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How to Stay on Track With Your New Year's Resolution to Earn a Degree
How to Stay on Track With Your New Year's Resolution to Earn a Degree
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2018

Your decision to earn your degree is one of the most impactful New Year's resolutions you can make. If you're concerned about the challenges you'll face in the months and years ahead, read on to see how you can keep on track through careful planning, motivation, and creative thinking.

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How to Tell Your Parents You Don't Want to Go to a Traditional College
How to Tell Your Parents You Don't Want to Go to a Traditional College
by Daisy Rogozinsky December 2018

Choosing to go to college is a big decision. Choosing to forgo a typical college education for a more untraditional path is a bigger one. Check out this blog post for tips on how to bring this topic up with your parents.

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6 New Year's Resolutions All College Students Should Make
6 New Year's Resolutions All College Students Should Make
by Daisy Rogozinsky December 2018

Are you a college student thinking about how to become a better you in the new year? Check out this blog post for six New Year's resolutions we recommend you make.

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6 Grads Share the Worst Jobs They Took to Help Pay for College
6 Grads Share the Worst Jobs They Took to Help Pay for College
by Jessica Lyons December 2018

With the cost of earning a degree on the rise, many college students need to work in order to help pay for their tuition and related expenses. Keep reading to find out some of the worst jobs people had while they were in college.

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Why Spring Semester is the Perfect Time for a Fresh Start
Why Spring Semester is the Perfect Time for a Fresh Start
by Erin Riskey December 2018

If the fall semester doesn't go as planned, don't beat yourself up too badly. Instead, let it motivate you to turn things around in your spring classes. Keep reading to learn why the spring semester is the perfect time for a fresh start.

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Which Classes Should You Register for? Here Are 5 Tips.
Which Classes Should You Register for? Here Are 5 Tips.
by Daisy Rogozinsky December 2018

Registering for an entire semester's worth of college courses involves a lot of planning and careful consideration. Here are our top five tips for making sure you're happy with the classes you choose.

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The Procrastinator's Guide to College Finals
The Procrastinator's Guide to College Finals
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2018

As a card-carrying procrastinator, you may believe that it's never too late to start any project, including studying for finals. The truth is, time waits for no one. Find out how to fool yourself into studying sooner and avoiding the pitfalls of procrastination.

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5 Apps All College Students Should Have
5 Apps All College Students Should Have
by Erin Riskey November 2018

College life can be hectic at times, but luckily there are some apps that can make it more manageable. Read on to explore the details of five must-have apps for college students.

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What These 5 Reality Stars Should Have Majored In
What These 5 Reality Stars Should Have Majored In
by Daisy Rogozinsky November 2018

If you've ever wondered what would happen if your favorite reality stars went to college, wonder no longer. Read this blog post to find out what five popular reality stars should have majored in.

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What to Do if You Have Multiple Finals the Same Day
What to Do if You Have Multiple Finals the Same Day
by Daisy Rogozinsky November 2018

If you've just gotten your final exam schedule and realized that you have more than one final on the same day, this is the blog post for you. Read more to learn what you can do to succeed.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid During Finals Week
5 Mistakes to Avoid During Finals Week
by Daisy Rogozinsky November 2018

Don't let the stress of final exams trip you up and make your life difficult. This finals week, get a leg up by avoiding the five most common mistakes made by college students.

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Why Alternative College Pathways Are the Future
Why Alternative College Pathways Are the Future
by Erin Riskey November 2018

Traditionally speaking, a college education usually means spending four or more years at a pricey university, but the times are definitely changing. Read on to learn why alternative college pathways are transforming and becoming the future of postsecondary education.

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Video: What You Need to Know About Applying to College
Video: What You Need to Know About Applying to College
by Jessica Lyons November 2018

Applying to colleges can be an overwhelming process. This free video resource can show you the different paths to earning a college degree and the types of colleges you should apply to.

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How to Survive Group Projects in College
How to Survive Group Projects in College
by Daisy Rogozinsky November 2018

Group projects are like taxes: unpleasant and unavoidable. If you have a group project coming up in one of your college courses, check out this blog post for a few suggestions about how to survive.

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Does Your College GPA Really Matter?
Does Your College GPA Really Matter?
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2018

Your grade point average is a snapshot of your academic performance. But as long as you manage to graduate, does your college GPA really count? Discover how maintaining an exemplary GPA in college not only helps you transition to the next phase of your life but can also impact your finances.

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How Earning a Degree Improves Your Earning Potential
How Earning a Degree Improves Your Earning Potential
by Jessica Lyons October 2018

There are many benefits to earning a college degree, including the ability to earn more over the course of your lifetime. Keep reading to find out exactly what a difference a degree can make.

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The 6 Best Ways to Spend Winter Break
The 6 Best Ways to Spend Winter Break
by Daisy Rogozinsky October 2018

Are you a college student about to go on winter break? Check out this blog post for six suggestions for the best things to do during your vacation, whether you're focused on relaxing, learning, or making some money.

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5 Ways to Personalize Your College Application
5 Ways to Personalize Your College Application
by Daisy Rogozinsky October 2018

In order to craft a strong college application, you'll want to personalize your application materials as much as possible. This blog post offers five options for ways to do so.

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6 Celebs With Unexpected College Degrees
6 Celebs With Unexpected College Degrees
by Erin Riskey October 2018

When it comes to being rich and famous, there's often more than what meets the eye. Check out our list of six celebrities who have earned unexpected college degrees.

