The Culture And History Of Aboriginal Australia

About Aboriginal Culture

Cultural heritage also relates to the connection and the sense of belonging that people have with the landscape with each other. It is believed that Aboriginal Archeology had the cultural practices and heritage as being part of the both past and present which needs to be kept alive in our day to day lives. Cultural heritage management is the process whereby skilled professionals and indigenous knowledge holders seek to preserve the heritage of previous generations.

Culture And History Of Aboriginal Australia

Aboriginal people have been in Australia for more than 50000 years. Because they were surviving by hunting and living together utilizing stone tools, they were similar to that of Paleolithic people of Europe. However, Paleolithic people eventually evolved by developing pottery, agriculture, metals and wheels whereas this Aboriginal tribe remained unchanged for many years. Apparently, this simple lifestyle of the Aboriginal people resulted into few misconceptions i.e. Aboriginal tribes were not so attached with the land and they were culturally uninformed people.

The Archeological work in the Australia has led to the gradual discovery that Aboriginal tribe were here for a long time. The best estimate was given was about a 100 year ago.

Protecting Aboriginal Places And Objects

Protecting Aboriginal_Heritage

The Aboriginal cultural heritage act is administered by the office of Environment and Heritage “OEH” is the primary legislation for the protection of some important aspects of Australian aboriginal cultural heritage. To protect the ancient piece, there is a requirement to hire a company to look after as well as can maintain and preserve the same. Many organizations provide cultural heritage training that  assist companies in understanding what their duty of care is in regards to cultural heritage and the indigenous people of an area.

The reason to ask to step private companies which are very much in trend for this work is government facing fund problems in maintaining so. The company who is also offering aboriginal cultural awareness training program can be a huge benefit. As this training program educates the employees with the information and context for the regions and communities that used to exist. The content taught in the program offers historical information on aboriginal relationships. Heritage consultants are ideally situated within the industry to provide specialist advice to clients around cultural heritage duties of care.

Conquering the First Six Weeks of College

Conquering the First Six Weeks of College

Whether on a semester or quarter system, the first six weeks of college are incredibly formative. By this point, one is finding a rhythm, coordinating a schedule that works and making adjustment as needed.

Being a student-athlete, I have to manage my time in a somewhat different manner in order to balance academic, athletic and social pursuits.

Regardless, ‘figuring it out’ is simultaneously terrifying and wonderful, as you learn to manage yourself by yourself for the first time.

Your First Week

The first week will be overwhelming, filled with new faces and syllabuses. In many cases classes will just start, and, depending on the season, the same could be true for athletes. Just know that it is okay to be nervous: you’re in a new place, in a new situation.
Be willing to put yourself out there! I spent my first Friday in college alone in my room trying to do homework, suddenly aware that I was thousands of miles from home, away from everything and everyone I knew. It was pretty sad, but I can say that many people felt the same way.

So be willing to talk to strangers in your hall or in the dining halls – they could be your next best friends, and they are just as nervous as you are.

Your Second Week

By the second week, classes have quickly progressed and you still have not gotten the hang of doing your own laundry. ‘This is fine,’ you will tell yourself, and it’s true! You won’t have perfect sleeping habits or the best class schedule, so realize that you are still finding your footing. If it helps you to leave inspirational notes around your dorm, do so (I still have mine up from the second week or so).

If a class does not appear to be working for you, not what you thought it would be, it is not too early to switch into another one–in fact, waiting too long will make it much harder for you to catch up to the rest of your class.

Following Weeks

The next few weeks are somewhat redundant: class, eat, (practice, maybe), work (study, perhaps?), eat, work, sleep, and repeat. Of course, everyone will operate under a different schedule and you may go hours or days without seeing your roommate(s).


But the weekends are wonderful times to catch up on work and be more socially active. You may choose to go out of stay in and have a movie night with your hall mates; you could be a part of intramural or club sports; but use the weekend to unwind! The work week is busy and often stressful, and the weekend is the time to recharge, get work done and be with friends.

Take advantage of opportunities to meet new people, especially if they are free. I have met some of my best friends and favorite people on trips to our city’s downtown area.

Often, RAs and GAs provide some funding for these trips and some dorm sponsored events cost nothing at all. But it’s not about what you’re buying or eating or whatever else – it’s about who you’re with and the memories you make.

