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4 Strategies For When You Realize You Can't Help Your Kids with Their Homework
4 Strategies For When You Realize You Can't Help Your Kids with Their Homework
by Erin Riskey June 2018

Let's get real, parents: sometimes homework can be more than we bargained for. So, what exactly should you do when you realize that your child's homework is over your head? Continue reading to explore four strategies that can come in handy when the going gets tough during homework time.

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From Oprah Winfrey to Mindy Kaling, Some of the Best Graduation Advice Celebs Had This Year
From Oprah Winfrey to Mindy Kaling, Some of the Best Graduation Advice Celebs Had This Year
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Whether you're a recent graduate yourself, or just looking for some inspiring words of wisdom, check out our round-up of this year's best graduation speech advice.

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Want Something to Binge Watch Without Going Brain Dead? Try These 5 Shows!
Want Something to Binge Watch Without Going Brain Dead? Try These 5 Shows!
by Daisy Rogozinsky June 2018

Looking for a television show to get addicted to this summer? Check out our list of the 5 best TV shows for brainy binge watching. Because who says you can't watch TV and learn at the same time?

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How Your Phone Can Save You From the Summer Slide
How Your Phone Can Save You From the Summer Slide
by Bill Sands June 2018

Once the school year is over, students often let their skills deteriorate over the summer. However, a cell phone can open up multiple educational opportunities that can help you stay focused and return to school stronger than ever in the fall.

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5 Celebs Who Would Be the Best Professors & 5 Who Would Be the Worst
5 Celebs Who Would Be the Best Professors & 5 Who Would Be the Worst
by Meghan Cooney June 2018

Close your eyes and picture your favorite celebrity. Their accomplishments, piercing blue eyes, that smile... Now imagine them teaching your Econ 101 class. Is it a dream, or a nightmare? We put together a list of 5 potentially awesome and 5 potentially awful celeb professors. Let's see if your fave made the list!

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Why Cutting Down on Student Debt Is the Most Important Thing to Do This Summer
Why Cutting Down on Student Debt Is the Most Important Thing to Do This Summer
by Michelle Baumgartner June 2018

While a college education can open doors in the workplace, it comes with a price — one you don't want to be paying indefinitely. Summer break is an opportunity to reduce the amount you owe. Consider using the carefree days of summer to whittle down the worrisome burden of student debt.

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The Summer Melt is Real But These Resources Can Help You Overcome It
The Summer Melt is Real But These Resources Can Help You Overcome It
by Erin Riskey June 2018

Although the summer melt is a real problem, there are resources that can help you overcome it. If you're planning on attending college in the fall but worry that something might derail your plans, the resources highlighted in this post can keep you on track and help you avoid the summer melt.

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How to Make the Most of Being in a Remedial Class
How to Make the Most of Being in a Remedial Class
by Erin Riskey June 2018

If you find yourself in a remedial class like many other prospective college students across the country, don't get discouraged. With the right attitude and tools, you can greatly benefit from the remediation. Use the pointers in this post to help you make the most out of being in a remedial class.

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You Think You Chose the Wrong College - Now What?
You Think You Chose the Wrong College - Now What?
by Michelle Baumgartner May 2018

Your choice of college is possibly one of the most important decisions of your life. You felt confident when you made that decision—but now you're starting to have doubts. Before you think of dropping out or transferring, consider these suggestions for reevaluating your college choice.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid the Summer Before Starting College
5 Mistakes to Avoid the Summer Before Starting College
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

The summer before you start college can be a time of uncertainty. To set yourself on a positive path toward your new college adventure, try to avoid these common mistakes.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your College T.A.s
Why You Should Get to Know Your College T.A.s
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant April 2018

Most college students will take a class taught by a TA at some point. These graduate students may not be tenured professors, but they're knowledgeable and enthusiastic and usually function as the main class contact. Get to know your college TAs to achieve a better learning experience and maybe even higher grades.

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Want to Earn College Credit This Summer Using Your Phone? Here's How!
Want to Earn College Credit This Summer Using Your Phone? Here's How!
by Michelle Baumgartner June 2018

What could be smarter than using your smartphone to learn as you travel and relax? During the long summer days ahead, you can earn college credit for the upcoming academic year. These tips and suggestions will help you make the most of your summer learning time.

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5 Ways College is Different from High School
5 Ways College is Different from High School
by Michelle Baumgartner April 2018

The transition from high school to college can be a rocky one due to the many differences between the institutions. Prepare yourself for the changes and expectations that await you by considering the five significant ways that college differs from high school.

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5 Tips for Studying for Finals
5 Tips for Studying for Finals
by Erin Riskey April 2018

It's certainly no big secret that studying for finals can be a stressful experience. What's the best way to go about it? Are there certain study methods that work better than others? Fortunately, we've compiled five top-notch tips that can make studying for finals more efficient and less overwhelming.

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How to Stay Motivated Through Spring Quarter
How to Stay Motivated Through Spring Quarter
by Bill Sands April 2018

It can be hard to maintain your focus when the school year is almost over, but staying motivated is essential to your future. Read on to find some helpful advice about how to avoid slacking off in the spring.

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Finding the Perfect College For You
Finding the Perfect College For You
by Erin Riskey March 2018

With so many things to take into consideration, finding the perfect college fit can often seem like an impossible task; but rest assured, it can be done. In this blog post, we'll focus on what you should look for when researching schools, as well as some pointers that can help you find the right college.

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You Got Into Your Dream School... Can You Afford It?
You Got Into Your Dream School... Can You Afford It?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Congratulations on being accepted into your dream school! But can you afford to attend? Or, more importantly, can you afford to without taking out a ton of loans and assuming a lot of student debt? Read on to learn about the essential tools for maximizing financial aid and the types of aid available.

