Where to find reliable sources in your own filter bubble [Hint: not Wikipedia!]

One of the great things about writing papers right now is how easy it is to type in your topic in a search engine and voila! Information, right at your fingertips! I love how quickly I can grab information on the go, just using my smart phone. But the tricky thing about all the information that’s available is sorting through the reliable sources and the not-so-reliable sources.

Can you tell what reliable sources look like? (Credit: Heahea.org)

Can you tell what reliable sources look like? (Credit: Heahea.org)

This is made even more difficult when you take into account something professors like Siva Vaidhyanathan calls Googlization, and writers like Eli Pariser call the Filter Bubble: helpful personalization of your search algorithm by your search engine ends up feeding you a search bias—your search results are more likely to show you information that supports your own ideas than contradicts them, which can be truly hazardous for a research paper. Here are some tips you need to know on sorting the good sources from the bad. Read more

6 tips on college life from upperclassmen

I was kind of green when I started college and didn’t think to go to upperclassmen for advice. (Actually, I was a bit intimidated by them!) But if I had taken the chance, I would have learned that they are just like you and me, only with a couple of extra years of experience under their belt.

You can learn a few things from upperclassmen. (Credit: imgflip.com)

You can learn a few things from upperclassmen. (Credit: imgflip.com)

So feel like you can go to them with questions about navigating college life. Upperclassmen are a good resource for giving freshmen and other college students advice and tips for surviving college. Read more

College campuses catering to various religions and what they’re doing

Colleges and universities are catering to the religious and cultural diversity of their college students. My college campus has a few Christian student groups, but there is nothing for other religions, which is a shame.

Syracuse University's stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

Syracuse University’s stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

However, more colleges are catering to students of different religions, and are offering classes or extracurricular activities for anyone who wants to learn about a faith different from their own. This is happening in an era when Americans in general and millennials in particular, are identifying less and less with a specific religion. Read more

Got an exam survival kit? Don’t forget your phone

Duh, of course you’d never forget your phone no matter where you go, right?! It’d be a travesty to leave it behind when you head to the library (or elsewhere) to study for exams too. But aren’t phones supposed to be a huge distraction we should steer clear of when studying? Well, yes and no.

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit: Motivators.com)

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit: Motivators.com)

It ultimately depends on how you use your phone! Let’s delve deeper into why your phone should be included in your exam survival kit. Read more

Have you heard about our NEW Write & Cite app? Now you have!

Writing research or term papers is one of the most terrifying experiences for many college students – I see you nodding your head “yes.” So, why don’t we try to make your life a little bit easier… at least in terms of helping you write a research paper.

If you like having a personal writing tutor at your fingertips, as well as an inexpensive and easy to use resource for your college writing needs then you should be using the new Write & Cite app. Read more

Avoid all-nighters and study without a coffee IV

I know what you’re thinking, and no, I swear it’s not impossible to skip the all-nighters when studying for upcoming exams! Sure, we can’t add hours to our day to allow us more time to study – that just means we have to make the most of the time we do have to prepare!

Find out how to keep yourself from all-nighters and coffee IVs. (Credit: Pinterest)

Find out how to keep yourself from all-nighters and coffee IVs. (Credit: Pinterest)

Here we tell you why you should resist all-nighters and what other options you have for studying. You can even leave your coffee IV in the dust! Read more

9 do’s and don’ts for getting focused second semester

I have the hardest time getting focused after the holidays. Whatever promises I’ve made myself while I’m on vacation are much harder to put into practice once I’m back at my desk! This is doubly true for college students who have a long holiday between first and second semester–and it can be really rough if your first semester wasn’t your best.

What helps you get focused? (Credit: Happiness Weekly)

What helps you get focused? (Credit: Happiness Weekly)

Need some life hacks to get focused, get organized, and improve productivity for your classes? Check out these do’s and don’ts on how to make your second semester better than your first. Read more

You ask, we answer: To drop, or not to drop?

Dear J,

I have this class that I HATE and want to drop, but it’s past the drop date! Should I drop it anyways and lose out on the credit and not get my money back? I don’t think I can pass this class and the professor is very demanding. I feel like I don’t have time for this but I don’t want to lose the money or set myself back!

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

You need a pros and cons list! You also need to prioritize your expectations. How important is your GPA to you? Read more

Outwit your roommate: Snag the best study spot on campus

Finding the best study spot on campus should be one of your top priorities going into each semester. That way, when you’re struggling to study in your dorm while your roommate blasts their music (unless of course you focus better with a little noise) you can get the heck out and know exactly where to go.

Here we offer some ideas on where you should study – and we don’t recommend you tell anyone about them. [Hint: Areas where WiFi is available] Read more

You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more