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Race Against Time: When Your Only Alternative Is To Cram For An Exam

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Feb 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It can happen to even the most experienced online student and skillful time manager: you run out of time to study and the exam is tomorrow. Here are seven tips to help.

You’re a firm believer that if you’re not 10 minutes early for an appointment, you’re late.

You’re always the first one in your class to respond to a discussion post. 

You study the course syllabi at the beginning of every term and map out your workload for the weeks to come, including scheduling extra study time the week before the final exam.

But the days leading up to exams this term got away from you.

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Topics: Study Skills

Digging In: 5 Tips For Getting Started On A College Paper

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Feb 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Even if you are a strong writer, a college-level paper can be daunting. Here’s advice from an expert on taking the first steps – conducting solid research.

If you recently enrolled in an online degree program, you could be staring into the face of your first college research paper. And if the bulk of your writing until now has consisted primarily of text messages and to-do lists, your palms understandably could be a bit sweaty.

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Topics: Study Skills

Ready To Ace Your Online Final Exam?

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re getting ready to take your first final exam as an online degree student or your last, everyone can use a few test-taking tips.

Kelly Schuttig, a management instructor in Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business, understands well what it’s like to be an online student.

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Topics: Study Skills

26 Valuable Lessons From Successful Online Degree Students

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Oct 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Who better to offer advice on how to excel in an online degree program than students who are succeeding?

Naturally, every student enrolled in one of Saint Leo’s online degree programs has a unique story to tell.

Mike Fisk has a busy career in law enforcement and 11 children at home.

Katelyn Flanagan is a military spouse stationed in Spangdahelm, Germany.

Sergeant First Class William Haaren has a young family and is on active duty in the Army.

Saint Leo online students are working, raising children, volunteering and serving their country, churches and communities.

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Topics: Study Skills

Succeeding At College Math As An Adult Learner

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Don’t let your aversion to math stop you from enrolling in an online program and earning your college degree. You can find success with polynomials and parabolas.

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are still greater.”
— Albert Einstein

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Topics: Study Skills

20 Tips To Finish Strong In An Online Course

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Apr 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It’s getting close to the end of another term. Whether it’s your first or your last, here are some suggestions to help you prepare for final exams.

“I don’t love studying. I hate studying.
I like learning. Learning is beautiful.”
Natalie Portman

Thinking back to when you were first considering enrolling in an online degree program, you probably recall someone telling you that online courses were easy.

But had that person actually taken an online course?

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Topics: Study Skills

99 Tips For Being An Awesome Online Degree Student

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 8, 2015 5:57:00 PM

It's a New Year and a new term. Whether you’re just starting your online degree program, or you're an online learning veteran, these tips will help you achieve success.

Who doesn’t love articles with lists? Especially self-help lists of tips, tricks, and how-to's.

Just glance at the magazine rack while you’re in the check-out line at the grocery store: 16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast; 8 Tips to Look 10 Years Younger; 12 Ways to Cook Vegetables Your Family Will Love.

Lists are easy to read. They get right to the point.

And, most importantly, lists offer the promise that we can make changes that will improve our lives.

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Topics: Study Skills

Turnitin Recognizes Saint Leo Professor

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 25, 2014 7:54:00 AM

With more than one million instructors worldwide using the academic tool, Turnitin, Dr. Shannon Farris is recognized for promoting its use to improve student learning – which supports Saint Leo’s core values.

When it comes to helping Saint Leo students achieve academic success, Dr. Shannon Farris’ passion is equaled only by his endless energy and enthusiasm.

A veritable whirlwind of ideas, Dr. Farris is quick to dive into new approaches and initiatives that can provide critical academic support to online and on-ground – traditional and non-traditional – students alike.

That’s why more than seven years ago, the assistant professor of psychology became an advocate of the fledgling educational tool, Turnitin.

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Topics: Academic Success, Saint Leo News, Study Skills

Get More Study Time: 5 Actionable Tips

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 22, 2013 8:07:00 AM

Five practical tips any student in an online degree program can use now. 

Saint Leo. Center for Online LearningQuick. Name the Rolling Stones’ first top-ten hit in the United States. (Hint: They performed the tune during their first guest spot on The Ed Sullivan Show.)

If the song was before your time, (the year was 1964) – or if visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not on your bucket list – the answer is “Time Is On My Side.”

As a working adult, perhaps with children to take care of and family obligations that eat through the hours in your day, it may feel as if time is never on your side.

But as a student, you know that time is one of your most important resources.

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Topics: Academic Success, Study Skills

It's National Punctuation Day! Are You Excited?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 24, 2013 7:34:00 AM

In the midst of your National Punctuation Day festivities, check out these tips from the comma and semi-colon experts at Saint Leo's Learning Resource Center.

By Colleen Sexton

Happy National Punctuation Day!

What’s that? You didn’t know and don’t care?  Let’s see if this example changes your mind.

Envision yourself at Thanksgiving dinner. The oven timer dings and your grumbling stomach commands you to shout:  "Let’s eat Grandma!"

Congratulations! You’ve turned the holiday meal into a cannibal free-for-all.

With the help of one little comma, however, your exclamation becomes, "Let’s eat, Grandma" and now everyone, including Grandma, can enjoy the meal together.

As you can see, a well-placed comma or other punctuation mark makes all the difference in the world.

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Topics: Academic Success, Study Skills

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