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College academics are challenging, but savvy students find unique ways to succeed. Learn the techniques and tricks to acing all types of college courses and term papers, how college classes are different than high school ones, and how to maximize your college GPA.

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The Frenzy of Finals and the Colleges That Love It

Believe it or not, colleges will do whatever it takes -- one weirder and wackier than the next -- to help you get through finals and midterms with your sanity intact.

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Watchdog for College Essays

Find out when tattletaling is cool!

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Find the Best Reference Sites in Your Online Reference Library

There's no need to lug those heavy reference books with you to college anymore. Check out these cool online reference sites.

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Avoid the College All-Nighter

Advice for students on avoiding the dreaded college all-nighter.

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The Procrastination Monster

We've all procrastinated starting an English paper or two, but procrastination can be your arch nemesis in college. Read on to get tips on avoiding being a procrastinator!

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What is a GPA, Anyways?

Ever wonder how your grades are summed up into a number (hopefully very close to 4.0!)? Here's how it's done...

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How to Get the "Write" Skills for College

Succeeding in college is up to you...get some tips on how you can score some high-powerered success in college.

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College Test Mania

Ace all the different types of questions on a college test.

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Internet Plagiarism: Quick Fix or Lasting Regret?

Before you think about plagiarizing that next college paper, read on.

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Venturing Into Service

Got a dream? If you can dream it, you can do it, claim officials at Youth Venture, a national nonprofit organization based in Arlington, VA.

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Defying Gravity for Good Grades in College

In order to get good grades in college, you've gotta study hard for those college tests (they're much different than high school!).

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Mentoring for Success

Read on to discover just how mutually beneficial a college mentor can be.

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Giving Back as a Student Mentor

Being a student mentor can be really rewarding!

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Teens Turn Passion Into Profit

Six inspirational student entrepreneurs share some business secrets.

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The Secret Lives of College Professors

Bet you didn't know these secrets about your college professors!

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Blogs Can Help With College Academics

Blogs are all the rage now, and they can even help you with your college academics.

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Student Entrepreneurs

Check out some of these super smart student entrepreneurs!

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How Far Will Some Profs Go to Stop Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the capital crime on campus, and professors are trying to stop it.

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Avoid Freedom Overload, and Ace College Academics

Too much freedom can turn out to be a bad thing as far as your college academics are concerned. Be smart!

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Getting in the Door of Waitlisted College Courses

Landing the class of your dreams isn't always easy in college. Classes fill up quickly during registration and getting in may require some extra work and effort. Here's how you can go about getting in the door...

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School Stress Busters

One of the most stressful periods in a college student's life is final exam week. Read on to find out how many colleges are offering stress-zapping solutions.

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Doing College Time in High School

Want to earn college credits before you even set foot on campus? See what AP programs and partnerships have to offer you.

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An Idiot's Guide to a 4.0

If you were born potty-trained, knew three languages by the time you could talk, and graduated from high school before you reached puberty, you can skip this article. Go ahead, click on another link. Now, for the rest of you, let me share a secret.... A 4.0 is within your reach.

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In Academics, Atmosphere is Everything!

The environment in which you learn and how well you retain that information are directly related. Here's how you can use that to your advantage...

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Surviving Speech 101: A Dreaded (and Required!) Part of College

Does the mere thought of giving a speech make you break out in a cold sweat? Worry not. Instead, think of it this way--you've been talking your whole life. Public speaking is not meant to be torture, and it doesn't have to be hard. Just keep the following suggestions in mind.

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How to Handle Class Catastrophes

Before you panic over a deleted report or a washed-out presentation, remember there are ways of protecting your academic excellence. Check out these tips for handling class catastrophes before and after they happen.

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Self-Esteem and the College Student

Tending to your mental health and building self-esteem are just as important as anything you learn in a textbook.

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An MTV-Inspired Management Course?

Tired of tedious class projects and the cycle of class-study-test? Cheer up! Not all college classes follow that repetitive format. My management course, for example, was a class with a definite "Real World" twist, and it took the concept of class projects to a whole new level.

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How to Get In and Out of College in Under Four Years

While the majority of college students take more than four years to complete their degree, it is possible to get out with a bachelor's degree in less than the standard four years. Ever thought of that possibility for yourself?

