What You Can Learn From Your Mentor Outside the Discussion Board

Posted Friday, July 11, 2014

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

More than 250 years later, Benjamin Franklin’s words still ring true when it comes to the academic relationship between student and mentor. It’s a common misconception that a mentor and teacher are one in the same. While both work with students and grade assignments, teachers focus on instruction and presenting information. A mentor’s role is to facilitate your learning and assist you on the

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Tags: Career , Mentors , Science and Technology , Taking Courses

7 Myths About Online Classes Mentors Don’t Want You to Believe

Posted Friday, March 21, 2014

Even though students have done their research and decided that online classes are the best option for them, they still have tons of misconceptions about course expectations and requirements. We tracked down the most common myths students believe, and asked our mentors (yes, those mentors, the ones assessing your grades) to officially bust them, once and for all. Let the debunking begin…


Myth #1: Because it’s an online course, I don’t really have to spend that much time on it.

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Tags: Going Back to College , Mentors , Study Tips , Taking Courses

Learning in the Field

Posted Monday, December 17, 2012

Warren Gramm, mentor at Thomas Edison State College
Warren Gramm, mentor at Thomas Edison State College

by Warren Gramm
Mentor, Thomas Edison State College

Prior learning assessment (PLA) at Thomas Edison State College is designed to help students gain college credit for knowledge gained through real life experiences. As a mentor for the College, when I consider that, I can't help but gravitate towards the many students that have had success through the music PLA credits they've earned while serving our country in the armed forces in locations throughout the world.

Many adult learners are

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Tags: Majors and Degree Programs , Mentors , Military and Veterans , Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio , Veterans

Connecting with Students in an Online Environment

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dr. Mark Kassop, mentor at Thomas Edison State College
Dr. Mark Kassop, mentor at Thomas Edison State College

By Dr. Mark Kassop
Mentor, Thomas Edison State College

I have been a mentor at Thomas Edison State College for more than 25 years for several reasons. First and foremost, I enjoy the adult, self-motivated students who populate Thomas Edison State College courses. They are a pleasure to work with and their diverse backgrounds lead to fascinating assignments and discussion postings.

Connecting with students in an online environment is about creating a positive impact on the student and on the

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Tags: Mentors , Taking Courses