Biola Academic Life Questions & Answers

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Where are some good websites to find scholarships?

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Is it best to buy textbooks before the semester begins or should I wait until the first day of classes?

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How do I create a balanced schedule for my senior year?

Start by sitting down and listing all of the classes and the approximate time you think you will need to put into each class to come out... (more)Read 2 Answers
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I have to make a big presentation for a class and it counts as a big percentage of the grade but I hate public speaking and get super nervous. What can I do to make sure I don't tank my grade in the class by bombing the presentation?

Practice at makes perfect! Just make sure you have your material down and are really comfortable with what you are talking about and feel... (more)Read 5 Answers
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What are the best laptops for new college students? What is the best time to get a new computer?

I think many places have back to school sales for laptops, so you should look into it as soon as possible! (more)Read 1 Answer
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What are your experiences with college tutors? Are they helpful or are you better off seeking help elsewhere?

I used a tutor online once before and found him to be quite helpful on a particular subject. But since I am a tutor (English, writing,... (more)Read 3 Answers
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How do you destress?

I destress by walking/running and listening to music, doing word search puzzles, just walking through a shopping center or mall, and... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What can I do to increase my GPA during my senior year if it is below the actual GPA I'd hoped to have at this point?

There's not much you can do at this point. The only thing I can think of is to try to get straight A's in all your classes until you... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Are online courses a good substitute for classroom style courses? Why or why not?

I'd have to say I agree with Victoria's answer. It all depends on the subject being taught and how well you think you understand the... (more)Read 2 Answers
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Would you recommend taking morning classes or afternoon classes? I've always been a morning person, but I've heard that it's still better to take afternoon classes.

Like it's been said, it depends on many factors. One that was not mentioned that I have to take into consideration is when I can find... (more)Read 4 Answers
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My parents want me to go to a school that is within the same state as where we live? My dream school is several states away and I'm worried about following my dreams and making sure my parents aren't mad at me?

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I want to get to know my professors, but I'm kind of shy and nervous about going to office hours. What are some tips for making sure these interactions go smoothly?

Go in with a specific question or topic you'd like to talk about. When you have a goal for the conversation, it's easy to start off with... (more)Read 2 Answers
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What are some easy ways to stay organized in college?

My planner is my brain-- I'm almost useless without it. I write down all my deadlines and important events and keep lists of everything I... (more)Read 3 Answers
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With so many distractions, how do I set goals and stick to them during my freshman year?

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How have people decided between double majoring or making one subject just a minor?

It is kind of funny but I could not decide between double majoring and a minor so I did a double major and a minor for undergrad. I would... (more)Read 2 Answers
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How can I find a mentor as an undergraduate?

When I was a freshmann, I joined the peer mentor program for my school of study. Five freshmen were matched to an upperclassmen and we... (more)Read 3 Answers
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Is it enough to know my professors as professors, or should I try to get to know them as people, outside of the classroom?

Sometimes it depends on the size of the class. In a bigger class setting, you might benefit from getting to know your professor. Out of... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Where do you do your most productive studying?

I do my most productive writing assignments in my bedroom, sitting on my bed. I do my most productive reading when I'm traveling --... (more)Read 2 Answers
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I have to miss class because of a religious holiday -- how can I make sure my professor will excuse my absence and not count it against me for attendance?

This is simply a matter of communication. Make sure you're letting your professor know ahead of time, ask if there's any work you will... (more)Read 3 Answers
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Is it common for schools to give snow days?

Sometimes, yes, because it might be necessary for the safety of the students. For example, my school in Reading, Pa. has called a few... (more)Read 1 Answer

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