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Sharpen Your Student Skills

5640557375_83fd0793bc_oFeeling behind the times for student tools such as Microsoft excel, Google drive, or the newest version of Outlook? Lynda.com is a LinkedIn company dedicated to providing students with the tools they need to succeed in their current education. Check out some of their free educational videos here to keep yourself in the know about recent tech tools.


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Virtual Study Groups

Computer NetworkWhether it is to study together, have discussions, or compare notes and understanding of course material, having other students to talk to can be very helpful. The issue with online education, however, is that many find it difficult to communicate with other students. This article helps to outline the way to go about forming study or discussion groups with your online classmates.

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Synchronous Learning with Google Hangouts

UntitledTo many the words ‘synchronous learning’ imply in-class participation; but with Google Hangouts it is now possible for e-learners to take part in synchronous learning online, from wherever they are. This article helps to outline the best ways to go about implementing these learning strategies, including:

-                Integrating live class discussions

-                Encouraging online study groups

-                Using Google Hangouts for one-on-one support

To view the full list of tips and their explanations, click here.


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What to Expect from E-Learning



How does e-learning compare to classroom learning in today’s higher education? Many institutions and students dive into online learning without a clear idea of what to expect and what to strive for. This blog provides a realistic evaluation of e-learning, including appropriate expectations and goals for today’s online students and instructors.



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Do’s and Don’ts of Online Learning

UntitledOnline classes are becoming more and more common as technology progresses, but not everyone knows how to behave in an online classroom. This post provides advice from some experts in online instruction on the dos and don’ts of e-learning. Some suggestions include:

-       Have a Plan B when technology fails

-       Plan to keep up

-       Trust you’re not alone

Click here for the full list.

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Free Money from Scholarships Canada

5Thousands of dollars in scholarships are available to a variety of students at http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/. While some are awarded based on academic merit, many are also reserved for students with different life circumstances including familial situations, work places, and disabilities. Check out the website today to find the scholarships that you may be eligible for.


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Software for Writing a PhD Thesis

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“There are four categories of software for thesis writing: (1) project organizing; (2) word-processing; (3) bibliographic organization; and (4) specialty software.” In this article, author Joshua L. Mann outlines what he believes are the best programs for organizing and writing your own thesis.  Whether you’re looking for suggestions or would simply like to compare your own program choices, click here.

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