Don’t Pass Up Those Free Points…

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

A new semester has begun, and students are trying to shake off a summer of fun, re-immersing themselves into a new schedule. For the new college freshman, this means entering an entire different environment-one where they are no longer under the care  of their parents…at least not when it comes to the issue of grades. FERPA guarantees […]

Five “P’s” That WILL Aid Your Collegiate Success

...and Help You Get Along With Your Professors

As the end of summer approaches, the beginning of a new school year approaches. Incoming college freshmen will attend their New Student Orientation sessions with a mixture of excitement, fear, trepidation, and a myriad of questions: Will I make new friends? Will my new classes be hard? What should I major in? What do my […]

Three Steps to Maximize Your Productivity While Working from Home

You Don't Have Leave the House to Get Stuff Done

In this day of advancing technology, it is becoming more common for people to work from home. With programs like Skype©, Facetime©, and GoToMeeting©, it is now possible to engage with colleagues “in person” while sitting in the comfort of our own living room. While some might think that working from home would promote “more […]

I Don’t Know What to Do with the Rest of my Life!!!

Four Success Tips for New College Students

In 1982, I was a newly minted 18-year old college freshman. I was coming off four of the most exhilarating and emotional years of my life (high school), and everything that I thought I knew was suddenly turned upside down. My closest friends had all moved away to go to college. The disciplined routine that […]

You Don’t Have Time NOT to Read!

Four Ways to Add Reading to Your Very Busy Schedule

Like many busy professionals, I often make the excuse that I am “too busy” to take on any additional tasks requested of me. So in 2015, when I set a personal goal to read just twenty books during the calendar year, I thought it was too lofty a goal to accomplish, given my “busy” schedule. I […]

Think You Don’t Have Time to Read? Think Again…

Four Reasons Why You Need to Read Regularly

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~Harry S Truman According to an article by Jeff Jarvis, the number of books being read by the average American is on the decline. He states the following statistics: One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives; 58% […]

Three Helpful Tips to Avoid Cramming for Your Next Exam

I gazed wearily at the pile of books in front of me… “So much to do!” My eyes traveled to the clock on the wall, as I completed the thought, “And SO little time!” When I was a college student, my inclination when I was this overwhelmed was to ignore the problem. I figured that […]

Four Things to Bring to Class to Start Out the Semester on the Right Foot

(and Two Things NOT to Bring!)

As the end of August approaches, young minds turn from the fun activities of summer toward more educational pursuits. Many recent high school graduates look ahead with excitement (and a bit of apprehension) to the beginning of a college career-not quite sure what to expect, but eager to charge ahead into the unknown future. As […]

Five Tips to Graduate from College in Four Years or LESS

Even if You are Already in College!

According to a recent article in the New York Times, only 19% of students complete a four-year college degree in four years at most public universities. Fewer than 10% of the 580 public universities in the United States graduate more than half of their students in four years. And many college advisers are using six […]

Professors are Human Too!

Three Questions to Ask Your Professor When Life Knocks You Down

Professors are human, too. This is a concept that seems foreign to many students. To a college freshman, professors sometimes seem iconic, untouchable, and almost godlike in their power, authority, and influence over the destiny of their students. Let me step down off the pedestal that some of my students have placed me on. Let […]