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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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How to Achieve Success in College

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

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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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Writing Good College Essays

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

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Writing college essays that get you the grades you desire is not an easy task, especially if you’re used to teachers telling you exactly how to write them.

There’s no magic formula, but it does take a small splash of creativity and a little bit of confidence. Here are a few ways you can go about writing a good college essay.

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Auditing College Courses

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

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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

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If you want to switch majors, you should first ask yourself some questions. Though this kind of change is sometimes necessary, it can be a lot of work. 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

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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


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

student taking AP test

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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Should You Major in the Arts?

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012 under Academics

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There’s no money in an arts major – or is there?

Students of dance, drama, music, studio art, creative writing and other artistic fields may be wondering whether or not to make their interest their major. How professional can you afford to be about the arts?

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8 Tips to Graduate from College in 4 Years

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 under Academics, Campus Correspondents, Graduation

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It can be done! You can graduate college in four years, writes campus correspondent Karyn H., a student at SUNY-Old Westbury.

Karyn shares eight tips all students can use to help ensure that they beat the odds and graduate on time.

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9 Jobs for Political Science Graduates

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 under Academics, Jobs

You don’t have to move to Washington after graduation to find political science jobs. Many jobs – and many fields – look for employees with a political science major’s skills in writing and analysis.

An eventual run for public office is an obvious step for political science majors, but it’s far from your only option. After you fine-tune your resume, here are a few careers to consider.

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Rethinking Integrity in the Age of “Me”

Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 under Academics, Student Life

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Integrity is a difficult concept to define. We all have it, but few can clarify its meaning.

We mostly know that “integrity” is some condition of steadfast morality or ethical principle, but that “definition” doesn’t capture the immense importance of subjectivity. One person’s “integrity” could be inconsistent with another’s.

Some people believe that the quality of integrity varies based on circumstances. But nothing could be further from the truth!

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