4 ideas to improve your average college GPA

Let’s say you’re getting by in college. You’re attending your classes, taking subjects you like and understand, having a great social life. Your grades are only okay – Bs and Cs, an occasional A.

Become an A+ student with our tips on how to improve GPA. (Credit: Ryan Balderas/Getty Images)

Become an A+ student with our tips on how to improve GPA. (Credit: Ryan Balderas/Getty Images)

You’re ready for some ideas on ways to take that extra step to push yourself into higher grades and improved average college GPA, or maybe even the honor roll. Here are some college tips to excel in college. Read more

Health info and the Internet—How to know if it’s valid

Want to find out what tomorrow’s temperature will be in Montserrat? Need to know the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Internet searches can help with any of these things you need to know. And the World Wide Web is a great resource for health info on the thousands of health care website options.

Beware of inaccurate health info that is shared through the Internet. (Credit: Photos.com)

Beware of inaccurate health info that is shared through the Internet. (Credit: Photos.com)

A recent Northwestern University study found that eight in 10 U.S. teens ages 13 to 18 use the web for answers to health questions. Are you one of them? But how to know if the facts you are finding are reliable and accurate? Read more

Free SAT test prep for prospective college students

Prospective college students now have access to free SAT test prep classes through a partnership between the Khan Academy online educational site and the College Board, which administers the SAT college admissions test.

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

In an effort to improve student academics and SAT test scores, the two organizations will make SAT tutor classes available to high school students anywhere so they can be prepared for taking the SAT tests. Read more

What college students should know about mental health problems

Mental health problems can strike any one, at any time. How to cope when they do is chief among the things you need to know.

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Equally important is seeking help from mental health professionals as needed to help you. Read more

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

Celebrity A-Team – Create your Celebrity Group Project Members

Group projects are the worst. You’re either stuck with an assigned group your instructor forced you into, or you blindly ask to be in a group for the sake of not being the last one picked. Either way, you’re stuck with these students until the project is over, and worst of all, your grade relies on them.

Which celebrity would you include in your group project?

Which celebrity would you include in your group project?

Since you’re probably procrastinating right now, why don’t we step in the realm of la-la-land and dream of your ideal group for your project? What if you could build a team of celebrities for your group project like they do in Celebrity Apprentice? Here are a few suggestions of our own: Read more