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Yin and Yang: What Does the Symbol Mean?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 24, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

You've seen the symbol, but what does yin yang mean? Not to mention, which is yin and which is yang? Yin and yang principles have a long and fascinating history behind them, and we've compiled all the most interesting and important bits in this article. Read on to learn:

  • The different meanings of yin and yang
  • What the yin yang symbol means and why it looks the way it does
  • A brief history of yin and yang (this symbol has been around much longer than you think!)
  • How yin yang principles have been used by everybody from politicians to interior decorators to martial artists
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What Is Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? The 5 Levels Explained

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 22, 2021 5:00:00 PM

General Education

You've probably heard of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, but what does it actually mean? Maslow's hierarchy is frequently mentioned, but what are its main points, why has it become so popular, and is it even accurate? In this article, we dive into Maslow's hierarchy of needs and answer the following questions:

  • What is Maslows hierarchy of needs?
  • What are the five levels of Maslow's hierarchy (and why do some sources mention eight levels?)
  • What are some Maslow's hierarchy of needs examples?
  • How is Maslow's hierarchy used in the real world?
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The Complete History of Hip Hop

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 13, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Although widely synonymous with rap music today, hip-hop actually got its start as a full-on cultural movement in the 1970s. For the first few decades that the term was around, hip-hop wasn’t just about music: it also referred to art, style, dance, and philosophy.

In this article, we cover the full history of hip hop dance and music and include a helpful hip hop history timeline for reference.

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What Is the Specific Heat of Water? How Is It Special?

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Feb 13, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’ve ever walked along a beach on a sunny day and dipped your toes in the water to cool them off after the hot sand, you’ve taken advantage of the specific heat of water.

Despite how it may sound, specific heat doesn’t refer to the exact temperature of something. It’s a larger scientific concept that has to do with the energy it takes to heat a substance up. As you might have noticed from the example, not all substances warm up at the same rate—hence the different temperatures of the sand and water.

Water’s specific heat is one of its most interesting characteristics. In this article, we’ll be covering what specific heat is, what equation you use to find specific heat, and why water’s specific heat is so high.

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Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken: Meaning and Analysis

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 12, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Robert Frost is arguably one of the most well-known American poets of all time, so it’s not surprising that his work is taught in high schools and colleges across the nation. Because he’s so famous, chances are you’ve encountered “The Road Not Taken” before

We’re here to help you build a deeper understanding of “The Road Not Taken.” To help you learn what Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” poem is all about, we’ll cover the following in this article: 

  • A brief intro to the poet, Robert Frost
  • Information about the poem’s background
  • “The Road Not Taken” meaning
  • “The Road Not Taken” analysis, including the top two themes in the poem
  • The poetic devices in “The Road Not Taken” that you need to know

There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get going!


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The 11 Solubility Rules and How to Use Them

Posted by Carrie Cabral | Feb 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

One of the first science experiments I remember was adding salt to a cup of water and waiting eagerly for it to dissolve. Though I was excited to watch the salt seem to “disappear” I definitely didn’t understand the intricacies of solubility. Luckily, solubility follows a list of rules that helps us determine how soluble a substance is, like how likely that salt is to dissolve into that water (sneak peek- it’s very likely). We’re going to go over what solubility is, how it works, and the complete list of solubility rules to help you determine the solubility of substances.

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Maya Angelou's Still I Rise: Poem Analysis

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 10, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

Maya Angelou is one of the most important literary figures in twentieth century American history. Her poetry is often included on reading lists for high school English courses, and it may even make an appearance on the AP Literature exam.

In this article, we’ll give you a full introduction to Angelou and her engaging poetry so that you’ll be equipped to analyze it all on your own. To do this, we’re going to guide you through a close analysis of one of Angelou’s most famous poems, “Still I Rise.”

To help you learn what Angelou’s “Still I Rise” poem is all about, we’ll cover the following in this article: 

  • A brief intro to the poet, Maya Angelou
  • “Still I Rise” poem background
  • The overarching meaning of “Still I Rise” 
  • The top three themes in the poem
  • The top two poetic devices in the poem

Are you ready to dive in? Then let’s go!


