What you need to know: Government shutdown, Amber Alert, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Many 'Do Not Cross' signs can be found during the government shutdown.

Many ‘Do Not Cross’ signs can be found during the government shutdown.

It’s not the first time there’s been a federal government shutdown, nor is it likely to be the last. Disagreement in Congress about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as Obamacare, has led the federal government to metaphorically close its doors. Non-essential personnel are on unpaid leave, there are national park closures, and some programs are no longer receiving federal funding. For a little while, the Amber Alert website went down, leading Americans to believe that the Amber Alert network, the emergency response system that broadcasts missing persons, had also been deemed non-essential. What do you need to know about the government shutdown? Read more

Study help: Academic tutoring and college writing centers take the stress out of studying

study helpAs you finished up the end of your previous semester, you may have felt as if you were barely able to keep your head above water. As you venture into this new semester, however, take a look at all the study help options you have available including academic tutoring centers and college writing centers and make sure you stay on track from the get-go.

Check out the writing lab

Most schools have a learning center, tutor center and/or writing lab where students can get help with their term papers and projects. Read more

Top ten ways to manage time when studying for final exams

Managing study timeFinal exams are just around the corner for most of us and, in addition to really learning the material you’ve been taught all semester, you should learn how to manage your time so you get those top grades you’ve been working hard for. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business.

  1. Make a schedule and stick to it. It may not be possible to plan every minute of your day around studying for final exams, but do your best to try! Read more

Organization tips for student success in college: It’s time to create new habits

Organization tipsNow that you’re in college, the term papers and projects that you create can be a source of anxiety — but they are also an invaluable opportunity to hone your skills in research, organization and presentation. Although you may never use the concepts of algebra in your future career, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet deadlines, collaborate and communicate every day of your professional life. Being organized is key to achieving student success in college — so here are a few organization tips to help you get started. Read more

How to be a leader: Advice for college students on developing leadership qualities

How to be a leaderSome of the best advice for college students is to not only get involved but to be a leader on campus. And, just like anything else, it takes practice to develop the qualities of a leader. If you have been considering a leadership role in one of your clubs or organizations, now is the time to take action! Here are a few tips on how to be a leader and grow some outstanding leadership qualities. Read more

How to study in college: Top five tips for pulling a healthy all-nighter

Study tips for all-nighterWhile studying consistently and frequently throughout the semester is the best bet for nailing an A in any given course, you may come across a test or two that calls for a late-night cram session at some point during your collegiate career. Or maybe you forgot a big assignment or paper and only just saw the pop-up reminder on your phone go off. Whatever the reason, these nights are simply no fun and you’ll always be kicking yourself for having to do it in the first place. But if you find yourself pulling a red-eye before midterms, we’ve got the top five tips for how to study and get your work done the healthy way. Read more