academic success

Choose your college degree wisely. Balance personal satisfaction with salary & career outlooks.
Follow your dreams and aspirations, not someone else's.

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with asking someone else’s advice. On the one hand, we want to hear what the people we know, love and respect have to say—especially when it aligns with what we want to hear. On the other, we don’t want to hear something that may challenge us, cause us […]

Choosing a college degree? Know your strengths and weaknesses.

Not sure what to study now that you’ve decided to go back to college? You’re not alone. If you’re like most adult learners, you’re heading back to school to advance or change your career. (Good for you, by the way.) So, of course, you want to succeed in the classroom. Before you do, you have […]

Four tips for mastering the art of test-taking

Do you stress over tests? It is certainly not uncommon. When it comes to taking tests and improving test scores, most of us go into a kind of short-term, high-anxiety mode. The secret to doing better is to turn bad stress into “eustress“ or good stress. Simply put, getting better grades on tests starts with […]

Five tips for avoiding academic fatigue

Tired. Weary. Burned out. Worn down. Drained. Stick-a-fork-in-me-done. Whatever you call it, there will probably come a point in which you’ll feel absolutely exhausted by everything going on in your life. It’s tough stuff juggling academic studies, family and work responsibilities all at the same time. Why, it can be enough to have you thinking […]

Adopt a mindset for academic success - think outside the box!

Achieving academic excellence is all in your head or so it’s been said. Forgive the Dr. Seuss-like rhyme, but the truth is, when it comes to academic success, the mind is an undeniably powerful player. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, psychologist Carol S. Dweck points out that a student’s mindset originates […]

Five study habits to help you learn more effectively

When it comes to going back to college, there exists a bit of a paradox: Even though students are in college to learn, they may not be aware of some techniques that can help them learn more effectively. Kind of a problem, especially if you want to get better grades and improve your academic results. […]

Follow these seven simple steps to excel in the classroom as an adult student.

You’re not a kid anymore. And, truthfully, aren’t you glad? Besides the obvious perks of adulthood such as making your own decisions, being an adult affords you something special in the college classroom: autonomy. Studies show that as an adult student, you possess a greater sense of maturity along with your life experiences, making you […]

Make sure you're positioned for college success by following these steps.

Skipping class is hardly an option if you’re an adult returning to college. Chances are, you (or your employer) are paying your tuition, so you’ll want to make every class count. Even if that’s not the case, it’s quite likely that you’re extremely motivated to finish your degree so you can change or advance your […]

Use these tips to help yourself succeed if you haven't been in college for years.

So you’re going back to college as an adult? Good for you! Today’s competitive, global economy should inspire more of us to post-secondary educational achievement. Fortunately in the U.S., returning to college is for anyone, not just a select few. As an adult returning to college, this is a tremendous opportunity for you to: Develop […]