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

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

Let your college portfolio tell the story of YOU

As college students, how many times are we told to create a portfolio every semester? Well, that sounds like a great idea but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Let’s get unique with it and explore some potential resources and ideas that you can use to get started on your student portfolio, and (hopefully!) demonstrate that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Read more

Should you consider an Interdisciplinary studies major?

What is interdisciplinary studies? It’s a course of study that includes knowledge from various fields and disciplines. Many colleges and universities allow college students to create their own interdisciplinary studies major.

Is an Interdisciplinary studies major right for you? (Credit: Duke University)

Is an Interdisciplinary studies major right for you? (Credit: Duke University)

Some students with this college major have seen their career opportunities expand. Thinking about creating your own interdisciplinary studies major? Read on for more info. Read more

Last chance: Activate your digital learning solutions NOW!

For several weeks now I’ve been reminding you to activate your digital products so you can get off to a good start to the new school year. I can almost guarantee that many of you thought you’d wait until the last minute to do so – are you nodding your head in agreement? If that’s the case, you NEED to activate your digital products now!

Trust me, I know what it’s like to be a procrastinator, but you’ll thank me once you realize what you’ve been missing out on. In case you need a few reasons as to why you should, keep reading to learn more. Read more

Tick tock, tick tock… Time is running out! Activate your digital products now!

You’re finally getting into the groove of the new school year so I realize you’re probably quite busy, BUT the clock is ticking, and it’s time to activate your digital learning solutions before time runs out. Another reason to activate now? Your grade depends on it.

This goes for a new college student who wants to start college off on a good note or a veteran college student who is trying to improve their GPA. Activate now to ensure that you get the grades YOU want this semester. Read more

Instructor recommended, student approved – Activate your digital learning solutions now!

You’re officially heading back to school at this very moment! It’s time to take on another school year, and I figured I could offer you some helpful words of wisdom to help you get acquainted with your studies. First of all, you know those digital learning solutions you’ve heard your instructors speak of? Activate them… NOW.

You’ll get a head start on your classmates so you never fall behind. If you happen to begin feeling lost in one of your courses, you’ll be able to use the digital learning solutions for additional help when you’re studying at 2 A.M. – right when your instructor is not available to contact. So why else should you activate your digital products? Let me elaborate. Read more

5 smart study habits you need to adopt now

One huge difference I noticed during my transition from high school to college is how much studying is involved. In high school everything used to come so much easier, then I got to college and realized I’d need more than just my class notes and textbook to be truly prepared. I realized that studying in college is actually something takes real time and effort.

I needed extra resources to help prepare me for each exam. Below are five smart study habits I picked up during college that are sure to help you excel in academics. Read more