Boost Your Social Studies Vocab

In a recent eBoard post, History Prep is Life Prep, we discussed the value of building an educational foundation in social studies. From politics, to economic and cultural topics, having a background in history will empower you to actively engage in historical literature and current events. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay informed.

The problem is, many students get frustrated when they encounter unfamiliar words or phrases while studying history. Boosting your social studies vocabulary will help alleviate this stress. By gaining a general knowledge of terms and topics, you’ll be better equipped to understand and critically think through social studies passages. This is a plus in both testing and your general education as a citizen.

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What the Turtle Can Teach

At some point, most of us have heard the old story of the tortoise and the hare. As the story goes, these two very different and uniquely gifted animals set off on a race. The hare, or the rabbit, full of confidence and speed, is the expected winner. But as the story unfolds, we discover the determination of the tortoise, or turtle, results in him becoming the ultimate champion. It’s where we get the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race.” There are several things we can learn from our old friend, the turtle in this classic story of a race well won.

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No Periodic Table Required

When it comes to the Science section of the high school equivalency exam, GED, HiSET, and TASC testers are not expected to be the next Albert Einstein! No one will be asked to recite the periodic table of elements or rattle off a confusing series of formulas and solutions. Instead, students will be asked to read through a series of science-based passages and answer questions. This involves the basics of reading and reasoning as well as a general understanding of scientific concepts.

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Study Plans that Work

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a teacher push a stack of books toward you and say, “Here. Go study.” If that’s you, you are not alone!

This “go figure it out” approach to study stops many students dead in their tracks. It’s not that they aren’t willing to put in the effort, it’s simply that no one ever taught them how to study. Just like any other subject, study is a skill, and it CAN be taught. Here are five helpful tips to building an effective study plan.

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Back to Basics

Grab a handful of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a good pair of jeans. Add in some comfy joggers, and in these days of social distancing, you’ve got yourself a wardrobe! In the fashion world, these common pieces of clothing are often referred to as basics. This is because they are considered foundational items upon which you can build your own personal sense of style.

Oddly enough, education has a series of basics too. If you are studying for your high school equivalency (HSE) exam, you know them well. Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies are widely cited as the basics of a solid education. But there is an even deeper basic testers need to understand.

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