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10 study strategies to ace your final exams

For your midterm exam or final exam, you need effective techniques to tackle the material. More than just reading over the notes you took in class, you need study guides that encompass the work you did the entire semester and that organize the material you might find on your final exams.

Follow our study tips when preparing for final exams. (Credit: memejelly.com)

Follow our study tips when preparing for final exams. (Credit: memejelly.com)

Here are 10 college tips for study strategies to improve academics. Read more

Creative writing tips to improve academics

No matter what your major is, it might be fun to take an Intro to Creative Writing course. In addition to studying literature and Expository Writing, learning how to write and think creatively can improve all aspects of academics.

Creative writing can greatly improve one's learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

Creative writing can greatly improve one’s learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

When you practice creative writing exercises, you are learning problem solving and discipline. Here are some creative writing tips and methods for writing fiction. Read more

Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Read more

7 effective study tips for college students

Many colleges offer study tips to improve academics, but often don’t include effective study tools to help college students study better and retain what they’ve learned.

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Student success depends on having the right tools for the job and knowing how to best use them. Here are some lifehack study tips to improve college habits and gain a student advantage. Read more

How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. Read more

How socializing benefits your college life

Academics aren’t the only reason you’re at college. Your social health is another aspect of college life in addition to your studies. Student success, as well as career success, depends on learning how to socialize and how to be a responsible member of a group. Here are some tips for college students who want to get the most out of socializing in college.

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

A chance to socialize in many different groups

College is usually the first time young people are on their own without parents’ guidance or rules. Students learn to participate as a responsible member of various groups within the college environment: Read more

Get the FAQs for college student academics

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, college students have many questions. Some are perennial favorites, like why do I have to take electives. Others concern study habits and best strategies for a term paper. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions and some college tips to help you get a student advantage in your academics.

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

Are electives not related to my major a waste of time?

Actually no, and we’ll tell you why… Read more

Change your major: Improve college GPA and student advantage

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

Now that you have a year or so of college under your belt, maybe you’re having second thoughts about your declared major. There’s no shame for college students in changing your major. The goal of college is to give you an education in a subject that interests you and to help you get a job you will enjoy in your career. Changing your major offers a student advantage by improving academics, helping you do better on midterms, improving your reading level and possibly getting a higher overall college GPA.

Reasons to change your major

There are many reasons college students change their major, minor or add another minor: Read more

Top five questions to ask your professor before your final exam

Don't hesitate to ask for study help with your final.

Don’t hesitate to ask for study help with your final.

With the season for final exams rapidly approaching, college students can engage their professor for help or advice. Don’t be afraid to meet with your professor before a final exam. Don’t be intimidated or feel like he or she will think you’re dumb for asking for help. Obtaining personalized attention from your teacher affords you a student advantage in your academics and can improve your college GPA. Here are five questions to ask your professor before a final:

1. What’s on the final?

Yes, it’s okay to outright ask. Many times the professor will outright tell you—and even offer some study strategies. Read more

After a bad midterm exam: College tips to improve academics

Always keep in mind that it's never too late to succeed.

Always keep in mind that it’s never too late to succeed.

Bad midterms are not the end of the world. Student success doesn’t hinge on one test. There are ways for college students to improve study habits and get a better grade on your subsequent tests and final exam. Did you suffer from a lousy midterm exam? Worried your academics aren’t up to par? Here are some tips for college students to study better and improve your overall grade in the class.

Don’t get discouraged

Grace Fleming wrote in “Improving Bad Grades: Change Your Habits and Improve Your Grades” for About.com’s Homework/Study Tips: “It is easy to get the blues when you receive low scores on a big test or a homework assignment, but you can’t let poor performance get you down. There is always time to make things better. … Just don’t get down on yourself!” Read more