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

Does Skype in classrooms improve academics?

Today, college students who may need to miss a class due to illness, bad weather, family emergency or other reason can get their education from Webcam online, Skype video or other remote learning right in their college dorm or at home.

Do you think the use of Skype in the classroom is effective? (Credit: LaSalle.edu)

Do you think the use of Skype in the classroom is effective? (Credit: LaSalle.edu)

Skype in the Classroom is helping students and college professors improve academics. Your college professor is likely to bring the class to you. Read more

How the FREE MindTap Mobile App will meet your college needs

With a bit of research – wait, let me rephrase that – with an extensive amount of research, the MindTap Mobile App was officially built with the help of college students (who better to help?!) to determine how mobile access could most benefit them.

Based on those findings, there are several key features that will be available through the FREE MindTap Mobile App. Let’s get right to the point and show you how it will meet your academic needs. Read more

Where to find reliable sources in your own filter bubble [Hint: not Wikipedia!]

One of the great things about writing papers right now is how easy it is to type in your topic in a search engine and voila! Information, right at your fingertips! I love how quickly I can grab information on the go, just using my smart phone. But the tricky thing about all the information that’s available is sorting through the reliable sources and the not-so-reliable sources.

Can you tell what reliable sources look like? (Credit: Heahea.org)

Can you tell what reliable sources look like? (Credit: Heahea.org)

This is made even more difficult when you take into account something professors like Siva Vaidhyanathan calls Googlization, and writers like Eli Pariser call the Filter Bubble: helpful personalization of your search algorithm by your search engine ends up feeding you a search bias—your search results are more likely to show you information that supports your own ideas than contradicts them, which can be truly hazardous for a research paper. Here are some tips you need to know on sorting the good sources from the bad. Read more

College campuses catering to various religions and what they’re doing

Colleges and universities are catering to the religious and cultural diversity of their college students. My college campus has a few Christian student groups, but there is nothing for other religions, which is a shame.

Syracuse University's stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

Syracuse University’s stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

However, more colleges are catering to students of different religions, and are offering classes or extracurricular activities for anyone who wants to learn about a faith different from their own. This is happening in an era when Americans in general and millennials in particular, are identifying less and less with a specific religion. Read more

Got an exam survival kit? Don’t forget your phone

Duh, of course you’d never forget your phone no matter where you go, right?! It’d be a travesty to leave it behind when you head to the library (or elsewhere) to study for exams too. But aren’t phones supposed to be a huge distraction we should steer clear of when studying? Well, yes and no.

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit: Motivators.com)

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit: Motivators.com)

It ultimately depends on how you use your phone! Let’s delve deeper into why your phone should be included in your exam survival kit. Read more

Have you heard about our NEW Write & Cite app? Now you have!

Writing research or term papers is one of the most terrifying experiences for many college students – I see you nodding your head “yes.” So, why don’t we try to make your life a little bit easier… at least in terms of helping you write a research paper.

If you like having a personal writing tutor at your fingertips, as well as an inexpensive and easy to use resource for your college writing needs then you should be using the new Write & Cite app. Read more

Let your college portfolio tell the story of YOU

As college students, how many times are we told to create a portfolio every semester? Well, that sounds like a great idea but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Let’s get unique with it and explore some potential resources and ideas that you can use to get started on your student portfolio, and (hopefully!) demonstrate that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Read more

Should you consider an Interdisciplinary studies major?

What is interdisciplinary studies? It’s a course of study that includes knowledge from various fields and disciplines. Many colleges and universities allow college students to create their own interdisciplinary studies major.

Is an Interdisciplinary studies major right for you? (Credit: Duke University)

Is an Interdisciplinary studies major right for you? (Credit: Duke University)

Some students with this college major have seen their career opportunities expand. Thinking about creating your own interdisciplinary studies major? Read on for more info. Read more

Last chance: Activate your digital learning solutions NOW!

For several weeks now I’ve been reminding you to activate your digital products so you can get off to a good start to the new school year. I can almost guarantee that many of you thought you’d wait until the last minute to do so – are you nodding your head in agreement? If that’s the case, you NEED to activate your digital products now!

Trust me, I know what it’s like to be a procrastinator, but you’ll thank me once you realize what you’ve been missing out on. In case you need a few reasons as to why you should, keep reading to learn more. Read more