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There are so many things to think about as you go off to college and as you try to make your first year successful. We offer lots of useful information in our articles below:

Five Myths about Graduating

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Well, college was a blast! But now it’s over and it’s time to start thinking about your graduation ceremony – and most importantly, what you’ll do after it.

While there’s a lot of benefits to a college education, there are some myths surrounding graduation - and graduating in general - that you might be surprised about. After all, it’s a big (and often pretty daunting) world out there and now you must deal with it without your tutors and classmates by your side – arghhh!

With that in mind, here’s what you should know…


Weighing the Pros and Cons of Graduate School

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Many students in today's education field graduate college in heavy debt. It's the harsh reality of the education system, but one that's necessary for a lot of people if they want to earn a college degree. Thankfully, things are turning around economically, and more recent grads are finding employment in their field of study. A lot of college grads opt to delay their entry into the workforce however, and instead enroll in graduate school. Grad school isn't the right choice for everybody, but for many it's a good option to consider when deciding whether to further your education or enter the workforce. Check out these things to consider when deciding if you should apply to graduate school, or enter the workforce after earning your undergraduate degree.


How to Save Up Before You Move In

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Whether you’re in the middle of high school or freshly graduated, it’s useful to know some small but helpful steps you can take to save up during college. Below are some tips on how to save the bank and spend less, before you leave the nest.


Make the Most of Your College Dorm Room

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By Rachael Risinger / Bed Bath & Beyond®

Are you looking for great solutions for making your college bed as clean and comfortable as possible and ideas to help maximize the space in your dorm room? Here are some great tips.


Take an iPod or MP3 Player With You to College

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When you think of students walking around campus carrying books in their backpacks or sitting in the library pouring over their texts, you are picturing the PAST. Today students are more mobile and learning is faster paced. In addition, it is well-recognized that not all learning is visual. In fact, audio learners are now getting a leg up in their learning, and all learners are finding out how to multi-task with the help of MP3 Players.


Best Advice from the Mouths of College Seniors

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College seniors can look back and see things in a different light. In talking with college seniors about what they wish they had known, what they thought had been good advice, and what they would like to share with first year students, they were eager to offer words of wisdom.


Time Management Skills For A Successful College Life

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Hitting the college campus for the very first time can be exciting and overwhelming all at once. Fulfilling the many new responsibilities that are coming your way will take patience and persistence. Following are a few time management tips that will help you get started.


4 Simple Tips to Be an Academic Star

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Go to class!

Well, duh! But, this is the first and most helpful tip to succeed at college. How will you know what is going on in class and what you do or don't understand regarding the course content unless you attend? Also, let's remember why you are in college...to learn, or at least this should be the prime reason you and your parents and the government are paying tuition, room, and board.


Improve your Grades in College

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It's a new semester. Many of you are going back to campus and have had a much-needed break. Now, it's time to get back to your studies. Make yourself a promise that this semester will be better than last, no matter what.

But, how can you improve your grades at college, especially if you are having trouble?


5 Reasons Why You Should Hit the College Gym

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Once they settle into college life, students often notice their weight creeping up little by little. Studying, burning the midnight oil and engaging in new social habits can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle – and an expanding waistline. But it doesn’t have to be that way. To help combat that “freshman 15” (aka those unwanted pounds that may pile up) here are five reasons why students should hit the college gym early and often.



How to Talk with Your Professor

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To start with, if you are to have good communication with your professor for any reason, it helps to attend class. Why? Well, if the professor recognizes you, knows your name, feels you’re interested in his/her course; you are likely to have better rapport.


Saving Money on Campus

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Because economic times are tougher and student financial assistance is harder to obtain, you need to understand there are ways to live on a budget while you live in the dorm. Practicing frugality can save a lot of money month by month that you can put away for your educational expenses.


Seven Tips for College Students

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So it’s that time of year again, midterms. Many students have difficulty knowing how to study, what to study, where to study, and a litany of other pressing questions. When midterm time comes around, it can be very easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information one is required to retain. Talking with college students, many individuals have nice little tips for studying.


OMG I’m Graduating!

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There’s no pit in the stomach quite so deep as the one that develops when the end is in sight after four years (or five, or six) of continual effort focused on completion of a baccalaureate.  There are a fortunate few who know what they want to do when they graduate and have locked in on the next goal.  I wasn’t one of those and neither were 80% of my friends.  So here are  three suggestions for the rest of us.


Resume Formatting: Writing, Education, & Business Fields

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Most job searches begin in the same way. A resume is sent to the company. An official in the company then sorts through piles of resumes searching for candidates who are qualified. The candidate is not there to persuade the official that he is the best person for the job, so it is vital that the resume be an accurate and powerful representation of the candidate’s skills.

While there are plenty of general how-to-resume guides, different fields have different resume expectations. Not following these expectations could lead to a long and drawn-out job search. Below are suggestions for formatting resumes to pursue a job in writing, education, or business.


Got Your Degree: Now What?

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Today's economy is not the best for job hunting after getting your college degree, and unemployment is up. Don't despair. CollegeBasics can offer you some tips that might help.


Financial Planning Tips for New College Graduates

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If you’re a new graduate or are approaching graduation, you may already be hearing that drumbeat of financial responsibility building. A new job, student loans, bills, yikes! One of the best things that you can do right away for yourself is putting a financial plan in place. Even if you don’t consider yourself a financial expert, there are still some very simple things that you can do immediately to get you off and running and started on the right foot.


Health Insurance After Graduation

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Thinking about commencement ceremonies and graduation gifts? That may not be enough, even though you are proud and excited. Both college graduates and their parents should be thinking about something else--health insurance coverage!


College Grads Need a Fool-proof Resume

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You are graduating...right into a job hunt. To get started on the right foot, you need to begin the resume writing process. How do you begin?


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