From the Archives: Preparing for a New School Year

As you’re all gearing up for first semester in a couple weeks, take a look at some “buried wisdom” from the deep, carvernous archives of Gearfire. Why You Need to Ask for Help as Soon as You Need It – Definitely something to keep in mind going into the new semester, especially for freshmen. It is super […]

The Frugal Student: Tips for a Low-Cost Road Trip

Most students can’t afford to fly off to Europe after their semester is over. It’s much more likely that they will head out on the open road for a little vacation with their friends. Saving money on your student road trip will be a lot easier by using some of the following tips. Hit up […]

Knowing When and How to Ask for an Extension: A Few Tips

Having graduated from college only a short time ago, I often reflect fondly on my academic and personal trials while navigating the complicated and exhausting world of the university student. As an entering freshman, one aspect of academics of which I was completely ignorant was the ability to ask for an extension on an academic […]

Tips for Buying a Car in University

As a student in high school or college, getting your first car is an incredibly exciting and potentially life-changing event. However, since students generally do not have experience purchasing cars, it’s a good idea to do some research on how to get the best bang for your buck. To help you in this endeavor, here […]

The Benefits of Using a Netbook in the Classroom

Even after the explosive growth of netbooks in 2008, it seems that these ultra-compact and inexpensive laptops have failed to penetrate the student market. Instead, most students with computers stick to an Apple MacBook or a Windows-based computer from one of the big manufacturers (Dell, Sony, HP) or go to class with no laptop at […]

Take The Plunge: Immersing yourself in your studies

The language learning community has always been a huge proponent of the idea of immersion. In its most extreme form, this means relocating to The Netherlands (à la Benny of Fluent in 3 Months), but for most students, it involves using Facebook in French, listening to Spanish music or podcasts, or watching Inspector Rex without […]

Nonprofit Organization Launches Scholarships For Young, Queer Black Men Attending HBCUs

Morehouse College freshman Jauan Durbin may not have been able to pursue his degree if not for the mentorship he received from Black, Gifted and Whole, a nonprofit organization that dedicates itself to the empowerment of young, queer black men. Its most recent extension of this initiative is the launch of the Ambassador Program, which […]

Some helpful tips on creating an appropriate musical library for your child

A Library of Variety Whether they’re singing along with Curious George’s theme song or asking you to turn up a popular song on the car radio, children love music. But what kind of music should kids listen to at a young age? Here are some helpful tips on creating an appropriate musical library for your […]

One simple trick to raising curious kids pay attention to their questions

Young children are naturally curious. They have an itch to explore their world and figure out how things work. And parents have compelling reasons to foster this inherent inquisitiveness. Curiosity is tied to academic achievement, with research showing “unequivocally that when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better.” According to one study, […]

6 Secrets To Digging And Bring Up Your Child’s Talent

Could your child be the next American Idol? The next American president? Just maybe. Daniel Coyle, author of the bestselling book, The Talent Code, says you can up a child’s chances immensely by understanding one key thing: greatness isn’t born, it’s grown. Coyle spent two years bouncing between nine of the world’s greatest talent hotbeds—tiny, […]