Student Resources

It is back-to-school season and there is a lot riding on your shoulders.  Be prepared and be able adjust to new classmates, new professors, new courses, possibly even a new school in general. Make the best of this year by not settling for “passing grades”, but by preparing to learn as much as you can and everyday becoming a better you.  Use these resources below to achieve just that.

Student Resources

How to excel in college – The quality called “intelligence” rarely is a major fact in college success. Much more important are study skills: how you study, what you do in and out of the classroom, and how you manage your time. The good news is that good study skills are something that anybody can learn. Because of this, virtually anybody can succeed in college, with enough hard work, effective time-management, and proper study habits.

How to land your dream job (12 steps with pictures) – Whether you’re looking for your very first job, switching careers, or re-entering the job market after an extended absence, finding a job requires two main tasks: setting and following through on your goals and using the latest tools to enter the job market. Assuming you’ve chosen a career objectives and are currently searching for jobs, here are several ways to actually get a job.

50 ways to get a job – This website is the result of over three years of research and work by a team of people from across Canada and the United States. The content originally grew out of a book I co-wrote with Billy Parish called Making Good and has subsequently evolved along with our work. Now, we work with thousands of people around the world to help them find jobs that make money and do good.

NACAC: student and parent guide for first-year college students – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process.

Pell Grant:  How to apply – When you’re planning your strategy to fund your education, it’s important to consider “free” financial aid as well as student loans. In order to minimize your student loan debt, make it a priority to apply for grants, scholarships, and other types of aid that do not have to be repaid. The Federal Pell Grant, issued by the U.S. Department of Education, does not require repayment.

31 things ever college student should know – College is an exciting adventure — you’re moving away from home, meeting new people, and finally getting a true taste of independence (and lots of Easy Mac). Here is a list of things you should absolutely know before leave to college.

The ultimate student resource – It’s back to school time, yet again and in the spirit of the season, they have gathered together the best tools, websites, and advice to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. And the best part about it, it’s all free!

Resources for students with disabilities – With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.

21 Cool Items For College Students – We’ve found all of the stuff a college student could want – at the best prices around! This list includes everything that can be used in both dorm rooms and apartments to keep the roommates at bay and to let you play.

Dorm room essentials checklist – This dorm room checklist includes the essentials for campus living plus a few tasks for college bound students to complete prior to move-in day, ideal for freshmen. While this checklist may seem like a lot to pack, many items suggested are dorm room size and easily stored.

16 ways to get on your teachers good side – school alone doesn’t guarantee a successful life; rather it is our “schooling” which makes us stand out from the rest. It is our teachers, who will ultimately help us stand among the “haves”, away from “have nots”.  Getting to know your teachers is a big part of your education. And here are some of the ways to NOT become your teachers’ “pet”, but check all the right boxes in their books.

20 surprising facts about higher education and college – Here is a list compiled and stacked together that shares with you the 20 surprising facts about college.  Some are interesting, some are statistical, either way, good information to know.

Financial aid 101: Paying for college – Choosing the best college to attend is hard, but paying for college is an entirely new test. Our tips, tools, and expert advice can help students navigate student loans, scholarships, grants, the FAFSA, and overall financial aid planning.

Steps to take if you start failing a class – You are in the middle of the semester and suddenly realize that you are about to fail a class. Don’t be frustrated – there are still some steps you can take to turn things around before you fall further behind. College can be tough. But studying and focusing on the classes should be your number-one priority, and it’s important to always keep your eye on the prize – that is, on graduation. Figuring out what to do next and preventing it from happening again is critical.


Improve Your GPA

Improve bad grades – Grades determine your GPA, and your GPA is the scale of which defines you as a either a good student or a bad student.  If you a e struggling with bad grades, learn how to change your study habits before the big final exam! Sometimes, a good grade on the final project or exam can increase your final grade dramatically. Especially if the teacher knows you’re really trying.

Raise your GPA: GPA Calculator – Getting straight A’s won’t guarantee success, but it sure doesn’t hurt. A high GPA will help you make more money, pursue further education, or change career paths. If you’re going to spend many thousands of dollars on a college education, you might as well make the most of it.

Are bad freshman grades salvageable? – The bad news is that low freshman grades can dog you for many years thereafter if you don’t act now to reverse the trend. They’ll drag down your GPA, even if your marks improve, which may ultimately have some impact on graduate school admissions and even on job opportunities and career paths. Use this resource to either prevent yourself from getting bad grades or learn how to salvage them as much as possible.

How To Take Better Tests – A complete breakdown on why most students go “blank”during a test and the steps to take to avoid this at all costs.  With helpful advice through out this article, you will learn how to take better tests.

5 easy ways to get your professor to raise your grade – Do you need to earn a good grade to pass a class or keep all A’s and B’s? Nobody wants to be called a “grade grubber,” but if you try some of these suggestions, you might just get your teacher to “adjust” your score.

Study Guides & Strategies – An educational public service helping learners succeed since 1996.  S.G.S. offers a surfeit of tips, advice, guides, and strategies all tailored to help you study better.

4 strategies to raise your GPA – It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you’ll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages. However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively.

Top 10 Tips for passing college courses – There is no one particular strategy to do well in a college-level course. In fact, there are hundreds of tips out there for students worried about how they’re going to transition from high school to college. What should you pay attention to? We’ve narrowed it down, and come up with a list of 10 tips for passing college classes that we think are most important to consider.


Student Product Necessities


Room Needs/Storage
  • Desk lamp
  • Bedside lamp
  • Mini trash can
  • Storage bins
  • Under-the-bed storage trays
  • Fan
  • Mini toolkit (including screwdriver, hammer, wrench)

Linens/Laundry Supplies
  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.)
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
  • Pillows (2)
  • Blankets (2)
  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Lint brush

Office/Desk Supplies
  • Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Stapler and staples
  • Printer paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks, Folders, Binders
  • 3 × 5 index cards
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)

  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • Surge protector
  • Headphones
  • Cell phone

  • Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Travel soap container(s)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Comb/brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lotion and/or facial moisturizer

Household and Kitchen Items
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Food-storage containers
  • Dish soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Bowl, plate and cup
  • Coffee mug
  • Water bottle
  • Silverware
  • Can/bottle opener

  • Umbrella
  • Backpack