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  • The 5 Best Pens for Taking Notes in Your College Classes

    Oct 8, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    The 5 Best Pens for Taking Notes in Your College Classes

    College students, a good pen could boost your grades. Hear us out. If you were to walk into any lecture hall today, you’d see a smattering of students typing notes on sleek laptops and tablets. Many students, though, still see the value in taking notes by hand. (In fact, recently we asked our readers how [&hellip...

  • Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    Oct 1, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    College engineering classes offer mathematical challenges far more advanced than anything most students see in high school. Generally, people assume that they need a powerful college calculator for these classes. As an engineering student, sometimes I found such calculators to be enormously useful, but in other cases they can be unnecessary or even hinder learning. [&hellip...

  • Adding/Dropping College Classes: How To Know If It’s Right For You

    Oct 1, 2013 • Hareem Shafi • College TipsRead More »
    Adding/Dropping College Classes: How To Know If It’s Right For You

    The add-drop period has always been a saving grace for me. It is usually a week long, occurs at the beginning of the semester, and gives me the freedom to move in and out of college classes without penalty. The system offers me peace of mind. I can try out all my classes, safe with [&hellip...

  • The 5 Best Things About Your College Roommate

    Oct 1, 2013 • Rachel Braedyn • College LifeRead More »
    The 5 Best Things About Your College Roommate

    Living with a roommate is one of the best experiences you can have in college. Sure, you’re not guaranteed to be lifelong best friends with your college roommate, but it’s really helpful and rewarding to live with someone with whom you get along. My roommates were all great people who prove that there are many [&hellip...

  • 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...

  • Stress Relief for College Students: Do a Quick Yoga Workout

    Sep 30, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • College LifeRead More »
    Stress Relief for College Students: Do a Quick Yoga Workout

    Yoga is a great way to build strength and flexibility, work on balance, and reduce stress. At college, fitting these things in with a hectic schedule becomes even more important. I find that I don’t always have time to go through a lengthy routine. Instead, I end up doing short yoga workouts when I can [&hellip...

  • Banned Books Week! Top 10 Banned or Challenged Books

    Sep 26, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Banned Books Week! 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...

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: How to Choose a Job That Qualifies

    Sep 25, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: How to Choose a Job That Qualifies

    According to The Project on Student Debt, in the class of 2011, the average student loan borrower graduated with $26,600 in loan debt. Thankfully, though, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, an estimated 25% of the U.S. workforce is eligible for student loan forgiveness programs. With some early planning and awareness, college students can [&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...