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Tips from the Road: Getting Access to Class for the Online Learner

online-ed-tips-tlmBy Aj Dionne
Student, American Military University

Online schooling gives us a lot more freedom than a traditional college or university would. We all take advantage of the time aspects of that freedom, but most people still do their school work from home, or a coffee shop. What happens when it is time to take a family road trip, or if you travel for business? As a long haul truck driver, and a full-time student at AMU, I want to offer some tips to help you out.

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Pay it Forward With an Education Compliment

pay-it-forward-in-educationRarely do we think of going back to school as directly benefiting strangers; unless you’re going into teaching. It’s a way to better your life, your family, and your future. Since we’re not yet out of the charitable season it’s important to think about how your education can benefit those around you. Think about your fellow student that may be struggling to get through their program. Or what about your peer in class that can’t seem to manage their time efficiently and feels like giving up? While you have no obligation to reach out and help these individuals, there should be nothing stopping you from extending a hand through a compliment or an inspiring story.

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The Life Cycle of a Federal Student Aid Loan

life-cycle-student-loanYou may not think about it while you are using them, but Federal Student Aid (FSA) loans have a four-part life cycle. All of these parts are important to think about. These four parts are as follows:

  1. Planning how to pay for school
  2. Being packaged for, and having loans originated and awarded
  3. In-school
  4. Grace and repayment

It will be beneficial to you if you think about your loans from before you even receive them to after you have completed your schooling. All four parts will be explored in further depth.

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Political Science to Space Studies: How Philosophy Inspired My Ready Moment

APU-ready-moment-facultyBy Kurt Messick
Faculty Member, Humanities Program at American Public University

After I finished seminary back in 2005, I was looking for the “next big thing” in my life. I was teaching part-time at a local community college and also serving as a part-time chaplain, but neither of these looked like a permanent fixture in my life. While I was browsing the internet for various options, I happened along a school named American Public University. At the time I’d never heard of it, but they were offering a political philosophy class online, and it sounded intriguing.

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Common Tech Myths – Debunked

Common Tech Myths Debunked image true false 300x198By Andrea Eldridge

Tech Myths – Nerds On Call Computer Repair

“Don’t swim for 30 minutes after eating!” This warning had me twiddling my thumbs by the side of the pool for what felt like hours when I was a kid. There are myths that seem to float around forever, spurred on by someone “re-sharing” them on social media, sometimes years after they’ve been proven inaccurate. Tech myths follow the same course, and they shape our behaviors and relationship with the very technology we love so much. It’s about time to get some of those myths debunked.

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Learning About Pell Grant Qualifications

financial-aid-loan-useOne of the best forms of Federal Student Aid (FSA) that a student can obtain is the Pell Grant. The funds from the Pell Grant go toward paying for your cost of attendance (COA), and those funds do not need to be paid back after you use them. Students who demonstrate a financial need are the primary recipients of this grant. Essentially, the Pell Grant provides educational funds to need-based students at no charge.

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Tips for Perfecting APA Writing for Class

apa-writing-tipsThere’s nothing worse than spending a week researching for your college or university paper, spending a whole day taking notes, and then a further day to actually write the thing—only to see that your paper lost percentage points due to not adhering to APA style.

APA (American Psychological Association) style is used for most classes and making sure one does it right is often the difference between getting an A and getting a B.

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Forget the Turkey, Give Thanks for Your Education

giving-thanks-educationThere is plenty to gripe about with higher education. Sometimes there is too much reading one week, or you’re expected to write a paper with a word count of 6,000 in a couple of weeks. This is all part of the learning process. Your parents likely told you that eating your vegetables was good for you, and the same can be said for these supplemental assignments that may seem superfluous at first. The preference may be to lay on the couch and enjoy a nice break with your favorite show, like the Walking Dead for example, but your fulfillment for knowledge is not being obtained by these distractions. Just like you learned to appreciate and respect your elders, you’ll learn to respect the time allocated to learning.

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