Posts

Survive senior year by making the most of it

Senior year of college. It’s a big deal and you are probably wigging out about something—from finishing your degree requirements, to leaving your friends, from finding a job, to avoiding senioritis. No matter what you are worried about, you can make the most of your senior year with these college tips for conquering your final semesters.

Make a plan of what you want to accomplish before the end of senior year. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Make a plan of what you want to accomplish before the end of senior year. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Complete your course work senior year

So what is the most important thing to remember during your senior year of college? 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

Heartbleed bug: 7 college tips to protect students

Monday, April 7, saw the discovery of the Heartbleed security breach that attacked the encryption protocol known as OpenSSL. Heartbleed can access the memory of data servers and sensitive personal data like usernames, passwords and credit card information that is saved there. Many popular websites that use OpenSSL have been scrambling to write software patches to protect themselves against Heartbleed. College students are especially vulnerable as they frequently search the Internet and shop online. Here are some college tips for students to protect themselves.

The Heartbleed security flaw has been called the worst vulnerability found on the Internet. (Credit: Winston Ross)

The Heartbleed security flaw has been called the worst vulnerability found on the Internet. (Credit: Winston Ross)

College students vulnerability to Heartbleed

While Heartbleed affects about one in five general users of the Internet, college students are more likely to be affected. 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

Campus safety tips for college students

While in college, safety should be high on your priority list.

While in college, safety should be high on your priority list.

College life is supposed to be a fun place for both learning and social interaction. But as with any place where large numbers of people gather, there are safety concerns for your property and yourself. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) in “8 Tips to Stay Safe as You Head to Campus This Fall,” posted August 19, 2013: “The college environment can foster a false sense of security. Remember that you just met these people, even if it feels like you have been best friends forever. Don’t assume that your new friends will definitely have your back or be looking out for your best interests.” Here are some college tips for dorm rooms and campus safety. Read more

DIY college tips for survival kits for dorm rooms and car

Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.

Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.

Some college students like to wing it from the seat of their pants, while others like to be prepared for any contingency. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself survival kits for your college dorms, car or trip away from home. All of these can be bought prepackaged or you can mix and match to make your own kits.

Tool kit

A handy little tool kit with the basics will get you far in fixing small items yourself. You can buy prepackaged kits with one of each necessary tool, or you can build your own. Essential items: hammer, Philips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, pliers, wrench, hex wrench, razor cutter, Goo Gone, Krazy Glue, masking or duct tape, measuring tape and assorted sizes of screws and nails. Read more

Dorm life: College tips for non-alcoholic party ideas

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Winter is cold and boring, and cabin-fever is making you crazy. Why not throw a party? Combine that with your New Year’s Resolution to improve your student health by cutting down on the drinking and you can throw a fabulous non-alcoholic party in your dorm rooms. You could even get rid of some useless gifts you got this holiday season. Here are some tips for college parties that don’t involve alcohol.

“The problem with using drugs or drinking alcohol is the loss of control and the risk for dependence. When you drink or do drugs, you are no longer yourself. You can’t truly experience and enjoy anything while under the influence. Read more

Pay off holiday season debt: Credit card tips for college students

Very soon the credit card purchases you made this past holiday season will appear on your statement. Ouch! Student success depends on smart money matters, but credit cards are a temptation that could lead to bad spending habits at the least and a devastated credit rating at the worst. Here are some college tips for managing credit card debt.

How to reduce credit card spending

Using a credit card is so easy. It’s plastic money that lets you buy now and pay later. So tempting. Read more

Top 5 tools for back to school that can make college life easier

Back to school toolsIt’s that time of year again to start getting your school supplies together for the next year. You know what you need… or do you? Notebooks? Check. Computer? Check. Index cards, calculator, erasers? Check, check, check. Besides the usual list of backpack essentials, there are other supplies that will help you get through the year and that can put you ahead of, well, yourself. Sometimes it’s those items that aren’t obvious that can be the most helpful. Check out these top 5 tools for back to school that can make college life easier, and after you’ve added them to your stash, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. You deserve it. Read more

How to build a loft for your dorm room: Follow a plan, gather your supplies and stay safe

Lofted beds can make even the smallest dorm room feel like a palace. At most universities, there are loft-building services all over campus at the beginning of the semester. But if you don’t have the funds for that, learning how to build a loft for your dorm room is pretty easy. You can do it yourself with the help of a few extra hands and some lumber! Read more