6 Essential Books Every Adult Learner Should Read Right Now

The start of a new year is always an exciting time to reflect on the previous year and think about the highlights; it is also the perfect opportunity to set new goals as another chapter begins. As an avid reader, I am interested in finding books that either help me to understand a different viewpoint or offer valuable advice I can apply directly to my life. If you are a reader in search of a new title or someone that hasn't read something new in awhile, a new year is the perfect time to consider picking up a good book!

Topics: Motivation

Contract Cheating: What It Is and Why You Need to Care

As a college student, there are often times you may feel overwhelmed - whether it's studying for a major exam, researching and editing an engaging discussion forum post or simply balancing school work alongside working a full-time job, raising a family and multiple other responsibilities. It's important to remember that in college - as in life - cheating should never be an option.

In fact, did you know that in New Jersey, submitting a purchased essay, report or other written assignment to fulfill the requirements of a degree or course is punishable by up to a $1,000 penalty?

Topics: Taking Courses, Going Back to College, Motivation

Watch a Two-year Time-lapse of the Construction of Glen Cairn Hall, the University’s Newest Campus Building

The development of Glen Cairn Hall, which is home to Thomas Edison State University’s W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, has transformed one of Trenton’s key gateways in the historic State House district of the city. The site, which was previously home to Glencairn mansion in the late 19th century and the Glen Cairn Arms apartment complex, features views of the Delaware River, Calhoun Street Bridge and the Trenton city skyline.

Over the past two years, the University’s cameras captured thousands of images of the construction, and our web specialist edited the footage to create this exclusive video. Watch this time-lapse showing the construction of the building from June 2014 to September 2016, below. 

 

Topics: Motivation

9 Easy Fixes to Your Biggest Time Management Excuses

Whenever the idea of going back to college comes up, do you think to yourself:

  • How am I supposed to balance work and school? 
  • How am I supposed to find the time to study?
  • Will my family be able to handle my new schedule?

The most successful and productive students have mastered one key skill: time management. While their techniques may differ, from accomplishing course-related tasks early on Sunday morning to an hour after the kids are in bed, you can do this if you set up a routine in a structured environment. All you need is careful planning and your best efforts. If you’ve ever made any of these excuses, consider these easy fixes an excuse no more.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Going Back to College, Time Management, Motivation

5 Smart Strategies to Overcome the Fear of Going Back to School

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

If several years have passed since your first try at college, it’s natural to feel anxious about going back to school as an adult with more responsibilities and obligations. Or you may remember all too well the pressures and demands you experienced while trying the first time. Whatever your motives for leaving, or hesitation to return, if these fears are the only reasons holding you back from your professional and personal dreams, know that you now have more control to complete your degree on your own terms. You are older, wiser and far more motivated and prepared to return. There is always time and opportunity to try again. After all, it took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to come up with a commercial light bulb that worked. So if you’re ready to finish what you started, use these 5 strategies to overcome your fears and try just one more time.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

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

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

9 Ways to Finish Homework in College Even When You Don't Feel Like It

Do you put the “pro” in procrastinate?

In truth, we’ve all experienced how difficult it feels just to start. So we tend to ignore it and focus on something more fun instead. But then, before we realize, a project that at first seemed manageable now appears next to impossible to complete. 

So we go into a deadline-induced panic. 

Even if you think you work well under stress and pressure in college, you probably still feel the overwhelming sense of anxiety that accompanies procrastination, whether or not you meet that looming deadline.

Topics: Study Tips, Motivation

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

10 Notably Successful People with Liberal Arts Degrees

Madeleine Albright testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee September 16, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong)

The value of a liberal arts education is something many people tend to question.

In reality, reports - and employers - frequently indicate that a liberal arts education continues to prepare students for career success long after graduation. Employees who studied history, political science, humanities, mathematics and more in their undergraduate pursuits are often better communicators, analytical thinkers and more adaptable to excel in any given task. From supreme court justices to CEOs, political activists to media moguls, some of the most influential and powerful people attribute their liberal arts education as the launchpad for their successful careers. Here are a few of those people.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Motivation