Of all of the things I have learned since I started school, the most important has been this: be aware of what you need to do for yourself. Push yourself to socialize, push yourself to meet with advisors and attend office hours, and push yourself to keep up healthy habits.

No one tells you exactly when things need to be done: your successes and failures are entirely your own. But you are not alone; when you are lost (and there will be times that you are at a total loss), professors, upperclassman and others will be there to help you. All you need to do is ask.


Top 10 Places for Students to Give Back

Top 10 Places for Students to Give Back

Searching for meaning in the season of giving? If you want to give back, there are plenty of opportunities to do so.

Volunteering can be as easy—and enjoyable—as pie if you seek out the right opportunities.

Are you a people person? The next Top Chef? Whatever your strengths, put them to good use this holiday season by sharing them with those in need, making a difference in the meantime.

Check out our suggestions of places always in need of you do-gooders: [gate]

1. Homeless Shelters are in constant need of volunteers, especially during the holiday season. It may be through meal service assistance or, even, as a visitor to lend an ear to someone who may be suffering and deliver some needed conversation and companionship.

2. Soup Kitchens are always looking for onsite volunteers for set-up and clean-up, cooks and, of course, people to provide a warm atmosphere that will allow the homeless to have a Thanksgiving meal that can enjoy with the dignity and respect they deserve.

3. A Food Bank needs help organizing donation drives, collecting and assembling collected items for food bag or box donations for those in need. They usually also need assistance with packing trucks and delivering items, as well as volunteer transportation.

4. A Nursing Home is a great place to volunteer since many elderly people experience loneliness and isolation among the holiday season, especially if they don’t have families to share it with. Nursing homes always welcome volunteers to socialize and visit with residents and, during the holiday season, may host events, such as Thanksgiving meals or meet-and-greets, where you can volunteer in other ways. For example, show off that special musical talent and tickle those ivories for some elders. They’ll appreciate it more than you can imagine.

5. Animal Shelters are often forgotten about on most holidays, but animals need care on those days, too. If you prefer friends of the four–legged variety, you can still volunteer. Shelters can always use volunteers ready to give out some extra attention and TLC to these seemingly forgotten fur balls. Jobs are readily available taking care of the animals, playing with them, cleaning up after them or, if you’re looking for a slightly longer commitment, fostering a rescue animal over the holidays. If you love animals, there are always opportunities to help those in need.

6. A Domestic Violence and/or Women and Children’s Shelter is a wonderful place to volunteer, especially if you love children. Domestic Violence Shelters often need assistance with looking after children in the program while staff members work one-on-one with the women discussing adult issues. Often times, aiding these mothers with their children gives them some much needed relief of the overwhelming stresses they’ve been experiencing, particularly if they family has been suffering during the holidays.

7. A Church, Temple, Mosque or Any Other Religious Location usually hosts holiday meals for those in need or the elderly and donation drives they will likely need assistance with. Most religious locations will accommodate any last minute volunteers, so no worries if you haven’t planned ahead.

8. Hospitals can be scary, especially when you’re all alone. As long as hospitals will always have inpatients that could use visitors, there will always be a need for caring and compassionate volunteers. A simple visit can steer away the lonely holiday days and help brighten theirs—as well as your own.

9. A Community Center or other government location often hosts events like community meals for those in need or the elderly, donation drives to food banks or shelters and, even telethons or walks and races for great causes within the community.

10. Colleges and Other Schools often host community dinners and are in need of volunteers to help with cooking, cleaning, service and transport for local senior citizens or can host holiday events for organizations, like local women and children’s shelters or domestic violence shelters.

Do you have any other suggestions you’d add to our list?


Surviving Homesickness

Surviving Homesickness

There is a lot to be excited about when beginning a new year in college, especially if you are a freshman. No more waking up at 6 a.m., no more six-hour school days five days a week. You get a fresh start, along with the chance to live on your own. Maybe you’re excited to finally get out of your hometown, or you live close enough to home that you can visit as often as you’d like. No matter the case, you are likely to feel varying degrees of homesickness.

You are not alone. It might feel like other students are quickly getting used to college while you’re missing your friends, your old bed, and even your mom’s cooking, but trust me, many students are feeling as homesick as you are.