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You Declared a Major But Realize You Hate It - Now What?
You Declared a Major But Realize You Hate It - Now What?
by Daisy Rogozinsky October 2018

Are you finding yourself wondering whether or not you might have declared the wrong college major? Check out this blog post for four suggestions on what you should do next.

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The 5 Best Colleges for Aspiring Journalists
The 5 Best Colleges for Aspiring Journalists
by Daisy Rogozinsky October 2018

If you're a student looking to get a degree in journalism, you're probably seeking a college that will be a good fit for your intended major. Here are the five top colleges you should look into.

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4 Ways to Recover After Surviving Midterms
4 Ways to Recover After Surviving Midterms
by Daisy Rogozinsky October 2018

There is no better feeling than walking out of your last midterm and taking a breath of relief. Now that you're finally done, check out this list of four ways to recover from midterms season.

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Ask Your Kids These 5 Questions to Help Them Pick a College Major
Ask Your Kids These 5 Questions to Help Them Pick a College Major
by Daisy Rogozinsky October 2018

The choice of what to study in college is an important one. A future college student might want to seek guidance on this topic from their parents. Parents can help by asking their children these five guiding questions.

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5 Ways for Business Majors to Make Money on the Side
5 Ways for Business Majors to Make Money on the Side
by Daisy Rogozinsky November 2018

Are you a business major in college looking to make a little (or more than a little) extra cash in your free time? Check out our tips for five ways to make money on the side.

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5 Elective Courses Colleges Really Need
5 Elective Courses Colleges Really Need
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

Are you a college student who has had the experience of registering for courses and wishing you had some other options? Check out these five elective courses colleges should offer.

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6 Tips For Acing Your Midterms
6 Tips For Acing Your Midterms
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

Are you worried about your upcoming college midterm exams? Check out this article for six effective ways to make sure that you get the grades you want.

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The 5 Best Colleges for Student Athletes
The 5 Best Colleges for Student Athletes
by Bill Sands September 2018

Student athletes have no shortage of options when it comes to choosing the right college. Take a look at some of the country's top choices when it comes to academics and athletics.

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9 Student Debt Stats Everyone Should Know
9 Student Debt Stats Everyone Should Know
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

What are we talking about when we say that there is a student debt crisis? Just how many Americans have student debt? How much money do they owe? Read this article to learn the answers to these (and other) questions.

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6 Celebs Who Are Way Smarter Than the Characters They Play
6 Celebs Who Are Way Smarter Than the Characters They Play
by Daisy Rogozinsky September 2018

Are you curious which of your favorite silly characters are played by much smarter actors? Here's a list of six actors who are more intelligent than the characters they're known for portraying.

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College Activities That Develop Important Soft Skills
College Activities That Develop Important Soft Skills
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

These days, many recruiters are looking for candidates who have key soft skills. Check out this blog post to find out how to develop these skills during college.

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Freshmen: What to Do if College Feels Too Hard
Freshmen: What to Do if College Feels Too Hard
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Becoming a college freshman is challenging, and some of us have a harder time with the transition than others. If you're struggling, here are some suggestions for what to do.

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What to Study to Survive Being a Reality Star
What to Study to Survive Being a Reality Star
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Do you harbor secret hopes of becoming a reality star one day? Here's what you should study to help yourself succeed.

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Dorm to Promote Learning
5 Ways to Decorate Your Dorm to Promote Learning
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

If you're a college freshman moving into a dorm room for the first time, consider doing a few special things to make your dorm as conducive to learning as possible. Here are our top five tips.

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6 Celebs We Want to Do a Group Project With
6 Celebs We Want to Do a Group Project With
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Group projects might be one of the more challenging parts of college, but what if you got to pick your dream team? Here are the six celebrities we'd want to work with.

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Undeclared Freshmen: When Should You Pick a Major?
Undeclared Freshmen: When Should You Pick a Major?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant August 2018

While there's a lot of pressure on freshmen to pick a college major, undeclared students are the majority. Most students enter college undeclared or change their major. Read on to learn when you need to pick a major and the best strategies for choosing a major - and future career - that you'll love.

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What College Seniors Can Do Now to Prep for the Workforce
What College Seniors Can Do Now to Prep for the Workforce
by Michelle Baumgartner August 2018

Your senior year of college is a time of transition that involves finishing your undergraduate schooling and preparing to enter the workforce. Your career path can lead you through an exciting yet challenging adventure. To get off to a great start, take action now with these essential career-building steps.

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5 Fictional Professors We Wish Were Real
5 Fictional Professors We Wish Were Real
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Having trouble separating fact from fiction? Join us in imagining which fictional professors we wish we could learn from.

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Going Back to School and Work? 5 Ways to Manage Both
Going Back to School and Work? 5 Ways to Manage Both
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant August 2018

If you're worried about balancing your education and work life now that it's time to go back to school, you're not alone! Almost 14 million people in the United States are both working and pursuing college or postsecondary training programs. Read on to explore 5 ways that can help you manage work and school.

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5 People Share Advice For Having the Right Outlook for Freshman Year
5 People Share Advice For Having the Right Outlook for Freshman Year
by Jessica Lyons August 2018

Are you mentally prepared for being a college student? Advice from these former freshmen can help prepare you and let know who to go to for support in tough times.

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9 College Grads Share Their Tips for Incoming Freshmen
9 College Grads Share Their Tips for Incoming Freshmen
by Jessica Lyons August 2018

Starting your first year of college can be a stressful time. You want to do well but you're not sure you're ready for this new challenge. Use the tips below to learn from people who have done it before you.

