3 Things Taking a Course Exam Reveals About You

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No one enjoys taking exams. Why would we? Exams are stressful, they’re time-consuming, they can be really hard, and they might have a big effect on a final grade. Sometimes, when we’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to see the benefit of taking exams.

However, succeeding on a course exam demonstrates your strong skills and abilities. So when you do well on a test, be proud. You’ve accomplished a major achievement. Next time you’re studying or logging in to take your exam, try to ignore the anxiety, and remember: you can do this.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

To Study Aviation or Not to Study Aviation? How to Answer That Question

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For as thrilling and dynamic as the aviation industry can appear,it isa lot like manyother industries.

How? Becausemany aviation professionals need a degree to advance professionally at their companies – despite having a wealth of experience.  This is certainly true for most of the students I speak to every week.

In fact, one of the biggest concerns for aviation professionals who aredeciding to return to college is whetherthey should major in aviation at all. Afterall, doesn’t a bachelor’s degree help you build your communication, problem-solving and management skills regardless of what degree you choose?  The answer to this question depends on yourgoals and career aspirations. Only you know the answer.

So why might you want to - or not want to - study aviation?

Topics: Aviation

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 coursework; 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

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

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

What Makes a Good Exam Essay? What Mentors Wish Students Knew

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Most of us are not mind readers. So when it comes to writing essays on a midterm or final exam, it can be hard to know what the grader is looking for. Here are some insider tips to help you know what your mentors want to see when they are grading your work. Next time you are writing an essay for a course exam, use these tips to compose an organized, well-written answer. 

Topics: Taking Courses, Mentors

The #1 Thing Every Accelerated Nursing Student Needs to Know to Land That First Job

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Do you know what it takes to land your first entry-level nursing job?

There are, of course, the obvious qualities you need to possess to get a job as a nurse: excellent patient care skills, ability to work as part of a team, and being ready and eager to learn new things. 

But do you know the “most correct answer?”

Eileen M. Horton, MSN, MSM ‘00, RN, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for Capital Health in Hopewell, N.J. began her career as a maternity nurse and knows what nursing students need to do to launch a career in health care post-graduation.

Topics: Career, Nursing

Syllabus 101: Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Course Objectives

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When you begin a new course as a student, one of the first things you review is the course syllabus. You want to know right from the start what the expectations are: How many written assignments are slated in the course? Are there any exams? Is there a final project? Any new technology integrated into the course or new platforms to learn? While most students immediately review the required assignments within the course, they seem to gloss over another important element - the course objectives.

Topics: Taking Courses

What is a Credit Hour Residency Requirement and How Do I Know If I Have One?

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Credit Hour Residency Requirement. As a student, you probably heard this term used before. Maybe you even saw it on your academic evaluation. In any case, you may be unsure about one thing: What does it actually mean for me?

At Thomas Edison State College, a credit hour residency requirement is an academic requirement that can be fulfilled by taking courses, exam programs, portfolio assessments or other credit earning methods offered by Thomas Edison State College.  

Once you know what this requirement is and if you have it, you can figure out how to go about fulfilling it.

Topics: Taking Courses, Advising

5 Quick Facts You Didn't Know About Taking TECEP® Exams Online

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Most students are aware that successfully passing a TECEP® exam offers college credit without taking a single course, especially those who want to earn credit faster. But many students are often worried that they lack the specific subject knowledge or test-taking skills necessary to succeed and do not take advantage of these exams - even when they do possess the critical knowledge and experience to successfully pass and earn credit.

Topics: Credit by Exam