I began my freshman year of college just last month, and I remember how sad and alone I felt after saying goodbye to my parents and siblings. Over the next few days, I talked to other students about it and one girl told me she was so homesick she cried for two days.

Other students around you are trying to overcome feelings of homesickness, and your family and friends back home are surely missing you as much as you miss them. It can be hard for them too, to go from seeing you every day to living apart. It’s important to keep in mind that if you are constantly expressing that you want to go home, it may make the separation more difficult for the both of you.

You don’t want homesickness to keep you from enjoying college and living your new life. Missing home too much or all of the time could impair you from wanting to make new friends, go out and participate in activities, and study for your classes. It’s normal to be homesick, but if you allow thoughts about home to become too frequent or obsessive, it will keep you from building your new social, educational, and extracurricular life.

It’s a good idea to work on getting used to your new environment. Explore the campus or the surrounding city – the more familiar you get with where you are now living, the more comfortable you will feel living there. The more comfortable you feel living there, the more it will feel like home, and viola, less homesickness.

Set specific dates to go home, if you can. It will keep you from visiting on impulse. When you do visit, bring back items you might have left behind that are of comfort to you, maybe old stuffed animals, photographs, or a favorite book. Anything that you miss and will make your dorm or apartment feel more like home.

I know it can be tough. I still feel pangs of homesickness when I hear about my friends back home getting together for dinner, or when my mom sends me pictures of how she’s remodeling the kitchen.

In the end however, we have to keep in mind that change is good. In our case, change is great. We are in college now – building new lives, meeting new people, going through new experiences, and making new memories that in time will hold as much warmth and significance as those that came before them.


Celebrate a New Season: Fun Fall Ideas for College Students

Celebrate a New Season: Fun Fall Ideas for College Students

The fall semester brings a new season and a new school year. It can be difficult to get into, especially for those who had an amazing summer. Getting back into the swing of things is tough, with a new class schedule and new opportunities on campus. However, the new season can be magical, with fall beverages, sports, and much more!

Try these ideas to make the most of the season:

Discover a new favorite coffee or tea.

The fall is a popular time for coffee, especially pumpkin spice! Try something outside of your usual choice, or try coffee and/or tea for the first time. If pumpkin spice not your favorite, there are other flavors, like hazelnut or French vanilla, available to try. Ask your friends and classmates what flavors and drinks are their favorites and resolve to try one each week. Venture into your college city or town and try the coffee shop that everyone has been raving about.

Wear your favorite sweatshirt from your school.

The fall semester ushers in colder weather. Bundle up with a sweatshirt with your college on it! These are often available in the bookstore on campus, but department stores such as Boscov’s have many schools available at a less expensive price than the bookstore. Other cold-weather gear that may be purchased include hats, jackets, gloves, scarves, and sweatshirt blankets that have your college on them.

Cheer your school on at a sporting event.

Fall is an awesome and exciting time for sports fans. Football is a very popular fall sport if your college has a team. Other fall sports include field hockey, soccer, and volleyball. Tickets to games are often free for students and transportation to the game is included if the game is not on campus or within walking distance. If a game is an away game, your college may have a viewing party for fans to come together to cheer on your team, even if you cannot be there physically. Attending sporting events is a great way to boost your school spirit and meet new people!

Decorate a pumpkin for your dorm.

Pumpkin everything is in season during the fall! From pumpkin spice coffee to jack-o-lanterns being carved for Halloween, pumpkin is unavoidable. To show off school spirit or personal creativity, decorate a pumpkin. Many craft stores sell artificial pumpkins so that you can decorate it and reuse it year after year. Paint your school in your school’s colors or show off something about you that others may not know. Be creative and have fun!

Complete your New Year’s resolutions.

The fall brings about the feeling that the year is going to end soon. Re-evaluate what your goals were for the year and see how far you have progressed. If you have not achieved everything you had hoped for, it is not too late! There is still time to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions. Make a list of your goals and make a plan for how you are going to accomplish them. Work at your goals a bit every day to ensure you do not feel overwhelmed come December.


