How To Keep Your Brain Active Over Summer Break

When students think of summer break, concepts like relaxation and vacation immediately pop up. And while it is important to use this time to take a breather, it’s also important that our hard work during the school year isn’t forgotten throughout the summer.

If you aren’t enrolled in summer classes, I know the last thing students (including myself) want to be doing is schoolwork, so here are some tips on how to keep your brain active during break without sacrificing free time or fun. Read more

4 Ways to Bounce Back From A Failed Grade

Have you recently taken your final exams and received a failed grade? We all know how exams can be nerve wrecking, especially when it’s the final one of the semester! These exams pretty much determine if you’re going to pass or fail a course, and no one wants to retake a course and have their GPA destroyed. But, things happen, and you just have to pick yourself up and move forward.

Don’t dwell on the fact that you may have failed ONE exam, consider the fact that you made it through the entire semester as a whole. Look at your options, and start from there. If you know there’s no chance of extra credit, here are 4 things you can do to bounce back from failing your exams. Read more

7 Ways to Turn Stress into Success

It’s the end of the semester. You’re tired. All you’re thinking about is back home, or the beach, or anything but studying. But alas, it’s not summer yet, and there are still projects to do, papers to be written and tests to be taken.

So here’s my advice, student to student, on how to turn your burnout into motivation. Read more

True Life: Being Legally Blind in College

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Like life is too hard to handle? Do you ever feel like you are incapable of doing something because it’s challenging? Or like you don’t fit in? Well, if you haven’t, I have. My name is Nicole and I was born with a rare eye disease known as Lebers Congenital Amaurosis which left me legally blind.

When I was a child I had decent eyesight, but as I’ve gotten older it has, and continues to, progressively diminish. One day I will be left with no eyesight. Read more

What Do We Know About Community College Graduation Rates?

The world of community college received a lot of attention during the Obama Administration. Many in the academic world were concerned about the graduation rates these schools produced and how the numbers could be improved. But recent research shared in the Hechinger Report found that “Of the estimated one in four students who start at community colleges and then move on to four-year institutions, more than 60 percent ultimately graduate.”

What is the truth about community colleges and their graduation rates that college students considering them, or already enrolled, need to know? Read more

Time for College Graduation! Here Are Some Useful Tips For Entering the Real World

Whether your college graduation happens in May or December, there are things you need to know as college students when it comes to the next steps in your life. I know that leaving college and venturing into the real world can be a scary thing.

I survived it, and I’m here to share my tips for how you can, too. Read more

Considering Summer School? How Many Credit Hours Should You Take?

For some college students, wrapping up your studies in four years can be a challenge. Enter summer school. You may decide to take this route to complete your education because you changed majors and need to catch up on course work; maybe you need to retake a class you did badly in.

Whatever your reason for considering summer school, you also need to be realistic about the number of credit hours you sign up for. Here’s why: Read more

You Got the Internship You Wanted! What’s Next?

It’s a week before your internship start date. You were all excited when you got the offer letter and had no worries in the world after that, but now, it’s getting close and you’re nervous.

No worries, I’ve got you covered. Read more

Highlight Textbook Tips for Efficient Studying

When I read my college textbooks, I have a rainbow of highlighters at the ready, coloring different parts of the text with a different color. My book ended up looking like a piece of modern art! There is still debate on whether you should highlight or not and if it’s an effective study tool.

It worked for me, but everyone studies and retains information in different ways. Here are some study tips for highlighting. Read more

7 Reading Comprehension Tips For Improved Test Scores

Reading comprehension is important for college students, especially when you are new to the college experience, have advanced classes with complex material, and have a variety of types of classes, such as business, chemistry and Chinese. Effective reading comprehension strategies and study tips will help you ace your college tests. Here are some tips on how to study and utilize successful reading strategies.

When I got to college, it was often difficult to remember everything I read. Sometimes I would space out and have no idea what was in that paragraph I just finished reading. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention and check your understanding as you go along. Read more