Articles by Christina Couch

The Dirt on Distance Learning

Christopher Mattera takes a sip of his soda, adjusts the volume on his CD player, and checks his e-mail for the sixth time in 20 minutes. Chris isn’t procrastinating on an assignment; he’s actually in class—CD player and all. Thanks  Read More…

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Education without Walls

The scoop on online universities

No classrooms, no lectures, no in-class presentations-what’s not to love about online education?  Read More…

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5 Ways to Earn Your Degree for Less

How to win the financial aid game

The only thing harder than getting into college is paying for it. Here are five tips on earning your degree for less.   Read More…

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Two-Year vs. Four-Year Colleges: Which One is Right for You?

You’re almost done with high school, but then what? Learn the pros and cons of two- and four-year schools as you ponder your next step.  Read More…

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Welcome Back

Preparing to return to school

In this increasingly competitive job market, what could be accomplished with a bachelor’s degree 20 years ago now requires a masters or higher.   Read More…

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College Dormitory Life: Curing Back to School Blues

Tips for dealing with homesickness and loneliness

Check out these ways to deal with life away from home.  Read More…

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All-Access Colleges

Meeting the needs of students with physical or learning disabilities

How many wheelchair ramps are available in your high school? What about auxiliary aids, Braille textbooks, or sound amplifiers?   Read More…

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Beat the Clock

Learning to manage your time

For incoming freshmen, the newfound ability to eat, sleep, study, and do what you want when you want can be both liberating and grade-lowering. To have time to conquer both the academic and social aspects of college, try these time management tips.   Read More…

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Break Out

Experience what you study

Think you’ve got spring fever? Try focusing when your classroom is the Florida everglades, the mountains of Spain, or the slopes of Singapore. Increasingly, colleges are making learning concrete by plunging students into The Great Outdoors. Instead of classrooms and lecture halls, think wildlife refuges, zoos, the rainforest, or the deep sea. It’s called Adventure Education and, just like it sounds, the overall goal is to make learning an active, adventurous experience rather than a passive process.   Read More…

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Bridging the Gap

Strengthening diversity on campuses

The college experience should be one that celebrates diversity.   Read More…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Couch is a freelance writer based in Richmond, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of Virginia Colleges 101: The Ultimate Guide for Students of All Ages (Palari Publishing, 2008). Her byline can also be found on AOL.com, MSN.com, and Yahoo.com, and in Wired Magazine.