5 Reasons Personalized Study Plans are Effective

5 Reasons Personalized Study Plans are Effective

Personalized study plans are exactly what they sound like — a plan for academic success individually tailored to a student, either for standardized testing or over the course of a school year. Personalized study plans (let’s call them PSPs) are usually student-directed in collaboration with teachers, parents, and tutors, and can help to improve performance in many ways.

PSPs utilize a student’s learning style

Creating a PSP requires students to understand how they learn. The VARK model describes four types of learners: visual, auditory, reading-writing, and kinesthetic. Visual learners tend to prefer pictures, diagrams, or other visual aids; auditory learners do best if new topics are explained aloud or discussed in a group; reading-writing preference learners prefer written texts; and kinesthetic learners do best if they can watch a demonstration, try something out on their own, or work with hands-on models.
To help determine learning preference, students should consider which classes or assignments they’ve excelled at, or which concepts they had trouble understanding until they approached it through a different method.

Remember, too, that multiple learning styles can suit a student — it doesn’t have to be just one! Personalized study plans that integrate preferred learning styles can reduce study time and increase confidence, as well as help instructors approach teaching methods, assignments, and group work with the student.

PSPs tap into student motivation

Students also need to understand what motivates them in a task. While some students respond well to inner expectations and enjoy taking ownership over their study plans, other students may need to have deadlines and check-ins with teachers or tutors. Still, others may need creative freedom or to find ways to make the studying fun. Students should take time to assess which approaches are hardest or easiest for them and use that to identify the best way to stay motivated and then, incorporate that into the plan.

PSPs help define goals

Personalized study plans can streamline the study process by asking students to think about their end goals and focus their efforts on achieving them. For example, a student hoping to eventually become a research scientist may take a different approach than a student who simply wants to improve his or her science ACT score, and knowing the end goal will help teachers, parents, and students make effective choices about where to focus effort. PSPs can also work effectively across disciplines to help students choose the best combination of classes or do interdisciplinary projects that align with their interests.

PSPs allow progress tracking and improvement assessment

PSPs can also be helpful as a supplement to grades and allow students to see improvement even between assignments. Students can track their more qualitative goals of understanding or see progress in other terms, like hours spent or vocabulary learned.
Since PSPs can go into detail on a weekly or monthly level, the student’s improvement can be assessed regularly and altered if necessary.

PSPs help guide communication

Lastly, PSPs are a great way to ensure helpful communication between students, parents, and teachers. Having to articulate goals, current skill levels, and expectations means that all parties are on the same page about the student’s experience, and it gives students the opportunity to communicate concerns or performance pressures, like too much homework or extracurricular demands, while teachers and parents can learn more about each other’s expectations and methods.

Personalized study plans allow students to assess their current abilities, think about future goals and how to reach them, and take ownership in creating their learning environment. Parents, teachers, tutors and students can all benefit and coordinate to help students achieve their goals by creating one together.

Hilary Gan is a professional tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.


Meet Fastweb’s 2016-2017 Student Contributor Team

Meet Fastweb's 2016-2017 Student Contributor Team

Back to school means back to business – in this case, it’s the launch of Fastweb’s annual Student Contributor series. The main item of business today: introducing you to this year’s team of talented student writers.

Fastweb’s Student Contributors series allows Fastweb members to gain insight on important student topics through the experiences of their peers, ranging from high school to graduate school. Discover, learn from and relate to articles written by Fastweb members who willingly share their first-hand encounters with student life and issues that matter most.

In turn for sharing their unique student voices, each of the student contributors are given the unique opportunity to gain writing experience, work with an editor and learn about the web publishing process.

Throughout the academic year, the team’s articles focus on various student-centric issues, such as college applications and admissions, scholarship applications, along with sharing their daily life experiences in high school, college and graduate school.

Each of our student contributors choose their own topics, which usually focus on happenings within their academic, social or extracurricular lives that they feel that other students can relate to or learn from. Common topics include study tips, extracurricular activities, study abroad preparedness, standardized test tips and finding part-time jobs, for example.

We like to think that giving students access to these voices is comparable to having several older siblings’ diaries – with instructions on what to do (and what not to do) in terms of academics and student life. After all, who better to learn from than your peers? We believe there’s no comparison to having actual students writing about what they’re going through from first-person perspective.

