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4 Steps to Dealing with Holiday Distractions

The shopping. The decorating. The parties. The carolers.  Along with the holidays comes a ton of fun and a little chaos. But if you’re a student coming up on the end of your semester, the endless cheer might feel more like one giant, tinsel-covered distraction. For those aiming to have a productive December, we’ve gathered a few tips to help minimize the distractions.

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DSST Spotlight: UMUC

At DSST, our nationally recognized testing program allows students to earn college credit for learning acquired outside the classroom. That’s why we pride ourselves on the relationships we hold with established colleges and universities across the country. It’s about the shared approach of empowering all types of students to reach their academic goals efficiently, effectively, and affordably.

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Focusing After Failing

So you failed a test. Congratulations! In failing, you’ve joined the ranks of nearly everyone else on Planet Earth, including some of the brightest minds out there. There are countless quotes, stories, and books and dedicated to lessons learned and progress made because of failure. How we try, fail, and try again defines each of us. So embrace it, learn from it, and let us help you get it right next time. 

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5 Keys to Learning while Serving

No matter which branch of military you’re in, it’s possible to earn a degree while serving. In fact, there could be serious financial and career benefits for doing so. With careful planning and diligence, advancing your education could go hand in hand with protecting our nation. To help you understand the higher education options for military personnel, we’ve broken it down to five key takeaways. 

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Uncommon Uses for 3 Common Degrees

As another school year approaches, you may find yourself wondering how certain degrees are utilized in the real world. The truth is, every degree offers a surprising amount of flexibility. No matter how focused your track is, you probably have more choices than you realize. Once you know what’s out there, you can pursue what interests you. To help with that, we’ve chosen three of our more traditional test topics and explored how unique their career paths can be.

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4 Things Prospective Non-Traditional Students Need To Know

“Each one of us has a unique set of circumstances that led us to become non-traditional, and each story counts as a testimony of strength and endurance.”

– Amanda Condon, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Student, courtesy of myantshe.org

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3 Surefire Ways to Help You Get Ahead at Work

Everyone wants to get ahead at work, but what are the best ways to advance? Here are three key recommendations, irrespective of industry, that will help you succeed as a professional. 

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying, Part Two: Informational Subjects

Category subjects require a different kind of thinking. Many students have crafted their own unique styles for studying. Which way is the best? 
 

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Critical Thinking: What Is It and Why Is It So Important?

Critical thinking is a decision making process used to solve problems. Even in very stressful situations, critical thinkers can rely on their logical decision making skills to make sound decisions. 

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How to Get Ahead in College: ACE credits, AP Exams and DSST

Taking a demanding course load in high school has many benefits for the student who continually seeks out new challenges. Earning American Council on Education credits (ACE credits) before embarking on your college career will give you several advantages.

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying, Part 1: Why "One-Size-Fits-All" Study Tips Don't Work

There are lots of conflicting claims about the best way to study. Many students have crafted their own unique systems for studying. Which way is really best? 

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Improve your Writing with These 5 Effective Apps

Your writing skills won’t magically improve overnight. If you want to become a better writer, you’re going to need a little boost. Whether you struggle with clarity or need some assistance editing yourself, there’s an app for that. 

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DSST Cuts the Cost of Community College

America’s College Promise, discussed by President Obama in his State of the Union address, outlines a path for more Americans to afford college.  Tens of thousands of Americans each year already utilize a program that saves them an average of $670 per class by completing nationally accredited DSST examinations that are accepted by more than 1,900 institutions. 

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7 Tips to Help You to Stay Sharp Over the Holidays

Something is lurking just beyond the holidays: next semester. So what’s a student to do? Below are 7 tips on how to stay sharp over vacation that – we promise! – are easier than you may think. 

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5 Ways to Create a Stress-free Study Session

Whether it’s in the car, in front of the TV screen, or at the kitchen table, you do your homework whenever, wherever. The stress of these distractions weighs on you like a lead balloon while you try to study and retain so much information in such a short amount of time. But study time doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five ways to assure your study sessions are stress-free.

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The Psychology of Self-Teaching: Why Testing Out Makes You A Dream Hire

Being an academic superstar is great, but the unemployment line is full of straight A students who couldn’t hack it on the job. The skills that served them well in school -- following directions, writing papers, sitting still -- were not enough for the new game being played around them.

After years of paying attention to things that don’t predict extraordinary performance, Google has finally identified what does. Not coincidentally, they are the same entrepreneurial traits students develop by taking a self-taught, exam-based path to graduation.

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Avoid Student Loan Debt with College Grants and Scholarships

Student loans aren’t the only way to pay for college. In addition to Federal Student Aid, there are scholarships and grants students can apply for.

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Supporting Student Vets

Air Force student veteran Kiersten Downs biked 3,800 miles to raise money in support of student veterans around the country.

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5 Ways to Keep Learning All Summer Long

Keep your brain working and return to school in the fall feeling refreshed and ready to learn with these tips for learning all summer long.

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In-State Tuition for Military Personnel

Many states are passing legislation to grant military members and veterans the right to in-state tuition wherever they enroll. Learn which states, and what you need to know about in-state tuition for military personnel.

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5 Ways to Make Studying Fun

There are many ways to make studying fun. Try these ideas from DSST for a more exciting study experience.

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Top Resources for Military Students on Twitter

DSST shares the top accounts to follow for military and veteran students on Twitter.

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3 Lessons to Take Away from SXSWedu

DSST shares the three most important things from SXSWedu that non-traditional students should know about.

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The FAFSA - What You Need to Know

Even if you think you have enough money to cover your educational expenses, there are still two main reasons for nontraditional students to fill out the FAFSA.

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Top Tips for Students to De-Stress

The life of a non-traditional student can be quite hectic. These top tips from DSST will help you de-stress, re-focus, and re-energize quickly!

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When It Pays To Be A Student

Learn about generous student discounts from major technology brands that make it easier to manage education costs as a non-traditional student.

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How to Stick to Your 2013 Education Resolutions

Tips from DSST on setting education resolutions for 2013 that you can really stick to.

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DSST Exceeds 50,000 Milestone on Internet-Based Testing Platform in 2012

The DSST program has surpassed 57,000 exams this calendar year. This is the first time the program has reached the 50,000 test milestone since moving to Internet-based Testing (IBT), in 2006. Active duty military, veterans and non-military college students benefit from DSST exams on IBT.

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3 Steps to Stay Focused In The Age Of Distraction

Nontraditional students have to work especially hard to stay focused while doing homework or studying. DSST shares their top tips for avoiding the lure of distractions and getting work done efficiently.

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Top Holiday Gifts for Students

What do nontraditional students really want - and need - for the holidays? Read on for DSST’s top holiday gift ideas for the adult learners in your life.

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