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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Success Tips for 6-Week Courses

If you’re aiming to finish your degree quickly, six-week courses present a great opportunity. There are two main advantages to this format. It’s just six weeks: they’re short and sweet! When you pair two six-week courses together during the same term (one during the first session, another that runs during the second session), you achieve a full-time course load. The more credits you earn each term; the bigger boost you get towards your finish line! Never taken a six-week course? It may require...
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Beyond Grades: Making the Most of Faculty Feedback

When you approach a new course or degree program, it’s important to try to get the most out of the experience. After all, your education offers not only personal enrichment, but career benefits too! Getting the most from your coursework can include learning to interact with your faculty, accepting and learning how to use constructive feedback, not worrying too much about perfect grades, and knowing what’s expected of you. Using Feedback to Increase Your Skills Every student receives feedback...
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Self-Care Tips to Increase your Study Bandwidth

Becoming a student on top of your already busy life can be wonderful, rewarding, and yes, sometimes stressful. This is especially true for those taking online courses and have to rely on high levels of self-discipline to stay on top of assignments. When things get busy and demanding, you need a way to reward yourself for your hard work and perseverance and give yourself a break both mentally and physically from everything you’ve got going on. Taking time to reward yourself has many benefits...
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General Education Courses: What's In It for Me?

When it's not obvious how your general education courses relate to your major or career goals, you may feel reluctant to sign up for them. When you become a student and you're selecting classes, on paper these classes can seem generic and not particularly useful. However, they offer you the opportunity to build a broad range of skills that are applicable to dozens of career opportunities. Since these skills are less tactile, "soft skills," many overlook their value. But in the job market, these...
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Your Graduate Capstone: An Opportunity to Make an Impact

Congratulations on starting your graduate degree program. You'll be immersed in what matters to you and your career, advancing your capabilities and knowledge in the field. Because master's-level coursework is so focused, you’ll be asked consider and start working on your graduate capstone at the very beginning of your program. Starting early will give you the opportunity to accumulate knowledge in each course and begin applying it to your final project as you go. Your ePortfolio During your...
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12 Tips for Online Students

Taking an online course can offer many real benefits, but the experience can be new and different for many students. While you may not need to be in the classroom on a specific day each week, you’ll still need to manage your time well to complete assignments on time. Forum posts, assignments, quizzes, and reading will still be due at regular intervals. Use the Following Tips to Stay on Track: When you start your course, take time to completely explore Moodle, your online learning environment,...
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Time Management Tips for Busy Students

Finding your Work - Life - School balance is critical when tackling a new degree program. Whether online or in-person, getting organized and managing your time well is a skill you’ll need to be successful. Brush up on your skills with our tips below! Get Organized: Calendars and To-Do Lists For many adult learners their lives are their first priority and we wouldn’t want to see that change. However, as you do with other life commitments, it’s best to keep a schedule to understand and prioritize...
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Achieving Your Goals with the Support of Your Academic Advisor

As a nontraditional student, when you add academics to an already full life and busy routine, it's a considerable undertaking. Getting the support from those around you is key, but it can feel uncomfortable to directly ask for help. What you may not realize is that you already have a built-in network surrounding you. In your personal life, close friends, family members, and coworkers are often excited (and inspired) to hear about your progress and challenges in your online classes. At Granite...
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How to Build Your Work Experience as a Student

  Job descriptions tend to be specific about how many years of experience are required. If you don't meet the minimum qualifications, but otherwise feel prepared to take on this position, you may wonder: How can I gain the experience I need, if I’m not already working in a similar role? Shouldn’t my degree be enough? In the job market, many struggle to figure out how to make themselves more employable. Applying to open positions regularly only to encounter rejection can be draining. The good...
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Finishing Your Degree: Tips for Taking a Full-Time Course Load

Once you commit to finishing your degree, you’ll be faced with the decision to attend part-time or full-time. For some people, part-time works better due to family and financial commitments. However, for many others, full-time study is the key to achieving their education and career goals faster. As a full-time student (eight credits or more each term), you’ll finish your degree faster and be ready to work in your chosen career field sooner (and on the path to earning a higher salary). But...
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