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Should You Go Back to School?

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No matter what your neighbor says, you are NOT too old to go back to school. Ever. It can change your life if you let it, but set yourself up for success by asking these 8 questions before you decide.

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Khan Academy Helps Greg Re-Learn Math

Wednesday April 16, 2014

I heard from Greg a few months ago about his experience with Khan Academy, and it still makes me smile. I have no stake in this. I just get tickled when adults decide to learn something, find free information available on the Internet, and go after what they want.

This is what Greg had to say about Khan Academy: "I am a 44 year old finance professional in the automotive industry. I have been working my way through the math curriculum on Khan Academy. I have a desire to relearn all I've forgotten since high school 25 years ago. It's been a wonderful and rewarding experience relearning all of these amazing mathematics after all these years. I never would have had this opportunity without the efforts of Sal Khan."

Thanks for sharing your experience, Greg.

What have you learned today?

Related: Help with Math

3 Ways to Improve Your Memory - Just in Time for Finals

Tuesday April 15, 2014

The older we get, the easier it is to forget things it seems.If you're worried about finals, or any kind of end-of-semester tests, we've got three little tricks for you. Try one of these: 3 Ways to Improve Memory While Studying.

If you have other secrets, share with us! And good luck out there. You can do it.

Are You a Good Listener?

Monday April 14, 2014

Paul Venning/The Image Bank/Getty ImagesSay what?

I said, "Are you a good listener?"

Most of us are terrible listeners. We hear what we want to hear. We are so busy planning what we want to say next, we aren't listening to the whole conversation. Terrible.

It isn't much better sitting in the classroom. We think about what we need to pick up for dinner on the way home. We plan the weekend. We quietly judge the outfit on the person in front of us. We're not listening.

It's not that hard to be an active listener: How to Be a Good Listener

There's a listening test at the end of the article. Test yourself.

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You Didn't Finish Your Paper. Should You Buy One?

Sunday April 13, 2014

Some of us are procrastinators. And some of us work well under pressure, finishing assignments in the nick of time, even if it means staying up all night. But others look for an easier way out.

If you didn't finish the paper due next week, should you buy one?

Uh, no.

No. No. And no.

Surprisingly, people consider it. Why would you go back to school, especially as an adult, and then cheat yourself out of learning what assignments are designed to teach?

We've discussed this before. Some people post papers online to be helpful, but does it encourage students to cheat? Other students go to Course Hero and Cramster for help, and there are lots of differing opinions about whether or not these sites encourage cheating.

The bottom line: plagiarism, and cheating of any kind, defeats the purpose of going back to school. Don't do it. If you need help with your papers, ask your teacher, ask your college counselor, hire a tutor, or read our articles on writing:

Good luck. You can do this.

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