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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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CUNY vs SUNY: What's the Difference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 13, 2020 7:00:00 AM

College Info

Thinking about attending a SUNY or CUNY school but aren't sure where to start or even what the differences between the two are? We're here to help! Read this guide to get an overview of both CUNY and SUNY schools, see how they compare across different areas such as academics, cost, and student life, and learn the four steps to follow to decide which school is best for you.

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Can You Get AP Scores Early? How?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 6, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Advanced Placement (AP)

After you take your AP exams, you’ll need to wait roughly two months to receive your scores. That’s a long time! Is there any way to get your AP scores early? In most cases no, the College Board won’t release any early AP scores. However, some people claim to have found a sneaky workaround that could get you your AP scores a few days earlier than anticipated.

Read our guide to learn about the safe way to potentially get early AP scores, what you should definitely avoid when trying to get AP scores early, and what your options are if you need your AP scores by a certain deadline.

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What Is SAT School Day?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 1, 2020 7:00:00 PM

SAT General Info

What is SAT School Day? Does your school participate in SAT School Day, or have you heard of high school students being able to take the SAT during school hours? How does this work? How is SAT School Day different from other SAT test days? And can these SAT scores be sent to college? We’ve answered all your SAT School Day FAQ in this guide!

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Should You Participate in the National Student Leadership Conference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 30, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC)? Maybe you've heard that participating in NSLC is a great way to impress colleges, and you're wondering if that's true. Spoiler: If you're considering NSLC because you think it's prestigious, you're in for a rude awakening. Keep reading to learn why.

This guide will go over exactly what NSLC is, what its potential benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide if you should participate in one of its programs.

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The National Youth Leadership Forum: Should You Go?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 28, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF)? Perhaps you've heard that attending the NYLF is a great way to improve your chances of getting into top colleges, and you're wondering if that's true or not. Spoiler: If you're considering NYLF because you think it's prestigious, you'd be dead wrong. Keep reading to find out why.

This guide will explain what NYLF is, what its benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide whether or not you should participate in it.

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37 Cool Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 26, 2020 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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Independent and Dependent Variables: Which Is Which?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Independent and dependent variables are important for both math and science. If you don't understand what these two variables are and how they differ, you'll struggle to analyze an experiment or plot equations. Fortunately, we make learning these concepts easy!

In this guide, we break down what independent and dependent variables are, give examples of the variables in actual experiments, explain how to properly graph them, provide a quiz to test your skills, and discuss the one other important variable you need to know.

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What Comes After Trillion? Names of Large Numbers

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 7:00:00 PM

General Education

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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Complete List of High School Electives

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 6:32:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

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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113 Great Research Paper Topics

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

One of the hardest parts of writing a research paper can be just finding a good topic to write about. Fortunately we've done the hard work for you and have compiled a list of 113 interesting research paper topics. They've been organized into ten categories and cover a wide range of subjects so you can easily find the best topic for you.

In addition to the list of good research topics, we've included advice on what makes a good research paper topic and how you can use your topic to start writing a great paper.

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105 Interesting Persuasive Speech Topics for Any Project

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you struggling to find good persuasive speech topics? It can be hard to find a topic that interests both you and your audience, but in this guide we've done the hard work and created a list of 105 great persuasive speech ideas. They're organized into ten categories and cover a variety of topics, so you're sure to find one that interests you.

In addition to our list, we also go over which factors make good persuasive speech topics and three tips you should follow when researching and writing your persuasive speech.

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How to Graduate High School Early: 5 Key Steps

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 25, 2020 10:48:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

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 interested in jumping right into the workforce.

The good news is that graduating high school early is often not as challenging as many people might think it is. 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. It will also help you decide whether graduating early is ultimately the right decision for you.

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How to Prepare for Pre-Med in High School

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you a high school student with dreams of studying pre-med in college and becoming a doctor? Maybe you've heard how difficult it can be to get into med school and are trying to plan ahead in order to raise your chances of acceptance? Well, you've come to the right place!

This guide will go over everything you can do in high school to make yourself more prepared to begin a pre-med program in college. I'll go over the classes you should be taking, the extracurriculars you should be participating in, and what you need to be thinking about as a high school student.

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The Complete List of High School Classes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 23, 2020 6:22:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

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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How to Transfer High Schools: A Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 23, 2020 10:49:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you transferring high schools or will be transferring soon? Are you wondering how this will affect your high school transcripts, when you'll graduate, and how schools view your college applications? Then this guide is for you!

Read on to learn how to transfer high schools, what it means for your future, and the steps you can take in order to make this process as smooth and easy as possible.

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