Archive for 2009

100 Excellent Twitter Feeds for Tech-Savvy Students

Real-time discussion about product releases and gadget reviews, tech and new media trends, troubleshooting, and web development can all supplement your course work and give you an idea of what people are talking about in the real world.

Fending Off the Freshman 15

You may have been in the shape of your life during high school, thanks in no small part to athletic programs and your own youthful metabolism, but it is far too common for college students to suddenly see their abs morph from muscular to doughy. To prevent yourself from becoming one of the victims of […]

Can a Double Major Work for You?

Some industrious students may choose to declare a second major. This is a major undertaking as it means you must finish the full requirements of two majors. A typical degree demands about 12 courses. If you are considering a double major, you must make sure that you have enough time in your schedule to complete […]

How Online Courses Let You Go to Schools for Free

By Angelita Williams Online courses initially made their debut on the internet through many “open” classes that Harvard and MIT offered.  These courses attracted potential students, allowed web users to learn about a subject, and generally allowed students to become informed about a topic without the expense of Ivy League tuition.  The website Academic Earth […]

101 Tips for All Your eBook Reader Needs

By Angelita Williams As a student in a distance learning program, you’re probably used to trying out all sorts of web tools, including online books and note-taking tools that let you catch up on school work wherever you can find an Internet connection. But what if you could take wireless learning one step further? With […]

Social Networking for College Students

By Angelita Williams Social networking is both fun and rewarding, especially for college students. You can connect with old friends, make new ones, stay up to date with what’s going on and keep everyone in the loop about the latest in your life. It’s also an excellent tool for building your online reputation and establishing […]

New National Education Standards for K-12 Students

A new set of national education standards was released this week by states officials. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers collaborated with educators, policy makers and researchers to create the Common Core State Standards. The Standards outline exactly what students should be learning across all […]

Fighting through the Core Curriculum

Many colleges and universities have a core curriculum that all students need to complete in order to graduate. The idea behind the core curriculum is that there is a body of knowledge that all students should have. These vary from one school to the next. Many Liberal Arts colleges will demand that their students take […]

50 Essential Blog Posts on Education Reform

Whether you are working on your education degree or are a veteran teacher, it’s important to stay informed about the state of education and the proposed reforms. These 50 blog posts will help you do just that by sorting out some of the major topics being discussed by policy makers, politicians, and educators.

Different Ways Majors Can Design

Artistic and creative thinkers who have an eye for functionality may want to take a closer look at how they can turn these qualities into an occupation. From the magazine you just picked up at the grocery store to the car you drove to get there, every product and space is designed in some way. […]

The Benefits of Being an English Major

Are you a bookworm who enjoys how the English language is used to communicate ideas? If you find that the written word inspires you to think both creatively and analytically, you might want to major in English. These majors benefit from a broad education that can lead to a variety of career choices. English majors […]

Students Who Love Fashion Can Major In It

As fashion design is highly competitive, it provides a challenging environment for those who possess as much determination as they have passion. Those who do have a passion for fashion can choose majors that will prepare them to either design or sell it. Fashion design is an ideal major for creative, original individuals who have […]

Top 10 Ridiculous Celebrity-Written Books

In your college classes, you may think that you read some pretty ridiculous material, but you haven’t seen anything until you read these books written by celebrities. Some are self-indulgent novels about the wild lives of models and reality TV stars, while others are children’s books written by the most unexpected personalities. From Madonna to […]

Writing a Cover Letter That Will Land You a Job

Too often, in the general hubbub involved in searching for employment, the cover letter is either hastily written or forgotten altogether. Yet, a good cover letter may be all that you need to get a hiring manager to give your resume a second look and call you in for an interview. Hiring managers must look […]

The Importance of Your Freshmen Orientation

Amidst all of the packing, excited phone calls, and tearful realizations from your parents that you are "all grown up," it can be easy to forget about your freshmen orientation. After all, at most schools, freshmen orientation – or "fish camp," as it is also often called – is optional. And when you already have […]

Career Planning for College Students

Unless you are nearing graduation, you probably haven’t put too much thought into career planning. Although many students know what kind of field they’d like to go into, most have not planned any further. This common approach works, but if you plan ahead, you can give yourself an advantage for the future. Let’s find out […]

How to Make a Smart College Transfer

So you’ve decided it’s time to make a change, and you want to transfer to another college. Maybe you’re moving from community college to a university, or you’d like to pursue a major that’s only offered elsewhere. Whatever the reason, college transfers can be a rewarding, but frustrating experience. Here’s how to make the most […]

