Getting Started With Online Learning: 8 Things New Students Should Do After Time Off

We’ve all been a beginner at some point in our lives. Even if you’ve been married for 20 years, saw your kids off to college and prepared for retirement, you were once a newlywed, new parent or new employee navigating unfamiliar waters.

So when it comes to starting your college career, with technologies you never used and information you don’t remember, it’s understandable that you may feel hesitant and unsure of yourself. But now, this lifestyle change is completely different.

Because, unlike being a new parent, becoming a successful adult learner does come with a guide. There is a place to begin. And it’s right here.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

A Beginner's Guide To Sending College Transcripts

Your transcripts from any other institutions you have attended are critical to your application. They can boost your candidacy for a competitive program, and allow you to transfer college credit that you have already earned and apply it to a new degree program.

The process of sending transcripts may seem confusing, and it may appear as if there’s a lot of effort involved to submit just one. Add the fact that there are many sources from which you can send a variety of transcripts. Whatever the reasons, many students forget, or just don’t bother to properly send one or more of their transcripts.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College

5 Fundamental Rules for Transferring College Credit

Transferring credits not only means a shorter time to degree completion, but also less strain on your wallet. But figuring out on your own which credits are transferrable is not always possible. Meanwhile, requesting transcripts from any colleges and universities you previously attended can seem time consuming. At times, it’s hard to keep track of it all. So how can you make the transfer process as simple as possible?

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College

How the Academic Evaluation Process Works: Everything You Need to Know

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You’ve filled out the application, been accepted and forwarded your transcripts to the University.

And now, you wait to see what transferred.

But why do you have to wait at all?

Since your evaluation is designed as a roadmap to degree completion, it is an ever-evolving review of credits that shows you what requirements have been fulfilled or still remain to complete your degree. So while your evaluation is not an official transcript, it documents your entire degree program.

So from the moment the Office of the Registrar receives your transcripts, your personalized Academic Evaluation has a long journey to confirm your credits before it posts to your Online Student Services account.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Advising

5 Things Productive Students Do Every Day - Even When Life Gets Stressful

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Chances are you're reading this article for one of two reasons:
A. You’re procrastinating.
B. You’re genuinely interested in becoming more productive.
Whatever your reason, you probably feel as if there's never enough time for everything. Instead, you are left feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious.
So when we see those students that always seem to “just get it done,” we can’t help but be envious. Even under tremendous pressure, they remain efficient, motivated and productive. What's their secret?

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation, Work-Life Balance

College vs. University: What's the Difference?

Higher education options for adult learners often include both colleges and universities, and differentiating and judging them can be difficult.

In the United States, colleges and universities are often discussed interchangeably with little to no realization of the difference between them. In fact, you'll likely consider yourself a 'college student' no matter which type of institution you attend. Even though this usage is perfectly acceptable, it's important to note that colleges and universities have several differences that could affect which type of school you choose.

So what is the real difference between a college and a university?

Topics: Going Back to College

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science: What's the Difference?

Every day we are faced with a multitude of choices:

Turn left or right?

Soup or salad?

Early bedtime or one more TV show?

If you are planning to go back to college, there are even more things to consider. Between tuition plans, course schedules and areas of study, the answers may or may not be that easy. But perhaps one of the most common choices you will make is if you should choose a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Topics: Going Back to College, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

3 Secrets to Pursuing a New Career

Whether your career has left you bored, stagnant or burnt out, it's not too late to press the restart button.

Of course, switching careers isn’t without its own unique set of challenges. From financial concerns to family responsibilities, it makes sense why most people are hesitant to make such a change midlife.

Topics: Going Back to College, Career

Top 3 Survival Skills All College Students Need to Master

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You’ve been admitted to college, received your academic program evaluation, and registered and paid for your courses. You are excited to go back to school and complete your degree, but suddenly, panic begins to set as you wait for your term to begin. Thoughts whirl through your head:

What if I don’t have time to study?

What if I miss an assignment?

Will I fall behind so far I won’t be able to catch up?

How can I keep track of the assignments I need to complete?

You are not alone in having these thoughts! We all become a little nervous when starting something new. The key to staying calm and not panicking can be summed up in three words: motivation, organization and discipline. Mastering these three skills will help you create a game plan to steadily move forward toward finishing your degree.  

How can these three skills help you survive? Let’s start with the definition of each word as it pertains to your college career.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

What is the Difference Between Guided Study and Online Courses?

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Take a moment to think of your commute to work each morning. Do you have a favorite route? It is because it is faster? Does it have less traffic? Is it more scenic? Whether you prefer to get to your destination as quickly as possible, or enjoy a leisurely drive to the office, at one point, you decided that this route was the best one for you.

When it comes to an online learning environment and planning your degree, you also have a choice to make in reaching your ultimate educational destination. Only now, you have to select the course route that best fits you.

Topics: Taking Courses, Going Back to College