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It’s Exam Day – Make it a Stress Free Success

marking3 Its Exam Day   Make it a Stress Free SuccessIt’s exam day. But it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Most people envision the day of the big test – SAT, ACT, GRE, etc. – as a day of stress, pain, anguish, anxiety, and all kinds of other intense, not-so-happy emotions. Put such nonsense out of your mind. Test taking, like any life event, is exactly what you make of it. And there’s plenty of ways in which you can prepare beforehand in order to make exam go beautifully. Those who wind up stressed out and landing less than stellar test results made one huge universal flaw: they didn’t prepare. Don’t make the same mistake on your big day.

You’ve already studied the course material, and have likely poured hours into the process of memorizing the required information. But on the day of the test itself, there’s still more prep work to take on if you want to be hugely successful.

First, sleep. Don’t just grab a few nervous hours of shut-eye, ensure that you get at least eight hours of restful slumber, and you’ll already be ahead of the game. Try and avoid any usage of sleeping aids, as they can make you unnecessarily groggy when you awake. Just get to bed early and relax – if you’re already studied your materials, there’s no reason to fret.

When you awake, be sure and have a healthy, balanced breakfast. Your brain and body need food to function at its peak, so grab a good meal, and do so in a peaceful environment. Envision yourself at the end of the exam, feeling fantastic about your efforts. Setting a strong and positive intention for the day, and feeling truly confident in your abilities to ace the test are just as critical as the tangible sustenance you consume. It’s been shown in many medical studies that positive thinking and maintaining a true belief that you will be successful in your endeavors create a very powerful force. Feed your body, brain, and spirit, and you’re already on the way to success.

It’s also advisable to piece together all the materials you’ll need for the exam the night before. Books, papers, pens and pencils, lucky charms; anything you don’t want to forget as you race out the door should be accounted for prior to sleep time. When the pressure hits in the AM, you’ll be very glad all your ducks were in a row, and it may even help you sleep easier. Map out the directions from your residence to the exam location. Know exactly what room and instructor you’ll need to report to. These things sound elementary and simple, but you’ll likely be dealing with a great deal of stress on the big day, so forgetfulness on these little details is a high possibility. Preparation the night before can eliminate any last minute mistakes.

Lastly, don’t, under any circumstances, wait until the night before or day of the exam to complete your studies. Any information you attempt to obtain at the eleventh hour in this fashion is likely to never fully be processed anyway, and trying to get in last minute memorizations is a sure fire way to send yourself into the anxiety stratosphere. Take the time to study in a stress free atmosphere long before the actual test time.

If you’ve allotted plenty of time for studying the materials, get a good night’s sleep, and nourish your mind, body, and spirit on the day of the exam, you’re giving yourself the absolute best opportunity to land an awesome score. Missing the beat on any of these essential elements will just add undo pressure, and increase your chances at a lower test score not because you’re not intelligent, but because you simply didn’t prepare. Let your score reflect your knowledge, not your lack of preparation.
 

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Five Tips for Networking While in College

 Five Tips for Networking While in CollegeNetworking is a critical part of life, but it is often a very misunderstood practice. Networking is not the process of collecting contacts who can help you out at some future point in time. If this selfish supposition is your stating point, then your network is not likely to grow or maintain itself as a solid support system. True networking is based on balanced exchanges, mutual respect and genuine fondness. Forging real, long-lasting bonds with people is the key to effective networking.

Here are some tips for networking successfully in college:

1. Office hours are almost as important as lectures.

If you think that officer hours are a waste of your time, you’re a fool. Some of the long-term bonds you can form will be created in the offices of your professors. Get to know these welcoming men and women. Talk about the course material, their research or your career interests. Ask for advice. Be respectful and courteous, and recognize that your professors don’t have a lot of time.

A majority of professors love interested and engaging students. Think about how many disinterested bodies they have to try and teach. If you enter office hours with genuine enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge, you will soon discover that most of your professors are friendly and helpful. Once you have created a working friendship, you’ll have an ally in your field of study who will be there for you for the rest of your life. Don’t forget to keep in touch when you leave.

2. Section is a time to make allies.

Section can be grueling, especially if the discussion grows stagnant with repetition, soap-box speeches and general nonsense. When you witness something stupid, like say, a person professing their undying devotion to 19th century proletariat revolution, look around the room. See who else is rolling their eyes along with you. Find like minded, intelligent classmates and target them for friendship.

3. Get to know your roommates, housemates and neighbors

Familiarize yourself with the people around you. Be your own person, but don’t be anti-social. Talk to people. Find out their likes and dislikes. Develop relationships with people you respect, and shy away from associations with distracting, unfocused party mongers. Unless of course, your interests happen to coincide with these people.
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4. Be social when it comes to hobbies, interests and events.

Meet people who share your interests. Join a club, find a study group or start a band. Connect with others who share your unique set of likes and dislikes.

5. Don’t be a jerk to anyone.

Don’t be a chump in section. Don’t try to embarrass people. Keep it civil with your roommate. Just don’t cause too much drama—your network will be better as a result.

Remember, don’t have the mindset of “how can this person help me in the future.” Your network should consist of friends and colleagues that you generally respect and would help out in any situation. The feeling should also be mutual. Don’t coddle a bitter professor just because he’s got a name that would look nice at the bottom of your letter of recommendation to grad school. Don’t associate with kids you don’t like. Create real relationships based on trust and mutual admiration. That’s how you build a large network of real friends who would do anything to help you out, and would expect the same type of assistance from you.

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Advantages of Taking Online College Courses

If you need some college courses to complete your degree you might be thinking about taking those courses online, rather than at a traditional college or university. There are a number of advantages to taking college courses online. In addition to the obvious advantages, including the convenience of taking courses at home rather than having to travel to a campus and the reduced costs associated with taking online courses as opposed to attending a traditional college, there are some pluses you may not have considered.

Online Courses Offer The Widest Variety

If you are looking for very specific courses, you may not be accommodated by the local college or university, if there is one. Online however, you are likely to find whatever courses you are searching for. You have the entire Internet at your disposal, and location is not a factor.

Online Courses Allow You To Work at Your Own Pace

In a normal college environment, you are working as part of a group. You can only progress as slowly or as quickly as the professor and the other students will allow. When you take your college courses online, the only one responsible for your progress is you. If a certain subject comes easily to you, you can move forward at a faster pace. If something proves more difficult, you can take it more slowly, and go online for support if you need it.

Online Courses Make Full Use of Modern Technology

When you take college courses on your computer, you allow yourself the full range of the benefits of modern technology. E-mail, streaming video, and web browsing play a prominent role and give you the most efficient learning experience possible.

Online Courses Allow You to Express Yourself

Although you are studying on your own, you are not studying in a vacuum. You will participate in online discussions with a professor who is an expert in the subject and with other students, which will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the course material and share your thoughts and opinions with others.

Online Courses Accommodate the Differently Abled

For those with physical handicaps, online courses are a great option. Individuals who are unable to travel due to disability will clearly benefit from online education, but online courses can also easily accommodate the deaf and blind through measures such as closed captioning and audio lectures.

When you are searching for college courses online, be sure to select an accredited online college or university. There are many qualified institutions online that will allow you to learn the material you need to get the degree, credential, or training you want. Once you have the right education, the career you deserve will be that much more within your reach.

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For Online University Faculty

Teaching online is very different from traditional classroom teaching. In an online class, the instructor’s job is more like that of a coach than a classroom performer. To the extent that the student is engaged in self-motivated learning, there is less need for extrinsic motivation from the instructor; however the most important role of the instructor during online courses is ensuring a high degree of participation and interactivity. The most effective approach is to make participation a course requirement or a part of the student’s final grade. Listed below are 10 effective ways to teach an online course:

1.Good instructors are enthusiastic about teaching and about their subject area.

2.Good instructors discuss with students their specific expectations and goals for the course.

3.A good online instructor must have a mastery of the particular system and software in a given course.

4.A good online instructor is highly involved. If an instructor regularly posts messages in online discussions or provides commentary via email, this will reflect in an increase in student involvement and participation.

5.A good online instructor provides comprehensive feedback. Online students often need detailed guidance, via emails or forums, in further evaluating and understand the course material.

6.A good online instructor should have a timely turnaround rate for feedback on assignments (maybe within 48 hours).

7.A good online instructor has good moderating skills. They should be able to moderate students’ participation in discussions, ensuring that certain students don’t dominate. They should also be able to keep the discussions focused, bring out multiple perspectives, and highlight the important parts of the discussion.

8.A good online instructor has good facilitation skills. They should be able to deliver information that will help students complete their assignments, suggest strategies for the students’ method of completing the course load, and get students to reflect on the course material and their work.

9.A good online instructor must be able to pay sensitive and close attention to the social dynamics and patterns of virtual interaction in the class.

10.A good online instructor should received training for online teach via online courses.

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Online University Textbooks

There is no getting around it. If you plan to pursue a higher education, be it online or traditional, you will need access to textbooks and most likely need to purchase them. But you have some choices to save you money. Many universities have e-libraries where you can access your textbooks online. E-textbooks are half the price of printed textbooks and you don’t end up loosing money on unsalable and unusable old textbooks.

Also with e-textbooks, you no longer have to worry about juggling a ton of books wherever you go or want to study; with the click of your computer or labtop you can access your course material online. Listed below are five websites where you can find online university textbooks:

1.http://www.coursesmart.com/students

2.http://textbookrevolution.org

3.http://ocw.mit.edu (MIT’s OpenCourseWare electronic publishing initiative)

4.http://people.math.gatech.edu ( online math textbooks)

5.http://www.cengagebrain.com

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Ten Benefits of Online Continuous and Professional Education

In today’s competitive job market, having your degree, diploma or certification does not guarantee lifelong success and knowledge.  Continuous learning and professional education is required to stay competitive and abreast of new developments in your field. Online continuing educations bring this learning to your home or office; therefore you can enhance your personal knowledge and skills at your own time and convenience without forfeiting your job or practice. List below are 10 benefits of online continuous and professional education:

1.Online learning is self-paced and gives students a chance to speed up or slow down the lectures as necessary.

2.Online learning is self-directed, allowing students to choose content and courses that pertain to their area of interest.

3.Online learning has a 24/7 accessibility making scheduling easier for the busy professional.

4.Online learning has on-demand access, allowing the professional to access course material precisely when needed.

5.Online education is frequently lower in cost.

6.Online learning enhances computer and internet skills.

7.Online education does not interfere with the professional’s job or lifestyle.

8.Online learning is unbounded by place, allowing the professional to study at home, in the office or on the go.

9.Online learning allows you to skip over material you already know and focus on topics you’d like or need to learn.

10. Online education has a frequently higher retention rate than traditional classrooms.

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