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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.

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....

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, ...

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?...

6 creative Mother’s Day gifts

Sure, taking Mom out for brunch or dinner, or bringing her flowers on Mother’s Day are nice gestures. With a bit of ingenuity, though, you can raise the bar on Mom’s behalf, says Connie Lorthridge, regional assistant dean for the College of Education at the University of Phoenix® Central Florida Campus, and an instructor in the curriculum and instruction program....

5 videos offer tips on how to pay for college

When it comes to covering the cost of college tuition, you might wonder how much financial aid is available, who qualifies and whether it’s even worth applying for, says Chris Conway, MA, University of Phoenix® financial education initiatives director .

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.

Want to network with fellow students and alumni?

University of Phoenix and its vast online presence connect thousands of students from every corner of life at any given time — whether they take courses online or at a campus.

But do they ever really get to know their fellow students? Is that even ...

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.

5 student services that can help you succeed

University of Phoenix students are diverse, with a wide range of academic, professional and personal needs — whether they’re military veterans transitioning to civilian life, working moms or dads juggling family responsibilities and school, or employees training for a new career after working for years in another industry....

5 things to know about certificate programs

People who are successful in one career and those who change careers often have one thing in common: a willingness to learn new skills to stay relevant in the workplace. In today’s volatile job market, for-credit and noncredit certificate programs are becoming more popular as a way for both types of workers to sharpen their expertise and learn new concepts....

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....

7 simple ways to build your confidence

Are you shy or easily embarrassed? Does an upcoming job interview or networking event strike fear in your heart? A lack of self-esteem, fear of the unknown or just plain nervousness can hold you back in work and life, but boosting your self-confidence is easier than you think. Here, two experts in positive psychology share their tips for losing insecurities and gaining ...

5 ways to connect with fellow students

Just because you aren’t in a college classroom every day doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities to connect with other University of Phoenix students while getting your online degree.

“Developing relationships with fellow students is an important part of any ...

7 tips for paying off student loans

You’ve finished college with two things: a new degree and at least one student loan to pay off. But don’t worry, says Casey Gorman, project manager for the University of Phoenix repayment management team, there are simple ways to pay off those loans responsibly — and in some cases, quickly.

How to ask for a letter of recommendation

If you’re seeking a job or scholarship or hoping to move on in college to earn an advanced degree, chances are you’ll need letters of recommendation from some of your instructors to accompany your application.

But before you request a letter, there are some key things to bear in mind, ...

5 benefits of joining student organizations

Getting good grades may be among your top educational goals, but there’s more to college than just earning A’s.

“There is overwhelming support and research that validates the importance and value of activities outside the classroom,” says Hal Morgan, MBA, ...

How to improve your odds of winning scholarships

Scholarships are free money, but not easy money. Applying takes time, research and patience.

With more than $3.4 billion in scholarships awarded each year, students should take the opportunity to apply for as many as they think they are ...

Post-holiday money-management tips

You’ve eaten all the holiday treats, taken down the seasonal decorations, and now it’s time to confront those post-holiday bills and bank statements.

But debt doesn’t have to be part of every holiday season, according to Keith Bong, a chartered financial analyst and an online instructor in the ...

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 ...

University scholarship program aims to cut tuition

Looking for ways to save on college tuition? So are many of the schools you may be considering, says Bill Berry, who holds a Doctor of Management degree and serves as dean of the School of Business for University of Phoenix.

“Public, private and for-profit universities are trying to adapt to our ...

7 unusual scholarships to help you pay for college

When it comes to financing your college education, look beyond the usual sources of funding by checking out the wide range of unusual scholarships available online.

“We’re seeing a lot more scholarships today that can be awarded to ...

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 ...