Academic Success 101

How Calculate Your Grade in a Class

posted Sep 10, 2009, 7:24 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 4:48 PM ]

So you just bombed your first midterm, and you want to cry in the corner. Instead of sulking, it might be a good idea to get your head straight and figure out a game plan to make a come back. The best way to do that is to figure out your current grade, and what grade you'll need to actually pass the class. Let's do some math! Hiyaah!









Academic Success (How it Should be Taught)

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:32 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 4:53 PM ]

Your success in college is dictated by how hard you work. Because the more effort you give, the more likely it'll be that you'll succeed. One thing you should realize however, is that times have changed. You can't always expect to make it to the top with shear hard work. You still have to work hard, but not work so hard till your knees break. Take for example someone who works in the fields or janitorial services. You may not realize it but these people work very hard. I mean, have you seen people work in the fields before. It's seriously back breaking work. Now these fine folks work hard, very hard, yet are they living the American dream? Sadly, it's further from the truth.


Manage your Time like a Pro

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:31 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 4:55 PM ]


If there's any component in your life that you need to fine tune, it has to be time management.  If you can't manage your time, don't expect to be able to accomplish everything you wanted to do.  I'm not here to give you the gist of anything and everything about managing your time, but I'm here to lay out some points.



The Best Way to Handle "the Office" Hours

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:30 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 5:03 PM ]

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don't know what it is about office hours, but no one is usually motivated to go to them. The professor usually offers to hold one hour sessions each week for students. However, no one realizes that Office Hours are not only quintessensial to aiding in your understanding of classroom material, but it's also an opportunity to network with your professors. Today you might say, I don't want to go to graduate school. I've been through too much school already.  Yet when you start to get ready to graduate, you finally realize something. Shit, I think I want to go to graduate school.


Making Sure you Get the Classes you Want for the Semester

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:27 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 4, 2010, 11:23 PM ]

Signing up for classes is almost like shopping during the annual after Thanksgiving sales, also known as Black Friday. It's the one time you'll find yourself getting up early in the morning waiting in line at stores and shopping malls to get the latest deals (or when the next iPhone comes out). The only difference about class sign up, is that you have be strategic about how you do it. There's going to be a lot of people after the same courses you are after, and it's important you have the strategies I'm giving you to stay ahead of the competition. Now, hopefully you school implements an online registration system. If they don't, then you'll have to work the system another way. The following tips may or may not work for you, but it's worth a shot.

If you're lucky, you might just get that three day weekend you've always wanted in a semester. Just make sure you plan ahead. Anyway, lets get started!

Use Google to Supercharge your Academic Career

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:25 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 7, 2009, 12:27 AM ]


If you haven't been using some of Google's tools, its about time you start. Google has been modernizing and developing tools like Gmail, Calendar, and Documents in the last few years. And those three tools alone have replaced even my own slew of apps I use on my computer. Forget about Outlook and Word, it's time you start learning about what you've been missing. Working on documents and projects by yourself are a thing of the past. Google makes it easier for you to collaborate and work online with your friends and coworkers. It's simple, fun, easy, and clean. Oh, and did I mention all of this is free.  All you need to do is make a Gmail account. If you're a college student, then you definitely need to learn how to use Google Apps. It'll save you a butt load of trouble. Will be going in briefly to discuss the following Google features and in later will have a section to detail how to use the Apps with a tutorial.

Mail

If you're still using Hotmail and Yahoo, then you need to run along home to your mommy. If you're still using AOL as your sole source of email retrieval, then you need to buy a time machine and travel to the present because that's an awful archaic system. Furthermore, if you're a college student stuck using your schools email system, then you need to throw some dirty undies at it.

Stop making your life so hard. Transition to Gmail is easy. Here's why you should:
  1. 7GB and growing of storage space. I've gotten halfway on my quota so far.
  2. Threaded email conversations. Keeps reply's nicely organized.
  3. Add a signature to your emails. Speeds up emailing writing.
  4. Quickly Search for mail. Never worry about losing an email.
  5. Add filters to label incoming mail. Let Gmail take care of the labeling.
  6. Chat features enabled. Keep up and work with your buddies.
  7. Integration of a Task List. This is useful for reminding you of things you need to do.
  8. Undo feature. You got about 5 seconds to undo the wrong email you sent.
  9. Send email as a different username@school.uci.edu or other.

Calendar

There's no need to spend money on any nice Calendar program. Don't use Outlook, iCal or even Entourage. All you need is to use Google Calendar. You can easily keep track of your schedule on your portable device or any computer that has internet access. Now don't be afraid, you don't have to always have internet. Your calendar can easily be stored offline and on your portable device. If your still using a physical agenda, then you need to put on some granny panties and head on over to the senior citizen home next door.