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Why You Shouldn't Pull All-Nighters
Why You Shouldn't Pull All-Nighters
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2018

Many college students consider all-nighters a part of the college experience but often don't realize that they can adversely affect both academic performance and health. Read on to learn more about the dangers of all-nighters and the right way to study for an exam.

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4 Tips for Your College Visits
4 Tips for Your College Visits
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

Visiting college campuses and their admissions offices is an exciting time for a student! However, you want to make sure you make an informed decision about admissions to any school. So maximize your visit with these tips to get the most information out of visiting prospective colleges.

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How to Handle Not Getting Into Your Dream School
How to Handle Not Getting Into Your Dream School
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

Getting rejected from your dream school can be a devastating experience for any prospective college student. You just need to know how to process the situation and keep moving forward. While rejection is tough, you can regroup and find new dreams in college and life.

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How to Get All Your College Course Reading Done Efficiently
How to Get All Your College Course Reading Done Efficiently
by Rachel Tustin March 2018

As you stare at your mountain of college reading, take a deep breath. While the volume of pages in front of you may be daunting, there are strategies you can use to tackle the reading efficiently so you can have time left over to enjoy college too!

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Mental Health Resources You Probably Have as a Community College Student
Mental Health Resources You Probably Have as a Community College Student
by Erin Riskey March 2018

Being a college student can often be stressful and overwhelming, but did you know there are special resources that can help you deal with any mental health issues you might be experiencing? Keep reading to learn about the mental health resources you probably have access to as a community college student.

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Let's Talk About It: The Community College Stigma
Let's Talk About It: The Community College Stigma
by Michele Vrouvas February 2018

Community colleges offer benefits and opportunities that millions of students can't get anywhere else. So why is there a stigma attached to attending one and how can you deal with it?

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3 Community College Success Stories
3 Community College Success Stories
by Michelle Baumgartner February 2018

While community colleges do not enjoy the prestige of many 4-year institutions, their affordability, individualized attention, and training opportunities make them undervalued gems, as these three success stories show.

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Attending a U.S. Community College as an International Student
Attending a U.S. Community College as an International Student
by Bill Sands February 2018

Though it's not thought of as a common destination, community colleges are a popular choice for international students. If you're considering enrolling in such a school, read on for more information on what steps you need to take and how you can prepare.

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Can I Get an Internship in Community College?
Can I Get an Internship in Community College?
by Bill Sands February 2018

Though they may not have a reputation for offering professional services, community colleges can actually be quite helpful when it comes to finding an internship. Read on for more information on how these schools can be of use in your pursuit of work experience.

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Should I Take Pass/No Pass Courses at Community College?
Should I Take Pass/No Pass Courses at Community College?
by Amanda Johnson January 2018

Whether you choose to take a course on a pass or no pass (P/NP) basis in community college will depend largely upon the school's P/NP policy as well as the P/NP policy of the university you intend to transfer to at a later time.

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Programming Boot Camp vs. Community College: Which Will Help Me Become an Great Engineer?
Programming Boot Camp vs. Community College: Which Will Help Me Become an Great Engineer?
by Bill Sands January 2018

If you're thinking of becoming a software engineer, you have a couple of different academic paths from which to choose. Attending community college and completing a programming boot camp are both excellent options, but how can you tell which one is right for you?

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Are Some Community Colleges Better Than Others?
Are Some Community Colleges Better Than Others?
by Erin Riskey January 2018

If you're leaning toward a community college for the next step in your education, you might be wondering if some are better than others. Here we'll explore some factors that can tell you a lot about community colleges and what they have to offer.

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Think You Deserve a Better Grade? Here's How to Talk to Your Professor
Think You Deserve a Better Grade? Here's How to Talk to Your Professor
by Rachel Tustin January 2018

Getting an unfair grade in college can be an emotional situation to find yourself in. However, if you approach your professor in the right way, you can talk to them calmly and find a resolution you can live with.

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What Are My Housing Options in Community College?
What Are My Housing Options in Community College?
by Erin Riskey January 2018

If you're leaning towards a community college for the next step in your education, you might be wondering about possible living arrangements. Here, we'll explore some of your best options for housing while you attend community college.

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What are My Options for Getting Financial Aid for Community College?
What are My Options for Getting Financial Aid for Community College?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2018

Cost is a major concern for college students. However, there are many opportunities for financial assistance such as scholarships, loans and grants. Read on to learn more about the financial aid options available for community college students.

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Dropped Out of High School? - Here are Great Options to Get You Back on Track
Dropped Out of High School? - Here are Great Options to Get You Back on Track
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Let's face it: sometimes high school just doesn't work out as planned. If you have dropped out of high school and are looking for some great ways to get back on track, be sure to check out the ideas in this post.

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How to Study Smart for Community College Courses
How to Study Smart for Community College Courses
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Studying in college is different in many ways than high school. Namely, while you do attend classes, you spend a lot more time grappling with material on your own. As a result, you have to find ways to study smarter so you can be successful.

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How to Prepare Yourself for Community College Graduation and Beyond
How to Prepare Yourself for Community College Graduation and Beyond
by Bill Sands November 2017

Graduating from community college is an exciting accomplishment, but it also necessitates some major life decisions. Read on for some helpful strategies to help you stay focused and successful.

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Starting Over With a New Career Path in Adulthood Doesn't Have to be Scary
Starting Over With a New Career Path in Adulthood Doesn't Have to be Scary
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Choosing a new career path in your adult years can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Follow these suggestions to make a smoother career transition.

