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Should You Go Back to School?


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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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.

Image by Paul Venning/The Image Bank/Getty Images

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.

Inspired Teachers Change Lives

Saturday April 12, 2014

"The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves."

Joseph Campbell said that. A student contacted me recently and asked which of Campbell's works he could find that quotation in. I couldn't tell him, which I regret. If anyone can help me out, I would be grateful. I scoured the Campbell books on my bookshelf and couldn't find it. Nevertheless...it's inspiring.

We've got other quotations from teachers throughout time: Inspirational Quotations for the Teacher of Adult Learners

As teachers prepare to graduate many of their students, it's important to let them know how they've inspired you. Tell your teacher with help from a quotation.

We appreciate what you do, teachers!

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