Since the coronavirus began spreading across the US in 2020, the situtation has been changing rapidly. Life as we knew it changed dramatically when the US government encouraged Americans to practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible and avoiding crowds in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
We know this is a scary, confusing, and unprecedented time. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself, remain calm, and use your time at home productively. We’ve gathered all the best info to help students get through this uncertain situation. You can use this index to find the most accurate information and recommendations to stay safe and healthy; the latest stories about higher education that you need to know about; resources to help you keep up with your schoolwork and the college/scholarship search; and ways to entertain yourself while you’re stuck at home. Stay safe!
The most accurate COVID-19 info
These are the best resources for the most up-to-date and accurate information on the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares what you need to know concerning symptoms, prevention measures and how to protect yourself, community resources, and other important updates and recommendations.
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak | WHO: The World Health Organization offers situation updates, research and development, travel advice, myths vs. facts, and much more.
- Local Public Health Departments | NACCHO: Use this tool from the National Association of County and City Health Officials to search for local health departments in your area and find contact information by state or ZIP Code.
- How to Properly Wash Your Hands | CNA Classes Near Me: Learn the proper steps for handwashing to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases with this Certified Nursing Assistants training material.
The latest news from CX
Here's all the news we're sharing on the situation. Check back regularly for updates!
School news from the beginning of the outbreak
- What Are Schools Doing About COVID-19?: Many schools and colleges are closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how they are taking action and how you can stay safe and healthy.
- The Effects of COVID-19 on Study Abroad: The COVID-19 pandemic has majorly affected future and current study abroad students. Learn what you should do if you're either one!
- How COVID-19 Is Affecting International Students: The coronavirus is affecting international students even more so than higher education students in their own countries. Here's what they're facing this fall.
- Back to School: A COVID-19 Education in 2020: Going back to school is hectic in the best of times, but during a pandemic, it's downright stressful. Here's what the semester is looking like for college students, plus tips for how to adjust to different learning formats.
- The Impact of COVID-19 on the Class of 2021: We surveyed rising high school seniors and their families about topics such as choosing a college and learning remotely in 2020. See what they have to say here.
- A Look at US High Schools and COVID–19 Precautions: As the pandemic changes, high school administrators are doing their best to keep up. Here's a look at COVID-19 precautions schools are taking this year.
Applying to college during a pandemic
- Planning for College During COVID-19: Counselor Q&A: How will the coronavirus affect the future of college admission? A Certified Educational Planner answers some common questions from students and parents.
- College in a Post–COVID–19 World: Counselor Q&A: Get more insight on higher education changes during the coronavirus pandemic with another Q&A session from one of the CollegeXpress community's college planning experts.
- College Flexibility and COVID-19: Expert Q&A: Parents are concerned with how the coronavirus is going to affect their students' futures. We've got more advice from an expert consultant to help ease your stress!
- What Counselors Are Doing to Help Students at Home: The coronavirus may have shut high schools down, but counselors are still available to help when you need it. See how you can work with yours remotely now!
- Changing College Plans Amid COVID-19: Deferral, gap year, community college, or simply staying the course...which is right for you? Get advice from our experts.
- How the Coronavirus May Change Your College Planning: While the college search process may be a little different this year with the pandemic, with this advice, you can plan successfully and find the right school for you.
- How Will COVID-19 Impact the College Admission Process?: The question of the year: How is COVID-19 going to change...? Fill in the blank. Luckily, our experts have answers to how it's changing college admission.
- How the Coronavirus May Change the Transfer Process: Being a transfer student already adds a new level to the college admission process—and now you have to navigate that during a pandemic! Here's some advice to help you plan.
- Lessons From Applying to College During a Pandemic: The pandemic has altered college admission planning for many students across the country. Here's a look at what one student learned throughout the process in 2020.
- How to Make a Final College Decision During COVID-19: Deciding where to attend college is hard in the best of times, but the pandemic makes it worse. This advice from a real student can help you make your choice!
