Academic Life Questions & Answers

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Do you use any of the tutoring services or go to the writing center on campus? What's been your experience with them?

Last semester I requested a tutor for my music theory class. The tutor center paired me with a music business student who aced the class... (more)Read 1 Answer
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I have to make a big presentation for a class and it counts as a big percentage of the grade but I hate public speaking and get super nervous. What can I do to make sure I don't tank my grade in the class by bombing the presentation?

Practice at makes perfect! Just make sure you have your material down and are really comfortable with what you are talking about and feel... (more)Read 5 Answers
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Where can I find the best deals on textbooks?

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I'm nervous that I'm going to fail a class this semester. I tend to start getting anxious about my grades around midterms. What resources do campuses usually have to help students like me?

Many schools have tutor centers. Your peers will work as tutors to help you study in classes they've done well with. I suggest being... (more)Read 1 Answer
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How do you destress?

I destress by walking/running and listening to music, doing word search puzzles, just walking through a shopping center or mall, and... (more)Read 4 Answers
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I am worried about my academics this year because I am taking a decent amount of course credits. How do people best balance their schedules while still maintaining a good social life AND good grades?

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How can you save money when buying textbooks?

Always try to buy used textbooks and when you do buy textbooks always make sure you are picking the cheapest option. Compare between... (more)Read 2 Answers
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Would you recommend taking morning classes or afternoon classes? I've always been a morning person, but I've heard that it's still better to take afternoon classes.

Like it's been said, it depends on many factors. One that was not mentioned that I have to take into consideration is when I can find... (more)Read 4 Answers
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Where are some good websites to find scholarships?

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Is it best to buy textbooks before the semester begins or should I wait until the first day of classes?

This is always tricky--on one hand, if you buy them beforehand and you're correct/the books you bought are actually the ones you need,... (more)Read 1 Answer
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What are some easy ways to stay organized in college?

My planner is my brain-- I'm almost useless without it. I write down all my deadlines and important events and keep lists of everything I... (more)Read 3 Answers
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My parents want me to go to a school that is within the same state as where we live? My dream school is several states away and I'm worried about following my dreams and making sure my parents aren't mad at me?

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Is it enough to know my professors as professors, or should I try to get to know them as people, outside of the classroom?

It depends on the professor. You do not need to know every single professor outside of the classroom, but if you really like the topic... (more)Read 2 Answers
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How can I find a mentor as an undergraduate?

When I was a freshmann, I joined the peer mentor program for my school of study. Five freshmen were matched to an upperclassmen and we... (more)Read 3 Answers
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With so many distractions, how do I set goals and stick to them during my freshman year?

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Is it common for schools to give snow days?

Sometimes, yes, because it might be necessary for the safety of the students. For example, my school in Reading, Pa. has called a few... (more)Read 1 Answer
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I have to miss class because of a religious holiday -- how can I make sure my professor will excuse my absence and not count it against me for attendance?

This is simply a matter of communication. Make sure you're letting your professor know ahead of time, ask if there's any work you will... (more)Read 3 Answers
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Is it a good idea to try to match one's personality type with the degree program you choose and/or with the school you choose?

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What can I do to increase my GPA during my senior year if it is below the actual GPA I'd hoped to have at this point?

There's not much you can do at this point. The only thing I can think of is to try to get straight A's in all your classes until you... (more)Read 1 Answer
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What are your experiences with college tutors? Are they helpful or are you better off seeking help elsewhere?

I used a tutor online once before and found him to be quite helpful on a particular subject. But since I am a tutor (English, writing,... (more)Read 3 Answers

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