Say goodbye to endless library call card searches and hello to blogs. Blogs have taken the driver seat in the lives of students and teachers—providing a haven to socially connect and consume endless amounts of knowledge.
In a day where the Internet plays critical importance in education, it’s important that they know where blog resources can be most relevant and helpful as a student. This list spans a broad range of topics pertaining to students from wellness and organization to productivity, to technology and finance.
1) LIVE WELL UCSD:
I think it is common knowledge that the likelihood of picking up bad habits in college is pretty high. Well, if you have Live Well UCSD on your reader, you may combat this pattern. This blog, which is hosted by the University of California-San Diego, is populated with informative tips, tricks, videos and quizzes related to intellectual, physical, occupational, emotional, social and environmental wellness in the college sphere. Blog posts with interactive videos on “10 Minute Fitness Exercises,” college-friendly recipes and wellness quizzes provide endless “best practices” for wellness during your college tenure.
If there’s any time in a person’s life to be concerned about health, it’s safe to say it’s during your college years with late nights, poor eating habits and germ-laden surroundings. Wellsphere delivers accurate, condition-specific information through their blog. This blog serves as a real-time WebMD, with posts such as, “ 7 Steps to Preventing Pain and Achieving Optimal Health” and “Recession Special: Free Answers From Doctors and Expert Patients Who Truly Care.” This blogger network has become the world’s number one community of health writers with more than 1800 active contributors, so it’s obvious why this blog should be included in every student’s reader.
3) ZEN HABITS:
Now that we are on the topic of wellness, Zen Habits is a perfect introduction to the next category of useful blogs: productivity. Zen Habits is all about simple productivity. Expect three powerful features a week on: productivity, simplicity, health & fitness, inspiration, penny-pinching, happiness, goals and other life topics. The blog excels at offering specific strategies to improve and simplify your life such as “8 Ways Doing Less Can Transform Your Work & Life” and “The Habit Change Cheatsheet: 29 Ways to Successfully Ingrain a Behavior.”
4) STUDY HACKS:
Study Hacks is a blog about demystifying the tactics of straight “A” slackers with tips, case studies and feature articles that teach students how to succeed in school without burning out. The blog broaches tricky topics such as : “The Straight-A Method: How to Ace College Courses”, ” 4 Weeks to a 4.0: Streamline Your Notes” and “Should Your Major Be Your Passion?” and is hosted by smarty-pants MIT post-doctorate student, Cal Newport—whose knowledge about education is infinite.
5) EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT:
Effective Time Management exposes why time is more important than money—and what you can do as a student to harness the power of streamlined productivity. The blog offers quick ways to define goals and effectively manage your schedule. Want to know what Richard Branson, Donald Trump and your future self have in common? Well read, “What Billionaires Know About Getting Things Done Fast “…and subscribe to this blog’s awesome RSS feed to find out.
6) THE UNIVERSITY BLOG:
The University Blog offers a powerful stream of content for college students. This UK blog aims to advise, inform, inspire and assist college students with writing study tips, human resource news and interviews. Expect a pool of posts ranging from: “Get ahead and become futureproof” and “Free EBook – Fresher Success” and other topics relating to harnessing your strengths to achieve academic success.
7) ABOUT.COM INTERSHIP BLOG:
About.com is a bit different then the aforementioned blogs, as it provides weekly internship posts from around the nation in addition to tips on scoring your dream internship and even information about internships abroad. Some other notable posts include,” Career services is for First Year Students” and “Paid Internships Benefit Employers & Students.” This blog also provides a forum (http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ab...
) for students to participate in interactive conversation about internships.
8) LINKEDIN BLOG:
As an emerging professional, LinkedIn can play a critical role in your professional success—and it is important to know how to utilize this mammoth professional networking site. With interactive content, videos and graphics--this blog really helps you learn the ins and outs of LinkedIn and the job world. The LinkedIn blog unveils insider information such as "LinkedIn Tip: Increase your chances of getting that job interview,” “Win new clients by optimizing your LinkedIn profile keywords” and “Why LinkedIn is High Octane Fuel for Job Searching”--all very useful content for the career-minded college student.
Lifehacker is a daily blog that offers tips and downloads for getting things done. The site—which is centered around personal productivity—recommends downloads, websites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time. With frequent posts (up to 18 a week) by Gawker Media writers, this weblog is a great resource to keep in your reader. Lifehacker is especially well-versed with technology and strives to teach their visitors how to get the most out of your digita; gadgets (for example: "PwnageTool Jailbreaks iPhone 3.0 OS with 3G, 3GS, and iPod touch" and
"Gadget and Gear Deals of the Day" ).
10) DISCOVER ORGANIZING:
Have you discovered organizing? Well I haven’t reached my organizational Zen yet, but reading the Discovering Organizing blog certainly has helped. In addition to the blog feed packed with organizational tips for every silo of your life, this site offers free online organizing courses (link to: http://discoverorganization.com/blog/free-organizing-course/
11) COLLEGE HUMOR:
College Humor takes a 180 degree turn from productivity, but nonetheless is a chief blog for college students worldwide. College Humor stretches the boundaries of what is kosher, while all the while making people laugh. Catered for students, this blog is often the laughingstock of dorm rooms with funny videos, jokes and posts like “The Problem With Red Lightsabers” and “The Cycle of Chest Hair.”
12) HER CAMPUS:
Move over, Marie Claire and Elle—Her Campus is taking over. Three Harvard University students recently created this unique blogspot where college women can discuss issues of love, campus life, fashion and health. The 20-plus contributors offer fresh and fun content for female co-eds on topics from shoes to sororities. Here are some examples of informative posts:” How Technology Has Changed the “Game” of Dating” and “How to Deal with Roommate Money Spending Issues” ... Sorry guys--we are leaving you out on this one.
13) FACEBOOK BLOG:
I think many people would argue that Facebook is the single-most important social website of your college career. Not only can you stay up to speed on social events, popular culture and "who is dating who," but in the past few years Facebook has evolved into the newspaper of the millennium. The Facebook Blog works as a glorified user guide, with conglomeration of technology tips and current event posts, and is a great blog to keep on your reader.
Mashable is the ultimate social media guide with more than 5 million monthly page views. Founded in July 2005, Mashable is the largest and most popular blog that broaches the topic of social networking and Web 2.0. Besides relaying the latest news about MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, it's loaded with tips on enhancing your own social networking experience (for example, “Social Networking: Everyone is Doing it, All the Time” and “5 Ways to Share Your Social Media Identity”).
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