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105 Creative Writing Prompts to Try Out

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Jan 14, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

The most common advice out there for being a writer is, "if you want to write, write." While this is true (and good advice), it's not always that easy, particularly if you're not writing regularly.

Whether you're looking for help getting started on your next project, or just want to spend 20 minutes being creative, writing prompts are great ways to rev up your imagination. Read on for our list of over 100 creative writing prompts!

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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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200+ Other Words For Said: Synonyms to Spice up Your Writing

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

One of the words that comes up most commonly in various types of writing, from fiction to academic writing, is the word “said.” Any time a writer is referencing the words or thoughts expressed by another person, whether that be thoughts expressed verbally or in writing, an appropriate way to introduce--or attribute--that person’s thoughts is with the phrase “said.” 

But if you’re incorporating a lot of quotations in your writing, you might find yourself repeating  the word “said” a lot. Repeating the same phrase in a piece of writing can start to feel monotonous, which is why incorporating synonyms or an oft-used word or phrase can make your writing more interesting and accurate. But here’s some good news: there are tons of other words for “said” out there for you to use! 

To help you build a repertoire of words to replace “said,” we’re going to do the following in this article: 

  • Explain the importance of using word variety and avoiding repetition of the same word in your writing
  • Explain when to use “said” and when not to use “said” 
  • Provide a comprehensive list of alternative words for “said,” organized into categories based on emotion and intention

Ready to check out some synonyms for “said”? Then let’s get going!


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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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The 10 Scorpio Personality Traits to Know

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Jan 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Often mistaken for a fire sign because of their fierce independence, Scorpios are actually a deeply emotional and sensitive water sign. While they can be intimidating, Scorpios are also the most loyal friends and partners you could ever ask for, and as one of the most ambitious signs, they’re amazing at creating connections and being their authentic selves.

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14 Easy Excel Tips and Tricks

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Jan 3, 2020 7:00:00 PM

General Education

 

Not sure how to use Microsoft Excel? Then you've come to the right place! Microsoft Excel comes with most Microsoft suites and is a commonly recognized computer application that many of us use at one time or another.

While known primarily as a spreadsheet tool, Excel is constantly introducing new functions and is very useful even for people who only need it for basic tasks. With Excel, you can do things such as balance your household budget, make charts for presentations, and analyze data for businesses.

This Excel guide will take you through how to use Excel, including the basic functions, a few key advanced skills, and Excel tips and tricks everyone should know. I recommend following along in Microsoft Excel as you walk through this guide.

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The Fundamental 6 Pisces Traits, Explained

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 3, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Are you born between mid-February and mid-March? Then you’re a Pisces! The Pisces sign is represented by a pair of fish and associated with the element of water. Pisces are often known for being empathetic, generous, and in touch with their emotions, but there is a lot more to this sign than meets the eye.

In this guide, we explain what a Pisces is and what the common Pisces traits--both good and bad--are. We also go over how Pisces interact in romantic, platonic, and work relationships and give advice for Pisces and those who know them.

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The 10 Fundamental Libra Traits and the Best Advice for Libras

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Jan 3, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Libra is an air sign, and Libras are known for the love of being around other people. Libras are incredibly cooperative and fair-minded, and are a sign that believes firmly in the power of social connection. Libras are some of the most interesting and clever people around, and they have a lot to offer. Below, we’ll talk about key Libra characteristics, how Libras relate to others, and advice for being a Libra and getting along with the Libra in your life.

 

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The 5 Fundamental Sagittarius Traits You Need to Know

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 3, 2020 1:00:00 PM

General Education

Sagittarians, our winter-born, free spirit friends! They’re lucky, honest, and ever-so-slightly reckless. What’s not to love? 

If you’re reading this right now, you’re either a Sagittarius yourself or you’re researching the traits of someone specific, like a friend, partner, or co-worker. Or maybe you’re just curious? Whatever the reason you’re reading up on Sagittarius characteristics, we’re here to better help you understand this zodiac sign better. 

In this article, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about the traits of the Sagittarius sign, including: 

  • Answering the question, “What is a Sagittarius?”
  • Giving you 5 key Sagittarius traits 
  • Discussing how Sagittariuses work in relationships 
  • Providing tips for how to get along with Sagittariuses, no matter your sign

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!


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A Complete Guide to the PCAT: Scores, Practice, and More

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

General Education

MCAT, GRE, GMAT...there seem to be a million different tests to get into graduate school, and the PCAT is one of them. Students who want to go to pharmacy school are often required to take the PCAT exam as part of their admissions packet. 

But what is the PCAT, exactly? What’s the format of the exam? And what kind of PCAT scores do you need to get into pharmacy school? 

Well, fear not! We’ve put together an expert introduction to the PCAT exam. In this article, we’ll cover:

  • The unique features of the PCAT
  • An overview of PCAT registration
  • What to expect when taking the test
  • The typical PCAT scores required for pharmacy programs

Having a good understanding of the PCAT can save you a lot of trouble later, so read on!

 

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The 8 Fundamental Taurus Traits, Explained

Posted by Brittany Logan | Jan 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

General Education

Are you a Taurus zodiac sign, or do you know someone who is? If you want to know your strengths and weaknesses as a Taurus or how to relate to a Taurus in your life, then you've come to the right place. Read on to learn all about this April-May zodiac sign, key Taurus traits to look for, and what the Taurus is like in relationships.

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The 8 Aries Traits You Need to Know

Posted by Brittany Logan | Jan 2, 2020 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Ah, spring—such a wonderful time of year. No more snow or cold weather, flowers are in bloom, and summer’s just around the corner. But that’s not all this wonderful season brings: springtime means it’s Aries season!

Are you or is someone you know an Aries? Gather ‘round and keep reading to learn all about the Aries zodiac symbol, key Aries personality traits, and the best ways to communicate with the Aries in your life.

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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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