• Bulletproof Laptops for Studying on the Road

    Barry Lenson

    There’s no need to take a break from your online college studies this summer, even if you’re kayaking through the Everglades or trekking the Sierra Madres. All you need is some kind of broadband access and one of these ultra-rugged laptops that are designed to take any kind of beating that you or nature can dish out. We’ll list them in order of price, with the least expensive first. The GammaTech Durabook D15RP has a hefty case, an extra rugged keyboard and a shock-resistant hard drive that encrypts itself automatically to protect your information if the computer falls into the wrong hands. Price: About $2,000. Panasonic Toughbook F8 is a laptop hiding in a nearly bullet proof aluminum attaché case. Highly shock resistan ...

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  • Need Remedial College Courses? You Are Not Alone

    Need Remedial College Courses? You Are Not Alone
    Barry Lenson

    Updated 9/2015 “Nationwide, about a third of first-year students in 2007-08 had taken at least one remedial course, according to the U.S. Department of Education. At public two-year colleges, that number rises to about 42%.”  – USA Today “One-third of students need remedial college math, reading,” a recent article in USA Today, documents a nationwide epidemic of students who arrive at college with deficient skills.  Some of these students are recent high school graduates whose skills are not up to par. Others are students who are starting college 10 or more years after they graduated high school; they simply need a refresher. Want to try an online class that will earn you college credit? Take two free lessons on us today! ...

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  • Why More People Who Are Changing Careers Are Studying Online Too

    Barry Lenson

    “Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction. Learning outcomes for students who engaged in online learning exceeded those of students receiving face-to-face instruction, with an average effect size of +0.24 favoring online conditions.” -Source: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, a 2009 report from the  U.S. Department of Education When a rave review the one we quote above comes from the U.S. Department of Education, it’s clear that online education is moving into the spotlight on the stage of American higher education. And it’s little wonder. If you’ve been reading this blog, you a ...

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  • Top College Success Books for Summer Reading

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re about to enroll in college in September – or if you have a son or daughter who will – why not help assure success by taking some college-level classes over the summer vacation months? And here’s one more thing you can do. Before you head off for summer vacation, put these books in your book bag. The strategies they teach could provide a quicker route to college success. How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's Top Students by Cal Newport. (Broadway Books, $11.95) Here are some of the strategies you’ll find in this lively, easy-to-read book:  Don’t do all your reading . . . drop some classes every term . . . become a club president . . . care about your grades, ignore ...

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  • High School Grads: Is Your Writing Ready for College?

    Barry Lenson

    One of our editors at StraighterLine Blog is also an SAT tutor.  We asked him to conduct an informal survey for us, and here are the results. First, he asked 10 SAT students to name a subject that their high schools had not taught well enough. Eight of them replied, “writing.” (The other two cited “math” and “chemistry.”) Second, he asked six parents to name one subject that their children had not learned well enough in high school. Four of them replied, “writing.” (The other two parents answered “study skills” and “music.”) Third, he asked a group of six SAT tutors to name the area where their students needed the most catch-up work before starting college. All six of them replied, “writing.” So the ...

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