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Preparing For College Class Registration

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

Sometimes registering for college courses can be extremely stressful and chaotic. You may not know what you actually need to take for credits to graduate, or which general education classes are the easiest so you can focus on your thesis, or maybe even you’re a freshman and you have no idea where to begin.

Take a breath and read this quick class registration guide to help steer you in the right direction:

1. Preparation

If you’re a returning student, take a look at the classes you’ve already taken. How many credits have you completed and how many do you still need to complete? What are you goals? What else are you interested in (besides your major) that you could maybe take to complement your major? There’s a lot of questions to ask yourself to help you prepare for your next set of courses. After answering these questions, you should have a clearer picture about what classes you should apply for. It may help to write this all down so you can see your plan in front of you and follow it like a checklist.

2. Meet With Your Advisor

The next thing you need to do is meet with your advisor. In most cases, you can’t get your online registration access code until you meet with them anyway, but they can also be helpful. You might have to schedule a time for a meeting, so try to do this sooner than later, even if you haven’t finished your preparation yet. Just make sure you have somewhat of a plan by the time of the meeting. Don’t forget that the point of an advisor is to advise you on your college path, so if you’re stuck, your advisor is there to help you.

3. Register

The last thing you need to do is actually register. This should be easy if you’re prepared. Search for the classes you need by their course registration number so that you make sure you get the exact class and section you want. Go for your priority classes first, the ones you need to graduate, and then you can worry about the others. Try to be the first to log on if registration is online because most of the time the classes are first come, first serve. If you don’t get into one before it fills up, this is where having a back-up plan on hand comes in handy. And if you still don’t get everything you need, your advisor and the professor may be able to pull some strings for you, so don’t be afraid to ask!

It’s normal to not get every class you want, so don’t let it stress you out. It will all work out just fine.

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How To Write The Perfect Paper

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Every college student writes papers and assignments. What is surprising though is how poorly written some college papers can be. I am a writing fellow at the University of Iowa, where we boast our writing program as being number one in the country.  After reading, reviewing, and editing many papers on many different topics, I have noticed some common mistakes students make when writing a paper.

I’ve put together a quick list of tips to avoid these errors and write the perfect paper:

1. Outline

When I first learned how to outline a paper, I thought it was an enormous waste of my time and that I didn’t need to make outline because I could think my paper through while writing it out. Well, after writing my thesis, a paper that required more work than anything I’ve ever had to do before, I learned the true value in an outline. I got to the second half of my thesis paper and found it extremely difficult to know where the paper was going. Outlining all my ideas gave me the opportunity to see what would work well and what would not. Take the extra hour or so to make the outline. This will allow you to clearly layout your thoughts and keep organized. It’s a lot easier to move thoughts on an outline around than it is to re-write a whole section of your paper!

2. Read It Out Loud

I know this sounds silly, but reading your paper aloud to yourself is by far the easiest and most simple way to find errors in your writing. Things like inappropriate commas and run-on sentences are overwhelmingly common in papers, from the junior high level all the way up to the graduating college seniors.  By reading it out loud, you can hear all these simple mistakes.

3. Writing Centers and Tutors

Your college writing center is an obvious way to improve your writing. After surveying students on multiple campuses, I learned that most students avoid the writing center for a few reasons: they don’t want to hear bad things about their writing, they don’t want to take the time to make or attend the appointment, or they may not even know about it. I understand the busy schedule of a college student. However, the writing center is designed to help you, so make time. Plus, you already pay for this service in your tuition. So, you should use what you’re paying for!

I am shocked every time I read college-level papers. It’s okay for some students to not be natural writers – but they should be taking full advantage of every resource possible to improve their skills, that’s part of what college is about.

Keep on writing! Share your writing tips with us in a comment below!

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Steps To Stop Pulling All-Nights

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s the night before an exam and you realize you haven’t studied yet. We’ve all been there. So what other choice do you have but to pull an all-nighter and study?

Well, if you’re sick of staying up all night, here are a few things you can do to get some extra sleep before your big exam!

1. Schedule Your Time

As soon as you get your class syllabus, go ahead and schedule yourself some study time a week before each exam. If you plan out your studying ahead of time, you’ll be less likely to have to cram it in at the last minute.

2. Study During The Day

If you work during the day finding time to study can be difficult, but if you have the free time during the day, get your studying done before nightfall. Even if the studying sessions are broken up between classes or activities, it can be out of the way come night time.

3. Get Up Early

If you do have a job and you’re unable to study during the day, you can try getting up earlier in the morning and getting some studying done before you have to be at work or class. I know, who wants to get up an earlier than they have to? Trust me, just one hour can do a lot of difference!

4. Study During TV Commercials

A good way to moderate your study breaks is to study during commercials and then take a break when your show comes back on. This will keep you from taking a break that’s too long and causing you to study longer at night. Just be aware if this is affective for you or not. If the TV is too much of a distraction, then find another method that works for you to enjoy studying while not consuming too much of your time!

Everyone studies differently, but we definitely all need sleep! If you’re tired of being tired during your exams because you stayed up all night, try a few of these methods out. Or, share what works for you in a comment below!

