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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 Can a College Counselor Help You?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 20, 2020 1:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Sifting through glossy college brochures and trying to choose the right schools to apply to can feel overwhelming. Then, once you decide where to apply, you have to navigate each school’s application, wondering if you’re filling questions in properly and what your chances of being accepted are. The good news is, you don’t need to struggle alone! A college counselor can help answer many of your college-related questions, and they’ll use their expertise to advise you on the best college decisions for you. 

Want to learn more about college counselors? In this guide, we’ve answered all your college admissions counselor questions, including every question they can help you answer, who should meet with a college counselor, and what you need to do before you meet with one.

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21 Delightful ACT Memes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 16, 2020 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

The ACT can be a slog. First you have to do all that studying, then spend a bunch of hours taking the test, then wait weeks for your scores to get back. Do you know what makes it better? Memes. This guide contains 21 of the most relatable ACT 2020 memes out there, from the frustration at not being able to use a mechanical pencil to finding out your scores have been delayed. And yes, there is a baby Yoda ACT meme too.

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AP Bio Formula Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you're going to be taking the AP Biology exam, we have some good news! During the AP test, you'll have access to a formula sheet full of useful equations and definitions. However, you'll need to have a good sense of what's on the AP Bio formula sheet and how to use it in order for it to be useful to you during the test.

That's where we come in! In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about the AP Bio reference sheet. We'll explain every equation and definition it includes, show you what the formula sheet looks like, go over important information it doesn't contain but that you should know, and give you tips on how to get the most out of it.

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Which High School Electives Should You Take?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 12, 2020 7:18:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Electives are some of the coolest classes you can take in high school. They can cover almost any topic, from pottery to poetry to Portuguese, but just like any other course you take in high school, colleges will be looking at your electives to see which classes you chose and the grades you got in them.

So which high school electives should you take, exactly?

In this guide we'll cover how to choose electives that you both enjoy and can use as a way to strengthen your college applications.

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BREAKING: AP Exam Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 12, 2020 6:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The COVID-19 coronavirus is causing massive changes to the 2019/2020 school year, and one of those changes is how AP exams will be taken this spring. The College Board has made recent updates to the 2020 AP exams, and you can find everything you need to know about them in this guide. We cover if/how the AP exams will be taken, if colleges will still accept these scores, and how you can prepare for the exams with digital resources.

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AP Chem Formula Sheet: What's on It and How to Use It

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 11, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students in AP Chemistry need to memorize a lot of information, but we have some good news! During the AP exam, you'll have access to a formula sheet that includes a periodic table as well as useful equations. However, you'll need to have a good sense of what's on the AP Chem formula sheet and how to use it in order to make the most of it during the test.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the AP Chemistry reference table. We go over what the formula sheet looks like, what it includes, what important information it doesn't contain but that you should know, and how you can get the most out of it.

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Every AP Calculus BC Practice Exam: Free and Official

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 10, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Are you preparing for the AP Calculus BC exam? One of the best ways to study for the exam and figure out how well you’re doing is to take practice tests. Practice tests allow you to see what kind of questions you’ll be asked on the exam, and they can 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 practice tests are created equally.

Luckily, we’re here to help. In this guide, we provide links to all the AP Calculus BC practice exams available, point out which ones are the highest quality, and explain how you should be using them.

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3 Key Tips to Ace the AP Calculus BC Free Response

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 6, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Calculus BC Free Response section can be intimidating if you aren’t prepared. You’ll need to answer six multi-part questions to show your skills in numerous calculus topics. However, when you know what to expect from this section, you’ll save yourself a lot of anxiety and can create a study plan to help you get a top AP score. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about the AP Calc BC free response section, including what the format is, when you can and can’t use a calculator, what sample questions look like and how to get a top score on them, and what study tips you need to keep in mind.

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SSAT Test Dates: Complete Guide to Choosing (2020, 2021)

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 5, 2020 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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How to Impress Colleges With Remote Extracurriculars

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 4, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Extracurriculars

With the novel coronavirus forcing global shutdowns of schools and workplaces, many students are turning to remote activities to keep busy and still have extracurriculars to include on their college applications. Fortunately, the number of at-home internships and extracurriculars has been growing steadily in the past few years, and there may be many more options for remote activities than you expect. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about remote internships and extracurriculars, including specific ideas to look into, how colleges will view remote activities, and how you can make them as impressive as possible, even if you can't leave the house.

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How to Get an eSports Scholarship

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 2, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Did you know that you can actually get scholarship money for playing video games? It’s true! Even though eSports only started being offered as a varsity college sport a few years ago, today over 100 schools have official eSports teams. On top of that, many of them offer eSports scholarships! 

So how can you get some of this money for yourself? In this guide, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about eSports scholarships, including which schools offer scholarships (and how much those scholarships are worth), which games are most popular to play on college teams, and how you can earn one of these video game scholarships.

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What Is the Accuplacer Test? An Expert Guide to the Exam

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 1, 2020 10:00:00 AM

College Info

What is the Accuplacer test? Are you a new college student who needs to take the test for your school? Are you a school administrator who's heard the Accuplacer can help ensure students get placed in the correct classes? The Accuplacer is different than most other standardized tests, and it’s important to understand what the test is for, what the testing experience will be like, and what Accuplacer scores will mean. We cover everything you need to know about the Accuplacer in this guide, including who should take it, what it covers, how you sign up for the test, and what Accuplacer scores mean (and why it’s impossible to pass or fail the test).

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The 119 Best Funny Jokes for Kids

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

General Education

Need something to lighten the mood or keep kids occupied and laughing? We've got you covered! We've compiled 119 funny jokes for kids in this guide. We chose only our favorite jokes for children, including knock-knock jokes, puns, and overall good jokes for kids. We bet you can't get through the list without laughing!

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IB Test Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 30, 2020 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has caused serious changes to upcoming IB exams and the IB programme. To help you stay up to date, we've compiled all the information you need to know about IB alterations and cancellations as a result of COVID-19, how they'll impact you, and how they'll impact the potential college credit you earn from IB scores.

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113 Pictionary Words to Make Your Own Game

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Pictionary is one of the easiest games to play, and it can provide hours of entertainment. It requires very few materials and can be learned in minutes. You do need a good pictionary word list though, and  we're here to help!

We've collected over 100 pictionary ideas, ranging from animals to places to action verbs. We also explain different ways to play pictionary and the materials you need to gather. Will you be drawing Abe Lincoln? An igloo? Sunburn? They're all options on our pictionary word lists!

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