June 2011

  • Medical Terminology Made Simple: Eczema

    Barry Lenson

    Medical Terminology Made Simple: Eczema As a service to people who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is launching a series of short posts on medical terminology. Each post will define one medical term. Today’s medical term is . . . Eczema It’s funny, isn’t it, how the names of diseases sound like what they are. That’s the case with eczema, for sure. The word sounds like “ick.” And no doubt about it, eczema is an icky skin condition to have. The term eczema is used to describe a number of chronic rash-like skin conditions that include . . . Dryness Itching Redness Skin Discoloration Swelling The problem with this icky condition is that certain people are ...

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  • Unusual Ways to Pay for College Tactic #1 . . . Pay off Debts

    Barry Lenson

    Unusual Ways to Pay for College Tactic #1 . . . Pay off Debts With this post, the StraighterLine Blog launches a series of posts that offer straightforward tactics for reducing college costs. Today’s tactic is . . . Use your assets to pay off your debts before you file your FAFSA Today’s strategy might sound a little devious, at first. But think about it. Isn’t it perfectly legal to move your assets around? You can put this tactic to work simply by using any accumulated cash that your family has on hand to pay off any credit card debts before you file a FAFSA online. There’s a simple reason for doing it: the more cash your family has in accounts, the harder it is for you to qualify for Federal loans or other assistance. In ...

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  • Start College This Summer (and Maybe Win an iPad Too)

    Barry Lenson

    Start College This Summer (and Maybe Win an iPad Too) Those hot and hazy days of summer are here, bringing summer vacations and summer fun. But what are you planning to do in September? If you don’t have any plans in place for college, don’t despair. Even if you haven’t enrolled in college yet, we have some good news for you. It’s not too late, because the old rules are changing. Those old rules said that to go to college in the fall, you needed to apply to colleges the previous January, take your SATs in February or March, receive your acceptance letters in April, then send in your deposit. Many people still stick to that schedule. But the fact is, it’s no longer necessary. Even if you haven’t followed that traditiona ...

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  • PayPal Founder Offers Internships for Bright College Students

    Barry Lenson

    PayPal Founder Offers Internships for Bright College Students “Colleges have long been engaged in an odd deal with students and their parents. Paying for a college education — or taking on a huge amount of debt to finance an education — is a transaction in which most of the buyers and most of the sellers have fundamentally different understandings of the product.” – Naomi Schaefer Rile writing in The Washington Post “What is a College Education Really Worth?” by Naomi Schaefer Rile in The Washington Post reports that Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, has funded 24 internships for students who leave college for two years to work on technology and science innovations.  Each of these 24 stude ...

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  • Why You Should Kiss a Digital Frog

    Barry Lenson

    Why You Should Kiss a Digital Frog We really like The Digital Frog 2.5, a software program that lets school students dissect a virtual computerized frog. Schools from coast to coast are obtaining licenses for the program and using it in school science courses. It’s no wonder that The Digital Frog is so popular. For starters, there’s no dead frog. No stink of formaldehyde either, and no squeamish students. Students simply fire up a computer and use a digital scalpel to dissect a very realistic frog. “The videos are stunning and explain the dissection process with great accuracy,” one science teacher observes on The Digital Frog website.”Even the most squeamish in the class have learned the concepts presented.” The Digital ...

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