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Academic training begins with learning how to study effectively: Test taking tips and learning strategies for college students

Judges give 4.0This summer, get yourself in competitive shape mentally and physically for another session of fall classes, term papers and projects. Inspired by the Olympics, we’ve put together our own academic training program for you to tackle any class. All it takes is a little planning and a lot of persistence.

Mental gymnastics

Your mental training will include strategies for using your memory such as using acronyms, acrostics and rhyme-keys. Don’t know what those are? Check out the Joe Landsberger’s Study Guides and Strategies website where you’ll learn tips for how to study and ways to build your mental mass. For example, one way to recall information is called “chaining.” Read more

Questia’s summer reading list and other ways to keep your mind sharp over summer break

Summer readingSummer break is here and at last, and now that your schedule has opened up, make productive use of the time! Have fun while keeping your mind sharp by taking in some summer reading, checking out museums, doing volunteer work and playing brain games. As a gift to our readers, we’ve even opened up TEN great books for free to enjoy throughout your summer break! Read more

The college student summer job search checklist — it’s not too late to find work!

Summer job interview

Ace your interview

May is here and for college students across the country, the end of the school year is in sight. Many of your friends and classmates may be preparing to head home or temporarily relocate for a summer job or internship, leaving you lonely or left out if you’re still in the process of job hunting. Don’t get discouraged, though — it’s not too late to secure a full or part-time position. Use this checklist from Career Coach Kim Nylander Herrera to help you achieve success with your summer job search. Read more

How to study for finals week: Finishing strong at the end of the school year

Study tips: Final examAfter a much-needed spring break, you may be dreading the remaining weeks of classes that you’ve come to know as the most stressful times of your college career. During these last challenging months of the semester, don’t let disorganization and that overwhelming feeling from crunch time get the best of you. This is your last chance to squeeze out as much as you can to improve your G.P.A. before the end of the school year. Finish strong with these tips on how to study for finals. Read more

Liberal arts education in the workplace: What can you do with a liberal arts degree?

Successful liberal arts studentYou’ve probably heard of (or maybe even bought into) the common misconception that obtaining a liberal arts degree will limit your ability to find a job after graduation. Huzzah—you can call your parents with the good news that jobs in fact exist for all majors! All you need to learn is how to articulate the skills you’ve picked up at school, gain knowledge about the job market and recognize what employers seek so you can bust out of the graduation starting gate strong for today’s job market. Read more

How to write a term paper for your target audience: Your professors and peers

Professor and peersLike the conversations you have with people, it’s not just the message that matters, it’s also the audience. Keep that same consideration in mind as you write your term paper and ask yourself “who’s reading this” and “what message do I want them to receive?” And remember, it’s a person that reads and grades your paper—not a robot, computer or answer key—so tailor your writing to your specific (human) audience. Read more

Improve academic relationships with your professor, TA and RA

Welcome to a new semester of school. A new semester means that you will have new courses and new academic relationships. As you meet friends through your time at school, you will also meet dozens of instructors and advisors that can have a positive impact on your education and even career. When you move to a new dorm, you should try to develop a healthy bond with your resident advisor to gain their respect and good word of mouth. When you begin new classes, work on good relationships with your teaching assistants and professors. Not only are they great resources and potential mentors, but they can be powerful references for when you apply to graduate schools, internships and jobs. Read more

Finals week also means turning in final research papers

You may have been researching and brainstorming for weeks, but sometimes polishing your paper up with the final details can be exhausting and it’s tempting to rush through them for the sake of getting the paper done. Try these hints for tying your final research paper up neatly.

Persevere

As this is your final research paper of the semester and likely your final grade, it’s important not to give up on it until you’re truly proud of your work. Finals week is generally the most strenuous time in your college career, and the weeks leading up to it may have you stressed out already. Read more

Research paper checklist: What professors look for when grading

Research paper grading criteria can vary wildly among university professors.  So how do you figure out if your paper will be up to snuff. No doubt different categories will be more important to different professors, so it’s a good idea to initially review the research paper grading rubric and ask your instructor questions about his or her criteria to gauge what is a priority. Read more

Good research paper topics for college students

Good research paper topics for college studentsYou’ve considered our tips, you’ve learned all the tricks, but you’re having trouble just getting started on your research paper. Good research paper ideas take creativity but sometimes choosing a research topic is the most difficult part, so we’ve gathered some ideas for research paper topics for college students. It’s easier said than done: avoid choosing broad research subjects that interest you, and try instead to narrow your focus when selecting research paper topics. Read more