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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

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

Honor Code vs. paper mill: Know the academic and ethical penalties

Illustration by Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

Illustration by Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

Student success depends on making ethical choices during your college years. The reasons for buying a term paper online and passing it off as your own are many, not the least of which is that starting your adult life off by cheating makes you a loser. Your student advantage should not include buying term papers. Consult your school’s Honor Code and learn the academic penalties for plagiarizing. Some can be immense and life- altering.

Honor Code and Honor Committee

Many colleges have an Honor Code that addresses proper behavior and assigns punishment for infractions such as plagiarism, cheating, lying, stealing, forgery, and computer fraud. Read more

Student advantage: Best online deals and discounts for students

Student Advantage Cardholders are entitled to exclusive student discounts at more than 35,000 locations nationwide.

Student Advantage Cardholders are entitled to exclusive student discounts at more than 35,000 locations nationwide.

Student advantage is the name for a couple of different programs that can help students save money on their purchases. Saving money while in school is a necessity. Learning how to save and find the best online deals is a skill that will help you through the rest of your life. So roll up your sleeves and let’s learn what it takes to become a master saver and shopper. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Student Advantage

On October 15, 2013, Microsoft Office 365 Education announced its Student Advantage program. Read more