Is a College Education Actually Worth the Investment?

The debate over whether college is worth the investment or not seems to be an increasing subject matter among young adults.  Since the housing market crashed and the Great Recession took hold of America, people have witnessed climbing debt and have begun to ponder whether or not the cost of college is truly worth the investment.

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Some reports show that student loan debt for our country has made its way over the $1 trillion mark as frustrated recent graduates struggle to find their place in the professional world, receiving continuous rejection letters or taking jobs for which they feel they are significantly under-qualified.  In reality, these struggles are just the same as they’ve always been, and although student loan debt may be on the rise, so, too, is the discrepancy between what you could be worth as a college graduate versus your ultimate worth without that degree. [Read more...]

How to Dramatically Increase Your Reading Speed

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Have you ever put off reading that assignment until the last minute and then tried to plough through what feels like a mountain of reading? Or started a class and looked at the reading list and wondered if it was possible to read all that material? The solution may be learning to read faster. The average person reads approximately 200 words per minute (WPM). But today’s technology can help you increase your speed to 1,000 WPM or more, depending on your comfort level.

Speed reading technology isn’t all that new. In 2005, Stanford researchers unveiled Rapid Serial Visual Presentation technology (RSVP) to the world. RSVP works by showing the viewer only one or two words at a time. With practice, readers can increase the speed of the words being shown. Tech company Spritz has taken that method to an even higher level with what they call Optical Recognition Point or ORP. This technology identifies a central letter in each word and makes it red. Spritz claims this helps with speed and comprehension.

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 44 percent of first-year students read more than 10 assigned books and course packs. Using speed reading technology to help increase your reading speed can help you get through that large task. There are several apps that offer tools for speed reading. [Read more...]

Top 5 Websites for College Students

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ECPI’s comprehensive list of websites for general college advice

Your schedule is already jam packed and, while you’re already an exceptional multi-tasker, it can still be difficult staying on top of everything. You never want to take the easy way out or cut corners, but you’re always looking for the most effective and efficient ways to manage your life.  ECPI wants you to succeed and we want to help set you on the right path regardless of what stage you’re at in your college career, whether you’re just getting started or already well on your way to earning your degree.  Here are five must-see websites that are designed to help you make the most of your college experience.  [Read more...]

12 Life Saving Smartphone Apps for Students

If you’re a college student, sometimes you need all the help you can get. Juggling your studies with the rest of your life might often seem like an insurmountable struggle. Having to manage your budget as well as your time becomes a challenge that can make anyone feel like they’re reaching their limits. Thankfully, in this day and age, you have more help than ever before – and it’s all one touch away on your smartphone or tablet! Here are 12 life-saving apps- six for iOS and six for Android- to help make college a breeze. None of these apps cost more than $5, and most of them are completely free! [Read more...]