Online Education Studies

If you take up online studies, you must be willing to be a part of an online message board where the people are expected to join and participate freely in discussions on the subject matter as well as the class.

Much like the black board in a classroom, the online message board is a means for the students and professors to interact and share views on the subject that is being studied. Online message board participation is assessed differently for various studies, but generally a student is expected to post meaningful material on it regularly in order to achieve the highest grades.

It can of course be a major challenge to continually post meaningful content on the online content board. But the fact also remains that an active participation in the online message board can make your online education more interactive and real for you. The best way is to get started in posting material on the online notice board almost as soon as you see it at the beginning of the course.

All you have to do is to research the material and then put up a well written content on the matter. The advantage of being the first one to post is that you get to state an opinion first and also to start up a discussion on the subject. This will also impress your online professors about your capabilities and your enthusiasm for the learning experience.

Don’t take up short cuts such as copying and pasting stuff from articles written by others. No doubt that you would have gathered the information from online sources but you must cite the source and also write it yourself. Gather ideas from academic journals and similar reliable sources.

Those who have enrolled for online studies must visit the University’s library and take advantage of all the reference books on the subject of study. Libraries also have excellent online sources that are useful to help you with your studies. Many expensive magazines and journals are available to the online student and are a source of a great deal of information which should be taken advantage of.

You can always contact the professors with questions and doubts that arise during the course of your studies. Learn to be well organized so that there is no lagging behind.

Without a doubt, pursuing further studies online can be quite a challenge. But by showing real interest and doing all that is required of you, you can not only benefit from the experience but also become a tremendous success.

Exchange Student Information

Many questions can arise before you go abroad to study in another country. They might not, however, be the questions that are able to be answered. Questions surrounding what the country will be like or how your host family will interact with you are difficult to answer, precisely because you can never know until you experience it.

The questions that can be answered are the more practical. Do you have a passport? Do you know the restrictions of your student visa? Do you know what to pack in your suitcase? These seem like trivial questions that your parents think of, while you’re still curious what your study abroad experience will be like. That doesn’t mean it’s information you should avoid or ignore. Your parents are not traveling with you, are they? They’re not the ones that will be dragging a suitcase around for you, right?

It sounds like you should know these practical things!

There are countless stories of exchange students who have not traveled before without their families.

As an Airport Coordinator for an exchange program, I recall meeting one student who packed his passport in his checked luggage! The problem with that is you don’t always know if you’ll have your passport checked before you have the chance to claim your luggage. Border control police don’t care whether you’re with an exchange program or not. If you don’t have your passport on you (in your pocket, in your carry-on backpack, in a fanny pack), they won’t let you into the country.

The student didn’t realize his mistake until he had checked his bags. He couldn’t get on the plane without his passport. We asked the airport staff if there was a fax machine nearby, to which they said yes. The international terminal had a post office/FedEx type store. We called the student’s parents and asked if they had a copy of his passport they could send to us via fax. Sidenote: Parents! Make a copy of your child’s passport! They did have a copy and they faxed it over. We had to pay for this service, but that’s better than having a 16-year-old minor unable to cross the border. He was able to get on the plane and in the end, things worked out.

Another student that I saw leave that same airport that same summer, went to a different country, loved her host family, made lots of friends. She had a fantastic time and was so excited by all the people she was meeting. Where she lived was close to the border of her country and another country. It was very common for her friends to cross the border and spend long weekends camping in this other country. Apparently, the beaches were better over there! So her friends invited her to join them on a camping trip. She didn’t tell her host family that she was crossing a border to go camping. She went on the trip, got to the border, crossed it. There was no border patrol for leaving her country. Had a great weekend, hanging out on the beach, laughing with friends, eating locally caught fish. When they drove back over the border, her passport was looked at. And she had a lot of trouble getting back in!

She didn’t realize that her student visa prohibited her from leaving the country she was studying in. One of her friends called her host family and told them about the situation. The host family called the exchange program. Eventually, she was let back in to the country, with a note on her passport saying she had violated her visa terms. She was very close to being booted out of her study abroad country. Fortunately for this student, that was the end of her troubles.

How to Choose a Law School Study Guide

With so many study guides to choose from, choosing the right one can be difficult. If you’re preparing for law school exams, consider the answers to the following questions before you choose a law study guide.

1. How quickly can you spot legal issues? If I gave you a lengthy fact pattern and asked you what the issues were, would you be able to state the issues quickly or would you hesitate? If you would hesitate, spotting legal issues is likely one of your weaknesses, and is something that you should master before your next law exam.

To succeed in law school, you need to be able to spot issues fast. If you have trouble issue spotting, look for a study guide that is geared toward helping you spot legal issues. Some study guides contain fact patterns specifically written to help you spot issues quickly.

