How Graduate Students Can Use Mentors to Make Smarter Career Decisions

Posted Friday, October 03, 2014

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a manager or a corporate leader, you know how crucial it is to network with clients, industry peers, colleagues, even family and friends. At times when you aren’t working, you understand the opportunity to connect can happen anywhere; a trip to the coffee shop or driving your kids to school might lead to a career move, potential sale or chance to learn. But did you ever stop and think that one of your most beneficial career contacts might also be grading your

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Tags: Business and Management , Career , Taking Courses

9 Things No One Tells You About Choosing Electives

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Does a course about Children’s Literature sound fascinating? Or perhaps the Dog Behavior and Biology course interests you while you struggle to house train your own Spot or Fido?

One of the many benefits of college is that you have the flexibility to choose what you want to learn. Electives allow you to be picky and select classes that fulfill a general education requirement, help boost your GPA or interest you “just because.” Or they may give you the opportunity to explore new

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Tags: Academic Evaluation , Taking Courses , Transfer Credits

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

Want to Earn Prior Learning Assessment Credit for Interpersonal Communications? Read This First

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014

By George Haber, Mentor, Heavin School of Arts and Sciences
and Todd Siben, Assistant Director of Portfolio Assessment

 

By the time most adults are in their 30’s, they have probably spent a good amount of time actively engaged in interpersonal communications. This could include:

• Personal interactions with teachers, clergy, family members
• Negotiating with real estate brokers, auto dealers and service technicians, insurance agents and customer service reps

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Tags: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio , Taking Courses

7 Common Mistakes That Can Seriously Hurt Your GPA

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014

Your GPA (grade point average) is more than just a number; it’s one of the few ways you’re able to assess your progress and learning throughout your college career. But getting the GPA you want, or the GPA you are truly capable of, can be hard. Even though you are the one in control of your education and future, it may not always feel that way. 


Poor grades are often the result of poor habits, not poor intellect. The wrong decisions can hurt your GPA. You already know how to work

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