How to Choose Your College Major

Whether you’re a high schooler planning your college career, or an undeclared undergrad getting to the point of major declaration, you’re faced with an important choice: your college major. Choosing the right college major for you can set you on a path for success in your career and life. It may be a difficult decision, […]

Career Planning for College Students

Unless you are nearing graduation, you probably haven’t put too much thought into career planning. Although many students know what kind of field they’d like to go into, most have not planned any further. This common approach works, but if you plan ahead, you can give yourself an advantage for the future. Let’s find out […]

50 Excellent, Scholarly Literary Criticism Blogs

Whether you are an aspiring scholar of literature or just enjoy reading what others have to say about what they have read, these blogs offer an excellent way for you to delve into the world of literary criticism.

Students Who Want to Learn About Different Ethnicities Can Major in Them

In today’s multicultural society, a degree in ethnic studies can enhance someone’s knowledge as well as their career opportunities. The broad education and skills one acquires from completing a degree in ethnic studies can be applicable to many different paths in government, politics, international business, journalism, education, and foreign service. Those who hold such a […]

Making Learning From Home Even Easier

Without the cool glare of your professor to keep you from texting throughout class rather than take notes, and without the giggles of your classmates to jolt you out of yet another lecture hall slumber, sitting down and studying hard can be near impossible. This is especially true if you are the type who is […]

Implications of Plagiarism

Colleges and universities regard plagiarism as one of the most offensive infractions a student may commit. Plagiarism is the use of another person’s thoughts and words and passing them off as your own. It is such a serious offense that students can be expelled for it. If you are expelled, you do not receive your […]

University of the People – The First School Comprised of Open Online Courses

The University of the People was the brain child of Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef, who has based the online school on the mantra that “education should be a right, not a privilege.”  Already celebrating its one-year university, the school has led the way in a revolutionary aspect of the term “open online courses”, essentially offering […]

The Different Concentrations of a History Major

While history is a broad subject, majors generally study past cultures, people, and events in order to learn about the world and how it is affected by change over time. History courses can cover different civilizations, focus on historical time periods, explore past social issues, and delve into the development of certain technologies and sciences. […]

Why You Should Consider a Minor

If you have already declared your major, you may find you can fit a minor into your schedule. A minor in a particular subject typically demands that you complete six courses in that discipline. Many students choose a minor in an area that has always interested them, but may not have been the type of […]

Study With Friends, Improve Your Grades

Group studying is nothing new, and no doubt you’ve already experienced it during your high school career. Yet, while you may or may not have enjoyed the experience then, you should give group studying another shot in college. Harvard University found that students who study at least once a week in a small study group […]

Beating the Homesick Blues

College has long been touted as the "best four years of your life." Then why is it that many first-year students spend their initial weeks in college somber and melancholy? Homesickness is a common occurrence amongst first-year college students, particularly those who move far from home to attend school. Yet, by making new friends and […]

Career Skills Every College Student Should Master

While you’re in college, you may be more focused on your education than your future career, but the two go hand in hand. Once you’re done with your degree, you will almost certainly be on the hunt for a new job, and if you work to build your career skills while you’re still in school, […]

What You Need to Know about Online College

The first thing a potential online student needs to know is that online college will deliver college-level work. You can expect to see the same challenging material and difficulty level in your courses that you would see in a traditional, campus-based university or community college. Many students sign up for online courses under the misperception […]

How to Meet New People in College

If you’ve gone off to college, chances are you’re in a situation where you don’t really know anyone. That’s OK-most freshmen and transfer students are in the same boat! College is a great time to meet people and make lifelong friends. Here, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can get to know other students […]

How to Effectively Prepare for Exams

Exams can be a stressful time for college students, especially if you’re not as prepared as you’d like to be. Of course, with a little thoughtful planning, you can make exam time a lot less stressful. Check out our little tips for getting prepared for exams. Block out your calendar. As soon as you get […]

The Differences in Public and Private Schools

When it comes to deciding where to send your primary or secondary school-aged child to receive their education, many parents don’t know where to start. Are private schools better than public schools because they’re more selective or is public the way to go because it’s more diverse? These questions are just the tip of the […]

Stress-busting 101: What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed

Whether you’re taking classes online, on a campus or both, college can certainly be stressful. There are deadlines to meet for projects and papers, major tests that your grade hinges on, plus the responsibility of balancing your college life with your work and personal lives. It can truly be overwhelming at times. To help combat […]

