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.

Online Classes

What is going on friends! Semester is a rolling here at Illinois as we’re coming up on week 3 of the spring semester. Crazy how fast the last one is moving. I wanted to talk to you guys about online classes in case any...

12 Days of Finals

On the first day of finals, from U of I to me: a gen ed that I’m failing On the second day of finals, from U of I to me: 2 peer reviews and a gen ed that I’m failing On the third day of finals, from U of I...

GRE, MCAT, LSAT, oh my!

When I decided I was going to apply for graduate school after my undergrad, there were so many things I had to consider: where I was going to go, what program I would be doing, and what tests I needed to take. I went to...

Graduating Early

As an eager and over-zealous freshman, I plopped down in front of my academic advisor the second week of school with three spreadsheets detailing the next three years. Poor Gary, bless his heart, stayed patient and...

Frank’s Midterm Survival Guide

I hate midterm season. You’re stressing out all week, spending the majority of your day in the library, and sleeping late to cram material. Worse yet, you have to balance studying with all your other classes going...

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...

A Day in the Life of a Freshman Engineer

One of the biggest things I wondered about as I came into college was how I would structure my days. It’s no longer as simple as driving to school, walking into the building, following my daily schedule, and then going...

Putting Preparation to Practice

For the first time in 17 years of schooling, I wake up each morning excited to go to school. And not just any school, but a local middle school. That’s right—read that again. I wake up excited to go to middle...

How to Stop Procrastinating

So you’ve put off the big project until the very last day, and now you’re rushing to finish it before 11:59 pm. Or you keep not calling your dad for your weekly talks, and you suddenly realize you...

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...

What a Class at Illinois Is Like

Before I came to college, one of the things I wondered about the most was how my learning experience would change. I couldn’t imagine moving from classes of 20-30 to 700, but the change was a lot more seamless...