- Top 10 Lessons Learned in the Pandemic Admission Cycle: There's a lot we've learned about college admission from the pandemic. Here's a look at the top 10 lessons to carry with you from this application cycle.
College admission boosters
- How to Strengthen Your College Application During COVID-19: Just because the pandemic has changed your plans doesn't mean you can't impress colleges with your application. Here's how to improve your apps from home!
- All About Kaplan Test Prep's Boost Year Program: If you're leaning toward taking a gap year, you may be weighing your options on how you should spend your time. Could a "Boost Year" be right for you? Learn more about the new program here.
- How to Boost Your Extracurriculars During COVID-19: How can high schoolers participate in extracurricular activities and prepare for college in the middle of a pandemic? Read advice from a real student here!
- Great Opportunities for Students to Volunteer Online: Your volunteering efforts don't have to be put on hold during the pandemic. Check out these ways you can create a real-life impact through online action.
- Does Taking a Gap Year Affect College Admission?: Many students consider taking a gap year but worry it will affect their admission status or future college admission. Here's what to know from an expert.
Advice just for high schoolers
- Connect With School Counselors During COVID-19: Students should connect and engage with their counselors during this hard time—about anything! Here's why and how to reach out about important topics.
- Pandemic Problems: Resources to Share With Students: The pandemic hasn't been easy on school counselors or their students. Here's a comprehensive list of resources to help with the struggles both counselors and students are facing.
- How to Know If You're Ready for College: Being ready for college is more than just sending in your deposit and packing up. Here's how to make sure you're ready academically, emotionally, and beyond.
College campus life
- Moving Out and Moving Online Amid a Pandemic: Many college students are being forced to leave their dorms as campuses close down for the semester. Here's what you should know if you have to move out quickly and transition to online classes at home.
- Student Entrepreneurs in the Time of COVID-19: Students are taking advantage of their free time during the coronavirus lockdowns to launch businesses that benefit communities. Here's how you can too!
- 7 Ways Students Can Make Money During the Pandemic: The economy may have taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean your personal finances have to. Here are seven ways to make money during COVID-19.
- Video: CollegeXpress Talks to YelloPain About Voting: Check out our chat with YelloPain, a rapper and activist who's set his sights on getting young Americans to get informed, get registered, and show up to VOTE!
- A COVID-19 Halloween: Safe Plans for College Students: Being smart and safe this Halloween is of the utmost importance, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. Here are some ideas for a safe Halloween celebration, whether you're at home or on campus.
- COVID-19 College Life: Climbing Uphill in 2020: We’re all continuing to struggle with the uphill battle that is the 2020 pandemic. Here’s some advice and reminders to keep you going as we close out the year.
- Make the Most of Campus Services During the Pandemic: Many colleges are offering accessible online resources to their students as a result of the pandemic. Here's how you can utilize these valuable remote services.
- Increasing College Access for Underserved Students: There's a long history of students in underserved communities lacking access to college, career opportunities, and more—and the pandemic certainly hasn’t helped the situation. Here's how these issues need to change and what colleges can do to help.
- How to Make the Most of Freshman Year in the Pandemic: COVID-19 has cast a shadow over many students' first year of college. Read on to see what one student learned after spending freshman year in quarantine.
- Living With Strangers: How to Prioritize Safety and Privacy: Protecting yourself in a new living situation is crucial for living a fulfilled life in college, especially during a pandemic. Here's how to take precautions and find a great roommate.
- Creative Ideas for Socializing as the Pandemic Continues: As much as we'd like it to be, the pandemic isn't over. Here's a reminder of all the fun socially distant things you can do with your friends to stay healthy.
- 3 College Challenges You May Face as COVID Continues: Starting college is stressful for any student, but being a freshman during a pandemic means there are new challenges to overcome. Here's how you can prepare.
- COVID–19 Dorm Life: 8 Roommate Communication Tips: Starting a new life in a dorm is a big adjustment, especially during a pandemic. Use these eight tips to maintain healthy communication with your new roommate.
