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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.

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.

There are 7 learning styles. Which one fits you?

Everyone learns differently, says Joy V’Marie, MS, an online instructor in the general studies program at the University of Phoenix® Southern Arizona Campus.

There are seven types of learners: solitary, social, verbal, visual, logical, ...

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 ...

8 tips to help you be a better writer

Writing well is one of the most useful and important skills a student can acquire, says Vita Alligood, JD, an online instructor in the communication program for University of Phoenix. Yet, she notes, developing this ability isn’t always the highest priority for many scholars.

Poll: Students reveal the best music to study to

If you crank up the tunes when doing your homework, you aren’t alone. A recent informal poll on the University of Phoenix Facebook® page shows that aficionados of listening to music while studying outweigh those seeking silence by a 10-to-1 ratio.

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 ...

Should you listen to music while studying?

You’re cramming for an exam or finishing a paper that’s due tomorrow while listening to music.

It may be more pleasant to study with the Beatles or Cozy Danger keeping you company, and plenty has been written about how listening to music stimulates ...

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.

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 ...

Secrets to highly effective teamwork

Want to know the secret to creating an effective business team — one that is all about teamwork?

The most effective teams tap into what makes each member unique and what motivates them, according to Cathy Rodgers, a corporate consultant on ...

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 ways exercise boosts your brainpower

Working out provides more than just physical benefits. Just ask Dean Hebert, an applied sports psychology coach and former nurse who teaches psychology and human resource courses at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

“I work with athletes of all disciplines — mixed martial arts fighters, ...

7 ways University of Phoenix eCampus supports online students

As a student at University of Phoenix, you have access to a variety of helpful services. ECampus, the University’s internal website, offers a myriad of support resources:

This collection of lighthearted yet informative video tutorials gets new ...

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 ...

Step-By-Step Math Review helps relieve math anxiety for University of Phoenix students

Have you ever studied rigorously for a math exam, only to go totally blank once the test begins? Does the very notion of taking a math class or even picking up a math textbook fill you with dread? If so, then you understand math anxiety firsthand.

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.

5 best brain foods for study sessions

Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could eat something delicious and magically become smarter? Here on Earth, nothing like that exists; however, you can increase your brain's abilities by eating certain foods that "improve memory, mood, concentration and overall clarity" (Brantner, 2010). Read on for the best brain foods to eat while studying....