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

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

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

You ask, we answer: Don’t smash that online class just yet!

Dear J,

I have my first online class this semester. While I thought it was a for sure thing, it has proven to be one of my most difficult courses. I am already behind and I don’t know what to do! I hate emailing the professor and seeming like I’m begging. Should I cut my losses and drop it?!

Thank you!

Crystal V

Hey Crystal,

It’s ok, this is how everyone feels about online classes! They are deceiving! Read more

4 ways to avoid feeling overstressed

My name is Maeve Clair and I am a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Biology and Psychology. I hope to pursue a career in medicine, so my schedule consists of mostly science classes right now. Having completed three semesters of college, I am very familiar with the feeling of stress.

What helps you from becoming overstressed? (Credit: Alys Tomlinson, Getty Images)

What helps you from becoming overstressed? (Credit: Alys Tomlinson, Getty Images)

Although I wish I could, I cannot tell you that there is a quick fix to never feeling stressed in college. Fortunately, I can provide you with a few ways to prevent feeling overstressed with your college course load. Read more

How the FREE MindTap Mobile App will meet your college needs

With a bit of research – wait, let me rephrase that – with an extensive amount of research, the MindTap Mobile App was officially built with the help of college students (who better to help?!) to determine how mobile access could most benefit them.

Based on those findings, there are several key features that will be available through the FREE MindTap Mobile App. Let’s get right to the point and show you how it will meet your academic needs. Read more