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Quick NavigationFinding a University / CollegeFinding & Choosing Your College / University​​ApplicationsIELTS & GRE Preparation​​Choosing your MajorStudent Life​Transitioning In​DormsHealthy LifestyleHow to Beat Stress​​PartiesStudying Abroad​Relationships​Romance / Dating​Friendships​​Study / Work / Life Balance​HomesicknessBudgeting​Scholarships​Community​Developing Good Study Habits & SkillsGeneralMaximise Productivity​Maximising Class Time​​Beat ProcrastinationTime Management​Academic WritingGeneral​Essay WritingAcademic Writing for ESL / International Students​​Tools & SoftwareAfter University

Finding a University / College

Finding & Choosing Your College / University​

​The Savvy Student’s Guide to College Education [US]

How do I Choose a College? [US]

College Costs: Net Price vs. Sticker Price [US]

The 25 Best Online Degrees [US]

The Savvy Student’s Guide to Online Colleges and Online Education [US] 

45 Most Asked Questions About Studying in Germany​


The College Application Essay: Part I – Myth or Fact? [US]

Do’s and Don’ts: What to Include in College Applications [US]

What Colleges Look for From Students [US]

The College Admissions Puzzle: How the 8 Main Pieces Fit Together and Affect Which Schools Your Child Gets Into [US] 

How the Best College Application Essays Stand Out From the Competition – Higher Scores Test Prep [US]

How to Write a Standout College Essay Introduction to Wow Admissions Committees at First Glance [US]

How Your Student Can Build Connections at Top Colleges—Even If You Haven’t Donated Millions [US] 

How to Write a Transfer Essay: A Brief Guide​ [US]

Why Do You Want to Go to College X? (Supplemental Essays)​ [US]

7 Ways To NOT Sabotage Your Admission Essay [US]

Why College Match Matters [US]​

How to Write an ACT Essay: Step by Step Example [US]​

Fiona’s Blog: How Blogging Prepared Me to Write a College Admissions Essay [US]​

How To Get Into Stanford & Other Graduate Schools [US]​

Top Tip: Write a Different Essay for Each Application

“Write a different essay for EACH of the schools you’re applying to. Why do this? It shows each school you’re applying to that you cared enough to spend the time researching and have really, really thought this through. I also think it gives you a better chance at WOW-ing the school and demonstrating why you’re a great match.”

How to Write a Transfer Essay: A Brief Guide

IELTS & GRE Preparation​

IELTS Listening tips: A common mistake in the IELTS Listening module – watch out!

IELTS Writing tips: The IELTS Writing test: telling the difference between formal and informal

IELTS Writing tips: 4 ways to get in trouble with your IELTS Writing tasks

IELTS Speaking tips: An enjoyable way to raise your Speaking score above 7.5

IELTS Speaking recording for practice: Full IELTS Speaking Test, Free Sample #1 (with Examiner’s Commentary)

4 Ways That ESL Students Can Fully Prepare for the GRE​

IELTS Prep: Is It Useful to Memorize?​

​Choosing your Major

How to Choose a College Major [US] 

What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?​

7 Tips for Choosing a College Major You’ll Love​

How To Choose Your Major​

Four Steps to Choosing a College Major​

​10 Dumb Mistakes Students Make When Choosing A Major

Majors and Minors: Choosing Your Own Path​

Top Tip: Determine Whether Expectations Match Reality

“Put your decisions in real-world context. Whether you’re attracted to something because of its promise of prosperity or because it stirs you on a deep level — neither inherently right or wrong — experts warn: Determine whether expectations match reality.”

Four Steps to Choosing a College Major

Student Life

​Transitioning In / Getting Started

10 Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Week At College

​Coping with the transition from college to university

Transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school

How Graduate School Is Different from College

​11 Ways to Make the Most of Your College Experience

​How to Make the Most Out of Your College Degree

​What to Do in College to Get the Most Out of Your College Education

How to Make the Most of Your American College Experience [US]​

Your First Year of College: 25 Strategies and Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive Your Freshman Year and Beyond

​10 Tips for Academically Thriving in College

​11 pointers for college success from a professor (and dad)

College tips, tricks and hacks​

​Ready for Class Day One?

