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How to Revise Your Course Goals in 4 Easy Steps

Well, your fall semester is well underway—odds are it’s not going exactly as planned. Every year, students show up to school with bright eyes, hoping this will be the year they fix their GPA and get all A’s! Then something happens…and another…and another. You realize there are more A’s in the alphabet than on your transcript—and yes, there’s only one A in the alphabet.

Need to revise your goals? Follow these steps!

Need to revise your goals? Follow these steps!

In any sense, the goals you set at the beginning of the year need some revision. Don’t fret! Follow these easy steps to reset your expectations and finish the semester strong! Read more

4 Ways to Conquer Your Mini-Mester

Taking mini-mester classes worked well for me. I could take two classes I needed to get out of the way—in the same semester! I think many people are afraid of mini-mesters because they’re fast-paced. Staying on top of your work daily will make knocking out a class in six weeks feel amazing!

Get ready to master your mini-mester.

Get ready to master your mini-mester.

Let me tell you a little more about my experience—along with some useful tips. Read more

The Student Pulse Podcast: Start Strong

Join Brandon and Natalie—two college students—as they discuss and interview students around the country on all things “college”.

Tune in to The Student Pulse podcast—we suggest you bookmark it now 🙂 Read more

Activate now to get an edge on the upcoming school year!

I’m sure–like me–you keep saying over and over in your head, “Where on earth did this summer go?!” But I’m here to tell you that the new school year is here! Get a head start on the semester and activate your Cengage Learning digital tools NOW. Trust me, there are some really powerful online study tools that will help you make the grades, save time and avoid stress over the next several months.

So take control of your assignments, class materials and time from the start. Activate your digital tools as soon as possible.  Read more

8 college tips for roommate etiquette

Successfully living with your roommate in a dorm room is a rite of passage for many college students. This is a good time to learn responsibility, respect, conflict resolution, compromise, cleaning, effective communication…and especially roommate etiquette.

Proper roommate etiquette is important in college. (Credit: Everyone Has A Story)

Proper roommate etiquette is important in college. (Credit: Everyone Has A Story)

A stress-free dorm life leads to student success. Here are some college tips for roommate etiquette in college dorms. Read more

Auditing a class: Student success without a grade

Auditing a class is an option for college students who do not need credit for that class but want a stress-free environment to learn the material or network in that field of study.

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Student success does not always require a grade. Here are some college tips if you want to audit a class and what to expect. Read more

7 embarrassing signs you’re a college freshman

Ah, freshman year! The hassles of campus life, college dorms, coping with stress and the dreaded Freshman 15. This article will help college freshmen learn to recognize those embarrassing signs that you’re new to all this college stuff and offer tips to adjust to college life and achieve student success.

With a little help, you won't look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

With a little help, you won’t look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

1. You have way (WAY!) too much stuff

Don’t bring a U-Haul full of stuff for a small dorm room. Read more

Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Read more

6 tips to be prepared for college classes

“Be prepared!” is a motto not just for Boy Scouts — or the hyenas in The Lion King. A new school year is upon us, so how will you be prepared for class?

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

From study tips to dorm life to student health, here are six tips for college students to be prepared for college life and achieve student success. Read more

7 effective study tips for college students

Many colleges offer study tips to improve academics, but often don’t include effective study tools to help college students study better and retain what they’ve learned.

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Student success depends on having the right tools for the job and knowing how to best use them. Here are some lifehack study tips to improve college habits and gain a student advantage. Read more