Staying Healthy in College

Aside from getting good grades, making new friends, fitting in and figuring out what major to pursue, one of the hardest aspects of college is staying healthy. The cliché "freshman fifteen" is a valid concern that all college students should address. When you’re dealing with a lot of changes in your life, like starting college, […]

How to Save Money on College School Supplies

There’s no denying that college is incredibly expensive. Even if you’ve managed to make it through tuition fees without too much shock, you’ve still got school supplies to deal with. Books, software, writing tools and electronics can all add up to a hefty bill. Here’s how to beat it. Don’t rush out and buy everything […]

100 Best iPhone Apps for Students Going Green

With the help of the following applications, your phone can provide daily tips for going green, calculate your carbon footprint, find the nearest organic market, and even help you charge your phone in a more energy-efficient manner.

The Benefits of Same-Sex Education

A growing trend in America today is the practice of same-sex education. Once a norm across the world, schools are beginning to see the benefits of educating their male and female students in separate buildings, classrooms and campuses. Same-sex education was once the only option for students before coeducation become standard in the early 20th […]

Why You Shouldn’t Skip College

College is expensive, difficult, and takes a long time. There are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t go to college, and for some students, college is not their best option. But at the same time, college is an absolutely necessary part of the future for many students. If you’re trying to make the important decision of […]

The Smart Way to Switch College Majors

At some point in your college career, you may realize that you’re just not in the right area of study for you. Whether you’re struggling in your classes, or have realized that you’d like to go in a different direction for your career, a change of majors can be a great thing. Of course, switching […]

100 Free eBooks for Your Personal & Professional Development

While libraries and bookstores can be great places to find books that will assist you in improving your health, mental well-being, success and professional status, you don’t have to leave the house to find great reads on those topics. There are a number of free ebooks out there that offer just as much great information and won’t take any of your time or money to acquire.

The History Behind the Higher Education Act of 1965

Much of what we know about the government’s role in higher education can be traced back to the Higher Education Act of 1965. This legislation was enacted as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s "Great Society" social agenda, which aimed to eradicate poverty and racial injustice. The "Great Society" agenda created programs that addressed higher […]

How to Survive as a College Freshman

No doubt about it, the freshman year of college can be tough. You’re adjusting to more independent life, a new setting, being away from friends and family, and facing a brand new learning environment with more challenging studies. But the freshman year of college doesn’t have to be a challenge that you should be anxious […]

Career Boosting Clubs to Join in College

College is an important time in any student’s career. Although you’re probably not quite ready to start looking for a job yet, your career should be a major focus during your college years. You should be spending time on developing your career through education, networking, and skill building even before you send out your resume. […]

100 Useful Links for eBook Lovers

With ebooks, you can read, stream, and listen to lessons, classic literature, poetry and reference books on the Internet or your mobile device. Here are 100 useful links for ebook lovers.

Online Education Gaining Popularity

Online education has come a long way since its beginnings as a largely e-mail based learning program. Today, it boasts some of the best interactive technology that the Internet has ever offered, giving students a more involved and intimate learning experience outside of the classroom. Yet, despite the leaps and bounds it has come within […]

Making Your College Transfer Hassle-Free

Though it may seem like the norm for college students to attend the same school for the entirety of their academic careers, a surprising amount of students actually did not stay at their alma mater for all four or five years of their undergraduate studies. In fact, about one out of every five students who […]

Improving Your GPA in College

Showing up is half the battle when it comes to maintaining a high GPA in college. Whether you have to drag yourself out of bed to make it to that 8 a.m. class on campus, turn off the television so you can log in to your online classes, or find a babysitter to take care […]

100 Best Blogs for the Literati

These 100 blogs will help you jump in on the discussions influencing the art, literature, political and culture worlds, even without the support of your professors and fellow classmates.

What are Charter Schools?

Charter schools are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. As of 2008, there were over 5,000 charter schools in existence in 41 states and the District of Columbia. But what is a charter school and why are they becoming so popular? Charter schools are primary and secondary institutions that are autonomous alternatives to traditional […]

Strategies for More Efficient Studying

Now that you’re in college, you’re probably studying more than you ever have before in your life. Professors expect you to spend several hours a week studying outside of class, and the amount of reading, writing, and cramming you have to do can be absolutely overwhelming. But if you plan ahead and study smart, it’s […]

Get Thee to a Bed! Sleep Is Important for Mental and Physical Health

Pulling an all-nighter – or even consecutive all-nighters – may seem like a good idea when you have a big examination looming on the horizon, but all that late-night studying may do more harm than good. Before you break out the textbooks, class notes, and a liter of your tongue-curdling coffee-and-5-Hour-Energy-shot cocktail, consider the adverse […]

100 Extremely Useful Search Engines for Science

Fortunately for today’s scientist, much of the information that was once found only inside the walls of a library is now available online. These awesome science search engines will help you find what exactly what you’re looking for, as well as remind you how much fun research can really be.