Top Tip: Get Help…

“Don’t kid yourself. If you find you are having trouble with a subject, get help right away. It’s almost impossible to turn a failing grade around with the final exam or a fantastic final paper. As soon as you get less than a solid B average in a class, make an appointment and ask your professor how you can do better.”

Making the Most of Your Freshman Year of College


10 Underrated Dorm Room Essentials 

The Magic Art of Tidying Up…For Students​

Healthy Lifestyle

How to Stay Healthy at College​

How to Beat Stress​

30+ Goof Proof Methods for How to Eliminate Stress Starting Today!​

How to Relieve Stress​

A Student’s Guide to Balancing Stress​

Top Tip: Reinterpret

“In the end, our feelings of stress are based on the interpretations we have made about a situation. To change that experience we must reinterpret or reframe it in a more optimal and helpful way.”

How to Relieve Stress


Ways You Can Get Away With Not Drinking In Social Situations

How To Have A Social Life Without Alcohol

A Freshman Girl’s Guide to Frat Parties​

Studying Abroad​

51 Free Language Learning Websites That Are Almost Too Good to Be True​

How to Experience all of Europe on your Student Exchange [In UK/Europe]​

What is studying in the UK like for Chinese students? [UK for Chinese Students]​


Romance / Dating​

Relationships 101: Having Healthy Relationships in Your First Year of College

Are Millennials Really the “Hook-Up Generation”?

“We Can Still Be Friends”: Six Ways You Can Stay Friends After a Breakup

Girls (and Boys) Gone Wild: Commitment and Infidelity during Spring Break


​How To Make Friends in College or University

Examples Of Ways To Invite People To Hang Out

​Study / Work / Life Balance

I Have a Great Idea/Job — Should I Drop Out of College?

Work-life Balance​

Can you work and study… and still have a life?​

Top Tip: Get an Internship

“Get an internship. Then get another internship. Get as much experience as you can, because when you graduate, everyone else will have a little piece of paper saying essentially the same thing yours does, so it’s important to do things that help you stand out.”

31 Things Every College Student Needs to Know


Coping with homesickness​


A Practical Guide for Saving Money

How to Pay Off Debt

Financial Literacy Orientation [US]

Paying for College When Your Parents Can’t or Won’t​

7 Money Saving Tips for College Students

Student loans and financial aid: How to save $23,000​

​15 Ways to Reduce Your Loans While You’re Still in College

21 Effective Ways to Save Money as a Student in Philippines [Philippines]​

​How to Save Money on College Textbooks

10 Money Saving Tricks for College Students

The 22 Best Money Tips for First Time College Students​

Top Tip: Separate Accounts

“It can be a good idea to put the money to cover your rent or hall fees into a separate account that you don’t touch on a day-to-day basis. That way you know how much you have left to spend for the rest of the term. Divide up any money you have left so you know how much you have to spend each week. Whether income is in the form of a loan, parental contribution, bursary or wages know where it’s coming from before it arrives. Work out how it breaks down week-by-week or term-by-term.”

Ten of the best … ways to stretch your student budget


How to Support a College Friend Through Mental Health Challenges​

What Does It Really Mean to Increase Diversity on College Campuses? [Opinion]​

Why You Need Mentors (and Why You Don’t Have Them Yet)​

11 Ways to Create a Totally Shareable College Experience​

Personal Development​

How to Break Out of Your Shell in College

Developing Good Study Habits & Skills


How To Feng Shui Your Desk

How to Develop Smart Study Habits and Improve Your Grades

​How to Improve Your Long-Term Memory: The Importance of Timing and Frequency

Change Your Brain with Mindful Meditation

Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER​

Two Great Reasons to Throw Away The Word ‘Difficult’​

15 Organizational Tips for College Students​

Inbox Zero for Students: How to eliminate 14,625 Emails in 1 Hour

3 Simple Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety​

How To Study In College: Focused Preparation

How To Study In College: The Chip Away Strategy

Best Study Tips for College Students

Top Performer Tip: Get a Better Grade on Your Next Assignment​

Developing Good Study Habits Really Works

21 Study Habits From The Reddit Community​

How to Get a 4.0 GPA and Better Grades, By a Harvard Alum​

2 Important Strategies for Effective Studying​

How to Mind Map for Study Success

The Student Scoop On How To Get An “A”

