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The High School History Classes You Should Take

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

History. Maybe it's written by the victors. Maybe it repeats itself, first as tragedy and second as farce. Or maybe it doesn't repeat, but rhymes. In any case, it's a key part of your high school (and lifelong!) education.

But how should you study it? What classes should you take in high school to satisfy college requirements? What options are there for going above and beyond? And what can you do if you are a history fiend who simply cannot get enough learning about the past?

Read on to learn about high school and college expectations, honors and AP classes, and ways to expand your understanding of other social sciences!

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The High School English Classes You Should Take

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It's no secret that colleges want you to take English class each year of high school. But what exactly are you supposed to be learning? What options do you have to exceed expectations and show off your stuff? And what if you're such a book-loving reader that in the dictionary under "bibliophile" there's a picture of you—how can you really max out your high school English experience?

Read on to learn about the common core, honors and AP classes, and going beyond what the standard curriculum offers!

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How to Start Paying Students for Good Grades Effectively

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

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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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Is Online High School Right for You? 3 Steps to Deciding

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Have you heard of online high schools and are wondering if they’re a good option for you? Are you unsure whether they’re a flexible way to get a high school diploma or just an internet scam?

Read this guide to learn what an online high school is, what the pros and cons of attending one are, and how to decide if enrolling in a virtual high school is the right decision for you.

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How to Transfer High Schools: A Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:49:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you transferring high schools or will be transferring soon? Are you wondering how this will affect your high school transcripts, when you'll graduate, and how schools view your college applications? Then this guide is for you!

Read on to learn how to transfer high schools, what it means for your future, and the steps you can take in order to make this process as smooth and easy as possible.

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How to Take an Independent Study Class in High School

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:49:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Is there a particular subject you’d like to study, but your high school doesn’t offer it? You may be able to take an independent study!

 Independent studies can be a great way to take a class your school doesn’t offer but you’d still like to take, whether to strengthen your college applications, prepare for future jobs, or just out of personal interest.

Read on to learn about independent studies, what their benefits are, and how you can take one yourself.

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How to Improve Reading Comprehension: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 4, 2018 10:48:00 AM

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Reading is a skill many people take for granted, but the act of reading and properly comprehending a text is a complex and interactive process. It requires several different brain functions to work together and most often requires one to puzzle through multiple layers of context and meaning. 

Because reading comprehension is so complicated, we can often find ourselves understanding the most basic interpretation of a text, but missing the emotional core or the “big picture.” Or we might just find our brains spinning with no clue at all as to what a text is attempting to convey.

But luckily for everyone who struggles in English classes, on standardized tests, or in daily life, reading comprehension can be improved upon (and it’s never too late to start!). In this guide, I explain step-by-step how to improve reading comprehension over time and offer tips for boosting your understanding as you read.

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How to Graduate High School Early: 5 Key Steps

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:48:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you a high school student who’s thinking about graduating early? Maybe you have an exciting internship offer, want to start college early, or are just interested in finishing high school faster.

The good news is that graduating high school early is often not as challenging as people think. This guide will give you all the tips and information you need to know about how to graduate from high school early in an easy and hassle-free way, and it will help you decide if graduating early is the right decision for you.

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How to Get Good Grades in High School

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:48:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

The transition to high school causes academic whiplash for many students. It’s hard to adapt to a new environment and get good grades when you’re given more independence in your assignments and are expected to learn more challenging materials.

In this guide, I’ll go through the most important strategies that will help you to get good grades in high school and beyond.

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What Is a High School Exit Exam? How Do You Pass?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:44:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Many states use high school exit exams as a means of maintaining graduation standards across public high schools. In these states, exit exams are required for all public school students, and you must pass them to earn your high school diploma. It may sound scary, but they're really not all that bad. In this article, I'll go into detail on what exit exams are, what they're like, and how to make sure you pass!  

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What's the Standard High School Curriculum You Should Take?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 10:43:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you wondering what a typical high school curriculum looks like? Do you want to know what classes you’ll be taking as a high school student?

Read this guide to learn about the standard high school curriculum, high school graduation requirements, and what classes colleges expect you to have taken.

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Complete List of 100+ Free Online High Schools

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Nov 4, 2018 10:41:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Online high schools can be a way for students to take high school classes and graduate at their own pace, without having to adhere to strict schedules and the distractions of a traditional school. So if you feel that an in-person school isn't right for you for whatever reason, an online school might be the perfect fit. 

We’ll give you a list of all the (tuition free!) online high schools available in the United States, as well as how they work, and how and why an online high school could be right for you. So let's get started!

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Is Grade Inflation in High School Real?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:41:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

High school grades are very important in the college application process, but they may not always be the most accurate reflection of a student’s abilities. Grade inflation is a problem in many high schools, and it can result in issues down the line in terms of college performance and admissions chances.

In this article, I’ll go through what grade inflation is and how it affects you as a high school student.

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College Classes in High School: Is AP or Community College Better?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:40:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP), Coursework/GPA

If your high school has AP classes, you probably know a bit about which ones are offered and what they’re like. AP classes are designed to be the equivalent of introductory-level college courses.

However, you may also have the opportunity to take a real college class at your local community college as a high school student. Which option should you choose?

Both community college classes and APs can be valuable additions to your transcript, but you might decide that one or the other is a better fit depending on your needs. I’ll go through the advantages of each and give you the information you need to decide between them.

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The 31 Best Books to Read in High School

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Nov 4, 2018 10:38:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

A huge number of books exist out there, ready and waiting for you to read them. Whether you prefer manga or ancient, epic poems, reading is great for all sorts of reasons.

What follows is a list of highly beneficial books to read in high school (or after!). These are remarkable books—books that made history, books that challenge societal perceptions of the world, and books that are quite simply interesting and moving. The books are presented in alphabetical order, and a short description is given for each book, as well an explanation of why it is worth reading.

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