests. Practice tests let you see what kinds of questions you'll be asked on the exam and also help you figure out which subjects or types of questions you struggle with and need to review more. Finding practice tests can be time-consuming, and, unfortunately, not all AP practice tests are created equally when it comes to available materials.

But we're here to help. In this guide, I'll provide links to all AP Environmental Science practice tests that are currently available, point out which are the highest quality, and explain how you should be using them in your prep.

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Every AP Calculus AB Practice Test Available: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 21, 2021 5:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

One of the best ways to prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam, as well as stay on top of lessons in class throughout the year, is to take regular practice tests. Taking practice tests lets you estimate how well you'll do on the AP exam, shows you the areas you need to focus your studies on, and helps you become more comfortable with the format of the AP exam.

There are a ton of AB Calc practice tests available, however; not all of them are created equally. Taking a poorly written practice test can give you a false idea of what the real AP exam will be like and cause you to study the wrong things.

You can avoid those problems by reading this guide to AP Calculus AB practice tests. I'll go through every AP Calculus AB practice exam that's available, tell you which are highest quality, and explain how you should use practice tests when preparing for the AP exam as well as throughout the year.

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What Will the IB Exams Be Like in 2021?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 8, 2021 5:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive changes to schools around the world, and IB has worked to adapt to those changes. In this guide to IB changes for 2021, we answer the following questions:

  • What will the 2021 IB exams be like? 
  • Will students even be taking IB exams?
  • Will students still receive IB diplomas? Will colleges still accept IB credit?
  • How can students prepare for IB exams during the pandemic?
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When Is the November SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 3, 2021 7:25:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

During November, you're thinking about Thanksgiving, the upcoming holidays, and....the SAT? Maybe! One of the SAT's seven annual test dates is offered in November, and it may be the exam date you choose.

However, before you sign up for the November SAT, you need to make sure it's the right test date for you. In this guide, we go over all the key November SAT test dates, such as when you need to register by and when you'll receive your scores, and we also go over every key pro and con you should consider before deciding to take the SAT in November.

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When Is the October SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 3, 2021 7:24:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

At the beginning of the school year, you may be focusing on your classes and not thinking much about college applications or the SAT. However, October can be a great time to take the SAT. For juniors, it's a way to get in that first SAT with plenty of time for retakes, and for seniors, it gives you a final chance to get a great SAT score before college application deadlines.

But is the SAT October test date the right test date for you? In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the October SAT, including when you need to register by and when you (and colleges) will receive your scores. We also walk you through every question you should ask yourself before deciding on the October SAT test date.

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The 14 Most Unusual College Majors: Is One Right for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Info

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the top five most popular college majors are business, health profession-related majors, history or social science majors, psychology, and biology. But what if none of those pique your interest? What if you want to major in something more off-the-beaten-path, or even just get a broader idea of what options you have for potential college majors? We're here to help! We've compiled a list of 14 unusual yet cool college majors, ranging from bagpiping to puppetry. After looking through our list of the most unusual college majors, you'll also learn which colleges allow you to design your own major, and what the pros and cons of getting an unusual major are.

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The Best Scholarships for International Students

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 1, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Many international students hoping to study in the United States are interested in scholarships for international students. But can international students get financial aid in the US? The truth is that it's often very difficult for international students to get substantial financial aid. However, it is possible to not only get financial aid, but to get a very generous aid package that pays for most or all of your university expenses. In this article on financial aid for international students, we go over all your options and explain where to spend the most time looking for scholarships and which routes will likely not get you the financial aid you're hoping for.

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157 Fun Trivia Questions for Kids and Adults

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2021 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Looking for fun and challenging trivia questions and answers? We've got them! Use our list of over 150 questions to change up your game nights. We've organized the trivia questions into eight categories, including movies, science, history, random trivia questions, and trivia questions for kids.

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Is It Gray or Grey? How to Spell the Color

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you want to spell that color between white and black, how do you spell it? Is it grey or gray? Why are there even two spellings to begin with? And how can you be sure you're using the correct one? Read on to learn the answers to each of these questions!

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Who Is Medusa, the Snake-Haired Gorgon?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 28, 2021 9:00:00 AM

General Education

You've probably heard of Medusa and know that she's the woman with snakes for hair. But who is Medusa really? How did she come to be so terrifying, and who killed Medusa in the end? The Medusa story is one of the most popular and enduring of all ancient Greek myths, and here we explain Medusa's entire life (and after death) story.

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