How to make the most of summer school

Your dreams for summer break are probably to lounge by the pool, sleeping until noon and doing as little as possible – basically, living the dream. Not to squash your dream, but what if you need to consider summer school? If your summer semester promises more coursework, then you need these life hacks to make the most of your time in class.

It is possible to make summer school a good experience. (Credit: MemeCenter)

It is possible to make summer school a good experience. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Read on for some do’s and don’ts to help you maximize your summer school experience. Based on previous experience, I can attest to these being super helpful for me when I took summer school! Read more

6 public speaking tips for college students

Everyone has a fear of public speaking. I was so nervous when I had to speak in college. But public speaking and debate are great skills to learn not just for college classes but for your career and life in general.

Improve your public speaking skills with our tips. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

Improve your public speaking skills with our tips. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

Here are some debate and public speaking tips for college students. Read more

Top ten myths about college: What you need to know

When I was in college full-time I heard so many cliché myths in the book: “You’ll gain 15 pounds your first year,” “It’s OK to get all Cs,” and “You’re supposed to be stressed out,” blah, blah, blah. You need to know that myths are just that: myths.

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

If you’re going to survive your college experience, you’ll want to read this list of the top ten myths about college. Read more

Congratulations to our On Tap with MindTap Contest winners!

Last month we asked you to share your personal experiences with MindTap on how it changed your learning experience for the better. Each week we chose one winner at random who then received a $100 Visa gift card.

Let’s take a look at the winners, their colleges, courses and quotes on how MindTap has been beneficial to their learning. Read more

How to send an email to your college professor

I was lucky when I went to college. Most of my professors were friendly, approachable and genuinely interested in my academic success.

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

Today, college students can send an email to a college professor for various reasons, such as asking for extra help or saying you’ll have to miss a class. Be polite and be specific. Read more

DIY electronics projects for college students

If you like to tinker with do-it-yourself projects then you might be a member of the maker movement. This community of electronics aficionados takes pleasure in various DIY electronics projects that are created from simple electronics circuits. Some of the electronics maker projects include robots, wireless cameras, toys and 3-D printing.

It's easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

It’s easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

Tools that were created specifically to help college students learn how to use electronics include Arduino software and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with your DIY electronics projects. Read more

7 tips to fight writer’s block for college term paper

Spring break gave your brain a rest, now it’s time to get back into the swing of doing schoolwork. Writer’s block is bound to hit and hit hard. You stare at your blank computer screen and your brain turns to mush. You can’t write anything intelligible.

Learn how writer's block can be prevented. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn how writer’s block can be prevented. (Credit: Pinterest)

Have no fear; here are some writing tips, some are from famous writers, to help you with your college term paper or for creative writing ideas. Read more

5 ways to improve your college GPA

You may not think your college GPA is important as long as you graduate and get your degree. But employers look at your GPA, which shows them what kind of a student you were, your ambition and your dedication, all traits that will reflect on you as a prospective employee.

Calculate your GPA. (Credit: yourgpacalculator.com)

Calculate your GPA. (Credit: yourgpacalculator.com)

With a good GPA, you have more of a chance of directing your career path. Here are some college tips to calculate your GPA and improve your study habits. Read more

DIY study guide to help you ace your midterm exams

It’s about that time of the semester where you should consider making a study guide for your upcoming midterm exams. With the help of CengageBrain and some handy tips, you can be confident when you hit the books with a DIY study guide.

Create a DIY study guide to help ace your exams. (Credit: YouTube)

Create a DIY study guide to help ace your exams. (Credit: YouTube)

Share these helpful hints with your classmates and ace those exams! Read more

5 common myths about college academics debunked

Too many myths about academics hinder college students from performing academically and improving their college GPA.

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

Here are some common myths debunked so you can be prepared for your final exam and term paper and perform well in school. Read more