Back to School (College Edition): Tips for Local Coverage

About 3 million students are just starting college in their freshman year. A quick back-to-school guide with some local experts adding quotes to this information will help these students and their families. A bonus: the students stay connected to you, a connection that will be important when they want information from home.

Themes, suggested prompts for your site, Facebook and Twitter, and resources. (Short url's included to simplify any tweets or other sharing.)

The Tech
Does your college student know how to search for information on the internet?  College Students Are Bad at Google
Recent college students: What is the one tech tip you wish you knew as a freshman?

How much do you plan to spend each semester on books?
Two free apps for your phone or iPad to keep textbook costs as low as possible:
Amazon Student

Dartmouth has suggestions about making effective use of study time: Where To Study / How To Study
Oklahoma U student paper compiled these tips: | Freshman study habits emphasized
How many hours a week do you think the typical college student spends studying? How many hours a week do you plan to spend studying?

The Room
What is the one essential item to have in a dorm room?
50 Cheap Ways to Decorate a Dorm Room | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
Students: send us a photo of your room — before and after you are moved in.

From the hurricane zone:
A parting gift:  don't forget the "Hurricane Survivor" t-shirts:
What one item from home should a college student have as a reminder?

The NYTimes offers discounted subscriptions to college students. Does your publication? The New York Times  – Students Page
One more prompt: Ask students for a photo on campus reading your website or publication.

Have an example to share? Send it along:



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