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6 Ways for College Students to Earn Extra Cash
6 Ways for College Students to Earn Extra Cash
by Erin Riskey August 2018

For many students, college often means living frugally on a tight budget. After all, the term 'broke college student' certainly doesn't exist for no reason (ramen, anyone?)! In today's post, we'll highlight six solid ways for college students to earn some extra cash.

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6 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your College Freshmen Year
6 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your College Freshmen Year
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Barring a very unique circumstance, your freshman year of college is only going to happen once. Here are six ways to make sure you get the most out of it.

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5 Breakfast Options That Will Get You Through Morning Classes
5 Breakfast Options That Will Get You Through Morning Classes
by Erin Riskey August 2018

Let's be real: breakfast in college often consists of a cereal bar or nothing at all. Unfortunately, those aren't the best choices if you want your mind and body to run at full speed during your A.M. classes. Here are five easy breakfast options that can help you stay rolling all morning.

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The 5 Best Colleges for Future Entrepreneurs
The 5 Best Colleges for Future Entrepreneurs
by Michelle Baumgartner August 2018

You already know that you want to start your own company after you get your bachelor's degree. Now you're looking for a college that will teach you the entrepreneurial skills you'll need to succeed. Here are five top schools for future entrepreneurs.

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Why You Shouldn't Try to Get Out of College Reading by Watching the Movie
Why You Shouldn't Try to Get Out of College Reading by Watching the Movie
by Daisy Rogozinsky August 2018

Hoping to save some precious study time by skipping your college reading and watching the movie version of the book instead? Here's why you shouldn't.

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How College Students Can Protect Themselves From Identity Theft
How College Students Can Protect Themselves From Identity Theft
by Meghan Cooney August 2018

Identity theft isn't just a problem for adults in the workforce. College students can easily fall victim to it too, but these strategies can help you keep your information safe.

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Would Superheroes Make Good College Roommates?
Would Superheroes Make Good College Roommates?
by Daisy Rogozinsky July 2018

Imagine showing up to your first day of college and finding out that your roommate is a superhero. Would they be easy to get along with? Read on to find out.

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Four-Year College Not For You? Try One of These Options
Four-Year College Not For You? Try One of These Options
by Erin Riskey July 2018

Have you decided that four-year college might not be the best choice for the next step in your education? Are you curious as to what your other options are? Continue reading to explore some viable alternatives to four-year institutions.

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How Adult Learners Can Get Back in the Swing of Being a Student
How Adult Learners Can Get Back in the Swing of Being a Student
by Michelle Baumgartner July 2018

Whether you're undertaking professional training, changing careers, or just finishing a degree you started long ago, you may feel apprehensive about being back in the classroom again. These suggestions for adult learners can help you get back into the swing of being a student.

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Why Your First Year of College Will Feel Like a Bad Reality Show
Why Your First Year of College Will Feel Like a Bad Reality Show
by Meghan Cooney July 2018

Your first year of college is a whirlwind. At times you'll feel like the star of your own TV show, and other times all you'll want to do is run and hide from the cameras. Here are major challenges you'll face your freshman year - and how to handle them.

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Grads Share Their Worst Meals as Broke Students
Grads Share Their Worst Meals as Broke Students
by Jessica Lyons July 2018

Earning a degree can be expensive, and many students learn the hard way that they didn't budget as well as they should have, forcing them to make some interesting food choices. Here are some of the worst meals people have eaten in college.

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4 Ways Your Phone Can be an Asset (Not a Distraction) in College
4 Ways Your Phone Can be an Asset (Not a Distraction) in College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant July 2018

Need assistance in college? Your phone might seem an unlikely solution, but it can help you academically by performing tasks that include scheduling study times and viewing lessons and lectures. Read on to learn how to transform your phone from educational distraction to academic asset.

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5 Things All College Freshmen Need For Their Dorm Rooms
5 Things All College Freshmen Need For Their Dorm Rooms
by Erin Riskey July 2018

If you're planning to live on campus this fall, you may have a general idea of what you'll need to pack for your dorm room. However, there may be some less obvious things you might not have considered, which we'll explore in this post.

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Celebrities With the Most School Spirit
Celebrities With the Most School Spirit
by Daisy Rogozinsky July 2018

Everybody loves their alma mater, including your favorite celebrities. Check out our list of eight stars who have plenty of school spirit for the universities they once attended.

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Our Playlist Picks to Get You Excited For the New School Year
Our Playlist Picks to Get You Excited For the New School Year
by Daisy Rogozinsky July 2018

Looking for some tunes to accompany you as you start the new school year? Here are our suggested song choices, all put together into a convenient playlist. Get ready to rock and learn.

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5 Must Watch Movies For New College Students
5 Must Watch Movies For New College Students
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

If you're just starting college and want to get a sense of the experience to come (or just get excited about your future), here are 5 movies you must watch.

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Not Ready for a Real-Life Jurassic World? Study These Subjects to Prepare
Not Ready for a Real-Life Jurassic World? Study These Subjects to Prepare
by Meghan Cooney June 2018

Dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years. But as Jurassic World teaches us, it's never too late to make a comeback! Here's how you survive when dinosaurs rule the world - again.

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7 Tips to Make Sure Your First College Roommate Becomes Friend and Not Foe
7 Tips to Make Sure Your First College Roommate Becomes Friend and Not Foe
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Are you starting college and worried about whether or not you'll get along with your first roommate? Check out these 7 tips for making sure you and your roommate become friends.

