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Improve Self-Learning Scores in Class Through a Knowledge Hunt

self-learning-score-onlineedIn an age of digital learning we keep finding new ways to avoid reading for class. Through app highlighting features, shortcuts through keyword searching, and chapter skipping, it’s only a matter of time until we have roboreaders reading and taking the dictation for us. AI isn’t the solution here. This is about educating yourself through a traditional means, asking questions and reading the material.

What if reading isn’t your issue? If you have trouble remembering the material, but enjoy the reading, there is a solution for that as well. Ask questions. This method can apply to both the non-readers, and the memory lapses. One way to engage with the material is by asking questions in advance. Some professors even require students to include questions along with their discussion post response for the week. For your purposes in reading though, it creates interest.

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New Year, New Class: The Basics for the Online Learner

online-learning-first-class-basicsBy Dr. Bruce A. Johnson
Online Learning Tips, Guest Contributor

This content was previously run on Bruce’s profile in LinkedIn Pulse.

Starting an online class usually marks the beginning of a new academic adventure, one that is a result of careful planning and a desire to learn something new. There are numerous articles written to help online students get started, usually focused on elements such as resources and time management. While those are important aspects of online learning, one of the most important indicators of success for a student is the mindset they begin with and maintain throughout their course.

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How Education Can Come in the Form of a Wreath

Arlington, VA - Wreaths Across America. Photo Credit: American Military University

Arlington, VA – Wreaths Across America. Photo Credit: American Military University

Any form of philanthropy can be a learning experience, if you pay attention. When you’re opting to give up a piece of yourself, your time, a possession, or your money it is important to pay attention to the effort involved and the potential takeaways. Back when I was in high school philanthropy during the holidays meant giving a new unwrapped toy, or donating cans to a food drive. Paying homage to soldiers that have served our country never came to mind as a way to give back during the season of giving. For me, the meaning of seasonal giving changed this year. In my attendance this year at the annual Wreaths Across America event, with American Military University, my perception on seasonal philanthropy completely changed.

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Asking Before the Leap: Open House Guidance for Your Educational Journey

APUS-OpenHouse_2014Starting school is so much more than buying school supplies. For adult learners it means getting a second chance, starting over, or trying something new. Choosing that school takes some sound thought, and shouldn’t easily be influenced by the first commercial or ad that you see. Education teaches us to not take things at face value, but to scratch below the surface and make our own conclusions. How can you do this with an online education? Attending an open house is a good place to start.

Most of us have learned to embrace mobile technology as if it were an adopted member of the family. It’s convenient, you can access your information from anywhere, and it’s instantaneous. What about your education? The traditional model of college is that great setting of being around other collegiate scholars where you learn at your own pace and in person. Online education is a stark contrast to this scenario, but it’s as adaptive as that mobile technology we all love so much.

Are you curious about what being a part of an online school entails? One of the easiest ways to get a glimpse into the online education realm is by attending a virtual open house. Imagine visiting a college and talking with representatives from the major university departments from your home computer in real time. On August 27, 2014 you can do just that at the American Public University and American Military University Open House.

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Financial Benefits of Online Education

learning-onlineOnline education can be a convenient and affordable alternative to traditional campus-based education. If you are a working adult, a member of the United States Armed Forces, or just not in the financial position to attend a campus-based university but wish to pursue a degree, online schools are a great option. Not only are they more conducive to success for people with time constraints, but they are usually more affordable for a variety of reasons.

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Tips for Lowering Your College Expenses

cost-higher-edAll college students know that tuition is far from the only expense they are going to incur while they pursue their education. College comes with many additional expenses, and figuring out how to pay for them can be stressful. There are ways, however, to reduce those additional costs.

While tuition may be the main expense you incur, there are various others, including, but not limited to:

  • Books and supplies
  • Fees (technology fees, loan fees, etc.)
  • Dependent care
  • Food and other personal items

Here are some tips for reducing the overall costs of some of the expenses listed above.

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Making Connections in an Online Classroom

connecting-online-studentsBy Michelle Watts
Faculty Director at American Military University

The experience that you have as an online student depends on your own learning style and preferences. You can choose to limit your interactions with other students or you can become very connected to both classmates and the instructor. While neither approach is wrong, as an online instructor I have found that students who choose to interact have a richer education experience. Think contact, interaction and collaboration.

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Consolidating Student Loans: Is This the Right Choice for You?

consolidating-student-loansMaintaining multiple student loan payments can be quite difficult and frustrating. When it comes to making payment on multiple federal student loans, it may be easier to consolidate them. A direct consolidation loan allows you to combine multiple federal student loans into one loan. This can simplify your multiple monthly payments into one.

Consolidating student loans has some pros and cons. Studentaid.gov mentions a few benefits such as loan consolidation having the ability to greatly simplify loan repayment by centralizing your loans to one bill and it can lower monthly payments by giving you up to 30 years to repay your loans. There may also be new opportunities that become available with the consolidation, such as alternative repayment plans and switching the variable interest rate loans to a fixed interest rate. The cons of consolidating your student loans consist of losing borrower benefits and paying more in interest by extending the repayment period.

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