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    As an online student you may wonder how to best prepare for those papers and tests that account for a significant portion of your grade. If this is your first time sitting for an online final, this may be especially true. One key way to prepare for online finals is to ask your professor these five questions: 1. “How will this final differ from a traditional final?” The very first question on your mind, and a great one to ask your professor, is how online finals differ from the tra...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    For students at online schools, summer is increasingly becoming a time to stay enrolled in courses. While there are fun parts of taking the summer off, like beach getaways, weekend road trips or simply lounging by the pool, many busy adult students see the practical advantages of continuing to pursue their education. Below are a few of the reasons these students are choosing to stay in online school in the summer. Avoid brain drain Staying enrolled in classes during the summer can help prevent s...

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  • Kim Dority

    By now you’ve probably gotten the message that being on LinkedIn is a career must-do. But are you actively using its Groups feature to advance your career? If not, here are five ways to make the most of this valuable LinkedIn function. Build Your Professional Brand Visibility Search for groups in your professional discipline that seem to be the most active (most members, lots of discussions and comments), and join, then lurk for a bit to get a sense of the group’s interactions. Once...

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    One of the many benefits of online classes is they can be prioritized around a student's work schedule. Unfortunately, this balancing act is more easily said than done, especially when combined with the demands of family and extracurricular activities. The following tips can empower you to create a schedule that accommodates your varied responsibilities, while keeping your educational goals easily within reach. 5 Tips for Balancing Online Classes With Work Life Get organized. Organization is...

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    Certificate programs provide nationally recognized credentials that can replace or supplement a traditional degree program. They are offered in a wide variety of subjects, from IT security and web design to business finance and human resources compliance. Certificate programs are increasing in popularity for several reasons. These reasons include their ability to be completed in a reasonable time frame and their flexibility in regards to existing work and life schedules. Certifications will enh...

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  • Kim Dority

    By now most of us have gotten the message that we’re all self-employed, regardless of whom we work for. We’re in charge of our careers and job opportunities, and that means being ready to land on our feet should a pink slip happen to land on our desk. And a big part of that “being ready” is making sure that you’ve built up professional visibility – your brand – outside your employer. Although losing a job is tough, finding a new one will be much easier i...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    We’ve all heard horror stories about individuals who have gotten fired from their job or weren’t considered for a job because of something they posted on Facebook or Twitter. These cautionary tales have us double and triple checking our privacy settings. Does this mean you should stop using social media if you are on the job hunt or as a safe way to approach career management? According to panelists from the “Job Ready or Not?” event, hosted by Bryant & Stratton Coll...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    Starting your online degree program on the right foot is important. Luckily, Bryant & Stratton College Online requires all new students to complete the First Year Experience Program. This program is designed to give you a support system that will help you succeed in your college years and beyond. Here are more tips on how to succeed during your first year of college: Know your college support team: Academic Advisors and Instructors Academic advisors and instructors can be a big part of you...

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    You’ve gotten your transcripts, filled out all the forms, lined up your financing and you’re ready to get rolling on your college education. Depending on where you want to pursue your degree, it may now be test time. Most colleges require either entrance exams or placement exams, says Christine Gaiser, dean of Student Services for Online Education at Bryant & Stratton College. Entrance exams will be a determining factor in your acceptance, whereas placement exams will determine ...

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  • Allison Perkins

    My husband is a self-professed, non-reader. He was never terribly fond of school, or writing or homework. But, he knew if he was going to advance in his career he had to earn a degree. His buddies convinced him that an online college would be easier. There would be less work, less reading, less writing, they claimed. And, no traffic to travel to class! They were right about the traffic. It seems there are a lot of misconceptions about online degree programs. “People think it is going to b...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    If you are registered for an online course this semester, you may still be acclimating to a learning experience that is much different from a traditional, in-person class. Perhaps the largest difference is that you likely have not met your professor in person, and the vast majority of your interaction throughout the semester will be solely online. Just because you are not meeting with your professor face-to-face on a frequent basis, however, does not mean that you cannot ask him or her questions...

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  • Administrator

    You’ve researched, read the directions, set yourself up with a coffee in a nice, quiet place. Time to create a paper. Nothing happens. Your open Word document stares at you, smirking.  Now what? How do you beat writer’s block? Below are some strategies for doing just that. Multitasking is the Enemy Many people think they work better listening to music, and the temptation to check in on social media or respond to texts can be irresistible. This article has great insights about ...

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    Life can get in the way of success for a student. One day away from the books might turn into a week. And suddenly, you can find yourself not just falling behind, but failing. The key to recovery after any roadblock you face in class is to keep in contact with your academic advisor and, or, your academic success coach, as well as your instructor. Working double shifts this week? Let them know. Death in the family? Let them know. Kids come home from preschool with lice? Let them know. They can a...

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  • Bryant & Stratton College Blog Staff

    Social media can kill your career. That’s not surprising, nor is it new. But right now, with recent college graduates out there job hunting and since it is an election year, this is a great time to be warned again. People are overlooked for job interviews and promotions and they get fired, all for making inappropriate posts on social media.  “People need to be reminded,” said Deborah Brown-Volkman, professional certified coach at SurpassYourDreams.com, “just like e...

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  • Administrator

    Are you taking a class this fall? Is it the first time, in a long time, you have been in a classroom? Nervous? Take a deep breath. When you earn your degree with Bryant & Stratton College, there are safeguards in place to help you succeed. The college offers every student access to their professors, academic advisors, academic success coaches and tutors. And before class starts, read up on these five tips on how to be successful in class this semester. Review and set your schedule &ndas...

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  • Allison Perkins

    Tamara Porter was stuck. She had moved to a new city with her 3-year-old son. There was no family nearby who could help watch him while she went back to school. Her son had speech impediments and needed to be in a daycare she could trust to work with his special needs. And, there was little extra money to pay for daycare while she worked and attended classes. When she applied to Bryant & Stratton College in Hampton, Va., the flexible schedule and personal service were not the only perk...

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    Tamryn Spruill was standing in a cranberry field, on an island off the coast of Finland, and thinking. She had headed to Europe as a reprieve after the economic collapse in 2007 forced her out of her job at a Manhattan law firm where she worked as a finance editor. She had climbed the corporate ladder there after beginning her professional life by earning a journalism degree at the University of South Carolina. Now, with Wall Street in ruins, Tamryn stepped back and realized that this was her ...

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  • Elizabeth Kropf

    Many students are stressed about final exams, and I’d like to offer some strategies to alleviate some of that stress.  The first step for succeeding at a final exam is to find out what you can about your final exam. There is usually a brief description of the final exam located in the tracking calendar (which is your best friend!). Also, many final exams are not timed, which means you can open the activity and submit it at a later date. Here are a few more final exam tips to remember...

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  • Administrator

    Many students find the flexibility and diversity of online courses appealing, but online learning also emphasizes a number of skills that prospective students should have (or should be able to build) to excel in this class format. These skills include: Flexibility The flexibility of online learning is a large part of its appeal, but it’s important to note that it also requires flexibility from its students. Online education uses different strategies and tools than traditional in-person educa...

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    Being an online student has many perks. Online classes are often more flexible than in-person courses, which means you may be able to do your classwork whenever it best fits in your schedule. Online education also incorporates a wide variety of subjects, and you may not be limited to what is being offered on the physical campus that semester. But leaving the brick and mortar classroom, and a teacher who you see face-to-face regularly, can be an intimidating experience that leaves you unsure of ...

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