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The Best IB English Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 10, 2021 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Are you taking IB English and need some help with your studying? No need to reread all the books and poems you covered in class! This study guide is for IB English A students (students in IB English A: literature SL/HL, IB English A: language and literature SL/HL, or IB English literature and performance SL) who are looking for additional guidance on writing their commentaries or essays.

I've compiled this IB English study guide using the best free materials available for this class. Use it to supplement your classwork and help you prepare for exams throughout the school year.

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Every IB English Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 9, 2021 3:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In this article, I cover IB English Literature SL/HL, IB English Language and Literature SL/HL, and IB Literature and Performance SL exams. These are the core language A options for English speakers.

The IB English exams are essay based tests that require you to either a) analyze texts provided on the exam, or b) write analytical essays based on the books, poems, and other literature you've studied throughout the semester. That means one of the best ways to prepare for the exam is checking out past essays to see what writers did right...and where they got off track.

But where can you find IB English past papers, free and paid? Don't worry: we'll help you find past papers to study with and talk about how you can get the most out of these past papers during your study time.

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The 10 Steps to Becoming a Psychiatrist

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 8, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that specialize in mental health. They often work with patients dealing with complex issues, like substance abuse or trauma. If you want to be a doctor that specializes in helping people that are struggling mentally, then becoming a psychiatrist might be right for you! 

But becoming a psychiatrist can be a complicated process! What steps should you take to become a psychiatrist—and when? How long does it take to become a psychiatrist? And how many years of school does it require? 

In this article, we’ll demystify the process of becoming a psychiatrist and explain: 

  • What a psychiatrist does
  • The salary and employment outlook for a psychiatrist
  • Psychiatrist degree requirements and the education needed for becoming a psychiatrist
  • Other important elements of becoming a psychiatrist, such as internship requirements and clinical hours

To wrap things up, we’ll summarize the most important steps to becoming a psychiatrist so you can start thinking about whether this profession is right for you.

 

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Printable ACT Practice Tests PDFs: 6 FREE Official Tests

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

No matter how you prep for the ACT—whether you have a tutor, take a class, or study by yourself—you must get access to official, printable ACT tests. These tests are released by ACT, Inc., and contain real questions given to actual students on previous test dates. Although all of these questions have been removed from circulation (meaning you won't ever see them on the real ACT), their quality is second to none when it comes to realistic ACT practice.

In this post, I'll tell you where you can find all official, printable ACT practice tests with answer keys. I'll also give you key strategies to help you make big improvements on each practice test.

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The 51 Best Engineering Scholarships

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Jan 7, 2021 5:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Do you have the brains and passion to become an engineer but worry about the cost of the education? You're not alone. Fortunately, you can offset some of these costs by applying for scholarships that can help you pay for college.

The following list of scholarships will show you that you have nothing to fear. Students of all backgrounds will find that there's an engineering scholarship out there that can help make their education more affordable.

In this article, we'll cover many of the prominent engineering scholarships, as well as others that you might not have heard of before. Read on to see what engineering scholarships you might be eligible for!

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NCAA ACT Scores: What You Need to Qualify

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 6, 2021 9:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target

If you're a student athlete who wants to play in NCAA Division I or Division II sports in college, then this article is for you! We'll review NCAA's eligibility criteria for your GPA and ACT score, which NCAA compares using a sliding scale. More importantly, we'll give you the tips and strategies you need to achieve the NCAA ACT scores required for passing the clearinghouse.

First, let's quickly review how your grade point average, or GPA, is determined.

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

General Education

If you’ve taken an English class, then you’ve probably had to read and analyze poetry--including William Shakespeare’s sonnets. 

But we know that Shakespearean sonnets can be tough to understand and analyze! That’s why we’ve put together an expert analysis of the meaning, themes, and poetic devices in Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18,” also known as “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day.” 

By the end of this article, you’ll be ready to analyze Shakespeare’s poetry and have the tools you need to bust out a top notch analysis of “Sonnet 18.” 

So, let’s get started!

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The 5 Best ACT Apps (and How to Use Them in Your Prep)

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Strategies

You can use apps to order food, watch sports, keep up with friends, and even study for the ACT. ACT apps are a somewhat recent phenomenon, but they're pretty appealing. After all, studying on your phone sounds like way more fun than studying from a book.