- A Look at Life on Campus With the Delta Variant: The Delta variant of the coronavirus has thrown a new wrench into college life. Here's what to expect on campus this semester at schools around the country.
- 6 Tips for Safe College Socializing During the Pandemic: The pandemic isn't over, and just because we've been safely socializing for a while doesn't mean we don't need a reminder or some new ideas every now and then.
- The Impact of the Pandemic on College Mission Trips: The pandemic has majorly impacted students' ability to go on mission trips around the world. Here's a look at some COVID challenges and where we go from here.
College majors and academics
- Unexpected Pandemic Takeaways for Aspiring Nurses: The coronavirus pandemic may have sent nursing to the bottom of your dream career list, but before you rule it out, consider all these positives of the profession.
- An Inside Look at Student Teaching and the Pandemic: COVID-19 has changed a lot about student teaching, but not everything. Here's what to know as a future educator about student teaching and the pandemic.
- Possible Majors for Pandemic-Essential Jobs: Thinking about your future college major? Consider these career paths and degree options if you really want to make an impact on people and communities at large during times of crisis.
Financial aid news and advice
- 4 Ways to Pay for College in the Face of COVID-19: Wondering how you and your family can afford college right now? Here are four ways to pay that you may not have realized were available to you.
- What to Know About Student Loans and the Pandemic: With COVID-19 putting a major strain on the economy, the US government is doing what they can to provide student loan borrowers some financial relief. Here's what you should know.
- How to Pay for College When Your 529 Plan Takes a Hit: Before panicking about assets as the stock market fluctuates, parents should read this advice to assess other options for covering their student's college costs.
- College Financing in the Midst of COVID–19: The coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected the US economy, but that doesn't mean paying for college is impossible now. Here's what you should know.
- COVID-19: Leaving College vs. Financial Obligations: You may be considering taking a break from college due to the pandemic, but before you decide, here's a look at your options and the financial implications.
- What Changes Could Be Coming for Your Student Loans?: Student loan changes being discussed in Washington could have major implications for borrowers. Find out more about President Biden's plans now.
- COVID-19's Impact on Student Visas and Scholarships: As the pandemic continues, let's take a look at how it's affecting student visas and scholarships for international students looking to study outside their home countries.
- 5 Ways to Prepare for Loan Repayment to Resume: Federal student loan repayments resuming in a few months may have you worried. Here are five steps you can take to prepare before the relief period is over.
Advice just for job seekers and grad students
- Should You Go to Graduate School During the Pandemic?: Many people are seeking to go back to school as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But is now the right time to apply to grad school? Read on to find out.
- Pros and Cons of Graduate School During COVID-19: COVID-19 has made it difficult for many students to make big decisions about their future. Here's a look at the pros and cons of attending grad school right now.
- How COVID-19 May Affect Your Graduate Education: Grad school admission and programs are looking very different this year with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what prospective graduate students need to know.
- How Is the Pandemic Affecting Med School Admission? COVID-19 has changed a lot about the future of higher education. Here's what you need to know about how the coronavirus is affecting medical school admission.
- Great Graduate Schools With Fully Online Programs: Interested in earning your graduate degree at home? Check out this list of highly regarded grad schools with programs offered entirely online.
- How to Move for a Job During COVID–19: The coronavirus pandemic is certainly making life more difficult, but if you're moving for a new job, you can safely do so with these tips on moving during COVID-19.
- Job Search Advice for the Coronavirus Crisis: Finding a good job during a pandemic may seem hopeless, but if you're proactive, you can find a great opportunity even if it's not what you expected.
- How to Navigate and Excel at a Job Interview on Zoom: Job interviews are already stressful, but now you have to adapt to them online? Here's how you can prepare for a virtual interview.
Mental health and personal safety
- COVID-19: Why Is Social Distancing Important?: You’re young and healthy, so why should YOU have to take part in “social distancing”? Find out why we all play a crucial role in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
- COVID-19: How to Cope With Anxiety: Coronavirus has a lot of us feeling anxious and worried: for our health, for our education, for our family and friends. Here's how you can deal with it.
