Practice test, prep course, study materials, oh my! How to prepare for the GRE

Taking the graduate record examination (GRE) is stressful, but when you figure in all the time you’re going to spend studying, it’s enough to drive you crazy. In order to feel prepared, you’ll want to be sure you’ve taken a GRE test preparations course or at the very least, taken a GRE practice test or two. Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the GRE. Read more

Tips to stay healthy and avoid the flu season 2013…or at least manage if you get it!

Symptoms of influenzaDid you get the flu shot this year? If so, you are among the small 37 percent of Americans who did. If not, you may want to consider visiting the campus clinic, a local pharmacy or your regular doctor to get one, especially as you return to school after winter break. With the 2013 flu season being one of the worst in years, you need to find a way to protect yourself against this illness. So take heed and follow these tips to stay healthy as you return to campus. Read more

Decorating on a budget — Spruce up your dorm room or apartment to feel more like “home”

Dorm room decoratingBy now you’re either starting a brand new semester or packing up shop at home to shortly return. If you find your home away from home to be not quite homey enough, there are some easy tips to set things right. To combat the homesickness that quickly snuck in during my semester abroad in England, the first thing I did was decorate my room. You wouldn’t believe what a few posters on the walls and pictures on your shelves do to lift your spirits when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Now that you’re ready for spring semester, you’ll need to learn how to start decorating on a budget to make your space more like home! Read more

Gun rights on college campuses: Pros, cons and what state law says

In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut on December 14, 2012, debate has been renewed about legislation allowing or banning guns on college campuses, dorm rooms, classrooms and public places. Gun rights advocates say everyone, including students, have the right to defend themselves, while pro gun control advocates believe lack of guns on campuses is what keeps everyone safe. Each state has its own laws governing concealed weapons on campus — some allow it, some forbid it, while others let each institution decide for itself. Read more

How to survive college winter break after the holidays

Leading up to winter break, you may have had awesome expectations of lazy days and late nights, of home cooked meals and long visits with family members. However, as reality sets in, you may come to realize that living back at home offers not only cramped quarters but also seems quite boring without the excitement of your college social life. And, after the holidays come to a close — and you ring in New Years 2013 with a bang — you may find yourself wondering what you are going to do with yourself for the next month. Fear not! Just check out these tips on how to survive college winter break after all of the festivities are over. Read more

Study help: Academic tutoring and college writing centers take the stress out of studying

study helpAs you finished up the end of your previous semester, you may have felt as if you were barely able to keep your head above water. As you venture into this new semester, however, take a look at all the study help options you have available including academic tutoring centers and college writing centers and make sure you stay on track from the get-go.

Check out the writing lab

Most schools have a learning center, tutor center and/or writing lab where students can get help with their term papers and projects. Read more

New school year, new experiences to boost your student advantage

New opportunities“There’s a whole world out there” is probably something you’ve heard people say. And it’s so true. Maybe you spent the first half of the school year playing it safe, getting to know the school and adjusting to dorm life. But college campuses and nearby towns have hundreds of activities and things to do to expand your learning resources and promote student success. Read on to discover how you can find out what’s going on around your campus this semester!

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From student health to study habits: What not to do when starting the new school year

Start the new yearYou got through the first semester – phew! But another semester is looming. Friends, parents, and older siblings who have done it all before are hammering you with advice on how to handle dorm life, student health, study habits, avoiding plagiarism, and mental health awareness. To avoid causing yourself unneeded stress this semester, here are six things not to do: Read more

Post holiday blues: How to have fun on a college budget in the new year

Potluck dinner

Host a potluck dinner party!

If the holiday spending spree has left you feeling post-festivities withdrawal, no need to despair. Just because your wallet seems vacuum-dried, it doesn’t mean you have to stay home alone munching on ramen for the next month. Here are some tips on how to have fun after the holidays without spending a bundle.

Organize a treasure hunt

Everyone likes a good race, especially when there’s a prize to be won. Read more

Top tips for setting goals for the new year: Academic success, career planning and more

It’s now a brand new year and there’s no time like the present to re-evaluate your goals for academic success and career planning. Setting goals is the process of defining where you want to go and the best way of getting there.

Set yourself up for success by setting goals. (Credit: Cieloscent)

Set yourself up for success by setting goals. (Credit: Cieloscent)

It’s easy to do and definitely worth taking the time! Here are some top tips to get started on defining your road map for next year. Read more