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How to Slay “Summer Brain Drain”

Gina LaGuardia | May 14, 2014

summer brain drain

We’ve all been there… the weather gets hot, school’s out for summer, and your brain goes to mush. You’re asked to spell a word you don’t regularly use and your mind goes blank. Calculating the tip at dinner with friends hurts your head. And forget about focusing on reading anything longer than one scroll down of your iPad, right?

Well, according to Barbara Dianis, CEO and founder of Dianis Educational Systems, LLC, there is a way to avoid the learning loss commonly associated with summer. [Read More]

Create Your Own College Rankings

Dawn Papandrea | September 12, 2013

No disrespect to the fine folks crunching all the data, numbers, and surveys to come up with their college rankings, but we’re loving this idea so much better: Custom college rankings, based on the criteria you care about! The concept, at least, is a great idea — now we just have to try it out and see how it’s executed… [Read More]

Laptops, smartphones are key accessories for students, but pen and paper aren't completely out, either.

Hey, you got a pen? You may have whispered that to a friend in high school on a day when you had a test or needed to take notes and completely forgot about bringing a pen or pencil to class.

When you’re in college, it’s more likely you’ll be bringing your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone to class to take notes during a professor’s lecture. But when you’re getting ready for that first week of school, go ahead and grab a box or pencils and pens – you’ll likely need them, too. [Read More]

College Success Secrets Revealed

Michelle Grossman | July 22, 2013

The most difficult challenge students struggle with isn’t any one course or killer midterm, but simply how to find college success overall. Discovering the framework of what works when it comes to study habits, time management, and other campus survival is key for acing the college years.

And there’s a new guide that tells you how to do all that! Check it out… [Read More]

Preparing for college is exciting, overwhelming, thrilling, and scary all at once. If you want to minimize the fear and maximize the fun, leave procrastination to the amateurs and push these 10 things to the top of your college packing checklist. [Read More]

30 Apps for High School and College Students

Lori Johnston | June 13, 2013

30 apps to download to help you with school.

Make your parents happy by downloading more than games on your smartphone or tablet. Instead, these apps for high school and college students can keep you organized, help you take notes, assist you in preparing for tests, and even calculate solutions to challenging math problems.

Sites such as, ESchoolNewsMindMeister and provide reviews and info about the array of apps that can help students. Most apps on the list below are free; others cost between $1 and $10.

Here are 30 awesome apps for learning… [Read More]

UNC-Chapel Hill

If you’re not looking at the tuition costs on the colleges on your list, now is the time to get realistic about how much it will cost your family, or yourself to earn a degree. Weighing tuition and other fees are critical when deciding where you will head off to college.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, which looks at education and economic value, serves as a good resource. [Read More]

Gifts for High School Grads

Lori Johnston | June 7, 2012

The life of a high school graduate heading to college is about to change drastically, and graduation gifts can help prepare them for the big transition. And listen — we can’t all afford brand new cars. Tablets, smartphones, cameras, and other digital devices are big splurges, too, but with a smaller budget, you can do your part to prepare grads for college by keeping these things in mind… [Read More]