- How to Celebrate World Health Day During a Pandemic: April 7 is World Health Day! Celebrate by learning about and practicing the latest health and safety recommendations from the CDC and WHO.
- The Importance of Mental Health in a COVID-19 World: It seems the global pandemic isn't ending anytime soon, so prioritizing your mental health is a must to continue on with our lives. Here's how you can do so.
- How to Beat Back-to-School Anxiety: Going back to school can be nerve-wracking for students, and it's only compounded this year by the pandemic. Here are some methods to help you beat anxiety!
- Video: Staying Healthy While at School: With all the germs going around schools, it can be hard to stay healthy. Here are some tips from student vlogger Jordan-Paige to help you avoid getting sick.
- How to Have a Mindful Winter Break in 2020: With an odd end to a weird semester, CollegeXpress student writer Laura has advice on being productive and finding time for what you love this winter break.
- Students: Seek Out Mental Health Help During COVID–19: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so to encourage you to seek help if you need it, here's a look at mental health during the pandemic and how you can find resources.
- Great Mental Health Habits for Students to Establish: COVID-19 is still happening, and students should continue to find and employ long-lasting positive mental health habits. Here are some ideas for you!
- 5 Ways SEL Can Help Low–Income Students: Social-Emotional Learning can be a huge help to low-income students affected by the pandemic, putting them on the path to academic success. Here's how.
- Teletherapy: The New Way to Access Mental Health Care: Teletherapy is an emerging mode of mental health care. Read on to learn more about this helpful service and how students can access it.
- 8 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in College: Taking care of your mental health in college is of the utmost importance. These eight helpful tips can improve your mental health and your everyday life.
- COVID-19: Look for the Helpers: Need a break from all the frightening news lately? Read about these heartwarming acts of love, bravery, and kindness in the midst of the COVID-10 outbreak.
- In This Together: Ideas for When You Need Cheering Up: See how real students are coping with the situation and what they're doing to keep their spirits up!
- Words of Encouragement for the Class of 2020: High school and college seniors are missing out on a lot this year. Acknowledge your feelings and celebrate your accomplishments with this counselor advice.
- A Student's Guide to Moving Forward in a Pandemic: Even though the pandemic is still ongoing, you can still set yourself up for a bright future and successful career. Check out one college student's advice!
- 5 Ways to Make a Difference During the Pandemic: Giving back is more important than ever with the wide-range negative effects of the pandemic. Try these ideas to make a difference for others and improve your college applications.
- How Colleges Are Helping Students Meet Basic Needs: Many students have faced exacerbated hardships since the pandemic began. Here's how colleges are helping with food and housing insecurity and where you can find resources.
Researching and applying to colleges
Just about everything has been cancelled these days, but your college plans don’t have to be! Think about the future and use these tools to keep your college search on track.
- CollegeXpress College Search Tool: Search for schools by keyword, major, location, interest, and much more; compare your favorites; and connect with hundreds of different colleges in one click!
- 5 Easy Things to Do in Your College Search Today: This pandemic has shifted the way we conduct our lives, including the college search. Here are five simple tasks you can do today to keep your research going.
- Connecting With Colleges During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Going on campus visits may not be a possibility right now, but there are still plenty of ways to connect with colleges online. Find out more here.
- Expert Advice for Your Current College Search: You may be losing motivation in your college search amid the coronavirus pandemic, but we've got expert counselor advice on why it's important to keep going!
- Making Powerful Connections at Your Colleges of Interest: There are still plenty of ways to connect with valuable people at your colleges of interest, from admission officers to coaching staff. Learn who you can reach out to here!
- College Search Resources Students Need to Know About: These websites are great resources for students during the college search (when you're done browsing CollegeXpress, of course).
- The Best College Search Websites, Books, and Apps: Searching for colleges requires a lot of research, and it can be difficult without the right tools. Here are the top resources that make searching for colleges easier.
- 5 Free College Search Apps You Need to Try: We do everything on our phones these days—why not search for colleges too? Check out these five free apps that can help you find your perfect college.
