Tips for Students: Apply Critical Thinking Skills During Final Exams

Critical thinking skills help college students reason through content. Final exams are conducted primarily to assess this reasoning process and your overall knowledge and retention of important facts and processes from the course studied. However, exams are filled not only with memorization of facts and figures, but also of thought processes, problem-solving, deductions, and inferences based on previously presented or known information. During finals week, make sure to utilize your critical thinking skills to prove that you’ve mastered the concepts.

Students can practice critical thinking

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Tips for College Students: Your Future Career in STEM

Have you considered a future career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? As employment trends change in the U.S., there are more and more opportunities in these four areas for all college students, but especially for female students. Another take on this path is “STEAM.” STEAM encompasses the STEM subjects, but also incorporates the arts. Take a look at these helpful tips to consider if you’re interested in a STEM career.

The job outlook for STEM

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, college students need to put some serious thought into pursuing a STEM degree. Job opportunities in fields related Read More…


Top Test-taking Tips for College Students

How many times has your lecture been interrupted by a student asking, “Will this be on the test?” Unnerving as the question may be, it does demonstrate that the student is thinking ahead to the test. Though their focus may be short-sighted, you can nonetheless use their motivation to teach your students how to prepare for the test and then deal with different testing formats such as objective or essay exams.

Preparing for exams

In her book, Orientation to College Learning, 7th Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom addressed how students can master necessary college skills such as preparing for Read More…


Tips for College Students: Surviving Group Project Work

At some point during your time on campus all college students will be asked to take part in a group project. Working together can be a challenge, but it also can be a very rewarding experience. Read on to learn some tips for making the most of your group project experience.

Working together as a team

Collaborating on a group project as college students is a great way to gain some experience and insight into how to collaborate—something that will serve you well in your future career. Of course, some people will make better teammates than others. Unfortunately, you may Read More…


The Benefit of a Study Group and Other Support Systems

Collaboration is a great skill for college students to learn and practice. Joining or creating a study group is an easy way to experience the benefit of your peers’ knowledge. These kinds of support systems, whether in the form of other students, your family, or your professors, can be an invaluable resource for college students.

Creating your study group

It might be tempting for college students to create a study group with their friends and view their meetings as a time to hang out. To truly get the benefit of a study group, you should treat it as much more Read More…


Tips for College Students: Academic Advancement Opportunities

Students with no time to lose know that summer can provide the perfect time for academic advancement. College students can take advantage of summer break by enrolling in educational activities such as summer classes, summer internships, travel abroad programs, online classes, or volunteer work.

Finish your degree sooner

One option during the summer is to continue your college education by taking summer courses that count toward attaining your degree. As a typical bachelor’s degree is completed in four years and on rare occasions, five years, Jane S. Halonen explains in her book Your Guide to College Success: Strategies for Read More…


Tips for Students: Travel Abroad for International Studies

Why study abroad? The many advantages, experiences, and opportunities of travel abroad programs enhance academic learning. International studies expands your worldview, increases cultural sensitivity, and enhances foreign language skills. Here’s how to get the most out of your study abroad experience.

Be open-minded and expand your horizons

According to Christine B. Harrington in her book Student Success in College: Doing What Works!, 2nd ed: “In a study conducted by Hadis (2005), students who studied abroad reported having a sense of increased independence and being more open-minded. These skills serve you well in all aspects of your life. Living in Read More…


Tips for College Students: Summer Employment in Your Major

You may be dreaming of a break from June through August, but summer employment, particularly a job within your major, can offer a tremendous boost to your future career prospects. Figuring out how to find a summer job that parallels your major can be a challenge. Here are some tips for college students hoping to do a bit more to get ahead in their future career.

Beyond summer employment

Figuring out your future career may seem pretty daunting to most college students. Finding summer employment is good practice and can actually be treated with the same discipline and approach. In Read More…


Tips for College Students: Ideas for Summer Break

During summer break, students may feel it’s acceptable to leave all learning by the wayside. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills over the summer and score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than before vacation. Encouraging college students to be educationally active during summer break will keep their minds fresh and ready for the fall semester. Here are some college tips to keep students busy with a summer reading list, summer session or summer internship. Read More…