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Do-It-Yourself (DIY) College Prep focuses on academics and study skills for prospective college students; independent learners, students new to college, or students returning to college after a hiatus also will find helpful tips here.

About the author: I have taught at the college level (in the midwestern and western United States) for over 10 years, mostly as full-time faculty. Currently, I work in higher education in an academic support role.

Why the blog exists: I enjoy seeing students take advantage of the opportunity to attend college, but I continue to be concerned about the general lack of academic preparedness among those students. The good news I hope to relate here is that for the serious and committed learner, preparedness is possible, even if that preparedness is DIY.

I sincerely hope you find some useful advice on this site, and I wish you good luck with all your academic endeavors.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Completing College: Harsh Realities « DIY College Prep
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 23:01:59

  2. Dr. StrangeCollege
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 06:35:06

    Hey there, DIY College Prep, thank you for this blog — I appreciate your attitude (DIY) and the resources you provide. Thanks!
    I have been following for a while, but stopped to write a note today because I ran into a new site that might appeal to you: http://expertenough.com/420/welcome-to-expert-enough
    I think you’ll like their manifesto, even if it might not be college-prep enough to be a source for you.
    Thanks again!
    Jane Kulow


    • diycollegeprep
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 23:38:06

      Well hello Dr. StrangeCollege,
      First, thank you so much for the kind words! I follow and enjoy your blog as well, and thanks also for sharing the link above. It looks like a great site (lots of energy and useful tips) and I’ll be keeping my eye on it too.
      All best wishes!


  3. John U
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:06:53


    I think you guys have a great website here. It’s really important to help students through application processes, classes and anything we can. y name is John Ulzheimer, I’m a credit expert and senior columnist at Credit Card Insider, an educational resource about credit. I just wrote an article for freshmen entering college about what they should know about building credit in college, and thought I would pass it along to you. If you have any channels to share it through your department blog or elsewhere that would help get it in front of incoming freshman, it would be much appreciated! Please let me know if you choose to do anything with my article, thanks!





    • diycollegeprep
      Apr 22, 2014 @ 17:41:27

      Thank you Mr. Ulzheimer,

      First, thanks for stopping by, for your kind words, and for leaving your link. I agree that responsible credit is an important topic for prospective college students. Here I’m mostly writing on academic concerns, but I might use your information in the future, just to mix it up a bit. I’ll certainly let you know and will credit you at that point. Again, thanks much and all best wishes.

      Liz @ DIYCollegePrep


  4. gpcox
    May 31, 2013 @ 04:47:39

    It’s a pleasure to meet you.


    • diycollegeprep
      Apr 22, 2014 @ 18:32:56

      Thank you sir,

      Likewise, and also, thanks for writing your interesting blog!

      All best wishes,
      Liz @ DIYCollegePrep


  5. Jule
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 07:20:57

    I have a question that is not necessarily related to your blog. I found an image in this blog post of yours (https://diycollegeprep.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/spotlight-theatre-appreciation-websites-for-students/) and I would like to use it in my term paper for my theatre class. Would that be okay with you?
    Thank you, and you have a great blog!
    Best wishes,


    • diycollegeprep
      Aug 29, 2015 @ 15:16:57

      Hello Jule,
      Yes, it would be okay, but I got that image from morguefile.com–if the address at the bottom of my post doesn’t work, you can go to morguefile and do a keyword search for “theatre.” You might find other images there, too, for your class. 🙂 Thanks for the note!
      Liz @ DIYCollegePrep


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