Monday, October 29, 2012

College Success: Learn How to Learn

We've been looking at the things you can do to bring college success: working smarter, not harder; asking the right questions and knowing yourself well enough to choose a solid degree the first time. Today, we're going to look more specifically about how to be a successful learner regardless of your college choice:

  • traditional, brick and mortar campus
  • accelerated, distance learning
  • straight to the work force

Since most students are still choosing the traditional approach, this article will specifically address how even that path can be accelerated and maximized to help you go faster and save money by effectively managing your course load.

Monday, October 22, 2012

College Success: What Degree Is Right for You?

Last week, we introduced the idea of working smarter, not harder through college. If you missed the foundational ideas laid for this topic, take a look back. Today, we're going to look more specifically about asking the right questions.

Anyone considering, or already attempting, a college degree should be asking more specific questions than: Is there value in a college degree? None of us are exactly the same. One general answer, one general solution will never make sense for everyone. Ask the right questions to get the answers you need.

Monday, October 15, 2012

College Success: Work Smarter, Not Harder

There's a lot of talk today about the value of a college degree. And with every person contributing to the conversation, it seems like there are twice as many opinions and conclusions. There are plenty of statistics and stories supporting both sides of the argument as well. So, what is a person supposed to do?

The problem is that most people are asking the wrong questions, such as: Is there value in a college degree? If you answer yes, then you immediately find yourself on a particular path that goes something like this:

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Real Cost of College

On Friday, September 28th, the Wall Street Journal reported that a study released by the Pew Research Center...showed that 40% of households headed by someone younger than 35 years old have student debt. 

Take a moment to think about what this actually means for the people behind these numbers. The 30s are supposed to be a time for building--family...career...life. This statistic tells us that 40% of the households in America who are supposed to be laying the foundation the rest of their lives will be built on are basically building on sand that keeps getting washed out from under them!

How did they get there? Were they just irresponsible? What were they thinking? You might be surprised.