Weekend Grad School

July 18th, 2013

I know I wouldn’t have made it through college without CliffsNotes, DirectStarTV , and I was an English major who graduated cum laude with a 3.8 GPA. A lot of people might be embarrassed to say they relied on the study guides to get them through school, but I’m not. I’m proud of my resourcefulness and I’m happy with the deeper level of learning that was able to occur by my priming the learning experience with the handy tool prior to actually stepping into the physical classroom. That’s right; if I knew we were going to be studying Beowulf I’d read the study guide ahead of time so when I ran into some arcane language I was prepared for it. Same thing with James Joyce and Homer.  It’s not cheating – it’s called being prepared. CLiffsNotes has now expanded from literature works to subjects that fall within the math and science umbrellas as well accounting, criminal justice, and economics.  There’s also SAT, ACT, GMAT, and Praxis test prep guides. And get this, no longer do you have to physically drive down to the bookstore and hope they have the study guide you seek in stock. A lot of them are available online – for free – and there’s even an expansive literature list available via the iPhone and iPod touch. And the company has even added CramCasts which are three to four minute audio overviews of various works that includes an author background, a summary of the book or play, and the top three things you should know about the work. CliffsNotes CramCasts are easily downloadable to your iPhone™, iPod®, or MP3 player. So again, no dashing to the bookstore at the last minute in hopes of finding what you need – technology brings it right to you. And now that I’ve been out of school for quite a few years but still have a hunger for learning I will still tap into CliffsNotes resources to give me an overview of a subject that I want to visit from a cursory perspective — you know, things like social psychology or even earth sciences as I gravitate toward a more green lifestyle. Learning never stops. Neither should resourcefulness; and for that CliffsNotes stays ahead of the curve!

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Got Time for Grad School?

May 20th, 2013

Do You Have Time For Grad School?

Learn What To Expect Before You Go
Graduate study is incredibly difficult, time consuming and stressful. For instance, ask a dozen graduate students to tell you how many hours they work a week. This will single-handedly blow your mind. Graduate students are estimated to work an average of fifty to a hundred hours a week. This leaves little time to sleep, exercise, eat and have an ordinary life. In fact, many grad students consider this form of education akin to boot camp.You Continue reading this entry »

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How to Plan for Grad School

March 22nd, 2013

The planning that you’ll do for graduate school will in many ways depend upon the program itself and your life situation. A 22-year-old entering an intense doctoral program in astrophysics will need to make different preparations from someone in their 40s with a full-time job and family who is taking mostly online classes. However, the tips below apply to nearly everyone.

First, do your research about the program and its instructors. What are the major specialties of the professors? How do they dovetail with your own interests? Try to make a Continue reading this entry »

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Top Five Careers

June 17th, 2012

With the state of the economy, college graduates may have a task at finding a job. The top five career fields that are projected to have faster than normal job growth are in the areas of computer technology, medical, education, business, and law.

Computer Technology

We have moved into a technological stratosphere. There is and will continue to be a need for computer technologists. Positions that could be considered in this field are IT Administrators, Web Design, Networking, and Software developers.Never heard of this before? Get Continue reading this entry »

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Focused Study: No Distractions

September 12th, 2011

In a few more weeks, the lazy hazy days of summer will come to an end. Once again the roar of the school bus and the toll of the school bell will call our children to those hallowed halls of academia expecting them to take on the task of learning for another year.

Some students are ready, but many have already forgotten all that their teachers tried so hard to teach last year. This generation seems to be plagued by the distraction of academic failure. Many public schools recognize that the Continue reading this entry »

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Make Your Study Time Count

August 29th, 2011

Study time is important for children of all ages. To make the most of your child’s study time, it is important to minimize distractions. This means turning off the television, cell phone or iPod while working on homework. If your child must use the computer, ensure they avoid social networking sites. Make sure your child is given the proper set up to be successful. A desk and comfortable chair are necessary to keep your child relaxed and Continue reading this entry »

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Effective Habits for Effective Studying

August 15th, 2011

A big part of learning is learning how to study. It seems like an easy task but often takes a number years, and hard work. People learn in various ways, so no one studying style fits all students. However, there are some general and universal study habits that have shown to help a large majority of kids in all levels of education. Before even starting to study, you must know what type of environment allows you to focus best. For example, some absorb information best by being in quiet places, others in busier areas.Confused? Here ‘s a little help . Knowing Continue reading this entry »

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Ways for MENSA Members to Give Back

July 9th, 2011

If you’re a MENSA member you know what it means to think hard. Whether or not you use your talents there’s a world of opportunity out there just waiting for your skills and knowledge. Here are a few of the ways you can put your intelligence to good use and give back to your community.
Help city planners – Even with little experience, you’ll be welcomed into any busy city planning office. Come up with some novel ideas for transportation or crime solutions in your area and present them to Continue reading this entry »

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Emerging Careers

April 30th, 2011

It only makes sense that people are trying to find out what careers are currently growing and emerging from a changing marketplace. Emerging careers give people job security, good pay, and the flexibility to take good jobs in different locations. Some of these emerging careers may surprise you, but here are a few of the fastest growing jobs currently available.

With so much internet business taking place, it only makes sense that computer software engineers and Continue reading this entry »

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Great Careers to Focus On

April 16th, 2011

There are many careers in the world today. Careers in technology are great careers to focus on. Going to college to become a computer programmer, data entry and even teaching computers are careers that will be in high demand for the future.

There are always buildings to be built, amusement parks, and bridges. All require engineers to design them. Engineering is such a broad field and a great career to focus on.

Science is the wave of the future, many Continue reading this entry »

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