What I Didn’t Expect to Learn from my First Research Experiment

Starting a new adventure at any point in life can be daunting, especially in college. When I first applied for my research position in an EEG lab (Electroencephalogram lab measuring brain activity), I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into as this was all new territory for a second-year neuroscience student.

However, once I finally got my first job in the lab, I found student research can be so much more in depth than I previously thought. Read more

It’s Not Too Late! How To Painlessly Change Your College Major

Even though choosing a college major is a big decision, many schools require you to declare your major right away or after your first year. This is going to impact your future course requirements and set you up for life after college. However, not all college majors are going to work well for you.

And if you find that after a couple of years you’ve headed down the wrong path, what do you do? 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

TOEFL Test Tips for English Language Fluency

Many college students from non-English speaking countries attend college in the United States. To assure they are ready for classes conducted in English spoken at an advanced level, the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) rates their fluency in English.

Learn more about the TOEFL test. (Credit: Careers 360)

Learn more about the TOEFL test. (Credit: Careers 360)

The standardized test measures the English language skills of non-native speakers who want to attend academic and professional institutions. Here is some basic information about TOEFL and tips for taking the test. Read more

Finish Your Research Papers Before Making This Windows Upgrade: Here’s Why

You may recall reading about my anxieties with my Windows 10 upgrade last March. (You can read about it in “Tech Tips: Should I or should I not upgrade my desktop?“—if that’s TL;DR, the short version is that upgrading a too-old PC to Windows 10 crashed the box, made it lose the Internet, and resulted in my having to get a new computer after months of working with IT to get it fixed).

Learn more now about the latest tech support end for Windows. (Credit: Windows)

Learn more now about the latest tech support end for Windows. (Credit: Windows)

But there’s reason to be glad I’m on it now: for some PC owners, support for their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 boxes may be gone with the processor. If you’re running either of those, here’s what you need to know. Read more

Changes to FAFSA and What To Do About It

Filling out the FAFSA is frustrating under the best circumstances. While I was excited about some of the ways the application process was made easier this past fall (“Get ready to apply for the FAFSA“), it looks like some of the tools to make life easier actually got harder in the past month. If you’re attending (or applying to) college in one of the states where the FAFSA deadline has already passed, or if you already completed the application: congratulations! You’re done and don’t have to worry.

Get the latest on the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: Iowa State Daily)

Get the latest on the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: Iowa State Daily)

For the rest of us who tend to put things off until the last minute, plan to set some time aside, pull together your parents’ 2015 IRS paperwork, and get ready to manually enter all that data into the FAFSA. The Data Retrieval Tool, which allowed students to grab that data and fill it out almost instantly, has gone down with no revival date in site. Read more

How To Calculate Your GPA — And Why It Matters

Making it through college-level classes takes a lot of hard work. At the end of the day, you want to know that it was worth the effort, and your grade point average (GPA) is the most concrete way of doing that.

Calculate your GPA for academic success. (Credit: Hive Miner)

Calculate your GPA for academic success. (Credit: Hive Miner)

Do you use your school’s GPA calculator to keep track of your GPA? As college students, we are told that our cumulative GPA will affect our postgraduate and our professional possibilities. So, it’s a good idea to know how to calculate your GPA. Read more

Common App: Your One-Stop College Application Tool

If you’ve been looking for an easier way to send your college application to multiple schools, then you have to check out the Common App. With one online form, you can apply to nearly 700 academic institutions in the U.S. and other countries. It also helps with tracking your progress and meeting deadlines.

You’ll still have to send additional information such as your high school transcript, results of college entrance exams, and an essay, if required. Read more

Hey, It’s Digital Learning Day! Here’s What You Need To Know About It

I think it’s safe to say our society has come a long way in terms of technology, and now is a very exciting time to be a part of it! It seems hard to believe that not even ten years ago it was unheard of for college professors and students to use digital tools in and outside the classroom – and now we even have a holiday to recognize it, Digital Learning Day!

So, in case you’re wondering what exactly digital learning is or why we celebrate it, read on to get the answers you need and decide how you can be a part of Digital Learning Day. Read more

Black History Month: Celebrating The Most Influential in History

During Black History Month, we remember and celebrate those who have been influential in history. African Americans have been behind an array of inventions, laws, and scientific advancements.

Thurgood Marshall, a well-known Black History leader. (Credit: Insider Monkey)

Thurgood Marshall, a well-known Black History leader. (Credit: Insider Monkey)

We often hear about the same African Americans in history; Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Jackson, and Oprah. Leaving others left in the shadows. Read more