The opportunity to apply to the Fastweb Student Contributor team was extended to Fastweb members with listed career interests like creative writing, journalism, news media, publishing and related fields.

Each year, we receive a high volume of student responses. While we wish we could chose everyone, we unfortunately had to set a limit. However, we would like to thank all students who applied for the Student Contributor positions. Choosing the team took a great deal of thought and effort as we received so many talented applicants.

We’re excited for Fastweb members to get to know each member on this year’s Student Contributors team! Learn more about the team, which consists of nine savvy student writers, spanning from high school to graduate school.

Meet the team below, starting with the returning contributors (note: all names listed are in alphabetical order):

Familiar Faces

Fastweb is thrilled to welcome back two returning student contributors to the 2016-2017 team:

McKenzie Nevins, College Sophomore, Taylor University

This is the third year we’ve had the opportunity to hear from McKenzie (AKA Kenzi). We look forward to see what’s in store for her junior year as a college upperclassman – we know it’s going to be great!

Check out a few of Kenzi’s articles:

Taking a Gap Year: Benefits & Risks

5 Questions to Ask Current College Students

Guide to Packing for Study Abroad

Ashley Paskill, College Senior, Temple University

Ashley’s joining the Student Contributor team for the second year in a row – and we’re happy to have her back! She offers great insights on college life, staying on top of academics and many other student topics.

Check out a few of Ashley’s articles:

Your College Checklist for an Exiting New School Year

5 Simple Ways to Give Back When You’re on a College Budget

Surviving Group Projects

Fresh Faces

In addition to the four returning contributors, Fastweb would like to welcome the following seven fresh faces to the 2016-2017 Student Contributor team! These students span from high school juniors to graduate students, so there’s a contributor in which every Fastweb member has student experiences in common.

Meet the New 2016-2017 Student Contributors:

Arianne Amparo, College Freshman, University of California – Berkeley

Read Arianne’s first article, Managing Stress during College Application Season.

Ashley Cheak, High School Senior, Stivers School for the Arts

Read Ashley’s first article, Avoid Being an Overwhelmed Senior.

Nanda Dyssou, Graduate Student, University of California in Riverside

Read Nanda’s first article, How to “Master” Dressing Well on a Budget: Part 1.

Coggin Galbreath, High School Senior, Geneva School of Boerne

Read Coggin’s first article, The Art of the College Spreadsheet (You NEED This).

Hailie Higgins, High School Junior, Central Bucks High School

Read Hailie’s first article, Why You Should Start the College Process Even Earlier Than You Think.

India Miraglia, High School Senior, Paul V. Moore High School

Read India’s first article, 6 College Factors You May Forget to Consider (But Shouldn’t).

Tunika Onnekikami, College Freshman, University of Pennsylvania

Read Tunika’s first article, 5 Collegiate Recruitment Tips for Student Athletes.

Get to know each of the 2016-2017 Fastweb Student Contributors through their profiles on our Student Contributors page, which also includes links to each of their articles as they’re published throughout the year.

Want to see more student content? View an entire list of the all of Fastweb’s Student Contributors’ articles.


The Simplest Way to Write an Essay

The Simplest Way to Write an Essay

As a college student, I majored in journalism. That means I have a lot of experience in all types of writing. In order to major in a communications-related field, students must take a rigorous schedule of English courses, which means a whole lot of essay writing.

I quickly adapted a method of essay writing, which I believe simplifies and streamlines the process.

What’s the trick? Instead of sitting down and writing an essay, from start to finish, as many students do, it’s much easy (and way less time consuming) to do all of your research beforehand, placing each item into a basic outline.

From there, the outline contains all of the information you need to create your essay and, the essay essentially writes itself.

The only work left will be filler writing to explain your thought processes.

Here’s how you can format your essay outline (Note: the example below has three paragraphs, but additional paragraphs can be added as necessary.):

I. Introduction paragraph:

a. What you’d like to discuss within your introduction paragraph

b. Quotes or references, if any

II. Thesis statement: What’s the main point of your essay? Decide what you want to convey in your essay and put it into words. Your entire essay will revolve around this point, so make sure you’re clear and concise in your phrasing. (This is usually placed near the end of your introduction paragraph.)

