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

What Is a Rubric and How Can I Use It to Improve My Grades?

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By Heather Russino

You just began reviewing the syllabus for a new online course. It didn’t take you long to realize there are several graded written assignments along with a final paper scheduled in the course. You are motivated to work hard and submit quality work, but you are uncertain about one major thing—what exactly is the mentor looking for, especially in terms of a particular written assignment?

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips, Mentors

4 Rules for Success in an Online Nursing Program

Written by Maggie Ciocco MS, RN, BC; Ritamarie Giosa MSN, RN, CPN; Lisa Harris PhDc, MSN, MBA, RN; and Holly Leahan MSN, RN, CMSRN

This article originally appeared in Advance for Nurses.

There is no doubt that education plays a key role in helping nurses provide better patient care and advance in their careers. However, for many working nurses, finding time to continue their education can be a challenge. In response, countless RNs have chosen online learning for the convenience, flexibility and efficiency they need to move forward in their nursing careers.

If you are considering an online nursing program, knowing what it takes to thrive in this environment can be fundamental to your success. As experienced advisors who respond to the concerns of more than 2,500 nurses in the College’s online RN/BSN-MSN program, we have four suggestions for success if you are considering an online nursing program. 

 

Topics: Advising, Nursing

7 Surprising Courses That Fulfill Your General Education Degree Requirements

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Man’s best friend is also his best study buddy in the Biology and Behavior of Dogs.

When you think of general education requirements, do courses like math, English composition and science come to mind?

Almost every college or university has specific program requirements you must complete to earn your degree. But many students question why they have to take these classes at all if their area of study is in a completely unrelated field.

Enter the general education curriculum. It was developed to give students a well-rounded, working knowledge in a variety of disciplines. These courses (unrelated to your concentration) will help you develop skills necessary to succeed in any environment, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication and more. In reality, to advance your career, you need an integrative knowledge of multiple things. Not just your area of study.  

Topics: Taking Courses, Advising, Earning College Credit

9 Seemingly Innocuous Things That May Prevent You From Graduating

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Congratulations! You have worked hard to earn your degree, and now nothing will stop you from having that diploma in hand.

But are you sure?

Topics: Graduation

How the TECEP® Test Description Can Teach You Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Exam

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By Elizabeth Gehrig

Many students think that reading a textbook from cover to cover will prepare them to take a TECEP® Exam. On the other hand, sometimes I hear from students that simply just are not sure how to prepare for the test. Wherever you fall on this scale, there is one crucial resource that can help you prepare and pass. And every TECEP® has its own in the form of the test description.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

The Complete Guide to Career Networking Online

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

A professional online presence is crucial for future career opportunities, as it can speak volumes to who you are and the value you can bring to a new position. Establishing a professional online persona can lead to exciting opportunities and connections.

Networking may seem intimidating, especially when you’re just starting out down a new career path. The good news is, most people love helping other people. All you have to do is ask. 

Topics: Credit by Exam, Career

7 Secrets to Nailing an Accelerated Nursing Program Interview

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Applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at Thomas Edison State College does not end with clicking the ‘submit’ button on your final application. Hopefully, you submitted a stand out application on paper. If you are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee, now you have to impress the College in person. The committee has already determined your background met the qualifications, but this time, they want to learn what kind of person you are and how it will affect your future as a nurse.

Topics: Majors and Degree Programs, Nursing

21 DO’s and DON’Ts for Students, by Students [SlideShare]

Before you began your college journey, even before you officially made the decision to go back to college, chances are, you consulted your family and friends for advice. Maybe you spoke with your boss or coworkers for guidance. But at the end of the day, it was the advice of those who came before you and accomplished their goals that proved invaluable.

Topics: Motivation

7 Mistakes the Night Before a Big Test You Will Never Make Again

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You have studied and reviewed for months now in anticipation of exam day. There are stacks of index cards on your nightstand, notated study guides in your briefcase and over-highlighted textbooks covering your kitchen counter. You are ready, eager and confident, but there is still one more thing left to do - and it may be the most important of all.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam