6 Essential Things for Writing a Brilliant Online Discussion Post

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By Heather Russino

Taking an online course can be an enriching, educational experience. In the online course space, you have the ability to share different perspectives with various classmates and host in-depth discussions on relevant course topics. There are so many key takeaways and memorable moments that can emerge from a dynamic discussion forum if you allow yourself to be an integral part of the conversation.

How do you stand out and attract the attention of your classmates and mentor via the discussion forum? Here are six key ways to help you generate an effective post, guaranteed to engage your audience and elicit thoughtful responses from your mentor and classmates.

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips

A Look Inside an Accelerated Nursing Student’s Schedule

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Kristin Tilbury, Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Student

Nothing about an accelerated nursing program is easy. In fact, many students with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees who want to transition into nursing are surprised at how intensive it can be.

Chances are, your experiences as an undergraduate are vastly different from an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. On top of attending class, there are critical-thinking and leadership skills to master. In addition to classroom discussions, you must learn how to make quick, sometimes life-and-death decisions, all while understanding a patient’s symptoms and treatment options.  After a long day of clinical work, there will most likely be an assignment or deadline looming. 

Topics: Nursing

A Beginner’s Guide to the New Academic Advising Video Chat Option

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Until you can meet with an academic advisor via hologram or teleportation, you can get advising help through the next best thing: live, video web conferencing. 

Topics: Advising

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

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