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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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20 Questions Game: 147 Great Questions to Try

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

The 20 Questions game has been popular for a long time, and it's played everywhere from large parties to the backseat of cars during long road trips. But, as with many favorite games, lots of people aren't sure of the "official" rules.

How do you play 20 Questions? We'll explain! Or perhaps you know the rules but want better strategies on questions to ask in 20 Questions so you can improve your odds of winning? We answer that, too! This guide covers everything from how to play 20 Questions, different versions of the game to try, over 100 ideas of things for others to guess, and a variety of great questions to ask.

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The 127 Best Icebreaker Questions to Ask Anyone

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

We've all been there: you're with a person or group of people you don't know very well, and no one knows what to talk about. So you fall back on the cliches: How was your weekend? Any plans for tonight? How about that weather?! These questions are boring, but icebreakers don't have to be! Our guide has 127 of the very best icebreaker questions, for any situation. Whether you're looking for funny icebreaker questions, questions to ask on a first date, good ice breaker questions for coworkers, and more, we've got you covered, so you never need to stress about what to talk about.

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What Is Remote Learning? Distance Learning? eLearning?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 16, 2020 2:00:00 PM

General Education

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students, parents, and teachers across the world have suddenly experienced remote learning. But what is remote learning? How does it differ from traditional learning, and how does remote learning look for different age groups? This article answers all your questions about remote learning, including how to decide if it's the right choice for you and how you can get the most out of it.

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Which Colleges Accept the CLT Test? Complete List

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Have you heard of the CLT exam and are wondering which schools accept it? The CLT has been growing in popularity every year since it was launched, and currently it is accepted by nearly 200 colleges. What colleges accept the CLT test? This guide lists every school that accepts the CLT, and we also give an overview of what the CLT is and why certain schools accept scores from it, while others don't.

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What Is the Putnam Math Competition? How Can You Excel?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 15, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Looking for information on the Putnam Math Competition? Have you heard that the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an incredibly challenging exam for undergrad students that regularly stumps math whizzes? Interested in learning what you can do for a shot at the top score? In this guide, we explain all the information you need to get ahead, including what is the Putnam Exam, what the questions are like, and what you need to do to be ready for it.

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Help! I Put the Wrong Major on My College Application

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

College Admissions

Did you put the wrong major on your college applications? Maybe you changed your mind about your major after you submitted your applications, or maybe you just clicked the wrong major and didn't realize it until it was too late. What now? Will it impact your application? Will you be able to change your major later? If you're thinking, "I put the wrong major on my college application," don't worry. This guide is here to solve your problem.

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Common App Instructions: How to Add Colleges and More

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 10, 2020 2:30:00 PM

College Admissions

Over one million high school students use the Common App each year to apply to colleges. The Common Application website can seem confusing at first, but we're here to simplify things. Looking for Common App instructions? Want to learn how to add colleges to Common App profiles? Just want to know what the Common App looks like before you dive in? We answer all those questions and walk you through each section of the Common App so you can create the strongest college application possible.

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How to Craft a Stellar Brag Sheet

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

Asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation for your college applications can be nerve-wracking. However, having a "brag sheet" to hand your recommender can make them more likely to accept. It may also encourage them to write about awards and personal strengths you want colleges to know about. 

Brag sheets are a great tool that not enough high school students make use of. But we're here to help! This guide includes everything you need to know about brag sheets, including what you need them for, what they should include, and an example of a great brag sheet.

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What Is a Parent Brag Sheet? Tips and Examples

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

College Admissions

Have you been asked to provide a "parent brag sheet" for your child's guidance counselor? Have you heard of other parents completing them and are wondering if they're required for college applications? Parent brag sheets are becoming more popular, but many parents don't get much guidance on how to complete them. We created this guide to explain what a parent brag sheet is and what they're used for. We also go over common parent brag sheet example questions and explain how to answer them. 

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How to Become a Therapist: 6 Steps to Follow

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

General Education

Interested in how to become a therapist? Demand for many types of therapists is skyrocketing, so it's a great field to join. However, it's important to know what you're getting into before you embark on a therapy career. What types of therapy degrees are there? What degree do you need to become a therapist? How long does it take to become a therapist? We answer all these questions and more in this in-depth guide on how to become a licensed therapist.

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What Is a Good ACT Score for 2021?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 5, 2020 3:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

Are you planning on taking the ACT soon? If so, you're probably wondering, "What's a good ACT score for 2021?" In this in-depth guide, we'll go over the three ways you can  know if an ACT score is good or not. We also explain why it's so important to set a goal score and how the coronavirus pandemic and new school score policies have affected 2021 ACT scores.

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Is AP Statistics Hard? An Expert Discussion

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 3, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Statistics is a popular class to take in high school. Many college majors require students to complete a statistics course, and taking it in high school frees up a space in your college schedule. But is this the best choice to make? Is AP Statistics hard? Will you be able to manage the class?

In this guide, we'll look at data, course material, and student perceptions to give you a clear idea of the difficulty level of the AP Statistics class and exam. We'll also go over tips for figuring out how challenging AP Statistics will likely be for you based on three key factors.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2021?

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

SAT General Info

Planning on taking the SAT soon? If so, you're probably wondering, "What's a good SAT score for 2021?" In this in-depth guide, we explain the three ways you can determine whether an SAT score is good or not. We also explain why it's so important to set a goal score and how the coronavirus pandemic and new school score policies have affected 2021 SAT scores.

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2020 IB Test Changes for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What You Need to Know

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 27, 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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What Is ACT Academy? 7 Reasons It Will Never Be Enough

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 30, 2020 12:00:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

Have you heard about ACT Academy and are wondering if it's a good study resource? Although ACT Academy has some legitimate benefits, overall, there are many drawbacks to it, and we only recommend using it in addition to other study materials. Using ACT Academy as your main ACT prep resource can result in a lot of wasted time and a lower score than you wanted. In this in-depth guide, we explain everything you need to know about ACT Academy, including what it offers, why it was created, and how it differs from other resources. We then break down ACT Academy's pros and cons and explain how you should use ACT Academy as part of your test prep (and how you definitely shouldn't use it).

 

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