Ten Unbreakable Rules For Academic Success In College

Most college freshmen are surprised by both the length of their out of class assignments and the quality of work they are expected to produce. In fact, most freshmen will tell you that the adjustment to college academics is significantly more difficult than the social adjustment.

But, the adjustment to college academics need not be too lengthy or traumatic if you follow ten pretty straightforward rules.

1. Do not cut class. Cutting is the quickest way to dig an academic hole for yourself.

2. There are no days off. Don’t get behind. Don’t procrastinate. Never. Catching up in high school may be fairly easy; that’s not so in college.

3. Take clear, comprehensive class notes (and revise them later). Listen for clues about what your instructors think is most important (and highlight those areas for use when reviewing for exams).

4. Never let a day end with unanswered questions in your mind. Visit with your instructor, talk with a classmate, review your text, get help in the learning center, or do whatever else it takes to be sure you understand your coursework. Unanswered questions will come back to bite you in a place that will make sitting painful.

5. Put together a calendar which includes the dates of all of your exams and the due dates of projects and papers. Then, schedule the times and dates when you do the necessary preparation.

6. Use a highlighter when reading. It will make your review work much faster and easier.

7. Save and review all of your exams. They can help give you an idea of what to expect from an instructor in the future.

8. Talk to students who have taken courses with your instructors. They can often provide valuable insight. I’ll never forget how much I was helped by a student a year ahead of me who told me that my Western Civilization professor asked at least one question about the church on every exam and often focused on Popes and timelines.

9. Study groups can help motivate you, discipline you, and expose you to the insights of others. If you work well as part of a team, consider them seriously, especially in courses in which you think you might struggle.

10. Be prepared to defend anything you say in class, on a test, or in a paper.

College academics, like life, can be an up and down ride. You’ll almost certainly experience some highs and at least a few (hopefully short lived) lows. But if you have a reasonable amount of ambition, manage your time well, and follow the suggestions above, you have little to worry about.

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Ten Easy Rules To Find The Right College

Choosing a college is far less difficult than most people think. There are just ten rules to remember.

1. Never make a final college choice without visiting at least the three or four colleges you like best. Regardless of how well you’ve investigated the colleges to which you applied, there is no substitute for a visit. Very often, students pick up critical information…sometimes good, sometimes bad…on a visit. And, bring your family with you if possible…nobody knows you better, so their observations and thoughts might be very helpful to you.

2. There are no exceptions to rule #1.

3. Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that the colleges you have heard the most about are the best colleges (or the best colleges for you). Often, the colleges students hear the most about are those closest to their homes and/or those whose athletic teams appear on television regularly.

4. Take the extra step of identifying and investigating at least three colleges you know almost nothing about but offer the major in which you are interested, are in locations you like, and have admissions criteria which make you a good candidate. You might be very pleasantly surprised at what you find.

5. There is only one thing dumber than selecting a college because your friends are headed there. It’s choosing a college or university because your girlfriend or boyfriend is headed there.

6. College-bound students often get lots of input from well meaning family and friends. Unfortunately, much of it is inaccurate. Be careful when folks categorize a college as “too expensive”, “impossible to get into”, “a party school”, “a top liberal arts school”, etc. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and people often mindlessly pass on what they hear. Find out for yourself what is true and what isn’t, and beware of people who oversimplify and over generalize.

7. In the beginning of your search, do not worry about cost. The fact is, you won’t know what a college might cost you until you find out what kinds of financial aid, if any, you might be offered. So, whatever you do, do not rule out colleges because of their cost in the initial stages of your search. And, be aware that some colleges pledge to meet the full financial need of all of their students.

8. Write down and adhere to all deadlines. Write down and adhere to all deadlines. Does saying it twice illustrate how important it is? I hope so.

9. Don’t be afraid to apply to a few “reach schools”you might be pleasantly surprised by the results if you are not entirely unrealistic. Apply to at least three colleges you like which are likely to admit you. Remember, choose these three colleges very carefully as they are the places you are mostly likely to wind up at. And, choose at least two “safety” collegescolleges to which you are virtually certain you will be admitted. Choosing “safety” schools they don’t really like is a mistake many students maketake the time to choose safety schools you would be happy to attend.

10. If, when it is time to make your final college choice, you are not sure which institution you should choose, don’t be afraid to get some help. Because the real question to be answered is in which college are you most likely to be happy and successful, solicit the opinions of those who know you well and tend to have good judgement. Once you have given some thought to their advice and come to a decision, don’t look back. Remember that the steps you have taken throughout the process almost guarantee that you have made a good choice and are on your way to four or five great years.

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Get Only The Best With An Accredited Online Mba Program

According to data collected by my distance ed research firm, there are 168 distance MBA options: 62 of these offered by graduate business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The good news: if you seek a quality business degree online you need not attend a no-name school. About 30% of online graduate business school programs I surveyed in 2008 hold AACSB accreditation. This ratio is about the same for brick and mortar B-Schools.

Somebody can make up a fake accrediting action, and many diploma mills will have of accreditation from organizations that sound professional. However, not every accrediting action gets regard in the existent world. There are three modes of accreditation agencies that are necessaries to consider when earning an MBA online: regional accreditation, professional accreditation, and separate erudition accreditation.

