7 first day of college tips

My first day of college classes was daunting for me, as it is for most college students. You’re still finding your classroom buildings, navigating the college campus layout and meeting teachers and fellow students for the first time.

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Here are some bits of freshman advice and college tips for your first day of class. Read more

Understand political terms with your very own dictionary

Now that the Democratic Party and Republican Party have chosen their candidates the rhetoric will really heat up. I’ve been watching a lot of political commentary on TV and, wow, there are plenty of political terms to keep track of.

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

What exactly do the candidates mean when they talk about being liberal or conservative? What is an oligarchy and why does it scare people? There are fewer than 100 days until the presidential election on November 8, 2016, so it’s about time we clarified all the political jargon. Read more

4 tips to keep in mind when writing your grad school personal statement

Is grad school on your radar for after college? If so, there are some things you need to know about applying, particularly how to craft a killer personal statement.

What do you suggest including in your grad school personal statement? (Credit: Princeton Review)

What do you suggest including in your grad school personal statement? (Credit: Princeton Review)

The personal statement is your opportunity to persuade the selection committee why you belong in their program, as well as your best shot for explaining any blips on your academic record in terms of grades, etc. Read on for tips for writing a personal statement that will wow. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

Advice on summer courses that will give you the “summer feels!”

The spring semester is over and many college students are weighing the pros and cons of summer courses. While many articles are written to tell you the benefits and perils of summer classes, I’m here to give you a different perspective.

Will you be taking summer courses? (Credit: MonroeCC.edu)

Will you be taking summer courses? (Credit: MonroeCC.edu)

I’m not going to tell you that summer courses are hard or you can catch up if you just failed a class last semester. No, I’m going to tell you why you should embrace summer courses as the brutal animal they can be, and how you can use them to your benefit. Read more

Work-life balance ideas for busy college students

Like most college students you may feel as if graduation is eons away, but it will be here before you know it. Time management skills are more important than ever because there is just so little time to get things done.

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

How do you manage work-life balance? (Credit: The Way HPI)

So I thought it would be a good idea to put together some ideas on how to stay organized, work smart and still find a work-life balance to keep sane. Let me share with you some tips that you can start using now. Read more

Building your memory palace and other study tips to ace your exams

I’m a big fan of the show Sherlock on PBS, and I find it fascinating when the world’s greatest consulting detective uses a memory palace (a way of visualizing walking through a room to remember details) to help solve crimes. Ever wish you could easily recall data from your short-term memory when taking an exam?

What tips do you recommend to build your memory palace? (Credit: The Nerdy Bomb)

What tips do you recommend to build your memory palace? (Credit: The Nerdy Bomb)

Study tips are great but in the crunch you have to use some brain hacks to put what you’ve studied onto the test paper. With that in mind, here are a few memory improvement tips to help you prepare for your next exam. Read more

What you need to know about plagiarism

Instead of writing a research paper, college students may be tempted to purchase one online. However, cheating and plagiarism hurts everyone. And don’t forget that professors can check for plagiarism with online plagiarism check services.

Have you or are you considering plagiarism? (Credit: Colin Purrington)

Have you or are you considering plagiarism? (Credit: Colin Purrington)

Punishment can be severe when students are caught purchasing a term paper. Read more

5 realistic time management tips for college students

With end of the year term papers and final projects due, it can get very busy and stressful. You might feel overwhelmed and not know how to juggle all the things you have to do. Time management tips can help you schedule your schoolwork and spread your workload out so you can have enough time for everything, including yourself and friends.

Using a daily calendar helps with time management. (Credit: WikiHow)

Using a daily calendar helps with time management. (Credit: WikiHow)

Here are some study tips and successful time management techniques. Read more

Ideas for your summer reading list

Odds are, you’re either finished with your semester or you’re almost finished. You might be dreaming of a summer filled with sun and fun and no books at all. Even though I take mostly lit classes, I still like to do a little summer reading. Some friends of mine put together a list of books they felt like other people had read and they’d missed, and check them off during the summer.

What books are on your summer reading list? (Credit: Pexels)

What books are on your summer reading list? (Credit: Pexels)

If you want to pick some of the best books to read over the summer, you can grab one of NPR’s best books list, or you can flesh out your summer reading with a checklist based on the Gilmore Girls. Even better? Take a look at your TBR pile and see if you can whittle it down while doing some beach reading! Read more