III. First paragraph topic that supports your thesis

a. List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to your first paragraph topic.

IV. Second paragraph topic that supports your thesis

a. List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to your second paragraph topic.

V. Third paragraph topic that supports your thesis

a. List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to your third paragraph topic.

VI. Conclusion paragraph: Note what you’d like to say within your conclusion paragraph. Your conclusion paragraph should detail how you are going to unite the topics from your aforementioned topics and weave them together into one solid point. Students commonly mistake a conclusion paragraph as a summary paragraph when, in fact, it’s really an opportunity to drive home your argument. Your conclusion should round out your essay and unite your paragraphs together, solidifying your thesis.

a. Additional quotes or references, if any

VII. List all citations: As you find each quote or reference to include within your essay, make sure to cite each reference, so you won’t have to scramble at the end to go back to your sources to see where you found each quotation. List each citation on your outline so it’s already finished before you even complete your essay. That way, it’s one less thing to worry about.

By following this outline format, the work of your essay is already clearly mapped out ahead of time. You already know what you want to say and how you’re going to say it and you have all of the support to back up each theory.

This method takes the stress out of essay writing because it eliminates guesswork; struggling for the right idea or argument and helps you ensure your thesis is strong. If you’re not able to easily fill out the outline, your thesis isn’t strong or clear enough and your essay topic will likely not be a winner as a result.


4 Reasons to Get to Know Your Lecture Professors

4 Reasons to Get to Know Your Lecture Professors

College classes come in a variety of formats: the seminar, the lab, the studio, the discussion, and the independent study. Many college classes, however, come in one classic format: the lecture.

Sometimes lectures can feel more like on-stage soliloquies, with several hundred students seated in a theatre-style lecture hall and a professor speaking onstage with a microphone at a podium.

You may wonder how you’ll ever make yourself known to the star on stage (your professor) if you’re just another face in their audience.

However, it is possible to get to know your lecture professors, and all it takes is some effort; chat with him or her before or after class, send an email, make a phone call, or visit during office hours. Maintain regular contact with your professor, and before long, they’ll have your face and name associated with one another.

Why take the time and effort to get to know your lecture professors? Read on to find out.

1. Better grades

One of the biggest benefits to getting to know your lecture professors is better grades. More contact with your professor can mean more opportunities to ask them questions about class material, which can boost your performance on exams and assignments.

Yet, being friendly with your lecture professor can also help improve your grades in other situations. For instance, if at the end of the semester you’re on the cusp of an A and B, your professor may translate that extra effort you took to get to know him or her and round up to an A.

2. Inspiration

Believe it or not, professors are people just like anyone else! This means they have a diverse set of personal and professional interests, and many past life experiences. When chatting with a professor, you may find yourself inspired to pick up a new hobby or pursue a new academic area.

Talking with a professor requires the same good social skills any conversation requires: maintain good body posture, use eye contact, be a good listener, and ask good questions. Remember to be appropriate and polite in your language.

3. Internship and job opportunities

College professors are often well connected to internship and job opportunities in their field of specialty. If you find yourself very interested in that same academic and professional area, you can ask your professor more about any possible positions to pursue now or in the future.

Even if you don’t think you’re interested in academically or professionally pursuing your professor’s field of specialty, it’s worth chatting up your lecture professor. Many professors are involved in interdisciplinary research, and asking about possible internship and job opportunities they may know of may open doors to a position in a field you’re more interested in.

4. A lifelong connection

Lecture professors are more than just academic instructors—they can be lifelong academic and professional connections. So, besides opening your eyes to internship and job opportunities, they may be able to help vouch for you when you apply to a position by providing a letter of recommendation or evaluation.

If you do plan on possibly asking a professor for a letter of recommendation or evaluation later down the line, it’s important to keep in regular contact with him or her after the semester ends. Reach out to your professor by visiting, emailing, or calling him or her every so often to check in. If your professor does provide you with a recommendation or evaluation, always remember to thank him or her for doing so.

Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.


Top 3 Reasons College Students Must Never Skip Classes

Top 3 Reasons College Students Must Never Skip Classes

When a high school student skips class, he or she is likely sent to detention or penalized in some other way. In college, however, things are a little different.

Due to the increased freedom in college, many might think that it doesn’t hurt to skip class every once in a while.

