The Joy of Competitive Homework

By Dan_BergsteinFebruary 12, 2009
Homework is boring. To make it less stultifying, some experts suggest turning your assignments into a game. This writer recommends setting a timer, and then trying to beat the clock. Perhaps this seemed riveting before balls or fun were invented, but... More  →

The Terrifying Trend That Never Was

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 12, 2009
Hey, guys! Remember last year, when Tyra Banks said that teenagers were having too much sex, and everyone immediately freaked out about the big, scary, Teen Sex Epidemic? Um, yeah, about that. It turns out that The Screeching of Tyra Banks is actually... More  →

What A College Tour Guide Is Really Saying

By Emily WinterFebruary 11, 2009
College tour guides are a unique breed of totally cute, optimistic, and spunky. ...Because they're paid to be that way. Luckily, we at Sparklife happen to know plenty of campus guides—and the clever euphemisms they use to describe their schools. Here's the list you'll need for all... More  →

The Latest LOST Surprise: Somebody Has Twins!

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 11, 2009
Why is LOST suffering a decline in ratings this year? Many factors are to blame, including too many confusing subplots, random characters, and the fact that Daniel Faraday—despite having been marooned on the island for at least 72 hours (and probably more), still has... More  →

For Success at Work, Don a Lead Apron

By Dan_BergsteinFebruary 11, 2009
You've probably heard the old chestnut, "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have." And sure, if you're just an intern, it wouldn't hurt to put on a business suit. Doing so will make you feel professional, and it'll impress... More  →

Do You Share Your Grades With Your Friends?

By Chris_DikenFebruary 11, 2009
Back in the days when blogs posts were written in marker on bathroom walls and comments consisted of phone numbers scrawled underneath, we had an English teacher who used to pass around her grade book so everyone could see how they were doing... More  →

Love, Lust, and Mushrooms

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 9, 2009
Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and here at SparkNotes, we’re doing everything we can to help you get ready for the big day. In fact, thanks to our helpful instruction, you probably already have a) a date, b)... More  →

Love, Thongs, and the Art of 25 Things

By Emily WinterFebruary 9, 2009
Happy Monday! I promise, there’s cause to celebrate. It’s a new week, which means we’ve officially started the backlash to the backlash against Facebook’s 25 Things. Now you can publicly go back to liking it…and this is a good thing,... More  →

Funk Legend + Three Dorky Teen Idols = ???

By Chris_DikenFebruary 9, 2009
When 2 Many DJs threw Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” over the Strokes’ “Hard to Explain” in 2001, the resulting mashup was pretty dang exciting. And it remained exciting for, oh, about three minutes and 48 seconds. By the 49th second, the... More  →

How to Secret Valentine Your Crush

By guestFebruary 9, 2009
So you've been checking out that special somebody in your class but are still way too scared to say anything. Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so this week is  the perfect drumroll to the day you finally step up and say something. Have a look... More  →