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Famous Community College Graduates
Famous Community College Graduates
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Just because someone attends community college doesn't mean they won't be successful. Keep reading to learn about some community college students who went on to do very big things--their names and stories might surprise you!

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Will Community College Help Me Decide What to Do in Life?
Will Community College Help Me Decide What to Do in Life?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

If you're questioning what to do in life, community college may be the answer. Read on to learn how the resources offered at community colleges may help you decide on a future career.

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Is an Online MBA Worth It?
Is an Online MBA Worth It?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Online MBAs can be enticing for those wishing to switch careers or substantially increase their salaries. However, before you jump into a program, you want to take some time and really consider if the investment is worth it.

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History of Community College: How the Morrill Act of 1862 Expanded Access to Public Higher Education
History of Community College: How the Morrill Act of 1862 Expanded Access to Public Higher Education
by Michele Vrouvas November 2017

Justin Morrill isn't a household name. But thanks to him, millions of college students in the U.S. are pursuing degrees once available only to a select few.

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Should I Open Up My First Credit Card in College?
Should I Open Up My First Credit Card in College?
by Erin Riskey October 2017

Credit cards can be beneficial financial tools, but they can also cause problems if used carelessly. This post can help you decide if you should open up your first credit card while you're in college.

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How Can I Get a College Degree as a Stay-at-Home Parent?
How Can I Get a College Degree as a Stay-at-Home Parent?
by Bill Sands November 2017

Colleges offer plenty of options to help non-traditional students enroll and graduate. Learn more about the unique scheduling options and class formats that stay-at-home parents can use to earn a college degree.

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Tips For Getting Hands-On Work Experience While in Community College
Tips For Getting Hands-On Work Experience While in Community College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

Studies show that work experience is a crucial part of getting a job after graduation. Read on to find some tips for getting hands-on work experience while in community college.

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Moving Onward & Upward: How to Succeed in College After Doing Poorly in High School
Moving Onward & Upward: How to Succeed in College After Doing Poorly in High School
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

You may have people in your life trying to dissuade you from college because of your high school struggles. Don't let them! You can be successful in college even if you struggled in your high school classes.

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Affordable Hobbies for College Students: How to Have Fun Without Going Broke
Affordable Hobbies for College Students: How to Have Fun Without Going Broke
by Erin Riskey September 2017

It's no secret that college comes with a pretty hefty price tag, and oftentimes, this doesn't leave much extra money for fun. In this post, we'll explore some affordable yet worthwhile hobbies for college students that won't break the bank.

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Why Community College Goes Back to School Later than High School & How to Adjust
Why Community College Goes Back to School Later than High School & How to Adjust
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Community college calendars often differ from high schools, leaving transitioning students dazed and confused. Typically there are practical reasons for the difference in calendar, and believe it or not, the adjustment is easier than you think.

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How to Mentally Prepare Yourself to Go Back to Community College After Summer Break
How to Mentally Prepare Yourself to Go Back to Community College After Summer Break
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Getting back into the routine of your community college classes isn't easy after the fun of summer vacation. However, there are some simple things you can do to mentally prepare yourself to go back to class.

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How Much Does Choosing the Right Community College Really Matter?
How Much Does Choosing the Right Community College Really Matter?
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Selecting the right community college for your individual needs can make a world of difference in your academic and career success. Use these questions to narrow down your choices and find the community college that will help you make the grade.

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Do I Have to Eat Ramen? - Affordable, Healthy Eating in College
Do I Have to Eat Ramen? - Affordable, Healthy Eating in College
by Erin Riskey August 2017

As a college student, it can often be difficult to eat healthy on a budget, but thankfully, it's possible. In today's post, we'll take a look at some handy tips that can help you make smart, affordable food choices while you're in college.

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Have a Stress-Free Morning: Advice on Commuting to College
Have a Stress-Free Morning: Advice on Commuting to College
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Being a commuter student often leads to stressful mornings. From traffic to just getting out the door, odds are if you are a commuter student mornings are not your favorite time of day. Here are some tips to alleviate the stress of your morning commute to college.

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Can I Attend More Than One Community College at the Same Time?
Can I Attend More Than One Community College at the Same Time?
by Michelle Baumgartner August 2017

A single learning institution may not fit your busy schedule or meet all of your academic needs. Can you enroll in more than one community college at a time to create a customized program? Yes, you can! Prepare yourself with this guide to enjoy the benefits and avoid the pitfalls.

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Why There's No Such Thing as ''Too Old to Go Back to School''
Why There's No Such Thing as ''Too Old to Go Back to School''
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2017

You may think most college students are in their teens and early twenties. But according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, about 40% of college students are over the age of 25. Find out why going back to school has no age limit.

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Why You Need to Learn to Budget Before Starting Community College
Why You Need to Learn to Budget Before Starting Community College
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

Learning to budget is critical before starting community college. It can not only affect your immediate quality of life, but can also affect your financial health long after you graduate and enter the work force.

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Is an Associate's Degree Sufficient Higher Education?
Is an Associate's Degree Sufficient Higher Education?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

When considering making an investment in your education, you probably often wonder how much education will be enough for your career goals? The bottom line is that it takes researching your field and job prospects to determine the answer to that question.

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Is It Possible to Be Rejected from Community College?
Is It Possible to Be Rejected from Community College?
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

While you may think admission to community college is automatic, there are some circumstances that will result in a rejection letter. Before you apply, make sure you read the fine print and don't miss any important details.

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Things to Consider Before Choosing an Income-Share Agreement Over a Student Loan
Things to Consider Before Choosing an Income-Share Agreement Over a Student Loan
by Amanda Johnson November 2017

If you're looking for a new way to finance your college education, then an Income Share Agreement (ISA) may work for you. Still experimental in many areas, an ISA can give you a way to pay for your education without going into debt, but take caution before signing.