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Best TV Shows to Watch Based on Your Major
Best TV Shows to Watch Based on Your Major
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

If you're looking for a TV show to watch that will fit your scholastic interests, look no further. Here's a list of the best TV shows for each university major.

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4 Strategies For When You Realize You Can't Help Your Kids with Their Homework
4 Strategies For When You Realize You Can't Help Your Kids with Their Homework
by Erin Riskey June 2018

Let's get real, parents: sometimes homework can be more than we bargained for. So, what exactly should you do when you realize that your child's homework is over your head? Continue reading to explore four strategies that can come in handy when the going gets tough during homework time.

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From Oprah Winfrey to Mindy Kaling, Some of the Best Graduation Advice Celebs Had This Year
From Oprah Winfrey to Mindy Kaling, Some of the Best Graduation Advice Celebs Had This Year
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Whether you're a recent graduate yourself, or just looking for some inspiring words of wisdom, check out our round-up of this year's best graduation speech advice.

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Want Something to Binge Watch Without Going Brain Dead? Try These 5 Shows!
Want Something to Binge Watch Without Going Brain Dead? Try These 5 Shows!
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Looking for a television show to get addicted to this summer? Check out our list of the 5 best TV shows for brainy binge watching. Because who says you can't watch TV and learn at the same time?

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How Your Phone Can Save You From the Summer Slide
How Your Phone Can Save You From the Summer Slide
by Bill Sands June 2018

Once the school year is over, students often let their skills deteriorate over the summer. However, a cell phone can open up multiple educational opportunities that can help you stay focused and return to school stronger than ever in the fall.

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5 Celebs Who Would Be the Best Professors & 5 Who Would Be the Worst
5 Celebs Who Would Be the Best Professors & 5 Who Would Be the Worst
by Meghan Cooney June 2018

Close your eyes and picture your favorite celebrity. Their accomplishments, piercing blue eyes, that smile... Now imagine them teaching your Econ 101 class. Is it a dream, or a nightmare? We put together a list of 5 potentially awesome and 5 potentially awful celeb professors. Let's see if your fave made the list!

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Why Cutting Down on Student Debt Is the Most Important Thing to Do This Summer
Why Cutting Down on Student Debt Is the Most Important Thing to Do This Summer
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2018

While a college education can open doors in the workplace, it comes with a price — one you don't want to be paying indefinitely. Summer break is an opportunity to reduce the amount you owe. Consider using the carefree days of summer to whittle down the worrisome burden of student debt.

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The Summer Melt is Real But These Resources Can Help You Overcome It
The Summer Melt is Real But These Resources Can Help You Overcome It
by Erin Riskey June 2018

Although the summer melt is a real problem, there are resources that can help you overcome it. If you're planning on attending college in the fall but worry that something might derail your plans, the resources highlighted in this post can keep you on track and help you avoid the summer melt.

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How to Make the Most of Being in a Remedial Class
How to Make the Most of Being in a Remedial Class
by Erin Riskey December 2018

If you find yourself in a remedial class like many other prospective college students across the country, don't get discouraged. With the right attitude and tools, you can greatly benefit from the remediation. Use the pointers in this post to help you make the most out of being in a remedial class.

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You Think You Chose the Wrong College - Now What?
You Think You Chose the Wrong College - Now What?
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2018

Your choice of college is possibly one of the most important decisions of your life. You felt confident when you made that decision—but now you're starting to have doubts. Before you think of dropping out or transferring, consider these suggestions for reevaluating your college choice.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid the Summer Before Starting College
5 Mistakes to Avoid the Summer Before Starting College
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

The summer before you start college can be a time of uncertainty. To set yourself on a positive path toward your new college adventure, try to avoid these common mistakes.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your College T.A.s
Why You Should Get to Know Your College T.A.s
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant April 2018

Most college students will take a class taught by a TA at some point. These graduate students may not be tenured professors, but they're knowledgeable and enthusiastic and usually function as the main class contact. Get to know your college TAs to achieve a better learning experience and maybe even higher grades.

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Want to Earn College Credit This Summer Using Your Phone? Here's How!
Want to Earn College Credit This Summer Using Your Phone? Here's How!
by Michelle Baumgartner June 2018

What could be smarter than using your smartphone to learn as you travel and relax? During the long summer days ahead, you can earn college credit for the upcoming academic year. These tips and suggestions will help you make the most of your summer learning time.

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5 Ways College is Different from High School
5 Ways College is Different from High School
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

The transition from high school to college can be a rocky one due to the many differences between the institutions. Prepare yourself for the changes and expectations that await you by considering the five significant ways that college differs from high school.

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5 Tips for Studying for Finals
5 Tips for Studying for Finals
by Erin Riskey April 2018

It's certainly no big secret that studying for finals can be a stressful experience. What's the best way to go about it? Are there certain study methods that work better than others? Fortunately, we've compiled five top-notch tips that can make studying for finals more efficient and less overwhelming.

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How to Stay Motivated Through Spring Quarter
How to Stay Motivated Through Spring Quarter
by Bill Sands April 2018

It can be hard to maintain your focus when the school year is almost over, but staying motivated is essential to your future. Read on to find some helpful advice about how to avoid slacking off in the spring.

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Finding the Perfect College For You
Finding the Perfect College For You
by Erin Riskey March 2018

With so many things to take into consideration, finding the perfect college fit can often seem like an impossible task; but rest assured, it can be done. In this blog post, we'll focus on what you should look for when researching schools, as well as some pointers that can help you find the right college.

