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What Upcoming Freshmen Need To Know About Buying Textbooks

There are plenty of surprises that come with starting college — homesickness, roommate quirks, more independence, the dreaded “freshman 15” — but one area where you don’t need to be surprised is textbooks. Sure, textbooks tend to cost a fortune. One book could cost more than $100 retail price. Yet just because you’re new to the college scene doesn’t mean you have to learn how to save money the hard way. Most of the time, you can cut costs significantly with just a little research; all you have to know is how. To help you skip the sticker shock of books this semester, here are top tips to keep in mind when buying textbooks: More...

6 Of The Top Cities For College Grads

If you’re a college student set to graduate in 2016, there’s no doubt the job market is on your mind. While it’s true that hiring companies may have more jobs for new college grads this year than they did in 2015, it’s also true that there’s still a lot of competition. That’s why you need to think carefully and strategically about job applications, especially in terms of location.

How does location play into your job search? Where are the best places to go? More...

How To Take Faster Lecture Notes

When it comes to college classes, nobody has to tell you that the faster you can take notes, the better. It doesn’t matter if the professor is speaking about world history or 15th century poets, when you’re trying to understand key ideas and facts, you need to write or type quickly. How can you implement effective note-taking strategies in a way that improves your academic performance? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at the benefits of textbook note-taking strategies, why the computer can’t be your only resource, and tips for improving your overall note-taking skills. More...

Skills You Need When Preparing For The Real World

The last year in college involves celebration and anticipation. You’re about to earn a degree, but at the same time, you’re facing the working world and are tasked with starting a career. If the last four or so years were difficult, remember that their whole purpose has been to prepare you for life after school. As you’re about to graduate, it’s time to evaluate: Are you ready for the real world? More...

Back In Action: Recovering From Winter Break

Coming back to school after winter break can be tricky — one day you’re opening presents at mom and dad’s house; the next, you’re back in the dorms going through new syllabi. However, just as a new semester represents new challenges, it also represents new opportunities. Instead of feeling down in the dumps about going back to school, use a new semester as a motivator to implement more effective study habits and improved study skills. With a little strategy and planning, you could make this semester the one where you’re more focused, better motivated and more productive than you’ve ever been. Here’s how: More...