Going To College: Tips For Freshman Move-In

Advice from a parent about going to college

Going to college can be a step into the great unknown for first-time parents. Viewpoints contributor Terry Nakagawa shares what he learned setting up his son for life on campus.

Last year, my wife and I sent our oldest child off to college at the University of Missouri at Columbia where he is a journalism major. Like many parents, we were new to this, since it’s been years since we were going to college and things have changed … a bit.

He had a great freshman year, avoided the “Freshman 15,” made lots of new friends and is ready to go back to Mizzou this fall. He and three other friends are going to be living in a house off campus instead of the dorm, but that’s another story.

Here are some tips that may help you if your oldest child is going to college.

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5 Indispensable Study Apps For College Students

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The best study apps for college students help with organization, collaboration and note taking.

Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones are making life for college students easier with every passing year. While they don’t replace hard work, apps can make study time more productive and efficient. Today we look at five iPad (and iPad mini) apps—many of which work on iPhone and Android—that are indispensible tools for getting and keeping a good grade point average.

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Back to School: Best Online Shopping Sites For Students

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If you have a big back-to-school shopping list, you can skip the stores by doing some online shopping instead.

Online shopping is a great way to save on back-to-school essentials like textbooks, appliances, and dorm-room decorating items. While there are many highly rated online marketplaces and eCommerce websites, the best online shopping sites for parents or professionals aren’t necessarily the best site for students. According to Viewpoints reviewers, the two best online shopping sites for students offer great perks and special discounts, while the two worst online student shopping sites don’t follow through with satisfaction guarantees. Read the rest of this entry »

Back-To-School Shopping: 5 Top-Reviewed Tablets For Students

Students can use tablets in place of notebooks and textbooks, but can a tablet take the place of laptop computer?

Tablets can make schoolwork easier with apps that offer speech-to-text recording, ebook downloads and file sharing. 

Today, tablets can do more than stream your favorite movies and TV shows. Tablet reviews show that the top-rated tablets on Viewpoints can also act as tools to increase student success. With a wide range of features to keep students at the top of their class, it’s worth considering one of these five tablets for students.

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Back-To-School Supplies: Six Essential Dorm Room Appliances


Make sure you’re prepared for dorm life with these six appliances that will work as hard as you do.

Living in a dorm or small apartment doesn’t offer much wiggle room. Cut back on duplicate electronics and appliances by adding these multi-function dorm room essentials to your back to school supplies shopping check list. From quickly cooking up ramen noodles to making sure you wake up in time for class, these appliances are made for multi-tasking.

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Going Back To School with Lightweight Laptops

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Go portable with a lightweight laptop at college.

Even though we’re in the middle of summer, it’s back-to-school time for all the computer manufacturers. Besides Christmas, back-to-school is the second most popular buying season for technology. What student doesn’t need a new computer to work on school projects. And if your son or daughter is starting their freshman year in college, then a lightweight laptop computer is more than likely a requirement.

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