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Test Prep Made Easy with LearningExpress

January 22, 2019 - 9:27am -- Dodie

Debating when you should take the SAT or ACT? The perfect test date comes down to scheduling and planning. Consider how much time is needed to prep, how packed schedules can be, and if there are plans to take the test multiple times. Many high schools still recommend taking the ACT the spring of junior year because the content of the Math test includes topics some curricula do not cover before then.

Fractals in Nature

January 3, 2019 - 2:42pm -- Toby

Look around! Nature is full of patterns and shapes like the spiral symmetry of a pinecone. True, there are shapes that also appear fragmented or irregular but often there are smaller, self-similar shapes to the larger shape - for example, a tree branch has a similar shape to the larger tree. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot defined these "family of shapes" as "fractals" or the "geometry of nature."

 

 

Isn't It Horrible?! Teen Horror You'll Love

October 18, 2018 - 2:49pm -- Dodie

What is the allure of horror movies and books for so many teens? Some theorize that teens feel like every day is full of dread and that the horror genre offers consolation, as clearly it must be better to go to homeroom than being pursued through the woods by an axe wielding madman! Another thought is that horror snaps us out of our comfort zones, making us feel more alive, as in Not Dead.

Lock the door, close the shades, and get ready for some eye-widening, pulse-quickening reading and listening!

College admission essay: Make them fall in love with you

August 27, 2018 - 4:25pm -- Robin

It's college admissions season. High school seniors around the country are getting ready to submit school transcripts and standardized test scores to their schools of choice and ask for letters of recommendation from trusted adults. They are summing up their extracurricular activities in resumes, and perhaps making a last push to improve their class rank. There is still one important, and sometimes intimidating, piece to the admissions puzzle: the college admissions essay.

Books to Read While Avoiding Required Summer Reading

August 6, 2018 - 8:41am -- Dodie

You’ve already got that required reading list knocked out, right? Who wouldn’t want to start right into Tortilla Flats or Lord of Flies, keeping in mind the dreaded inevitable essays to follow? Give yourself a break and dig into something fun, relatable, quirky, or thrilling, just something wonderful to escape into for a little while or a whole afternoon!

Hacking History: A Scholar Princess

July 23, 2018 - 1:40pm -- Toby

Friederike Charlotte von Brandenburg-Schwedt was born during the Age of Reason or Enlightenment with two career choices: marriage or the abbey. Her smarts may have encouraged elders to promote her as an assistant to the Abbess of Herford when only ten years old. Friederike Charlotte was intellectually curious and strengthened her science education during her teens through written correspondence with 

Teen Book Lists

With so many options, choosing what books to read this summer can be overwhelming. While there is nothing wrong with rereading an old favorite, reading new material takes us on an adventure by introducing us to places, people, cultures and experiences we may have otherwise overlooked.

Tips for picking a book:

Get out of your comfort zone. It’s not fair to write off entire genres. Just because you didn’t like Lord of the Rings doesn’t mean you will dislike all fantasy and adventure novels.

Summer Romance, High Flying Fantasy, Dark Mysteries - Where to Start?

May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm -- Dodie

Finally! School is almost over and soon you will have time to read whatever you want. It's hard to know where to start though - a lot of new books have come out while you've been toiling away at senior essays, standardized testing, and textbooks.

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