April 2012

  • Killing Time? Trapped? Stuck? Cornered? Up a Tree? Down a Hole? Out to Sea? Then Online Learning is Your Best Choice

    Barry Lenson

    Killing Time? Trapped? Stuck? Cornered? Up a Tree? Down a Hole? Out to Sea? Then Online Learning is Your Best Choice Do you spend 30 minutes, 45 minutes or more every day frozen in place and unable to move or get much done? Bet you do, because odds are that you get stuck in one of these situations every day, and maybe even more than one . . . You sit on a commuter train or bus for an hour or more. You wait for your kids while they are at soccer practices, music lessons, gymnastic practices, play rehearsals or SAT tutoring sessions. You sit in the waiting room in the office of a veterinarian, a dentist, or other health practitioner. You have an hour to kill every morning between the time your spouse leaves for work and ...

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  • Will Enhanced-Reality Eyeglasses Revolutionize Online Learning?

    Barry Lenson

    Will Enhanced-Reality Eyeglasses Revolutionize Online Learning? You’ve probably heard that Google is testing a new product called Google Glasses. If you haven’t heard about them, here’s the scoop. Google Glasses are sort of like a second set of lenses that you install over your regular eyeglasses. Once they are sitting there, they serve as a sort of transparent display that can show text, images, or just about anything else that can be displayed on a computer screen. Let’s say, for example, that you are walking through Times Square in New York and you need directions to get to the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street. So you fire up the glasses’ GPS function, ask for directions, and arrows appear before your eyes to give you ...

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  • Even Students Need to Pay Income Taxes

    Barry Lenson

    Even Students Need to Pay Income Taxes The ever-helpful Internal Revenue Service has created a page of tax information specifically for college students.  It is a really good idea to spend some time there, because it answers just about all the questions that any student could have about filing a tax return. If you are a student with three children, for example, how many dependents can you claim? If you are working and paying for your own college costs, should your parents still claim you as a dependent? When you visit the website, be sure to click on the Assessments page, which should really be called “Fun-Filled Tax Quizzes for Students.” If you visit, you will find out information like this about your taxes . . .  There’s ...

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  • StraighterLine Scholar of the Month: Frances Smith

    Barry Lenson

    StraighterLine Success Story: Frances Smith StraighterLine student Frances Smith is a woman who doesn’t let obstacles stand between her and her educational goals. Back in April, 2009, Frances still had some courses to complete before she could earn her A.S. degree. So she turned to StraighterLine, completed both College Algebra and English Composition I within just one month, and then transferred the credits. “I went to my local community college and completed my A.S. in the spring of 2010,” she explains. She also took CLEP Exams to earn and apply an additional 30 credit hours. Yes, Frances Smith is a resourceful person. Her resourcefulness was tested again when she was confronted with some serious medical problems – incl ...

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  • Six Tips to Keep You Moving Forward with a College Education

    Beth Dumbauld

    Six Tips to Keep You Moving Forward with a College Education By Beth Dumbaud In the 2011 “Pathways to Prosperity” study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the United States earned the dubious honor of having the highest college drop-out rates in the study – with just 56% of college students complete 4-year degrees within 6 years. You can help change this statistic. One of the best ways to approach going back to college, even if you abandoned your first attempt at higher education, is to break down the college process into a series of parts. Taken by itself, each part is specific and doable. Here they are, in the form of 6 tips you can follow to keep moving forward. Tip 1: Assess your career aspirations. Knowing where ...

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