Note taking tips for college students

You go to class. You listen to what your professor says. You write down the important stuff. End of story, right? Wrong. The goal of note taking is so much more than just writing down the main facts. Your notes from class should not only help you in retaining information, but they also should provide valuable study help that will mean you spend less time studying later.

Utilize the many note taking services available to you. (Credit: ssd.umich.edu)

Utilize the many note taking services available to you. (Credit: ssd.umich.edu)

I picked up some helpful tips and life hacks on how to take better notes that I am graciously going to pass on to you. You are welcome. Read more

Why proper grammar ranks high among job skills

On September 7, 2015, at a One Direction concert, singer Harry Styles proved that he is more than a rock star. Noticing a poster being held by a sixteen-year-old fan, the singer asked that the poster be brought to him. He then took a marker and corrected the spelling and grammar, autographed the item and returned it to the teen who tweeted her appreciation.

One Direction's Harry Styles corrected a fan's grammar during a concert. (Credit: BBC.co.uk)

One Direction’s Harry Styles corrected a fan’s grammar during a concert. (Credit: BBC.co.uk)

It’s a good idea to develop good communication skills as part of our repertoire of job skills. Knowing how to write and use proper spelling, punctuation and grammar can make a big difference in your career success. Let’s look at how to improve your writing skills. Read more

Your 7-step research paper checklist so you meet the grading criteria

Based on personal experience, I can matter-of-factly tell you that research paper grading criteria can vary among college professors. So how do you figure out if your paper will meet the criteria your professor is looking for?

Our checklist will lead you to a successful research paper. (Credit: Marketing Land)

Our checklist will lead you to a successful research paper. (Credit: Marketing Land)

Different topics will be more important to different professors, so you’d be wise to initially review the research paper grading rubric and ask your instructor questions about their criteria to gauge what the priority is. Read more

5 smart questions you must ask during your job interview

You are officially entering the workforce. It’s interview season for you! It’s very important to walk into every interview fully prepared. At your job interview you’ll hear frequently asked questions about the job requirements and about your qualifications. But often the most terrifying question is, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Ace your interview with the right questions. (Credit: Syda Productions / Dollar Photo Club)

Ace your interview with the right questions. (Credit: Syda Productions / Dollar Photo Club)

It’s easy to think that the interview process is all about the prospective employer getting to know you. But when they want to know what questions you have for them, you need to sound intelligent, knowledgeable about the company and interested in the job. The worst thing you can do is say, “No.” You are a new business professional in the working world, so the job interview questions you ask need to reveal your personality, knowledge of the company and ability to succeed in the job. Read more

5 tips to recover from a mistake in the workplace

I forgot to call that important client. I can’t remember where I filed that report needed for the presentation. Did you do something monumentally bad at work? And wonder how you’ll ever recover?

It's possible to recover from a workplace mistake. (Credit: Shutterstock)

It’s possible to recover from a workplace mistake. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Here are five tips for ethics in the workplace after a major fail and how you can show you’re a business professional. Read more

Top 10 common grammar mistakes to avoid for student success

College students should avoid making common spelling and grammar mistakes when writing a research paper. A small mistake with an easy word will make your paper look sloppy and unorganized, and your teachers will wonder how accurately you researched the rest of your paper (and how you’ve gotten away with making these mistakes for so long!). Follow these 10 simple tips for college research papers.

Knowing proper grammar will keep you from making mistakes. (Credit: Flickr.com)

Knowing proper grammar will keep you from making mistakes. (Credit: Flickr.com)

“We’re big advocates of conversational writing that’s engaging, persuasive, and fun.… On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Sometimes we even misuse words simply because we hear others use them incorrectly,” explained Brain Clark in “15 grammar goofs that make you look silly,” on CopyBlogger. Take a look at our list of top 10 grammar mistakes below. Read more

Resume and cover letter tips that will make you stand out from other candidates

Whether you’re still a college student or a recent college graduate, you’ll need a solid game plan when you begin job hunting. For college students, resume and cover letter tips are essential to your success.

Stand out from the crowd with a great resume. (Credit: TARGETjobs)

Stand out from the crowd with a great resume. (Credit: TARGETjobs)

Although you may not have as much experience that other candidates have, there are ways that you can spruce up your job application materials and write a cover letter in a creative way to help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Read on for the best resume and cover letter tips and advice. Read more

How stress affects college students and what to do about it

Stress among college students continues to grow, and different students cope with stress in campus life in several ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques.

Find out how to best cope with stress in college. (Credit: The Dolly Lammy)

Find out how to best cope with stress in college. (Credit: The Dolly Lammy)

Whether you are someone experiencing extreme amounts of stress during college or know someone who is, the below tips give everyone the chance to live a happy, healthy college life. Read more

Top 7 ways to use Questia that you didn’t know about

We know you follow the Questia blog (at least I assume so since you are reading this right now), but have you ever really dug into Questia.com to find out about all the cool features it offers? Just in case you haven’t, we thought we’d share with you some of the most unique features from Questia that make it stand out from the crowd.

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Check out the top 7 ways to use Questia that you may have had no idea about…until now. Read more

How college students can handle stress

College is supposed to be some of the best years of your life, right? However, do you ever feel that sometimes you are just so stressed out? If you feel like your mental and emotional health is taking a beating, you are not alone.

How do you handle stress? (Credit: Brain Report)

How do you handle stress? (Credit: Brain Report)

Maybe you and your peers could use some help balancing their newfound freedom and responsibility, while keeping the occasional smile on their faces. Read on for tips for college students on how to handle stress. Read more