- How to Organize Your College Search: Sorting through all those colleges can be daunting. Follow these tips to organize your college search and keep your sanity.
- College Search Spreadsheet Template: A college search spreadsheet lets you keep track of all your online research and compare it easily. Make your own using this handy template!
- 5 Ways Students Can Prepare for College Applications: Using this extra time you have at home to get ahead on your college applications is just smart. Try these five easy tips to get started.
- Should You Write Your College Essay Now?: You have a lot of time on your hands now; should you be focusing on your college essay? Before you start, ask yourself these questions.
- How Should I Prepare for a Virtual Admission Interview? Since the coronavirus pandemic, many colleges have switched from in-person interviews to virtual ones. Make sure yours goes smoothly with this expert advice!
- Why You Should Answer the New COVID Essay Prompt: The Common Application is offering space for students to explain how the pandemic has impacted them. Here's why and how you should write this type of college essay.
- What Colleges Care About in This Time of Crisis: Worried about gaps in your college applications due to COVID-19? This commitment letter backed by hundreds of deans should give students some peace of mind.
- The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to College Applications: The college application process can be stressful. But with this step-by-step guide, you can get organized and apply to colleges with ease. Check it out!
- 11 Steps to Finalizing and Submitting Your College Applications: Take the stress out of finishing up your college applications with these helpful tips on what to do and review before hitting submit!
- Video: College Essay Q&A With Expert Kim Lifton: Writing your college application essay can be one of the most difficult parts of the admission process. But college essay expert Kim Lifton is here to help!
- How to Approach the New Common Application Prompt: The Common App recently added a new prompt choice about gratitude to its college essay section. Here's what it is, what people think, and how you can approach it.
Searching and applying for scholarships
We think anytime is a good time to search for scholarships—and now you have even more time at home to do so. Learn how to search smarter and win more free money for college with these helpful tips.
- CollegeXpress Scholarship Search Tool: Find over $7 billion in awards to apply to by keyword or category. We also have our own easy scholarship opportunities, like our annual $10,000 scholarship drawing and a monthly $500 Refer-a-Friend contest!
- Scholarship Search Spreadsheet Template: Want an easy way to organize all the scholarships you're applying for? Look no further than our Scholarship Search Spreadsheet! Download the free template now.
- The Ultimate Guide to Scholarships: How Scholarships Work, Searching for Scholarships, and How to Apply and Win: This series will help answer all your scholarship search and application questions.
- Scholarship FAQ: Expert Advice to Start Your Search: How, when, and where should you start your scholarship search? Find out all the answers from a professional scholarship strategist!
- The Ultimate List of Easy Scholarships: No long essays. No recommendation letters. Just lots of scholarships that are easy to apply to and practically anyone can win. (Updated for 2021!)
- Easy No-Essay Scholarships You Need to Know About: Even more easy scholarship opportunities that don’t require a lot of writing!
- Secrets to Writing an Amazing Scholarship Essay: A lot of awards do have some sort of writing requirement. Pass the time at home by writing, proofing, and perfecting your essays to win more scholarships!
- 3 Common Obstacles to a Successful Scholarship Search: Deserving students miss out on a lot of money each year because of three common obstacles in the scholarship search process. Here's how to overcome them!
- Be Smart and Apply for These 6 Really Easy Scholarships: You’d be silly not to enter these super easy scholarship contests that all have one thing in common: applying through ScholarshipPoints could help you win more.
- CollegeXpress Mini Scholarship Winners 2022: Did you know CollegeXpress offers an easy-to-enter, no-essay scholarship every month? Find out who won our mini scholarship contests for 2022 here!
Taking standardized tests (or not?)
The pandemic has shaken the world of standardized testing, with many colleges and universities transitioning to test-optional or test-blind admission to take the burden off prospective students. Read the news about the SAT, ACT, and other exams here.
- How COVID-19 Is Affecting Standardized Tests: The coronavirus seems to be affecting just about everything related to the college search, including SAT and ACT test dates in May and June 2020. Find out what's changed here.
