• 3 Classic Study Strategies that Speed Online Learning

    Jaime Dalbke

    If you want to get some perspective about the power of computers as teaching machines, think about Socrates. That's right - Socrates, the dude who did himself in by drinking hemlock juice. History tells us that every day, Athenian students would gather in a circle around Socrates while he gave long talks and engaged them in spirited conversations. That's a pretty inefficient way to learn. Today, we can fire up our computers and review page after page of information, all presented in an engaging, interactive format. If Socrates saw the teaching power of computers, he would probably drop his toga and run for the nearest Best Buy to get one of his own. Yes, computers are powerful learning tools. But the problem is, they are also capable ...

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  • The New York Times Questions the Value of For-Profit Trade Schools

    Jaime Dalbke

    We all know that there's a boom happening in post-secondary trade schools. Chances are that you have seen some of them opening their doors not far from where you live. Some of these schools can teach you to be a chef or a computer technician. Others will train you to be an electrician, a medical information processor or an X-ray technician. There's a reason why these schools are booming. Some of them offer training for professions where a lot of hiring is actually taking place. Some of them offer lots of job-placement assistance to their grads. And most of them help incoming students qualify for federal loans and other sources of financial aid. Yet a recent article in the New York Times, "The New Poor: In Hard Times, Lured into Trade ...

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  • How Distance Learners Can Make College Rock

    Jaime Dalbke

    There's more to higher education than sitting in a classroom. After hitting the books, college students play ultimate, date, party, flirt, order pizza, and grab late-night lattes to keep their eyes open. Sound good? Yes, it is. But what if you are a distance learner? Does that mean that you can't enjoy all those extras? Not necessarily. Here are some ways to keep college rocking, even if your campus looks more like a laptop than a grassy quad. Join a Facebook Group for your online college. Our StraighterLine group is a great example. It works like a virtual campus where students can connect and communicate about their online college experiences. Visit your online school's blog and comment on what you see there. Hopefully, your scho ...

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  • Why Online Study Takes the Risk Out Of Learning

    Jaime Dalbke

    If you've been visiting this blog, you already know the benefits of taking college courses online. You can save money - a lot of it - and even cut the cost of your first college year down to a few thousand dollars. You can pursue your studies at the pace that's right for you. You can take your classes anywhere, anytime. But you might not have stopped to consider that online learning has one other big benefit too. It reduces the high cost of failure in your college work - and we all know that with tuition costs today, failure can cost you a lot of money. Let's take a look at some of the ways online study takes the risk out of learning: Reason #1: You minimize the cost of failure. If you take a class in a regular college and you don ...

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  • Happy Pi Day

    Jaime Dalbke

    March 14 is Pi Day. No, that is not a typo. It means that 3/14 is the day when people the world round (some people, anyway) celebrate the invention of that wonderful number, 3.14, known as Pi. (Actually, you can roll Pi out to 3.141593 and then keep adding numbers infinitely to the right.) Need a brush-up? Okay, here we go. Pi is a number that is equal to the value of the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter. Just when Pi was discovered is anybody's guess, but there is evidence that the ancient Egyptians already knew about it in about 2,500 B.C., when they constructed the Great Pyramid at Giza. The neat thing about Pi is that it is the same for any circle - whether it's your wedding ring or a manhole cover or a crop ...

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