You ask, we answer: My grades are jumping off the deep end?!

Dear Jay,

My grades aren’t doing so hot. I’ve had my first set of quizzes and midterms and I thought I did okay, but now I’m pretty sure my professor had to go out and buy a new set of red pens. It’s pretty bad. I should be able to pass this quarter if I pick up my grades on my next set of tests and final. But how do I do that? I don’t want to just pass, I want to do well. So what now?

Too much red pen,

Nikki K.

Good study habits will help you achieve academic success in college.

Good study habits will help you achieve academic success in college.

Dear Nikki,

Don’t worry. Grades are something that can be fixed and there is always next semester. Here are a few ways to go about raising your grades: Read more

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Stay focused so you can achieve your academic goals. (Credit: FitSydney.Wordpress.com)

Stay focused so you can achieve your academic goals. (Credit: FitSydney.Wordpress.com)

Here are some study strategies to focus on what needs to be done so you can improve your college GPA. Read more

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There are many things you’ll need to know for college, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to stay motivated with all of the distractions that life has to offer.

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Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

If you want to prove to yourself that you can focus your mind and complete your to do list, read on for ways to stay motivated and maintain, or increase, your work ethic. Read more

Multitasking: pros and cons for academics

Multitasking seems to be one of those topics that everyone has an opinion about—good and bad. Studies show that college students who multitask, especially freshmen, may see adverse effects on their academics and GPA.

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

However, if you are a multitasker, you can still be a successful student. Read more

Improve college GPA with a love of learning

One of my professors told our class that our bodies might have been physically present in the classroom, but if our hearts and minds were on vacation, no amount of his teaching was going to get through to us. He was right.

Develop a love of learning to improve your academics. (Credit: Love to learn)

Develop a love of learning to improve your academics. (Credit: Love to learn)

We have to want to learn, want to work hard and want to excel. College students need to make learning fun in the classroom and on college campus, which is key to improve academics and boost college GPA. Read more

How to make the most of your college experience

For college students, the four years you spend on campus are about getting an education that will set your future path. But there is also so much more to the college experience, including many things to do during that time that will enable you to make the most of the time you spend on campus.

One sign that it's time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

One sign that it’s time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

From the fun you should accomplish by the end of freshman year to how to get serious about exam prep, read on for all the tips you need to make the most of your college experience. Read more

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There’s a chance that when you started your semester, one of your college instructors mentioned MindTap to you. Maybe? Not sure? Whether or not you have heard about MindTap from a friend, classmate or instructor, we at CengageBrain believe this is one of those pieces of “must know” advice that will truly benefit you during your academic college career.

Now is your chance to share with us how MindTap changed your learning experience for the better for your chance at a $100 gift card! Find out how to enter as well as explore what MindTap is and how it can be of value to you. Read more

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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

Life after Spring Break — how to stay motivated

Spring Break—that marvelous getaway for college students has come and gone. Now you are left trying to figure out how to live life after your vacation and how to stay motivated for the last couple months of classes.

Read on for some tips to keep you going as you finish out the semester. Read more

5 ways to reboot your New Year’s resolution

Okay, it’s been two months since New Year’s Day. How are your resolutions coming? Have you fallen off the wagon? Gone off your diet and snuck in some junk food? Haven’t gotten into the habit of your new study schedule yet? Still afraid to go out and meet new people? Don’t freak.

It's not too late to reboot your New Year's resolution. (Credit: thumbitt.com)

It’s not too late to reboot your New Year’s resolution. (Credit: thumbitt.com)

It’s not too late to reboot your New Year’s resolutions to improve study habits, student health or campus life. College students can take these five steps to start over. Read more