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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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Understanding Ozymandias: Expert Poem Analysis

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

With its heavy irony and iconic line, “Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” “Ozymandias” is one of the most famous poems of the Romantic era. It was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1817 and eventually became his most famous work. The poem describes the half-buried remnants of a statue of Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II and contrasts the pharaoh’s proud words with his ruined likeness.

In this guide, we give the background on how “Ozymandias” was created, explain the key Ozymandias meaning, and discuss the poetic devices used in this poem. By the end of this article, you’ll have a complete understanding of “Ozymandias.”

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Understanding The Raven: Expert Poem Analysis

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

General Education

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known poems ever written. It brought its author worldwide fame and has frequently been analyzed, performed, and parodied. But what about this poem makes it so special?

In this guide, we give you a complete overview of “The Raven,” discussing everything from the sad stories behind its creation and what is actually going on between the narrator and the raven, to its themes and the poetic devices it uses so effectively.

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SSAT Test Dates: Complete Guide to Choosing (2019, 2020)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Other High School

When are the upcoming SSAT test dates? How often is this test administered? Students hoping to attend private schools often need to take the SSAT, and since this test is only given a few times a year, it's important to know the upcoming SSAT test dates so you can register early enough to ensure you get a spot.

In this guide, we provide you with a chart of the upcoming SSAT test dates, which makes it easy to see when you can take the test and when you need to register for it. We also give tips on test fees, explain what to expect on test day, and offer advice on when you should take the SSAT.

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What Is the NCLEX Exam? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 5, 2019 5:00:00 PM

General Education

 

If you hope to become a nurse, you’ll need to take the NCLEX exam. But what is the NCLEX exam? What does NCLEX stand for? Why will some people finish the test much faster or slower than you? And what’s this you’ve heard about only needing a score of zero to pass the test? This guide answers all these questions and more in our complete overview of the NCLEX exam.

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The 3 Popular Essay Formats: Which Should You Use?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Not sure which path your essay should follow? Formatting an essay may not be as interesting as choosing a topic to write about or carefully crafting elegant sentences, but it’s an extremely important part of creating a high-quality paper. In this article, we’ll explain essay formatting rules for three of the most popular essay styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago.

For each, we’ll do a high-level overview of what your essay’s structure and references should look like, then we include a comparison chart with nitty-gritty details for each style, such as which font you should use for each and whether they’re a proponent of the Oxford comma. We also include information on why essay formatting is important and what you should do if you’re not sure which style to use.

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Understanding the 4 Types of Sentences

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 2, 2019 7:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re worrying about learning the different types of sentences, you may be relieved to hear that there are only four main types of sentences you need to know. Plus, once you know the rules behind them, they’re pretty easy to tell apart. This guide gives you all the info you need on the 4 types of sentences, along with plenty of examples and a quiz for you to test your knowledge.

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The 12 Best ASVAB Practice Tests to Study With

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 1, 2019 7:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re thinking about enlisting in the US military, you’ll need to take the ASVAB. However, the exam is tougher than many people expect, and you’ll likely have to do some studying for it. Practice ASVABs are the best way to learn how well you’re currently doing and where you need to improve. Read this guide to learn where you can find the absolute best ASVAB practice tests, which practice tests you should avoid, and how you can get the most out of your studying.

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The 11 Types of Bees You Should Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 27, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

There are thousands of types of bees around the world which can make learning about them or trying to identify a particular bee tough. We’re here to help! Read this guide to learn about the 11 most important types of bees to know, including bumblebees, honey bees, and carpenter bees. We also discuss how bees differ from other insects (including how you can tell types of bees and wasps apart) and the three tips you should follow to make identifying bees easier.

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Where Is the Gulf of Mexico? 11 Facts You Should Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Not sure where the Gulf of Mexico is? Maybe you’re aware that it’s located along the Gulf coast but don’t know the exact boundaries, or maybe you’re trying to figure out if it’s part of the Atlantic Ocean or not. We’re here to help!

In this guide, we explain exactly where the Gulf of Mexico is and what its boundaries are, and we include a Gulf of Mexico map so you can see a visual of it. To complete your Gulf of Mexico knowledge, we also go over all the key information you should know about its physical geography and history. We end with some fun facts about the Gulf (spoiler alert: it’s home to a lot of sharks!).

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Is Forensic Psychology the Right Career for You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 8, 2019 7:00:00 PM

General Education

Maybe you’ve been watching a lot of true crime shows or maybe you’ve always been interested in psychology, law, or both. In either case, forensic psychology could be a great career path for you. Interest in forensic psychology has exploded in the past few years, but there are many misconceptions surrounding this career. For example, it’s not all spouting expert analysis from the witness stand or convincing criminals to admit their guilt. 

But how do forensic psychologists spend their days? Read this article to learn the forensic psychology definition, what forensic psychologists actually do, what steps you must take to get a forensic psychology degree, and the four questions you need to ask yourself before seriously pursuing this career.

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The 7 Strong Acids

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 5, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re taking chemistry, you’ll undoubtedly need to know the 7 strong acids. Read this guide to learn what the 7 strong acids are, why they’re important, and why they’re not necessarily the most dangerous acids you’ll be working with in the lab.

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Psychologist vs Psychiatrist vs Therapist: What's the Difference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 1, 2019 7:00:00 PM

General Education

There are many people working in the mental health field, and it can be confusing trying to keep straight who does what and which professional you should go to for which issue. Whether you’re trying to decide which mental health professional to set up an appointment with or considering studying mental health yourself, we're here to help make things simple. In this article, we explain psychologist vs psychiatrist similarities and key differences, what each of them does, what going to each of them will be like, and how you can decide which mental health professional will be most effective for you.

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The 11 Best Architecture Schools for Undergrads

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Do you love studying buildings and dream of spending your career designing them? If so, you're probably wondering where to get the best architecture education. Figuring out which architecture schools are best can be difficult, but we've done the hard work and compiled a list of the 11 best undergraduate architecture schools in the United States.

Each of these best schools for architecture has a description that explains what makes it an excellent program, and we also include a list of questions to ask yourself to help you decide which is the best architecture school for you.

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How to Integrate by Parts: Formula and Examples

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 14, 2019 7:00:00 AM

General Education

Antiderivatives can be difficult enough to solve on their own, but when you’ve got two functions multiplied together that you need to take the antiderivative of, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s where the integration by parts formula comes in!

This handy formula can make your calculus homework much easier by helping you find antiderivatives that otherwise would be difficult and time consuming to work out. In this guide, we’ explain the formula, walk you through each step you need to take to integrate by parts, and solve example problems so you can become an integration by parts expert yourself.

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113 Fun Facts to Amaze Anyone You Meet

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 1, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Want to dominate your weekly trivia contest? Just looking to expand your knowledge with a variety of random facts? We’ve got you covered! This article contains 113 interesting facts about topics ranging from outer space to history to pop culture. By reading these facts, you’ll learn what camels actually store in their humps, why sunsets on Mars are blue, what crazy use ancient Romans had for human urine, and more. We’ve organized these facts into eight categories. Read all of them or just focus on the specific areas you want to learn more weird facts about!

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