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How to Study Like a Champ

No matter how smart you are, you still have to study. Real studying in order to learn – that takes another level of focus and motivation. Here are some smart ways to get the most out of your study time. Learn more.

Top Interview Questions for You to Ask

Toward the end of an interview, the employer will ask, “Do you have any questions?” Always be prepared to ask questions. It shows […]

MLA versus APA Format

Once you start college and are given your first writing assignments, you may find that it’s not enough to write well. You must […]

So You Want to Become a Lawyer

I wanted to be a cop. Well, actually when I started college I wanted to be a brain surgeon. Later I was inspired […]

LeVar Burton Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Revive “Reading Rainbow”

On May 28 LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to reintroduce Reading Rainbow, his acclaimed television show, to a new generation of children. […]

15 Books for You to Read (Not Textbooks!)

As a college student pursuing an online degree, you always have more than enough reading to do. But sometimes you want to go […]

Your Best Cover Letter and Resume Format

If you’ve applied to several jobs without hearing back or if you feel like your applications disappear into cyberspace, there may be a […]

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Forward Thinking

Every day great ideas, advice, and information are discussed around the institution. This knowledge is shared with students, alumni, friends, and faculty, but on a small scale. This blog was created to engage a larger audience, a group of lifelong learners who read, think, and provide valuable feedback. Forward Thinking is meant to be more than a blog; it’s another way of learning – for us and for you.