March 2011

  • Thinking of a Career in Health Care? An Online College Course Can Help You Decide

    Barry Lenson

    Thinking of a Career in Health Care? An Online College Course Can Help You Decide A career in health care can be a very wise choice today. The need is increasing quickly for nurses, nurse assistants, x-ray technicians, medical transcriptionists, medical coders, operating room technologists and other trained health care professionals. Why are these professionals needed more today? Let’s take a look at a few reasons . . . America’s aging population has created a growing need for health care. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans over age 65 increased from 34,992,000 in year 2000 to 37,888,000 in 2007. Americans are using a wider variety of healthcare options today. They’re visiting stop-in emergency car ...

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  • Online Education Resources

    Barry Lenson

    Visit Our Online Education Resources Page An online library of free articles, newsletters, videos and other resources for college success I’d like to direct your attention to a new StraighterLine resource for college students. It’s a new page of Education Resources that we’ve put together for you. When you stop by, you’ll find free resources like these . . . Special reports on education for working mothers, military personnel and other students who can benefit from distance learning courses. Unlimited free access to all issues of StraighterLine’s Straight Talk eNewsletter, packed with information and strategies for moving your education ahead in online learning. An expanding library of advice about tod ...

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  • Don't Let a Lack of Sleep Hurt Your Ability to Learn

    Barry Lenson

    Don't Let a Lack of Sleep Hurt Your Ability to Learn How well have you been sleeping lately? I ask because National Sleep Awareness Week is happening right now, from March 7th through 13th. I’m writing about sleep on the StraighterLine Blog because a lack of it can be a big problem for students. If you’re exhausted, how can you focus on lessons or learn? How much sleep is enough? According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need an average of 7-9 hours a night. But you have to monitor your sleeping patterns and alertness to determine what works for you. According to the NSF, some people can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept a full 10 hours. According to the NSF, here are some telltale signs of sleep d ...

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  • Late Bloomer? Get Into the College of Your Choice Anyway

    Barry Lenson

    Late Bloomer? Learn How to Get Into the College of Your Choice Anyway Are you a late bloomer? Well, join the club. I know a student who got only C’s and D’s through his first two years of high school. His athletic career consisted of one track meet. His class rank was 111 out of a class of 444. Yet he managed to get degrees from McGill University and Yale. That student was me. Times have changed since then. Mostly, online learning has arrived on the scene. Yet the fact remains, you can still get into a very good college, even if you are a late starter. Here are some strategies you can apply: If you have dollars to spend on tuition, get a copy of the book Colleges that Change Lives. This book, which really should be called Colleg ...

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  • Free Books for Online Students

    Barry Lenson

    Free Books for Online Students Online students go to class in virtual classrooms. So shouldn’t they be able to get their books in virtual libraries and bookstores? For free, if possible? It seems that way to me. Truth be told, not all books – especially new textbooks – can be had for free online. But there are still some great online sources of eBooks you can download to your computer: The Gutenberg Project offers tens of thousands of books you can download for free. All of them are in the public domain, so they are not recent releases. But if your reading list includes some older classics that are no longer copyrighted – anything from Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic wars to Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – this is the ...

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