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

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