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5 Tips for Surviving Your First Term at College

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Your first term at college is both an exciting and daunting experience. You’re taking the first step on a path to a new career and making a valuable change in your life and making a change is always a little scary.   To help you get the best out of your first term working towards your new career with us, here are 5 tips for surviving your first term at college. 1) Find a Functional Work-Life Balance  It’s fine to be excited about training for your new career and you should throw yourself into your work, but you need to..

Three Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience

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While the common axiom is that high school will be the best years of your life, attending college and training to take up the career of your dreams can be just as formative and satisfying.    To help make your time here at Northwest as enjoyable as possible, here are three tips to help you make the most of your college experience. Be Proactive in Your Learning As a general rule of thumb, you get as much out of an education as you put into it. NCC, like many higher education institutions, allows you to be proactive with your learning..

The Different Types of Memory

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For most of us, the concept of memory is a single idea. You remember things and there doesn’t seem to be much difference in the way you remember them or the way you recall them. However, the human brain actually stores and makes use of six different types of memory and, in this article, we’ll be looking at the differences between them. Implicit and Explicit Memory Implicit memory is information that unconsciously enters the memory and can be recalled later, even if the event and the memory of the event remain unremembered. This most commonly occurs when places are visited..

The Wider Benefits of Education

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Most of us take access to basic education for granted, but the reality is that this just isn’t the case for millions of people worldwide. In this article, we’ll be looking at the surprising benefits that even basic education can bring. Poverty Reduction Poverty is inextricably linked to a lack of education and it is estimated that around 171 million people could be lifted out of extreme poverty if all children left school with basic reading skills.    Just by proving people with the opportunity to learn how to read would result in around a 12% reduction in the people..

How Does the UK Student Loan System Work Compared to the US?

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Much like in the US, the UK education system uses student loans to pay for higher education. However, that is where the similarities between the two systems just about end.    In this article, we’ll be looking at how the UK handles its student loans and how that compares to the US system. Types of Loan in The UK The UK has two different types of student loans, both of them dispensed thought local regulatory bodies such as Student Finance England. The two loan types are:   The Tuition Fee Loan: This is the loan that covers your tuition fees..

How to Remain Productive When Working from Home

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Working from home, particularly if you aren’t used to it, can seem like the ideal situation. No commute, no meetings to attend, and no reason to take off your pajamas.   However, if you’ve recently switched to working from home, and particularly if you don’t have a dedicated office, you might find your productivity slips. After all, we fill our houses with the things we want to do when we aren’t working.   To help keep you productive, we’ve put together some easy to use tips you can apply to working or studying from home. Block Out the Noise Since..

How to Succeed as an Online Student

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While many people are skeptical about, incorrectly assuming that a face to face relationship with an instructor is vital to the learning process.    For many, however, a traditional on-campus approach to learning just isn’t viable. In these cases, the ability to work from home on a more flexible timetable it keys to the student’s ability to learn and, in this article, we’ll be looking at ways you can excel as an online-only student. Create a Learning Schedule One of the great benefits of online learning is the flexibility it brings to the learning process. However, this can also make..

How To Mentally Prepare For Going Back Into Education

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Going back into education after some time away from it can be a difficult thing to come to terms with. Ideally, you’ll want to be arriving on your first day bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, so, to help out, here are some easy to implement ways to mentally prepare for going back into education. Get Some Sleep The night before a nerve-wracking day, it can be easy to spend the whole night lying there with your eyes open, worrying about tomorrow.   While this is entirely understandable, it won’t get you anywhere. Instead, take a bath, listen to your favorite music or..

What is the Federal Pell Grant?

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A Pell Grant is a subsidy the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to fund their attendance at college. Generally, Federal Pell Grants are limited to students who can both demonstrate financial need and who have not earned their first bachelor's degree. History of the Pell Grant In 1965, Congress passed the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), which included not only grants but also low-interest loans to students who did not qualify for grants. Student aid programs administered by the US Department of Education are contained in Title IV of the HEA which is why they..

Why You Should Consider Returning to Education as an Adult

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Expanding your education as an adult can seem daunting, many mature students are worried that they won’t fit it, or that the benefits of taking a course won’t outweigh its cost.    However, education for mature students can actually be easier, rather than more difficult, as their base of education, experience, and knowledge gives them an advantage over other students. And an easier ride the second time around isn’t the only benefit returning to education can offer a mature student. Growing your professional network Attending school with other adult learners is an excellent chance to grow your professional network. During..