Wrong. While a spaced-out schedule and professors’ lax attendance policies may make it tempting to cut class, that doesn’t mean you should. You’d be amazed to learn how quickly skipping class can turn into a bad habit — a bad habit that can seriously wreck your grades.

Here are three reasons college students must never skip classes and how you can prevent it from becoming a habit:

1. You’ll need to play catch-up

The average college course represents three credit hours, meaning you will spend three hours in class per week. This is in addition to the time you spend studying and completing assignments outside the actual class. So, each time you skip a class — especially if your class only meets once a week — you miss out on a ton of learning time.

If you cut class, you’ll have to spend the same, if not more, time catching up. If your professor posts lectures online, you’ll need to watch them, and if not, you’ll have to go ask a classmate if you can review their notes.

Also, if your professor assigned a project during the class you skipped, you’ll lose time you could have spent thinking about and working on it.

2. You could miss an assignment, pop quiz, or exam

While most of your college class sessions may be lectures, some will involve in-class assignments, quizzes, and exams. These in-class activities cannot usually be made up without a doctor’s note. And since you’re just skipping class, you won’t be excused, and instead you will get a zero. Missing out on these in-class activities — no matter how small they seem — can cause your grades to nosedive.

3. Your professor will probably notice your absence

In small classes, it’s easy for a professor to notice when you’re missing. Even in large lecture classes, some professors require students to sign an attendance sheet, check in with their student ID before class or “click-in” as they follow along in class answering quiz questions with a clicker device. Professors can also tell whether or not you’ve been skipping by checking the number of in-class activities you’ve missed and your performance on exams.

Even though many college professors do not take attendance, there are quite a few ways your professors will catch on and realize you are habitually skipping class. Since most professors grade students on their class participation, that can hurt your grades.

How to prevent the habit before it starts

If you’re trying to eliminate the temptation of skipping class, it can be helpful to focus on changing your frame of mind.

Think of college as an investment: You and/or your family are spending a lot of money for you to get your degree. So every time you skip a class, you’re wasting a good chunk of change.

Another way to change your frame of mind is to simply get excited about going to class. College classes are a great opportunity that not everyone gets! Plan on getting to class early with a classmate. Sit up front in your classes and get engaged, answering questions when your professors ask. This can make it easier to take good notes and help boost your participation grade, increasing your overall grade for the class—and genuinely learning some interesting things along the way!

Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.


Master Ideas To Make Traveling More Fun

Millions of people from all around the globe put in hard work around the clock and can’t wait to take their vacations. If you’re planning on traveling, this year on your vacation or for any other reasons, read up on some great travel tips you can use on your next trip.

If you rent a car while traveling, request an extra key. In a new place, in a new car, your mind is bound to be occupied with other things. For people who already have a bad time of locking their keys in their vehicle, keeping a spare set on you at all times is a great idea.

Savvy air travelers know not to let delays get to them personally. In modern air travel delays are virtually inevitable. Every frequent flyer will encounter flights that run late, get overbooked, or even get canceled. Passengers can do nothing about these things. What they can do is remember that the airline personnel taking care of them are doing there best to get them to their destinations.

A plastic shoe organizer over your hotel door can keep you organized. It is difficult to stay organized away from home, with little to no storage space except your suitcase. Put an organizer over your bathroom door when you arrive, the kind with the clear pockets is best. You can use it to store your essentials and keep them where it’s easy to locate.

If you are traveling by air, it is vital that you remember to drink enough water. Travel is stressful, and the running around can deplete your body of water. The recirculated air on airplanes and in most airports will further dehydrate you. Buy a refillable water bottle after you go through security to help with hydration.

Whether you are traveling within your own country or going overseas, it is a good idea to follow some basic safety precautions to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of crime. Wearing expensive clothes and jewelry can set you up as a prime target for theft. Carry credit cards or traveler’s checks instead of large amounts of cash. Keep an eye on your luggage, and do not allow strangers to leave packages with you under any circumstances, even momentarily.

No matter where you’re planning on traveling to, you need some great tips to use once you get there. You just never know what kind of troubles you’ll encounter on the drive, on the plane, at the hotel, or at any other stop along your journey. Use the tips above to help you out when traveling.