Top Tip: Review more frequently

“The traditional learning model of learn > assignment > cram for exam is broken! There’s some great tips for improving your long term memory of your studies in this article, starting with “Review newly learned information as soon as possible after class!” [read more here]

How to Improve Your Long-Term Memory: The Importance of Timing and Frequency

​Exam Preparation

​Midterms: What you Need to Know to Succeed!

The Ultimate Guide to Final Exams: 17 Finals Tips to Thrive, Not Just Survive This Finals Season

​5 Tips for Acing Your Finals

28 Tips for Studying for Final Exams

Preparing for and taking oral exams​

Toughest Exam Question: What Is the Best Way to Study?

The Best Way (and Second Best Way) to Study for Finals​

Top Tip: Write, do not type

“Technology is so ingrained in our lifestyle that the idea of an “old” method trumping a technological one rattles us to the core—but learning is one area where technology lovers occasionally have to accept the wisdom of past ways. According to a study by Psychological Science, students who took notes with laptops showed lower levels of recall and understanding than their handwriting counterparts. Download the slides from the lecture, but sort through them with a notebook on your lap—and, of course, take notes!”

5 Tips for Acing Your Finals

Top Tip: Take Practice Tests

“Take a practice test (or two) You can evaluate your exam readiness by taking a practice test. This is a great way to determine how prepared you are and what studying still needs to occur. Ask your teachers early if there are sample tests, or forms from previous years, that you can use.”

-Get Ready: Ten Final Exam Study Tips

Maximise Productivity​

Unconventional Productivity Tips

How To Do More In Less Time

9 Foolproof Productivity Hacks for Career Success​

How To Be More Productive

Maximising Class Time​

The Professional Collegiate: The Dos and Don’ts of Talking to Professors

6 On-Campus Resources to Take Advantage of This Fall​

15 Proven Tips for Being Successful in a College Class​

Top Tip: Networking

“College is a great place to network with both instructors, and other students. If you have the grades, join the honor society for your major. Sign up for a club or two, or get involved with student government. These are great places to meet other students, as well as instructors, who can point you in the right direction. You might be surprised at some of the doors that can be opened by people you’ve met in college.”

–​What to Do in College to Get the Most Out of Your College Education

​Beat Procrastination

6 Scientific Tactics to Stop Procrastinating

Simple Guidelines to Help You Overcome Procrastination

How to Stop Procrastinating on Homework: 30 Powerful Tips That Work​

How to Cure Deep Procrastination​

How To Overcome Procrastination – Help and Solutions​

Top Tip: The Time for Now is Never Tomorrow

“This phrase, popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King in his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, speaks to those of us who procrastinate. The time for now is never tomorrow. In all of your affairs, understand that if you do not get things done now, these things may never be done at all. Do not overestimate your capabilities in the future whilst denying your present capabilities their right due…”

-​-How To Overcome Procrastination – Help and Solutions

Time Management​

How to Manage Your Time and Boost Your Productivity

7 Sneaky Time Management Myths (and How to Beat Them)

​How to Create the Simplest, Best To-Do List Ever

Time Management Tips

Which Skills Should You Master?​

How to Study Smart: 20 Scientific Ways to Learn Faster

The Assignment Calculator [Tool]​

Fixed-Schedule Productivity: How I Accomplish a Large Amount of Work in a Small Number of Work Hours

Top Tip: Have a Schedule

“When your focus is damaged, your learning speed is curtailed significantly, but you’re still putting in a lot of effort. This means you may be putting in the same effort as someone who stuck with a concrete schedule, but you’re learning far less.”

