Rock-Star Professors? Ranting with the Stars

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

Rock-Star Professors? Ranting with the Stars

Online classes are seriously considering enlisting the help of a new group of teachers. They’re not academics. This group is often accused, criticized and attacked by educators, media, politicians, and more. Many never even graduated from college. They’re not revolutionaries. They’re celebrities. What makes celebrities qualified to teach university courses? Nothing really. Professors must be very insulted – which is definitely worth your next laugh bringing it up in lecture. Of course, it’s not like Kim Kardashian will be teaching your Astrophysics lab – so we may be blowing this out of proportion. The real story? Harvard and other upper echelon Unis may be considering enlisting the help of Matt Damon and others to improve how we take online classes.  So instead of asking us to take them, you may want to participate – or at least watch the lectures. There’s no contest that Jason Bourne would make a more interesting professor than Dr. Dull’s average lecture-vid, though we’re not sure what the exorbitant. Our big question? Will he do his own stunts? Will he do ANY stunts? If there’s one thing certain in all these negotiations, getting Damon to trade in that black ops sweater for a Bill Cosby edition patchwork will take more than a few grand on top of the $30k-slavery of illustrious non-tenured professors. Did we say slavery? We meant salary. To read more about this intriguing stunt to draw interest for online universities, check it out here at Slate.com>>...

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College Oddities! Take My Online Class, with Jesus

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013

College Oddities! Take My Online Class, with Jesus

Almost daily, there are new ways of taking online classes, new online classes to take, and strange new things available to be learned from professors both online and offline (College can be a bit of a joke sometimes, despite all the naysayers). We’d like to bring your attention (and hopefully entertainment) to these unusual options, for the good of education! Our teachers spent the prime of our teen years jamming the idea of looking “well-rounded” to the colleges we applied to. Online education has revolutionized the acceptance process, but being a jack-of-all-trades can still go to your benefit. Your latest, most affordable option for becoming a TRULY renaissance millenial (sounds like  a bit of a devolution, no?) may include this unique certification that’s sure to make you look exotic, in a “conservative” way of course. Get Ordained Online Ever dream of becoming a minister? Now you can strengthen your connection with the Lord – virtually! Without having to spend the $50,000 on seminary or theological school, anyone can now take an online class to become an emissary of the Church. The Universal Life Church allows anyone to become a minister via non-traditional methods. Of course, the Church is becoming much more open to non-traditional things lately, so this is the least of their shockers for 2013. Ever take this class online, or any other strange classes? We’d love to hear from you! Comment yours below this post, and we’ll make it the feature of our next blog on College Oddities at Online Class...

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Online College Survival Guide: Top Tips for Staying Ahead

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Online College Survival Guide: Top Tips for Staying Ahead

Every online college program is different: so it’s important to get to know YOUR online program. What resources are available? How do quizzes and tests work? What happens if you have “technical difficulties”? How can you get in touch with your professor? Collegenetwork.com provides us with some useful tips for studying and surviving Online College. Some of these include: Making a plan of every assignment due; Get to know your Academic Advisor; Motivate yourself by following your best learning style. Remember, if plotting out every hour in the day for the next three months isn’t an option for you, maybe some of these other tips will help. View the rest here at CollegeNetwork.com>>...

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How to Cut Class Convincingly

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013

How to Cut Class Convincingly

Playing hookie has never been so believable. Students constantly skip classes in college, but few take the time to do so with conviction. We’ve gathered some top tips here from our own student base, as well as UMWBullet.com’s Landon James, to help you get out of your schedule without the consequences of the professor’s disbelief and passive-aggressive grading. Death. No sacred cows here: if a friend or family member has recently or historically died, or you can put on a good grieving face, this will keep you out of a few due dates and gain you some sympathy. The Bullet ranks this excuse a 10 out of 10. Ipecac. This drug will make you sick within several minutes of taking it. Doctors use it to remove poisons from the system, so the fireworks it sends of will surely make it obvious you can’t take whatever exam, test, speech or lab you didn’t study for. Just don’t mind being remembered as the guy who lost his lunch in Astronomy class. Concussion. Faking a concussion is the most foolproof way of getting out of class, being late, or having not completed your homework. Signs of concussion? Looking tired, wearing sunglasses, acting a bit wobbly and hungover. Throw the appearance of a headache and getting a few words mixed up, and your poor attendance is sure to be believable. Migraine. One-third of Americans suffer from headaches that render them unable to attend class. You don’t need a doctor’s note, and if they ask you why you didn’t get one, just say the meds don’t work. Go into graphic detail about how sick to your stomach you were to really stop them from wanting to ask questions. Other tips are available at UMW Bullet>>...

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Is An Online Degree Program Right For You?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013

Is An Online Degree Program Right For You?

Choosing to further your education is a huge decision that requires a lot of thoughtful consideration. Assess the pros and cons of online schooling before taking the leap to better your future. Here is a brief rundown of the benefits and drawbacks of getting your degree online. Benefits of Online Degree Programs One major plus to online schooling is the flexibility. This is especially important to people working full-time jobs who want to better their future. If you work during the day or have unpredictable work hours, online school may be your best bet for a high GPA. No reliable means of transportation or decent school local to you? Earning a degree from the comfort of your home is a convenient option. You can login whenever is convenient for you and not worry about battling rush hour traffic traveling to and from classes, or worse, the expense of living on-campus. If you are more of an independent worker, one huge benefit of online schooling is the lack of group projects. Instead of worrying about a group of students potentially pulling your grade down, you can complete most assignments on your own terms, in the privacy of your home. Drawbacks of Taking Online Classes If you are looking for personalized, one-on-one interaction with your professors, online college may not be right for you. Professors are always available to interact via email, but usually do not meet with students who are enrolled in online classes in person. Online schools do not offer extracurricular activities or organizations to join outside of school, so if you want to meet new people and expand your social circle or explore new hobbies, a more traditional route may be your best bet. If you do not have easy access to your own computer, online school may be a bit more difficult for you. Of course, you can always visit your local library or borrow a computer from a friend, but the convenience of having your own computer is a huge plus when enrolled in an online degree program. Before enrolling in an online university or distance learning program, be sure to consider all the pros and cons of this life-changing...

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