Honors and Gifted and Talented Programs

For advanced and above-average intelligent high school students, taking classes in or entering an honors or gifted and talented program could be the best thing for them academically. Taking classes that are more challenging, interacting with similarly smart students and being taught by teachers trained in dealing with honors or GT kids can raise their […]

Drinking Can Pose a Danger in College

Partying is part of the good times that go along with college, and getting drunk has almost become the rite of passage that goes along with it. College students look forward to cutting loose with their newfound friends and getting a little tipsy to take the edge off the nervousness that goes along with meeting […]

Can I Really Learn Photography Online?

The answer is yes. And going to photography school online is also a great option for those who already have a knack for taking photos, but who want to take a refresher course in photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, challenge themselves to learn new photography techniques like long-exposure, and even to earn a […]

10 Fictional Teachers We Wish We Had

From high school teachers in middle America to larger than life professors in film and literature, here are 10 teachers we wish we’d had.

Interested in Health, But Don’t Want to Be a Doctor?

The field of health is large and with health being an issue that is relevant to every human being, there are countless opportunities associated with it. If you have an interest in this occupational area, but are not interested in becoming a doctor, don’t worry. There are many areas of health you can study, some […]

How to Make the Most of a College Party

Big parties are an essential part of the college experience. Even if you’re really focused on your studies, it’s important to take the time to blow off steam, and parties are a great place to do it. Here’s how to find and really enjoy parties in college. Finding college parties shouldn’t be hard. Talk to […]

How to Choose Your College Major

It’s rare that students know what they want to do with the rest of their lives when they first enter college. And even though it seems a long ways away, it’s important for every student to ask themselves that question. Understanding what they want their futures to look like will help them shape their present […]

100 Incredible Open Courses for the Ultimate Tech Geek

While colleges can be a great place to build up your knowledge of technologies of all kinds, real world experience and free learning resources on the web can do a pretty good job of showing you the ropes as well.

Money Matters, And So Do Majors Who Deal With It

Everyone is in the business of making money, so it is no surprise that those whose job it is to deal with it are enjoying a good career outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, and that of […]

The Pros and Cons of Study Groups

People’s study habits are as unique as the person themselves. Some studiers like music, background noise, food and their own rooms, while others need silence, libraries and no distractions. When you start college, there will be more studying than ever before in your life. And discovering the best way you study is as important as […]

Love from Afar: Making Your Long-distance Relationship Work in College

Long-distance relationships in college generally mean one of two things has happened: one, you and your significant other decided to go to different colleges, or two, you went off to college and your significant other stayed behind. Either way, having a solid relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend all boils down to one word really, […]

100 Excellent Twitter Feeds for Art Scholars

If you want a constant stream of art discussion, news and artist profiles for the sake of your own research and passion, follow these 100 excellent Twitter feeds for art scholars.

The Difference Between Animal Behavior and Animal Science

Scientifically-minded students who have a strong interest in animals may want to look into the academic areas of animal behavior or animal science. But even though both of these majors concern the study of animals, there are some key differences in what students learn about, the courses they take, and the types of careers they […]

Sleep Deprivation Related to Depression in Students

Sleep is an essential part of our lives. It restores our minds and bodies by conserving and regenerating energy, repairing health problems and organizing our unconscious minds. But what happens when we don’t get enough sleep? According to several recent research studies, students that do not get an adequate amount of sleep are three times […]

The Parent Teacher Association

Many parents of primary and secondary school aged kids know the importance of staying connected to their students’ teachers and school staff. To have open lines of communication can mean the difference of passing and failing a class for some students. To accomplish this goal, parents often join PTAs, or Parent Teacher Associations. The PTA’s […]

100 Twitter Feeds To Make You a Better Teacher

New technology is not only unavioidable, it’s a crucial part of education today. That’s why so many teachers are Tweeting, and many others are following close behind. After you set up your account at Twitter.com, be sure to check out some of these great education feeds. Who knows? You might even learn a thing or […]

What Type of Engineer Do You Want to Be?

