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4 Years, 8 Semesters, 120 Credit Hours

September 24, 2019

This task ahead of every full-time college student. For some, it will take longer and others shorter. This usually means that a student will have to take about 15 credit hours per semester. Some students take more.


Many college students have to work while they are in school and it can be a major challenge to manage a coursework load and an employee workload. Thankfully there are multiple solutions to manage 120 credit hours and 20-40 hr work week. Online classes and summer classes are just two of the options available to lighten the load allowing for students to achieve academic success while not having to be stressed out over the balance between working and completing school. 

Online Courses

Online classes are great ways to give students more control over managing their time. An online class does not have a set time that students have to attend a lecture. There are due dates for assignments and as long as the student is able to complete the assignments within the time that is due they are fine. Online classes allow students to work from wherever and whenever they want to. Some students will work on their academic material while they are at work. 

Summer Courses

Summer classes are extremely effective in allowing students to get more work done over the same amount of time. Just think, if you take two summer classes in between every spring and fall semester then you would only have to take 12 credits per semester instead of 15 and still graduate on time with 120 credits. Another great reason to take summer classes is that they keep the mind going. Students will be working hard during the school year and then after finals week of the spring semester, they will enter summer break mode. While it is nice to take a small break from schoolwork, a three-month-long break is not healthy for staying in the academic groove. Working out the mind is very similar to working out the body. If one does not continue to workout the mind it will become sluggish, making it difficult to start the next fall semester. But taking a couple summer classes allows students to continue exercising their mind but not to the point that it’s a burden. Keeping a small connection to academics during the offseason will make the transition back into the academic year a swift one. 

Navigating the course of college is not a simple task. It takes grit, determination and strategic planning. 4 years, 8 semesters, 120 credit hours. This can seem like a lot being thrown at you but there are plenty of ways to lighten the load and smoothen the path. Taking online courses and summer classes are just two ways to help simplify the college management process. Learn more about college tips, tricks, and hacks by visiting the GradGuard blog.

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Finding the Best School For You

August 15, 2019

For many high school seniors, the transition period between high school and college can be just as stressful as it can be exciting. One of the major stress factors during this period is deciding what college students are going to attend. Many factors go into this decision.

The Basics

There are some general things to look at when choosing a school; price, location, school size, grade/test score requirements, available programs, and student living conditions are just a few of the main aspects that future college students are looking at. A great way to narrow down the search is by figuring out three things that you want in a college. From those three categories, you should be able to gather a list of 5-10 schools that interest you. 

Go On a Tour

The next step is to make your best effort to visit all of the schools you are focusing on. The visit is one of the most important steps of picking a school because it gives you the option to try the school on for size. Just like a pair of shoes, you will not know if it’s a comfortable fit until you check it out in real life. When visiting the school try to schedule a guided tour. It’s the best way to get the most out of your visit. Tour guides are normally students who know their way around and can highlight some important areas of the campus. This also gives you the ability to ask questions. Asking questions helps ensure you know as much about the school as you possibly can.

Take Notes

After each visit, be sure to make notes of the highlights. Having a physical list in front of you can help with the decision process; you are able to see the pros, the cons, and the things you might need to know more about before making the big choice.

From here you should be able to make an educated and confident decision of the school you will be attending. While making this decision can be stressful,  gathering as much information about the schools will make the process go smoother. No matter your preferences, if you put in the due diligence, finding the right school to put you on the path to success is possible.

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The Three S’s of College

July 9, 2019

School, social life and sleep; the three S’s of college. These three aspects tend to be the main focal points of a college student’s life and how a student manages these three aspects can determine the amount of success a student obtains during their college career. More often than not one of the three S’s is sacrificed due to a student focusing more on the other two.


Sleep tends to be the S that is sacrificed the most by students. Students can get so caught up in school work that a two-hour homework/study session turns into a 6 hr shift. Other times students will succumb to the fear of missing out going to parties or just hanging with friends. In this case, even when they are dead tired, they will still stay up just to see if anything interesting happens. Then they believe that caffeine can be used to supplement the lack of sleep, which for a short term fix will work only to bring on a harder crash later. 


Many students can say that they have slept through a class or two during their time in college. Often what will happen is students will go out knowing that they have class early the next day. Some students fall into the trap of staying out too late and sleeping through their morning class. This S can be put on the backburner for some students if it is seen as less important. It is important for students to prioritize school. Make sure to attend class and put in the hard work to make the most out of your college experience!

Social life

For the average student social life is sacrificed the least. It is important to be socially active by making friends and building connections but it should not take precedence over the other two so much that you are left in a difficult situation. Have fun and enjoy college life but do not forget about the reason you are in college in the first place! 

Finding the balance

Finding the right balance of the three S’s can be difficult, however, it is not impossible to achieve. It takes time, effort and discipline to work out a schedule that allows you to fulfill all three areas while not taking away from one at the expense of the other two. Some students believe that putting weekly tasks on a whiteboard or calendar setting blocks of time to work on those tasks allows them to effectively manage their time. It is important to figure out the methods that work best for you!

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