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Do Teachers Like You?

By Kurt HarrogateApril 27, 2016
Are you more teacher's pet or teacher's Pet Rock? ... More  →
Do Teachers Like You?

How to Write a Personal Statement

By Kelly HoffmacherApril 26, 2016
Writing a personal statement is undoubtedly the worst part of filling out an application for—anything. I absolutely hate writing them and no matter how many I’ve written, (see my applications to college, graduate school, artists residencies, and grants), I still spend days procrastinating and freaking... More  →
How to Write a Personal Statement

How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

By Kurt HarrogateApril 20, 2016
We've all been there: sitting in front of a blank word document, staring down the blinking cursor, a writing prompt and a couple pages of notes laid out on the desk. The first step to really starting a paper is coming up with a solid... More  →
How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

The Poetic Line (Part II)

By Emma W.April 14, 2016
I know, I know: you're probably thinking, how can there possibly be so much to say about the poetic line?!? why is poetry so complicated?!?  @$%^& and I get it, I really do—but the poetic line is seen by many as THE defining feature of poetry. There's... More  →
The Poetic Line (Part II)

The Poetic Line (Part I)

By Emma W.April 6, 2016
"The poetic line" is the fancy term for a line of poetry; it can stop at a single word—an "of" or "the" or "hippopotami"—or keep going until it hits the margin, or, even, with correct formatting, go beyond the margin. The poetic line, like ice cream, come... More  →
The Poetic Line (Part I)

The 101: Where to Start Analyzing a Poem

By Emma W.April 1, 2016
Poetry is HARD. I mean, I often have trouble understanding it—and I am myself a poet and a poetry teacher. But that is the point of poetry: the fact that it can be difficult to understand, or, as I prefer to say, mysterious, is also what makes... More  →
The 101: Where to Start Analyzing a Poem

The 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a College Lit Paper

By Kurt HarrogateMarch 31, 2016
Welcome to The 101, a new series where we give you the quick-and-dirty on some essential school skills, from analyzing poems and short stories to identifying unreliable narrators! First up, tackling the dreaded lit paper! —ed. I walked into my first college English class smug and self-assured—twelve... More  →
The 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a College Lit Paper

How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

By Amelia BienstockJanuary 8, 2016
You might have a "great" admissions essay about the time you volunteered in Haiti for five days stuffed in your cannon, ready to fire off at the next college that catches your heart, but if you want to stand apart from the crowd and wake... More  →
How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

Black-ish Star Yara Shahidi Give Us Some Brilliant Study Tips (& Weighs in on Our Favorite Hot-Button Issue)

By SparkLifeDecember 3, 2015
Not only is 15-year-old Yara Shahidi one of the stars of the hit TV show Black-ish, she's also a high school student with a full roster of AP classes, and—as evidenced by the picture above—the definition of #blazergoals. As if all that weren't enough, in... More  →
<i>Black-ish</i> Star Yara Shahidi Give Us Some Brilliant Study Tips (& Weighs in on Our Favorite Hot-Button Issue)

Detractors Gonna Detract: The Week's Celebrity Gossip, Featuring SAT Vocabulary

By Maura Barry-GarlandSeptember 25, 2015

Tired of parents and teachers who say “celebrity news is insipid drivel that corrodes your brain”? You can shake off their negativity (and become more erudite in the process) by perusing the only celebrity news

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Detractors Gonna Detract: The Week's Celebrity Gossip, Featuring SAT Vocabulary