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What the Sitcom 'Community' Got Right About Community College
What the Sitcom 'Community' Got Right About Community College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

The sitcom ''Community'' was full of wacky students, unusual courses and incompetent administrators. But scratch the surface a bit and it turns out that there is quite a bit that ''Community'' got right about community college.

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How to Make Friends in Community College
How to Make Friends in Community College
by Zach Griffin July 2017

Making lifelong friends is part of the traditional college experience; however, many community college students find it harder to make friends at school. Let's explore some ways to make friends in community college.

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Are Community Colleges Non-Profit Organizations?
Are Community Colleges Non-Profit Organizations?
by Zach Griffin June 2017

Prospective students have multiple criteria to consider when choosing a college or university, and the question of whether to attend a for-profit or nonprofit institution adds to the confusion. We'll discuss for-profit versus nonprofit here, especially as it relates to community colleges.

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Do Community Colleges Require SAT & ACT Scores?
Do Community Colleges Require SAT & ACT Scores?
by Zach Griffin December 2017

With the cost of higher education steadily rising, many prospective students consider community college as an alternative to traditional four-year universities to save money. Some students choose community college because it fits their educational needs better. Whatever your reason for considering community college, you probably have or will ask: do community colleges require SAT & ACT scores? Let's find out.

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How Much Sleep Should a High School Student Get?
How Much Sleep Should a High School Student Get?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2017

High school students aren't getting enough sleep, and it's not just because of Instagram. Read on to see how much sleep is needed as well as the consequences of sleep deficits and suggestions for potential solutions.

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Is It Important to Have Senior Friends Your First Year of College?
Is It Important to Have Senior Friends Your First Year of College?
by Zach Griffin December 2017

With the fall semester quickly approaching, many soon-to-be college freshmen are preparing for their first year of college. However, preparing for something you have never done before is difficult. Here we'll discuss the benefits of having senior friends during your first year of college to help you through the process.

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Is There a Difference Between a College and a University?
Is There a Difference Between a College and a University?
by Bill Sands June 2017

Though 'college' and 'university' are two very different words, most students and teachers tend to use them interchangeably. Do they actually mean the same thing, or are there subtle differences between the two terms?

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Should I Choose a Summer Camp Job Over an Internship?
Should I Choose a Summer Camp Job Over an Internship?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

For college students, the internship is a traditional way to build a resume on summer breaks. However, summer camp jobs are a fun alternative that build life skills and experience.

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What I Wish I Knew About College When I Was in High School
What I Wish I Knew About College When I Was in High School
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Going to college is one of the most important decisions you will make in life. Looking back, there are many things about college I wish I had known ahead of time.

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Don't Feel Lonely: Tips on Meeting New People in College for Introverts
Don't Feel Lonely: Tips on Meeting New People in College for Introverts
by Rachel Tustin November 2017

College can be intimidating for introverts due to the immersive social environment it provides. However, a few simple steps can make it easier to meet people and form lasting, meaningful friendships.

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Who Should Pay for College: Parents or Students?
Who Should Pay for College: Parents or Students?
by Bill Sands June 2017

As college tuition continues to climb, families are being forced to answer the difficult question of who should be responsible for assuming the high price: the parents or the student?

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How I Used the Feynman Technique to Study and Got Better Grades
How I Used the Feynman Technique to Study and Got Better Grades
by Amanda Johnson June 2017

It is said that you can use the Feynman Technique to learn anything, and that's exactly what I did. I used this simple method to re-learn how to study at the college level. Here's a look at the technique and how it works.

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How to Study Less & Still Get Better Grades in High School
How to Study Less & Still Get Better Grades in High School
by Bill Sands November 2017

High school students don't have much free time, but that doesn't mean your grades need to suffer. By improving the efficiency of your study habits, you can spend less time studying while enjoying improved grades.

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Will Getting a GED Instead of a High School Diploma Affect My Chances of Getting into College?
Will Getting a GED Instead of a High School Diploma Affect My Chances of Getting into College?
by Rachel Tustin December 2017

Many Americans turn to getting a GED in lieu of finishing a high school diploma. When exercising this option, you have to consider how getting the GED may impact your chance of getting into college down the road.

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5 Smart Ways to Save for Your College Education
5 Smart Ways to Save for Your College Education
by Amanda Johnson June 2017

If you're entering college in the near future, it may be too late to save over a long period of time. However, saving for college just before entering and even during your time in college is possible. It's never too late to plan for college expenses.

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How My Undergrad School Choice Affected My Life
How My Undergrad School Choice Affected My Life
by Bill Sands June 2017

When I selected my undergraduate school, I knew I was making a choice that would dramatically alter my future. What I didn't expect, however, were the strange and seemingly unpredictable ways that this decision changed my future.

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How to Decide If a High School Foreign Exchange Program is for You
How to Decide If a High School Foreign Exchange Program is for You
by Erin Riskey June 2017

Has the thought of becoming a high school foreign exchange student been on your mind? Continue reading for valuable information that can help you decide if a foreign exchange program is right for you.

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Why College Textbooks are so Expensive and How to Avoid Overpaying for Them
Why College Textbooks are so Expensive and How to Avoid Overpaying for Them
by Bill Sands December 2017

Just like college tuition, the price of textbooks has increased dramatically in recent years. What's the cause of this inflation, and what can you do to keep costs down when purchasing these books?

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Tips From a Recent Graduate About Choosing the Right College Major
Tips From a Recent Graduate About Choosing the Right College Major
by Bill Sands June 2017

Next to choosing a school to attend, selecting a major is perhaps the most important academic decision you can make. In order to make the right choice, you'll need to give serious thought to your academic and professional aspirations.

