Five FREE Time Management Tools for Adult Students

The time management strategies you choose in college can make or break your college experience. Between work, school, and other obligations, such as tending to the kids or keeping the house clean, you may feel there’s not enough time in your day to get it all done. Fortunately, there are many free time management tools available that not only can help keep you organized amidst the chaos, but also save you tons of time as well.  

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5 Ways to Maintain Job Stability During a Recession

The economy, much like the weather, never stays in a single state permanently. Yet it’s easy to panic when the economy is bad, or to lull yourself into a false sense of security when it’s good. Rest assured, no matter what things are doing now, something will be different a year from now—and perhaps very different in a decade. The right career can offer considerable job stability, even during a recession. 

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How to Connect with Classmates in an Online Degree Program

Think back to elementary school, high school, or even your prior college experiences. You might not be able to remember much about the daily lessons, or even recall the names of all your teachers. But you almost certainly remember the friends you made. Friendships make life worthwhile. They make digging into challenging material feel easier. And they give you an incentive to keep going when you encounter one of life’s seemingly endless difficulties. Your classmates are important in your online degree program too. Not only can they serve as cheerleaders and empathetic ears, but they will also one day become your professional network. Networking begins long before you graduate, so get to know the people who will one day become your colleagues.  They may help you find a job, hire you, get you a speaking gig, or keep you abreast of critical industry shifts. 

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Student Success Series: How to Reset Your State of Mind for Class

An exceptional education can prepare you for a great career, and even arm you with skills you’ll use in your family or personal life. School prepares you for the real world, but it’s also a unique universe all its own. The right mindset is a key ingredient in the recipe for student success. If you want to thrive when you return to school, you must be prepared to tackle your classes head-on, even if you’re juggling numerous other responsibilities. 

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Student Success Series: Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Glossophobia, better known as fear of public speaking, is the most common phobia. It affects as many as 75 percent of people. Sufferers with more intense forms of this phobia may agonize over speeches and presentations for days, experiencing physical side effects such as sweating and a rapid heart rate. These annoying symptoms can intensify the phobia because they make it more difficult to deliver a compelling speech. After all, no one wants to stand in front of a class or board room with a shaking voice and sweaty palms. 

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Everything You Need to Know about College Transcripts

College transcripts are the closest thing a student has to a permanent record. They detail your academic history, including your grades, the courses you have completed, and whether or not you graduated. They may also list additional information, such as a history of academic probation, honor code violations, or awards for your school performance. 

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Student Success Series: How to Maintain a Healthy Diet as an Adult Student

It’s virtually impossible to read success guides for adult students without stumbling across a reminder to practice self-care. In fact, we’ve shared several posts on the topic. The food you eat gives your body energy. If you use low-quality fuel, you’ll quickly notice yourself feeling overwhelmed or finding it difficult to concentrate. But if you fill up on the premium stuff, you’ll have more energy to focus on classes and tackle the myriad challenges of daily life. 

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Your Most Pressing Financial Aid Questions Answered

Sixty percent of American adults have contemplated a return to school, but cite affordability as a key barrier. More than 80 percent of SNU undergraduates receive some form of assistance. This figure includes many students who initially believed they were ineligible. Don’t let money woes keep you from pursuing the career and the life you deserve. You may have many more options for funding your education than you think, including loans, grants, and scholarships. The SNU Office of Financial Aid can answer all of your pressing financial aid questions. Here are the answers to the most common queries we hear. 

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Why Time Management Skills Are Critical for the Success of Adult Students

Adult students bring real world experience and hard-won wisdom to their coursework. They also face a barrage of competing obligations. As an adult student, you may juggle workplace demands, parenting, caring for an aging parent, errands, cleaning, pet care, and more—all in a single day. Factor school into the mix, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. A family vacation or even 15 minutes of self-care might seem like a distant fantasy. 

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Why Every Adult Should Consider an Online Degree Program

In 2019, 7.4 million adult students returned to college or started school for the first time. That figure has steadily risen over the past decade. Many adults find that their career stalls without a degree. Others hope to change to a more lucrative or rewarding profession. Although returning to school offers a path to a better life, it can be challenging to juggle the competing responsibilities of school, work, and home life. Online degree programs ease the burden by providing flexibility, which makes them a great option for adult learners. 

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