College Life


Talking to a brand new prof College Life

Hello everyone: I was chatting informally with a college student yesterday and she shared with me about her frustration with a brand new professor at her college. It was the first semester for both of them. The student was a freshman and her prof was a recently-graduated master’s degree recipient who had never taught anything before. That was a recipe for disaster. The prof, not...

Read More


Preparing for tests College Life

Hi everyone: How do you prepare for an upcoming exam in the most time-efficient way possible? Don’t wait till the last minute is one idea. Studying smarter is another. How do you study smarter?  When you have an assignment to read a chapter in your textbook, don’t read it from beginning to end until you do the following: Look at the chapter summaries (they are...

Read More


Can you imagine? College Life

Hello everyone: Can you imagine what it will be like on the day you graduate from college? Maybe you are going for an undergraduate degree or a master’s or a Ph.D. What an amazing time that will be! You have worked hard (hopefully) for four or six or more years that you can count. The day has arrived. Your family is waiting to watch you...

Read More


What are you waiting for? College Life

Hello everyone: I met a lady in my dentist office today who has always wanted to go back to college. Her kids have completed their college degrees and she’s wondering if now is her time to finish her education. What are you waiting for, my dear? Five years from now, you will be five years older. You will either have a degree or not. It’s...

Read More


New semesters bring new opportunities College Life

Hi everyone: So maybe you blew off the last semester. It’s summer right now and maybe you decided to go to the beach instead of going to your computer. It happens. Maybe you didn’t do a few Discussion Board Postings or you let a few rough drafts slip by undone. That happens. Here’s the trick to handling that: don’t blame the professor. Get back on...

Read More


What are you waiting for? College Life

Hi Everyone: What are you waiting for? You’ve waited your whole life, up to now, wanting to get your college degree. Four years from now, you will be four years older, with or without it. Folks, you aren’t getting any younger. You might as well go for it. I’ve had folks in my classes who were older than I am (yes, they were THAT old!)....

Read More


A Tale of Two Students College Life

Hi everyone: When my kids were little, I used to tell them “we can do this nice or nasty, but we are going to do it” whenever I wanted them to do something they didn’t care to do. I’m the mom, they’re the kids, and they didn’t have a choice. Well, the same thing can be said of college students. This past term I had...

Read More


Don’t tell the professor what to do College Life

Hello everyone: I have had a couple of students who took the wrong approach to asking me to overlook their lack of performance in the classroom. They told me what to do. That was not a popular course of action. One of them told me to give him back some lost points because “he’d been too busy to do the work on time.” I wonder...

Read More


Avoiding the Freshman 15 like the plague College Life

Hi everyone: One of the biggest challenges a new or returning college student can face (or sit upon) is the Freshman 15. The thing is, these extra fifteen pounds can strike in your freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate years without warning.  They are equal-opportunity pounds. Students have a tendency to feel hungry when they are up late studying, so it’s very easy to order...

Read More


Finishing Strong or Finishing Wrong College Life

Hello everyone: Do you see the look of joy on this young woman’s face? She just finished climbing a mountain (or even a molehill) and she knows she’s been successful. College is like that. You work hard all semester and you finally reach the end of the term. You have turned in all of your work in a timely manner, you have studied for your...

Read More



Page 4 of 16« First...23456...10...Last »