Here's why you should:
  1. Easy Calendar Setup
  2. Make different types of calendars for aspects of your life
  3. Easily sync to your mobile device
  4. Add task to your calendar
  5. Easily share calendars
  6. Setup RSVP's with your friends
  7. Never worry about losing your appointments

Documents

Instead of using Microsoft Office to make your documents, presentations, and spreadsheets, it's probably about time you learned about cloud computing. Normally we perceive all our files have to be physically stored on your own computer. However, that isn't the case anymore. Now you can store computers both on your computer and on the internet through a service like Google. As a result, your files stay secure in an online environment in the situation that your computer were to crash. In addition, you have better control over each document, you can see revisions, and you can collaborate on documents a lot easier.

Here's why you should:
  1. Similar functions at Microsoft Office. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but its close.
  2. You can make documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and even forms.
  3. Easily collaborate and work on any type of document with another person.
  4. You can access your documents offline if you aren't connected to the internet.
  5. You can export your documents into Microsoft Office formats, pdfs, and easily publish to a webpage for instant sharing.

Sites

The very website that your viewing was built off one of Googles Tools. Now it becomes even easier to build a clean looking website in little to no time at all. What's also important to note is how Google has made it easier for you to make money through their adsense program. So its definitely a win win for everyone. But that's not the entire story behind Google Sites. Sites is really a location for your and other friends to collaborate and work on a project. You can give access to various individuals and easily have them update the website whenever they are connected to the internet.  As a result, building organizational websites are a thing of the past, and no longer does one webmaster have to do everything. Now everyone can make changes and update the website.

Here's why you should:
  1. There aren't any alternatives right now.
  2. It's simple to use.
  3. It's free
  4. It's a collaborative tool.
  5. You can design lucrative websites with ease.

Conclusion

Google Apps is a powerful set of applications that any college student should get the hang of using. It should almost be a requirement. It isn't difficult; it just takes a little bit of getting use to. You've grown up using Microsoft Office for so long that that is all you understand. However, there are other tools out there, in this case free, that will not only do the same task, but do it even better. Hopefully by the time you read this I've put together some quick demos on how to use the features in Google Apps.  Will be continuing our articles and tutorials on other free applications that any college student should have access to.

How to Find Old Test and Syllabi before your First Day of Class

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:23 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 5:46 PM ]

Have you ever wanted to be a detective? Because I have. Here in this tutorial we're going to teach you, how to secretly learn about a class without ever stepping foot in it. I'll even say, you'll not only learn about the syllabus, but you might even scramble yourself a couple of exams along the way. So put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and get that pipe ready, because we're going to show you how to get ahead of your classmates.





An Idiot-Proof Method of Accomplishing Your Goals

posted Sep 7, 2009, 12:21 AM by Danny Eusebio


As a freshmen or even continuing college student, you might have had at one point a dream or a goal. You probably were a really ambitious student while you were in high school and You had these grandiose ideals and beliefs and even the possibility of even changing the world. Yet after a couple of years in school, party after party, final after final, you kind of forgot about why you went to college in the first place. Well, its never too late to reach high and accomplish your dreams. You still have a future ahead of yourself. So, take what we have in this tutorial not just as a grain of salt but some self reflection. Dig deep and find out what your life goals are. It'll really help you stay focused in doing the right things while your in college.

Make sure to take some time, right now, seriously, to jot down 5 things you want to do in life. Better yet, put down 5 goals you want to accomplish while in college. And then 5 life goals you want to accomplish. Then take some time and ask yourself how you are progressing on this.  

It's better to see a list, then to just think of things on the fly. If you jot down you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle, then your more likely to do it. Also, you gotta tell people, your friends and your family. The more you tell them, the more real your goal becomes.

Even as I type I'm accomplishing a goal I've had set on my mind for a few years now, and that was starting this website. Now I didn't write it down per se, but I told a lot of people. I had my ups and downs and couldn't find the will in me to actually do it until recently. Also not too long ago I went skydiving.  It was on my list of things I wanted to do. A friend planned it out, signed us up, and I was in a plane getting ready to jump out. Just like that. 

So don't give me this crap like, these goals are unfeasible. The goals you set out are things that solidify your existence. It lets you know that your striving for something in life.

List of things:
1.  Make lots of money (in progress)
2.  Start a website/company
3.  Learn to ride a motorcycle
4.  Go skydiving
5.  Buy my own car with my own money
6.  Be the president of an organization
7.  Get an internship
8.  Start a popular podcast (not there yet)
9.  Build my own computer
10. Be an extra in a movie

Conclusion

The point I'm trying to make is that if you make a list, you'll get it done. And then when each item gets accomplished, you can finally cross it off your list. Always make sure to try and include close friends and family in your attempts to achieve your goals. It makes it a little easier to do.

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