4 Must-Need Tips as you Prepare for the GRE

Taking the GRE and applying to graduate school can be daunting. With the right tools and preparation, you can ace the GRE and complete your graduate school applications!

One tip as you prepare for the GRE? Get organized!

One tip as you prepare for the GRE? Get organized!

If you’re nervous and have no idea where to start, these tips will help prepare you: Read more

Make Any Place as Study Space

7 Ways Digital Makes Learning Fit Your Life

Technology. It’s completely transformed how we live—from how we communicate, to how we drive cars. But has it made learning more convenient? Heck yeah it has! Here are 7 Digital Life Hacks sure to make you a savvier student, schedule and all!

LIFE HACK #1: Make Any Place a Study Space

“I often use public transportation or walk while on campus, so during these travel times I use flashcards. It helps pass time and gives me extra study time.”

One billion things to do during the day, and studying is currently below eating and sleeping. Sound familiar? Fit it ALL in with digital! Mobile learning means you can master concepts on the move, and study where you stand—or sit! With digital, the world is your desk.

LIFE HACK #2: Study on the Run 

“Audio book – Love love love to listen to this while cooking, showering and especially while running on the treadmill at the gym.”Lifehack-2-150x150   

Imagine—your workout AND your homework done in time for Game of Thrones. For real. Audio books present course content in an engaging way, and let you tackle two things at once.   Thanks to digital, you can fit in studying, and fit in your new jeans!

LIFE HACK #3:  Quiz Yourself Ready

“I take the practice quizzes right before the actual in-class exam. It allows me to get a last-minute look at the material we’ve covered.”

Picture it: Exam day…

You: Hey Brain, remember studying this stuff?Study on the Go

Brain: Yup!

You: Awesome! What’s the answer?

Brain: Studying more before a test.

You: Cute.

 Preparation tools like practice quizzes let you put yourself to the test, right before you take it—so you can avoid awkward interactions like these.

LIFE HACK #4:  Pre-Game Your LessonsPre-game study builds confidence

“I usually have the book read aloud to me in my car before I am taught that concept in lecture. ”

That moment when your roommate asks YOU for help. The ReadSpeaker feature in MindTap enables you to have your book read to you to prep yourself for concepts before they’re covered in class—so you get it before your instructor gets to it. Warning: Increased confidence has been known to occur.

LIFE HACK #5: Focus Like a SenseiFocus like a Sensei

“I also really enjoy the weekly view on MindTap. I think it’s definitely underrated because it can tell me which assignments are due soonest and allows me to focus on those before I get lost in the master outline view.”

Need shiny objects to keep you focused? Then consider digital the gold medal of study resources. Digital organizational tools, like calendars and notifications, help you keep a level of focus that would make even Mr. Miyagi proud.

LIFE HACK #6: Let the Notes be Your GuideLet the notes be your guide

“When I have finished reading an entire chapter, I go back and take all of my highlighted information and notes and create a study guide.”

Have a serious case of “in one ear and out the other” syndrome? Fear not—a simple study guide compiling all the “notable” stuff makes for a nice go-to review resource. It’s sure to be the highlight of your preparation plan! See what we did there?

LIFE HACK #7: Stagger with Swagger

“I stagger my MindTap quizzes; I do the 5-question quiz over and over until I get 100%, then the 15-question quiz, then the 20, then the 40—all over and over until I ace them. Not only does this give me a Practice for the big dayconfidence boost, but it allows me to practice my test-taking skills.”

If at first you don’t succeed…well, you know the rest. Layering the length of your practice quizzes provides a more robust rehearsal for the big day. Just rinse and repeat ‘til you get it right and come test day, you’ll shine!

Barring a revolution of mutant, killer robots—it’s fair to say, technology makes life easier.

Have your own Digital Life Hacks to share? Submit your top tip or trick here. It might even make the website!


Your Ultimate Midterms Checklist

There’s so much information out there on how to prepare for college midterms. How do you know what you’ll need or what will work? Save yourself some time and check out my list of important tips and tricks—all packed into one checklist for you.

Use this one to two weeks before your midterms for guaranteed success! Read more

6 Tips to Keep You on Track with Studying

Studying isn’t always fun and I often find myself putting it off, but these 6 steps help me stay on top of the game with homework.

Using these tips could help you finish assignments earlier so you can spend more time studying for exams! Read more

6 Ways To Be In Control of Your Final Grade

Let’s face it: there’s nothing more nerve wrecking than constantly refreshing the webpage in hopes that your professor has finally posted your final grade! With your GPA in mind, you think to yourself, “I worked pretty hard this semester, I should be receiving no lower than an A-.” *Many late hours* Grades up! C-!!??

Trust me, I’ve been there. There are many steps you can take on how to handle a grade you are unsatisfied with. Here are some things I do that give me confidence in my work. Read more

What Do I Do After I Graduate College?

I graduated college for the first time back in 2015. Graduation day was so exciting as it marked one, of the many, milestones in my life. I was officially a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology! But as the excitement died down and life continued I was worried about my future, as a student and as an individual.

I already knew what I wanted to be in life; a neuroscientist. I wanted to study and do research to use that knowledge to help other individuals who have neurodegenerative disorders. That is still my goal today. However, getting there is and has been a bumpy road. It doesn’t have to be for you! Read more

7 Reading Comprehension Tips For Improved Test Scores

Reading comprehension is important for college students, especially when you are new to the college experience, have advanced classes with complex material, and have a variety of types of classes, such as business, chemistry and Chinese. Effective reading comprehension strategies and study tips will help you ace your college tests. Here are some tips on how to study and utilize successful reading strategies.

When I got to college, it was often difficult to remember everything I read. Sometimes I would space out and have no idea what was in that paragraph I just finished reading. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention and check your understanding as you go along. Read more

TOEFL Test Tips for English Language Fluency

Many college students from non-English speaking countries attend college in the United States. To assure they are ready for classes conducted in English spoken at an advanced level, the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) rates their fluency in English.

Learn more about the TOEFL test. (Credit: Careers 360)

Learn more about the TOEFL test. (Credit: Careers 360)

The standardized test measures the English language skills of non-native speakers who want to attend academic and professional institutions. Here is some basic information about TOEFL and tips for taking the test. Read more

10 Tips for How To Save Your Spring Semester

There can be many reasons, as a college student, that you find yourself midway through spring semester tanking academically.

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

But your grades can be salvaged if you follow my tried and true tips for how to save your semester. I’ve listed my top 10 below for your salvation. Read more

A Timeline for Your Midterm Studying

Many often wonder when the right time to start studying for upcoming midterms is, and usually put it off and end up cramming through the night before their tests. Obviously, this approach is very ineffective if the material you are learning needs to be utilized in your future career.

To get the most out of your studying without making it your whole life, follow this template. Read more