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How to develop good study habits

High-achieving students understand that having good study habits means figuring out how to balance school with work and personal obligations, says Amy Lisk, MA, a technical writer and an online instructor in the University of Phoenix® English program.

5 ways to be more productive at work

Ever feel like the workday has flown by and you still have a mountain of paperwork and scores of unread email messages to deal with? You’re not alone in your frustration: A 2012 survey by Good Technology found that 80 percent of people continue to work after leaving the office — amounting to an average of seven extra hours each week. ...

How to tell if your kids are overscheduled

Worrying about college acceptance when your child is only 8 and lining up tons of extracurricular activities can lead to early burnout, says Angella Eanes, PhD, an online instructor in the psychology program for University of Phoenix and an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Columbia International University....

Success tips from University of Phoenix students

Whether they’re checking email messages after a long workday, taking kids to after-school activities or squeezing in a workout, these four University of Phoenix® students still manage to make higher education a priority in their already packed schedules.

6 ways a prerequisite course can help you succeed

If you’re wondering why you need to take a course in general education before you get into the meat of your college curriculum at University of Phoenix, you’re not alone.

Many students think they may not need this five-week foundations course, ...

5 of the best apps for college students

Apps nowadays do everything from reminding you about school assignments to saving your written work in one central location that’s accessible from any Internet-enabled device. But with more than 1 million apps in Apple’s App Store™ online marketplace alone, how do you figure out which ones are worth your time — and money?...

Want to be a better studier? Check out these tips

Did you know that the amount of water you drink can affect your concentration? Or that reading your coursework aloud can make a difference in how well you grasp the material?

Employing these and other surprising tips, along with some creativity, can ...

Why set goals?

If you want to accomplish as much as possible — both personally and professionally — you must commit to a solid plan, says Annie Fongheiser, MS, a licensed psychotherapist and area chair of the psychology program for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix® Charlotte Campus.

5 ways to be prepared for life’s obstacles

When you’re juggling work, school and your personal life, planning for unexpected situations likely isn’t among your top priorities. But it pays to be ready for anything, says Kathryn Garcia, a licensed clinical social worker who teaches psychology courses at the University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus....

4 ways to get motivated

Like many people, you’ve probably got a long list of things you’d like to accomplish. But how can you actually achieve at least some of your goals?

“There are lots of different practical tools people can use to help them get motivated,” says Erika Chomina Carter, MA, who teaches an online course about ...

5 ways to stay motivated in college

Now that you’ve gone back to school, how do you stay focused when you’ve got a sink full of dirty dishes, your child needs new soccer cleats and you have a paper due in eight hours?

To help you stay motivated until­­ graduation, Sandra Moody, an instructor ...

How the new online classroom can help you

University of Phoenix is upgrading its online classroom for the first time in more than a decade.

The “New Classroom” incorporates elements of social media and reflects the contemporary online experience students are used to elsewhere on the web, ...

5 study tips to make the most of your time

Your busy life means study time is limited, so why not make the most of it? Here, two University of Phoenix instructors share strategies to help you balance schoolwork with the rest of your life:

Effective time management begins with knowing how much time you have, says ...

Top time-management tips for students

“It’s sometimes difficult for students [to return to school] — especially if friends and family don’t understand or support their decision,” says Gloria Pugliese, MBA, a former high school teacher and area chair for the University of Phoenix College of Humanities and Sciences at the Philadelphia Campus.

Do you know when to study?

People perform their best at certain types of tasks — from exercise to problem-solving — at particular times of day, otherwise known as peak performance. Is the same true for study habits? Experts think so, though they note it isn’t quite that simple.

5 productivity tips for working from home

Thinking about telecommuting? Although working from home can offer more flexibility than being in a traditional office, you still have to meet your employer’s deadlines and expectations — and that takes discipline.

“Today, telecommuting is something that enters many of our work worlds, [so] ...

7 career skills learning teams help you develop

What’s a surefire way to help college students gain the abilities they’ll need to succeed in the workplace? At University of Phoenix, it’s a team approach to coursework. Learning teams have been required in every undergraduate and graduate class since shortly after the University was founded in 1976....

Is texting in class hurting your education?

Although you may think that sending a harmless “WAYD?” (What are you doing?) text to your buddy during a college lecture won’t distract you from the material, a 2012 study shows otherwise.

“It’s very simple,” says Bonnie Ellis, PhD, a public speaking coach and ...

How to choose a time-management strategy that’s right for your personality

If you expressed your feelings about time management aloud, would you be bleeped? Take heart — it could be that the time-management techniques you’re using simply don’t match your personality.

Brian Garavaglia, PhD, a therapist, neuroscientist and instructor in the ...

5 tips for focusing on schoolwork this summer

It’s 85 degrees, there’s a barbecue sizzling next door and you hear the ice cream truck jingle. So how are you supposed to concentrate on your studies?

“You certainly don’t want to throw away your progress toward a degree, just because of a few nice days when you can go hit the swimming pool,” says Tracy ...

5 healthy lunch ideas for busy people

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but let’s not forget about lunch. It’s the meal that gets you through your tasks and the one that gives you a break from the monotony of the workday. A proper lunch, according to Thad Phillips, personal trainer at the University of Phoenix Rev Fitness Center, will help prevent overeating that occurs later in the day....

How to balance work, school and having a life

For those with full-time jobs who are striving to get a degree, it can sometimes feel like there’s never enough time in the day. It’s rare for adults to have the luxury to focus on a single priority, and the four University of Phoenix students who were invited to our roundtable discussion are no exception. They have challenging full-time jobs, and some also have ...

5 secrets of a working student mom

The laundry keeps mounting and the floor feels a bit sticky, but that’s OK with Merrilee Sweeney, a small business owner and college student who is also a single parent of four.

“When I first enrolled in school, I was freaking out trying to figure out ...

5 habits of highly successful students

There’s no question that being a college student in today’s modern world of online, self-directed learning requires a great deal of initiative. But what does it really take to go to the head of the class? We talked to some key University of Phoenix student support professionals to find out.