Textbook prices: Are there any cheap textbooks or other alternatives?

Students are taking to the streets overseas and here in the United States, where funding cuts have forced schools to raise tuition by as much as thirty percent. Some experts estimate that the rising costs will place a college education out of reach for many individuals. However, even if you’re able to gather the necessary funds to enroll in your classes, you’re not out of the woods yet. Just as painful as the tuition hikes are textbook prices. Is there such a thing as cheap textbooks? What are the alternatives? Read more

Online classes for college: Is distance learning right for you?

Whether you need one more class this summer to graduate or are working a part-time internship 500 miles away from your university, taking an online classes for college may be the answer to earning your degree sooner! Also known as distance learning, online classes are becoming increasingly popular, even with students who study at college full-time. Just be sure to consider all the potential pros and cons before committing to any online classes. Read more

College stress? Try these tips for managing stress

The astronomical amounts of college stress new students must deal with on a daily basis can be overwhelming. Most students are on their own for the first time and are faced with life-altering decisions, like choosing majors—choices that can ultimately shape their career paths and the rest of their lives. If that isn’t enough, college students must also grapple with a constant workload of quizzes, tests, papers, projects, group assignments, presentations, and more, from multiple professors with unique teaching styles and sets of expectations. Is it any wonder that 20 percent of undergrads are “constantly stressed”? Read more

The freshman 15: How to eat healthy in college

Before you get too stressed—did you know that the “freshman 15” is an undocumented claim? Reports show that first-year college students only gain an average of three to six pounds, not the alleged ten to fifteen pounds. However, most freshmen do find eating healthy in college a big challenge, especially when they’re faced with preparing their own food, eating at restaurants more often or choosing from an endless buffet in the cafeteria. 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

What is a “work study,” “The Federal Work-Study Program,” “Non-federal work study?”

Paying for college or even qualifying for enough financial aid can be one of your biggest challenges. However, work-study programs can help you alleviate the burden of finding ways to pay. Filling out the necessary paperwork and getting the details from your office of financial aid will help you discover if you, too, can work in exchange for tuition. So… what exactly is work study? And, what is the Federal Work-Study Program? And, is there such a thing as non-Federal work study? Read more

How to build a loft for your dorm room: Follow a plan, gather your supplies and stay safe

Lofted beds can make even the smallest dorm room feel like a palace. At most universities, there are loft-building services all over campus at the beginning of the semester. But if you don’t have the funds for that, learning how to build a loft for your dorm room is pretty easy. You can do it yourself with the help of a few extra hands and some lumber! Read more

Changing school demographics: More working college students enrolling

Not long ago, the typical college student was under age 25, single and without children. The college years meant dorm living, new freedoms and transitioning to life without the constant presence of parents. Getting a degree was possible in four years because students focused mainly on their coursework. Although many held part-time jobs and participated in social events, these took second place to getting a degree.

Changing school demographics show the typical student is more than likely to be over age 25, have a family and be a working college student. These nontraditional students looking at college enrollment, whose ranks include stay-at-home moms, military personnel, retirees and veterans, have different needs than the conventional college student, and their growing influence is changing how many colleges operate. Read more

Cost of college education and the rise in college tuition

The job market has always been competitive—now, even more so in this strained economy. When you begin your job search, you’ll need every edge possible to leap to the top of the resume pile, and a college degree might just be your ticket to rising above the competition. Even though times are tough for everyone, studies show that college grads consistently earn more than those without a degree. 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