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  • Choosing a College Major: Undecided is Okay!

    Aug 8, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College TipsRead More »
    Choosing a College Major: Undecided is Okay!

    Is your child starting college without choosing a college major? That’s okay! It’s not necessary to know what to study right away. There are resources to help and plenty of general education classes to take before diving into classes geared to a specific major. My daughter is officially “exploratory.” That’s what her college calls students [&hellip...

  • How to Prepare for the First Day of College Classes

    Aug 5, 2013 • Patrick Homeyer • College TipsRead More »
    How to Prepare for the First Day of College Classes

    The summer before I started college, I was fortunate enough to catch up with some of my older friends who had already completed their freshman year of college. While playing some pickup basketball, they gave me a few tips to help me understand the importance of the first day of college classes and what I [&hellip...

  • How to Choose the Best Laptops for College Students

    Jul 30, 2013 • Noelle Held • College TipsRead More »
    How to Choose the Best Laptops for College Students

    The right laptop can make or break your college experience. Trust me, I know! I spent months researching before buying my first laptop but, after a year of struggling, I ended up ditching it. Finding the best laptops for college students is no easy task. Here are 3 things I learned to consider along the [&hellip...

  • College Library Hours: Optimal Times to Hit the Stacks

    Jul 30, 2013 • Brittany Moorman • College TipsRead More »
    College Library Hours: Optimal Times to Hit the Stacks

    College library hours are usually around the clock, seven days a week. So when’s the best time to go? The answer to that depends on what kind of student you are, and what your sleeping habits are like. The most important thing about figuring out when to go to the library is to know yourself! Late [&hellip...

  • 5 Top College iPad Apps for Homework Help

    Jul 28, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    5 Top College iPad Apps for Homework Help

    iPads are great for college students. They provide portable, easy-to-navigate knowledge. I’ve found that there are many ways to use an iPad to help with homework. Here are some top college iPad apps that make studying, notetaking, and learning faster and more effective. iAnnotate PDF As a writing major, I’ve found that most of my [&hellip...

  • Your High School Teachers Want to Hear from You!

    Jul 28, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College TipsRead More »
    Your High School Teachers Want to Hear from You!

    Visiting my old high school teachers after graduating always gave me a feeling of happy nostalgia, and keeping in touch with some of them proved to be very beneficial. During my college years, I would walk through those hallowed halls every Thanksgiving break, loving the happy, surprised looks that I’d see on my favorite teachers’ [&hellip...

  • Study Abroad Prep: Use Your College’s Resources to Learn the Language

    Jul 26, 2013 • Rachel Braedyn • College TipsRead More »
    Study Abroad Prep: Use Your College’s Resources to Learn the Language

    The chance to study abroad is a dream for students who want to travel, but many are afraid of visiting a country where they don’t speak the language. However, not knowing a language doesn’t mean you can’t learn before studying in another country. I was able to improve my Spanish before my study abroad program [&hellip...

  • The Summer Before College, Practice Living on Your Own

    Jul 25, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    The Summer Before College, Practice Living on Your Own

    I have a confession to make: Throughout high school, my mom did my laundry. It’s not like I didn’t have chores. I was responsible for the dishes and mowing the lawn. I had just never done the laundry. When it came time to head to college, I was worried that I would be confronted with [&hellip...

  • Tip for Choosing a Major: Study What You Love

    Jul 23, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College TipsRead More »
    Tip for Choosing a Major: Study What You Love

    I always thought I would be a teacher. For career day in second grade, I dressed up in a denim jumper and glasses, the way my teacher dressed. When I did an independent study senior year of high school, I worked with a fourth grade class at an elementary school down the street. I was [&hellip...

  • 4 Guidelines for Successful Off-Campus Living

    Jul 19, 2013 • Mark Burns • College TipsRead More »
    4 Guidelines for Successful Off-Campus Living

    The switch from living in a dorm room to off-campus living in an apartment or house can be both challenging and rewarding. While you certainly have more freedom, you will not always have the ease and luxury of living in a dormitory. Having spent a year off campus myself, I found that there are a [&hellip...