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You Got Into Your Dream School... Can You Afford It?
You Got Into Your Dream School... Can You Afford It?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Congratulations on being accepted into your dream school! But can you afford to attend? Or, more importantly, can you afford to without taking out a ton of loans and assuming a lot of student debt? Read on to learn about the essential tools for maximizing financial aid and the types of aid available.

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Why You Shouldn't Pull All-Nighters
Why You Shouldn't Pull All-Nighters
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Many college students consider all-nighters a part of the college experience but often don't realize that they can adversely affect both academic performance and health. Read on to learn more about the dangers of all-nighters and the right way to study for an exam.

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4 Tips for Your College Visits
4 Tips for Your College Visits
by Rachel Tustin November 2018

Visiting college campuses and their admissions offices is an exciting time for a student! However, you want to make sure you make an informed decision about admissions to any school. So maximize your visit with these tips to get the most information out of visiting prospective colleges.

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How to Handle Not Getting Into Your Dream School
How to Handle Not Getting Into Your Dream School
by Rachel Tustin November 2018

Getting rejected from your dream school can be a devastating experience for any prospective college student. You just need to know how to process the situation and keep moving forward. While rejection is tough, you can regroup and find new dreams in college and life.

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How to Get All Your College Course Reading Done Efficiently
How to Get All Your College Course Reading Done Efficiently
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

As you stare at your mountain of college reading, take a deep breath. While the volume of pages in front of you may be daunting, there are strategies you can use to tackle the reading efficiently so you can have time left over to enjoy college too!

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Mental Health Resources You Probably Have as a Community College Student
Mental Health Resources You Probably Have as a Community College Student
by Erin Riskey March 2018

Being a college student can often be stressful and overwhelming, but did you know there are special resources that can help you deal with any mental health issues you might be experiencing? Keep reading to learn about the mental health resources you probably have access to as a community college student.

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Let's Talk About It: The Community College Stigma
Let's Talk About It: The Community College Stigma
by Michele Vrouvas February 2018

Community colleges offer benefits and opportunities that millions of students can't get anywhere else. So why is there a stigma attached to attending one and how can you deal with it?

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3 Community College Success Stories
3 Community College Success Stories
by Michelle Baumgartner February 2018

While community colleges do not enjoy the prestige of many 4-year institutions, their affordability, individualized attention, and training opportunities make them undervalued gems, as these three success stories show.

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Attending a U.S. Community College as an International Student
Attending a U.S. Community College as an International Student
by Bill Sands February 2018

Though it's not thought of as a common destination, community colleges are a popular choice for international students. If you're considering enrolling in such a school, read on for more information on what steps you need to take and how you can prepare.

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Can I Get an Internship in Community College?
Can I Get an Internship in Community College?
by Bill Sands February 2018

Though they may not have a reputation for offering professional services, community colleges can actually be quite helpful when it comes to finding an internship. Read on for more information on how these schools can be of use in your pursuit of work experience.

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Should I Take Pass/No Pass Courses at Community College?
Should I Take Pass/No Pass Courses at Community College?
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

Whether you choose to take a course on a pass or no pass (P/NP) basis in community college will depend largely upon the school's P/NP policy as well as the P/NP policy of the university you intend to transfer to at a later time.

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Programming Boot Camp vs. Community College: Which Will Help Me Become an Great Engineer?
Programming Boot Camp vs. Community College: Which Will Help Me Become an Great Engineer?
by Bill Sands January 2018

If you're thinking of becoming a software engineer, you have a couple of different academic paths from which to choose. Attending community college and completing a programming boot camp are both excellent options, but how can you tell which one is right for you?

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Are Some Community Colleges Better Than Others?
Are Some Community Colleges Better Than Others?
by Erin Riskey January 2018

If you're leaning toward a community college for the next step in your education, you might be wondering if some are better than others. Here we'll explore some factors that can tell you a lot about community colleges and what they have to offer.

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Think You Deserve a Better Grade? Here's How to Talk to Your Professor
Think You Deserve a Better Grade? Here's How to Talk to Your Professor
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Getting an unfair grade in college can be an emotional situation to find yourself in. However, if you approach your professor in the right way, you can talk to them calmly and find a resolution you can live with.

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What Are My Housing Options in Community College?
What Are My Housing Options in Community College?
by Erin Riskey January 2018

If you're leaning towards a community college for the next step in your education, you might be wondering about possible living arrangements. Here, we'll explore some of your best options for housing while you attend community college.

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What are My Options for Getting Financial Aid for Community College?
What are My Options for Getting Financial Aid for Community College?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2018

Cost is a major concern for college students. However, there are many opportunities for financial assistance such as scholarships, loans and grants. Read on to learn more about the financial aid options available for community college students.

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Dropped Out of High School? - Here are Great Options to Get You Back on Track
Dropped Out of High School? - Here are Great Options to Get You Back on Track
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Let's face it: sometimes high school just doesn't work out as planned. If you have dropped out of high school and are looking for some great ways to get back on track, be sure to check out the ideas in this post.

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How to Study Smart for Community College Courses
How to Study Smart for Community College Courses
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Studying in college is different in many ways than high school. Namely, while you do attend classes, you spend a lot more time grappling with material on your own. As a result, you have to find ways to study smarter so you can be successful.

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How to Prepare Yourself for Community College Graduation and Beyond
How to Prepare Yourself for Community College Graduation and Beyond
by Bill Sands November 2017

Graduating from community college is an exciting accomplishment, but it also necessitates some major life decisions. Read on for some helpful strategies to help you stay focused and successful.