- COVID-19: AP Test Changes You Need to Know About: Unlike the SAT and ACT, this year's AP Tests haven't been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic—but there are some major changes you should be aware of. Learn more here.
- The Future of the SAT and ACT During COVID-19: The future of standardized tests is going to look a lot different due to the ongoing pandemic. Here's what you should know about the SAT, ACT, test-optional admission policies, and the potential of online testing.
- Test-Optional College Admission and Socioeconomic Status: Many students still feel pressure to submit test scores even if a college is test-optional. Here's how to decide what to do based on your socioeconomic status.
- Video: What Is Test-Blind College Admission?: A lot of colleges and universities have gone "test-blind" as a result of the pandemic. But what is a "test-blind" school, and what does it mean for college admission? Watch this video to learn more!
- Debunking 4 SAT, ACT, and Remote Learning Myths: COVID-19 has changed education, but it doesn't mean what you've heard about remote learning and standardized tests is true. You can disregard these four myths!
- The Truth About SAT and ACT Prep Courses: How much of what you're told about test prep courses is true? Find out here, plus learn how COVID-19 is changing upcoming test dates and college admission policies.
- How to Conquer Your Test Anxiety: If you're nervous about any upcoming tests (like the new online AP exams), here's how you can beat the stress and prepare to do your best.
- 4 Things to Know About Terminated SAT Subject Tests: The College Board has decided to eliminate SAT Subject Tests and the Essay. Read on to find out why and what you can do now to supplement your applications.
- How to Decide Whether to Take the SAT or ACT This Year: There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to take the ACT or SAT—especially with COVID-19. Here are some things to consider to help you make your choice.
- How to Make a Good Impression Without Any Test Scores: Many colleges are now test-optional, yet they still review standardized test scores. But what if you didn't take the SAT or ACT? Here's what you can focus on.
- Is the SAT/ACT Worth It With New Test–Optional Policies?: With so many schools going test-optional due to the pandemic, students are wondering if standardized testing is worth it. Here's what one expert has to say!
- Do the ACT or SAT Have a Future in College Admission?: Do standardized tests have a future in college admission? Learn why many schools are shifting away from this requirement and what they'll look for instead.
- Big Changes: What to Know About the Evolving SAT: The College Board announced big changes coming to the SAT: an online format! What does this mean for students preparing for the test? Read on to find out.
Campus visit alternatives
Bummed that your campus visits and open houses have been canceled? You can still get a good feel for a college without physically visiting. Here’s how.
- 3 Alternatives for Canceled Campus Tours: Your college search doesn't have to be on hold because campus tours have been canceled by COVID-19. Here are three ways to still learn about your top schools!
- COVID-19 and Virtual Campus Tours: Is the COVID-19 outbreak causing you to cancel your campus visit? Virtual tours are the answer to coronavirus cancellations.
- What to Do When You Can’t Visit Campus: Just because you can’t make the trip doesn't mean you should rule out a college on your list. Here's what to do when you can't visit a campus in person.
- How to Play Virtual Campus Visit Bingo: Check out our online version of Campus Visit Bingo while you're touring colleges on the web—you could even win a prize!
- Why You Should Visit as Many Colleges as Possible: With more campuses opening back up for in-person visits, it's important to see what your colleges of interest offer, even if they're at the bottom of your list. Here's why!
- 5 Helpful Things to Look for on a Virtual Campus Tour: Virtual tours are a great alternative if you can't physically visit campus. Here's what to look for and questions to ask to make the most of your experience.
- How to Have a Successful Self–Guided Campus Visit: Signing up for an official tour isn't the only way to visit colleges! Use these tips and tricks if you feel like exploring campus on your own.
- How to Have a Great Virtual Campus Visit Experience: If you're overwhelmed by all the virtual college visit options, have no fear. Here's a comprehensive guide to having your best virtual tour experience.
- CollegeXpress Featured Colleges With Virtual Tours: This list encompasses any CollegeXpress featured college that offers a campus visit experience online. From here, you can learn about any college of interest on CollegeXpress and access the school's virtual tour on their website!
