tips for students

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…

Tips for Students: How to Study with 5, 3, or 1 Day Until the Exam

Spring has sprung and the semester is nearly over, which means final exams are finally here. While creating a solid study plan over several days is considered the best practice, sometimes life happens, and students need to fit a week’s worth of studying into a few days, or even just one night. With that in mind, here are three study plans students can use no matter how much (or little) time they have.

Steps for every study plan

In her text Essential Study Skills, 8th ed, author Linda Wong outlines the process for creating a study plan that all students Read More…

Top Mobile Apps for College Student Research

From writing and research to organization, the average college workload is relentless. Mobile applications are the latest and greatest way for college students to keep all of their due dates, assignments, and study materials all at their fingertips. But where to begin? Share these top mobile apps with your students for keeping up with the demands of their college courses.

MindTap Mobile

If you’re enrolled in a MindTap course, MindTap Mobile offers convenient organizational and study tools that will help you stay on track and prepared. You’ll improve your study habits by accessing a clear view of the activities coming up in Read More…

Tips for Students: Take Advantage of Campus Career Help

Most of us don’t really worry about seeking help before we have a problem. But when you’re planning to join the workforce for the very first time, you may not know what you don’t know. It’s brand new! For that reason, it’s important to discover all of the career resources available to you before it’s too late to utilize them. It’s never too early to meet with your assigned counselor to start asking for career help. Meeting with your counselor or heading straight to the career center, if your school has one, are two great ways to start.

Career options

If you’re still wondering exactly where your degree will Read More…

Tips for Students: Solving Multiple Choice Exam Questions

Each of your students will discover his or her own strengths and challenges throughout the semester. This rings especially true during midterms and finals. Many students today identify as “poor test takers.” But with a little guidance, any student can improve their instincts and arrive more prepared to excel. Share these tips with your students for mastering  multiple choice questions.


Multiple choice exams present a whole different set of challenges than, for example, a long-form exam. As such, studying for a multiple choice exam may even call for a slightly varied study method. There are likely to be far more Read More…

Students’ Top Tips for Becoming an Engaged Learner

We recently asked a number of college students: “What are the qualities of a good note-taker?” Among their answers, we noticed many that offered broader strategies that can help students increase their level of engagement and success in their college courses. Below, we’ve shared several of their suggestions. Take a look through what they had to say, and pass their tips along to any students who might need or appreciate these ideas from their peers!

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Tips For Students: How to Take Good Notes for Studying

Taking good notes throughout the semester may mean the difference between simple study sessions or decoding sessions later on. Your time is too valuable for you to just sit in class, day after day, only going through the motions of taking notes.

Only writing down what’s on the board won’t cut it. Scribbling incoherently won’t help you either. Try these tips for taking neat class notes that will be of use to you later on for studying and review. Read More…

Starting a Research Paper: Thirteen Key Tips for Students

In our Fall 2015 Instructor Engagement Insights survey, we asked: “What advice do you have for students beginning their first extensive research assignment?”

We’ve selected thirteen of those tips and shared them below. If your students are about to embark on the process of writing a research paper, pass these tips along!

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Essential Note-Taking Skills, As Defined by College Students

A thorough, thoughtfully organized set of lecture notes can be one of students’ best study tools! However, many students find it difficult to create the type of notes that will prove the most effective for them come study time. They may not write enough down—or, they may be attempting to write so much down that they inadvertently miss important points that you, the instructor, are making.

In our Fall 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: “What are the qualities of a good note-taker?” Among their answers, we noted many themes. Review what they had to say below, and share their advice with your students!

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College Success Strategies—Submitted By Students

As they pursue their academic goals, students can gather many great success tips from their peers!

That’s why, in our Fall 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked: “Beyond completing assigned coursework (e.g. readings and homework), what steps do you take to ensure that you succeed in a class?” In addition to voting on their top college success strategies (which included reviewing lecture notes, using online resources such as quizzes, and creating reading notes), they volunteered some of their own tips.

Below, we’ve listed just a few of their many responses. Share them with your own students and encourage them on to academic success this semester!

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