  • Effective Time Management in College in 4 Easy Steps

    Jul 17, 2013 • Rob Zappulla • College TipsRead More »
    Effective Time Management in College in 4 Easy Steps

    You’ve probably heard it before: Time management in college is crucial. I’m here to tell you again, and to give you a few tips on how to actually manage your time effectively in college. 1. Use a Calendar I’m sure I’m not the first person to give this rather rudimentary piece of advice, but using [&hellip...

  • Dorm Room Exercises: How to Tone Muscles in a Tight Space

    Jul 16, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College TipsRead More »
    Dorm Room Exercises: How to Tone Muscles in a Tight Space

    Everyone knows exercise is a great way to keep stress down and confidence up, especially at college when schedules are packed and the workload is intense. When there’s not enough time to go to the gym, some easy dorm room exercises might be just the thing to keep up energy and save time. To work [&hellip...

  • College Professor Office Hours: Making Your Worst Subject Your Best

    Jul 5, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College TipsRead More »
    College Professor Office Hours: Making Your Worst Subject Your Best

    Utilizing professor office hours can clear up confusion and turn your worst subject into your best — or at least make it more tolerable. Here is why you shouldn't be shy, and some tips on taking the best approach for visiting...

  • Organizing Your Dorm Room: How to Use Every Inch of Space

    Jul 1, 2013 • Margaret Ryan • College TipsRead More »
    Organizing Your Dorm Room: How to Use Every Inch of Space

    For most people, moving into a college dorm room will be their first time living in such cramped quarters with someone new. When I first got to college, I was not ready for the small space. It took me a while to figure out how to arrange my furniture and where to store all my [&hellip...

  • Try a Calendar App to Organize Your Class Schedule

    Jun 25, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College TipsRead More »
    Try a Calendar App to Organize Your Class Schedule

    Life can seem pretty frantic when you’re first starting college. You have forms to fill out, classrooms to find, and meeting times to remember. I’ve found that a calendar app is a great way to organize my schedule. I almost always have my phone on me, so a calendar app is perfect if I need [&hellip...

  • 4 Facebook Profile Tips from a College Admissons Officer

    Jun 25, 2013 • Mark Burns • College TipsRead More »
    4 Facebook Profile Tips from a College Admissons Officer

    As you begin to apply to colleges, you may start to notice subtle changes in your fellow classmates’ Facebook profile: name alterations, disappearing photos, increased privacy settings, and even the occasional deactivation. While students tend to focus on the negative aspects of a Facebook profile during their application process, there are numerous positive elements that [&hellip...

  • How to Balance a College Social Life and a College Education

    Jun 24, 2013 • Hareem Shafi • College TipsRead More »
    How to Balance a College Social Life and a College Education

    College: a brand new frontier, brimming with possibilities. When I started college I was armed with two suitcases, my favorite books, and ideas of what college had in store for me. “The whole package,” everyone said. “That’s what you have to look forward to. Friends, freedom, and an excellent education.” After two weeks of being [&hellip...

  • Utilize Office Hours to Develop Professor Student Relationships

    Jun 19, 2013 • Leeann Sullivan • College TipsRead More »
    Utilize Office Hours to Develop Professor Student Relationships

    College is an awesome place to meet people who will support both your academic success and personal development. In this vein, professor student relationships can be some of the most fulfilling relationships made during college years, and office hours are the perfect time to get to know your teachers one on one. Professors are not [&hellip...

  • A Q&A with Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl

    Jun 12, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    A Q&A with Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl

    This month, we get to geek out with word nerd author and podcaster Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl! You’ll find of bunch of her books on Textbooks.com, including Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students and Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again. Since 2006, Grammar Girl’s been tackling the complicated, convoluted, and confusing nuances of [&hellip...

  • Textbook Buyback Tip: Don’t Sell Textbooks Like This!

    May 7, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Textbook Buyback Tip: Don’t Sell Textbooks Like This!

    By the end of the semester, when we start reminding you to sell us your used textbooks for the most cash, you’ve heard it a million times: Keep your textbooks in good condition. It’s obvious why! We don’t buy back books in bad shape because other students can’t use them. And reusing textbooks to save [&hellip...