Professional Development

  • How to Have a Great Spring Break (and Get Something Important Accomplished Too)

    Barry Lenson

    How to Have a Great Spring Break (and Get Something Important Accomplished Too) Okay, Mr. or Ms. College Student, are you on Spring break? Congratulations. After all your hard work, you have earned the right to put the coursework aside, forget about research papers and exams – and hopefully, kick back and relax with your best friends in a setting that is miles away from your school. If a beach and some fun nightspots are part of the equation, all the better. Just have fun, be safe, and recharge your mental batteries before you head back to campus. But even though you are relaxing, you can still accomplish some important things without putting a damper on your good time. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of spring b ...

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  • Best Educational Resolutions for Year 2012

    Barry Lenson

    Best Educational Resolutions for Year 2012 Are you making New Year’s resolutions this year? Good! Here are some to consider in the educational area of your life. All are powerful, because they have the potential to move you closer to your educational goals. And all are practical, because you can get each of them done within the next 12 months if you use online learning. Here are some commitments that could belong on your list of things to do in 2012 . . . Start going to college. Remember, you can do this in the least expensive and more user-friendly way possible, by taking courses online. Finish going to college. If you need to complete only one or two courses to complete your degree, this could be the year to do it. R ...

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  • Year-End Educational Inventory

    Barry Lenson

    Year-End Educational Inventory While most of us are making resolutions for the New Year, here’s a suggestion. Why not look back at the year that is about to end and take an inventory of how much progress you made toward attaining your educational goals? The insights you gain could help as you set your resolutions and plans for the coming 12 months. Here are some questions to ask about your accomplishments in 2011 . . . Did you come closer to defining the career or work that you would like to pursue? □ yes □ no What do you plan to do about that in 2012? ______________________ Did you add new skills or knowledge that will be important in the future? □ yes □ no What do you plan to do about that in 2012? ______________ ...

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  • Hot Success Books for Summer Reading

    Barry Lenson

    Hot Success Books for Summer Reading Why not make good use of your time this summer by curling up with one of these new books? All of them offer unusual advice to help you build your success – and all of them are excellent . . . Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki. This is our top pick. Guy, who was there at the founding of Apple, shares his insights on how to be a transformative success in the world by winning people’s hearts and enthusiasm.  Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori and Rom Brafman. Who says conformists get ahead? The Brafmans lay out a roadmap for achieving success – your own way. Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition by Michael ...

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  • The StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms

    Barry Lenson

    The StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms . . . Because just being a mother is challenging enough StraighterLine has something very special planned for Mother’s Day, which is coming up on May 8th this year. We’ll be awarding a special scholarship for working mothers. It’s called The StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms, and it offers working mothers a unique opportunity to start college at no cost through StraighterLine. Who can win the scholarship? All applicants must be working mothers. They can be mothers who work full-time, mothers who work part-time, or mothers who stay at home to raise children. After all, who works harder than women who stay home with the kids? How can you enter to win? If you wish t ...

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