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Enneagram Type 3: The Achiever

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Driven, excelling, adaptable. If these words describe you, then there’s a chance you might be an Enneagram Type 3. 

Enneagram Type 3s are known as achievers. They’re the success-oriented trailblazers of the Enneagram—the folks you’ll find out there getting things done (and doing them well). 

If you want to learn more about what makes Threes tick, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll go over:

  • How to tell if you’re an Enneagram 3 (plus a quick quiz!) 
  • The top five things to know about being an Enneagram 3
  • What Enneagram Type 3 relationships are like  
  • The best Enneagram Type 3 careers 
  • The Enneagram Type 3 wings (Enneagram Type 3 wing 2 and Enneagram Type 3 wing 4)

Are you ready to learn about Enneagram 3? Then let’s begin!

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The 13 Hardest College Majors to Challenge Yourself

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

College Info, General Education

What are the hardest college majors? You might assume it's all those complicated STEM majors—and you wouldn't necessarily be wrong.

In this article, we look at the various factors normally used to determine whether a major is hard before going over the 13 most difficult majors based on how many hours students typically spend each week preparing for classes. We also give you a few tips for finding the right college major for you.

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The 7 Best GED Prep Books for 2021: Which Should You Use?

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 9, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you don't have a high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your General Education Diploma, or GED. Having a GED can open up many more opportunities for you, especially since most U.S. employers require employees to have a high school diploma or an equivalency.

If you don't have a high school diploma, you're a great candidate for taking the GED test and earning your GED. The exam is designed to determine whether you have the academic skills equivalent to those of a high school senior, so you'll be tested in four subject areas: math, language arts, social studies, and science.

That's a lot of information to know, which is why one of the best ways to study for the GED is by using a GED book. GED study books are designed to help you learn all the material you'll be tested on when you actually take the test.

In this article, we'll walk you through the best GED books on the market so you can choose the one that's right for you. Then we'll give you our top six study tips to help you ace your exam.

Let's get started!


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10 Key Differences Between Mitosis and Meiosis

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 9, 2021 2:00:00 PM

General Education

Getting mitosis and meiosis confused on a biology exam can cost you a lot of points, so it's important to keep these two cellular processes straight. In this guide, we break down mitosis vs meiosis, explain each of the processes, and lay out their similarities and differences so that you’ll be able to easily explain what each process does and how the two differ.

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The 7 Strong Acids

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 7, 2021 4:00:00 PM

General Education

If you’re taking chemistry, you’ll undoubtedly need to know the 7 strong acids. Read this guide to learn what the 7 strong acids are, why they’re important, and why they’re not necessarily the most dangerous acids you’ll be working with in the lab.

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The 14 Easiest Majors for Your Bachelor's Degree

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Feb 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Before we jump into this list of the easiest college degrees, let’s get one thing straight: there’s no such thing as an easy bachelor’s degree. Whatever degree you choose to pursue, you’ll have to work really hard to complete it.

With that caveat out of the way, this article outlines the easiest majors, why they’re easy, and what your career outlook will look like if you choose one of these college degrees.


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Enneagram Type 9: The Peacemaker

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 5, 2021 12:00:00 PM

General Education

Looking into Enneagrams and want to know more about Enneagram Type 9? We're here to help! Read on to learn all about what Type 9s are known for, what they care about (and fear most), how to tell if you're a Type 9, the best Enneagram Type 9 careers, and how this type acts with friends, family, and when they're in love.

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6 Helpful Physical and Chemical Change Examples

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Feb 4, 2021 6:00:00 PM

General Education

In your science class, you may have heard of chemical and physical changes. But do you know how to tell the difference between the two? The answer lies in whether or not a change to a substance results in its molecules being rearranged.

In this article, we will define chemical and physical and changes. Then we'll take a look at specific chemical change examples and physical change examples to better understand their differences and similarities.

So let's get started!

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