Hilary Cairns


Hilary Cairns is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and has a BA in English/Creative Writing. She's an established freelance writer who also has a hand in marketing, social media, and editing for various businesses across the United States.

How to Improve Your GPA!

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Improving your GPA should be a goal whether you’re in high school or college, a freshman or a senior. A high GPA will look excellent on both a college application and a resume. Here are some steps you can take to improve your GPA: Set Aside Time To Study Studying before a test is a …

Myths About Community Colleges

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Community colleges aren’t a top choice for many high school students or college-oriented adults. However, they should be considered as an option more than they are. They have a number of careers and educational benefits and are often undervalued. Here are a few myths that surround community colleges: Community College is Not A Good Choice …

How to Study for the PreACT

Even though the PreACT is a prep exam for the actual ACT, it doesn’t mean you should skip the study sessions. The PreACT is fairly new and was only released in fall of 2016, but there are still some ways you can get prepared. Take The ACT Practice Test  The PreACT is almost identical to …

Can A Scholarship Expire?

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When applying for a scholarship (or after you’ve been awarded one), it’s important to understand how their specific terms and how they work. One question you might be asking yourself is “Can they expire?” Here’s what you need to know about expiration dates and your scholarship: Can They Expire? Some students who win scholarships wonder …

What is a GED?

What is a GED and how is it graded? questions & answers
What is a GED? A GED, also known as the General Educational Development or General Education Diploma, is an alternative to a high school diploma. However, before deciding to take it in place of earning your diploma, there are some things you need to know. What Exactly Is The GED? A GED is for people …

How to Study for the PSAT

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Your results on the PSAT are not only an accurate representation of how you would do on the SAT, but they also give you the opportunity to win scholarships and recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Even though it is a practice exam, you should be fully prepared on test day. Here are some …

The PSAT Can Help You Qualify for the National Merit Program…What About the PreACT?

Should you take the pre ACT test? What does it qualify you for? questions & answers
The PSAT, or Preliminary SAT, allows students to prep for the SAT while also qualifying for scholarships and recognition from the National Merit Program. Here’s a quick rundown of the Pre ACT test and what you can expect after you complete it in regards to scholarships. No Direct Scholarships  Unlike the PSAT, the PreACT does …

The 3 Different Kinds of College Campus Tours

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Do you know what to expect during your tours of colleges? You might have a few coming up soon, so you’ll definitely want to know what to look for. Understanding the three types of college campus tours will give you a good idea of what you’ll see while you’re there. Open House One of the …

What is the Difference Between an Accelerated Degree Vs. Dual Degree Program?

What's the difference between an accelerated degree and a dual degree program? questions & answers
Most undergraduate students tend to go to college for four years and focus on one Bachelor’s degree. If they pursue other degrees, it is usually after graduation. However, there are other options available to students, including Accelerated Degree and Dual Degree Programs. Choosing which is right for you depends on your desired career path and …