2. Can you state the rules fast? Do you know the law? Have you memorized the rules? If I asked you to state the rule for battery, would you be able to state the rule quickly? What about voluntary manslaughter? If I asked you to state the rule, would you hesitate? If you would hesitate, stating the rules is likely one of your weaknesses, and is something you should improve.

Keep in mind that memorizing the rules will not only help you state the rules fast, but will allow you to better analyze law questions. If you have trouble stating the rules quickly, select a study guide that is geared toward helping you memorize the rules. Some study guides contain condensed rule statements that are easy to memorize.

3. Are your essays well-organized? Are you able to write a well-organized essay, or are your essays disorganized and hard to follow? If your essays are disorganized, writing is one of your weaknesses, and it’s important that you improve your writing skills before your next law exam. If you have trouble writing a well-organized essay, choose a study guide that is geared toward helping you improve your legal writing skills.

In addition to study guides, one of the best ways to improve your writing skills is to take practice exams. Taking practice exams will not only help you write a good essay, but will give you an idea of the type of questions you might encounter on your law school exams. Check your law library for past exams.

Study Tips For University Success

While it may be true that not everyone learns in the most effective way by doing the same things, there are certain fundamentals that you can follow in order to virtually guarantee yourself academic success during your time at University. No matter what degree you take or what College you’re enrolled in, University classes are all structured in similar ways. Lectures, text book readings, assignments, projects, quizzes, midterm and final exams. Knowing the format of the class beforehand allows students to create a strategy that when implemented and stuck to, results in good grades and less stress. Here are our top 10 study habits you should try to implement into your strategy for academic success at University!

#10 – Take Extensive Notes
Probably the most tedious of our top 10, taking good notes is hard to do consistently. In our ADHD world, many students find it difficult to maintain their focus long enough to record the information given out during lectures. However, when it comes time to write a quiz/test/exam you’ll be glad you have that pile of notes to review and refresh your brain with. Taking good notes is in itself an act of learning, as one cannot write something down that doesn’t make sense on some level. This small act goes a long way in creating the foundation for a solid understanding of the material being covered. Taking notes also has the added bonus of keeping your brain occupied and awake by staving off restlessness and boredom. An excellent method I learned in my first year of Engineering was to scribble down everything that seemed useful in some manner, almost as if you were transcribing the lecture. Later that day, transfer and rewrite the notes into an understandable form in another notebook. This will cement the information into your mind, moving the material from your short term memory into your long term. Lastly, notes have become a source of income for many students as those who take excellent notes are often sought after by the lazier students who are willing to pay a premium for a great set of notes to study from. You will not only get good grades, but you will be getting paid to do so as well. If that’s not a win-win I don’t know what is!

#9 – Obtain Old Exams and Assignments
If possible, try to find exams and assignments from previous years to give yourself a good idea of what subject matter the instructors are most likely to test you on. They don’t have to have the answers to be useful and in fact for many students they are even more useful without because this way the student can attempt the exam/assignment as a check of their knowledge, identifying any weak areas that they should go back and re-study. Old exams and assignments are often made available through class websites, student union websites, or through College clubs or associations. One common tactic many students use for science classes with a lab section is to find a graded lab notebook from a previous year. Labs are notoriously difficult in terms of time constraints and for what’s expected from a student lab report. Having a format to follow along with is an incredible help and knowing where not to make mistakes is invaluable as well.

#8 – Begin Studying For Exams EARLY
Between academics and your social life, time is not something you’ll have lots of throughout your University career. But one thing you should always make time for is exam studying. There’s nothing worse than leaving all of your studying for the night before an important test or exam. The stress causes your brain to panic and when you panic, you won’t learn as well as you normally would. Studying a little bit each night during the week leading up to the exam will not only make you better prepared but it will remove most of the stress you’d have if you had left your studying for the last minute. Early exam studying allows a student to identify weak spots in their understanding and to prioritize their studying accordingly. Just imagine studying until the early morning of the day of your exam only to find you’ve completely ignored a section that you have little to no understanding in. Don’t let that happen by studying EARLY!

#7 – Use a Laptop During Class If Possible
If permitted, use a laptop for note-taking during your lectures. Most students can type faster than they can write so they will be able to record much more information than they normally would. If the classroom has WiFi you’ll have the added ability to research topics you’re unsure of during lulls or breaks in the lecture. If a professor uses a word you’ve never heard before, just alt-tab over to and look it up! Or, if the lecture is completely flying over your head, e-mail the professor from your seat and set up an appointment to discuss the day’s lecture. There are many uses for a laptop during class, I’ll let you imagine the other not-so-academic uses. Many students have grown up with a computer being a staple in their lives so it’s only natural to use it as a tool for learning as well. It’s an easy transition for your brain to go from Facebook to Powerpoint! If a laptop purchase is in your future, refer to our article for tips on choosing a budget laptop for students.