Engineers use mathematics and science to solve problems by developing inventive solutions. Through the use of technology they work on projects that concern mass transportation, environmental pollution, chemical manufacturing, the production of power, and management systems. If you are a creative and logical thinker who desires to improve the quality of everyday life, you may […]

Want to Learn About the World? Check Out These International Majors

Are you fascinated by different cultures, curious about other countries, or do you desire to work with people all over the world? When it comes to finding a career, you don’t have to settle for one on a local or even national level. If you know that in the future you want to go global, […]

The Most Popular Majors in College

Trying to decide which major to study in college is incredibly difficult for some students. The majority of freshman college students list their chosen major as “undecided” and stay that way for at least one year. But it is important to choose you college major early so you won’t be behind in class requirements. To […]

How to Email Your Professor and Get a Response

As you know, professors are usually very busy. As a result, they’re often very difficult to contact. Some of them don’t check email very often or aren’t in their offices when they say they will be. Some won’t stay after class to answer questions or talk with students. As for other professors, they often mean […]

Why Do Some Professors Have Strict Requirements?

Have you ever taken a class with a professor who handed out a thick syllabus with pages and pages of course rules and requirements? Have you been astounded by your professor’s declaration that all papers not stapled would receive an F or that he or she will only accept papers secured with a paper clip? […]

iPhone apps for College Students

You spent a small fraction of your loan money buying a fancy iPhone because you wanted to parade on campus in style. While your new gadget is indeed nice to look at, it can also serve as a vital learning tool that can help you excel in school. Below are a few great apps every […]

100 Free Tools to Build Your Own Ivy-League Brain

If your dream plan is to attend an Ivy League college, or you just want to learn like an Ivy Leaguer, then these tools will guide you toward an elite-like education without the pricey costs. All of these sites offer free programs, tutorials, blogs and tools to expand your knowledge and bring you closer to […]

Mixing It Up: How Changing Locations Helps Online Students

Having a stable study spot in your home is vital to your success in an online course. However, sometimes it’s useful every now and then to incorporate a change of scenery into your study routine. Not only can the four walls of one’s own home drive online students stir crazy, but there are also times […]

Some Mistakes Freshmen Make and How to Avoid Them

Freshmen have a wonderful opportunity ahead of them. They’re out there on their own, making a name for themselves, and getting an education. At the same time, they’re in a completely new world: college. This new world can be quite a surprise to many of them, and so it’s easy for freshmen to make mistakes […]

Surviving College without a Car

You don’t have a car of your own. How on earth will you be able to explore and get around? While it may seem like an impossible task, surviving college without a car is rather simple, environmentally-friendly and not to mention a huge money saver—while your friends have to pay hundreds of dollars a semester […]

100 Best Blogs for Tech-Savvy Teachers

While there are still some educators who dispute the importance of technology in the classroom, there is no dispute over the fact that technology is here to stay in schools. Whether you are one of those tech-savvy teachers who can’t get enough of technology news and ideas or you are a teacher just learning to […]

Avoiding Online Distractions

College life would be so much better if all that pesky school work wasn’t in the way. But it’s not going anywhere, and spending hours checking Facebook and watching YouTube videos every 5 minutes isn’t going to help you utilize your study time either. Remember, if you don’t study properly, you won’t pass your exams. […]

How Do You Do Group Projects Online?

Online colleges work hard to provide students with a college experience that prepares them for real-world careers. In the real world, individuals must know how to work collaboratively in the workplace. To this end, many instructors who lead online classes will require their students to complete group projects. But how are you supposed to work […]

Protect Yourself from Campus Crimes

Regardless of your university’s safety programs, there will still be some sort of crime on campus. Of course, some campuses are safer than others due to many factors, including location, size, and so on, so you’ll want to be aware of what crime rates are like at your school. You can usually get this information […]

10 Extreme Ways Kids Are Paying for College

With the rising cost of higher education and the current economic downturn, it is enough to make many college students start looking for creative ways to come up with money for school.

College Drinking Crimes

Most people experience the time for their lives in college. While you’re sure to have plenty of crazy stories to tell to friends and family come your next break, you don’t want one of them to be about the time you spent in jail. It’s important that you know what kind of trouble you can […]

How to Find Summer Jobs in College

Whether you’re trying to save up money for the fall semester or need something to do while you’re temporarily away from your college buddies, summer jobs are a good way to put some extra money in your pocket and give you some field experience. But sometimes knowing where to look is the hardest part. Here […]

The Best of Both Worlds: Taking Hybrid College Courses

You don’t always have to choose between online courses and traditional courses. More and more colleges are offering hybrid courses, or courses that present a blend of classroom learning and online learning. Many students enjoy the fact that hybrid classes combine the strength of both methods of learning. Students benefit from the flexibility and independent […]

