ILCHS Alumni
February 25, 2014

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

- Benjamin Franklin

February 25, 2014

Jumping Back in Again

It can be very difficult sometimes to jump back into the college/school rhythm after a long and restful vacation. Some students find themselves playing “catch-up” to their academic potential and tend to struggle the first week or so of getting back to school. Getting re-used to doing work, homework, studying, and taking test/exams again can be annoying and hard to get a hold of. Here are some solutions to make your transition a little easier.

  1. One Week Remedy

    Take the week before school to prepare yourself for the incoming school week. If you have the required books and text books for your incoming courses, get ahead on some reading, review any relevant notes from last semester if you are taking incoming courses in the same department, with the same professor or if the courses are consecutive; part of your overall major.

  2. Keep yourself busy and your brain active

    Nothing is worse than having a dormant brain the first couple of weeks of starting school again. Whether it’s taking the time to write, read, or participating in an internship (major related) once a week, can help make your transition easier. The whole point is to keep your body and mind active. Playing app games designed to exercise brain power, creating puzzles, and doing crossword puzzles and other related activities can be a fun way to keep your mind awake.

  3. Review the Syllabus

    Some Professors make the syllabus accessible to students before classes begin, so review your class syllabus if you have it. You will know what to expect and you will not start the new semester blindly. You can get ahead on purchasing the necessary material for you classes and get ahead on your reading and understanding of the material.

If you have any tips that might help, please comment below. Thank you.

February 18, 2014

“Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.”

- Victor Kiam

February 18, 2014

Text books can be expensive. One book for one course can cost over $150. So what do you do when you need an outrageously priced textbook for a class but you don’t want to pay the actual price for it? You go book hunting.

3 rules you must know before purchasing books and text books

  1. Do not purchase your books in your campus library unless your professor ask you to do so. Textbooks and required books can cost more or about the same as the original price of the book elsewhere.
  2. Ask your professor about purchasing an older edition. Older editions cost less money.
  3. Don’t purchase the digital copy right away, some professors prefer students to have the books and or textbook physically not digitally.

Finding books and textbooks for a cheap price

  1. Amazon is your best friend, you can find used copies of books as cheap as 1 cent!
  2. Rent on
  3. Ask you friends and upper classmen if they have the book from a previous course
  4. The Prof may have a copy
  5. Get an international version.
  6. Reserve book at your campus library
  7. Search for books at your public library
  8. Find a digital copy
  9. Make copies of the pages that you need from a peers textbook
  10. Check your campus library for rentals and used copies only

If you have any tips that might help, please comment below. Thank you.

February 11, 2014

The purpose of this survey is to:

  • Evaluate your college education
  • Track your overall college experience
  • Track your plans post college degree
  • Identify how ILCHS has been influential to your college career