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What college students need to know about telephone etiquette

Communication is probably at the top of the list of job skills that you need to know. Just look at job listings and you’re likely to see “written and verbal skills” listed in the job requirements. And of all the communication skills telephone etiquette is especially important.

This guy could use some telephone etiquette lessons. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

This guy could use some telephone etiquette lessons. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

When you’re talking to someone and they can’t see you, it’s easy to get into a situation where all kinds of misunderstandings happen. Your ability to use a telephone well may make the difference in getting and keeping a job. Here are a few things that college students need to know about telephone etiquette. Read more

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Video Contest!

The votes are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Student Scholarship Contest.

We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor for a Day. From among all the entries we received from college students, we narrowed the field to twenty student finalists. A public vote determined the winners.

Congratulations to our grand-prize winner Rene Castro, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Our five runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship. The complete list of Instructor for a Day: 2015 Scholarship Winners is: Read more

5 simple steps for getting – and staying – organized this semester

Our lives as college students are filled with many activities – attending classes, work, homework, extracurricular activities, working out, social time with friends and (my personal favorite) getting enough sleep. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in! One way to make sure you’re making the most out of your college experience is by keeping yourself organized with everything going on in your life. So how do you make that happen?

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One word… Digital! As in digital learning solutions. Below I’ve listed the top five ways digital learning can help you get organized and stay that way not just throughout your college career but through your whole life!
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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

What college students should know about e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes or e-cigs, simulate the act of smoking tobacco by producing a flavored vapor that has the look and feel of tobacco smoke. Many college students and adolescents are choosing e-cigarettes thinking that they are safer than tobacco. But that is not the case.

There are many facts you should know about e-cigarettes. (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

There are many facts you should know about e-cigarettes. (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As a nicotine delivery system, e-cigarettes have fewer toxic chemicals than burning tobacco, but there are still e-cig health risks. Here is some stuff you should know about e-cigarettes. Read more

Off college campus and best study abroad programs

College students can improve their college GPA and academic profile by participating in some of the best study abroad programs, off-campus study or summer abroad opportunities.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities. (Credit: SLU.edu)

Learn more about study abroad opportunities. (Credit: SLU.edu)

Getting off the college campus for part of your education is an opportunity for growth, responsibility and maturity. Read more

4 ways college students can overcome shyness

College students are often too shy and may have trouble dealing with anxiety on college campus. Not only are we away from home and familiar surroundings, but we’ve been plunked into a sea of strange faces.

Overcome your shyness with our tips. (Credit: The NOOK Blog)

Overcome your shyness with our tips. (Credit: The NOOK Blog)

Public speaking and making friends can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to learn how to overcome shyness and speak up in a crowd. 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

Tips for how to make a college schedule

College dorm life, academics and social life collide for college students, so it’s often difficult to keep it all organized. Unless you lived at a boarding school during high school, coming to college and living on campus is going to be a big change for you.

A simple way to organize your schedule. (Credit: Preppy Premed)

A simple way to organize your schedule. (Credit: Preppy Premed)

Here are some tips on how to make a college schedule to keep your college life structured and easy to keep track of. There are several college apps that can help. Read more

Vote now in the “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

College students from around the U.S. were asked to submit a short video that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if they were the instructor for a day.

Participants created one- to two-minute videos and showed us exactly how they would get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process. Read more