• Making the Best College Choice Possible

    Jaime Dalbke

    The waiting is over.  You know which colleges want you to be part of their student body.  After all the months of waiting to find out if you "made the grade", now it’s your turn to decide which school will make your final cut.  Still, this can be a daunting decision.  Without a doubt, the most important thing you need to do before making that decision is to visit.  No brochure, website, video tour or Facebook page can capture the real feel of a campus.  You have to experience it for yourself. Once you’ve visited, here are a few things you should consider before you make your final college choice: Comfort Level.  Ask yourself a few questions about your time on campus such as: Did I like the students I met? Did they seem lik ...

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  • Tax-Cutting Activists Threaten Community College Budgets

    Jaime Dalbke

    Okay, we’re not going to take sides in this argument. We only want to relate some news that was recently reported in USA Today. In that article, “Will Tea Party groups threaten community college funding?” reporter David Moltz writes “As if the recession had not given community college advocates enough to worry about, some fear that the anti-tax sentiment stirred by Tea Party activists could endanger their federal, state and local funding.” Here are two points that Moltz makes: Community college expenses are not always paid for directly by taxes. A group of Tea Party activists in New Jersey is not happy that Warren County Community College in New Jersey is planning to open up a satellite campus to accommodate the institut ...

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  • April 15th Coming Up Fast . . .

    Jaime Dalbke

    A Quick Review of Tax Basics You don’t have to become an accountant to minimize the taxes you pay. And depending on the complexity of your financial situation, you might not need to hire one either. But whether you do your taxes yourself or bring in a pro, you can still avoid some of the bigger mistakes that can cause you to overpay or get audited. Here are some very basic tax strategies that are covered in more detail on BankRate.com: Over-withholding is bad . . . and so is under-withholding. If you are either getting a big refund or writing a big tax check this year, be sure to adjust your withholding for 2010. One of the best ways to avoid getting audited is to file your taxes on time. When you file late, you are alre ...

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  • Introducing a New Educational Paradigm that Puts the Student First

    Jaime Dalbke

    What is the first place you would try to cut educational classroom costs if you were running a college? If you have a good head for business, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that high-enrollment introductory courses are the place where you could save the most dollars without harming the quality of your overall educational product. Stop to think about it. If you are a college that needs to offer a remedial writing course to 100 students, you are probably going to pack them all into one lecture hall for a course taught by one professor - maybe with a few teaching assistants to help with grading. You are not going to send those 100 students into 10 classrooms, because that would cost a lot more. There are other reasons w ...

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  • The Art of Being a Good Student . . .

    Jaime Dalbke

    How to Beef Up Your Study Skills Once upon a time, educators believed that people were either "good students" or "bad students." Good students found it easy to absorb information and pass tests about it. Bad students found it hard to soak up information and pass tests about it. Some educators foolishly believed that the ability to study efficiently was an indicator of intelligence - that good students were smarter than bad students. Then all that changed. Psychologists realized that studying wasn't directly tied to intelligence. They started to understand that some very intelligent people simply lacked specific study skills that could be taught. So, what are good study skills? Here are some simple approaches that we recomm ...

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