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tips for first-gen college studentsI often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful:

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ultimate-guide-to-community-college-summer-classesAre you a community-college student who’s thinking about enrolling in courses this summer? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Taking summer classes is a great way to get ahead and ensure that you’ll graduate on time. Registration for summer courses usually begins in April/May and classes fill up quickly! Be sure to make your plans early to avoid missing out on the classes you need.

I’m here to help you make the most out of your summer courses by taking the right ones, avoiding common pitfalls, and knowing how it will affect your financial aid. Let’s get started.

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how to succeed in college: starting second semester off rightAs you prepare to start the new term, you may be a bit nervous. You may be basking in the glow of a great last semester, or you may be filled with resolutions to do things differently and better. After all, it is the New Year.

As you begin to receive your syllabi, there are a few things you can do to ensure this semester is the best one yet. Remember to save each syllabus, and use it to accomplish the following:

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Back to school tips for college studentsThe summer has just flown by, and school will be back in session before you know it. You may think that what you do in the beginning of the term isn’t that important, but nothing could be further from the truth! A lot of your future success this year will be determined by how you handle the first few weeks of school. Here are five ways to guarantee that this is the start of an A+ semester:

1. Choose your courses carefully.

Some colleges have what’s known as a “shopping period,” in which students can add and drop courses to their hearts’ content. If you have this opportunity, being a smart shopper can set you up for success. In the first week of school, try sitting in on a number of classes that you’re interested in and qualified for. Getting a sense of the workload and the professor’s teaching style for each class will help you make an informed decision when it comes time to finalize your schedule. By choosing the courses that are best for you, you’ll maximize your GPA at the end of the term.

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how-to-succeed-in-collegeIt is really important to get off to a good start in the first few weeks of college. There is no question that the first semester of the first year is the most critical. Many studies show that this is the time when students are most likely to drop out of college, at least temporarily, if not permanently. It is when many consider transferring (though most don’t).

While there are rules in college, suddenly you are expected to figure things out for yourself. No one makes you do your homework. Assignments are rarely given daily, and it’s unusual to be quizzed on the previous night’s reading. You’re obliged to find help if you need it. There are no curfews or bed checks. No more babysitters!

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