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Starting Over With a New Career Path in Adulthood Doesn't Have to be Scary
Starting Over With a New Career Path in Adulthood Doesn't Have to be Scary
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Choosing a new career path in your adult years can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Follow these suggestions to make a smoother career transition.

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Famous Community College Graduates
Famous Community College Graduates
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Just because someone attends community college doesn't mean they won't be successful. Keep reading to learn about some community college students who went on to do very big things--their names and stories might surprise you!

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Will Community College Help Me Decide What to Do in Life?
Will Community College Help Me Decide What to Do in Life?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

If you're questioning what to do in life, community college may be the answer. Read on to learn how the resources offered at community colleges may help you decide on a future career.

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Is an Online MBA Worth It?
Is an Online MBA Worth It?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Online MBAs can be enticing for those wishing to switch careers or substantially increase their salaries. However, before you jump into a program, you want to take some time and really consider if the investment is worth it.

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History of Community College: How the Morrill Act of 1862 Expanded Access to Public Higher Education
History of Community College: How the Morrill Act of 1862 Expanded Access to Public Higher Education
by Michele Vrouvas November 2017

Justin Morrill isn't a household name. But thanks to him, millions of college students in the U.S. are pursuing degrees once available only to a select few.

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Should I Open Up My First Credit Card in College?
Should I Open Up My First Credit Card in College?
by Erin Riskey October 2017

Credit cards can be beneficial financial tools, but they can also cause problems if used carelessly. This post can help you decide if you should open up your first credit card while you're in college.

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How Can I Get a College Degree as a Stay-at-Home Parent?
How Can I Get a College Degree as a Stay-at-Home Parent?
by Bill Sands November 2017

Colleges offer plenty of options to help non-traditional students enroll and graduate. Learn more about the unique scheduling options and class formats that stay-at-home parents can use to earn a college degree.

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Tips For Getting Hands-On Work Experience While in Community College
Tips For Getting Hands-On Work Experience While in Community College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Studies show that work experience is a crucial part of getting a job after graduation. Read on to find some tips for getting hands-on work experience while in community college.

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Moving Onward & Upward: How to Succeed in College After Doing Poorly in High School
Moving Onward & Upward: How to Succeed in College After Doing Poorly in High School
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

You may have people in your life trying to dissuade you from college because of your high school struggles. Don't let them! You can be successful in college even if you struggled in your high school classes.

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Affordable Hobbies for College Students: How to Have Fun Without Going Broke
Affordable Hobbies for College Students: How to Have Fun Without Going Broke
by Erin Riskey September 2017

It's no secret that college comes with a pretty hefty price tag, and oftentimes, this doesn't leave much extra money for fun. In this post, we'll explore some affordable yet worthwhile hobbies for college students that won't break the bank.

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Why Community College Goes Back to School Later than High School & How to Adjust
Why Community College Goes Back to School Later than High School & How to Adjust
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Community college calendars often differ from high schools, leaving transitioning students dazed and confused. Typically there are practical reasons for the difference in calendar, and believe it or not, the adjustment is easier than you think.

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How to Mentally Prepare Yourself to Go Back to Community College After Summer Break
How to Mentally Prepare Yourself to Go Back to Community College After Summer Break
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Getting back into the routine of your community college classes isn't easy after the fun of summer vacation. However, there are some simple things you can do to mentally prepare yourself to go back to class.

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How Much Does Choosing the Right Community College Really Matter?
How Much Does Choosing the Right Community College Really Matter?
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Selecting the right community college for your individual needs can make a world of difference in your academic and career success. Use these questions to narrow down your choices and find the community college that will help you make the grade.

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Do I Have to Eat Ramen? - Affordable, Healthy Eating in College
Do I Have to Eat Ramen? - Affordable, Healthy Eating in College
by Erin Riskey August 2017

As a college student, it can often be difficult to eat healthy on a budget, but thankfully, it's possible. In today's post, we'll take a look at some handy tips that can help you make smart, affordable food choices while you're in college.

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Have a Stress-Free Morning: Advice on Commuting to College
Have a Stress-Free Morning: Advice on Commuting to College
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Being a commuter student often leads to stressful mornings. From traffic to just getting out the door, odds are if you are a commuter student mornings are not your favorite time of day. Here are some tips to alleviate the stress of your morning commute to college.

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Can I Attend More Than One Community College at the Same Time?
Can I Attend More Than One Community College at the Same Time?
by Michelle Baumgartner August 2017

A single learning institution may not fit your busy schedule or meet all of your academic needs. Can you enroll in more than one community college at a time to create a customized program? Yes, you can! Prepare yourself with this guide to enjoy the benefits and avoid the pitfalls.

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Why There's No Such Thing as ''Too Old to Go Back to School''
Why There's No Such Thing as ''Too Old to Go Back to School''
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2017

You may think most college students are in their teens and early twenties. But according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, about 40% of college students are over the age of 25. Find out why going back to school has no age limit.

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Why You Need to Learn to Budget Before Starting Community College
Why You Need to Learn to Budget Before Starting Community College
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Learning to budget is critical before starting community college. It can not only affect your immediate quality of life, but can also affect your financial health long after you graduate and enter the work force.

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Is an Associate's Degree Sufficient Higher Education?
Is an Associate's Degree Sufficient Higher Education?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

When considering making an investment in your education, you probably often wonder how much education will be enough for your career goals? The bottom line is that it takes researching your field and job prospects to determine the answer to that question.

