Author: Barry Lenson

  • Summer Study Checklist: How to take your remote-learning computer on the road

    Barry Lenson

    Summer is a terrific time to take college courses online. But don’t hit the road with your laptop until you’ve reviewed this pre-departure checklist: Is your laptop up to the task? With the cost of laptops and netbooks at a record low, this could be the time to buy a new summer study machine. Are you protected from theft? Hotel robberies do happen, so take a security cable or – even better – stay at a hotel where you can keep your laptop in a hotel safe behind the front desk. Another thing? Take the extra time to cable-lock your laptop to something solid if you will be leaving it in a parked car. Car thefts are common these days. Will you have decent Internet access while on vacation? Even though Internet access is provi ...

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  • The Summer and Online Study . . . Perfect Together!

    Barry Lenson

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be serving up a stream of posts about why the summer is such a great time to take college courses – both online and in the classroom. Today, let’s take a look at some reasons why summer is such a good time to sign up, log in, and start learning. Reason one:  You can front-load the courses you’re required to take in September. Let’s say you’ve just been admitted to the college of your choice, and you’ve gotten a list of the courses you’ll be required to take. Why not take some of those college courses online ahead of time – either to clear them from your schedule in the fall or get practice before you enter the “real” college classroom? Reason two:  You can turn vacations into learn ...

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  • The Legacy Factor

    Barry Lenson

    For years, it’s been an open secret that students get preferential treatment when applying to the colleges that their parents attended. Is that fair? It depends. Colleges think it is a good idea. Applicants who lack the right connections tend to disagree. Colleges have fielded a number of justifications for the practice. Some of these reasons sound good, others less so. Some colleges say that legacy candidates are stronger applicants because they grew up in households that placed a high value on education. Of course, that justification doesn’t explain why the child of a Princeton grad doesn’t get insider status when applying to Yale, Brown or another Ivy League school. One reason for legacy admission is obvious, however. Alum ...

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