Many schools and campuses have shut their doors and are finishing up the semester online. Here are a few different e-learning resources to help you navigate this new classroom format.
- 6 Tips to Transition to Online Learning: E-learning isn't for everyone, but sometimes it's necessary in times like these. These six tips can help you adjust to going to school online.
- Video: Adjusting to Online Learning: Student vlogger Isabella has four tips on how you can make the most of your online classes and continue getting a great education.
- How to Learn at Home During COVID-19: Whether you're in high school or college, these tips from a CollegeXpress student writer will help you succeed while learning from the confines of your computer screen.
- 4 Ways to Avoid Isolation as an Online Student: Feeling lonely as a new online student? Here's what you can do to stay connected and plan for when campuses open back up again after the coronavirus pandemic.
- How to Manage Your Time as a Student: Managing your time was already difficult, but it just got even more challenging as we adjust to our new routines. Get more organized and productive with these tips!
- Can You Make Studying More Fun?: You still have schoolwork to do, so you might as well make it as fun as possible. Here’s how.
- Spend Your Summer Learning With MOOCs: Now might be the perfect time to try out a massive open online course (MOOC). See what you could learn from the comfort of your couch!
- 5 Tips for Sudden Homeschool Students and Parents: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some parents are learning how to homeschool their kids for the first time. If you're one of them, here are some tips to help get you through.
- How to Write a Professional Email: We're all communicating online a lot more these days, and sometimes "lol" is not the right response. This comprehensive advice will help keep your messages to your teachers, professors, and employers nice and professional.
- Students: Don't Feel Bad for Being Distracted at Home: Adjusting to online learning has been hard for students with at-home distractions. But here's why those diversions may be just what you need right now.
- Free Courses for Students to Take During the Pandemic: The coronavirus shouldn't stop you from finding ways to improve yourself and your college applications. Check out these free online courses to boost your skills!
- How to Create an Effective Distance Learning Routine: The key to distance learning in a COVID-19 world is having a routine. Here's some advice on creating a well-balanced remote learning routine this semester.
- How to Better Cope With Remote Learning: As the pandemic carries on, so does the struggle with learning at home. These expert tips will help if you’re feeling down about remote learning.
- 6 Tips for Dealing With Distractions in Online Classes: Staying focused during online classes is a lot different than focusing during in-person instruction. Here are six great tips to keep you on track.
- The Most Important Thing to Do in Remote Learning: There’s one simple thing you can do during remote learning to set yourself up for success: turn your camera on! Read on to see why it’s so important.
- How to Take Charge of Your Education in Online Classes: A college senior learning 100% online shares how she's using tech tools to stay connected and accountable with her peers and professors while school is remote.
- How to Make Online Learning Work Better for You: Still not getting the hang of remote classes? These three tips could help you make the most of your learning online routine. Check them out!
- 5 Tips for Focusing and Note-Taking in Online Classes: Online learning is now a huge part of many high school and college students' lives. Take better notes in your remote classes and stay focused with these tips!
- How to Improve Your Learning With Online Video Lectures: Video lectures can be a big game changer in your online learning and general academic success if you let them be. Here's why.
Keeping busy at home
Be sure to relax and enjoy some quality time with your family while you’re stuck at home. When you finally get sick of them, however, give these options a try.
- Video: 5 Things to Do While Social Distancing: Feeling bored, isolated, or stressed? Student vlogger Janna shares five of her favorite things to do at home.
- How to Beat Cabin Fever: Social distancing may be a scary (or boring) prospect for students, but these options can help you make the most of your time at home and avoid getting cabin fever.
- COVID-19: How to Stay Productive: We're all cooped up at home right now, but that doesn't mean we can't be productive. Get tips on staying busy and getting stuff done now.
- How to Stay Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Staying active might be one of the hardest parts of sheltering-in-place. Use these tips to get moving and feel better while you're stuck at home.