Exam Week Relief

Towards the end of the semester, it’s really easy to fall in a rut. The exam week looms before you. You feel burned out from all of the studying. You’re tired of researching for your papers. You just want to relax and enjoy your winter break. But you can’t, because it’s only the second day […]

Every College Student Can Stay Organized

Incoming freshman will learn very early on that even though college classes are shorter in length, making it seem as if you have more time in the day to complete all your tasks, this just isn’t true. Exams and the level of coursework are harder, and having alternate classes every other day can cause confusion […]

100 Best Websites for Free Homework Help

With all the buzz about Twitter being the latest source for breaking news, it may be easy to overlook the fact that Twitter is also a good place to look for information about the past.

Some Advantages of Working Part Time in School

More and more students nowadays are working part time jobs while they attend classes, and it’s no surprise to hear this fact. After all, costs of tuition are rising, room and board at universities is more expensive, even living on your own can cause trouble for your budget. Part time jobs are a way of […]

What You Need to Know About Transferring to a New School

Transferring to a new university can be a stressful ordeal. It’s like you’re a freshman all over again, except you don’t have the support system that students completely new to college have. Yes, there are still programs and orientations that the university will run for transfer students, but often you have to figure out a […]

The Secret World of Department Lounges

When you declare your major, you fall under the auspices of whatever department administers your degree program. You’ll probably switch to an advisor within the department. You’ll be able to join department-related clubs and groups. You’ll have access to all the resources of that department as well. What many students don’t realize is that often […]

Making the Most of a Small Dorm Space

One of the things that make transitioning to a college residence hall so difficult is being confined to such a small space. And you have to share that teeny space with a roommate to boot! It’s not easy to be cooped up in such a small dorm, but here we will discuss a few tips […]

100 Productive Ways to Spend Your Summer Vacation

There are plenty of productive ways you can spend your summer that can be fun, relaxing, helpful for your education or career, or just downright lucrative for your pocketbook.

Things to Consider When Scheduling Your Classes

Creating the perfect course schedule can be a very stressful experience, especially if it’s your very first semester. While you’re not only worried about getting into specific classes (and at specific times), you’re also worried if your schedule will give you enough time to study, work out, go to work and hang out with your […]

Coping with Stress in College

As a college student, it feels as though you’re being tested in some sort of fashion every day. Whether you’re having issues with schoolwork, roommates, friendships, or relationships, the challenges students face on a regular basis can lead to high levels of stress. But learning how to properly deal with that stress can be the […]

What Kind of College Campus is Right for You?

May students choose their universities based on what they want from a ‘college lifestyle.’ Some want to attend a huge public university with a great football program, others want to go to a school in a cultural center, and still others just want to study at a small liberal arts college in a quiet New […]

Doing Your Laundry

If feels great being independent and on your own. But with independence comes more responsibility and that means doing your own laundry. For some of you who had your parents wash your clothes, this might be the very first time you will ever even touch a washing machine. Do not fear, however, for the process […]

Understanding Student Loan Types

Unless you were fortunate enough to get a bunch of scholarships to pay for school, chances are you’ll be taking out a few loans to pay for your education. But because there are so many available, loans can get confusing. Here is an explanation of all the major loan types. But remember that to even […]

Online Study Groups

We’re all familiar with what a college study group looks like, right? Often you meet with a few other students from one of your classes and study for a bit in the library. Maybe one of you shows up late. Another one keeps checking his cell phone and texting his friends. Someone brings pizza and […]

10 Celebs with Truly Ridiculous College Majors

By Amber Hensley What we study in college usually has some sort of influence over our future careers and hobbies, whether we end up pursuing a job in that field or not. Celebrities for example, don’t always choose to study film or theater when they’re in school. Some study literature, engineering, broadcasting or even math. […]

Life as a Commuting Student

If you commute to college, you join a rapidly growing movement that is significantly affecting higher education in the United States. In fact, nearly 86 percent of college students commute to campus, according to a 1998 report published by the National Center for Education Statistics. That number undoubtedly has since risen. Like other kinds of […]

What are Office Hours

During the first two years of college, students are required to take their core education classes such as math, physical science and history. In the beginning, depending on the school you attend, most of these lecture courses are taught in huge auditoriums. While it’s great that there will be plenty of students your same age […]

An Option for Frugal Students: Textbook Rental

Have you ever bought a textbook from your school’s bookstore and spent hundreds of dollars, only to find that its resale value is less than a quarter of the price? Have you been stuck buying a new textbook, or an incorrect edition? Have you tried dealing with the hassle of sharing textbooks with your friends? […]

