Articles tagged: "Earn College Credit" view all articles

Tips and Tricks for Preparing for a DSST Exam

Sometimes the toughest thing about taking an exam isn’t the exam itself, it’s mentally preparing yourself for it. Yet, most of us tend to spend the bulk of our time and effort prepping for the questions and much less time and effort prepping our minds, our bodies, and our spirits for what we’re about to experience. 

Leave a reply »

DSST’S 17 Reasons to Save $17 in 2017

In the spirit of turning a new leaf, DSST is offering a $17 discount on any test through January 31, 2017. If that’s not enough to convince you to earn college credit for the knowledge you already have, perhaps our list of 17 reasons will.

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

4 Essential Career Resources to Help Military Veterans

A military career provides a solid foundation for many civilian professions. If you’re formulating a plan for your post-military career, this article provides four essential resources to help you get started. 

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

Student Leverages Real-Life Experience to Earn Degree

Phyllis Strader was recently honored with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) Learner of the Year award after submitting an essay about how her experience taking care of her elderly parents helped her achieve her goals, according to a news report from Stevenson University.

Leave a reply »

How to Make Procrastination Work for You

While procrastination is typically viewed as the enemy of productivity, the two can go hand in hand if you’re smart about it.

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

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. 

Leave a reply »

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?

Leave a reply »

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Community College Scholarships

Scholarships you can use toward your community college tuition fall into a couple of different categories. Fortunately, you search for and apply for them the same way you would any other scholarship. Your first step will depend on how far along you are in your education.

  • Current high school students should speak with their school’s guidance counselor as early in their application process as possible. Not only will they be able to give you advice and information you might not be aware of otherwise, but you’ll also be putting yourself on their radar. That way, you’ll be one of the first people they think of when new scholarship opportunities are announced.
  • Students returning to school – whether after spending time in the workforce, in the military, or raising a family – will do well to start by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool. You can search their website for opportunities based on your current education level, where you live, and a whole bunch of affiliations. (We’ll discuss these in a bit more detail in just a second.)

Leave a reply »

4 Ways Your Homeschooler Can Earn College Credit

Want to help your homeschooled student stay ahead of their class? Helping your homeschool student find opportunities to earn more college credits is a great way to challenge them academically and showcase their high level of performance. Here are four ways you can help your homeschooler get an edge up on the competition.
 

Leave a reply »

Finding Time to Study When You’re a Military Spouse

For military spouses tending the home fires while their counterparts are deployed, it can be hard to find time to do nearly everything. Here are a few tips to help military spouses squeeze in a little extra time to dedicate to their studies.

Leave a reply »

College Scholarships You Never Knew Existed

There are many scholarships that most students don’t even know exist. Here are 10 unique college scholarships worth looking into.

Leave a reply »

The Post-9/11 GI Bill and Changes to Transferability

The GI bill provides comprehensive educational benefits to military personnel, and has been helping those service members and their families for the past four years. Here’s what you should know about recent transferability changes.

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

Four New Online Study Resources

Studying is time consuming, but it's necessary. Luckily, there are several new online study tools that could make the process easier.

Leave a reply »

4 Tips for Transitioning from Active Duty to Education

Thoughts from a former marine and seasoned education professional on the value of a college degree for veterans, what a service member should be looking for in a university, and more.

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »

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.

Leave a reply »