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How to Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd When Applying to College
How to Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd When Applying to College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant June 2017

As colleges receive more applications and admit fewer students, applicants are searching for ways to set themselves apart from the crowd. Read on for tips on how to analyze the college application process in order to put your best foot forward.

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How Do College Students Spend Their Summer Without Wasting Time?
How Do College Students Spend Their Summer Without Wasting Time?
by Bill Sands June 2017

Summer can be a time to take a break and recharge your college batteries, but sometimes too much relaxation may cause you to lose focus and falter academically. Let's discuss how a productive summer can keep your mind sharp and expose you to new opportunities.

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5 Benefits of Shadowing a Current Student Before Applying to College
5 Benefits of Shadowing a Current Student Before Applying to College
by Bill Sands May 2017

Conducting research on a college is valuable to learning more about the school, but spending time on campus provides an important hands-on experience. By shadowing a student, you can gain insight into the parts of a school that the internet can't show you.

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Tips for Avoiding Major Challenges When Learning in Online Classrooms
Tips for Avoiding Major Challenges When Learning in Online Classrooms
by Michelle Baumgartner November 2017

Online learning offers several important benefits, but the challenges it presents should not be underestimated. Prepare yourself for the online classroom with these tips.

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When Is It Wise to Turn Down Admission to Top Universities?
When Is It Wise to Turn Down Admission to Top Universities?
by Bill Sands June 2017

Selecting a college is an arduous process that incorporates a wide range of factors. Though turning down a prestigious college may seem unwise, there's more to consider than just grades and in many cases, academic reputation is overrated.

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How Valuable Are Online Degrees Compared to Traditional College Degrees?
How Valuable Are Online Degrees Compared to Traditional College Degrees?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant May 2017

Online degrees can be appealing to students because of their flexibility and the many options available; but students still want a credential that's worth the price of tuition. Read on to learn how the value of online degrees compares to traditional degrees.

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Tips for Supporting Your Child Who's Struggling to Complete Their Degree
Tips for Supporting Your Child Who's Struggling to Complete Their Degree
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

For a lot of students, college is a time of growing independence. At the same time, they may be struggling to finish their degree. As parents, there are strategies we can use to support them during this time in their lives.

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Common Blockers to Completing Your Degree and How to Get Around Them
Common Blockers to Completing Your Degree and How to Get Around Them
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

It is not uncommon for students to abandon their path to a college degree for a variety of reasons. There are, however, ways to overcome the common road blocks in a journey to a college education.

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Great Reasons to Consider a Virtual Internship
Great Reasons to Consider a Virtual Internship
by Bill Sands May 2017

Virtual internships have become an increasingly popular option for young professionals looking to gain valuable work experience, and with good reason. These exciting opportunities provide a number of benefits and advantages over traditional in-person programs.

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How Do Employers View Online Degrees When Hiring?
How Do Employers View Online Degrees When Hiring?
by Bill Sands April 2017

Online degrees are sometimes viewed as being less valuable than those granted from an on-campus program. The rise of online learning, however, has led to a change in perception, and now these degrees are just as valuable as their traditional counterparts.

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5 Tips to Receive Financial Aid for an Online Program
5 Tips to Receive Financial Aid for an Online Program
by Irene Cooper November 2017

Online learning programs range from career-boosting skills advancement to graduate degrees. The distance format works wonderfully for people who want a flexible schedule, but finding financial aid can be tricky. The following offers five ways to get help paying for an online program.

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How Do I Know What Type of Alternative Credit is Right for Me?
How Do I Know What Type of Alternative Credit is Right for Me?
by Erin Riskey March 2017

There are a number of ways to earn college credit without ever stepping foot on a college campus. In this post, learn about the different types of alternative credit and then decide which approach is best for you.

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Enrolling in College? Ask These Questions About Their Credit Transfer Policy First
Enrolling in College? Ask These Questions About Their Credit Transfer Policy First
by Michelle Baumgartner December 2017

Transferring college credits can save you time and money. Although each institution follows its own policies and procedures, these questions will help you find the answers you need to better navigate the credit transfer process.

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Is the Pomodoro Technique Helpful While Studying Online?
Is the Pomodoro Technique Helpful While Studying Online?
by Patricia Willis February 2017

The Pomodoro Technique has been used by students, writers, and captains of industry to up their creativity and boost performance. But how useful is this little tomato while studying online?

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Strategies to Combat Procrastination While Taking Courses Online
Strategies to Combat Procrastination While Taking Courses Online
by Erin Riskey February 2017

Online courses can be a handy way to earn college credit, but they require a great deal of self-discipline and motivation if you want to be successful. Today you'll learn some strategies that can help you combat procrastination while taking courses online.

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How to Reach Out to Your Instructor for Your Online Courses
How to Reach Out to Your Instructor for Your Online Courses
by Abree Murch February 2017

If you're a nontraditional student or have major obligations outside of school, online courses can be incredibly convenient. But if you aren't meeting your professor face-to-face, how are you supposed to ask for help?

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Give Your Students the Gift of Financial Literacy with a Scholarship
Give Your Students the Gift of Financial Literacy with a Scholarship
by Meghan Cooney November 2017

The U.S. suffers from $1.26 trillion in student loan debt, with the average student forking over $350 each month in payments. Study.com wants to help your students build a strong foundation in personal finance at an early age by providing them with free access to our world renowned Personal Finance Course!

