10 Ways to Turn Your Work Commute Into a Study Session

 

Every day, you drive 45 minutes to work, and then 45 minutes back. Spending an hour and a half each day - seven and a half hours every week - sitting in traffic. Imagine what you could accomplish in that amount of time. If only you could use those hours where you really need it: for schoolwork!

But what if you could make better use of the time you spend commuting to and from work? What if you could get some studying or course work done at the same time?

Topics: Going Back to College, Work-Life Balance

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

3 Strategies to Boost Your Productivity and Efficiency as a College Student

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Time is fleeting –we could all use more hours in the day, right? Sometimes, regardless of how much we accomplish in a given day it still doesn't seem like there is enough time to do everything we set out to do. As an adult college student, you're balancing multiple responsibilities in addition to your course work; many of you are working full-time jobs, raising a family or have various other commitments. Time feels more than just fleeting, it feels evanescent.

We are all given the same amount of hours and minutes in the day, so how do you make the most of your time? Here are three strategies to help you be as productive and efficient as possible as a college student.

Topics: Time Management, Work-Life Balance

13 Last Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Make With Your Commencement Cap and Gown

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Commencement may be over, but it doesn’t mean you can’t wear your academic regalia one more time. If you only wore your cap and gowns once, are you wondering – could that be it? Sure, you could hang your robe up in your closet, or tuck it away in a box full of memories. Or, you could use it for the one other day in the year when it is perfectly acceptable to dress up any way you like – Halloween!

Topics: Work-Life Balance

Why Do I Have to Take Quizzes in My Online Courses?

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When you spend 10+ years in the world of testing and assessment, like me, you tend to hear a lot of diverse and interesting questions. But when it comes to online quizzes, I usually hear a specific few:

Why do I have to take quizzes when I am already taking exams, writing papers and completing other course activities? What is the point of it all?

These are perfectly legitimate questions, and I would like to answer them. 

When students feel overwhelmed, they often question the purpose of taking quizzes. Many students do not understand why quizzes are instrumental to their success.

Topics: Taking Courses, Work-Life Balance

5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills

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

You do not need an English degree to know that writing plays an important role in any profession. From writing cover letters to composing emails, communicating with the written word is critical to your career.

Thankfully, writing is like a muscle - the more you work on it, the stronger it grows.

So how do you actively improve your writing skills? Try incorporating one of these five tips into your daily or weekly routine.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam, Work-Life Balance

7 Tactics to Get Schoolwork Done on Your Next Business Trip

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There are two kinds of thoughts most people have when they plan a business trip.

 

1. “Yes! My bags are packed and I am ready to go!”
2. “No, no and no. How am I supposed to fit this trip into crazy schedule?”

 

Most adults going back to college fall into the latter category. Even if you enjoy traveling, business trips can be a challenge when they cause you to play catch up at the office and with your course work. Maybe you feel the time spent in meetings or conferences is not worth the headache when you get back home.

Business travel? No, thank you.

Of course, saying no to a business trip is not an option for most of us. The good news is that you can incorporate a few productivity strategies to make sure that your time is well spent.

Topics: Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

How to Better Balance School, Family and Work as an Online Learner

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

If you are an adult today, your days are busy enough without adding classes and studying to your daily routine. You probably feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day for work, family and a social life, and when you imagine juggling classes and homework on top of that - life gets a lot more complicated. So how are you to supposed to study for your degree but still maintain an active social and professional life?

Topics: Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

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

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: Going Back to College, Time Management, Motivation, Work-Life Balance

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