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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Effective Study Practice When Completing Your Business Degree Online

Seeking after a business degree online can set you up for an energizing employment in the business world. Nonetheless, numerous understudies find that business degrees, whether sought after through separation instruction or in the classroom, are exceptionally testing. These courses are intended to test, and projects in business regularly include taking in a lot of data in a generally brief timeframe. On the off chance that you need every one of the advantages of a business program, you truly don’t need to surrender your whole life keeping in mind the end goal to show signs of improvement employment. Consider these taking after tips from top understudies keeping in mind the end goal to take advantage of your courses:

Tip # 1: Keep up with the news. If you’ve decided to earn your business degree online, you probably already know that the business world changes very rapidly. While you’re pursuing a program, you will want to keep in touch with your local and national business news. This will help you see how the concepts you are learning are forever changing. Plus, keeping up with the news will allow you to ask your instructors about real-life business situations taking place in the world today. When you graduate and are applying for jobs, employers will likely ask you about current business news, so keeping in touch with what is going on in the business world is a must.

Tip # 2: Make use of every resource your school offers. As a student, you will have access to online libraries, resources, study resources, and much more. Make sure that you make use of all these to the fullest. Your tuition is paying for it, and many of these resources can help you get even more out of your program.

Tip #3: Study by putting things into your own words and writing your ideas out. Don’t just read and highlight your textbooks. Instead, always study by re-writing information into your own words. Or, study by asking possible test questions and then answering them in full. Putting things into your own words helps you really understand what you are reading. If you are pursuing your business degree online, you may have access to online resources, such as multimedia presentations. These can be very handy in helping you understand your coursework.

Tip # 4: Use what you learn. Rather than just learning theories and ideas, consider applying what you learn. If you learn a new business concept, for example, look to see how that concept is used in your day job. Or, listen to the news and see whether you can see examples of what your instructors have been teaching you about in the actual business world. Using what you learn helps to reinforce what you’ve studied and by getting real life examples of the concepts you are learning, you can better remember what you have been taught.

Tip # 5: Read more than expected. If you are pursuing a business degree online, you may at first be daunted by the amount of reading you may have to do. Business programs require learning a great deal of information, including terms, concepts, and real-life applications. However, even though you have a lot of reading to do, you should do as much reading outside classes as you can. This will expand your knowledge and make you a better student overall. Understanding as much as possible about business helps you to understand what you’re learning in the virtual classroom even more thoroughly. If you’re having trouble keeping up with the amount of reading, consider audio books. These can allow you to cover material even while you’re driving the car, doing yard work, or taking care of errands.

While a business degree online can help you land an excellent job, pursuing such a program can be challenging, especially if you are pursuing full-time work and other responsibilities at the same time. Follow the above tips to maximize your study time and get great results from your degree.

Weariness Great Students Concerns About Exam Time

Understudies the nation over are preparing for year-end exams and government sanctioned tests, notwithstanding meeting class due dates and overwhelming homework loads. Lamentably, expanded weight for decent evaluations has numerous understudies taking the wrong approach with regards to exam time readiness.

According to a survey conducted by The Princeton Review and Wrigley, more than 85 percent of students admit to feeling increased stress and tension at exam time, in many cases leading them to make less healthy choices.

Under Pressure

Although experiencing a little stress can keep students on their toes, choosing poor stress management techniques can ultimately work against their academic goals. The recent survey revealed students are dealing with exam time pressures by snacking during study time (76 percent), studying with a caffeine buzz (61 percent) and burning the midnight oil (41 percent). The survey also revealed, however, that some students are finding ways to meet the challenges of studying for test time, such as listening to classical music (20 percent) and even chewing gum (37 percent). Of the students who chew gum while studying for exams, 41 percent do so to combat stress and tension and 23 percent to increase focus and concentration.

In fact, studies have shown that the act of chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain by 25 percent and appears to improve people’s ability to retain and retrieve information.

“Chewing gum while performing memory tests can increase memory substantially,” says Andrew Scholey, Ph.D., CPsychol, professor, Division of Psychology, and director, Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, University of Northumbria, UK.

Stressbusters

Study experts at The Princeton Review recommend a few simple tips to help parents and students deal with test-time stress.

• Exercise: Exercise can be an excellent way to recharge batteries and reduce stress around exam time.

• Care packages: There’s nothing like a care package from parents to lighten students’ stress and let them know they are rooting for them. Include items such as stress toys, a classical music CD and healthy snacks such as nuts, chewing gum or dried fruit.

• Create a calming and productive atmosphere: An effective study area should have good lighting and ventilation, a comfortable chair and space large enough to spread out materials.

• Chew gum: The gum experts at Wrigley recommend chewing gum to relieve stress and tension and to help increase focus and concentration during studying and test-taking.

Time Management is Useful Tool for Success for University Students

Time Management is Useful Tool for Success for University StudentsFinally, you at long last made the cut in the college and everything will be smooth cruising starting now and into the foreseeable future. All the diligent work back in secondary school paid off, you thought.

