4 ways to binge watch your favorite shows without flunking out

A few years ago, I binge-watched Eureka. All five seasons. Mostly in order. (Actually, a friend recommended I start on season 4 before going back to the earlier seasons, which in hindsight I find to be excellent advice.) It’s a truth that more viewers, and more college students, binge watch television, especially when services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime actually release full seasons all at one go.

What is your favorite show to binge watch? (Credit: Geek & Sundry)

What is your favorite show to binge watch? (Credit: Geek & Sundry)

On the one hand, this is great — you don’t have to book the television in the dorm common room on a Sunday night before a big Monday test to catch the latest episode of The Walking Dead, you can stream shows on your computer whenever they fit into your schedule. The down side? If you spend too much time on a binge watch you can still flunk out. Here are some tips on binge-watching without failing your classes. Read more

How to prepare yourself for grad school

If there is a chance that grad school is in your future, there are some things you need to know while you are still an undergrad.

Do you think you're ready for grad school? (Credit: Otmar Winterleitner/iStock)

Do you think you’re ready for grad school? (Credit: Otmar Winterleitner/iStock)

How to succeed in a master’s program requires some advance planning, and preparing for that possibility is something you should be thinking about sooner rather than later. Are you ready? Read more

Does Skype in classrooms improve academics?

Today, college students who may need to miss a class due to illness, bad weather, family emergency or other reason can get their education from Webcam online, Skype video or other remote learning right in their college dorm or at home.

Do you think the use of Skype in the classroom is effective? (Credit: LaSalle.edu)

Do you think the use of Skype in the classroom is effective? (Credit: LaSalle.edu)

Skype in the Classroom is helping students and college professors improve academics. Your college professor is likely to bring the class to you. Read more

You ask, we answer: Dude, where are my papers?!

Dear J,

It’s almost the end of the quarter and my professor has not given back ANY papers or assignments! Multiple classmates have emailed him and expressed the same concern but have received a response. How are we supposed to know how to improve on papers if we don’t get feedback?

Give me advice!

-Ariana M

Oh man!

This is a tough one. The important thing to remember is to remain calm and not put yourself on the professor’s bad side by being demanding. Read more

The college admission process: 3 trends you should know

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more

5 ways to protect your personal information online

The recent Verizon hack may have you worried: how much personal information do you have stored where someone could hack into it? I have so many online accounts—Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other stores and banks and credit cards—that there’s a bunch of my personal information online.

Find out how to protect yourself online. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Find out how to protect yourself online. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Even with all the privacy settings you’re allowed and passwords you can manage, it can be hard to protect yourself from identity theft. Verizon’s well known for its cybersecurity, and even they got hacked! What’s a person to do? Here are the top 5 tips to protect yourself and your personal information online. Read more

Your must-know cell phone tips

If you’ve ever misplaced or forgotten your cell phone, then you know that sinking feeling of vulnerability. It’s such a part of us that we can’t live without it. So it makes sense to brush up on tips and tricks for Android and iPhone help.

Here's what you should know about your cell phone. (Credit: KIMT)

Here’s what you should know about your cell phone. (Credit: KIMT)

There are some things you absolutely need to know, such as how to tell if your phone is hacked. Here’s my list of cell phone hacks for college students. Read more

5 tips to follow when improving your resume

So-called “real life” will be here before you know it, and all college students need to have a top-notch resume that will get noticed and help you find the best job. But figuring out how to promote yourself is hard even for people with long careers and years of experience, much less someone just starting out in the working world.

Find out the best ways to showcase yourself in your resume. (Credit: Tumblr)

Find out the best ways to showcase yourself in your resume. (Credit: Tumblr)

I’ve got some life hacks to improve your resume and land the job of your dreams (or at least one that will pay the rent). Read more

Tech tips: Should I or should I not upgrade my desktop?

Confession: I decided last week to upgrade to Windows 10 on my Windows 7 desktop. For purposes of full understanding, my desktop is the computer where I do all my work, and where I keep all my assignments. For the most part, I do a good job of keeping everything backed up, either to the cloud or to flash drives. So when the icon in my task bar kept prompting me to make the upgrade–and kept listing other updates waiting for the Windows 10 installation to run–I figured, why not?

Maybe I shouldn't have gone through with that upgrade.

Maybe I shouldn’t have gone through with that upgrade.

It’s a simple upgrade. I ran the upgrade to Windows 10 on my Windows 8.1 laptop months ago and had no trouble. But as college student, I’m sure you know that all the tech tips in the world can’t prevent things from going wrong sometimes. Read more

It’s about time you master the art of napping

I’m willing to bet that there have been plenty of times when you found a quiet corner in the library or student union to curl up and take a nap. It really is a fine art to know how to nap, especially to power nap.

It’s the essential skill for college students who are burning the candle at both ends. So don’t get caught napping in class. Let’s learn how to take a nap. Read more