​The Three-Step Strategy to Study Hard Without Burning Out

Academic Writing


Writing Academically: What’s the Point? (Part I)

7 Things You Must Know About Writing in Academic English for Colleges and Universities

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University​

Top Twenty Errors in Undergraduate Writing​

How to Prepare for College-Level Reading and Writing​

25 Ways to Improve Your Writing Vocabulary​

7 Secrets For Beating Writer’s Block​

Go With The Flow: Use Transition Words and Phrases

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing

How to write an academic blog

Academic Writing Course​

Thesis Writing Basics: Choosing an Undergraduate Thesis Topic​

Essential Academic Writing Examples and Phrases!​

Can fiction and academic writing help each other?

Top Tip: Cultivate Independent Curiosity

“One burden of academic research is that what makes you feel curious may not hold the slightest interest to many people around you. Your thesis will require you to go to extreme lengths to learn about a topic most people probably ignore. Learn to value and cultivate that curiosity independently of external affirmation. If it’s interesting to you, that’s the place to begin.”

Thesis Writing Basics: Choosing an Undergraduate Thesis Topic

Essay Writing

How to Increase Your Essay Word Count

How to Write a Persuasive Essay

How to Parse a College Essay Prompt​

​APA Format or MLA Format Which One To Use?

How To Study In College: Writing An Effective Paper

How to Hand in the Best Paper Ever​

General Essay Writing Tips

50+ Open Essay Banks to Write My Essay Fast​

How to write a law essay​

10 tips for writing a killer essay

On Improving Writing For College Essays​

Monday Master Class: How to Use a Flat Outline to Write Outstanding Papers, Fast​

Academic genres: the Critical Response

Top Tip: Create a Word Bank

“Once you have a thesis, think about your main topic and find words that relate to it in different ways. Then, branch out (broaden, diversify) your list to words that aren’t as closely related to your main topic.

For the example above, your primary list might include words like “books,” “reading” and “intelligent.” Your other “branched out” list might include “Harry Potter,” “reading by a fire” or “test scores.”

This process will help expand your vocabulary over time. Using these words when you write will also make your essay more vibrant (energetic, colorful).”

–Excerpt from Baby Steps: 10 Proven Tips to Write Better Essays in English (Click to read on)

Top Tip: Active Voice

“Active voice, wherein the subjects direct actions rather than let the actions “happen to” them – “he scored a 97%” instead of “he was given a 97%” – is a much more powerful and attention-grabbing way to write. At the same time…” [read on here]

General Essay Writing Tips

Academic Writing for ESL / International Students​

Baby Steps: 10 Proven Tips to Write Better Essays in English​

How to write better English sentences for IELTS​

​Tools & Software

Write Well App: An innovative writing tool to make you write effectively and efficiently

Need English Writing Help? These 10 Top Tools Can Save the Day​

Easy bib – Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography​

Word Counter

Streamline your academic writing with NVivo and Endnote​

After University

5 Ways to Make Friends in a New City​

Essential Strategies You Need to Succeed at a New Job

Tips for Transitioning Graduates Into the Real World​

Starting Your Entry-Level Job Search​

Tips for Transitioning Graduate into the real world​

How to Leverage College Experiences into High Profile Internships​

What 9 Millennials Did After College (Instead of Starting a Full-Time Job)​

Is Your College Student Preparing for the World of Work?

Top Tip: Learn to be non-defensive

“Learn to be non-defensive. Listen to the feedback and really understand how being defensive inwardly and outwardly is not going to help. We’re all innately defensive to physical attack and we respond the same way when we’re getting criticized, so it’s hard to say ‘Bring it on, tell me more.’”

Essential Strategies You Need to Succeed at a New Job

​Further Study

​Taking the Step from Undergraduate to Postgraduate Study

Transitioning Between Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies​