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Transtutors: An Online Tutoring Center for College Students

***Edit: See the Transtutors Blog here. It has very nice College tips and interesting articles!***  A few days ago I was approached by an representative of TRANSTUTORS.COM, which isan online tutoring center that offers access to 600,000+ solved homework problems. Thousands of answered questions, variety of courses, an online tutoring system sounded very tempting to me, so I agreed to review the website.   Like many other students, I am very familiar with procrastination and often find myself in situations where I am scrambling to complete the next week’s homework on a Sunday night. Unfortunately, pulling all-nighters is not something I can do physically: after about 11 p.m. my brain decides to pass out, and I end up in a staring contest with my textbook. Transtutors is a great resource for students who are looking for quick solutions to their homework problems. For $20/month and a little extra, you can get any question answered. All you need to do is submit your homework question, pay around $3-$4 dollars to get it answered, and wait for a …

Scholarships and Financial Aid Websites

*Credit goes to the Bellevue High School Counseling Office* Chegg: www.chegg.com Database for scholarships and purchase/rental of textbooks. Very helpful for college students! Zinch: http://www.zinch.com/ Find scholarships, colleges, financial aid information, etc. here. FastWeb: www.fastweb.com Over 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. Customized search based on your personal information and achievements. Athletic Aid: www.athleticaid.com Sports scholarships for student athletes Careers and Colleges: www.careersandcolleges.com General search for scholarships College Success Foundation: www.collegesuccessfoundation.org Scholarships and mentoring to low-income students in Washington state Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid page: www.college-scholarships.com/100college.htm Links to helpful information about colleges and scholarships College Board: www.collegeboard.com Scholarships, loans, internships and the CSS Financial Aid Profile. College Planning Network: www.collegeplan.org Information on financial aid and scholarships. FAFSA on the Web: www.fafsa.edu.gov/ (MAKE SURE THE URL ENDS WITH “.gov”!!) FindTuition.com: www.findtuition.com 3+ million scholarships and grants. Search by eligibility, major, college and more. Go College: www.gocollege.com Different Funding Sources. Mach25: www.collegenet.com/mach25 Provided by CollegeNET, a databse of 600,000 scholarships. Also creates a letter to send to scholarship coordinators. MeritAid: www.meritaid.com A directory of merit-based scholarships National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org Official website of NCAA Scholarships.com: www.scholarships.com …

Remember Better: Active Recall

To remember new information better, we have to look at studying at a more biopsychological level. When new information enters our brain, it is first processed in the working memory. This type of memory is not very big- with it we only remember things for about 30 seconds. Example: when you do a math problem, you think about the numbers you’re working with. However, when the problem is solved and you move on to the next one, the numbers are forgotten immediately. In some cases, the information (now a memory) moves to the short-term memory (STM), where it is kept for a few minutes longer. However, if this memory is not recalled enough times, it will be forgotten. That’s why when we procrastinate and leave the memorizing and studying until the last minute, we don’t remember that information after the exam. Now for the final part, to transfer the new memory from STM to Long term memory (LTM), we have to use something called active recall. Basically, it’s like quizzing yourself: the more times you …

College Admissions: The GPA Dilemma

I often receive questions regarding having a high grade point average (GPA) in high school, and how that affects your chances of getting into a competitive university. Today I would like to clear up some misconceptions about the importance of grades. 1. GPA is only a fraction of what schools look at. As far as I know, a lot of universities in the United States do a holistic review of applications: it is more personalized and focuses on a lot of factors other than grades, such as SAT/ACT scores, High school curriculum and course rigor Taking advantage of challenging courses like AP, IB and Honors Extracurricular activities and community service, Special circumstances and personal experiences I have heard of many cases, where highly selective colleges would pick a student with a lower GPA but a more broad and open extracurricular agenda over a student with a 4.0 GPA and a 2300 on the SAT. If a student has nothing to say other than “I have a 4.0 GPA and do nothing but study”, chances are someone else with …