tips for students

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

Critical thinking involves developing the ability to understand and articulate concepts that describe how the world works. Students Read More…


Tips for College Students: How to Begin Searching for Scholarships

College students are always looking for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and other help paying for college. Scholarships are popular because the monetary gift is free and does not have to be paid back, and because there are so many scholarship programs to choose from. But where to start searching and how to get a scholarship? Students can search their local community and visit scholarship websites to find information on federal, state, local, individuals, businesses, companies, religious groups, nonprofit organizations, etc. that offer undergraduate scholarships. Students usually have to qualify for specific scholarships, such as having a certain income, grade 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…


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…


Coursework-life Balance Skills for Adult Learners

According to the Lumina Foundation, of all undergraduate college students, 38 percent are older than age 25, 58 percent work, and 26 percent are also raising children. Because of financial pressures and competing obligations, adult learners are much less likely to complete their education. While older and more mature than the “traditional” college student just out of high school, these students must deal with pressures that can be daunting to even the most motivated student. In order to promote student success and student engagement, colleges must understand their needs and make serving those needs a fundamental part of their Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Network with Your Instructors

Communicating with instructors is a skill that a lot college students struggle with, but the advantages are many. You’ll find that there are many scenarios throughout your education and career when academic contacts will be of good use; however, if you wait too long, it may be too late. If you’ve never stayed in touch after finishing a course, try these helpful hints for networking with instructors and TAs.

Why stay in touch?

According to Clifford W. and Lynn A. Eischen in their book, Resumes, Cover Letters, Networking, and Interviewing, networking is about relationships. When you know someone, they are more inclined to help you, especially when 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: 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…