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What You Should Know About Dual Enrollment to Make a Good Decision
What You Should Know About Dual Enrollment to Make a Good Decision
by Patricia Willis February 2017

If the idea of saving on college tuition, or completing a college degree early appeals to you, dual enrollment might be a good option. Read the pros and cons, and then discuss your options with your career counselor to see if dual enrollment is the right choice for you.

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What You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes as an International Student
What You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes as an International Student
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Want to study abroad but can't afford the expense? Studying on a visa in the U.S. and considering online courses? We offer some tips that can help international students make the most of a virtual education.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Succeeding in Online Classes
Feeling Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Succeeding in Online Classes
by Erin Riskey February 2017

Online classes are becoming increasingly popular, but they can often be a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you aren't properly prepared. Continue reading for some helpful hints that can help you succeed in online classes.

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How to Choose College Electives While Studying Online
How to Choose College Electives While Studying Online
by Amanda Johnson February 2017

If you're looking to fill your online elective courses then you might be wondering how to go about making your selection. The choices are numerous and so are the categories each elective falls within. Here are a few tips to guide you along the way.

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How I Earned a Second Bachelor's Degree Online
How I Earned a Second Bachelor's Degree Online
by Irene Cooper February 2017

To find her dream job, this liberal studies major decided to pursue a second bachelor's degree online and turn an obsession with cybersecurity into her next career path.

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Strategies for Taking Effective Notes While Studying Online
Strategies for Taking Effective Notes While Studying Online
by Amanda Johnson February 2017

Taking notes is an essential part of the learning process; however, adapting your note-taking skills to fit online courses can be a challenge. In this post, we'll go over some note-taking strategies to use while studying online.

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Learn Personal Financial Management with a Scholarship to Study.com for Guardian Employees
Learn Personal Financial Management with a Scholarship to Study.com for Guardian Employees
by Meghan Cooney December 2017

Guardian is excited to provide an opportunity for employees to master personal financial management and earn valuable college credit. Learn how to make your money work for you with three months of free access to Study.com!

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How to Get College Credit for Your Work Experience
How to Get College Credit for Your Work Experience
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

Going back to college can be a stressful time because you feel like you're starting from square one, but you might be able to get a head start by turning your work experience into college credits.

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Will Alternative College Credit Impress My Future Employers?
Will Alternative College Credit Impress My Future Employers?
by Sarah Lentz November 2017

Learn how to earn college credit outside of college -- making the most of your education and experience -- and make a good impression on future employers.

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Tips for Creating Your Community College Class Schedule
Tips for Creating Your Community College Class Schedule
by Bill Sands December 2016

Building a functional class schedule is an essential part of the community college experience. Pick up some tips and strategies to make sure that your schedule doesn't leave you overwhelmed.

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Tips for Excelling in Community College Summer Classes
Tips for Excelling in Community College Summer Classes
by Bill Sands December 2016

The summer semester at community college is a unique experience that provides plenty of opportunities for students of all types. Learn more about this type of session and pick up some strategies that will make your experience much smoother.

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Should You Get a Certificate Instead of a College Degree?
Should You Get a Certificate Instead of a College Degree?
by Zach Griffin November 2017

Certificate programs have become increasingly popular in the American education system, but is a certificate a smarter choice for you than a traditional college degree? Let's explore some questions you should ask yourself to make the right choice for you!

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Using Micro-Degrees and Badges to Accelerate Your Career
Using Micro-Degrees and Badges to Accelerate Your Career
by Irene Cooper December 2016

Keeping your skills fresh and your knowledge up-to-date is a smart way to build momentum in your career, whatever your chosen field. Micro-degrees and badges are gaining ground as an effective means to expand your skill set, be recognized for your achievements, and move your career to the next level.

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Strategies for Staying Organized & Studying in Community College
Strategies for Staying Organized & Studying in Community College
by Melissa Kreindel December 2016

College can be an overwhelming time, but staying organized and on top of your classes can help make it a lot easier. If you want to master community college, follow these top organization and studying strategies.

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Balancing Work, School & Life While Getting Your Degree Fast
Balancing Work, School & Life While Getting Your Degree Fast
by Lindsay Mattison December 2016

Getting your degree fast may be really important to you, but do you know how to maintain a work-school-life balance while pursuing an accelerated program? Let's look at some tips and tricks to help you minimize stress and optimize success.

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Getting Your College Degree as Quickly as Possible: Making a Plan
Getting Your College Degree as Quickly as Possible: Making a Plan
by Zach Griffin December 2017

If you choose to attend a community college to save money, then completing your degree requirements quickly requires a well-thought-out plan, as we'll discuss in this post.

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Traditional, Low Residency, Online - Which Path to a Degree is Right for You?
Traditional, Low Residency, Online - Which Path to a Degree is Right for You?
by Irene Cooper November 2017

While there are over 4,000 brick-and-mortar colleges and universities conferring traditional degrees in the U.S., the post-secondary landscape has exploded with online education, low residency programs, and hybrid options, as we'll discuss here.

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What is a MOOC and How Can It Help Me in My Career?
What is a MOOC and How Can It Help Me in My Career?
by Lindsay Mattison December 2016

If you've never heard of MOOCs, you may be interested to learn that taking these courses may help your career. Read on to learn about some MOOC options that can help with professional development.

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What You Should Know Before Going Back to Community College
What You Should Know Before Going Back to Community College
by Kyle Aken December 2017

The choice to return to community college can be a tough one. And once you've made the decision to return to school, there are many factors to consider. Let's explore some of the things you need to know before going back to community college.

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Tips to Stay Stress-Free While Earning College Credit
Tips to Stay Stress-Free While Earning College Credit
by Erin Riskey December 2017

Earning college credit might require hard work, but that doesn't mean it has to be stressful. In today's post, we'll explore some tips for keeping your stress level down while building your college credit up.

