Essay writing, old school style
It seems like every time you turn around, a professor assigns you yet another essay. It can seem monotonous at times, and if you’re not the strongest writer, it can be harmful to your grades. However, with these key tips, you can improve your essay writing skills and boost your grade.
1. Avoid Cliches
Cliches are overused phrases that are just that – used too much. These common phrases have been used to the point where they have little value to a reader and have no place in academic writing. Some examples of cliches include: “in the nick of time,” “a diamond in the rough” and “nerves of steel.”
2. Sentence Variety
When every sentence is about the same length, uses the same structure or the same verb, you bore your audience and cause the reading to be monotonous. Make sure your sentences vary in length. You should also use different sentence structure and never repeat the same verb or any word too many times throughout the same essay. A thesaurus is an excellent resource to use in order to aid in creating sentence variety. Continue reading
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While you can major in general studies or just take a few intro level courses before immediately deciding on a major, waiting too long to focus your studies can make meeting requirements stressful. To avoid scrambling to complete classes your junior and senior year, take time out to think about potential majors first semester freshman year, or even while you’re still in high school. Here are some factors to keep in mind:
1. What Subjects Do You Excel in?
Take a look at your high school report card. Which grades were the highest? Which classes did you struggle in the least? Which classes were you most interested in? By answering these questions, you’ll have a bit of insight regarding what your academic strengths are. For instance, if you excelled in algebra and biology, you want to consider a major that requires you take mainly these courses such as health-related subjects. Continue reading
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Today, Course Hero’s own Andrew Grauer was listed among Inc Magazine’s 30-Under-30: the young, smart and unstoppable rising stars who are disrupting industries and building successful companies.
It has been an exciting year for Course Hero and Andrew as the company has been recognized for its tremendous growth and potential and Andrew for his awesome leadership and dedication. You can read the full Inc piece here or below!
Online Notes Save the Day
Students at 4,500 schools and universities can sleep in knowing that Course Hero will have the notes from their missed classes.
Last night, I presented at the Red Herring 100 North America conference in Monterey, California. It was great to have a chance to talk about Course Hero–where we’ve been, how we’ve grown and where we’re going–and be in the presence of so many other promising tech companies. I’m proud to say that Course Hero ultimately walked away with the honor of being named among this year’s top 100, which is a testament to the awesome work that this team does on a daily basis. Congratulations!
The web has become a fertile platform for collaborative consumption. It allows people to share their hobbies and expertise with others who want to participate in, experience, and learn those hobbies and expertise. Arguably, one of the most important aspects of the Internet is its ability to open up high quality education to those who might not otherwise be able to access it
Computers have become nearly completely integrated with our daily lives, and code is the language of computers. Unsurprisingly, last year, Forbes listed computer engineering to be the highest paying major at $70,400 per year, with computer science coming in third with $64,400.
Code.org, believes every student in every school in America should have the opportunity to learn how to code. To this end, the website serves as a portal to and database of all resources that bring a high-quality computer science and programming to anyone willing to try. Founded by Hadi Partovi, Code.org aims to train young students to counter the worldwide shortage of computer programmers. Continue reading
Posted in Collaborative Learning, Edtech, General Awesomeness, Knowledge Marketplace, MOOC, Online Courses, Open Courseware, Technology, Web Programming
Tagged Code.org, collaborative consumption, course hero, knowledge marketplace, Study Blue
From smartboards to immersive virtual environments like Second Life, higher education is fertile ground for new learning technologies. These technologies will have a lasting impact on the way students learn, the way teachers teach, and everything in between. They are designed to make use of the incredible advances in information communication and collaborative consumption technologies, and they will prepare students to live in the modern world.
Education technology, or edtech, comes in many forms. Let’s take a look at a few of the major ways it will change our educational system. Continue reading
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Tagged Codecademy, College, course hero, coursera, EdTech, education technology, Gamification, MOOC, Second Life
Transferring to another college is something that few students consider when they begin their college careers, but nearly a third of them will end up transferring at some point.
When You Should Consider Transferring to Another College
There is no precise reason as to why you should transfer because it really depends on your personal situation. Students transfer all of the time for many different reasons. Some people transfer to get a better financial package while others may decide that they would like to be closer to home. Some students transfer later on because they realize that their current institution does not offer a particular major or program that they need or it may be just because they felt like the college did not offer the right for them. For some, it is about having a second chance to get into their dream school if they did not make the first time. Continue reading
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Your social life is just as important as your academic career in college. In addition to earning good grades, you will need to be social on campus in order to network and broaden your horizons. It can be overwhelming when you see how many organizations are active on your campus, but there is a way to simplify the process.
Here is a brief overview of all of the college extracurricular activities available.
Greek life organizations are often among some of the most popular extracurricular activities. This includes fraternities and sororities. They are social organizations that tend to offer a combination of academic and social support to participants. Some colleges have really a really strong offering of Greek organizations, while others may have few if any on campus. Membership in a Greek organization is selective and you will have to complete the pledging process in order to have the chance to gain membership.
Professional organizations are basically occupational organizations for college students like the American Marketing Association, National Human Resources Association, and the of American Finance Association. There are a wide array professional organizations for almost every field and they are essentially college chapters of national professional organizations. They typically offer membership to college students at a reduced cost and they still provide some of the same resources in terms of training, networking, and job opportunities. Joining one of these organizations may give you a jumpstart on your career search. Continue reading
Posted in College, Extra Curricular Activities, Incoming Freshman
Tagged campus life, clubs, College, course hero, extracurricular activities, higher ed, higher education, student life, student organizations
Many college students are torn between needing to earn money and attending class. While some employers are flexible with student schedules, many expect the job to be the employee’s top priority. Homework and classes are intense in most cases, therefore certain jobs are better suited for college students than others.
1. Paid Internship
What better way to earn money than with an internship that will help you with your education and assist you with paying your bills? Employers oftentimes look for experience in the field before they’ll even consider you, so this is an ideal way to gain the valuable experience that you need. You’ll be preparing yourself for your job post-college. Continue reading
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Before we explore some of the major theoretical aspects of attention and concentration and how they apply to college students in particular, let’s take a few moments to connect with the issue on a practical level.
Read the following list of 10 random words once, and then spend about 10 extra seconds studying it. Make sure you try to concentrate on the list as much as you can. Now, look away and try to either recite or better yet, write down as many words from the list as you can remember.
How many words were you able to recall? Continue reading