It is easy to do the bare minimum while in college: skim by on C grades, do a minimal amount of studying, or to let other people handle most of the work. Truth is, however, that this minimal attitude will not allow you to get all you can out of these limited years. College is a time of learning certain life skills, and learning how to correctly study is a skill that not only will help you in school but will also aid in your choice of career.

Breaking a habit can be incredibly difficult and time-consuming, but trust us, it’s completely worth it.

  1. Studying from Home

This may seem like an odd idea but the truth is that studying at home is not conducive to performing well in college. For one, there are so many distractions at home: laundry, chores, food, random things to play with, TV, video games, and roommates. Even locking yourself in your bedroom can prove detrimental as a bed in your peripheral vision may make a nap too much of a tempting alternative to hitting the books.

  1. Studying All Night

While there are some benefits to cramming, staying up the entire night before an exam is not one of them. In order for the brain to function properly, it needs time to rest. Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can slow down your brain’s processing of information which turns into you losing all retention when you sit down to take an exam. Break this habit by spreading out your study times for before bedtime.

  1. Only Reading After Class

Did you know that if you read the assigned content before class that your brain is more likely to remember the information? If the text is fresh in your mind, your brain will create automatic organization storage, similar to file cabinets, that will then assign the content correctly as your professor goes over it. You will also be able to ask questions about the reading since you’ve already read it and gain a better understanding of the material. 

  1. Procrastination

Everyone knows procrastinating is never a healthy way to get things done. Not only does it place a lot of pressure on your brain to figure things out, but it also drains you very quickly. Make time management a priority so that you are not waiting until the very last minute to finish projects, papers, or study for an exam.

  1. Listening to Music (with lyrics)

When you listen to music while studying, it can be very distracting. This only gets worse when you add lyrics and random beats that take over your brain. Our recommendation, if you insist on listening to music while studying is to go lyric-free. Classical music, scores from movies, or a general instrumental so that the only words you hear are the ones you are reading from the text. Classical music is also said to help aid the brain as well as make the human body feel calm.

If you are looking to earn good grades and make the most of your years in college, be it studying for the University of Wisconsin’s pre-law classes, you’ll need to establish healthy study habits.

Of all of the things a college campus is great for — getting an education, making new friends, making memories, or starting your career — getting in good shape usually isn’t one of them. College towns are filled with fast-food chains and local greasy food joints: places that serve legendary burritos, tasty pizza, or diner food. And exercise isn’t exactly part of the culture on these campuses either. They’re filled with anxious, overworked students who rarely show any interest in waking up at 5:30 am to go on a jog. Between class loads, internships, and social obligations, students of the University of North Carolina alike probably don’t have time to exercise regularly. (more…)

When most people think of the word ‘beach’ they envision clear skies, clearer waters, and burying their feet under the pearly white sand. When certain college students think of the word ‘beach’, they think of their college campus.

Wait, am I missing something here?  Some students actually go to a college that has an amazing campus nestled right on the beach? What was the reason I decided to go to college inland again? Please excuse my self-loathing. Yes, believe it or not, some students go to college in paradise!  If your goal is to spend your college career studying on the beach, this article is for you!

5 amazing college campuses located near the Beach:

  1. Pepperdine University

Two words: Malibu, California. After you are done thinking about movie stars, surfing, and perfect weather, I want to introduce you to Pepperdine University. As you probably guessed, Pepperdine University is located in beautiful Malibu, California, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This private university sits on 830 acres and is only a mere five-minute walk from the world-famous Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Can you say surfing after class? This university is also known for its religious affiliations and strict academic standards.

  1. Flagler College

Located in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida which, might I add, has the title of being the nation’s oldest European-settled city (1565 by the Spanish); this picturesque college is only minutes away from the Atlantic ocean and surrounding beaches including Vilano beach! This private liberal arts college was built with beautiful Spanish architecture and are the perfect place for history buffs! Flagler College is generally more affordable in comparison to other liberal art colleges. Attend school here if the coastal / city lifestyle appeals to you.

  1. University of California – San Diego

For those that don’t know, San Diego is the quintessential surf town complete with perfect weather, perfect beaches, and consistent surf. Now enter the University of California – San Diego.  This public university rests in the middle of the La Jolla area putting you mere miles away from the beach.  UCSD is also known for its academic excellence. In particular, this university is often considered one of the top 10 public universities and is known for science. If you are interested in a career in the sciences, this might be the university for you.

  1. Eckerd College

Eckerd College can be found on the sunny coast of St. Petersburg, Florida, and offers students some of the best views on this list.  This private liberal arts college sits on 188 acres and is known for its marine science program.  Although Eckerd is a small college, it offers students world-class views.

  1. The University of Hawaii at Manoa

No top beach college campus list would be complete without at least one school from Hawaii.  Nestled in the hills of the island of Oahu, this world-class campus offers students access to world-famous beaches. In between studying for UAB’s bachelor’s in information systems, I encourage you to give these famous beaches a try! If surfing isn’t your thing, this public university is known for its academic excellence and having strong science programs.

Dorm Room Items to Pack when Leaving for Out-of-state College:

There are some essential dorm room items you absolutely should think about when leaving home to move into an out of state college. As most college students are excited to get back to school (and partying), be sure to think about where to get many of the essential room items you’ll need when arriving.

Here’s a quick list of bedroom and dorm room items to get before moving in:

Dorm Rooms & College Home Rentals

Depending on which campus your located on, be sure to bring ample pillows and blankets to ensure you can cycle out items as they get dirty and are in the wash. Some college students will be living in rental homes, which you’ll need even more items, including the following:

Grab a List and go through everything you have in your current room and see what needs to be bought or brought with you!

Most students dream of going to college so that they can better themselves and improve their chances of career opportunities and gainful employment.  Many also hope that they can get some scholarship money to help them pay the tab.

Although higher education is no longer limited to the privileged and wealthy elite, it is still too expensive for many young adults.  For this reason, most rely on help from their parents, federal financial aid (i.e. student loans), and grants and scholarships.

Before you start seeking and applying for scholarships, however, there are a few common myths you should probably debunk so that you don’t go in with the wrong idea.

  1. Scholarships Negate Student Aid

This is not necessarily true.  Receiving scholarship funds to help you pay for your education will not disqualify you from receiving financial aid.

In some cases, being awarded scholarships could reduce the amount of student aid you’re eligible for, however, so you should make sure you understand the rules.  Just keep in mind that scholarships are preferable to student aid because you won’t have to pay them back after graduation.

  1. Age is a Qualification Factor

This is absolutely untrue.  There is a common myth that only high school seniors and young college students can apply for scholarships.  You may therefore think you’re too old or too young to apply.

This is not the case.  High school students as young as about 13 can start applying for scholarships, which they will receive when they start college if scholarship funds are awarded.  In addition, you’re never too old to apply for scholarships.

If you start college later in life or you return to school after an extended absence, there’s nothing to stop you from applying for scholarships.  Your age will not be a factor in determining awards.

  1. You Have to Have a Special Talent or Skill

It’s true that gifted athletes and intellectuals are eligible for certain scholarships due to the things that make them stand out from their peers.  However, there are also scholarship opportunities for students that may not be at the top of any given field or hobby.

For example, there are scholarships for first-generation Americans.  So if your parents emigrated to the U.S. you could qualify.  There are also scholarships for redheads, twins, and vegans, just for example.

There are scholarships offered by major and even by interests.  If you like to write mysteries, create greeting cards, or master duck calls, you might be surprised to learn that there are scholarship opportunities that cater to your interests and talents.

The point is that you never know what you might find when you start looking for scholarships, so it pays to seek out opportunities that may apply to you.

  1. Scholarships Will Come to Me

Even if you’re good at sports, you’re the president of the student council, or you’re the valedictorian, you still need to apply for scholarships.  There are a rare few who are offered scholarships when they apply at Harvard, UCLA, or PSU online, but you cannot rely on this outcome.

  1. Getting a Scholarship is Like Winning the Lottery

Many students apply for scholarships, it’s true.  It pays to keep in mind, however, that some scholarships are more popular than others and therefore incite greater competition.

There are also plenty of scholarships that go unclaimed each year because students don’t find or apply for them.  Some have strict criteria that limit the number of students eligible to apply, but you definitely won’t get the scholarships you never apply for.