Yes, the greater part of your diligent work back in secondary school truly paid off. Notwithstanding, you ought not accept that everything would be simple as a college understudy. Be readied that it will be more chaotic and unpleasant than what you experienced in secondary school.

Many students assume that they can now take it easy once they reached college. They think like these because of what they heard from many university students about great parties and many friends to meet. This is a common misconception of many new university students.

Being a university student means a lot more work and dedication to your studies, but it does not mean you should not have fun like what you heard about what other university students talk about.

So how can you mix studies and socialization?

The answer to that would be time management.

Planning to manage your time is not that easy, many university students often fail on achieving their goals and resulting in frustration because many of them set unrealistic goals. It is important that you should set goals that are both difficult to achieve but achievable.

There are many factors that you should consider when doing a time management plan. You should not only set specific goals, but also set time on when you will be working on it.

As you can imagine, there are many things to do as a university students. Your parents are not there to help you, you have to do every little thing and some of them may be time consuming.

Always remember that you will be living in the university campus or nearer and this means that all the amenities of home will not always be there. You have to drive to the laundry, do your groceries and cook your own food. It can be very difficult to adjust being a university student, especially if you are a freshman.

It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and at the same time study. There will be no parents telling you to do your homework. There will also be no one to assign what time you should go home.

You might think that all these are very good that there are no nagging parents to tell you what to do. Nevertheless, this is to train you to become responsible for yourself.

You will be tempted to go to parties on study night since no one will tell you that you are not allowed and you have all the time you have.

While it is true you can do whatever you want with your time while in the university, passing every exam should be one of your long-term goal. In order to achieve this, you have to study hard and know how to manage your time.

Here are some tips on how to manage your time:

Set a number of goals that you can achieve. Having too little will give you no satisfaction and often does not give the desired results and having too much will often result in failure and frustration. Achieve this by thinking of different goals and writing them down, always remember to be realistic.

After you wrote it down, the next step would be to determine the most important goals you have to achieve. Pick on how many you can achieve in a specific period.

The next step would be prioritizing your goals. Try to think of what is the most important goal you want to achieve and prioritize them.

Next would be planning it. Set an everyday schedule of task, it is important to follow everything you listed down. Always welcome the free time in your class, for example, the professor is late for 15 minutes. Use this free time to study or review your notes to get ready for exams that your professor might give.

Since this is just your first day of time management, it will not always be perfect. If you see something wrong or seem to have miscalculated the time, change it. Do not force yourself on work you can no longer do just to achieve it. This kind of attitude will only be stressful for you.

Always include in your daily schedule on what time you should sleep. Always welcome a break. You must know that sleep is an important factor in time management. If you study too hard and rest too little, expect failure on goals. You will not study effectively without sleep.

Training Leaders Struggle With Writing

Showing rudimentary and auxiliary understudies how to compose well is testing. Numerous understudies don’t comprehend the center standards behind composing, including the rudiments of sentence and section structure, a sensible movement of thoughts, and peruser mindfulness. Others don’t have the specialized aptitudes of composing, including linguistic use and accentuation. Be that as it may, with predictable, year-by-year, drawing in guideline by conferred educators who comprehend the worth as well as the standards and abilities of good written work, understudies can figure out how to compose well.

If students don’t learn to write well, I blame the teachers. Not the television, not the parents, not the peers, not the music-the teachers because they are specifically charged with teaching and are held accountable for student learning. In this day and age of education accountability, teachers are held to a high standard for student learning by local and state education leaders. In part, they are measured, assessed, and evaluated based on whether or not their students learn to write.

But here’s the rub. If education leaders are not able to write well, do they have the moral authority to hold teachers accountable for the students’ writing abilities? Furthermore, do they have the ability to determine whether or not students write well if they, themselves, cannot demonstrate good writing?

Egregious Example
I spend quite a bit of time on websites for state education agencies, and once in a while, I come across a document that demonstrates how education leaders struggle with writing. Recently, I was reviewing a School Improvement Grant (SIG) request for proposals. The purpose of the SIG is to transform so-called “failing” schools so that students can improve their academic performance. The people who wrote the request for proposal, and whoever reviewed it before distribution, do not write well. Even while telling school leaders what to do to improve student achievement, they demonstrated their own lack of ability.

Example 1
“LEA must implement each of the following strategies by:
• Replacing the principal (if the principal has been at the school less than two years, the LEA can choose not to replace them).”

Problems with writing skills
1) “Them” is a plural pronoun referring to more than one person; its antecedent is “the principal,” which is singular. (According to the Common Core State Standards, third grade students are expected to master the ability to “Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.”)
2) The colon after “by” is incorrect because the prior statement is not an independent clause. If this statement were written out (i.e., not in a bulleted list), it would not need a colon.

