Free Download: Graduate School Application Checklist

Applying to graduate school can take a lot of time. There are essays to write, transcripts to send and letters to request. Not to mention the qualifications required to even be considered for a program, before your application materials are even looked at.

How are you supposed to keep track of it all?

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

5 Surprising Ways Technology Has Changed Since Your Traditional School Days

Technology has undoubtedly transformed our lives. Our everyday gadgets now turn tedious actions into the simplest of tasks. Gone are late nights finding and fixing typos on a typewriter. Maps, watches and fax machines seem practically obsolete. And forget forgetting – you can now locate research, set alerts and reminders, and track your digital history – on one handheld device.

Today’s technological advancements have changed the way we work, function, and, ultimately, learn. And, like anything new, these technologies may fascinate, confuse or comfort us. But the impact they have had on education is obvious: the learner now has a clear advantage.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Going Back to College

13 Apps For Your Inner-Business Mogul

13 Apps For Your Inner-Business Mogul

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, starting an MBA program, collaborating on a group project or looking to develop stronger professional skills, having the right tools at your fingertips to effectively and efficiently conduct business will prepare you for whatever corporate curveballs are thrown your way. We’ve found 13 apps that are designed to help you monitor your finances, keep up with trends and conduct meetings with clients or classmates at a desk or on the go. Maybe these apps will bring out the inner-business mogul in you.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Business and Management, Career

10 Quick Tips to Easily Solve Your Biggest Technical Issues

The online learning environment can be a demanding one. Even with the latest advances in technology, we all run into glitches but still want them solved… yesterday. Save yourself a couple of HelpDesk tickets and frantic phone calls with these 10 foolproof resolutions to your technical issues.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Advising

9 Deadly Habits Adult Students Should Avoid

While there are an infinite number of strategies and tactics that can drive a student’s success, there are only a handful of reasons that may lead a student to crash in failure. But those reasons are MAJOR. And, oftentimes, hard to avoid. But not impossible.

By understanding the pitfalls that often plague students, you can better prepare for your own college success. Whether you are just learning how to navigate a work/life balance, or searching for a reason why going back to college as an adult is so much harder than you thought it would be, kick these 9 habits to the curb and give yourself a degree tune-up:

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Study Tips, Going Back to College, Advising, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

7 Easy Time Management Hacks to Start Doing Today

7 Easy Timesaving Hacks to Start Doing Today

There is time for everything.” – Thomas A. Edison

Sure, easy for him to say. He was the poster boy for productivity. But things have certainly changed since Edison’s time. Our daily distractions have doubled, even tripled in the past 100 years. Text messages, emails and screeching calls of “Mom!” seem to follow you wherever you go. You have an official second job running “Dad’s Taxi Service” to soccer practices, music lessons and play dates. Your boss expects an update on the latest project - and it’s 2 a.m. Then, your paper is due tomorrow and there’s a test next week, but you’ve got to share that hilarious Facebook post with your cousin in Oklahoma first…

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

5 Essential Tools to Conquer (Even Accidental) Plagiarism

5 Essential Tools to Conquer (Even Accidental) Plagiarism

The Internet is certainly a wonderful thing. It has allowed us to stay informed about the political upheavals of countries thousands of miles away, stay connected with friends and family across oceans, take part in the latest viral dance craze, and of course, lets students from around the world obtain a degree by removing barriers like time and place. Because of the availability of resources at our disposal, we can find information on any topic, in any language, from any time, with the tap of a button through the 634 million websites available.

But like all good things, it can be misused. The sheer volume of accessible and free sources at our fingertips has provided for increased confusion and error, giving even greater rise to plagiarism than ever before. Plagiarism is considered the unattributed use of intellectual property protected under U.S. law (you can read more about that here). And while colleges and universities have serious disciplinary action policies regarding plagiarism, the practice can also prevent you from developing key writing skills.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Study Tips

How to Conduct College-Level Research [Infographic]

Are you new to research? Haven't used a research library in 5, 10 or 20 years? Received your first written course assignment and unsure where to begin?

Research is not a complicated process. There are many resources, services and online tools available to help students find the research materials – books, articles, journals, databases and more – necessary to begin writing. Librarians can help you track down difficult-to-find items in print or electronic collections and assist with research.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Study Tips

How Do I Expand My Network to Advance My Career?

How many times do you say to yourself that you need to do more career networking? You have great skills and talents, and networking might help the right people discover you. In today’s marketplace, achieving your professional career goals relies more on networking than ever before, but for many it can be intimidating.

If you are ready to meet new people face-to-face, there are numerous networking events related to your industry, interests and career. To find one to attend, do a simple Google search. Many are often near you, including Thomas Edison State University student and alumni events held around the U.S. every year. 

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Career

How to Choose the Right Degree Program for You

What do you want to do for the rest of your life?

Whether you are 21 or 50, this question will probably be one of the most difficult you will ever determine. Discovering your elusive “sense of purpose” is no easy task, nor is there a step-by-step guide or obvious answer in a book. Even the standard answer – do what you love – is not easy to define. And, sure, career quizzes are fun, but realizing what will help lead you to happiness and success requires a little more introspection. Once you understand some things about occupations, industries and the economy, you’ll be able to increase the amount of freedom and control over your life and career.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs