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Best SAT Prep Books 2019

Posted by Allen Cheng | Mar 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, SAT General Info

There are a lot of "Best SAT Books" lists out there, but we think that most of them aren’t very good or thorough. As a result, I’ve tried to write a much better guide here.

In this article, you’ll learn which books are absolutely critical for your SAT prep, which books you can use to improve your individual section scores, and which books you'll need if you’re aiming for a top score. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use these SAT prep books for effective studying.

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What Is a Good SAT Score? A Bad SAT Score? An Excellent SAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Mar 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

SAT/ACT Score Target

What is a good SAT score? You took the SAT, got your scores back, and now want to know how you did. Or maybe you want to know what score to aim for next time.

In this guide, we discuss how to figure out how your SAT scores stack up against those of all the other test takers. We’ll then help you determine what a good SAT score for you is based on the colleges you are interested in. Finally, we provide the SAT score ranges of 38 popular schools and discuss what to do if your score turns out to be lower than you expected.

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What Is Stockholm Syndrome? Is It Real?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM

General Education

 

If you’re studying for your AP Psychology exam, you’ve probably stumbled across the term “Stockholm Syndrome.” But what is Stockholm Syndrome, exactly? As it turns out, Stockholm Syndrome is a complicated diagnosis that is still surrounded in quite a bit of controversy.

In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about Stockholm Syndrome, and we’ll answer the following frequently asked questions:

  • What is Stockholm Syndrome?
  • Where does it come from?
  • What causes Stockholm Syndrome, and what are its symptoms?
  • Is Stockholm Syndrome a real diagnosis?

At the end of this article, we’ll wrap things up with an in-depth look at two real-life cases of Stockholm Syndrome. (You’ll want to stick around until the end...those cases are really interesting.)

Ready? Then let’s jump in!

 

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Homologous and Analogous Structures: What's the Difference?

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 27, 2019 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Have you ever thought about how different kinds of animals have body parts that work in similar ways? Like bats and bees? Both creatures have wings - even though their bodies are structured very differently.

The key to understanding these differences lies in knowing what homologous and analogous structures are. In this article, we'll talk about each type of structure and discuss the similarities and differences between them.

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College Waitlist: What Are Your Chances of Getting In?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Getting waitlisted at a college certainly isn’t a bad thing—your application was good enough to not get rejected!—but it’s definitely an uncomfortable place to be. After all, when you’re on the college waitlist, you don’t know whether you’ll be admitted or not, and that alone is anxiety-inducing.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to increase your odds of getting off a waitlist. In this article, we explain how the college waitlist works, what steps to take if you've been waitlisted, and how to raise your college waitlist chances so you can attend your dream school.

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How to Get Help With Your College Application

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

College applications can be both difficult and stressful, especially if you don’t have someone in your life who’s familiar with the process. But there are all kinds of resources for college application help—you just have to know where to look.

Not all help with the college application process is created equal. Some are a little too hands-on, which can mean your application doesn’t sound like you. Others may not offer the kind of help you need. When you’re looking for assistance, you need services that help boost your own skills, not ones that do the work for you.

It’s perfectly okay to get college application help. This guide will walk you through some options for assistance, including what you should seek help for, what you shouldn’t, and some of the best places to find reliable assistance with your college application.

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The 3 Best Recipes for How to Make Slime

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 20, 2019 2:00:00 PM

General Education

It’s alliiiiiiiveeee!

Slime is a fun and interactive way to teach kids about chemistry. There are hundreds of slime recipes out there, which produce slimes with different qualities.

In this article, we’re talking all about slime: what it is, how to make it, and what you absolutely need to know to make the best slime of all time.

We promise, we won’t do that rhyme again.

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Ivy Day 2019: What Is It, When Is It, and What to Do Next

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Info

If you’ve applied or are currently applying to Ivy League schools, you’ve likely heard the phrase "Ivy Day." Ivy Day, or Ivy Admissions Day, is when all the Ivy League schools announce their admissions decisions for regular decision first-year applicants.

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect on Ivy Day, when Ivy Day 2019 will be, and what to do with your admissions decision(s) once Ivy Day is over.

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4 Tips for How To Double Major in 4 Years

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 19, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Info

One of the hardest parts about going to college is deciding on a major. Most universities offer tons of majors in many different fields, so it can be tough to choose just one! Good news, though: many universities allow students to earn a double major. It’s a great option for students who want to gain in-depth knowledge in a second field of study.

But while many people have heard of double majoring, many aren’t quite sure how to double major. That’s why we’re going to introduce you to the general requirements for double majoring, then give you two real world, step-by-step guides for how to double major at two top universities. Finally, we’ll wrap things up with four top tips for finishing a double major in four years.

So let’s dive in!


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College Transfer Acceptance Rates: Which Schools Accept the Most Students?

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions

Transferring from one school to another is a wise or even necessary choice for many students, but it’s not without obstacles. College transfer acceptance rates are actually lower than freshman acceptance rates, meaning competition is higher.

This might sound like it’s cause for alarm, but, like applying as a freshman, it just means you need to be prepared.

If you need or want to transfer but aren’t sure where to go, check out some of the colleges with the best transfer acceptance rates.

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What Is a Salutatorian? High School’s Second-Highest Honor

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 11, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Other High School

Academics and athletics have a lot in common: they require tons of practice, dedication, and diligence to succeed. Athletes often get trophies, medals, and letterman jackets to reward them for their accomplishments on the field and in the gym.

But earning great grades can be just as tough as winning a state football tournament! That’s why many schools choose to honor their top two graduates by awarding them the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

We’ve already covered what a valedictorian is in another post, so in this article, we’ll answer all of your questions about salutatorians, including:

  • What is a salutatorian?
  • Does being a salutatorian help you get into college?
  • What is a salutatorian speech?
  • How do you become a salutatorian?

Are you ready to learn more about what it means to be the salutatorian of your graduating class? Then let’s get started!

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ACT Score to GPA Conversion Table

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 3, 2019 6:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

Are you interested in converting your GPA to ACT scores or vice versa? This can be useful if you're trying to estimate your ACT score based on your current grades. In this guide, we've pored over the statistics to give you the information needed to convert between GPA and ACT scores! However, before we get started, let's briefly go over a few caveats.

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Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Kairos: The Modes of Persuasion and How to Use Them

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 3, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos all stem from rhetoric—that is, speaking and writing effectively. You might find the concepts in courses on rhetoric, psychology, English, or in just about any other field!

The concepts of ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos are also called the modes of persuasion, ethical strategies, or rhetorical appeals. They have a lot of different applications ranging from everyday interactions with others to big political speeches to effective advertising.

Read on to learn about what the modes of persuasion are, how they’re used, and how to identify them!

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Are You Better at the ACT or SAT? Find Out For Sure!

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

SAT versus ACT

Because colleges accept both the ACT and SAT, it can be had to figure out which test to take. The changes to the SAT in 2016 made the two tests more similar than ever, although there are still some significant differences in content and format between the two tests.

So how can you tell if you'll do better on the SAT or ACT? Drawing on my experience as a 99 percentile scorer on both the SAT and ACT, I'll give you a surefire way to figure out which test will result in the best outcome for you.

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100 Easy Drawing Ideas to Spark Your Inspiration

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 2, 2019 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner, one thing’s for sure: drawing ideas are hard to come by. Though it might be tempting to wait for the inspiration to strike you, many people recommend spending some time drawing every day to build your skills! You don’t have to produce a masterpiece every day, but investing just a little time in honing your skills can make a big difference over time.

But that raises the obvious question of what you’re going to draw. Rather than letting yourself get frozen with indecision, let this list of cool drawing ideas be your guide!

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