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Sam is the Senior Educational Content Specialist for Course Hero. If you have ideas or suggestions for what you'd like to see on Course Hero, let him know at [email protected]!

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Using AI Responsibly: A Guide to Ethical Online Homework Help

Learn the ethical guidelines for leveraging AI in online homework assistance and what to consider before using an AI study tool.

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Course Hero vs. ChatGPT | What’s the Best AI Study Tool?

Which is better—Course Hero or ChatGPT? Here we'll explore the features and benefits of both so you can choose the best AI study tool.

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5 Free (and Affordable) ChatGPT Alternatives for Online Homework Help

Looking for reliable online homework help? Check out these 5 free and affordable ChatGPT alternatives students can easily access for step-by-step explanations.

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A Guide to Using Homework AI Bots for Better Grades

Learn effective strategies and discover key features of AI chatbots for efficient, impactful, and accurate answers and explanations.

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Does AI Tutoring Really Work for Homework Help? (2023)

Learn how to use AI tutors to get the best answers and explanations, and discover the effectiveness of AI tutoring for online homework help.


11 Last-Minute Study Tips for Finals Week

Whether you’re prepared or procrastinating, finals are nearly here! These 11 tips can help you make the most out of your last-minute studying.


The Top 9 Quirkiest College Traditions

Chances are your school's traditions aren’t quite as strange (or awesome) as these 9 quirky college rituals.


11 Historical Destinations for a College Road Trip

Planning a college road trip? Here are 11 historical destinations across the US that will leave your mind and your wallet full.


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Night Author Elie Wiesel

Since its publication, Night has been translated into more than 30 languages and has become a staple in high school and college libraries across the US.

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7 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity

Are you unconsciously sabotaging your productivity? By eliminating these 7 nasty habits, you’ll clear your mind and free up your time to take on the day!

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5 Reasons All College Students Should Be on LinkedIn

Here’s why you should definitely be on LinkedIn—even if you haven’t gotten your diploma yet.


Why Is Black History Month Celebrated in February?

Here's why Black History Month is celebrated in February—plus an inspirational look at influential literary works by Toni Morrison, Malcom X, and more.


A Day’s Worth of Free Fun for College Students

No cash? No problem! Enjoy these no-cost ways to fill up, chill out, hit the town, and see the sights. (Leave your debit card at home!)


6 Little Ways to Get Healthy on a College Budget

Crush your 2019 eating goals — on a college budget. These 6 simple suggestions include a backpack must-have, dorm snack ideas, pizza-eating tips, and more.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the English Language

Need a fun study break? Take a "moment" to discover a few facts about the English language that may surprise you. (That's 90 seconds, by the way...)


The Introverted Student’s Guide to Small Talk

The next time you find yourself among strangers, don’t pretend to look at your phone! Try these small-talk tips to help you join the conversation.


8 Signs You Might Be a Bad Roommate

Are you a bad roommate? You might be if you're guilty of any of these 8 annoying habits. Learn how you can become an A+ roommate with these essential tips.


10 Powerful Maya Angelou Quotes to Inspire You

In honor of the legacy she left behind, we share with you 10 of the most inspiring quotes from Maya Angelou herself.


8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Professor

Learning to communicate effectively with your professors is great practice for communicating with your future employer. Here, 8 practical tips to help.


How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

Writing a scholarship essay doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience. Here, simple tips to help you write a scholarship essay stands out from the crowd.


10 of the Biggest Mistakes College Students Make

If you want to save money, improve your GPA, prepare for your career, enjoy your studies, and boost your productivity, avoid these common college blunders.

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How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation (LOR)

Whether you're applying for an internship, your first job, or graduate school, you'll likely need reference letters. Keep these 5 tips in mind.


5 Great Anytime Gigs for College Students

What’s the best job to have in college? These five gigs are perfect for busy college students who want more control over their already crazy schedule.

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The 9 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Advisor

If you know what questions to ask, you and your advisor can work together to build a plan catered for your personal and professional success. Help guide the advisor on what you want to talk about by prompting them with a few hard-hitting questions.


Infographic & Study Guide: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Conrad's experiences on the Congo River were a turning point in his life. Learn more about how they inspired his work, and how the book was initially received.


Infographic: Alexandre Dumas and The Count of Monte Cristo

Learn more about the themes and motifs behind Dumas’s famed novel, as well as the friends and betrayers of his protagonist Dantès.


Infographic: Themes in John Milton’s Paradise Lost

What are the key themes in Paradise Lost, and how has it impacted culture? Dig in to the Course Hero infographic to learn more.


Infographic: The Real People Behind To Kill a Mockingbird

Like many authors, Harper Lee used real people from her own life as inspiration for the beloved cast of characters in her book. But who were those people?


Self-Identity in Toni Morrison’s Novels

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s vivid and lyrical portrayals of the black experience have sparked a national dialogue about race and social justice.

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The 7 Colleges Classes that Everyone Should Take

Which college courses teach you skills you can take to any job? Check out these classes everyone should take in college!


7 Easy Ways to Kick-Start Your Creativity

Need some inspiration? Check out these 7 tips for improving your creative thinking skills.


How Mary Shelley’s Boring Summer Resulted in Frankenstein

Check out the Frankenstein infographic to learn more about Mary Shelley and the historical context surrounding this classic tale.


The Real-Life Girl Who Inspired Alice in Wonderland

First published in 1865, Alice in Wonderland was inspired by one ordinary 10-year-old girl named Alice Liddell.


Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter: Infographic

Learn more about Hester Prynne and the evolution of the scarlet "A" in this Scarlet Letter infographic.


Betrayal and Revenge in Medea: An Infographic

Discover what makes Medea a standout tragedy that continues to shock audiences to this day.

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How to Read Faster and Retain More Information

These exercises will help you optimize your brain for faster reading and better retention.


9 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed

Even if you go to bed early, do you still wake up exhausted? See a list of bad habits that might be preventing you from getting a good night's sleep.


The Top 10 Most Unusual College Mascots

Check out 10 of the most unusual college mascots we’ve ever seen! Which one is your favorite?


6 College Essentials Worth Splurging On

Here are six items we think you should treat yo’self to, even when you’re living on a college budget.

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How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Ever feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information you have to process every day? Become a better thinker—and a better learner—with these 7 essential steps for improving your critical thinking skills.

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14 Interview Tips for Landing Your Dream Internship

Learn how to impress recruiters and land your dream internship using these 14 proven interview tips.

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10 Free Things Students Should Do to Beat Stress this Semester

College students: Here are 10 free activities to help you save money, beat stress, and take back your time this semester!

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How to Improve Your Essay Writing in 7 Steps

While writing a paper can feel like a daunting task, there are a few best practices you can follow to make your writing stronger and more engaging.

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5 Proven Study Habits for Getting Better Grades

These science-backed study techniques will help improve your focus and your grades.

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