College Pets: Fish, Hamsters, Cats, and Dogs

Sometimes, college students need a companion other than the many friends they see throughout the day. Often pets can provide a college student with just the right amount of distraction to help them relax after a tough day in class or a long night studying. Even though many universities have rules that limit the kinds […]

Your Professor Beyond the Classroom

Within the classroom, professors and students often interact well enough. They both understand the educational context that their roles depend upon. The professor presents the material and challenges his or her students, while the students respond to the professor, trying to solve problems and reach their learning objectives. Classroom etiquette, then, is usually easy to […]

Study Abroad: Why? How? Where?

One of the greatest opportunities a college student can take advantage of is enrolling in a study abroad program at his or her university. What better time is there for someone to travel the world and live in another country for a relatively low cost and get an education while doing so? If you haven’t […]

What Are Online Professors Like?

As with any college professors, online professors are a mixed bag. You will experience many who are friendly and go above and beyond to help you succeed, and you will experience a few who do not respond as quickly to your requests for help and are not particularly interested in forming a friendship. You will […]

Helpful Studying and Memory Tips

While you might’ve received straight A’s during high school, college is an entirely different playing field. Don’t be discouraged if at first your grades aren’t usually what you’re accustomed to. It’s not that you don’t have the ability to do great, but perhaps you just need to tweak your study habits and skills. Here are […]

Beware of Music Piracy

Most students know that illegally downloading music and movies is wrong. Yet more than half still do it. While you might’ve been able to get away with stealing entertainment at high school and at home, the risk of getting caught and facing punishment is much higher in college. And here’s why. Almost all higher education […]

25 Scary Facts About Brainwashing

Although there are a lot of myths and conspiracy theories about brainwashing that have no real basis in actual research, brainwashing is still considered to be a very serious and scary mind control technique.

Dealing with Illness in College

You wanted to go to college out of state so you could truly gain some independence. Well, you got it, but now you’re sick and Mom and Dad are too far away to nurse you back to health. Here are some things you can do on your own to fight your sickness. Your body is […]

Money Management in College

While seeing all that financial aid money stashed in your bank account all at once might seem like a very generous figure, you need to remember that money is supposed to last you the entire semester and not just a few weeks. You’ll need to conserve and make your money stretch. Here are some great […]

What Not to Bring to College

Sometimes determining what items to bring to college and what items can stay home can be somewhat of a challenge. While you don’t want to forget anything and want to be prepared for every situation, bringing too much stuff can cause a lot of problems, not just for you, but also for your roommate. Dorm […]

50 Lectures for Understanding Iran

In order to understand what comes next for Iran and the Middle East, check out these 50 lectures that will help you understand the country’s religious history, social culture, political traditions, and more.

What to Bring to College

Packing for college can be a difficult task. While you want to pack your entire life into your small suit case, it’s not happening. Mr. Snuggles, your stuffed bear, and your letterman jacket can definitely stay home. So what do you bring? The necessities. Below are just some common things that can prove quite useful […]

Cell Phone Etiquette in Class

Maybe ten years ago, you might have expected most professors to feel downright annoyed when a cell phone rang in their classroom. And who could blame them? Cell phones back there were less inconspicuous and less accepted in social situations. And even nowadays you can expect some professors to get frustrated to discover that their […]

Save Money on Your Textbooks

As if tuition costs weren’t high enough, the amount of money you spend on textbooks alone can equal up to two months worth of rent. Depending on which classes you take, especially core classes like science and math that require massive-sized textbooks, expect to pay as much as $100 per book. But you don’t necessarily […]

100 Best Science Twitterers

Just about everyone is on Twitter these days-celebrities, businesses, and even astronauts.

Mini-Semesters: How They Can Accelerate Your Education

Do you wish you could find a way to graduate in three years? Are you anxious to get out into the job market and make some money? Do you want to enter a graduate program as early as possible? Well, there are several options you can pursue in order to do this, one of which […]

Graduate in Four Years or Less

In the past, the average college student graduated in 4 years. But more recently, students are taking up to 5 years and beyond to graduate. While a variety of factors can contribute to a prolonged graduation, such as taking only a few classes per semester, not being able to enroll into a prerequisite course, switching […]

Long-Distance Relationships, College, and the Age of Video Chat

Years ago, maintaining a long-distance relationship during college consisted of occasional visits, telephone calls, and lots of letter-writing. It was a much harder way of keeping up a relationship, but couples still managed to survive and stay strong throughout the academic year. Of course, nowadays, college couples in a long-distance relationship still visit each other […]

