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How to Write a Killer Term Paper

By Chris_DikenApril 30, 2009
You’ve been dreading it all year: No, not your hair, Ras Trent—we’re talking about your history teacher’s infamous research paper, which she assigns while playing Darth Vader’s theme song on the class boombox. It’s bad enough that she wants you to... More  →

Friends, Relatives, and Friending Relatives

By Jeff_AlexanderApril 30, 2009
Let us paint you a little scenario. You get a friend request from someone on Facebook. Her name sounds familiar, but at first you can't place it. Is it the quiet but cute girl in the back of your English class? The overeager clerk at... More  →

Prom for Pennies

By Kathryn_WilliamsApril 29, 2009
When Wall Street spontaneously imploded like our father's head when we told him you could barely see the dent on his car, we knew we were in trouble. When President Obama decided to spend five hundred kajillion dollars on an economic bailout, things looked grim.... More  →

The Birthday Party Do NOT Invite List

By Emily WinterApril 29, 2009
What would you like for your birthday, Sparklers? Perhaps, one amazing birthday party...WITH A SIDE OF MISERY?!? Ehem. Avoiding horrible birthday parties (because NONE of us at SparkNotes spent the majority of our 14th locked in a dog cage in the storage room of a sheet... More  →

There’s Not an App for That—Yet

By Chris_DikenApril 29, 2009
You’ve seen the cute iPhone commercial: If you want to check how many calories are in your lunch, there’s an app for that. Need to remember where you parked the car? There’s an app for that, too. Thanks, Apple! But what if you’re... More  →

Extra Credit: The Unconventional Approach

By Katie_RolnickApril 29, 2009
OK, so it's crunch time.  You're nearing the end of the semester and some quick mental math (or your teacher's handy-dandy grading chart) shows that you're just a few points shy of an A or a B (or a C, or whatever).  All... More  →

The Ten Types of Teen Drivers

By Dan_BergsteinApril 29, 2009
The road is filled with a wide variety of drivers, from motivated soccer moms to Bluetooth-enabled businessmen who think "yield" means "cut off." But teen drivers are a subset that can be dived into ten unique categories. Which type of driver are you? 1. The Leaner... More  →

Auntie Sparknotes Ain't Afraid of Pinhead

By kat_rosenfieldApril 29, 2009
This week, Auntie SparkNotes is taking a break from romantic quandaries to address something much more fun: A real-life human horror movie! Our commenter writes:

one of my best friends…lets call her…Hellraiser…is a total attention whore. like i love her. she’s funny and smart,

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Swedish Dance Party!!

By Joe_LynchApril 29, 2009
Sweden had something going on with ABBA way back when. I mean, “Dancing Queen”? It doesn’t matter how many touchdowns you have to your name or how high your SAT score is—you gotta love “Dancing Queen.” Even if you publicly scoff at it, you secretly... More  →

Top 19 Yearbook Signatures

By Dan_BergsteinApril 28, 2009
Our Yearbook Guide and Yearbook FAQ offer up a metric ton of advice about handling yearbooks. But some readers have more specific questions. Below is an email we received from a loyal reader, who writes: Can you list some things I can... More  →