April 2013

  • Consider Your Learning Style when Picking a College of Online Courses

    Barry Lenson

    People consider many factors when picking colleges or deciding to become online students. What is a college’s reputation, for example? Does it offer a range of interesting and appropriate majors? Is it affordable? Those are important factors to consider. However according to Dr. Robert J. Massa, you should also think about your learning style when picking an institution of higher learning. Dr. Massa, who is vice president for communications at Lafayette College and a former dean of admissions at Johns Hopkins University, laid out these points in “A Key Factor in the College Search: Your Learning Style,” an article that he wrote for The New York Times on Nov. 19, 2012 . . . Consider how you learn best. Dr. Massa asks, “Are you ...

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  • Looking for a Job? The CLA+ Will Give You an Edge

    Barry Lenson

    The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) is a problem-based assessment test developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). What gets assessed? YOU do – the CLA+ measures your analytical reasoning, problem-solving skills, written communication skills, and critical thinking. The test takes 90 minutes, it costs $89, and it is now available through StraighterLine. Why would you want to take another test, especially when you are done with school and starting to look for jobs? There are some pretty compelling reasons. The biggest one is that after you have taken the CLA+, your scores and results can show potential employers that you have the abilities, skills, and overall smarts to excel on the job that they’re trying to fill. He ...

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  • Getting Your Credits Transferred: Two Ways to Avoid Headaches

    Barry Lenson

    June, the month for college graduation ceremonies, is nearly here. And chances are that you know a college senior who is telling a story like this right now . . . “I took a course last summer at another school  . . . I did all the work . . . I got a grade . . . and now I am wondering whether my college will accept the credits. I need them to graduate next month!” It’s no fun to be wondering whether you’ll be able to graduate from college. No fun either to be wondering whether you are going to have to take another course over the summer to make up the credits you are lacking. How to Be Sure Your Credits Will Transfer If you’re thinking of taking courses and then transferring the credits you earn to your regular college ...

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  • Corporate Partner Profile: Aaron’s, Inc.

    Beth Dumbauld

    Aaron’s Inc. is one of StraighterLine's Corporate Partners. That means that Aaron’s is helping many of its fine employees take college courses at StraighterLine. Today, let’s learn more about how this enlightened employer is working to help its employees earn college degrees. By Christine Saba What do Aaron’s and StraighterLine have in common? We've both come up with new and different ways for you to get the things you want in life. StraighterLine has created a faster, more affordable path to a college degree, putting that degree in reach for many students who don’t have the time or money to do it any other way. Aaron’s offers customers an option to owning furniture, electronics, appliances and computers, putting them ...

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  • Save Money on College Tip Three: Place Out of Courses and Move Up

    Barry Lenson

    Today’s post is the third in a series of short tips on how to save money on college. Today’s tip is . . . Place Out of Courses and Move Up to the Next Level Do you want to save money on college and graduate sooner? Here’s a powerfully simple strategy for you. Place out of courses and move up. Most savvy college students know that it is possible to place out of college courses by taking AP or CLEP exams.  But there is another way to place out of college courses too and possibly graduate faster. It is to get exempted from courses after you are already attending a college. Here are a few strategies that have been shown to work . . . Start taking a course, then tell your professor that it is too easy and ask to move up to a m ...

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