Preparing for Back to School

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The summer season is coming to a close and back to school is almost here. Are you prepared? Follow this list to get ready for fall semester both mentally and physically.

1. Set goals: Write out specific and attainable goals for each course you’re taking this semester. Rather than just saying you want to earn an “A” in the class, write out exactly what steps you will take daily, weekly, and monthly to get there.

2. Update technology: Technological advancements are occurring every day, making it especially important for online students to keep up on the updates. Check your syllabus or ask your professor which technology programs you will be using this semester, and become familiar with them before the class begins.

3. Get on a schedule: Set a tentative schedule of what your day-to-day will look like throughout the semester. Adjust your sleeping schedule, make arrangements with your job, and block out time slots in your day that will be dedicated to your courses. Getting in a routine ahead of time will ease the transition once classes actually start.

4. Prepare for each class: Read the syllabus and course description to ensure you know what to expect from each class. If there are any discrepancies, reach out to your professor ahead of time. Order your textbooks with enough time to have them when the class starts, and acquire any other materials you may need to successfully complete your course requirements.

5. Get organized: Prepare as far in advance as possible. Make detailed schedules and mark important due dates on your calendar. Organize your work space and clean out your computer files from last semester.

Returning back to school after a leisurely summer break is never easy, but being as prepared as possible will make the transition easy and exciting. Start the semester off on the right foot and with little stress by setting a successful plan.

The most successful online students are those who are actively engaged in their learning.

The most successful online students are those who are actively engaged in their learning.

NU for Community College Students

At the University of Nebraska, we value your prior education. That’s why community college students can earn guaranteed admission to the university upon completion of an associate’s degree. All you need are the following qualifications:

  • An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a Nebraska community college, or a high school diploma or GED
  • 16 academic units, either in high school or community college, as listed under “Academic Requirements” below
  • Additional coursework that meets the university’s general education requirements
  • A grade of C or higher in all courses taken to fulfill On Course requirements

Meet with your adviser today to ensure you take the right courses to meet admission requirements and to stay on the path to meet your education goals. For more information on community college admittance and financial aid, visit our website: http://bit.ly/1n7EjM2

Explore our more than 100 online degrees, certificates, and endorsements to find the program that will prepare you for your future dreams and goals.

Explore our more than 100 online degrees, certificates, and endorsements to find the program that will prepare you for your future dreams and goals.

It’s important to take advantage of all resources provided to ensure you get the most out of your studies. 

It’s important to take advantage of all resources provided to ensure you get the most out of your studies. 

Be aware of these main guidelines to success for your course so you can hold yourself accountable.

Be aware of these main guidelines to success for your course so you can hold yourself accountable.

Many of our faculty are highly regarded internationally for expertise in their fields and for their research.

Many of our faculty are highly regarded internationally for expertise in their fields and for their research.

Developing Time Management

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Online learning offers the flexibility of going at your own pace and completing your school work when it best fits your schedule. While this is convenient, it also poses a challenge in meeting deadlines, as it is up to you to hold yourself accountable. Time management is a necessity in overcoming this obstacle. Here are a few tips to master your time management skills to ensure your online education success:

1. Engage family and friends:
Our family and friends demand a lot of our time each day. Engage them in your educational journey from the beginning, making clear to them the time and space you need in order to achieve your goals. This way, they’ll be aware of your needs and able to offer their help and support.

2. Stick to a schedule:

Even though you have the freedom to do your classes whenever, it’s still best to develop a personal structure. Decide what time of the day is most productive for you, and consistently dedicate that time to your online course in order to develop a routine.

3. Check in daily:

Even if you think you’re on schedule, be sure to log into your class and check your email daily. This will ensure you don’t miss any important changes or messages from your instructor, while also keeping your class top of mind.

4. Be mindful of your time:

In the busy lives of online students, it’s important to seize every moment to get ahead with school work. Waiting for an appointment? Bring your book and read the next chapter. Running on a treadmill? Go over your flashcards. Maximizing your time will lead to less stress and more success. 

5. Eliminate distractions:

Utilize a designated workspace to do your online coursework. This should be a place away from any traces of your job, housework, and other distractions. To further focus on your studies, mindfully resist opening any social media, online shopping, or other websites that could derail your goals for a significant time. Instead, agree to reward yourself with these after a certain amount of work has been completed. 

6. Prioritize your school work:

Ultimately, this step is the most important. Distractions will come up, and there will be temptations to spend time with friends when you should be doing your classes. Keep your goals prevalent by rewriting them in prominent places, placing your books around the house, and setting study reminders. Until the semester is over or you’ve completed your program, your school work should always be your first priority.

Let us know what practices you use to manage your time!

The Future is Now

It is no longer accurate to say, “Online education is the future of education.” With more than one third of all U.S. college students now taking at least one online course for credit, the future is now. 

According to the Sloan Consortium, chief academic officers strongly believe in the future growth of online education. 90% of academic leaders said that it is “Likely” or “Very Likely” that the majority of all higher education students will take at least one online course in five years’ time. 

It’s clear that the impact of online academics in higher education isn’t going anywhere soon. With each year of growth in online enrollment, trust in online degrees by employers have also grown. Overall, these studies show a promising future for students taking the more flexible and independent route of obtaining their degree.

Don’t miss out on this rising innovation in education. Browse our wide array of accredited and reputable online programs through the University of Nebraska: http://bit.ly/1qQQZpD

College and Career: Finding a Balance

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For many, the reason of choosing online education stems from the need to balance getting a degree while maintaining a career. This is no easy feat, but with patience and commitment, it’s definitely possible. Here are some tips to follow in order to add more ease into your busy schedules:

  • Be organized: When it comes to balancing college and a career, there’s no such thing as being too organized. You might be juggling exams, group projects, company meetings, and work deadlines all in one week, so it’s imperative to keep everything in order. This means using calendars, planners, to-do lists, and reminders. If you develop a habit of keeping all of your responsibilities in line, you never have to stress the chance of forgetting something important.
  • Communicate: Your schedule is likely to be irregular, so it’s important to clearly communicate that ahead of time to everyone involved. Give others access to your calendar so they can know when you’ll be unavailable. It’s also important to let your friends and family understand that you may not be as accessible, but that their support and patience is necessary and appreciated.
  • Manage Stress: Stress can be inevitable is situations like these, but it’s important to take steps to keep it under control. While your day may already seem full of countless task, make time for something that’s just for you, whether that’s yoga, art or exercise. This activity should be unrelated to your career and classes to give yourself a break. It’s also important to maintain perspective. A bad grade isn’t the end of the world, so don’t forget to enjoy life in the process.
  • Be Realistic: You may not be able to accomplish everything on your plate, and that’s okay. Just do the best you can, and make modifications as you go. Set intentions to lead you toward your end goal in order to stay motivated. By mapping out the rest of your college career, you can take the necessary steps to ensure you’ll graduate when you want to. 

Balancing your education and career may feel overwhelming, but it’s only temporary. Most importantly, remember to be proud of yourself for setting out to achieve your goals and bettering yourself.