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Student Tookit: Time Management Skills for the Busy Student

If the collegiate workload isn't downright challenging it can be time consuming, so time-management skills are critical to higher educational success. In college or grad school, students no longer have their parents or teachers constantly reminding them of their assignments, and, particularly with online degree programs, students enjoy a high degree of flexibility in their curriculum that can either be helpful or just an added opportunity for excessive procrastination. For many students, struggling with procrastination and other time-management issues can make a tough degree program even tougher, so follow these simple time-management tips to help eliminate undue stress and get the most out of your degree experience.

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Student Toolkit: How to Buy Textbooks

Guest Editor – Bradford A. Rogers

Of all of the expenses a student might accrue throughout their college or online education experience, textbook purchases are no doubt one of the most strenuous. But have no fear, follow the steps below, and you'll save your wallet from a textbook walloping.

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Student Toolkit: How to Study Effectively

Any student's online education, college, or vocational curriculum will doubtlessly require hours of study time. The key to getting the most out of your time spent studying is conservative preparation – read more below and you'll be acing your next exam in no time.

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Student Toolkit: How to Take a Test

Guest Editor - Bradford A. Rogers

Test-taking can be an extremely stressful part of college or online education programs, but it doesn't have to be. Follow the simple steps below to ace that upcoming mid-term or final exam with ease.

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Student Toolkit: How to Write a Thesis Paragraph

Guest Editor Bradford A. Rogers
 
The most difficult part about writing an essay for college or online education is often getting the momentum going with your introductory paragraph, or your thesis paragraph. A good thesis paragraph will explicitly demonstrate what will be covered in your essay and your central argumentative statement, or a thesis statement. Follow the steps below to breeze through that first essay paragraph and you'll have a solid starting point for the rest of your essay.
 
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Student Toolkit: How to Read Critically

Guest Editor - Bradford A. Rogers

Being able to read critically, thoroughly, and efficiently is an important skill in any student's arsenal. Follow the steps below and, whether you're reading for online education, a college course, or for personal enjoyment, you'll be prepared to get the most out of your time spent reading.

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Student Toolkit: How to Write an Essay

Guest Editor Bradford A. Rogers

Whether you're attending college, pursuing your online education, or maintaining a career, written communication skills are a critical key for success. In this addition to the Online Degree Navigator Student's Toolkit, we'll discuss academic essay writing. Follow these 5 simple steps below, and you'll have no problem trucking through that 10 page research paper or any other writing assignment.

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A Student Toolkit: Guarding Against Plagiarism

Kate Turbain explains in her book, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: 7th ed. Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2007, that you can’t use an author’s exact words without either putting them in quotation marks or using a block quotation. Turbain also warns against citing with ALMOST exact words. The third warning is using the author’s ideas and words and then not using citations it at all. (1)

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Student Toolkit: Bibliography Format for Single, Double and More than Two Authors in a Bibliography

A Student's Tool kit

This article is the first of a series of hopefully helpful articles that will comprise a student's toolkit. This particular article is a student’s quick guide to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography format as well as the Chicago Manual of Style format. The examples displayed are for single, double, and more than two author entries in bibliographic format.