Online courses are becoming more and more popular. If you're new to studying online, make sure your experience is a good one by following Tamara Popovich's 10 Tips for Success in Online Courses.
Tamara, director of student services at Arizona State University Online, has written for us before: 5 Myths of Online Education - Debunked!
How are your New Year's resolutions coming along? What about your goals for the school year? Good thing? Bad thing? (If you watch the news, you know where I stole that from.)
We're here to say, "You can do it."
And here's some help:
Since the early 1900's, March 8 has been observed around the world as International Women's Day. Happy International Women's Day to you!
Education is a major factor in the progress of equal rights for women, and it doesn't matter at what age a woman gets access to education, or the level of education she wants. Clearly, the earlier the better, but it's never too late.
We have two lists of ideas for celebrating IWD:
And here's a list of some of the women we've profiled who have gone back to school as non-traditional students and earned degrees:
- How Olympian Rebekah Bradford Plath Finished Her Degree Online
- How Lea Rash Earned Online Degrees While Living Overseas
- Melody Aquaro Balances Degree Completion Program With Work and Life
- Jennifer Hefner - The Gift of Confidence
- Nina Huddleston, Non-Traditional Student, Graduates
- Jeana Gump Manages Degree Completion Program After Ten Year Break from School
- Tracy Kelley Finishes Online Master's Degree in Education at 42
- Amy Martin Juggles Eight Children and Classes at Ivy Tech Community College
Big congratulations to all of you!
Tomorrow is International Women's Day, celebrated around the globe on March 8 since 1911. It's a great opportunity to write about women if you've got a research paper due.
We can help:
And be sure to check out our IWD lists:
Now that you have an idea, how do you write a research paper? Check this out: Writing a Research Paper
And, we've got a great list of places to conduct top-notch research: 10 Places to Research Papers
You're all set. If you have questions, fire away. We'll do our best to answer them.
If you need a reason other than sheer joy to keep learning, no matter how old you are, do it to help prevent Alzheimer's Disease. Just in case it's in your future. Keeping your brain engaged has been shown to help prevent this terrible disease.
In 10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, we present 10 of our favorite ways from Jean Carper's book, "100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss."
Go forth, learn, and stay healthy!
Everyone knows scholarships are the very best way to pay for college, but where do you get them? We put together a nice list of 50 possibilities for you based on the book 1001 Ways to Pay for College by Gen and Kelly Tanabe: Where Can I Find a Scholarship?
Good luck! We'd love to hear your story if you find some good scholarships out there.
We mentioned a few weeks ago that we would have ideas coming for observing International Women's Day 2014, and just in time for March 8, the date IWD has been celebrated since 1911, here they are: International Women's Day 2014 - Ideas!
Check out the topics adult students wrote about in 2013: International Women's Day Writing Ideas 2013
Inspiring Change is the theme of International Women's Day 2014. Since 1911, IWD has been celebrated on March 8, and we've come a long way, baby, but there is much work left to be done. From the IWD website: Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.
How will you celebrate this year? Share your ideas with us.
We tend to take writing for granted. Big mistake. Right or wrong, people judge you based on how well you can write, especially when you're filling out applications for school, for a job, for insurance, for anything.
If writing makes you nervous, do something about it. Improve your writing, and you will start to see improvements in your life. You don't have to be the next great author. Small changes are good enough. Keep making small changes, and eventually your writing will be stronger and I'm pretty sure you'll notice the difference.
Here's some help:
- 6 Tips for Improving Your Writing
- 10 Ways to Improve Your Writing
- How to Write an Essay in 5 Steps
- Writing a Personal Essay
- Writing a Research Paper
- The Importance of Understanding the Hero's Journey
- How to Write a SMAART Goal
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If you choose a school without checking its accreditation, you could be wasting not only your time, but your money, too. Why? Because your credits may not transfer. Your degree or certificate may not be worth what you believe.
This is a big deal because the school isn't going to tell you. Of course it isn't. It's up to you to check the accrediting bureaus, which post warnings on their websites. It's up to you to make sure you're making a good choice.
Dr. Faith Ivery believes strongly in this issue, and she has written a new article about the topic: Accreditation - And Why It Is Important.
Going back to school as an adult is a big deal. Make sure your decision is a good one. Follow Dr. Ivery's advice.
Carl Jung called archetypes the ancient patterns of personality that are the shared heritage of the human race.
What does that mean? It means that every culture, around the world and throughout time, has heroes and mentors, shadows and tricksters, and every other archetype.
An understanding of these forces is one of the most powerful elements in the storyteller's toolbox. Whether you are the writer or the reader, the teacher or the student, understanding archetypes gives literature more meaning.
Teach the power of archetypes: The Archetypes of the Hero's Journey