June 2012

  • Why Online Classes Could Be the Greatest College Prep Ever

    Barry Lenson

    Why Online Classes Could Be the Greatest College Prep Ever If you’re about to enter college, you’ve already gotten a lot done. You’ve kept your grades up, racked up an impressive list of extracurricular activities, taken standardized tests, written an admissions essay, gotten letters of recommendation, toured campuses, filled out applications, taken an interview or two  . . . and probably done a lot more stuff too. No wonder you feel you’ve earned the right to kick back and enjoy a restful summer. We don’t want to disrupt your relaxation. But the fact is, taking some online college courses over the summer months could be a great idea. There is hardly any better way to engage in some smart college prep. Here are some ideas ...

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  • Senate Leaders Reach Tentative Deal to Freeze Stafford Loan Interest Rate

    Barry Lenson

    Senate Leaders Reach Tentative Deal to Freeze Stafford Loan Interest Rate On June 21, a post on this blog urged Democrats and Republicans to take immediate action to keep the interest rate on Stafford Loans from increasing from 3.4 to 6.8% on July 1. That is apparently about to happen, because on June 26, Senate leaders cooked up a way to keep the interest rate from increasing. Temporarily, at any rate, because if the agreement is approved by the House of Representatives, the rate will be frozen at 3.4% for one year. Where will the government find the money to keep the current 3.4% interest rate for another year? According to various reports, funds might be found in a bill that is intended to finance highways. That bill is navigati ...

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  • Why Frankenstein Is Like the College Student of Tomorrow

    Barry Lenson

    Why Frankenstein Is Like the College Student of Tomorrow When Mary Shelley wrote her classic book Frankenstein, she probably wasn’t thinking about higher education.  The novel Frankenstein, as you know, tells the story of a scientist who tries to build a human being from a collection of human body parts. Shelly’s complete title for her book was actually Frankenstein or the New Prometheus. The original Prometheus, we know, was a figure in Greek mythology who stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. It’s often forgotten that he also tried to make a living man out of clay. Those two rather subversive activities got him in trouble with the gods, and he was punished painfully for all eternity. Dr. Frankenstein made a man out of ...

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  • Should You Dress Up while You're Taking Online Classes?

    Barry Lenson

    Should You Dress Up while You're Taking Online Classes? The idea of putting on nice clothes to take an online class might seem odd. After all, nobody can see you while you are studying online, right? What difference does it make? Why not wear sweatpants, the t shirt you slept in, and shower later on, after your coursework is done for the day? But over the years, I have heard advice from a lot of people that supports the idea that you are never really invisible – that the way you look really does make a difference in a lot of ways. This morning, I’d like to share some of that advice with you as a way of getting you to make your own decision about whether or not it makes any difference if you wear nice clothes while engaged in distanc ...

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  • What's the Difference between Mean, Median, and Mode?

    Barry Lenson

    Okay math students, here’s a head-scratcher for you. What is the difference between the mean, the median and the mode? StraighterLine has created a terrific video that explains it all.  It’s one of a growing number of instructional math videos that StraighterLine has posted on YouTube. But if you’d rather read about means, medians and modes just now, here’s an explanation. Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! Means, Medians and Modes All three are referred to as measures of central tendency.  That’s another way of saying that they indicate central tendencies that are present within a set of numbers. (In order to determine mean, median or mode, you need a set of numbers, like 12, 8, 7, 15, and 7. ...

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