5 Signs You Might Need a One-On-One With Your Mentor (And How To Do It Online)


If you ever needed to have a one-on-one meeting with your instructor in a traditional classroom, you probably came to class early, stayed for a few minutes after or consulted with him or her during office hours.

But how do you do that when you’re earning your degree online, short of hopping on a plane, renting a car and showing up at your mentor’s house? (Side note: Don’t do that.)

The truth is, you can chat with your mentor in your online course just as you would in a traditional setting. Through your course’s Private Student-Mentor Forum, you can correspond privately with your mentor or set up a convenient time for a phone call. No searching for an email address or worrying if a spam filter blocked your message.

Topics: Student Success

Why Adult Learners Tend To Make Better College Students

 

Am I too old for this?

This is something many adult learners ask themselves. So chances are, you have asked yourself this very question, too. It’s an understandable thought because going back to college as an adult can be intimidating.  

Sure, maybe it has been awhile since you’ve written a paper or taken a test. Or, you are wondering how you will fit your course work in with all your other commitments.

However, as an adult, there are things that make you a far better student today than you would have been 10, 20 or 30 years ago. In fact, you may have more of an advantage as a mature, self-directed adult than you did as a fresh-faced high school graduate. 

So instead of wondering if you’re too old to go back to college, consider that now might be the best time ever for you. Here’s why.

Topics: Student Success

9 Critical Factors You Need to Consider Before Choosing a Study Space

Your surroundings make a huge impact on how efficient and effective you are. They can affect your mood, energy and concentration, and your study space is no different. Consider the place you finish most of your schoolwork:

Are you in an office with constant commotion?

Is it in a coffee shop with dim lighting?

Do you sit on the back porch watching your kids laugh and play?

Whatever the atmosphere of your study space, though it be homey and comfortable, it may actually be hurting your studies. So, to get down to school business and actually accomplish something on time (and yes, even early!), make sure your ideal study space meets these 9 critical factors:

Topics: Study Tips, Student Success

7 Essential Online Student Resources to Ease Your Schoolwork Pains

When you have multiple papers and projects due, research topics to brainstorm and exams to study for, time management, or actually finding any time at all, can be a real challenge. How can you keep up with all your assignments, avoid distractions and stay focused?

To increase your productivity and concentration, there are a collection of resources available to you as a Thomas Edison State University student. From 24/7 tutoring to citation shortcuts, use these tools to make your school life easier and get the job done in the time you do have.

Topics: Student Success, Productivity

7 Common Mistakes That Can Seriously Hurt Your GPA

Your GPA (grade point average) is more than just a number; it’s one of the few ways you’re able to assess your progress and learning throughout your college career. But getting the GPA you want, or the GPA you are truly capable of, can be hard. Even though you are the one in control of your education and future, it may not always feel that way. 


Poor grades are often the result of poor habits, not poor intellect. The wrong decisions can hurt your GPA. You already know how to work harder; you just need to learn how to work smarter. With that in mind, avoid these common mistakes to earn a GPA that will truly reflect your genius:

Topics: Student Success

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: Going Back to College, Student Success

What You Can Learn From Your Mentor Outside the Discussion Board

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

More than 250 years later, Benjamin Franklin’s words still ring true when it comes to the academic relationship between student and mentor. It’s a common misconception that a mentor and teacher are one in the same. While both work with students and grade assignments, teachers focus on instruction and presenting information. A mentor’s role is to facilitate your learning and assist you on the path to earning your degree.

But how might they do that? And why? Glad you asked!

Topics: Mentors, Student Success

The Secret to Earning a Second Degree

Students have frequently contacted me about pursuing a second degree, whether it is a second associates or bachelor’s degree. Perhaps they want to gain new skills and broaden their knowledge in two different fields. Other times, students are looking to make a career change and have identified that a second bachelor’s degree can help them in that goal. It’s important to assess which situation best fits your academic and professional goals, and decide if a second degree, second area of study or graduate degree is a better choice for you.

Topics: Taking Courses, Student Success, Career Development, Alumni

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: Student Success

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Kids About Going Back to School

Your dinner table is covered in textbooks and papers… pencils are hiding under folders… and you can just make out a calculator or two buried under some barely legible scribbled notes. But none of it belongs to your children.

Homework time isn’t just for kids anymore.

Where you once quizzed your son in preparation for his spelling test, he’s now quizzing you for your World Geography final exam. Just as you used to listen to your daughter read aloud in the other room while you secretly listened from the kitchen sink, she’s now offering pointers on how to be a more effective public speaker for your video assignments. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your pre-teen excels on a test when he or she gets a full night sleep the day before.

Topics: Student Success