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Is It Possible to Be Rejected from Community College?
Is It Possible to Be Rejected from Community College?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

While you may think admission to community college is automatic, there are some circumstances that will result in a rejection letter. Before you apply, make sure you read the fine print and don't miss any important details.

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Things to Consider Before Choosing an Income-Share Agreement Over a Student Loan
Things to Consider Before Choosing an Income-Share Agreement Over a Student Loan
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

If you're looking for a new way to finance your college education, then an Income Share Agreement (ISA) may work for you. Still experimental in many areas, an ISA can give you a way to pay for your education without going into debt, but take caution before signing.

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What the Sitcom 'Community' Got Right About Community College
What the Sitcom 'Community' Got Right About Community College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

The sitcom ''Community'' was full of wacky students, unusual courses and incompetent administrators. But scratch the surface a bit and it turns out that there is quite a bit that ''Community'' got right about community college.

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How to Make Friends in Community College
How to Make Friends in Community College
by Zach Griffin July 2017

Making lifelong friends is part of the traditional college experience; however, many community college students find it harder to make friends at school. Let's explore some ways to make friends in community college.

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Are Community Colleges Non-Profit Organizations?
Are Community Colleges Non-Profit Organizations?
by Zach Griffin June 2017

Prospective students have multiple criteria to consider when choosing a college or university, and the question of whether to attend a for-profit or nonprofit institution adds to the confusion. We'll discuss for-profit versus nonprofit here, especially as it relates to community colleges.

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Do Community Colleges Require SAT & ACT Scores?
Do Community Colleges Require SAT & ACT Scores?
by Zach Griffin December 2017

With the cost of higher education steadily rising, many prospective students consider community college as an alternative to traditional four-year universities to save money. Some students choose community college because it fits their educational needs better. Whatever your reason for considering community college, you probably have or will ask: do community colleges require SAT & ACT scores? Let's find out.

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How Much Sleep Should a High School Student Get?
How Much Sleep Should a High School Student Get?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

High school students aren't getting enough sleep, and it's not just because of Instagram. Read on to see how much sleep is needed as well as the consequences of sleep deficits and suggestions for potential solutions.

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Is It Important to Have Senior Friends Your First Year of College?
Is It Important to Have Senior Friends Your First Year of College?
by Zach Griffin December 2017

With the fall semester quickly approaching, many soon-to-be college freshmen are preparing for their first year of college. However, preparing for something you have never done before is difficult. Here we'll discuss the benefits of having senior friends during your first year of college to help you through the process.

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Is There a Difference Between a College and a University?
Is There a Difference Between a College and a University?
by Bill Sands June 2017

Though 'college' and 'university' are two very different words, most students and teachers tend to use them interchangeably. Do they actually mean the same thing, or are there subtle differences between the two terms?

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Should I Choose a Summer Camp Job Over an Internship?
Should I Choose a Summer Camp Job Over an Internship?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

For college students, the internship is a traditional way to build a resume on summer breaks. However, summer camp jobs are a fun alternative that build life skills and experience.

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What I Wish I Knew About College When I Was in High School
What I Wish I Knew About College When I Was in High School
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Going to college is one of the most important decisions you will make in life. Looking back, there are many things about college I wish I had known ahead of time.

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Don't Feel Lonely: Tips on Meeting New People in College for Introverts
Don't Feel Lonely: Tips on Meeting New People in College for Introverts
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

College can be intimidating for introverts due to the immersive social environment it provides. However, a few simple steps can make it easier to meet people and form lasting, meaningful friendships.

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Who Should Pay for College: Parents or Students?
Who Should Pay for College: Parents or Students?
by Bill Sands June 2017

As college tuition continues to climb, families are being forced to answer the difficult question of who should be responsible for assuming the high price: the parents or the student?

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How I Used the Feynman Technique to Study and Got Better Grades
How I Used the Feynman Technique to Study and Got Better Grades
by Amanda Johnson June 2017

It is said that you can use the Feynman Technique to learn anything, and that's exactly what I did. I used this simple method to re-learn how to study at the college level. Here's a look at the technique and how it works.

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How to Study Less & Still Get Better Grades in High School
How to Study Less & Still Get Better Grades in High School
by Bill Sands November 2017

High school students don't have much free time, but that doesn't mean your grades need to suffer. By improving the efficiency of your study habits, you can spend less time studying while enjoying improved grades.

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Will Getting a GED Instead of a High School Diploma Affect My Chances of Getting into College?
Will Getting a GED Instead of a High School Diploma Affect My Chances of Getting into College?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Many Americans turn to getting a GED in lieu of finishing a high school diploma. When exercising this option, you have to consider how getting the GED may impact your chance of getting into college down the road.

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5 Smart Ways to Save for Your College Education
5 Smart Ways to Save for Your College Education
by Amanda Johnson June 2017

If you're entering college in the near future, it may be too late to save over a long period of time. However, saving for college just before entering and even during your time in college is possible. It's never too late to plan for college expenses.

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How My Undergrad School Choice Affected My Life
How My Undergrad School Choice Affected My Life
by Bill Sands June 2017

When I selected my undergraduate school, I knew I was making a choice that would dramatically alter my future. What I didn't expect, however, were the strange and seemingly unpredictable ways that this decision changed my future.

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How to Decide If a High School Foreign Exchange Program is for You
How to Decide If a High School Foreign Exchange Program is for You
by Erin Riskey June 2017

Has the thought of becoming a high school foreign exchange student been on your mind? Continue reading for valuable information that can help you decide if a foreign exchange program is right for you.

