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Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman is a former teacher turned writer who blogs about education, history, and technology. When she was a teacher, Hayley's students regularly scored in the 99th percentile thanks to her passion for making topics digestible and accessible. In addition to her work for PrepScholar, Hayley is the author of Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar Virginia Tech Essays

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 7, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you hoping to be part of Virginia Tech's next matriculating class? If so, you'll need to write strong Virginia Tech essays to supplement your application.

All Virginia Tech applicants are required to answer four short answer questions as part of their application. In this article, we'll break down what the Virginia Tech essays are and what the admissions committee is looking for in your answer.

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3 Tips for Writing a Stellar Why Boston University Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 6, 2020 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to Boston University, you'll need to respond to the Why Boston University essay prompt. The Why BU essay is a required element of your application and a great way to show the BU admissions committee why Boston University is the right fit for you, and vice versa.

In this article, we'll break down the Why Boston University essay prompt, give you ideas for what to talk about in your own essay, and offer tips for writing an essay that's sure to wow the admissions committee.

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4 Tips for a Standout "Why Yale" Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

For students applying to Yale, the "Why Yale" essay may seem straightforward, but it can also be very intimidating due to its low word-count limit and the specific nature of the prompt.

You might be wondering what you can write to make sure your application stands out from the crowd...and gets you accepted!

In this article, we're going to:

  • Break down the "Why Yale" essay
  • Explain what the university is looking for in your response
  • Suggest topics to write about that'll help you make an impact
  • Give a "Why Yale Essay" sample to get inspiration from another student's answer

So let's dive in!

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How to Write a Stand-Out "Why Columbia" Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 4, 2020 1:00:00 PM

College Essays

One of the essays you'll have to write when applying to Columbia University is the "Why Columbia" essay. In this essay, you'll need to convince the admissions committee that Columbia is your dream school and that you'd be a great fit on the campus.

The "Why Columbia" essay question can be intimidating for students. You might be wondering: what should I mention in it? What does the admissions committee want to hear from me?

In this article, we'll break down the "Why Columbia" essay, explaining what the prompt asks and what the committee wants to hear. We'll also show you a real, successful "Why Columbia" essay example and explain why it works. Finally, we'll suggest potential topics for your essay and offer tips on how to write your own college admissions essays.

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3 Tips to Write Your Stanford Roommate Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Aug 4, 2020 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you preparing your college application for Stanford University? If so, you've probably heard about the Stanford roommate essay, which you must complete as part of your application. The Stanford roommate essay is a unique essay that asks every applicant to write a letter to their future roommate.

In this article, we'll talk about what the Stanford roommate essay is, show several Stanford roommate essay examples, and offer tips for making your response stand out from the thousands of other Stanford applicants.

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What Is a Prepositional Phrase? 20 Easy Examples

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

General Education

In grammar, a "prepositional phrase" refers to a preposition, its object, and any modifiers. Here in this article, we’ll answer the basic questions people most often have about prepositional phrases, such as "What is a prepositional phrase?" and "How do I use a prepositional phrase?" We will also provide plenty of prepositional phrase examples for you to practice with.

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5 Key Differences Between the ISEE and SSAT

Most private schools in the United States require applicants to take an entrance examination as part of the admissions process. If you're preparing to go to private school, you're likely wondering what exam you'll need to take.

There are two standardized exams used by admissions committees at private elementary, middle, and high schools: the ISEE and the SSAT. What is the difference between ISEE and SSAT exams? In this ISEE vs SSAT guide, we will explain the difference between the two and offer tips to help you decide whether to take the ISEE or SSAT.

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The 5 Best TEAS Practice Tests (Free and Paid)

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Are you getting ready to apply to nursing school? Then you’ll probably want to take a TEAS practice test to make sure you’ll get the best score possible on your TEAS exam.

This article contains a comprehensive list of free TEAS practice tests. Let’s dig in!


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What Is the ISEE? Complete Guide to the Exam

Thinking of attending a private elementary, middle, or high school in the United States? Then you'll need to take an entrance exam called the ISEE. But what exactly does this test entail? In this article, we'll go over what the ISEE test is, how it's structured and scored, what a good score on the ISEE exam looks like, and how to study effectively for it.

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How to Use SOHCAHTOA: Tips and Examples

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 6, 2020 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Whether you're brushing up on your trigonometry for the SAT or ACT or learning how to calculate angles for the first time, SOHCAHTOA is a useful mnemonic device to know. In this article, we'll explain what SOHCAHTOA is, how to use SOHCAHTOA, and give SOH CAH TOA examples.

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How to Find Standard Deviation: Simple 6-Step Formula

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

General Education

Standard deviation is a way to calculate how spread out data is. You can use the standard deviation formula to find the average of the averages of multiple sets of data.

Confused by what that means? How do you calculate standard deviation? Don't worry! In this article, we'll break down exactly what standard deviation is and how to find standard deviation.


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How and When to Use a Semicolon

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 5, 2020 5:00:00 PM

General Education

Do you know when to use a semicolon? Do you know how to use a semicolon? If not, don't worry! In this article, we break down exactly what semicolons are and how to use this unique (but often frustrating!) punctuation mark. We also go over what semicolon examples look like and give you tips for when to use and not use them.

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4 Top Tips to Ace the ASE Certification Tests

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 2, 2020 3:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re preparing for a career as an automotive professional, you will need to get your ASE certification. In this article, we’ll cover what the ASE certification test is, who takes it, the types of content covered, and where to start if you want to get your mechanic certification.

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4 Top Tips to Prepare for NYS Civil Service Exams

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 2, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you interested in pursuing a job in local, state, or federal government? Then you may need to take a civil service exam.

New York State has one of the largest civil service systems in the United States, employing more than one million civil service employees. In this article, we’ll explain how to prepare for your career in civil service by taking the required NYS civil service exams.


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80 Interesting Questions to Ask People in Any Situation

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 1, 2020 12:29:00 PM


Have you been out at a happy hour with co-workers lately and had to answer the same mundane questions about that project you're all working on? What about stuck at a dinner at a family reunion, asking your aunt for the tenth time about her college days? Or on a first date, powering through the typical first date questions—"Where'd you go to college?" "What do you do for a living?"

If you've answered yes to any of the above questions, you know how frustrating and boring it can be to ask and answer the same questions over and over again. There's nothing worse than having a boring, stifling conversation… just as there's nothing better than truly getting to know someone and learning something unique about them.

In this article, I'll help you revamp your small talk by giving you the 80 most interesting questions to ask people everywhere from a first date to a happy hour with coworkers.

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