Regional accreditation is the most usually accepted mode of accreditation. If you want your online MBA to be recognized by hope employers, you’ll want to make confident to join in a school that has regional accreditation. There are six regional accrediting agencies that exclude this recognition. While your MBA lessons will be seized online, the school itself should be accredited by one of the six agencies: – *Core States Commission on superior learning *New England Association of Colleges and Schools *North inner Association of Colleges and Schools *Northwest Association of Accredited Schools *Southern Association of Colleges and Schools *Western Association of Schools and Colleges

If you’re looking to earn your MBA online, you’ll save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands by doing a thorough cost comparison. My 2008 survey of 62 AACSB options revealed online learners should be prepared to pay as little as $7,848 or as much as $106,400 for an AACSB accredited distance grad degree in business administration (MBA).

In 2008 the number one “most affordable” option is East Carolina University (North Carolina), a public institution with a modest cost of $7,848 for an online MBA degree for state residents. (Non-Residents will pay significantly more ($26,064) for this same degree.) Duke University, a private Ivy League institution, also in North Carolina, is the most expensive option at an estimated $106,000+ for their Global MBA option.

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning programs are sweeping the nation with more students enrolling every term. There are many advantages to online distance learning courses. With the ease of scheduling and the computerized environment of a distance learning school come some disadvantages as well. Before you sign up for distance learning courses, here are some things you should consider.

A better focus and concentration is a huge advantage of distance learning programs. Wasted time commuting and the distractions of listening to lectures amidst a group of shuffling people are gone. Distance learning courses can be worked on when the time is right and when the student can sit down to fully direct his or her attention to the course material.

Everyone in an online classroom gets a chance to contribute. Many times, students grouped in traditional classrooms are reluctant to raise their hand to either ask or answer a question. In a room full of fellow students, pressure to avoid embarrassment is high. With distance learning programs, students are able to think through a question carefully and can post the answer online to the distance learning school website or message board, when they are ready to do so.

Being taught online leaves very little room for cheating or slacking off. As with live classrooms, quizzes and exams through distance learning programs are timed. Through discussion boards of the distance learning school, it is easy to tell whether or not a student understands the ideas in a lesson. There is actually little chance for people to get by unnoticed while competing a distance learning course.

With online courses, there is no such thing as a 7 am class. There is no driving across town and having to hunt down a parking spot that is close to campus. Distance learning programs give students the ease of learning at their own pace and at their own convenience. Students can study their distance learning course in the comfort of their own home.

With that being said, working at home can have its own set of distractions. The sound of the television, the telephone, or the noise coming from kids or pets can be major distractions. Working online can also lead to temptation of doing something more fun, such as chatting via instant messaging or surfing the web. It may not apply to every student, but things like browsing can take out a chunk of time in your day that could have been used towards your distance learning program.

Personality may have a lot do to with whether you enjoy distance learning programs or not. The online environment and independent study involved in a distance learning course means that students don’t have the social network of other students available. Everything is worked on alone and there are no study groups to provide support. Some people love working on their material on their own, while others do better in a group environment with conversation and discussion.

When a student has a problem while working on homework or on an exam, the student taking a distance learning course can directly ask a teacher for help. With distance learning programs, though, the teacher and students may not be together at the same time, meaning that an instructor cannot give a student immediate feedback and must communicate differently.

Distance learning programs are taught through a computer and a student must uphold a minimum level of computer knowledge. Knowing just the basics of computer technology is usually not enough for a student to excel within an online class.

Some people don’t fully grasp a new lesson or concept on the first explanation, or when given only one example. Distance learning programs assume that the student will understand the material presented, but many people may need the material presented a different way (or in other words) for the idea to truly sink in. For some individuals, the lack of discussion to be able to thoroughly understand the distance learning course material, might be considered a disadvantage of distance learning programs. However, other means of getting extra help are usually established by the distance learning school and students can find other ways to communicate with professors or assistants.

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Four Rules For Writing College Admissions Essays

While not the most important documents in your admissions file, good essays can be the difference between receiving the decision you want and the decision you dread. And, they may be most important at the extremely selective colleges and universities, where virtually all applicants display similarly impressive grade point averages, class rank, and standardized test scores.

Moderately selective colleges do not generally agonize over essays. For the most part, they just want to be sure that applicants can write pretty well and put together a few coherent thoughts. Highly selective colleges may be looking for something that sets an applicant apart from others with a similar level of high academic achievement.

Almost never will an essay, however good, compensate for sub par academic achievement. And, offering excuses for mediocre academic performance is seldom a good idea. As a professor with whom I served on an admissions committee used to say, “Everyone’s grandmother dies”. Promising to earn a 4.0 GPA, score touchdowns, or become a wealthy and generous alumnus will not help either.

Take advantage of the chance essays give you to introduce yourself by:

1. Spend as much time, thought, and energy as it takes to ensure that your essays reflect your best work. Have them reviewed by at least two people who write well, and by your counselor.

2. Talking about yourself honestly. In fact, talking about an instance in which you learned from a mistake or by falling short of a goal may well make you both more likeable and more credible (especially if there is a “happy ending”).

3. Telling the committee anything you want them to know which is not included elsewhere in your admissions file.

4. Avoiding self-serving cliches about patriotism, family, God, or service to humanity.

It is not necessary to go for the home run. Just remember the tips listed above and a few of the basics; write clearly and thoughtfully, be honest, demonstrate insight, and know your audience.

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