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10 Simple Things You Can Do To Conquer College

A list of 10 succinct and simple college success rules. Some are unconventional and some are blunt, but they are all effective.

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Hold On to Your High School Teacher

Staying in touch with your high school teachers can be amazingly beneficial for many reasons: academic assistance, valuable input on course selection/career choice, study hints, and plain old moral support. Check out these tips for staying in touch.

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Painlessly Producing Professor-Pleasing Papers

Ready to write your first college term paper? Put down the bottle of correction fluid, and forget about masking that grease stain. Lose that dog-eared look while you're at it. As a matter of fact, you'd better just reprint the whole thing. What do you think this is--high school?!

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Plagiarism: The Capital Crime of College

Annie is just one of the many students that English teachers like me and countless other professors have caught plagiarizing. In fact, the Center for Academic Integrity reports that as many as 80 percent of college students have admitted to committing the capital crime of college at least once.

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Turn Test Stress Into Success

Most students report being more stressed by schoolwork and exams than by anything else in their lives. As many as 35 percent go blank or freeze on tests, according to the American Test Anxieties Association. But test stress is a problem not just for those who have a full-blown case; learning to reduce nervousness before class can help any student.

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4 Quick Tips for Getting Professors to Notice You

Want profs to remember your name? Check out these quick tips for getting on their good side.

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Can You Handle College Coursework?

You may think you can handle college coursework, but with only one or two tests per college course, you don't have much leeway for messing up.

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How to Ace Any College Class

College is a whole new academic world, and if you're a little scared that it will be difficult -- maybe even too hard for you -- don't be! Want to know how to ace any college subject?

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Not Just for English Majors -- College Term Paper Tips

Term papers are a staple of college courses, so get ready to type. Whether it's sociology, history, music, or education, your grade will depend on your paper-writing prowess.

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Protect Your GPA

You may be a stellar student, but there's more to earning good grades than great test scores.

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Will You Graduate College in Four Years?

Only 37 percent of college students graduate in four years or less. The rest are making their super-senior way towards more debt with the help of growing school loans.

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I Have to Do What?! College Workload Overload

Don't fret. We've asked the experts about writing stellar papers, acing classes, and studying the right way. Take these tips with you to campus.

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Big-Name College? Big Deal!

Shakespeare once asked, "What's in a name?" If you ask these young go-getters from some of the best colleges you've never heard of, not much. From winning Goldwater scholarships to producing groundbreaking research and receiving White House invitations, these college students prove that you don't need to attend a big-name college to make a name for yourself.

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Faculty Friendships

Check out some fool-proof tips for having great relationships with your professors.

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What Does a T.A. Do?

They'll study like you, take tests like you, and go to the same class as you, but what's up with that two-letter job descriptions? Meet your T.A....

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Search for Colleges That Satisfy

No doubt you want your college experience to be a successful one. What you might not realize is that the road to success begins as early as your search for colleges and universities. Check out these results from the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement, and see what we mean....

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Six Steps to Collegiate Success

As new students, it never hurts to have a few tips for looking -- and sounding -- your best in class. These six helpful hints will enable even the worst procrastinator to pull through in a pinch and will help you achieve collegiate success. Check out these tips for thinking, speaking, and questioning (even when you're not always prepared).

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What Not to Say to Your Professor: Tales from College Faculty

Tried and true student excuses for just about anything and humorous responses from faculty.

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Are You Ready for College?

If a high school diploma alone is not enough, what else can you do to make sure you're prepared for the academic rigors of college? Take these four steps to college readiness.

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How Twitter and Facebook Are Fueling Classroom Learning

It's no surprise that high school and college students spend a bulk of their time texting and tweeting. But who would have thought that social media like Twitter and Facebook would make its way into the classroom -- as an invited guest, no less?

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College Textbooks Too Costly?

With students spending about $1,000 on textbooks each year and textbook prices rising faster than the rate of inflation, it's time to take advantage of some clever alternatives to traditional book-buying.

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How to Be a Star Student

If you want to make it in college, you know you've got to go to class, stay awake in class, and do your homework. But that's not all it takes to ensure scholastic success.

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