Study tips when preparing for final exams

Wait, didn’t fall semester just start? While it may seem that way to you and I, final exams are just around the corner. If you are new to college, finals may have you totally freaked out.

There are many do's and don'ts when it comes to study tips. (Credit: collective-evolution.com)

There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to study tips. (Credit: collective-evolution.com)

Heck, even seasoned exam pros could use some study tips for how to prepare. And I am here to help with the inside secrets to ace any test! Read more

Falling behind in class? Here’s how to get back on track

Maybe you opted for some tougher classes this semester. Maybe you simply have too much going on. Whatever the reason you are falling behind in class, you can fix it with some know how tips.

Falling behind? We can help with that. (Credit: Weknowmemes)

Falling behind? We can help with that. (Credit: Weknowmemes)

I’ve got the study skills and tips for how to get back on track and turn your semester into a success. Read more

5 tips for creating a (legal) cheat sheet

I had a statistics teacher who let us use cheat sheets—seriously! While cheating in college is never acceptable, some teachers allow college students to use a test guide or study aid when taking the final exam.

Learn how to create an impeccable cheat sheet. (Credit: MemeCrunch.com)

Learn how to create an impeccable cheat sheet. (Credit: MemeCrunch.com)

Here are some do-it-yourself tips for creating a legal cheat sheet. Read more

You ask, we answer: My grades are jumping off the deep end?!

Dear Jay,

My grades aren’t doing so hot. I’ve had my first set of quizzes and midterms and I thought I did okay, but now I’m pretty sure my professor had to go out and buy a new set of red pens. It’s pretty bad. I should be able to pass this quarter if I pick up my grades on my next set of tests and final. But how do I do that? I don’t want to just pass, I want to do well. So what now?

Too much red pen,

Nikki K.

Good study habits will help you achieve academic success in college.

Good study habits will help you achieve academic success in college.

Dear Nikki,

Don’t worry. Grades are something that can be fixed and there is always next semester. Here are a few ways to go about raising your grades: Read more

4 ways college students can stay focused on academics

College students have so much going on that it’s often difficult to stay focused on academics. Good study habits develop out of practice and determination.

Stay focused so you can achieve your academic goals. (Credit: FitSydney.Wordpress.com)

Stay focused so you can achieve your academic goals. (Credit: FitSydney.Wordpress.com)

Here are some study strategies to focus on what needs to be done so you can improve your college GPA. Read more

5 easy ways to increase work ethic and stay motivated

There are many things you’ll need to know for college, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to stay motivated with all of the distractions that life has to offer.

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

If you want to prove to yourself that you can focus your mind and complete your to do list, read on for ways to stay motivated and maintain, or increase, your work ethic. Read more

Multitasking: pros and cons for academics

Multitasking seems to be one of those topics that everyone has an opinion about—good and bad. Studies show that college students who multitask, especially freshmen, may see adverse effects on their academics and GPA.

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

However, if you are a multitasker, you can still be a successful student. Read more

Improve college GPA with a love of learning

One of my professors told our class that our bodies might have been physically present in the classroom, but if our hearts and minds were on vacation, no amount of his teaching was going to get through to us. He was right.

Develop a love of learning to improve your academics. (Credit: Love to learn)

Develop a love of learning to improve your academics. (Credit: Love to learn)

We have to want to learn, want to work hard and want to excel. College students need to make learning fun in the classroom and on college campus, which is key to improve academics and boost college GPA. Read more

How to make the most of your college experience

For college students, the four years you spend on campus are about getting an education that will set your future path. But there is also so much more to the college experience, including many things to do during that time that will enable you to make the most of the time you spend on campus.

One sign that it's time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

One sign that it’s time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

From the fun you should accomplish by the end of freshman year to how to get serious about exam prep, read on for all the tips you need to make the most of your college experience. Read more

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