Feeling overwhelmed: The secrets to getting good grades in college

Feeling overwhelmed?

Feeling overwhelmed? (Photo by Psy3330 W10)

You learn pretty quickly that college is a whole different ballgame from high school. And no, that’s not a reference to having to report to mom and dad where you’re going and what time you’ll be getting back. The responsibility of being on your own, making it to class, getting the course work done, planning for a future, paying for it all, well it can be a lot. Feeling overwhelmed? If your stellar classroom scores start to slip, don’t fret, here’s the skinny on how to get good grades in college.

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Summer classes: Stay focused and get credits faster

Summer school“Summer school” sounds like a punishment. You’d rather get a job, party or just veg during your summer vacation. The benefits to taking summer courses make the off-peak grind worth it though, plus you can choose from lots of different options: study abroad, summer internships or online summer school all offer flexibility and convenience that may not be available to you during the fall or winter semesters. Learn why you should consider summer courses, discover what options you have, and find out how to study during the summer when what you’d rather be doing is lying on a beach somewhere. Read more

Your college class schedule: How to survive a morning class

You can’t avoid it any longer: it’s time to finalize your college class schedule. You must enroll in the dreaded 8 a.m. class and throw off your whole class schedule. Ugh. Whether it’s the only section available or you can’t stand the professor who teaches the 12:30 p.m. slot, you’re now committed to getting out of bed early three times a week for a morning class. But, never fear— with efficient time management and a few other tricks, even if you’re a night owl, you will survive the sunrise! Read more

How can a PLN help educators stay connected?

As an educator, you spend your days in the classroom and your nights preparing lesson plans and grading papers. Occasionally, you attend a conference. What you really need, though, is some time to collaborate with other educators—to share your thoughts and ideas about education. You may not think you have any availability but, believe it or not, there are several new ways for you to connect with other educators and build your own PLN or personal learning network without putting in even more hours every week. Read more

Challenging William Cronon and academic freedom: The Wisconsin case

When University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of history, geography and environmental studies William Cronon kicked off his new blog on March 15, 2011, he never expected that his post would add fuel to the debate about academic freedom and corporate incursion in education. Read more