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April Dates to Remember

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 under Academics, Current Events, Dates to Remember, Testing

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So, you’re back from Spring Break and April is here!

Finals are closer than ever, and the school year will be over before you know it.

If you missed any important dates in March, make sure not to let it happen again!

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How Not to Study for the SAT

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

student study SAT

You’re all set. You borrowed a dog-eared copy of some SAT book from your friend. You got the entire weekend to study before the test. You’ll do every question you can get your hands on. And you’ll cram the night before the test.

What could go wrong?

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3 Ways for International Students to Succeed in College

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 under Academics, International Students, Learning English

college help international student

If you’re struggling with your classes as an international student in the US, you’re not alone. In fact, most college students — whether international or lifelong US citizens — run into academic issues at some point.

Luckily, there are resources available to help, as well as steps you can take to make college a little easier.

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College Email Etiquette 101

Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 under Academics, Jobs

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College email etiquette may seem like a silly topic, but it is important to know how to best address your professors.

Email has become a common medium for contacting college professors, but unfortunately, knowledge of the proper etiquette is not so common. Even students who are aware of the rules do not always play by them, often because they are in a hurry or they don’t think it’s necessary.

If you have any doubts about your email prowess, take these etiquette tips into consideration before you send your college professor a note online.

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A Guide to US College Grading

Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 under Academics, International Students, Translation

US college grading

The US college grading system can be hard to understand for any new freshman, especially those from another country.

If you are new to the academic system used in US colleges, click below to find out what US grades mean.

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Success in College

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 under Academics, College Classes

Girl in cap and gown

Achieving success in college may be your goal, but you will likely encounter a few roadblocks along the way.

Fortunately, there are a few handy tips to help you overcome your obstacles to success in class.

Whether you can’t understand the professor or you can’t stay awake, read on for some ideas to help you surmount these problems and get the most out of school.

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Good College Essays

Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 under Academics, College Classes

Students in lecture hall

Writing college essays that get the good grades you seek is not an easy task, especially if you are used to teachers telling you exactly how to do it.

There is no magic formula for writing a great college essay, but they do take creativity and confidence.

In fact, once you get the idea of a formula out of your head, you are more likely to succeed by crafting good college essays that professors actually respect.

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Auditing College Courses

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 under Academics, College Classes

College classroom

Auditing courses in college is often an option when you want to learn without being graded.

Whether you want to essentially test drive a class or just want to learn more about a particular subject, you should think about auditing college courses.

Make sure your college allows you to take this route, and then learn your school’s procedure for signing up to audit courses.

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How to Apply for a US Student Visa

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 under Academics, International Students, Study Abroad

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If you’re a prospective college student hoping to study in the US, you’ll have to prepare for the visa application process thoroughly.

But simple mistakes can affect whether or not you’re issued a visa.

So it’s important to know in advance what missteps to look out for, and be sure to avoid them when applying.

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Should You Change Majors?

Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 under Academics, College Classes

College student using the university catalogue

If you want to switch majors, you should ask yourself some questions.

Though this kind of change is sometimes necessary, it may come with consequences, so make sure it is worth it.

Consider both your current course load and your future expectations, and make the decision that makes the most sense for you.

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Ivy League Average SAT Scores in 2012

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 under Academics, Applying to College, Testing

Before you apply to the Ivy Leagues, it is helpful to learn the average SAT scores of these schools.

You might find the numbers interesting or even encouraging as you apply.

Of course, if your scores are below the average range, you shouldn’t assume it means you can’t get in. But knowing the typical score range can give you an idea of whether you should take the SAT again or submit your current score.

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College Study Tips for 3 Learning Styles

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 under Academics, College Classes


Some of the most well-liked study tips for college don’t work for everyone.

That’s right, your roommate’s annoying habit of loudly singing class notes the night before a test is not a proven tactic for all students!

That’s because everyone learns differently, with some of the most common learning styles being visual, auditory and kinesthetic.

If you know which learning style best fits your own, you should pay attention to the study tips for students who learn the same way as you.

Check out our study suggestions for these three common learning styles, and see which ones work for you as you review your notes!

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How to Improve Your Grades in College

Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 under Academics, College Classes, Student Life

College library

Maybe you’re taking a difficult class, maybe your workload’s out of control, or maybe life is distracting you — whatever the reason, you might need to improve your college grades, and quickly.

Bad grades CAN be turned around. It takes planning and hard work, but you can do it!

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Have You Used These Study Tips in College?

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 under Academics, Testing

Student at a window at the Ohio State University main library

It can be difficult to settle down in college and study quietly at your desk, but some study tips that help you think outside the box may be all that you need.

At least one of these tried-and-true study tips should be able to help you get your work done, no matter how impossible the task may seem!

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Why You Should Take an AP Test in High School

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 under Academics, High School, Testing

If you are thinking of taking an AP test or two during high school, you are not alone. More students than ever are choosing to take AP classes and exams to get college credit while still in high school.

There are a few reasons for this increasingly common trend.

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