How to Make Friends in College

In college, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of people every day. But despite the swarms of people, it can still be hard when it comes to trying to make new friends, especially if you’re a shy person. Where do you start to get to know the people that will make your college experience a positive […]

What are Q-Drop, Pass/Fall Courses

Quickly on, you’ll learn that an "F" will heavily damage your GPA. If you are struggling trying to pass a class or do not want a particular class to be factored into your GPA, you need to know how to go about this. Below is some information about dropping classes and taking pass/fail courses. During […]

Creating a Study Space in Your Home for Your Online Classes

Many college students who take classes online enjoy the prospect of going to school outside the confines of a classroom. However, if your apartment or office is not conducive to online studies, you could find yourself getting distracted, frustrated or fatigued learning from home. It’s important to create a study space in your home that […]

100 Places to Find Your Next Great Read

Whether you’re into classics, mysteries, or a fluffy romance novel, it can sometimes be a challenge to find new books to fall in love with.

College Road Trips: Escape that Midterm Slump

Sometimes the stress of going to class and studying can be too much for even the most committed students. Fortunately, we always have a way out. Of course, you should not run away from your problems, but instead realize that every now and then, you deserve a little unofficial, spur-of-the-moment vacation. For these urgent situations, […]

Essay Writing: Chicago Style vs. MLA style

Regardless of your major, chances are you will be required to write numerous essays throughout your college career. While in high school a bibliography page was all you needed to verify sources, most college professors expect you to do far more, most in the efforts to prevent plagiarism. Your professor will most likely tell you […]

Staying Awake without Caffeine

Ask any full-time college student who is heavily involved in extracurricular activities or has a side job and they’ll tell you Mr. Coffee Bean is their dearest and most treasured friend. But consuming too much caffeine can have harmful effects on your body —not only does it dehydrate you, but soda can cause substantial weight […]

Philanthropy in the University: Why College Students Make Good Volunteers

College students make some of the best volunteers. In fact, the number of college students who volunteered grew by approximately 600,000 from 2.7 million in 2002 to 3.3 million in 2005, according to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service. College students often volunteer twice as much as adults, and for this […]

The 10 Weirdest College Urban Legends

By Jill Gordon If you’ve ever forked over thousands of dollars (or your parents have) to attend what some find to be a four-year sentence to party i.e. college, then most likely you’ve heard these stories. You know, the one about your roommate’s cousin’s friend. Or maybe it happened to your friend’s uncle’s bartender’s sister. […]

Is It Okay to Skip Class in College?

It’s raining outside, you’re tired from the wild party the night before and you just don’t feel like going to class. So you think: my class is huge, my professor never notices me anyway. I can skip. What’s the worst that can happen? While you certainly won’t get expelled from playing a few days of […]

Cheap Transportation Around Campus

For those of you who live on large college campuses or a few blocks away, you might consider getting some cheap form of transportation to get around. Of course, you can always walk, but there are going to be days when you’re late and need to get somewhere in a hurry, so it’s not a […]

Surviving an All Nighter

All nighters — they’re somewhat of a rite of passage in college. While the proper thing to do is to manage your time and start studying two weeks in advance, sometimes work and extracurricular activities can get in the way, leaving you only one night to catch up. Whether you’re cramming for a test or […]

The 10 Biggest Intellectual Fights Of All time

By Britney Wilkins In our modern, scientific world it is sometimes easy to forget that human progress often comes attached to some spectacular intellectual clashes between different ways of looking at things and differing interpretations of what is seen. There have been some notable intellectual mind-fights over the millennia, the following are ten such academic […]

Avoid Roommate Drama

Roommate disaster stories are the norm throughout college. But they don’t have to be. Most of the core issues of failed roommate chemistry involve communication, or rather, a lack thereof. Whether you are moving in with a complete stranger(s) or shacking up with your best friend in a dorm or college apartment, it’s best to […]

What to Expect on Your First Day

For those transitioning from high school to college, the experience can be quite overwhelming and nerve-wrecking. You’re out of your element and everything is much bigger. Here are some things to expect on your first day of college. Depending on which university you attend, the first thing you should anticipate is very large class sizes. […]

15 Incredible Library Special Collections

Large libraries, be they university or city, aren’t just good for research and circulation. They also often have amazing special collections centered around singular, often esoteric, topics. These collections are often donated via will by individuals who collected the items over a lifetime of obsession. Many library patrons may not realize it, but often these […]