What Is a Rubric and How Can I Use It to Improve My Grades?

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You just began reviewing the syllabus for a new online course. It didn’t take you long to realize there are several graded written assignments along with a final paper scheduled in the course. You are motivated to work hard and submit quality work, but you are uncertain about one major thing—what exactly is the mentor looking for, especially in terms of a particular written assignment?

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips, Mentors

How the TECEP® Test Description Can Teach You Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Exam

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Many students think that reading a textbook from cover to cover will prepare them to take a TECEP® Exam. On the other hand, sometimes I hear from students that simply just are not sure how to prepare for the test. Wherever you fall on this scale, there is one crucial resource that can help you prepare and pass. And every TECEP® has its own in the form of the test description.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

7 Mistakes the Night Before a Big Test You Will Never Make Again

You have studied and reviewed for months now in anticipation of exam day. There are stacks of index cards on your nightstand, notated study guides in your briefcase and over-highlighted textbooks covering your kitchen counter. You are ready, eager and confident, but there is still one more thing left to do - and it may be the most important of all.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

6 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Student Habits You Didn’t Know You Had

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You’ve read every article on time management strategies and how to be more productive. You’ve dedicated a quiet space for schoolwork, block distracting websites and get organized. You may have even mastered our list of timesaving hacks.  

But, as you try to balance life as a student, parent, corporate executive, taxi driver and whatever else you have to do this week, do you still feel like rushing around is just a fact of your day? If you’re supposedly doing everything right, why is your daily workload not getting any easier? 

Topics: Study Tips, Time Management

13 Study Tips, Tricks and Treats [Infographic]

Don’t let an all-night study session turn you into a zombie. Use these study tips and techniques to transform any scary test-taking experience into a sweet one. 

Topics: Study Tips

5 Things Running Can Teach You About Getting Through Graduate School

5 Things Running Can Teach You About Getting Through Graduate School

“We all have dreams; in order to make dreams come into reality it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." - Jesse Owens, Olympic Gold-Medalist runner


As the Trenton Half Marathon approaches on November 8th, seasoned and first-time runners have spent the last year stretching, strengthening and pushing themselves to prepare for the big event. They’ve dedicated long hours to training and exercising, both mentally and physically, for one goal - to finish.

Topics: Study Tips, Motivation

Your Essential Nursing School Checklist: 10 Things You Need to Succeed

Your decision to be a nurse may have been easy, but getting through nursing school can be a different story. Even if you’re committed, passionate and dedicated to the field, you may not feel that way when a 2-hour final exam follows an especially exhausting double shift. Whether you’ve been out of school five years or 20, here are 10 things you’ll need to balance work, personal life and school as a nursing student.

Topics: Study Tips, Nursing

How to Prepare for a DSST Exam in 8 Easy Steps

This is a guest post written by DSST Credit by Exam Program

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to take a DSST exam, a test that will help you advance your college education without breaking the bank on tuition costs. Now that you’ve taken the leap you’re probably wondering…how do I get started? Do not fear! This quick step-by-step guide will help you prepare in no time!

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

What's Your Learning Style? [Quiz]

Adult learners have different learning styles than most traditional college students. Understanding how you learn can help you study more effectively around your busy lifestyle and unique needs as a college student. So, do you know what your learning style is?

Topics: Study Tips

7 Credit-by-Exam Myths BUSTED

7 Credit-by-Exam Myths BUSTED

Even though credit-by-exams programs like TECEP®, CLEP and DSST have been around for years, students still have many misconceptions about them.  All I have to do is read the textbook and I’ll pass the test, they say. I already know everything about the subject so I don’t have to study, they claim.

But, for most students, these statements couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like any other test, credit-by-exam programs require preparation, including a study plan to familiarize yourself with the format, timing and possible essay requirements. So if you’ve already registered or ever plan to take an exam for credit and think it will be easy, then test-takers, consider these 7 busted myths your reality check:

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam