Ah, the fall season. The air is crisp, the sky is a kaleidoscope of colors and the scents of autumn sweetness surround you.
Unfortunately, you can’t concentrate on the scenery. For many college students the beginning of fall marks the middle of the semester, meaning midterms are approaching.
Fortunately, many Web sites offer tips on taking tests, writing term papers and surviving the school year.
Here are a few suggestions:
Grade Saver offers a variety of resources to help students improve or maintain their level of success in college.
Need help understanding your reading for English class?
If it’s one of the more popular classics, you can find summaries, major themes, and author biographies on this site.
Need help writing term papers?
The editing service is available for a fee, of course, and offers a variety of options such as proofreading and checking for style and grammar errors.
Prices range according to which services you choose.
Staffed by Harvard graduates, this is one of the top editing and literature sites in the world and has received recognition from USA Today, The Guardian (in London) as well as many other newspapers worldwide.
The site also features a resource center that has tips on writing essays and resumes.
Samples of well-written resumes and essays are also provided, free of charge.
Whether you are on your way to college or attending college, College Mom Advice have the answers for you.
This site provides guidelines from mothers and fathers who have attended college and/or have children in college.
Some of the issues covered include choosing a major to landing a job after you’ve earned your degree.
The site features a Topic of the Month, such as applying for financial aid or adjusting to being home for the holidays after being away at school.
Many of the pages display a book icon that takes you to a list of college survival books and includes prices, summaries and even ordering options from Amazon.com.
Even the most studious college students need a break.
TheSmileBox sells college care packages, and some are available for less than $10.
Packages include candy, beverages, gift certificates and even pasta and chili mixes.
You may want to mention this site to your parents to remind them of how tough things can be in college.
You may even send something to a buddy or two whose spirits need a little lifting.
Every package comes in a huge yellow box with a smiley face plastered on it, which should be enough to brighten the day of anyone who is studying for midterms.
Studying takes on a new meaning once you have entered college.
Perhaps you never had to study in high school or thought your study habits would not have to change in college.
A change, however, is usually necessary for most students.
This site serves as a directory of more than a dozen sites that cover ways to take better notes in class, stretches to ease and relax the mind and strategies for managing time.
Tips on taking tests and participating in class are also featured.
From basic arithmetic to calculus and everything else in between, you can find assistance in any area of math on this site.
The textbook company Houghton Mifflin offers a list of Internet resources that provide help in learning the technical skills for solving equations and the mental skills for succeeding in mathematics.
You can also find tips on getting over anxiety and memorizing formulas. With lessons and tutorials, learning math online can be as easy as one, two, three.
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