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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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The Only Checklist You Need for Changing Your Major

Whether you’re headed to college at 18 or seeking a degree at 38, landing on a major can be one of life’s toughest choices. Perhaps that’s why at some of the nation’s most well-known universities, more than half of students switch their major. In fact, many schools have replaced the term “undeclared” with “exploratory” to shine a more positive light on the fact that for most of us, trial and error is a completely acceptable way to decide on the right major. Long story short, if you’re contemplating making a switch, you aren’t alone. And we’re here to help with a checklist to consider before taking the leap.

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Financial Aid 101

Sharpen those pencils, charge those laptops, and listen up because it’s time to talk money. If you’re headed to college this year, you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to pay for it. To make the bills bearable, many families take advantage of financial aid. With $150 billion available in student aid annually, it’s a valuable resource for those who know how to capitalize. Below are three key ways to secure financial aid like a pro.

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Learning How to Learn Again: Tips on Returning to School After a Hiatus

From serving in the military to starting a family to following a passion, there are many reasons you might experience an extended break from school. If you’re re-entering the world of academia after a hiatus, it’s normal for the transition to feel nerve-racking. You may be worried you’ve forgotten how to study properly or that you won’t fit in. In reality, you’ve probably attained useful new skills while away from school that will help you inside the classroom, and your professors and peers will admire your persistence. At the end of the day, managing the shift comes down to one big thing: preparation. Properly preparing yourself and your family will start you on the right track for accomplishing your educational goals. 

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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

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Summer Reading: 8 Must-Reads Inspired by Our Test Subjects

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

–P.J. O’Rourke

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Taking Your First DSST Exam? Here’s What to Expect

According to research from Student Loan Hero, the average 2016 college graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, a six percent increase from 2015.

One way to save money on tuition is by taking DSST exams to earn college credit using knowledge you’ve acquired outside of a traditional classroom. “It is a great time-saver in that students may be able to enroll in advanced classes, rather than entry classes, and therefore they may graduate sooner,” said Mary E. Maggard, SPHR, Manager of Assessment and Testing, Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

If you’re about to take your first exam to earn college credit, here’s some advice from the experts at DSST. 

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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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What Role Do Women Play in the Future of STEM?

Science, technology, engineering, and math jobs, commonly referred to as STEM careers, are essential to a high-performing society.Yet, despite the importance of STEM careers, there’s a shortage of people pursuing these careers — especially women.

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying Part Four: The Problem-Solving Subjects

Succeed in any problem-solving oriented class by following these study techniques from Jay Cross, founder of DIY Degree. 

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5 Quick Tips to Help You Thrive This Semester

Starting off on the right foot is critical to achieving success in a new academic term. We’ve compiled 5 quick tips to help you get started.

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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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Short On Credits? Here's How A Degree Audit Will Help You Graduate On Time

Everyday challenges can quickly add up for a college student. With so much going on, students can easily find themselves a few credits short of graduating with not enough time to catch up. That’s where we come in. 

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Organize Your Calendar (and Life!) in 7 Simple Steps

Winter break is coming to a close and this bizarre thing you've had on your hands called “free time” is about to be a thing of the past. Nice, wasn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to use this time to become more productive, more organized and more efficient? 

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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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Studying Alone vs. Group Study: Which is Better?

Every student has their own set of studying preferences and priorities; some prefer to immerse themselves in a certain environment, while others study best at certain times of the day. Creating a stress-free study environment is one way to improve your grades. 

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14 Tips to Finding A Great Online Degree Program

All online degree programs are not created equal. The technology is still pretty new, and each delivers education in a slightly different way. Are you looking for an online degree program?

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English Essay Tips from the Experts

The ability to write well is an invaluable skill.  Although it can be difficult to develop, it is something you can learn and improve.

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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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The 5 Best Careers for Recent College Graduates

A college degree is no longer a ticket to success on its own. With tuition costs rising and hiring becoming more competitive, it’s more important than ever for students to get smart career advice.

In the Digital Age, the importance of technical skills to job seekers of all types will only increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, a small but diverse set of career paths are likely to account for hundreds of thousands of job openings in total through 2018.

One piece of good news is that, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are planning an 8.6 percent increase in their hiring of new college graduates in the coming year. With that pleasant fact in mind, here’s a look at some of the most promising career paths for recent college graduates to consider:

Management analyst:

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3 Smart Strategies to Kick Stubborn Study Habits to the Curb

How and where you study can make a big difference between passing and failing an exam or an entire course. With all the effort being put into your degree, don’t let poor study habits affect your academic success. Here are three simple fixes to get rid of the most stubborn study habits forever.

1.Eliminate distractions by using the resources available to you.

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8 Tips to Help You Pass a Standardized Test

There’s no secret formula or magic to passing a standardized test. Just take a deep breath, read through our test prep advice, and rest easy knowing that you’re doing everything you can to make sure you do well -- starting with reading these testing tips!

  1. Start studying. Good study habits and studying consistently – say, for an hour a day over the course of several weeks – is much more effective than cramming for a test the night before. 

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