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What to Do When You're on Community College Class Waiting Lists
What to Do When You're on Community College Class Waiting Lists
by Rachael Pasini November 2017

Scheduling classes can be stressful, especially when you can't get into the ones you need. However, before you get frustrated and give up, consider these tips on what to do when you get waitlisted.

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How to Use Dual Degree Programs to Earn High School and College Credit at the Same Time
How to Use Dual Degree Programs to Earn High School and College Credit at the Same Time
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

With the rising cost of college, dual enrollment or dual degree programs are becoming an increasingly popular option for high school students. These programs allow students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credit. Using dual degree programs offer lots of opportunities for high school students in terms of opportunities and financial incentives.

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How to Earn a Graduate Degree Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom
How to Earn a Graduate Degree Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant December 2016

If you are one of the many students considering a graduate degree but are weighing concerns about work and other obligations, earning a graduate degree entirely online may be a good option. See how it might be possible for you.

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How Studying Business at Community College Can Kick Off Your Career
How Studying Business at Community College Can Kick Off Your Career
by Kyle Aken October 2017

Studying business at a community college can prepare you for an exciting role in the field, whether you enter the workforce with an associate's or transfer to a 4-year college. Let's explore how studying business at community college can help kick off your career.

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Why Online Alternatives to a Traditional College Degree Might be Right for You
Why Online Alternatives to a Traditional College Degree Might be Right for You
by Erin Riskey November 2017

Furthering your education used to mean attending lots of college classes in person, but nowadays, there are several other routes you can take. Here you'll learn why online alternatives to a traditional college degree might be right for you.

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How to Earn Credits Towards Your Degree Before You Even Start School
How to Earn Credits Towards Your Degree Before You Even Start School
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2017

Whether you're in high school or have already graduated, there are many options available to you that will help you earn credit towards a college degree - before you even step foot through a college classroom. Read on for some of these options and learn why this path might be beneficial for you.

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Going Back to School After a Long Break? Tips for a Stress-Free Start
Going Back to School After a Long Break? Tips for a Stress-Free Start
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

Going back to school after a long break can be a daunting task, especially if you were in school and decided to take a break. However, there are a few easy things you can do to make the process easier and less stressful. It involves planning ahead, and building support systems in your life.

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What You Need for Your First Day of Community College Classes
What You Need for Your First Day of Community College Classes
by Erin Riskey December 2016

Are you unsure of what you need for your first day of community college classes? In today's post, we'll take a look at some essentials that community college students should have on that exciting first day.

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Getting Your College Degree Online - Where to Start
Getting Your College Degree Online - Where to Start
by Patricia Willis December 2016

Thinking of an online degree but don't know where to start? Use these tips to find the right program and resources and get your education on your terms.

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Follow This Plan to Get a 4.0 in Community College
Follow This Plan to Get a 4.0 in Community College
by Kyle Aken December 2016

Getting a 4.0 in community college is not easy, and takes a lot of effort and hard work. Having a solid plan that you can rely on - from being the best student you can be to understanding what the teacher wants - can mean the difference between success and failure.

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Supercharge Your Career with Low-Cost Certificates
Supercharge Your Career with Low-Cost Certificates
by Jordan Mitchell December 2016

If you're like many Americans, you want to earn more in your career without accumulating thousands of dollars in debt. A low-cost certificate from a credible institution may be just the boost you need.

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Dealing With Stress as a Community College Student
Dealing With Stress as a Community College Student
by Kyle Aken December 2016

Attending community college can be a very stressful venture for any student. There are, however, many things you can be doing to help avoid and reduce stress as well as the negative effects that it can have on the mind and body. Take these tips with you on a daily basis to help control the stress in your life as a busy student.

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Strategies To Find a Job After Community College
Strategies To Find a Job After Community College
by Bill Sands December 2016

Now that you're done with community college, it's time to use your degree and find a job. Pick up some tips and learn how to land that elusive first job.

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Avoid Remedial Classes in Community College to Save Time & Money
Avoid Remedial Classes in Community College to Save Time & Money
by Lindsay Mattison February 2017

Some colleges require students to take remedial classes to catch up to other students, but these courses typically don't count towards your degree. Save time and money by avoiding the remedial classes and focusing on classes that count towards your degree.

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Is an Alternative University Right for You?
Is an Alternative University Right for You?
by Patricia Willis December 2016

If you find that the thought of a traditional college education leaves you cold, and you yearn for the freedom to explore the greater meaning of life of experience the great masters, an alternative university might be just the ticket

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How Talking to Your Professors Can Make a Difference in Community College
How Talking to Your Professors Can Make a Difference in Community College
by Kyle Aken December 2016

Talking to a professor can seem like a scary experience, especially for first-year students in community college. But your professor is there to help you learn and have the most enriching experience possible. Let's explore the importance of talking to your community college professors.

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How Your Military Experience Can Help You in Community College
How Your Military Experience Can Help You in Community College
by Kyle Aken December 2016

Many individuals who have spent time in the military are looking to attend community college after they have completed their time in the service. There are many ways that your service can benefit you if you decide to pursue community college.

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5 Pressing Issues Facing Community College Students Today
5 Pressing Issues Facing Community College Students Today
by Bill Sands December 2016

Community college students face a number of challenges and obstacles on the path to graduation. Learn more about some of the most common problems that you might encounter throughout your college experience.

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Ways to Boost Your Resume Without a College Degree
Ways to Boost Your Resume Without a College Degree
by Melissa Kreindel December 2017

When looking for a job, one of the most important things you will need is a resume that highlights your experience, qualifications, and education. But what if you don't have a college degree? Follow these tips for other ways you can boost your resume and still stand out from the crowd!

