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Online Learning: One Working Mom's Success Story

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Can you be a great mom, a dedicated student and work full time? Definitely. The secret to success is something moms are already good at: sacrifice.

Rachel Albert works nights as a medical transcriptionist. She’s at her desk from midnight until 8 a.m. Fortunately, she works from home, which helps with the third-shift hours.

Once her night job is over, however, her day job begins.
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LRC Tutors Help When Online Students Need It Most

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 27, 2015 7:50:32 AM

There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you need assistance with an assignment.


If you’re a student in an online degree program at Saint Leo University, chances are you work during the day. After you get home, you devote some time to dinner, your family and maybe your children’s homework before you turn to your own online courses.

What do you do if you encounter difficulty understanding a concept in math or have questions about formatting a psychology paper during those evening hours – or on a weekend?

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Clubs For Online Degree Programs Extend Learning

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 13, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Students in Saint Leo’s online degree programs find valuable benefits to joining clubs and associations.

If you’ve just started working toward a college degree, you may feel as if the finish line is nowhere in sight.

But before you know it, you’ll be zipping up your gown, adjusting your cap and snapping family photos at commencement.

So it only makes sense to take advantage of every opportunity to soak up as much knowledge as possible during your limited time in college to prepare for the next step in your career.

Online clubs and associations at Saint Leo offer valuable learning and networking experiences you just can’t get anywhere else.

And the best part is no travel is required. These clubs meet at your place.

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Snack Your Way To More Brain Power

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 6, 2014 8:04:00 AM

If you’re a busy, working adult enrolled in an online degree program, what you eat can have a big impact on your academic performance.

Your to-do list is relentless. Mornings are harried; afternoons pass in a blur and evenings drag on as you stay awake to finish everything necessary. Your eyelids droop, your stomach growls. You reach for ... what?

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13 Reasons To Contact Saint Leo’s Online Services Librarian

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 23, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Find out what Saint Leo’s Online Services Librarian, Sandy Hawes, can do for you as an online degree student.

Sometimes you know exactly what you don’t know, and other times you don’t.

For example, if the last time you did a research paper Bart Simpson was a new face on Fox, you may be wondering where libraries are hiding their microfiche machines.

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Saint Leo Librarian Dedicated To Online Students

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 26, 2014 7:40:00 AM

Students in Saint Leo's online degree programs who need research assistance receive expert guidance when they turn to Sandy Hawes. They also find an empathetic ear.

Think back to your elementary school librarian.

If you were lucky, that librarian made you feel as if you were the only student in the world. Maybe he or she found you the perfect novel that sparked a lifelong love of reading or the ideal resource to help with a term paper.

In that regard, Saint Leo’s Sandy Hawes is an “old-fashioned” librarian in a high-tech world.

Hawes takes the university’s core values – particularly the value of respect – to heart. It’s what drives her to do whatever it takes to help each and every online student be successful.

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How To Be Successful In Your Online Class

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 8, 2014 9:44:00 AM

Ready to take an online course? Here are four things to keep in mind.

By Eric Hill

Online classes are wonderful, and I believe strongly in them. I’ve literally lost count of the number of online classes I’ve taken—and no, not the same one over and over! You can’t beat the variety or flexibility. But one should understand that to be successful in the online environment, one must possess at least four qualities.

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Earning A Saint Leo Degree Online In Nigeria

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 29, 2014 7:57:00 AM

The challenges that face adult online learners are universal. Whether living in Nigeria or the United States, juggling work and family with educational goals requires sacrifice and time management.

Originally from Imo State in southern Nigeria, Chukwudi Achonwa has lived and worked across the Niger River in neighboring Delta State for more than 20 years. His home is in a city called Warri, which is not far from the Gulf of Guinea.

His entire life, Achonwa had never travelled outside of Nigeria.

That was until this May when the Saint Leo University online student – and now alumnus – boarded a plane and travelled for nearly 24 hours to arrive in Florida to attend commencement at University Campus.

Despite jet lag, Achonwa couldn’t get to campus quickly enough. Arriving several days early, he was eager to meet faculty and staff, to walk the grounds, and to see first-hand the university he had come to love.

“While in Nigeria, I always imaged how the school would be,” he said. “When I arrived at the campus, what I saw was beyond my imagination. I was so thrilled.”

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Cybersecurity Reality Check: 6 No-Brainer Tips

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 27, 2014 8:19:00 AM

If you’re an online student, your computer is your lifeline to your coursework. So you must be vigilant to prevent it from being hacked.

If you’re enrolled in an online degree program edging closer each term to earning your college degree, then you might want to offer a nod of thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Who?

For all of you trivia buffs, he’s the British computer scientist who created the World Wide Web, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of his invention. His brainchild made the Internet truly accessible and useful, changing the world, including how people teach and learn.

As a result, students such as you have the opportunity to earn your degree on your own time, from the comfort of your own home.

The Web is a powerful communications medium. But just as you snap on a seat belt in your car or on an airplane before taking a trip, you need to take precautions while traveling online to keep your computer protected.

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Mother And Daughter (Plus One) Share Graduation Stage

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 8, 2014 7:49:00 AM

Online degree experience at Saint Leo spans generations and underscores commitment to lifelong learning.

Lorene Mervis, 73, always knew she wanted to go to college. But there were things she had to take care of first – like raising 11 children, with 24 years between them, and setting them on a path toward higher education.

It’s no wonder Mervis didn’t take her first college class until she was well past the age most people retire. And while her age presented some unique challenges, it also brought an unexpected opportunity: the chance to earn a college degree at the same time her daughter, Danielle Bunin, was earning hers.

On May 2, Mervis and Bunin received their diplomas – Mervis, a bachelor’s in sociology, and Bunin, a bachelor’s in psychology – at Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning 2014 Commencement Exercise.

“I’m so proud of her; it’s not very often you get to graduate with your mom,” says Bunin, who at the graduation ceremony was just days away from becoming a mom herself. “It’s such an accomplishment; she had no preparation and managed to pull a 3.85.”

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