Even though apps are not enough to prepare you for the test on their own, they can be a helpful resource. In this article, I'll explain what ACT prep apps are, list the best ACT apps (most of which are free!), and offer tips on how to use them effectively.

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The 5 Best SAT Apps & How to Use Them Effectively

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM

SAT Strategies

You might use apps to take photos of your food and put dog filters on your face, but did you know you can also use apps to prepare for the SAT? It's true! There are a number of apps designed to increase your familiarity with the SAT and get you closer to reaching your goal score.

In this article, I'll let you know how you can use apps in your SAT preparation, and I'll name five of the best free SAT prep apps currently available.

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Should You Do the Columbia University Science Honors Program?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 4, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you're a high school student who lives near Columbia University and wants to participate in an extracurricular honors program, you can't do much better than the Columbia University Science Honors Program (Columbia SHP).

This honors program experience can give students a big leg-up on college and scholarship applications...but unfortunately, it's really hard to get accepted to the Columbia SHP.

But don't worry: we're here to help. In this article, we'll walk you through the Columbia SHP application process, including:

  • Introducing you to the Columbia University Science Honors Program
  • Explaining what the honors program is like
  • Describing the application process for the program
  • Providing information about the honors program's entrance examination
  • Giving you three tips for succeeding on the entrance exam

Now, let's get started!

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When Is the December SAT? Should You Take It?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 3, 2021 7:43:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT General Info

The December SAT is your final chance to take the SAT of the year, and for many colleges, it's the final SAT they accept before application deadlines. But is it the best SAT date for you?

There are important pros and cons to the December SAT, and we'll go over each of them in this guide. We'll also explain key December SAT dates, such as what day the test is on, when you need to register by, and when you (and the schools you apply to) will receive your scores.

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The 11 Easiest Scholarships to Apply For

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jan 3, 2021 6:00:00 PM

Financial Aid

Scholarships are awesome resources if you're checking out different ways to pay for college. It's free money after all—what's not to love?

As it turns out, most scholarship programs have application processes that aren't exactly lovable. Students generally have to submit a lot of information about themselves: transcripts, GPAs, test scores, resumes, community service activities, and so on. There might even be a few essays and grade requirements thrown in as well. You don't want to complain—because, again, free money—but these applications sure are tedious when you're working on college apps, high school courses, and financial aid applications all at the same time.

The following easy scholarships have application processes that are a bit more manageable. Some ask you to write short essays, while others don't require any essays at all! The awards might not be as large as some other scholarships out there, but when the application process is so easy, you really don't have much to lose. I'll start off with some words of warning before getting into the good stuff: essay and no-essay scholarships that are so easy to apply for, you might end up applying to all of them!

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Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop for Death Analysis

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 3, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Emily Dickinson is one of the most important American poets of the nineteenth century. Dickinson takes a unique and artistic approach to her poetry, which can sometimes make its meaning and themes difficult to pin down. 

In this article, we’re going to give you a crash course in the poetry of Emily Dickinson by focusing on one of her most famous poems, “Because I could not stop for Death.” We’ll give you:

  • An overview of the life and career of Emily Dickinson
  • A thorough “Because I could not stop for Death” summary
  • A discussion of the “Because I could not stop for Death” meaning
  • An explanation of the top three themes and top two poetic devices in the poem

Let’s begin!

 

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When Do SAT Scores Come Out? SAT Score Release Schedule

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 3, 2021 1:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics

The SAT score release dates are always tense for students. Did you get the score you were aiming for? Do you have to take the SAT again? Checking scores immediately when they come out gives you the most time to plan ahead.

In this article, find out when you'll receive your SAT score report depending on your test date, and learn the fastest way to check your SAT score.

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When Do SAT Subject Test Scores Come Out?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 3, 2021 12:00:00 PM

SAT Subject Tests

After you take the SAT Subject Tests, you probably want to find out your results right away. You'll have to be a little patient, though, as you might need to wait between two and six weeks to get your SAT Subject Test scores.

We've compiled the exact score delivery dates below. We also offer tips on how to track down your scores and what to do after you get them. Read on to find out just when you'll get your SAT Subject Test scores.

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