#6 – Use Your Time Wisely
In between classes as well as before and after school, there are many opportunities to sneak in some studying or homework that many students either don’t realize or just don’t use. I’ve known people who would study on the bus during the ride to and from school. I’ve also known people that would combine their time at the gym with their study time! Just bring your notes and instead of watching the TV’s and listening to your iPod, wear ear plugs and read your notes. You get a workout for your body and for your brain! Always keep your notes handy and try to use any spare time you have even for simple review to make sure you’re on top of the material. All of those small moments you fill with studying will really add up to a solid understanding and you’ll find that you require less studying when exam time arrives. That’s huge.

#5 – Get Your Questions Resolved ASAP!
University classes tend to operate with the “snowball effect” as the primary method for topic progression. That is, the information is cumulative and the last stuff you learned will be instrumental in understanding the next stuff! So anytime you don’t understand something or have a question about the subject matter, get your question answered as soon as you can. Whether by asking during or after class, through an e-mail or phone call to the prof, or even by asking a fellow student, you need to stay on top of the subject matter in order to be ready for the next stuff that’s coming. Don’t let the holes in your understanding be knowledge pits for the future!

#4 – Get To Know Some of Your Classmates
This one can be extremely difficult and stressful for many people these days. Meeting people is becoming increasingly difficult in a world of social stigmas and fears of disapproval. I’m not going to tell you how to meet people, just that when you do, the benefits will be immediately apparent. Having a buddy to sit with during class, having someone to lean on for notes from a lecture that you missed, being able to bounce questions and ideas off of somebody, and most importantly having someone to check your assignment answers with before you hand it in, are all spectacular reasons to swallow your nerves and start saying “Hi! My name is….” to the people in your class.

#3 – Explore Other Class Resources
Many class outlines will have “optional” reading listed along with the required textbook. This is often a HUGE opportunity for easy marks and guaranteed success in the particular class. Professors are humans just like me and you. Their job is to relay the required material and then test you on it. If they’re using the required textbook as reference for the learning part, where do you think they’re going to get the material for the testing part? If you said “the required textbook”, you’re wrong and you need to stop thinking like a high school student! Professors will often take test questions out of their favorite textbooks, resulting in quality assessments from a trusted source. Those favorite textbooks are often listed as optional reading material either on the class website or on the course outline. Also don’t forget the mighty Internet. YouTube is an insane resource for How-to’s, recorded lectures from other schools, and general knowledge videos on every subject matter imaginable. Use Wikipedia and Google as well to find extra(often better!) resources on whatever it is that you’re struggling with.

#2 – Pre-Read Lecture Material
I discovered this one by accident, even if it is, or should be common sense. One night I was bored. Really bored. I grabbed a text book for a class whose lecture I had the next morning and I began reading from the point we stopped at in the previous lecture. It was difficult to understand and took a lot of focus to push through it but the next day in class while listening to the Professor, it crystallized in my mind and was easy from then on. It had the added benefit of being committed to my long term memory giving me a greater and more thorough understanding of the material. It makes sense if you think about it, I was essentially learning the material twice. Once independently and once with the help of an expert. These combined into a solid understanding that I still possess to this day. Now I’d love to suggest that you do this for every class, every night. But we all know that isn’t reasonable so what I do suggest is that you use this technique for anything that you deem to be very difficult or abstract. That way you’ll have a great head start on understanding and mastering the hard stuff, leaving plenty of time for filling in the gaps with the easy stuff!

#1 – Go To Class!
While going to class sounds too simple to be our #1 most effective studying habit, it truly is and I’ll tell you why. Going to class not only keeps you disciplined and focused on what you’re at University to do, but it also lets you absorb the subject matter simply by sitting through the lectures. If you’re an auditory learner this is huge because just listening to the lectures will create an understanding that should be enough to pass the class in itself! If you’re a visual learner then watching the notes being written on the board or reading through the slides during the presentation will give you the necessary understanding to pass the class. Going to class also ensures you have the latest news on assignments, tests, quizzes, and exams straight from your Professor’s mouth. You don’t want to be that student that shows up for class once a week only to find there’s a scheduled test on that day! Simply going to your classes like you’re supposed to is much more powerful than most students realize. If you look at the nine tips before this you’ll see that most of them actually require this step as a pre-requisite so that should also be an indicator of how important it is to attend your classes without fail.

As a student who has both failed classes and received honors in classes I can definitely say that the above tips and techniques will work for you. Whether you use some or all of them is up to you, but just remember that University is an individual sport and you’ll only get out of it what you’re willing to put in! I hope you’ve found these tips useful and informative, good luck and stay classy!