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

6 Secrets to Submitting a Solid Nursing Scholarship Application

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A good book grabs your attention in the first page and leaves you wanting more. But if you were presented with hundreds of books, and could only choose one, you would pick the one that grabbed you immediately, right?

This is the same dilemma many scholarship judges face when making their way through piles of nursing scholarship applications.

Topics: Scholarships and Financial Aid, Nursing

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

Why Business Graduate Programs are Moving to 8-Week Formats and What That Means for You

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In today’s fast-paced business world, finding quality solutions to global challenges in a timely fashion is often the difference between taking a profit and suffering a loss. Business executives know how valuable time is. So if they want to succeed in an ever-changing and shifting business climate, it is crucial that professionals can adapt to this new landscape to lead and succeed.

That is why, on July 1, 2015, the School of Business and Management transitioned all graduate business courses and degree programs in the School from 12 weeks to 8 weeks.

If you are wondering how this change will affect you, read on.

Topics: Business and Management, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

10 Notably Successful People with Liberal Arts Degrees

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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

What to Do If You Miss a Midterm, Final or TECEP® Exam

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It is every student’s worst nightmare. Late nights and early mornings spent studying, or reading the textbook cover to cover. But then, something happened. Life got in the way. Perhaps a major project at work tied you up, or your child got sick. Whatever the reason, you missed your exam.

Most of us may panic. But in reality, it can be fixed.

To reschedule your exam, your best defense is a good offense. Be transparent, stay calm and contact the Office of Test Administration immediately. All assignments and examinations must be completed by the last day of your term, but you do have some options when it comes to rescheduling your test.

Whether you missed a midterm, final or TECEP® exam, here is what to do and keep in mind to ensure that you meet your course deadlines. 

Topics: Student Services, Credit by Exam, Work-Life Balance

What is the Difference Between Guided Study and Online Courses?

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Take a moment to think of your commute to work each morning. Do you have a favorite route? It is because it is faster? Does it have less traffic? Is it more scenic? Whether you prefer to get to your destination as quickly as possible, or enjoy a leisurely drive to the office, at one point, you decided that this route was the best one for you.

When it comes to an online learning environment and planning your degree, you also have a choice to make in reaching your ultimate educational destination. Only now, you have to select the course route that best fits you.

Topics: Taking Courses, Going Back to College

What Accelerated Nursing Students Can Expect During Clinical Rotations

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Accelerated nursing students go to work on a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulators in the College's simulation lab.

Nursing is a profession of lifelong learning and dynamic practice. Rooted at its core is the clinical rotation, where skills and knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to hands-on clinical practice.

Nursing students begin an immersive clinical experience in the simulation lab and classroom. After demonstrating proficiency in the fundamentals of nursing, students move into the clinical practice setting and continue to take courses that build upon previously learned concepts and skills. In Thomas Edison State College’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program, every clinical experience is based upon an in-class curriculum, so a lesson in maternity nursing or mental health is mapped to a clinical experience scheduled in that area. Eventually, nursing students are exposed to a variety of experiences and can then decide to which specialty area they are best suited. Through this involvement, many find a specific nursing path is enjoyable and intend to explore it further.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing