You ask, we answer: I’m skipping class! Is that okay?

Dear J,

I need to skip class tomorrow. I don’t really ever do that but it is before a class where I have a paper due and I need the extra time to finish my paper! Obviously I can’t email my professor and tell her that I’m skipping class to do work on another class so it will be an unexcused absence. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Morgan F.

Should you skip that class? (Credit: Giphy)

Should you skip that class? (Credit: Giphy)

Morgan,

Take the hit! I know it’s rough but if you really need to do work for this other class, then it will be worth the absence. Read more

MS Word tips that are sure to help you ace your research papers

I don’t know about you, but I often fall behind in getting my work done! When a term paper deadline creeps up on you it’s time to get to business. That’s when knowing computer shortcuts and other work-arounds in MS Word can really help you save time.

What do you really know about your MS Word? (Credit: Create IT)

What do you really know about your MS Word? (Credit: Create IT)

I’m a big believer in letting the software do the heavy lifting. So I’ve put together some handy tips for speeding up my writing in MS Word, and here they are for you, too. Read more

How to prepare yourself for grad school

If there is a chance that grad school is in your future, there are some things you need to know while you are still an undergrad.

Do you think you're ready for grad school? (Credit: Otmar Winterleitner/iStock)

Do you think you’re ready for grad school? (Credit: Otmar Winterleitner/iStock)

How to succeed in a master’s program requires some advance planning, and preparing for that possibility is something you should be thinking about sooner rather than later. Are you ready? Read more

4 FAQs on student housing and studying

Whether you’re a senior or a soon-to-be freshman, it seems like there are always questions to be answered about college life. In need of some housing and studying FAQs?

What questions do you have about housing and studying? (Credit: Education USA)

What questions do you have about housing and studying? (Credit: Education USA)

Here are some frequently asked questions by college students on a variety of topics: studying tips, on-campus vs. off-campus student housing, outside reading, and the difference between colleges and universities. 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

You ask, we answer: Dude, where are my papers?!

Dear J,

It’s almost the end of the quarter and my professor has not given back ANY papers or assignments! Multiple classmates have emailed him and expressed the same concern but have received a response. How are we supposed to know how to improve on papers if we don’t get feedback?

Give me advice!

-Ariana M

Oh man!

This is a tough one. The important thing to remember is to remain calm and not put yourself on the professor’s bad side by being demanding. Read more

What college students remember about the good old days

College has changed significantly in the past few years and will continue to do so as technology evolves. University students are adapting to new devices, apps, rules and standards. As we continue to move forward, lets pay tribute to the good old days and look at the things we used to know and the way they have changed.

It’s on every syllabus we’ve ever received- 12 point Times New Roman ONLY! Is Times New Roman dead though? Read more

7 study tips to help you ace your next exam

College students dread this time of year – midterms. It’s worse when one midterm and one final exam constitute your whole grade. But if you practice good study habits, you can excel.

How I feel every time I study for exams. (Credit: GraphJam.com)

How I feel every time I study for exams. (Credit: GraphJam.com)

It just takes some common sense, prioritizing and determination. Here are some college tips on how to study effectively. Read more

Let’s brush up on those concentration and study skills

The whole purpose of college, at least according to your parents, is for you to study hard, learn lots and start living off your own dime—or something like that. But you probably have some other ideas about how to spend your four (or so) years of higher education.

Remember to stay focused.

Remember to stay focused.

I’ve got some tips that will improve concentration and boost your study skills quotient exponentially so you can have fun without sacrificing learning. Read on for everything from technology tips to old school tried-and-true “how to study” methods to get you that A. Read more

3 things to expect from your online courses

Online courses… Depending on who you ask they are either the best or the worst way to rack up your 120 semester credits. So how can that be? How can something as trivial as an online class cause such a divide? One word. Expectations! Like everything else in life, it’s all about expectations. Online courses aren’t any better or worse than other courses, they’re just different.

Go into it knowing that (especially if you’re a noob) and you’ll be fine. However, if you decide to take an online course and expect it to be similar to the traditional classes and lectures you’re used to… You’re gonna have a bad time. Read more