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  • Best Academic Blogs: A Guide for College Students

    Sep 30, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College TipsRead More »
    Best Academic Blogs: A Guide for College Students

    If you’re the type of student who’d be interested in reading about a newly identified deep-sea species or the recent discovery of King Richard III’s body, academic blogs will be perfect for you. Luckily, no matter your interests — innovative mathematics, the latest genome discovery, or a reinterpretation of Hamlet — the web provides all [&hellip...

  • Why You Should Take a Voyage with Semester at Sea

    Sep 30, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • College TipsRead More »
    Why You Should Take a Voyage with Semester at Sea

    During my sophomore year of college, I began to get restless. I was enjoying college, but I wanted to get out and see the world. None of the study abroad programs offered by my school fit my academic track very well, so after an initial suggestion from a friend I decided to sign up for [&hellip...

  • Banned Books Week 2013: Top 10 Banned or Challenged Books

    Sep 26, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Banned Books Week 2013: Top 10 Banned or Challenged Books

    French writer and philosopher Voltaire — who you may remember as the dude who wrote Candide — once famously said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (In French, though.) This quote sums up nicely the spirit of healthy discourse. However controversial, unpopular, or downright [&hellip...

  • How to Be Confident in College Courses (or How to Fake It)

    Sep 24, 2013 • Noelle Held • College TipsRead More »
    How to Be Confident in College Courses (or How to Fake It)

    The middle of the semester is always tough for me. The initial excitement of the first month of school has worn off, and classes are starting to pick up. College courses can be overwhelming at times, and feel even more so when you add in student organizations, sports, friends, and family life. My confidence always [&hellip...

  • Top STEM Education Textbooks for College Students

    Sep 18, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Top STEM Education Textbooks for College Students

    Right now, there’s an exciting national initiative in place to encourage more students to pursue expertise in fields like mathematics and technology. This educational program, called S.T.E.M. (short for science, technology, engineering, and math), preps students for rewarding careers as inventors, programmers, engineers, and scientists. The idea, of course, is that the more students we [&hellip...

  • 3 Time Management Tips for Your College Student

    Sep 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    3 Time Management Tips for Your College Student

    My daughter has a busy college schedule: 17 credit hours, the cross country team, work, and an honors college fall musical production. She has to do a good job keeping track of everything to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. When she was in high school, her teachers taught time management tips through a [&hellip...

  • Your College’s Honor Code: What You Need to Know

    Sep 11, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College TipsRead More »
    Your College’s Honor Code: What You Need to Know

    Coming straight from high school, you might find the concept of an honor code foreign and hard to grasp. That being said, comprehending and respecting the code is an important part of the college experience. Honor codes typically deal with topics that include cheating, plagiarism, multiple submissions, and misuse of university resources. Violations of a [&hellip...

  • How the Pulse App Helps Me Stay in the Loop

    Sep 11, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    How the Pulse App Helps Me Stay in the Loop

    Some of my friends have told me that college is a bubble. They’ll go home on vacations and be shocked to learn about major natural disasters in other parts of the world or even the latest happenings in their own communities. While I agree that it’s good to fully immerse yourself in the college experience, [&hellip...

  • Parents: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Your College Student

    Sep 10, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Parents: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Your College Student

    When we dropped our oldest daughter off at college for her first semester, we wondered how to maintain a long distance relationship with her. We knew that our relationship with her would change, but we hoped that wouldn’t mean she wouldn’t want to communicate with us much. We worked on some ways to stay close, [&hellip...

  • The Empty Nest: Preparing for a Child Leaving for College

    Sep 4, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    The Empty Nest: Preparing for a Child Leaving for College

    I didn’t really know how to prepare for a child leaving for college. There was so much excitement with my oldest daughter through the college search process, getting college acceptances, choosing a college, and going to orientation. I was so happy about all the great experiences that were ahead for her. Then one day it [&hellip...

  • The Benefits of Joining a National Honor Society in College

    Aug 29, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    The Benefits of Joining a National Honor Society in College

    Thought you left academic honors societies behind with high school? Think again! There are many college honor societies that recognize excellence in academics, character, and service. In high school, I loved being a part of the National Honor Society because it made me feel like I was a member of a supportive community. Now that [&hellip...

  • Having a Car in College: Is It Necessary?

    Aug 28, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Having a Car in College: Is It Necessary?

    Many parents wrestle with the idea of their child having a car in college. On the one hand, they want their child to be able to go where he or she needs to go and not be stuck on campus. On the other hand, they don’t want their child to become the dorm taxi service! [&hellip...

  • What LinkedIn Can Teach You About Your College Professor

    Aug 27, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    What LinkedIn Can Teach You About Your College Professor

    For better or for worse, most college students, including myself, are eager to learn about their college professors before they meet them on the first day of classes. Most use sites for college students like RateMyProfessor to do their sleuthing. I’ve found that professional social networking site LinkedIn can be an even more useful resource [&hellip...

  • 10 Most Popular Textbooks for Fall Semester 2013

    Aug 26, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    10 Most Popular Textbooks for Fall Semester 2013

    Right now, students all over the country are stocking up on next semester’s required textbooks. You know what YOU need, sure – but have you ever wondered what everyone else is reading? Or if the book you’re using is what everybody else is using, too? We’ve compiled a list of this summer’s best-sellers (and they’re [&hellip...

  • How to Be Successful in College: Don’t Study in Your Dorm Room

    Aug 23, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    How to Be Successful in College: Don’t Study in Your Dorm Room

    I, like most of the college students I’ve talked to, love my bed. My dorm bed is a wonderful haven after a hectic day of classes or a night out with friends. But if I’m considering how to be successful in college, rather than just comfortable, a bed is not a great place to study. [&hellip...

  • Secrets to a Successful Study Group

    Aug 22, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    Secrets to a Successful Study Group

    The prospect of a study group makes me wary. Some of my study groups have turned into unproductive hang-out sessions, while others quickly became panicky and disorganized. So when members of my difficult psychology class suggested that we try a study group, I knew I should go, but I wasn’t thrilled about it. But it [&hellip...

  • Why Buy Used Textbooks? 4 Reasons to Choose Used

    Aug 21, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Why Buy Used Textbooks? 4 Reasons to Choose Used

    The average college student spends $655 per year on textbooks. Now, you don’t need us to tell you that $655 is a lot of dough, especially when you factor in all the unavoidable expenses of student life. Buying textbooks at full price can blow a big hole in your budget. At Textbooks.com, we work hard [&hellip...

  • Teach Your Children to be Independent in College

    Aug 21, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Teach Your Children to be Independent in College

    There are simple things you can do to teach your children to be independent in college. Some kids will get an early start on independence during the college search process. My oldest daughter was not one of them. I had to walk her through finding colleges, visiting colleges, keeping track of when applications were due, [&hellip...

  • The Pros of Blogging in College

    Aug 20, 2013 • Rob Zappulla • College TipsRead More »
    The Pros of Blogging in College

    These days, it seems like everyone has a blog, whether it be a Mom blogging her way through a cookbook or a well-known journalist writing about the civil war in Syria, a blog can be both informative and entertaining. But with all those blogs floating around, it may seem like sending your own thoughts into [&hellip...

  • How to Prepare for College Classes in the Morning

    Aug 16, 2013 • Hareem Shafi • College TipsRead More »
    How to Prepare for College Classes in the Morning

    Most college students are pros when it comes to pulling all-nighters. We all have crazy tricks up our sleeves that help us keep our eyes open the extra few hours it takes to finish that important paper. But preparing for college classes isn’t all about midnight study sessions or mainlining Red Bull; getting energized in [&hellip...