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5 ways to improve your college GPA

You may not think your college GPA is important as long as you graduate and get your degree. But employers look at your GPA, which shows them what kind of a student you were, your ambition and your dedication, all traits that will reflect on you as a prospective employee.

Calculate your GPA. (Credit: yourgpacalculator.com)

Calculate your GPA. (Credit: yourgpacalculator.com)

With a good GPA, you have more of a chance of directing your career path. Here are some college tips to calculate your GPA and improve your study habits. Read more

President Obama offers free community college

President Obama recently proposed offering free tuition for two-year community college. The free tuition would be available for low-income students who maintain a good college GPA.

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

The goal of the proposal is to increase graduation rates of college students with some exposure to higher education, allow more students to transfer to four-year colleges and to prepare students for the modern job market. Some who criticize California community colleges say a nationwide program for free community college will not fare much better. Read more

Be prepared: A degree planner tracks academic progress

With the new semester starting, now is a great time to take stock of your progress toward your degree. College students should learn how to use a Degree Planner to calculate the courses you still need to take so you can graduate on time.

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

A Degree Planner helps you track your academic progress, calculate your college GPA standing, and be prepared for degree and course requirements before graduation. Here are some college tips for finding and using a Degree Planner. Read more

5 common myths about college academics debunked

Too many myths about academics hinder college students from performing academically and improving their college GPA.

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

Here are some common myths debunked so you can be prepared for your final exam and term paper and perform well in school. Read more

How to improve your memory

The human brain is amazing and can remember a lot of material. Yet we forget too easily and tend to cram information into it just so we can pass a test. A better approach is to keep our brain “muscle” exercised at all times, which is easy if you know some memory techniques. Here are some Need to Know study tips for college students to improve college GPA.

There are many methods and techniques to help you improve your memory. (Credit: Lisa von Sturmer)

There are many methods and techniques to help you improve your memory. (Credit: Lisa von Sturmer)

Improving your memory isn’t just about remembering where your phone or your keys are. It’s about using memory to optimize skills and lifelong learning. Anyone at any age can improve his or her memory. Some ways to do this are to use memory puzzles and exercises. 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