summer semester

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…


Summertime: Why You’re So Hot and How To Stay Cool

If it seems like it has become harder and harder to deal with summer’s extreme weather, you may be on to something. No matter what you believe is behind climate change, the fact is that we have seen temperatures increasing in recent years. Fortunately, there are some simple actions you can take to stay cool. Learn what’s making you feel so hot and how you can survive summertime’s hottest days.

Why do you feel so hot?

Understanding why hot weather affects you may help you beat the heat or provide an anecdote to share with your colleagues as you sit around sweating. C. Donald Ahrens explained in Read More…


Summer Reading List: New and Classic Books for the 4th of July

Summer reading may be a staple of elementary and high school education, but there’s no reason adults can’t have fun with summer reading, too. Many town or community libraries offer adult summer reading programs, and while some college students may have no desire to do extra work on their break, many would be glad to have recommendations from their professors on books to read over the summer. Even better, many patriotic or fun classic books are available for free through Questia. If you’re looking to inspire your college students with some 4th of July themed patriotic reads or are just Read More…


Fresh Concepts and Curriculum Ideas for Summer Classes

Summer classes can present challenges for instructors at all levels due to the compressed time period and students who may have trouble staying motivated over the summer months. Covering the required material faster can be difficult, but it’s certainly doable, especially with some fresh concepts and curriculum ideas to guide your lesson planning.

Defining the problem

No matter what level you teach, instructors most likely will be struggling with one if not all of these areas when establishing effective lesson planning for their summer classes—teaching methodology, student assignments, assessments and academic rigor. For professors Alicia R. Crowe, Eunsook Hyun, and Mark Kretovics, Read More…


Summer Projects to Boost Student Resumes

Summer break is a great time for students to develop marketable skills to prepare for the transition from academia into the workforce. We’ve all heard that summer internships are instrumental in helping students gain valuable professional experience, develop on-the-job skills, and determine if they’re on the right career path—but what if you don’t have an internship? Whether they didn’t have enough experience, bombed the interview, or simply can’t afford to work for free for 20+ hours a week, many students are currently facing a summer sans-internship. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t still use their summer break to develop 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…


Summer Reading List: American Novels from the Revolution

The US Constitution was written during the Philadelphia Convention—now known as the Constitutional Convention—which convened from May 25 to September 17, 1787, when it was ultimately signed. Whether you choose to celebrate this weekend or simply relax, find some time to curl up with a book that was written or took place around the American Revolution.

Here are a few recommendations from our partners at Questia. You can easily view them in full with a free trial, and you can even read on the go with Questia’s iOS app. Happy Independence Day!

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