AP Reading List – Book-a-Day: Fences

Author:  August Wilson Category:  Fences Overview:  A play that tells the story of Troy, an African-American man in 1950’s America.  The play focuses especially on race relations and the barriers to achievement.  What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room: Tabitha:  “This is the sixth of Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, and it continues to explore the … Read more

AP Reading List – Book-a-Day: The Cherry Orchard

Author:  Anton Chekhov Category:  Drama Overview:  Chekhov portrays the futility of the Russian aristocracy and the materialism of the bourgeoisie  through the interactions of both during an estate sale. What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room: Chris: “How many trees should one own?  Chekhov answers this question and others in his play about a … Read more

AP Reading List – Book-a-Day: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author:  Tennessee Williams Category: Drama Overview:  This play examines the relationships between the members of a southern family through their interactions on the family plantation. What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room: Chris: “A drama filled with lust, greed, lies and death, the characters are brilliantly portrayed as wonderfully human.  Maggie the Cat is one … Read more

AP Reading List – Book-a-Day: Arcadia

  Author:  Tom Stoppard Category:  Drama Overview:  A play about juxtapositions set in an English Manor in both the past and the present.  What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room: Tabitha: “Though this play is just a little over 20 years old, it is already considered one of the masterpieces of contemporary theater.  With scenes … Read more

AP Reading List – Book-a-Day: Antigone

Author: Sophocles Category: Poetry Overview:  A Greek political drama that explores the collision of the needs of the state and the needs of the individual. What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room: Chris:  “One of the earliest known plays, this is the forerunner for all things girl power.  The language can be tough to … Read more

AP Reading List – Book-a-Day: The Old Man and the Sea

Author:  Ernest Hemingway Category:  Fiction Overview:  A powerfully moving story of an old fisherman named Santiago who, in an attempt to regain his professional stature, sets out to net a large fish.  The story portrays the challenges that Santiago encounters on his solitary fishing expedition. What they are saying around the staff room: Chris:  “All you need to know … Read more

3 Time Management Methods To Avoid

During my college years, I learned many great methods of time management, but I also learned which methods do not work out so well.   Below are three time management methods that I discovered are not the best options. 1.   Frequent and Untimed Breaks Almost all of the anti-procrastination tips I read online during college … Read more

5 Time Management Methods that Worked For Me

Time management is a major issue for most college students. It was definitely an issue for me!  As a self-confessed procrastinator, I basically had to trick myself into completing assignments on time.  Below is a list of the five tools I found most useful in managing my time and avoiding procrastination. To-do Lists Whenever I … Read more

College Corner: Christa Faces College Unprepared

College Corner is a new feature here on our blog.  It’s meant to help you learn through others’ experiences.  Below, Christa, shares her experience as a freshman college student that was completely unprepared for the college workload and how she managed. One word comes to mind when most high school graduates begin thinking about how life … Read more

Best Foods For Your Brain

If you are taking advantage of the summer to hit the books to prepare for the SAT, follow our advice to feed your brain what it needs. These ingredients will help you retain information and produce energy! Try out the following tips before the test date and see how your brain reacts.  Eggs Eggs will … Read more

AP Reading List – Book-A-Day: Native Son

Author:  Richard Wright Category:  Fiction Overview:  Wright explores what it is like to be an African-American in 1930’s America through the eyes of Bigger Thomas.  Thomas is a 20-year old African-American growing up and living in a very poor urban area of Chicago.  This frames and greatly influences his existence. What they’re saying in the Prepwise … Read more