Category Archives: Quick Tips

Learning on the Fast Track: An Online Student’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Accelerated Courses

Accelerated courses allow students to complete a course in anywhere from 10 to 5 weeks rather than the usual 16. For many students, they can be a great way to earn college credits quickly, but they can also be incredibly intense, especially if you’re trying to take one while balancing your usual responsibilities at work and at home.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t enroll in an accelerated online course if you believe it’s the right fit for you, but you will need to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are some tips that can ensure that you’re ready to take on any of the challenges an accelerated course may pose.

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Creating a Study Schedule That Sticks

While staying up all night to study has long been a staple of the study methods employed by college students, it’s neither particularly effective (you won’t remember much of what you study) nor a particularly good use of time. A far better way to tackle studying is to set up a study schedule, which will allow you to slowly, but much more effectively, review and learn the material from your course.

It might sound like a lot of work but creating and keeping to a study schedule isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are some tips to help you stay on track in your online courses and ensure you won’t have to pull and all-nighter before a big exam.

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How to Stay Social as an Online Student

Isolation is often cited as a knock against online courses, but it doesn’t have to be part of the experience. There are many ways to stay socially engaged with both your peers and your professors as an online student. Sure, it may not be as easy as just walking into class, but on the upside you have the flexibility of communicating at time and place that’s most convenient to you. And, bonus, you can even do it in your PJs.

So how can you make sure that you’re staying connected and getting the social experience you need from your course? Here are some tips to keep you on track.

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Forget Facebook: Why You Need to Embrace LinkedIn Before Graduation

While Facebook is great for keeping up with friends and family, following products and services you’re interested in, and even connecting with your online classmates, it’s not the ideal social media tool for promoting yourself professionally. If you haven’t yet set up a LinkedIn account, or haven’t really put much effort into fleshing it out, it’s critical that you do so before graduation.

Why? According to a report from ABC News, more than 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. While some of that networking can happen the old fashioned way, a lot of it occurs online and if you’re out of the game, you won’t have access to these important opportunities which can make it much harder to break into a new industry or to land that critical first job after graduation.

So how to do you make the most of what LinkedIn can offer you as a soon-to-be certified professional in your field? There are a few ways you can do the work now of cultivating your profile that will help you reap big benefits later on.

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Need for Speed: How Fast Does Your Internet Connection Need to Be for Online Courses?

If there’s one thing you need to get right for taking an online course it’s your access to the Internet. It needs to be reliable, readily available for you to use, and fast enough to ensure that you can complete the things you’ll need to do for the course. But how fast is fast enough? Here, we’ll address the basics of getting the best Internet connection for an online course and discuss the speed you need to keep pace with your coursework.

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7 Ways Twitter Can Be a Powerful Educational Tool for Online Students

Twitter has made it possible to keep up with your favorite celebrities, learn about breaking news, and share your thoughts with the world—all in 140 characters or less. But have you ever considered using the site as a way to learn more about your degree program and advance in your career?

While it’s not the most conventional tool for online learning, Twitter can actually help you to become more actively involved in your studies and, as an added bonus, you may actually have quite a bit of fun while doing it. Here are some of the easiest and most productive ways to put Twitter to use in your online courses and beyond.

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The Best High-Tech Note-Taking Tools for Online Students

Taking high-quality notes is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself be successful in your courses, both online and off. While traditional methods like pen and paper still work quite well, if you’re looking for a more high-tech solution there are plenty of options available to you.

Here are a few great tools that make it easy to take, store, share, and organize notes for all of your courses.

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5 Research-Proven Tips for Studying More Effectively

When it comes to studying, it’s not just how much you study, but how well you do it. In fact, the better you are at studying, the less time you’ll actually have to commit to it. How can you attain pro status when it comes to studying for your online courses? Here are five tips, based on psychological research, that will help you hone your study skills and ensure you get more out of every minute you put in.

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The Online Student’s Finals Week Survival Guide

There’s one thing that students, no matter where they are, in class or online, have in common: finals week. Whether you’re pulling together final presentations, writing up big papers, or cramming for exams, the stress of the final week of class doesn’t evaporate just because you’re not coming to campus. How do you prepare to tackle those last few days of class before you get to enjoy the well-earned freedom of  break? Here are some tips and tools to help online students get through your finals with flying colors. Continue reading