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Why College Textbooks are so Expensive and How to Avoid Overpaying for Them
Why College Textbooks are so Expensive and How to Avoid Overpaying for Them
by Bill Sands December 2017

Just like college tuition, the price of textbooks has increased dramatically in recent years. What's the cause of this inflation, and what can you do to keep costs down when purchasing these books?

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Tips From a Recent Graduate About Choosing the Right College Major
Tips From a Recent Graduate About Choosing the Right College Major
by Bill Sands June 2017

Next to choosing a school to attend, selecting a major is perhaps the most important academic decision you can make. In order to make the right choice, you'll need to give serious thought to your academic and professional aspirations.

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How to Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd When Applying to College
How to Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd When Applying to College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant June 2017

As colleges receive more applications and admit fewer students, applicants are searching for ways to set themselves apart from the crowd. Read on for tips on how to analyze the college application process in order to put your best foot forward.

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How Do College Students Spend Their Summer Without Wasting Time?
How Do College Students Spend Their Summer Without Wasting Time?
by Bill Sands June 2017

Summer can be a time to take a break and recharge your college batteries, but sometimes too much relaxation may cause you to lose focus and falter academically. Let's discuss how a productive summer can keep your mind sharp and expose you to new opportunities.

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5 Benefits of Shadowing a Current Student Before Applying to College
5 Benefits of Shadowing a Current Student Before Applying to College
by Bill Sands October 2018

Conducting research on a college is valuable to learning more about the school, but spending time on campus provides an important hands-on experience. By shadowing a student, you can gain insight into the parts of a school that the internet can't show you.

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Tips for Avoiding Major Challenges When Learning in Online Classrooms
Tips for Avoiding Major Challenges When Learning in Online Classrooms
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2017

Online learning offers several important benefits, but the challenges it presents should not be underestimated. Prepare yourself for the online classroom with these tips.

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When Is It Wise to Turn Down Admission to Top Universities?
When Is It Wise to Turn Down Admission to Top Universities?
by Bill Sands June 2017

Selecting a college is an arduous process that incorporates a wide range of factors. Though turning down a prestigious college may seem unwise, there's more to consider than just grades and in many cases, academic reputation is overrated.

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How Valuable Are Online Degrees Compared to Traditional College Degrees?
How Valuable Are Online Degrees Compared to Traditional College Degrees?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant May 2017

Online degrees can be appealing to students because of their flexibility and the many options available; but students still want a credential that's worth the price of tuition. Read on to learn how the value of online degrees compares to traditional degrees.

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Tips for Supporting Your Child Who's Struggling to Complete Their Degree
Tips for Supporting Your Child Who's Struggling to Complete Their Degree
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

For a lot of students, college is a time of growing independence. At the same time, they may be struggling to finish their degree. As parents, there are strategies we can use to support them during this time in their lives.

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Common Blockers to Completing Your Degree and How to Get Around Them
Common Blockers to Completing Your Degree and How to Get Around Them
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

It is not uncommon for students to abandon their path to a college degree for a variety of reasons. There are, however, ways to overcome the common road blocks in a journey to a college education.

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Great Reasons to Consider a Virtual Internship
Great Reasons to Consider a Virtual Internship
by Bill Sands May 2017

Virtual internships have become an increasingly popular option for young professionals looking to gain valuable work experience, and with good reason. These exciting opportunities provide a number of benefits and advantages over traditional in-person programs.

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How Do Employers View Online Degrees When Hiring?
How Do Employers View Online Degrees When Hiring?
by Bill Sands April 2017

Online degrees are sometimes viewed as being less valuable than those granted from an on-campus program. The rise of online learning, however, has led to a change in perception, and now these degrees are just as valuable as their traditional counterparts.

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5 Tips to Receive Financial Aid for an Online Program
5 Tips to Receive Financial Aid for an Online Program
by Irene Cooper November 2017

Online learning programs range from career-boosting skills advancement to graduate degrees. The distance format works wonderfully for people who want a flexible schedule, but finding financial aid can be tricky. The following offers five ways to get help paying for an online program.

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How Do I Know What Type of Alternative Credit is Right for Me?
How Do I Know What Type of Alternative Credit is Right for Me?
by Erin Riskey October 2018

There are a number of ways to earn college credit without ever stepping foot on a college campus. In this post, learn about the different types of alternative credit and then decide which approach is best for you.

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Enrolling in College? Ask These Questions About Their Credit Transfer Policy First
Enrolling in College? Ask These Questions About Their Credit Transfer Policy First
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Transferring college credits can save you time and money. Although each institution follows its own policies and procedures, these questions will help you find the answers you need to better navigate the credit transfer process.

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Is the Pomodoro Technique Helpful While Studying Online?
Is the Pomodoro Technique Helpful While Studying Online?
by Patricia Willis February 2017

The Pomodoro Technique has been used by students, writers, and captains of industry to up their creativity and boost performance. But how useful is this little tomato while studying online?

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Strategies to Combat Procrastination While Taking Courses Online
Strategies to Combat Procrastination While Taking Courses Online
by Erin Riskey February 2017

Online courses can be a handy way to earn college credit, but they require a great deal of self-discipline and motivation if you want to be successful. Today you'll learn some strategies that can help you combat procrastination while taking courses online.

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How to Reach Out to Your Instructor for Your Online Courses
How to Reach Out to Your Instructor for Your Online Courses
by Abree Murch February 2017

If you're a nontraditional student or have major obligations outside of school, online courses can be incredibly convenient. But if you aren't meeting your professor face-to-face, how are you supposed to ask for help?

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