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Samantha Lindsay

Samantha is a blog content writer for PrepScholar. Her goal is to help students adopt a less stressful view of standardized testing and other academic challenges through her articles. Samantha is also passionate about art and graduated with honors from Dartmouth College as a Studio Art major in 2014. In high school, she earned a 2400 on the SAT, 5's on all seven of her AP tests, and was named a National Merit Scholar.

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Is AP Psychology Hard? 5 Key Factors Discussed

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 11, 2018 10:51:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

Before you sign up for any AP class, it's helpful to get an idea of whether you’ll be able to handle the workload (and the exam!). AP Psychology is a popular AP class that is offered at many schools, so you might have the chance to take it at some point in your high school career. But is AP psychology hard? Or is it a walk in the AP park? I’ll tell you which factors go into judging the difficulty of an AP class and examine what they tell us about the AP Psychology class and exam specifically.

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Is AP Biology Hard? An Expert Discussion

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Biology is a popular AP class, and many students are curious about the challenges it presents. Is AP Biology hard? Will you spend hours upon hours studying for the class? Are you likely to fail the exam? Or are AP tests much easier than they seem?

In this article, I’ll look at statistics, course material, and student perceptions to present you with a clear picture of the difficulty level of the class and exam. I'll also give you some tips to help you figure out how challenging AP Biology will be for you based on your academic strengths and weaknesses.  

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What Should You Do If You Have a B Average GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:13:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

 

It's important to be aware of the constraints your grades in high school might place on you in the college application process. If you have a B average, you're doing fairly well, but you might consider making some changes to your academic strategies to have a better shot at reaching your goals.

In this article, I'll go over what a B average is and what you should do if you have one depending on where you are in your high school career. 

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What Is AP Research? Should You Take It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Research is a class introduced by the College Board as a part of its new AP Capstone program. But what does it really involve? How can you do well?

In this article, I'll provide an overview of AP Research and give you some more information about whether you should take it and how you can be successful in the class. 

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What Is a Valedictorian? Defining High School's Top Honor

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

High school academics can be very competitive for driven students who hope to earn the coveted title of valedictorian. But how exactly do high schools choose valedictorians? Does the title mean anything for college applications? In this article, I’ll give you the details on what it means to be a valedictorian, how valedictorians are chosen, and whether this is a critical factor in the college admissions process.  

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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:09:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

If you don't have a traditional high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your GED. But what is a GED?  Basically, it's a credential that can subsitute for a high school diploma.  Since most employers (and all colleges) will require you to have graduated from high school, it's usually a good idea to get a GED if you don't complete high school. Doing so helps to ensure that you'll have access to more opportunities later in life.

In this article, I'll go through what GED stands for, the advantages this credential can give you, and how to get your GED.

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What Are AP Exams and Tests?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Tests may seem like intimidating obstacles, but if you’ve done well in the corresponding AP classes, you shouldn’t have too much trouble earning a high score. Good AP Test scores can help you in the college admissions process and may even earn you college credits.

In this article, I’ll give you an overview of what AP exams are, why they matter, and how scoring works across a variety of different tests and subject areas.

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Answer: Why Has Reverend Hale Returned to Salem?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:58:00 AM

Book Guides

A lot of readers of The Crucible have the same question: why has Reverend Hale returned to Salem in Act 4? This is a short article detailing the reasons behind Hale's decision to return. If you're confused about what his motivations are and what he hopes to accomplish, read on for a complete explanation.  

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Answer: Why Does Elizabeth Want John to Go to Salem?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:58:00 AM

Book Guides

Many readers have the same question about  Act 2 of The Crucible: why does Elizabeth want John to go to Salem? This article provides both short and long answers to this question. It should help you to understand the reasoning behind her request, why it changes slightly over the course of the act, and how it connects to the lingering tension in their marriage.   

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Most Important Themes in The Crucible, Analyzed

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:57:00 AM

Book Guides

The Crucible remains a staple of high school English because it is rich in themes that are consistently relevant to human beings regardless of time period. But these themes aren't always easy to explain or dissect in the context of the play, and they can be even harder to develop into essays. Read on for an overview of what a theme is, a list of important themes in The Crucible with specific act-by-act details, and a summary of how to use this information in your essays and other assignments.  

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Best Crucible Plot Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:57:00 AM

Other High School

If you need to refresh your memory on the plot of The Crucible or just want some clarification on exactly what's happening in each act of the play as you read, you've come to the right place. I've written a full plot summary, divided by act, so you can better understand and recall the events of the play. As a bonus, this article also includes short descriptions of the main characters and a list of major themes that crop up throughout the narrative.  

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Best Crucible Act 4 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:56:00 AM

Book Guides

Act 4 gives us the exciting conclusion to this saga of madness. How are the citizens of Salem and their governing officials dealing with the fallout from the trials? Will the "witches" falsely confess to avoid execution? Does John Proctor still, like, totally hate himself? Read on to find out all this and more, including key quotes and a thematic analysis for the final act of The Crucible.

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Best Crucible Act 1 Summary

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:56:00 AM

Book Guides

The first act of The Crucible sets the stage (literally, heh) for the disturbing sequence of events that will unfold in Acts 2, 3, and 4. Most of the major characters are introduced, and there are critical insights into various political and personal conflicts that threaten to disrupt the social order in the town of Salem. We also learn how the witchcraft craze got started and why it spiraled out of control. This article will go over the very important sequence of events and their thematic relevance so you can answer all the questions your English teacher throws at you.    

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The Best AP Human Geography Review Books

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP)

If AP Human Geography is one of your first AP classes, you might be looking for some guidance on what you should study and how you should plan out your time. Even if you're not new to APs, it can be difficult to pin down what's important in this cross-disciplinary course. That's where review books come in handy. This guide will provide a list of the best AP Human Geography books for exam review and advice on how to choose one that fits your needs. 

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How to Start Paying Students for Good Grades Effectively

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:53:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

 

Paying students for good grades is a controversial practice, and many would argue that it cheapens the learning experience (pun intended). However, it appears that sometimes monetary incentives can be a positive motivation for struggling students if they are applied wisely. I'll go through some scientific findings on the success of incentive programs in schools and then give you ideas for how you can responsibly implement a reward policy for your student.  

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