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Keep Your Studies Balanced With a Pacing Buddy

online-pacing-buddy-school-motivationBy J. Stasiw
Online Learning Tips Editor

Sometimes having the support of your family and friends isn’t enough to carry on with the day-to-day responsibilities of classwork. If they aren’t actively participating in the class readings, papers and class discussions they won’t be able to relate and share sound advice and restrictions to follow. What you need as an online student is a pacing buddy. This person should be sharing in the same goals as you, a degree or certificate completion, and should also have the same level of motivation. Finding the right pairing is key to making this type of relationship work.

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Student Profile: Preserving the Environment One Park at a Time

American Public University Alumna, Heather Groen

American Public University Alumna, Heather Groen

Interview with APU Alumna, Heather Groen

The following profile is the eighth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Biological Science Technician, National Park Service

Degree earned: M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, 2012, American Public University

What have you been up to since earning your degree at APU?

Receiving my master’s degree from APU was a pinnacle in my life. This degree enabled me to work for several land management agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. To assist the USFWS motto in conservation management, I served at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center as a training technician and delivered content on resource management, sustainability and conservation. From there, I began working for the state side of fish and wildlife management for the Management Assistance Team in Shepherdstown, WV.

Presently, I am a park ranger working for the National Park Service as a Biological Science Technician. The knowledge and resources I obtained from earning my degree at APU gave me the ability to work for land management agencies and focus on resource management and conservation in a field I am passionate about.

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Why Taking Courses in the Right Order Matters

course-order-importanceBy Erin Kelley-Bannister
Academic Advisor at American Public University

One of the first bits of information you receive from the university is the course progression for your program. Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

Why Foundations of Online Learning Should Be Your First Course

The reason COLL100 (Foundations of Online Learning) is recommended first is because it provides necessary information about how to interact and succeed in our online environment. You’re introduced to the classroom, library, and other basic university information that you’ll need to know as a university student.

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FAFSA Scams of 2016: What You Need to Know

FAFSA-scams-2016By Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

With 2016 now here, it is time to think about filling out the FAFSA for your 2016-17 school year. If it is your first time doing so, it can be a very stressful task. The FAFSA asks for a lot of personal information, and it can be very intimidating to sit down and attempt to fill it out for the first time. If you are a dependent, you will not only need your own financial information, but also your parents’ or guardians’ financial information. Unfortunately, there are people out there that want to take advantage of potential students by tricking them into thinking they can offer help when you are filling out the FAFSA. Here are tips for avoiding two of the best-known (and convincing) FAFSA scams:

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Student Profile: Rebuilding Health for Developing Countries

American Public University Alumna, Prasida Khanal

American Public University Alumna, Prasida Khanal

Interview with APU Alumna, Prasida Khanal

The following profile is the fifth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Health Services Manager at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties, St. Paul, Minnesota

Degree earned: Master of Public Health, 2015, American Public University

What led you to choose a Master’s in Public Health?

My home country of Nepal has been crushed with a decade-long Maoist insurgency, political instability, poverty and a humanitarian crisis. These were difficult times for many Nepali families like us, who lost a loved one, or were persecuted or exiled. Amidst the chaos, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to study dentistry in one of the most reputed universities in Nepal, the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. I worked as a community dentist in rural and underserved areas. While I realized that I could improve the oral health status of my people, there was always the chance that they would go back to a house without water or sanitation. During my work in Nepal, there were diarrhea epidemics and women who died during childbirth. These issues encouraged me to take steps forward to improve the health of the public. I feel blessed to have joined APU to help make my dreams a reality.

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Upgrade Your Holiday Wishlist

holiday-gift-giving-studentBy J. Mason
Online Career Tips Editor

It’s a magical time of year for many, even for those of us who have outgrown our belief in Santa. For those celebrating Christmas it’s the time to share time with the people you love, and give gifts. If you could stuff your stocking with something besides candies and trinkets, what would you put in it for school?

Besides wanting material items like the new Kindle, noise canceling headphones, or anything off of your Amazon wishlist, what about something intangible? Start a school improvement list, instead of just wishing for things to magically change.

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Have You Created an Outline Lately?

creating-outlines-online-classBy J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor

Along with your arsenal of sticky notes and note cards there’s one other item you should always prepare in class, an outline. Every good research paper has a sense of order to it and one of the best ways to achieve that is through an orderly collection of thought.

If you have ever created a mind map to help in writing a paper, then an outline is not too far off from this approach. The outline should begin with your direction, or thesis for the paper. Separate out the main points by “chapters” or stages. Give each stage supporting statements, or factual information from your class text. This is a great tool for those averse to writing papers. Once you’ve finished the outline you have a blueprint for the paper. You can refer to your blueprint and build on it as you conduct your research. In my writing process for class I like to create the outline before diving into the work. This way you can fill in the blanks as you move through the text.

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Walking for the Holidays and Public Health Benefits

walk-during-holidays-public-healthBy Dr. Samer Koutoubi
Program Director, Public Health at American Public University

As you sit down to enjoy the festivities of  Thanksgiving Day, and the upcoming holiday season family get-togethers, parties, and shopping, you may experience difficulties maintaining a normal exercise schedule and training regimen. Don’t let the holidays take over, start planning a workout a schedule in advance to maintain your overall health for the holidays.

Did you know that you can burn a lot of calories while walking? An average person who weighs 180 pounds can burn 100 calories per mile while walking. So let’s walk off the weight during the holidays! Also, eating healthy and burning calories can help you lose weight and protect you against chronic diseases. Make a game of it. See how many calories you can burn during your daily activities around the house. For online students, this is a great habit to keep; especially during intense weeks of nothing by studying and sitting in front of the computer. Making the time to get up and move are vital to your health.

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