Millennials and higher education: Influence of a generation

The Millennial generation has been categorized and labeled, sometimes with good qualities and sometimes not. But many people are studying this generation born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials have been called entitled, well educated, ambitious, confident, sheltered, diverse, team-oriented and dependent and deferent to authority.

A cartoon's take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

A cartoon’s take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

Millennial college students have unique educational needs and opportunities in higher education. Here are some traits, influences and obstacles for the Millennial generation. (Disclaimer: This is a broad general characterization of an entire generation, which does not take into consideration individual traits or performances.) Read more

Delivering bad news: Life hacks for college students

Sooner or later it happens to all of us: delivering bad news. It may be how to tell your parents that you got a bad grade, or it may be something much worse. Regardless, it is important among life skills for college students.

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

That being said, it doesn’t mean that you have to make sharing your bad tidings any harder than necessary. There are some life hacks to make even this difficult task a little bit easier. Read more

Auditing a class: Student success without a grade

Auditing a class is an option for college students who do not need credit for that class but want a stress-free environment to learn the material or network in that field of study.

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Student success does not always require a grade. Here are some college tips if you want to audit a class and what to expect. Read more

Strike Debt challenges student loan debt crisis

It may seem like it’s been awhile since Occupy Wall Street took over town greens and camped out in front of businesses to protest the rising gap between the wealthy and the 99%.

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

But while the movement has largely disappeared from the headlines, a spin-off group known as Strike Debt, which previously purchased medical debt and forgave it, has continued to work on behalf of those who can’t afford the rising costs of their debt repayments. That includes recently graduated college students who are facing what many media outlets consider a student loan debt crisis. Read more

News feeds for college students to know what’s happening in the world

Sure, you all know how to check your Twitter feeds and Facebook notifications, but do you tune in to the news and know what’s going on in the world?

A compilation of news feeds college students can follow. (Credit: Brandwatch)

A compilation of news feeds college students can follow. (Credit: Brandwatch)

Don’t live in a plastic bubble — learn how to keep yourself up to speed with these DIY tips from CengageBrain! Read more

Transferring colleges—Things you need to know

Changed your mind? Switched majors? Need to cut costs? Wanted to get those entry-level courses out of the way? There are a multitude of reasons you may be thinking of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school.

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

If you are still deciding whether or not switching schools is right for you, here is some insight and tips on the process of transferring colleges, as well as things you need to know as a transfer student. Read more

Expository writing for better research papers

Every college student needs to take expository writing to learn how to write clearly and concisely for an academic audience.

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

Expository writing provides instruction on writing an essay, research paper or term paper. Here is an overview of expository writing and some writing tips.  Read more

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Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Read more

7 effective study tips for college students

Many colleges offer study tips to improve academics, but often don’t include effective study tools to help college students study better and retain what they’ve learned.

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Student success depends on having the right tools for the job and knowing how to best use them. Here are some lifehack study tips to improve college habits and gain a student advantage. Read more