Education in The News

  • Posted at 10:59 am

    What do Online Students really want

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    Josepf Haslam
    What do online students really want from their degree? The third annual "Online College Students" survey can answer this question. The 2014 study is a joint project of The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research. Perhaps surprisingly, with many online college choices available, convenience is now a given. Online College students have a wide variety of other reasons to take online courses. Look over our Infographic and download the study to see. Here are some key findings of the study. Online college student preferences and demands from Aslanian Market Research Online students are studying further away from home Three-year trends show students are increasingly willing to attend an institution farther from home. (In 2012, 80% reported attending an institution within 100 miles of where they lived. This declined to 69% in 2013 and 54% in 2014.) College costs are important but not a deciding factor Although cost remained a top selection factor and the most-often-asked question of
  • Posted at 04:11 pm

    Have Weak Grades? Tips that May Increase Your Admissions Chances

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    Maria Wen Adcock
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    tips for low gradesAs much as we’d all love to have straight A averages, not everyone has a history of strong grades. Perhaps you’re better at some subjects than others or a life changing situation took place that affected your focus. Or, maybe due to youthful inhibitions, you just didn’t pay attention in school. Now you’re applying to colleges, and your grades matter. What do you do when you have a history of not-so-stellar grades? Here are tips that may increase your college admissions chances. Just keep in mind that some highly competitive schools may not bend when it comes to their strict entrance requirements. However, other schools may give you a chance if you’re able to show good faith in turning things around. Here are some college admission tips for students with low grades. Get Good Grades in Your Strong Subjects We’re not all equally good at math, English, science, social studies or foreign languages. However, if you’re really interested in a particular subject, make sure you ace these classes. Don’t fail the other subjects, but at least pass them. For example, let’s say you’re
  • Posted at 11:15 am

    Admissions Interview Etiquette Every Candidate Should Know

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    Maria Wen Adcock
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    admissions interviewCongratulations! You’ve got an admissions interview, a key component in determining your enrollment in a school. The admissions interview offers the school the opportunity to get to know you beyond the application, so it’s important to make a good impression. Your etiquette at the interview could make or break the final decision regarding acceptance into the school. A candidate with a borderline application could tip the scales in her favor by having a successful interview. On the other hand, an applicant with a straight-A transcript can sabotage his interview with bad behavior. To maximize your chances of success, we’ve compiled admissions interview etiquette every candidate should know. Arrive On Time Nothing makes a worst first impression than arriving late. Know where your interview is, and arrive at the interview office at least 15 minutes early. Look up directions beforehand and print out maps or use a navigation device. Assume you’ll hit traffic or have difficulty finding parking. Dress Appropriately Remember this is not a fashion show, so dress conservatively. Dark blue or
  • Posted at 05:21 pm

    What You Need to Know Before Applying to College

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    Pamela Rossow
    applying to collegeWhether you are a high school senior or a nontraditional student who wants to return to college, figuring out what you should take into consideration when applying to college can be tricky. Just how many colleges should you apply to? What factors should you weigh? Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices.   The weather. If you are a native Floridian who loves to head to the beach during the winter and get some sun, then you may want to reconsider applying to all Midwestern schools. A change of scenery might be great if you want to make the move from sun to snow, but you should carefully assess what your likes and dislikes are weather-wise before making the decision. It’s one thing to visit a campus for a few days in the winter and another to live there year-round while attending college.     The magic number. There is no magic number when it comes to how many colleges you should apply to. There is, however, a suggestion—between 6 and 8 colleges seems to be the norm. This figure should include a couple of reach
  • Posted at 05:50 pm

    Innovative Apps To Help Students

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    Anonymous (not verified)
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    online college
    apps for studentsWith online college programs and courses becoming more and more popular, some students are completely “digitizing” their learning process. Smart phones and tablets are becoming more prevalent than ever. Below are some of the best apps on the market for note taking, organization and time management.   Noteshelf (iOS). This app is ideal for those who want to keep the feeling of traditional pen and paper notes. With the ability to keep all notes in one place, Noteshelf allows users to write with a stylus, allowing them to physically feel as if they are writing notes. Some students are able to memorize notes better by handwriting them, and Noteshelf allows them to do just that, while saving paper and keeping all notes in a digital notebook. Users can capture notes on a plain or ruled pages background and can create thick or thin text, depending on how hard the stylus is pressed to the screen. Once notes are complete, it is simple to send via email and even social media networks Facebook and Twitter.     Papyrus Natural Note Taking (Android). Similar to Noteshelf,
  • Posted at 04:06 pm

    The ABCs of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

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    Kelly Bray
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    MOOCsWhat are MOOCs? Massive open online courses (MOOCs) -- a free online learning experience accessible to thousands of students at a time -- are quickly becoming somewhat of a phenomena in higher education. The beauty of the MOOC is that anyone with an Internet connection can enroll, giving a large group of people (such as those in remote areas) access to education that they wouldn’t otherwise be privy to. MOOCs typically contain online written materials and short video lectures that pause periodically for quizzes to ensure that students understand the material. Course feedback is primarily electronic and -- just like with other online courses -- discussion boards and forums are often major components of the learning process. [1]   What are the Pros and Cons of MOOCs? The excitement over MOOCs could be due in part to a growing dissatisfaction of the current state of college education (and in particular the cost). Accordingly, the major benefits of MOOCs seem to be the fact that they are free, flexible and highly accessible. Rather than having to commit to a four-year degree, students have an opportunity to