Category - Academics

You can only learn so much from reading. Get a closer look at what academic life is like at Illinois from people who have actually been there! From honors programs and research to specific classes and projects, our students have lots of experiences to share.

How to Ace a College Exam

As another round of midterms roll around, my study habits and grind are on full mode. Over the past few years, I’ve developed different studying skills and habits that have allowed me to perform well on my college exams...

Note Taking in College

While I was an “A+ student” in high school, I never found it necessary to take many notes to succeed. Sometimes in high school, teachers print out slides or give you the lecture material after class. While this still...

Building Strong Study Habits

Studying isn’t learning, unless you do it right. If you’ve ever heard someone talk about studying, it tends to come before they mention an exam. Studying has become something that too many of us dread; it...

Should I Drop My Class?

You’re nearly halfway through your first semester of college, and you’re feeling stuck. Whether you keep skipping the class because a midday nap seems so much better, or you just can’t award the brain space to this Econ...

Professors Are People Too!

So you’ve just started your year here at the University of Illinois, and it’s not going as you planned. That calc class isn’t as easy as it was in high school or suddenly studying just doesn’t seem like it’s enough...

Let’s Talk About Research

What is up, my dudes? Its the end of week 4 here on campus, and things are rolling. There was no slow build this semester; it hit like a truck. A lot of the reason my workload is huge this semester is because, on top of...

Summer Plans

What I remember most vividly from high school is the sheer excitement of taking three months off from studying over the summer. Thankfully, I’ve found that feeling persists even in college. After dealing with the last...

Academic Leave of Absence

Not many students opt to take academic gaps in the middle of their college career. Many don’t even know it’s an option to start with and others view it as something that shouldn’t be done unless it’s absolutely...