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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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Out Now: The PrepScholar Guide to ACT Science Book!

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

ACT Science

Do you struggle with ACT Science? You’re not alone! Science is often the ACT section students feel least comfortable with because it’s so different from the science exams you take in school. Despite this, there are very few books specifically dedicated to ACT Science. At PrepScholar, we decided to use our expert ACT knowledge to fix that.

The PrepScholar Guide to ACT Science is the book for students wanting to understand and ace ACT Science. It gives an in-depth analysis of the Science section and explains why students find it so tricky. It also analyzes every single type of passage and question you’ll see on ACT Science so that nothing will be a surprise on test day. By the end of the book, you’ll know all the tricks exam makers use to try to make students select the wrong answer, and you’ll be able to see through every one of them.

This book will also walk you through the fastest and most effective way to study for the Science section. Instead of trying to cram all the science information you learned in school, we give you a short list of every science fact you could be tested on in ACT Science. They contain the only science facts you need to know, so you can put your textbooks down and focus on studying smarter, not harder. We also explain multiple ways to read and attack Science passages so you can choose the strategy that gets you your highest score. Finally, all of these insights include high-quality sample problems and explanations throughout the book so you can understand how to use these skills on real ACT Science questions.

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How Do You Say Thank You in German? 12 Helpful Phrases

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 7, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

When you’re learning a new language, politeness is key. You’re almost guaranteed to make mistakes when speaking, but a lot of the confusion and awkwardness can be smoothed over with a few simple courtesy phrases. In this guide, we explain the most common way to say thank you in German, then give nearly a dozen other ways of expressing thanks so you always have the right phrase to use for every situation. We end with other polite phrases in German that you should know.

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What Is the Platt Amendment? Definition and Significance

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

General Education

In 1898, the US was fighting the Spanish-American War and occupying Cuba as part of its involvement in maintaining the island’s newfound independence. Once the war was over, the US still wanted to maintain influence in Cuba. In order to achieve this, the Platt Amendment was passed. Read this guide to learn what the Platt Amendment includes, why it was created, what important dates are associated with it, and how its impacts live on today, including how it led to the creation of Guantanamo Bay.

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How to Say "Where Is the Bathroom?" in Spanish

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Knowing how to ask where the bathroom is located is crucial if you’re traveling somewhere new or learning a new language. Read this guide to learn about all the different ways to say “bathroom” in Spanish, including which terms you should use in different situations. You’ll also learn how to ask to use the bathroom in Spanish, as well as additional bathroom-related words and phrases.

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Healthcare Administration Degree: Best Careers and Schools

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 21, 2019 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you considering a job in healthcare administration? It’s a rapidly growing field that pays well and gives you the opportunity to help patients and make the medical process easier for them. However, you need to have the proper education to work in this field.

What healthcare administration degree do you need to get the job you want? Once you have your health administration degree, what jobs can you get? How much money can you make? Is a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration enough or do you need to get a master’s? And if you decide to get your degree online, what are the best programs available? This guide will answer all your questions!

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What Is the Cell Theory? Why Is It Important?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 20, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re studying biology, you’ll likely learn about the cell theory. The cell theory is one of the most important tenets of biology, and practically everything else you learn in science class relates back to it. But what is the cell theory? In this guide, we’ll give you a clear cell theory definition, explain key dates in the history of this theory, and explain why it’s so important to understand. After reading this guide, you’ll know everything you need to know about the cell theory!

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Return on Assets: What It Is and How to Use It

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 17, 2019 6:00:00 PM

General Education, Personal Finance

The business world is full of acronyms, and keeping them all straight can be tough. What is Return on Assets, also known as ROA? Read on to learn exactly what ROA is, how you can use the ROA formula to calculate it, how ROA relates to similar financial ratios, and, most importantly, what you can learn about the success and future of a company from its ROA.

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What Is the Distributive Property?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 17, 2019 6:00:00 PM

General Education

What is the distributive property? Did you go over the distributive property definition in school but still aren’t sure what it is or why it’s important?

The distributive property is a key mathematical property you’ll need to know to solve many algebra problems. In this guide, we explain exactly what the distributive property is, why it’s important, when you should use it, what other math rules you need to know for it, and we also work through several examples so you can see the distributive property in action.

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5 Excellent Reasons Not to Fear the Garden Spider

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 15, 2019 3:00:00 PM

General Education

Have you noticed a large black and yellow spider making its home in your yard? This species is commonly known as the garden spider, and they are widespread throughout North America. Should you be concerned about you or your pet being bitten by a garden spider? Are garden spiders poisonous? On the contrary, garden spiders are a beneficial garden inhabit and are key to keeping insect populations down. Read this guide to learn more about this striking spider species and their unique characteristics.

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The True History of the 3 Hole Punch and Its Inventor

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 9, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

The hole punch was actually invented decades before it became a staple of modern offices. Read this guide to learn more about hole punch history, why the original inventor of the hole punch was contested, and how the hole punch has evolved over the centuries.

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How to Draw Contour Line Art: 4 Key Steps

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 8, 2019 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Have you heard about contour line art but aren’t sure what it is? The good news is that you’ve likely already made dozens, maybe even hundreds, of contour line drawings throughout your life without realizing it! Contour drawing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your hand-eye coordination and drawing skills.

In this guide, we explain what contour lines in art are and how you make contour line art. We also suggest different contour drawing exercises so you can keep improving your skills.

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How to Study for SAT Subject Tests: 5 Expert Tips

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

SAT Subject Tests

Are you taking an SAT Subject Test soon and want to know how to be well prepared on exam day? You've come to the right place! In this guide, I explain everything you need to know about how to study for SAT Subject Tests, including which exam(s) you should take, the five most important steps for preparing for a Subject Test, and additional tips to help you maximize your score.

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The 36 Trig Identities You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 3, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re taking a geometry or trigonometry class, one of the topics you’ll study are trigonometric identities. There are numerous trig identities, some of which are key for you to know, and others that you’ll use rarely or never. This guide explains the trig identities you should have memorized as well as others you should be aware of. We also explain what trig identities are and how you can verify trig identities.

In math, an "identity" is an equation that is always true, every single time. Trig identities are trigonometry equations that are always true, and they’re often used to solve trigonometry and geometry problems and understand various mathematical properties. Knowing key trig identities helps you remember and understand important mathematical principles and solve numerous math problems.

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The 11 Best GED Practice Tests to Help You Prepare

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 1, 2019 6:00:00 PM

General Education

Having your GED can open many doors for you, including getting a better job or being able to attend college, so you want to give yourself the best shot at getting a passing score. For most people, this means they’ll need to spend some serious time studying for the GED, and one of the best ways to prepare is to take GED practice tests.

This guide contains all the best practice GED tests available, including official, free, and paid practice tests. We explain where to find them, how much they cost, what each test’s pros and cons are, and we also give general advice on what to look for in a GED practice test.

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The High School Math Courses You Should Take

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 17, 2019 6:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Choosing which math classes to study can be one of the most challenging parts of planning your high school schedule. High schools offer numerous math classes, often at varying degrees of difficulty, and it can be difficult to know which math classes will be the best for you and your future.

Read this guide to learn about standard high school math curriculum, AP and IB math courses, which math classes colleges expect you to have taken, and ways to exceed those expectations.

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