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    Game of Themes: Honor and Betrayal

    Posted on 24 July 2014 by CliffsNotes

    We always talk about honor in literature, right? Whether you’re a man or a woman, a king or a janitor, honor is something you can’t sell or break, but it can define you, and according to Game of Thrones, it can definitely get you killed.

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    Win an iPad mini! via Instagram

    Posted on 23 July 2014 by CliffsNotes

    Who doesn't want a free iPad mini?! Follow us on Instagram for your chance to win.

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    Word of the Week: Intrepid

    Posted on 17 July 2014 by CliffsNotes


    Word: INTREPID (adj)

    Meaning: courageous

    Synonyms: brave, daring, fearless


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    Game of Themes

    Posted on 15 July 2014 by CliffsNotes

    Game of Thrones has left us high and dry waiting for season 5, but luckily for you CliffsNotes is here to the rescue. Fill the GoT void in your hearts this summer with our new series, GAME OF THEMES!

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    Word of the Week: Usurp

    Posted on 11 July 2014 by CliffsNotes


    Word: USURP (v)

    Meaning: to seize and hold by force or without legal authority OR to take over and occupy without right

    Synonyms: seize, assume, take, commandeer

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    Word of the Week: Jubilation

    Posted on 2 July 2014 by CliffsNotes


    Word: JUBILATION (n)

    Meaning: the act of rejoicing or a celebration/other expression of joy

    Synonyms: celebration, euphoria, delight

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    Moving Home from College

    Posted on 30 June 2014 by CliffsNotes

    So you’re home from college for the summer. You’re trading fun roommates, red Solo cups, and freedom for curfews, prying eyes, and lots of questions. Am I right? Things needn't be tumultuous - here are a few tips for enjoying your summer at home.

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    Word of the Week: Behoove

    Posted on 26 June 2014 by CliffsNotes

    Everyone should have this word in their vocabulary because c’mon, let’s be real. Who doesn’t love saying behoove? So learn a lil’ something about it, try it out in a sentence to your mom, and then unleash this gem on the world!

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    How to Savor Graduation

    Posted on 24 June 2014 by CliffsNotes

    After all that anticipation for graduation, and within mere hours it’s over. We get it – you’re feeling definitely accomplished but also a little rushed. Here are some ways to help you savor graduation.

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    Word of the Week: Elusive

    Posted on 19 June 2014 by CliffsNotes

    Word of the Week: Elusive

    Word: ELUSIVE (adj)

    Meaning: hard to find or hold on to

    Synonyms: evasive, undefinable, subtle, mysterious, abstract, obscure

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    CliffsNotes, Graduation Debt, and the Color of Money

    Posted on 9 June 2014 by cliffsadmin

    The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary has picked Reyna Gobel’s CliffsNotes: Graduation Debt: How to Manage Student Loans and Live Your Life as the Color of Money pick for the month of June – for the second time!

    Read more from Singletary here and be sure to join in on July 3 for a live online discussion about graduation debt with Singletary and Gobel! Send your comments about your student loan situation to colorofmoney@washpost.com

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    Last Minute AP English Language Prep!

    Posted on 26 May 2014 by Barbara Swovelin

    Before the exam, be sure to review the basics of the AP Language Exam so that you won’t have any surprises. The following bulleted ideas will remind you of these fundamentals and offer some brief advice. I know you have worked hard all year and will want to do your best; good luck! Remember, test takers who are well-prepared will be more comfortable.

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    How can I score a 5 on the AP English Language exam?

    Posted on 30 April 2014 by Barbara Swovelin

    Let’s first look at the more elemental question, namely, “What does it take for anyone to get a 5 on the exam?” After that, we can talk about what it is that you need to do.

    Here’s a very rough estimate of what it takes to score a 5 on the overall exam: Multiple-Choice scores of at least 83% (or higher), plus essay scores in the 8-9 range, although if one of your three essays gets a score of 7, it’s likely that you’ll still be OK . These percentages are just ball-park estimates, and the actual numbers vary from year-to-year, but this info gives you a feel for what it takes.

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    What current college students should know to reduce student loan debt.

    Posted on 24 March 2014 by Reyna Gobel M.B.A.

    I’m often asked whether current students, especially first-year students should read CliffsNotes Graduation Debt. The answer is always yes. The book begins with a story of how I borrowed and didn’t worry about the money piling up until after graduation. Many of my friends never worried about student loan debt until it was time to repay them. Thus, every dollar of student loan refund checks, the amount leftover after tuition and fees, was always spent. I would have had thousands less in student loan debt if I had thought about money borrowed while I was still in college.

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    Should you use tax refund money to repay student loans?

    Posted on 17 March 2014 by Reyna Gobel M.B.A.

    Should you use tax refund money to repay student loans? The answer depends on what other kinds of debt you have as well as if your student loans are private or federal. Federal student loans have more options to postpone or reduce payments if you get into financial trouble than nearly any other type of loan. Thus, you want to pay off credit cards, mortgages, car loans, and private student loans first.

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