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Working Full-Time? Check Out These Alternative Education Options
Working Full-Time? Check Out These Alternative Education Options
by Patricia Willis December 2016

If you think a full-time job means you can't further your education, think again. Busy employees have hundreds of resources available to expand their skills and earn college credit without leaving their current job.

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Can I Earn Credit from Two Community Colleges at Once?
Can I Earn Credit from Two Community Colleges at Once?
by Zach Griffin December 2017

Taking classes at two community colleges simultaneously may seem like a good idea, but there are several things you should consider before making a decision.

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Why Community College is Worth Taking Seriously
Why Community College is Worth Taking Seriously
by Lindsay Mattison November 2016

There's often a stigma against community college--some see it as not a 'real' college experience. But in reality, there are many great benefits to attending a 2-year college. Read on as we explore why community college is worth taking seriously.

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Why You Should Spend Your Summer Taking Community College Classes
Why You Should Spend Your Summer Taking Community College Classes
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

There are plenty of reasons why taking community college classes in summer can be a wise decision. Take some time to explore the benefits of spending a bit of your summer in class to save time and money.

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Quarter to Semester Credits - When & How to Calculate the Value
Quarter to Semester Credits - When & How to Calculate the Value
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

If you attend a college that uses quarter units, rather than semester units, you want to be sure you plan ahead. Whether you are transferring between schools or applying for a professional license, make sure you do the math for a smooth transition.

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Tips for Filling out Your PLA Portfolio
Tips for Filling out Your PLA Portfolio
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Developing a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio doesn't have to be a stressful experience. With a few tips, some online resources, and help from your college counselor, you can create a knock-out portfolio of your own.

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Find Grants to Help Save Money in Community College
Find Grants to Help Save Money in Community College
by Kyle Aken February 2017

Even though it may be a bit more work, it's worth it to find free grant money for community college. There are many different sources and types of grants available for students, regardless of financial need or academic standing. Grants allow students to get a degree without any financial burden.

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How You Can Plan for Your Career While Still in Community College
How You Can Plan for Your Career While Still in Community College
by Zach Griffin November 2016

Whether you plan to get an associate's degree at your community college or intend to transfer to a four-year university, planning for your career can never start too early.

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Stay Calm & Avoid Burnout as a Community College Student
Stay Calm & Avoid Burnout as a Community College Student
by Kyle Aken November 2016

Many students who are in community college have very busy and stressful lives. The inability to manage this stress can lead to burnout, which can have major effects on any student's ability to perform. There are some things, however, that you can do to avoid experiencing burnout which can leave you unable to meet the demands of life.

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Tips for Staying Focused in Community College
Tips for Staying Focused in Community College
by Kyle Aken November 2016

Life as a student in community college can become stressful and overwhelming. However, there are some things that you can do to help stay focused while trying to balance school, work, and home life. Utilize these tips to help you to stay motivated to complete the many responsibilities of being a student attending community college.

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Getting on the Right Track After Remedial Courses in Community College
Getting on the Right Track After Remedial Courses in Community College
by Kyle Aken February 2017

While there is much controversy surrounding remedial education, these classes will greatly affect the future of your college experience. Take with you the knowledge and skills that you learn while in your developmental courses to help you succeed in earning your degree at a community college. This experience will benefit you when you move on to the required college level courses that you will take upon completion of your remedial classes.

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What High School Seniors Should Know About Community College
What High School Seniors Should Know About Community College
by Kyle Aken February 2017

Transitioning from high school life to college life can be difficult. If you are going to a community college, it may be quite different than going to a four year university. Many seniors are now attending classes at community college before they even graduate high school. Even if you wait until after graduation, the change can still be difficult. There are some things you can do to make this major life event easier and less stressful.

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What Does Course Level Mean for Transferring College Credit?
What Does Course Level Mean for Transferring College Credit?
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Can higher course levels make it easier to transfer college credits? We'll explore what course levels mean, how schools number their courses, and whether policies have an impact on you when you're ready to move on.

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Things to Know Before Going to Community College Out of State
Things to Know Before Going to Community College Out of State
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

If you are thinking about attending a community college out of state, there are several issues to consider, including the cost difference and how going out of state could harm or help your future transfer options.

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6 Things to Consider When Planning Your Transfer out of Community College
6 Things to Consider When Planning Your Transfer out of Community College
by Zach Griffin November 2016

Transferring out of community college can be a daunting task. However, you can do it if you carefully plan your transfer in advance, and we are here to help!

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How to Bounce Back After a Bad Semester at Community College
How to Bounce Back After a Bad Semester at Community College
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

Bad semesters happen to many people in community college. There are all kinds of blocks that fall in our road to success, ranging from financial issues to deaths in the family. It is important to know you can recover by using the resources at your disposal to create a solid plan.

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Why You Should Consider Extracurricular Activities at Community College
Why You Should Consider Extracurricular Activities at Community College
by Erin Riskey November 2016

You've heard of extracurricular activities before, but did you know that they can be a very important part of your community college experience? Here, you'll discover why you should consider participating in extracurricular activities at community college.

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Which Colleges Will Accept All My Transfer Credit?
Which Colleges Will Accept All My Transfer Credit?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

If you're one of the many students in the United States who plans to transfer at some point in your academic career, finding out which colleges will accept your transfer credit is an essential part of your educational journey.

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Are There Advantages to Playing Sports in Community College?
Are There Advantages to Playing Sports in Community College?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

If you are thinking about participating in athletics in community college, you'll find that there are some definite advantages to playing a sport at a 2-year school, including those related to cost and playing time.

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