Happy studying!

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College Exam Mistakes To Avoid

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

As most college students should know by now, taking an exam can be a nerve wracking experience. Even if you have spent hours studying to prepare yourself, it can be easy to make simple mistakes.

There are some pretty common exam mistakes students make and that can be avoided:

1. Rushing To Finish

It’s pretty standard to be constrained to a time limit when taking a test, but you shouldn’t get too caught up on the time. If you spend a few seconds every minute or so to check the clock, all you are doing is wasting valuable time and possibly stressing yourself out. And when you are stressed about time it causes you to rush and miss things. You will read questions less carefully and could miss important instructions detailing how to answer the question. Additional instructions could ask you to explain your answer, or answer by drawing a diagram rather than explaining. It won’t matter what you write if you don’t follow the directions.

2. Not Moving On

Conversely, it’s also easy to spend too much time on a question. If you are stuck on a question that you just don’t know the answer to, it’s best to move on to answer the ones you do know so you can get those out of the way and return to the ones you don’t later.

3. Not Planning Ahead

When writing an essay, make sure you take the time to outline it before you write it. This is a situation where taking the time to prepare beforehand really pays off. Because if you really know what you are talking about it shouldn’t take anymore than 15-20 minutes for you to write a page-long essay.

4. Leaving Questions Unanswered

Even if you don’t know the answer to something, it’s always better to guess and fill in something than to leave it blank. You would lose the points for not answering anyways, so you might as well try for it. Who knows, maybe you could get partial credit? Especially if the question is multiple choice and you don’t know the answer, just circle one and maybe you’ll get lucky!

5. Cheating

I know plenty of people who have cheated and have gotten away with it, but that doesn’t mean you will be better off if you cheat. For starters, if you are cheating off of someone else’s information or answers, you better pray they have the right answers. If they don’t then you will get a reduced grade and similar incorrect answers may raise some red flags. And getting caught usually means you will receive a 0 and possibly further disciplinary actions like getting kicked out of the class or even the school! Cheating is considered immoral, but the biggest reason not to cheat is because you’re just cheating yourself in the long run. Putting in the work to succeed on your own is not only character building, but feels great when it pays off. Plus, the point of your class is to learn the material, not just pass the class.

6. Not Reviewing Your Answers

If you still have at least 5 minutes left, you should go back and check all of your answers. This is the best way to ensure that you haven’t made any mistakes and followed all the instructions.

As long as you pace yourself, read through the questions carefully, and study – you should do just fine!

What are some of the biggest exam mistakes you’ve made? Share with us in a comment below!

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6 Ways To Kick Your Cold

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

No matter what time of year it is, a cold can somehow hit you at any moment. A cold can come out of nowhere, but usually comes right before you have a lot of plans and things to do, and it hangs around making you miserable and takes its sweet time to pass on to someone else.

If you do end up with a cold, fortunately there are several ways to make sure the worst of it only sticks with you a few days rather than a week or longer.

1. Take Vitamin

College students are notorious for not taking great care of our bodies. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, drinking too much caffeine, or a bad diet in general – having a weak immune system is one of the easiest ways to get a cold. Vitamin C, Echinacea, and calcium are three of the body’s best allies. Make them your best friend when you have a cold, and try to work them into your daily regimen even when you are feeling well to prevent any sickness. It’ll give your body the boost it needs the next time you feel a cold coming on.

2. Drink Tea

If you’re not a fan of tea, take this as a sign to be one! There are many varieties out there that offer tons of health benefits. Ginger, mint, and chamomile are my favorite when I have a cold. The warm liquid – combined with honey if you add it – is a great soother for a sore throat. I prefer it to those so-called “cherry flavored” cough syrups.

3. Get Your Rest

Like I said previously, college students are notorious for not getting enough sleep. If you are not feeling well, this is the time to be selfish and rest. Go to bed early, sleep in, and take plenty of naps! Also, try not to stress yourself too much. Don’t force yourself to go to class if you aren’t feeling well, cancel dinner plans with friends, and make best friends with your couch or bed. It’s okay to take care of yourself!

4. Drink More Water

Aside from drinking hot or cold tea when you’re sick, chugging water is prudent to helping your body fight off sickness. The more water you get, the better. In my opinion, water doesn’t taste very good, so when I have a sore throat, I usually prefer tea or watered down juice to make sure I stay hydrated.

5. Honey and Cinnamon

This is a lesser-known form of fighting off colds, but very effective. In fact, there have been studies done which prove this method can shorten a cold by up to two days! All you do is combine half a tablespoon of organic honey with half a tablespoon of cinnamon and swallow. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?

6. Practice Good Hygiene

Above all, remember to wash your hands with lots of soap and warm water, and don’t share utensils or food if you or anyone you know is sick. Yes, that applies even to your significant other. No one wants to catch a cold, so don’t feel bad about missing a class or two either. Whoever you grab notes from later will thank you!

It’s not fun getting sick. Try these methods to kick your cold to the curb and share your wellness tips with us in a comment below!

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