Archive for June, 2011

More Book Suggestions for Summer (or Anytime)

Whether you are on the beach or are trying to make your trip (by car, plane, or subway) a little faster, here are book ideas to help you wile away the summer hours. Fiction Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci – Let’s face it: most of us are not like the glamorous and oh-so-chic characters from books like the Gossip Girl series. In fact, some of us ...

Attention Rising Seniors: Common Application Preview

If you know anyone who has applied to college in the past ten years, chances are you have heard of the Common Application, an online application that is now accepted by more than 460 institutes of higher education, including 62 public colleges and universities. The Common App was originally created to simplify the application process by allowing students to complete one application and send it to multiple ...

Mandatory Attendance: The Debate Continues

If you show up to class, chances are you will do better in the course. This is hardly an earth-shattering realization, but some colleges are now trying to be more aggressive in encouraging attendance. According to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, some administrators are “viewing stronger incentives for showing up” to improve retention and increase graduation rates. While ...

Final Exam Preparation: An Interview with Steve Elefson of Summit Educational Group

Final exams are looming and there is no better time to put a study plan in place. We recently spoke with Steve Elefson, general manager and tutor for Summit Educational Group about the best way to approach exams.   What is the biggest mistake that students make in preparing for exams? Saving studying for the last minute and not allowing adequate time to learn the material is the classic mistake ...

Summer Reading 2011: Suggestions from Teens

Summer is coming, and now is the perfect time to start compiling your “Must Read” list for this summer. Whether you are planning to tackle a stack of new (or new to you) books or revisit some of your favorites, the summer offers the chance to read, reflect, and refresh yourself. We asked some teens “What books or magazines do you plan to read (or reread) this summer and why?” Here are their ...

Oberlin’s Administration Jumps on the “Friday” Bandwagon

While most people would argue that Rebecca Black's "Friday" is an annoying but relentlessly catchy song, some administrators at Oberlin College decided to use the song for good instead of evil. For the class of 2011, several administrators, including the president of the college, did a parody/homage of the video. This video, which incorporates scenes from around campus, is a genuinely fun (fun, fun, ...

Internship Opportunity at StoryCorps

StoryCorps, an organization with the mission "to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives," is looking for a social media and press intern for the summer and fall. If you are interested in this opportunity and you live in the Brooklyn, NY area, you should definitely check out the internship page. To apply, email your ...

Does It Matter What College Students Read in Their Leisure Time?

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured an article by Don Troop bemoaning the reading trends on college campuses. The first line, which advises authors to aim low when appealing to the college crowd, is an accurate, if condescending, summation of the entire article. Despite some outliers, Mr. Troop reports that “the banal tastes of the mass market” tend to dominate the lists. The article ...

Preventing Summer Slide while Playing Online: Sites that are Fun and Educational

Reading is great, but it isn’t the only way to keep yourself engaged during the long, hot months of summer. There are numerous websites that are fun while also helping you learn a thing or two. Some of our favorites include: Free Rice – Think you are good at vocabulary (or grammar, art, or a myriad of other subjects)? Test yourself on this site by answering multiple-choice questions. For each ...
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