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Test-Taking for Online Students

Monday April 14, 2014

So, you know how to choose an online school that is properly accredited, credible, and offers the program you need.

But, have you compared the school's test-taking policies to your ability and preferences? For some students, the way tests are administered and graded has a major impact on their educational success and satisfaction. While some students thrive taking higher-stakes, traditional exams, others prefer project-based assessment or open-book options.

Take a look at this article to see what types of test-taking options are available and how to find the type that fits your learning style.

Why Choose Online Elementary School?

Monday April 14, 2014

Most online students start a bit older - usually when they are in high school or college. Parents are often wary about enrolling their children in online programs when they are still learning to read and when recess is still considered a big deal.

But, for some K-6 students, online education is a smart alternative. Take a look at these 7 (good) reasons that parents are choosing to enroll their youngsters in online schools.

10 Smart Ways Online Learners Spend Summer Break

Monday March 31, 2014

I flew to Indianapolis this month to give a presentation about online learning. While everyone was complaining about the cold, I was just glad that the ice had finally melted. Ready or not, summer is almost here.

How do you plan to spend your summer vacation? Take a look at these 10 tips for getting some (probably well-earned) rest and preparing to be a better student.

Get Inspired: Motivating Quotes for Online College Students

Monday March 31, 2014

It's that time of the year when assignments start piling up, professor inboxes are filled with desperate pleas, and energy drinks are purchased in bulk.

If you're feeling a bit overworked or worried, don't despair. The semester is almost over and your hard work will be worth the effort. For a quick pick-me-up, take a look at this new list of inspiring quotes for online college students.

What You Should Know About DETC Accreditation

Monday March 31, 2014

Have you found a school that is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC) instead of a regional accrediting body? The DETC is a legitimate accreditor with high standards. But, some students do run into problems when trying to transfer credits from DETC-recognized colleges.

Here's what you really need to know: the good, the bad, and the ugly of DETC accreditation.

A Dozen Ways the Government Will Help Pay for Your Online Degree

Monday March 31, 2014

Earning a degree online can be expensive. But, did you know that the federal government offers over a dozen programs designed to help students finish college? In some cases, the funding doesn't even need to be re-paid.

Take a look at the 12 ways that the government helps online students pay for college and see if you qualify.

College Credit By Taking a Free Online Class?: It is Possible (Just Not Easy)

Monday March 17, 2014

Did you know that you can earn college credit by taking a free online class? It's not particularly easy, but it is possible for many students.

Take a look at this article to learn how students are taking free online classes and earning credit from accredited online and traditional colleges.

Oops...The 7 Mistakes Online Students Make

Monday March 17, 2014

No one is perfect. But, you can keep yourself on the right track by learning from your fellow online students.

Take a look at these 7 common mistakes online students make. Have you been able to avoid them so far?

Ask the Tough Questions: 16 Things You Need to Know Before Enrolling

Monday March 17, 2014

Before enrolling in any online program, make sure you know what you're getting into. Even if a school is properly accredited, it may not be a good fit for your schedule, learning style, or budget.

These 16 tough questions will help you determine whether or not an online college is right for you.

Don't Give Up Now: How to Stay Motivated as an Online Student

Monday March 10, 2014

About this time every semester, many online students start to struggle. Class assignments are easy to put aside when other priorities - work responsibilities and family needs - are pressing. But, allowing yourself to get even a week behind can make catching up seem insurmountable. Even if your teacher is willing to give you some leeway, it can be a challenge to double up on assignments.

Don't let yourself fall behind this semester. See how these online students stay motivated and share your own tips.

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