- 13 Ideas for a Fun Night Right From Your Dorm Room: (Or house)…Since we’re all practicing social distancing (right?), here are some things you can do to relax and have fun in the comfort of your home.
- Quiz: Would You Survive a Zombie Attack on Campus?: Find out your fate with this silly quiz. (We also have tests to find out which fictional college you should go to, or which college mascot you are.)
- 10 Fiction Picks for College Bookworms: These are great choices for college students who want to relax with a good book or just read something without having to analyze it. Download an audio book app and start listening!
- 4 Easy Networking Strategies for Online Students: Networking as an online student takes a little extra effort than if you were on campus. Here are some simple ways to start connecting with peers and professors.
- Video: How to Make Breakfast Bars in the Microwave: Cooking is a fun way to pass the time and learn new skills at home while you're social distancing. Find even more College Cooking videos on our YouTube channel!
- 10 of the Best Quarantine Memes (So Far): COVID-19 is not funny, but the quarantine memes are really, really funny. Check out our team's favorites here if you need a laugh.
- National Student-Athlete Day: Quarantine Workout: We're all getting stir-crazy, and for athletes, it's likely worse. Here's a fun at-home workout challenge for National Student-Athlete Day based on your favorite memes, shows, and more.
- How to Manage Your Stress for Better Health as a Student: Learning stress management strategies can greatly benefit your mental and physical health. Check out your options for dealing with this stessful situation here.
- Stuck in a Rut During COVID-19: A Student's Perspective: The pandemic hasn't been an easy time for anyone. Here are some encouraging words from a student like you to help you get out of a rut and stay productive.
- 6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Own Backyard: While we may not be able to do much outside right now, we can still enjoy nature and take care of the planet. Check out some ways to celebrate Earth Day at home!
- Entertainment Picks to Help Pass the Time: We have the cure for your social distancing boredom. Check out this huge list of movie, TV, book, music, and podcast recommendations from CX users!
- CX Team Poll: Who's the Cutest Quarantine Friend?: Take a cute animal break and look at all the pets keeping us company while we're stuck at home! You can vote for your favorite on our Instagram.
- The Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time This Summer: We asked members of the CollegeXpress community how they've been spending their free time throughout the pandemic. Check out their answers and get inspired!
- 8 Tips for Starting the New Year With a Positive Mindset: This year has been a long one, and with a new year on the horizon, we’re all due for a reset and refresh. Here’s how to start out 2021 with a positive mindset.
- 8 Healthy Stress Management Tips for Students: Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high for students. To help combat that, we have eight tips to help you manage your stress in a healthy way.
- 8 Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer: Reading over the summer shouldn't feel like a chore! Stay sharp and get sucked into these eight books that are perfect picks to read during vacation.
- Crafting Your Own Caffeinated Beverages in 5 Easy Steps: Don't have money to go to Starbucks every day? (What student does?!) Stay home, become your own barista, get your caffeine fix, and save money with this five-step process.
- 3 Mindful Activities to Help Students Beat the Winter Blues: Seasonal depression is common for people of all ages. Whether you're a high school or college student, here are some fun ways to improve your mood and mindset.
Free virtual stuff to do
There are so many free online resources for learning, fun, and relaxation, from museum and park tours to ways to exercise and stand together during this crazy time.
- Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour: You may not be able to travel to this national landmark anytime soon, but you can explore it through their website and make plans to visit in person when things get back to normal.
- Farm Food 360 Virtual Tours: Learn everything about cheese and milk processing, apple orchards, and other farm operations—or just watch all the cute animal videos.
- Louvre Online Tours: Visit the famed Paris art museum virtually and see Egyptian antiquities, remains of the Louvre’s moat, and more.
- DoYogaWithMe: Clear your mind and relieve some stress with hundreds of streaming instructional yoga videos for all levels.
- Jimmy Fallon’s Cowbell Challenge: The Tonight Show host encouraged everyone to open their windows at 3:00 pm ET on Friday, March 20 and bang a cowbell (or a pot or pan) to make some noise in support of first responders and each other. Everyone could use a little more cowbell right now!
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