April 2013

  • Rugged and Cool Computer Accessories for Online Summer Classes

    Barry Lenson

    You’re an online student. So when summer hits, chances are you will take your laptop along on your summer vacations and adventures. If you like the great and rugged outdoors, here’s some great gear that you’ll enjoy taking along to the beach, to a yurt in the Himalayas – wherever. Industrial-Strength Laptops for Rugged Terrain If your summer travels will take you to rough and hostile outdoor locales, here are two computers that can safely come along. These babies will take most any kind of abuse you can dish out. The Panasonic Toughbook laptops were designed to be used on oilfields, at construction sites, and in other rugged locales. They can certainly survive your trip to the beach. The Getac B300 is another super-ru ...

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  • How Online Students Can Compete with Other College Grads at Job Interviews

    Barry Lenson

    Its 2013. And it’s a great climate for online students. Students who have shown the ambition to take courses and/or finish college by taking courses online have won new respect in the marketplace. The days are gone when online students had to learn to present themselves as second-class citizens in the world of American higher education. So hold your head high as you go into job interviews. And remember these strategies. They’ll show your interviewers that you merit equal consideration alongside other graduates who went to regular “brick and mortar” schools . . . Tell your personal story. You, like most online students, probably have something unusual to say about why you chose to study online. Perhaps you were working a full- ...

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  • Checklist of Financial Aid Terms You Need to Understand

    Barry Lenson

    If you need financial assistance for college – and who doesn’t? – you need to understand a lot of terms that apply to financial aid. If a college admissions officer asks you, “Have you filed the FAFSA,” you need to know what that is. (See below for a definition.) Ditto, if a lender says to you, “disbursements will be made directly to your college.” (See the definition below.) Yup, there are lots of terms to understand. But don’t sweat it. Here’s a handy list of the most common financial aid terms that you’ll hear when you’re applying for college or financial assistance . . . ACCRUAL DATE – This is the date when a lending institution begins to charge and assess interest on a loan that you took. Note: Many st ...

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  • It’s Easier to Learn Algebra with StraighterLine’s YouTube Videos

    Barry Lenson

    I’ve got a quick tip for you today – if you’re stuck on an algebra problem, chances are you will find the help you need in one of StraighterLine’s algebra videos. There are more than 70 instructive videos in all. Each of them offers step-by-step instructions that will help you solve some of algebra’s thorniest problems. Be sure to check them all out. Here’s just a small sample of the algebra videos you’ll find . Graphing Parametric Equations (How to)  How to Solve Equations with Non-Real Solutions How to Solve Radical Equations How to Solve Rational Equations Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square What are Operations with Vectors?  What is the Midpoint Formula?  Other Posts You Will E ...

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  • StraighterLine Student of the Month: Margaret Robertson

    Barry Lenson

    When the recession made Margaret Robertson shut her business down, she didn’t slow down a bit. She turned to education and StraighterLine to explore new career options and achieve new success. Let’s hear Margaret’s story in this recent conversation with the StraighterLine blog. StraighterLine: Can you tell me a little about yourself - where you live, what you do, and what your career and educational plans are? Margaret Robertson:  My name is Margaret Robertson and I live in a tiny country town in East Texas called Elysian Fields. I am a mother of five, plus one more child that we recently took into our home. I also have one four-month-old granddaughter and another due in August. I have been in the hair business for 23 years, mo ...

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