Problems with writing principles
1) The writing style is inconsistent. The following text occurs later on the same page: “the LEA can choose not to replace him /her.” This statement is grammatically correct (even though I don’t like the “him/her” construction).
2) The statement doesn’t make sense! The example shows the first of many actions in a bulleted list. The applicant is instructed to “implement each of the following strategies by” doing the following actions. According to the example, therefore, the applicant must implement each strategy by replacing the principal (e.g., to do strategy one, replace the principal; to do strategy two, replace the principal; etc.) This is wrong. Replacing the principal is the required strategy, not a way to implement the strategy. To fix this logic problem, the writer could remove “by,” and the statement will communicate the intended message. (According to the Common Core State Standards, fourth grade students are expected to master the ability to “Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.”

Example 2
“Implementing comprehensive instructional reform strategies that includes –

  • Using data to identify and implement research-based instructional programs that are aligned with state academic standards and vertically aligned between grades.
  • Promoting continuous use of individualized student data to inform and differentiate instruction to better meet the individual academic needs of students.
  • Promoting continuous use of individualized student data to inform and differentiate instruction to better meet the individual academic needs of students.”

Problems with writing skills
1) “Strategies that includes” is wrong. “Strategies” is not a third person singular noun, so the verb “includes” should not have an “s.” As mentioned previously, third grade students are expected to use verbs that agree with their subjects.
2) Similar to the prior example, the introductory statement for the bulleted list should not have a hyphen to introduce the list.
3) The first two listed items should not end with periods but with commas (or, perhaps, semi-colons). This bulleted list starts with a partial sentence, but where does that sentence end?

Problem with writing principles
The third bullet repeats the second bullet. That’s simply sloppy. Grade 7 students are expected to “Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.” Repeating the exact words is the worst form of redundancy.

Example 3
“For each major activity, identify the line item costs associated and provide an explanation/justification for the cost that closely connects to the project action step, strategy identified. This will be completed in an excel spreadsheet and uploaded to the Web EPPS filing cabinet.”

Problem with writing skills
1) “Excel” is a proper noun and should be capitalized. Even second grade students are expected to “Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.”

Problem with writing principles
1) The first sentence is not clear: what does “strategy identified” refer to? If the prior comma is replaced with “and,” this statement might make more sense, as in “connects to the project action step and strategy identified.”
2) In fact, the entire first sentence is unclear. The expression “that closely connects to the project action step, strategy identified” could refer to either the costs or to the justification.

Conclusion

I will make a huge assumption here and assume that these errors and problems are the result of someone being rushed for time and not editing. But that is an unprofessional (and risky) approach, particularly when the document is critical. Particularly when the publishing agency publishing has regulatory authority such that the documents have legally enforceable implications.

Particularly when the publishing agency is a state-level education organization.

High School Juniors Searching For Conquering College

Before doing any school arranging or school look, every lesser ought to sit with their direction guide/school consultant and get their class rank, GPA and with their SAT/ACT scores they can see what profile they have made to date. This profile can change a little by the evaluations and test scores from the primary semester of their senior. You require this profile with a specific end goal to see where you remain in contrast with the schools/college’s last year’s affirmations profile. When you contrast your profile with the establishment’s profile of a year ago’s entering class, you can advise on the off chance that you have an opportunity to be considered for confirmations.

Juniors, you have to register for the May SAT test by the first week of April or you can register for the June SAT test by the first week in May. You can go the collegeboard.com any time to register and the earlier the better so you can avoid late fees. If you are interested in taking the ACT test in the spring of your junior year, there is a test date in April and you must register by the first week of March and there is also a test date in June, which you have to register by the first week of May. You have to go to act.org for test dates and registration. Again, you should register as early as possible in order to avoid late fees. You want to at least take one test in the spring of your junior year. See your guidance counselor/college adviser for any other tests that you need to take before leaving for the summer.

Juniors, you should also look closely at what activities you have been involved in and put your resume together because colleges would like to see what else besides academics that have been involved in. Your resume should list everything that you have done since entering high school. These activities should be meaningful in that you have spent time and effort that can be substantiated.

College visits in the spring and summer of your junior year: A crucial step in the college admissions process

One of the important pieces in the college admissions and college attendance is college visits. The reason that it is very important that you visit colleges and universities is that there is no other way to decide where you should apply or attend better than visiting the college campuses to see if they are a good fit for your personality. An institution may be a good academically fit but a poor fit for your personality. When you walk on a campus, you will be able to tell if that campus is a good fit for you. Can see yourself spending four years there and be completely happy?

When visiting a college campus, make sure that you bring a copy of your transcript, a copy of your test scores and your resume. If at all possible, schedule a meeting with a college admissions counselor and meet with the counselor by yourself because you are the one going to college not your parents. This can be helpful when and if you do apply to that institution. Most colleges keep track of students who have visited their campuses and this can weigh in your favor when and if you do apply. It is best to visit colleges when classes are still in session so you can get a good feel for campus’ atmosphere but if you can’t do it then, do it during the summer break.