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What Is Summer Institute for the Gifted? Should You Join?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Aug 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Other High School, Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

Want to challenge yourself this summer? Interested in showing colleges some of your academic interests? If so, you might heave heard about the Summer Institute for the Gifted.

In this post, we'll explain what the Summer Institute for the Gifted is all about; cover logistics such as application materials, cost, and dates; and help you decide whether it's a good fit for you.

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How to Get a Copy of Your High School Diploma: 2 Scenarios

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Do you need a copy of your high school diploma and are wondering how to get it? Perhaps you need your diploma for a job or college, but you can’t find your original copy. High school diplomas can be required for a variety of reasons, and it’s important to have a copy of yours on hand.

This guide will go over each step you need to follow in order to get a copy of your high school diploma, whether you graduated recently or years ago.

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8 Tips for How (and When) to Ask for a Raise

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 1, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Other High School

Are you hoping to increase your salary but aren't sure how to ask for a raise? Are you also wondering how much to ask for a raise or when to ask for a raise? Asking for a raise can be nerve-wracking, especially if you aren’t sure how to go about it, but we have all the answers you're looking for.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about asking for a raise, including the steps you need to have done beforehand, the best times to ask for a raise, how much you should ask for, and eight tips to keep in mind when you ask.

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The 19 Steps to Becoming a College Professor

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Do you love conducting research? Do you enjoy engaging with students? Can you envision yourself working in academia? Then you're probably interested in learning how to become a college professor. What are the basic requirements for becoming a college professor? What specific steps should you take in order to become one?

In this guide, we start with an overview of professors, taking a close look at their salary potential and employment growth rate. We then go over the basic college professor requirements before giving you a step-by-step guide to how to become one.

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The 11 Natural Log Rules You Need to Know

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 9, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Other High School

If you’re taking a high school or college math class, you’ll likely cover natural logs. But what are natural logs? What is ln? Why does the letter e keep showing up?

Natural logs may seem difficult, but once you understand a few key natural log rules, you’ll be able to easily solve even very complicated-looking problems. In this guide, we explain the four most important natural logarithm rules, discuss other natural log properties you should know, go over several examples of varying difficulty, and explain how natural logs differ from other logarithms.

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What Is the Density of Water? By Temperature and Unit

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jul 4, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Other High School

What is the density of water? Does it matter what the temperature is? How can you figure out the density of other objects and liquids?

In this guide we explain water density, provide a chart you can use to find the density of water at different temperatures, and explain three different ways to calculate density.

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What Was the Open Door Policy in China?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 28, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Other High School

Looking to learn more about the Open Door Policy? The Open Door Policy was an important policy that affected Asian, European, and US trade for decades and even contributed to the Japanese/American conflict in WWII.

What was the Open Door Policy definition? Why and when was the Open Door Policy created? What are the impacts of it? We answer all those questions and more in these open door notes.

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The Easy Trick to Convert Celsius to Fahrenheit

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 22, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Other High School

In every science class, you must know how to use and interpret the Celsius temperature scale. But this can be difficult for students who are used to using Fahrenheit instead. How do you convert Celsius to Fahrenheit? What about Fahrenheit to Celsius?

We answer these questions below, giving you the mathematical formulas for converting between these two temperature units, a handy conversion chart, and a quick conversion trick you can use without having to grab a calculator.

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The 9 Best Places to Do Community Service

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Community service is a great way to help others, as well give you valuable skills and experiences. There are a lot of ways to get involved in community service, and choosing the best place to volunteer your time can be difficult. 

Our guide gives examples of some of the top places to do community service, as well as steps to help you decide which place is best for you.

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High School vs College: 15 Key Differences

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jun 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, College Info

Are you about to start college soon? Are you wondering what changes to expect? How is college different from high school? When you compare high school vs college, you’ll find many differences, some of which are obvious, others less so.

It’s important to understand how high school and college are different from each other so you know what to expect and can have a smoother transition when you begin college. In this guide, we explain the 15 most important differences between high school and college and give you tips to help make this major life change a bit less intimidating.

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How to Study for the Math Olympiad: AMC 10/AMC 12

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

Have you ever wondered what it would take to represent America at the International Math Olympiad? Or maybe you’re a strong math student who is wondering what opportunities are available to you outside the classroom?

In this article, we'll answer all your Math Olympiad questions! We’ll explain what it takes to qualify for the International Math Olympiad and how to ace the qualifying tests – the AMC 10 and AMC 12.

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My Successful Harvard Application (Complete Common App + Supplement)

 

In 2005, I applied to college and got into every school I applied to, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. I decided to attend Harvard.

In this guide, I’ll show you the entire college application that got me into Harvard - page by page, word for word.

In my complete analysis, I'll take you through my Common Application, Harvard supplemental application, personal statements and essays, extracurricular activities, teachers' letters of recommendation, counselor recommendation, complete high school transcript, and more. I’ll also give you in-depth commentary on every part of my application.

To my knowledge, a college application analysis like this has never been done before. This is the application guide I wished I had when I was in high school.

If you’re applying to top schools like the Ivy Leagues, you’ll see firsthand what a successful application to Harvard and Princeton looks like. You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application. You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.

Reading this guide from beginning to end will be well worth your time - you might completely change your college application strategy as a result. 

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ACT Aspire Practice Tests: Where to Find Free Tests

Has your school district started using ACT Aspire? Because Aspire only rolled out a few years ago (2014), it's possible you have a lot of questions about what the test will be like.

Want to get some practice before you take it for real? We'll give you links to free practice tests for each section of Aspire and explain how to best prepare for the test.

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Having a Job in High School Has More Benefits Than Just a Paycheck

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Feb 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School, Extracurriculars

Having a job used to be a rite of passage for high school students. They’d put in some hours during the school year and over the summer and often be able to pay for most of their college expenses with the money they earned. However, as today’s current high schoolers are facing piles of homework, pressure to excel on sports teams and clubs, and tuition costs that no entry-level job could ever cover, many people are rethinking the concept of high schoolers working.

Are there still benefits to having a job in high school? Yes. There are many reasons for a high school student today to have a job, and those benefits extend far beyond just a paycheck.

Having a job in high school can not only be a great experience in and of itself, it can also set you up to get even better jobs in college and beyond. In this article, I use my experience of working as a teenager to go over the key benefits of having a high school job. I also end by giving tips on the best jobs for high school students.

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Here’s Exactly What to Do Before a Test

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Feb 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Other High School

Whether you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, an SAT Subject Test, the PSAT, an AP exam, a final, or any other test for high school, it's essential to know what to do beforehand so you can give yourself the best shot at getting a high score.

In this guide, we introduce our top 11 tips for what to do before a test, from how to study for a test the night before to how to relax before a test using deep breathing.

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