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Why You Should Read for Just for Fun

If you have to do a lot of reading for your courses, doing even more reading might not be at the top of your list of ways to spend your free time, but research suggests that maybe it should be. There are loads of benefits to reading just for the fun of it, including making yourself a better student, more adept writer, and getting your brain in shape. Sound too good to be true? Read on to learn about why reading is one of the best ways to relax, offering you the chance for fun and some serious brain benefits at the same time.

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What’s an LMS Anyway?

Have you heard your professor talking about using the LMS? Maybe heard about an LMS in discussions about online learning? While the term might get tossed around a lot by professionals, many students are left in the dark about just what an LMS actually is, how and why it’s used, and how they can better learn to navigate it for success in their courses. Here, we aim to change that, giving you the basics of what you need to know about an LMS as a student.   Continue reading

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Wikipedia for Course Research: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

How often do you look to Wikipedia for some quick facts? Probably pretty often given the stats: the site gets an average of 269 million page views every single day and is the fifth most visited website in the world. But while Wikipedia might be great for ending debates over which U.S. city has the largest population or what the song “Yankee Doodle” is actually about, Wikipedia has largely been banned as a source of research for academic papers.

How can such a popular and prolific site be so bad to use for research? Is Wikipedia always off limits? The answer is complicated, but makes a lot of sense. Read on to learn more about where Wikipedia can fit in to your academic career and why your professors aren’t trying to make your life more difficult by discouraging you from using it.

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Inspiration Through Education: 12 TED Talks Every Online Student Should Watch

Known for its short, powerful talks, TED conferences have become a go-to for those looking to get inspired. Part of their appeal is also that there’s something that will interest just about anyone or apply to any subject, and online learners are no exception. Whether you’re struggling with making progress, interested in the future of online learning, or just want to get inspired by the very process of learning itself, these talks have you covered.

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The Write Stuff: Why Learning How to Write Well Matters Beyond the Classroom

Writing well can give you a leg up in your studies, but not only because it can help you earn better grades on writing assignments. The skills required to help you write well can actually make you a better reader and problem solver, making you a better student overall.

While writing is often critical to success in the classroom, it can also often have an impact on advancement in your professional life. Whether you’re writing contracts, conversing with clients over email, or developing content for a company website, writing will be a key tool in nearly every career avenue you’ll encounter.

That’s part of why it’s so critical to develop your writing skills now. The good habits and strong skills you develop today will not only help you as a student, but can also make a huge difference in your success in the professional world. Read on to learn more about why writing matters and to get tips and ideas for improving your writing.
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10 Academic New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make This Year

All students want to do well in their classes, but not everyone knows how to break bad habits or ensure that they’re starting out and staying on the path to success. There’s no better time than the new year to start working towards positive changes by making and sticking resolutions that can make you the top-notch student you’ve always known you could be.

Here are some real, concrete resolutions that you can make this year that will improve your success as a student and help you stay on track through January and beyond.

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The Online Student’s Guide to Netiquette

Etiquette is a set of expectations for social behavior in a society. This manifests itself in a wide range of ways in daily life, from the use of basic manners to how we show respect for others. Following this code of conduct isn’t just important for your real-world interactions, however. In your online courses, you’ll need to embrace the digital version of these rules, often called “netiquette.”

Online etiquette isn’t that much different than the face-to-face version, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind as you participate in discussion boards and send emails. Here, you’ll learn the rules you’ll need to follow to stay polite and professional in your online courses.

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14 Free Tech Tools for Brainstorming

Trying to come up with a great idea for your final paper or presentation? Why not do a little brainstorming with the help of some high-tech tools? There are some really great sites and apps out there that can help you bring together your ideas, work with others, organize your research, and turn a tiny idea into a fully-fleshed out final product.

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When Technology Fails You: A Survival Guide for Online Students

When you’re taking an online course, technology is your lifeline. You can’t get onto your courses, complete assignments, or talk with your classmates without an Internet connection and a working device. So what do you do when your tech fails you?

Here’s a quick guide to handling any kind of tech issue without losing your cool, ensuring you stay on track with your course no matter what life throws your way.

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5 Lessons from Top Productivity Gurus to Help You Be a Better Online Student

You don’t have to be a busy professional to take advantage of the advice productivity gurus have to offer. Often, their advice can just as easily be applied to college studies, allowing students to improve their time management skills, get organized, and even get more out of class. Even better, mastering some of these habits now will help you out in the working world later on.

Here are a few great ideas from the experts for boosting your productivity as a student.

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