Put Down Your Laptop and Pick Up a Notebook: Why Taking Notes by Hand is Better for Learning | Guest Post

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By Lesley Martin, academic success coach, author, and entrepreneur

Over the past ten years, using a laptop to take notes in school has become increasingly popular for a number of reasons. More and more students own laptops, which combined with numerous cloud solutions, means that you can access your notes from any device where you have internet access.

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5 Things I Did to Maintain Straight-A Grades in College While Working 60+ Hours Per Week

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MAY 18, 2017 — For many of us, the semester is coming to a close, which means a huge weight off of all of our shoulders—at least for a little while.

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How to Stay Productive in College Despite an Overwhelming Workload

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APR. 2, 2017 — It’s officially April, which means final exams are right around the corner. If you feel absolutely swamped in your college classes, you’ve come to the right place.

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The College Girl’s Ultimate Guide to Studying

Please note: This article was published Sept. 20, 2016. Links may no longer be active and resources listed may no longer be available. Click here to read my more recent posts.

Whether your major is English, math, or even music, there’s a college blogger out there with tips to help you rise to the top of your class. If you’re looking for only the best advice on how to succeed in any of your classes, check out the posts below from college students just like you:

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How To Ace Your College English Class | 5 Tips from an English Major

This article was first published Aug. 17, 2016.

Disclaimer: As with all posts on ShellyRawlings.com, the content published below comes only from personal experience and is not intended to be taken as professional counseling or advice. Sadly, I can’t guarantee that you’ll end up with a perfect or even a passing grade—but following these tips can help! For more information about this and other terms and conditions, click here.

English literature can be a tricky subject, particularly if you tend to be more of a math-and-science-oriented person. But don’t let this required general ed course be the bane of your GPA. If reading and writing aren’t your strong suit—or that 500-word essay is keeping you up all night—let me, an English major and professional writer, help you out with five tips to help you breeze through your college English class:

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The College Girl’s Start of the Semester Checklist

Please note: This article was published Aug. 11, 2016. Resources listed may no longer be available and links may no longer be active. Click here to read my more recent posts.

The semester is beginning yet again, and it’s never too late (or too early) to prepare—with the help of the very best college bloggers on the web. Luckily, all of our very best college-prep articles are in one spot for you to reference—so what are you waiting for? Start checking these things off your to-do list!

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13 Essential School Supplies for College | School Supply List for College Students

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JULY 31, 2016 — If you’re one of the over 20 million students heading to college this fall, it’s time to prepare for the coming semester—first, by purchasing school supplies! (And no, I’m not talking about dorm decor.) If you’re looking for inspiration and advice on what to buy to set yourself up to make the Dean’s List next semester, you’ve come to the right place.

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Paper Planners & Post-Its: Tips for Staying Organized in College WITHOUT Technology

This article was first published March 16, 2016.

Since I started school, the world has moved on from paper agendas and post-it notes. We now depend on to-do list apps, electronic notes, and spreadsheets to remind us of what needs to be done.

Don’t get me wrong: I love my due date spreadsheet, but there is something to be said about the paper method. If you’re like me, and sometimes need a breather from all the technology, try using these two real-paper products to keep everything organized:

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