Friday, April 29, 2011

10 steps to acing your finals

Finals are quickly approaching at colleges and universities everywhere, and many students are feeling the stress of the end of semester. This is the busiest time of year for the peer tutors and professional staff in the Post University Learning and Writing Center -- as is expected!

We work one-on-one with students to help them with any and all materials they're having trouble with. Our tutors also help students with organizational skills, essay writing, and research writing techniques.

Post University's Writing Center focuses on helping students develop and improve their writing, presentation, organization, critical thinking, grammar, structure, and style skills. Post University requires writing across all phases of each student's degree program, making these skills especially important to hone.

If you're looking for some personal help on your studies, flip over to our website for details on Learning and Writing Center hours and how to make an appointment.

In addition, there are also some ways you can help yourself stay on track during crunch-time. Here our 10 steps I offer to students to help them do their best on their exams.

1. Sleep. This might seem counter-intuitive, but you will do much better if you create a study plan that includes plenty of time for a good night's sleep or nap right before a big exam. That all-nighter you're planning to get through your chem exam might very well backfire if you can't keep your head up.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

10 things to watch out for in an accelerated degree program

Many colleges and universities offer accelerated degree programs (ADP), which let students earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees faster than the normal curriculum schedule. It sounds great, so why don't all students take the ADP route?

That's not an easy question to answer. For some students, an accelerated degree program doesn't make sense. They might prefer a more traditional, semester-based model where they attend class two or three days a week and complete their coursework over a more leisurely paced 16 weeks.

Many accelerated programs are offered online or during evenings and weekends. For students looking for a more traditional, campus-based college experience, going the ADP route is probably not their best option.

For those who want to complete their degree in less time, particularly working adults who are balancing work, family, and other responsibilities along with their education, the accelerated route is often an ideal choice.

However, it's important to remember that not all accelerated degree programs are created equal. Some accelerated programs are willing to sacrifice quality for speed. Some might have qualified faculty developing the coursework, but less-qualified instructors actually teaching the courses. Still others might rely too heavily on textbooks and not enough on hands-on assignments and robust discussions with professors and classmates.

When choosing the accelerated degree program that will work for you, it's important to think about what you value most and then find the program that provides it.

Here are 10 things to consider as you evaluate accelerated degree programs to help you make the right choice. We also have a PDF version, which you can print and keep with you as you're exploring.

1. Faculty Qualifications: Do faculty teaching the courses have advanced degrees in the subjects they teach AND relevant professional experience? They should!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring break in Europe: A whirlwind adventure starting in Amsterdam

Post University art teacher and tour facilitator Sarah Rohlfing
at the I amsterdam sign
Whirlwind is a tornado, whooshing through, whooshing out. I hope we didn't leave too much destruction in our wake.

As our cadre of Post University students, faculty, and friends/family awoke to the fact we were in Amsterdam during our recent spring break trip, our first impression was walking ... and walking ... (this could become a theme) ... from the hotel to the tram. Scrambling for the unfamiliar euros for the fare for us eight (including our wonderful guide, Pascal) and (not) remembering to validate the ticket!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What to expect when enrolling in an online degree program

An adult's guide to pursuing a college degree while balancing work, family, and other commitments

A single mom who is struggling to raise her children and go back to school.

An executive whose lack of an MBA is stopping her from moving up the corporate ladder.

A soldier stationed in Afghanistan who doesn't want to wait to leave the service to complete his degree.

A 40-something businessman who really wants to finish that degree he started 20 years ago.

Or a 40-something working mother who wanted to complete the master's degree she started 10 years ago. (That's me!)

All of these individuals have used online education to realize not only their academic potential, but their human potential as well.

People from all walks of life, from all age groups, and from all socioeconomic backgrounds and career experiences are living proof that it's never too late to earn that college degree. Moreover, doing so online allows them to improve their skills and career prospects while balancing their busy lives.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Classroom design hinges on the future of how we teach

Changes in the education process are impacting the way we design our classrooms. They're also impacting what we consider a classroom. The growing number of students taking classes online has led to an expansion of our definition of a learning environment.

Ellen Kollie recently covered this in College Planning and Management. In her article, she sheds light on the future of our educational delivery systems, and what we are doing today to support flexible learning environments that students and teachers want.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to find a preschool that nurtures children's creativity

Shopping for a preschool is an exciting time for parents as they weigh the options that open the first door to a child's independence.

Parents read, network, and visit schools, often with a jumble of criteria floating in their minds: cost, convenience, schedule, curriculum -- and maybe, just maybe -- creativity.

Most of us intuitively know that we want to nurture our child's creativity, but the specific ways to do that are not always clear.

If you are looking for a preschool that specifically nurtures creativity in children, then you want to explore preschools using a creative viewfinder. Here are six tips for finding such a school.

1. Learning environments make statements about what is important in a school. If creativity is important in the life of a preschool, then when you walk into the school you should see environmental evidence through creative use of space with interesting things to look at and touch. Can you see creative products made by children on display? Is there an interesting garden? Is it an environment of discovery? These will be clues that the environment will nurture a creative mind.