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Behind the Credits: Business

As rewarding as earning a degree is, deciding on which one to pursue can be extremely challenging. To help with that, we’re putting together a spotlight series designed to offer a quick glimpse at specific areas of study. We’re calling it “Behind the Credits,” and our first edition focuses on the world of business.

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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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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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Study Hacks to Get You Through an Online Exam

Getting your online degree means you have the luxury of taking exams on your schedule, but you’ll still need to have regular study habits. Preparing for an online exam may feel like a time-intensive process, but if you do it right, you’ll be in a good place to ace your test without having to pull an overwhelming all-nighter.

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8 Guaranteed Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

While writer’s block can be overwhelming when you are on a deadline, there is a cure: a little self-help, some creativity, and a lot of inspiration.

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Am I Where I Need to Be? How to Avoid Comparing Yourself to Your Classmates

It’s natural to compare yourself to others in an effort to gauge your progress, whether it’s in the classroom, the workplace, or even within family dynamics. In some cases, this can be healthy and motivating, but it can also be damaging if it’s taken too far. Here are some tips you can use to keep track of your progress in college courses and overcome the anxiety of comparing yourself to others.

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Staying Organized as a Distance Learner

You can stay on pace with some simple organizational tips, and the tricks you learn will help you beyond your online education, in both your personal and professional life. 

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The Power of Subject Specific Studying Part Three: The Interpretive Subjects

Interpretive subjects encompass various forms of expressive communication. Typically this takes the form of art, and the primary goal of the student is to interpret, respond, and react critically to it. 

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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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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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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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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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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.)

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8 Things That Cause College Stress (And How to Get Rid of It)

College can definitely be stressful. Below are some of the most common stressors, plus some ideas on how to deal with them.

1. I need to keep my grades up...

You’re at college to learn. Or maybe you have a scholarship that depends on you maintaining a certain GPA. And while it’s true that not every piece of knowledge you acquire will come from a professor during a lecture, you need and want to get good grades.

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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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Where to Score Great Back-to-School Discounts

College is expensive. And it’s not just tuition, either. Here, we’ll highlight a couple of other chances to make the most of being a student by focusing on back-to-school sales.

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The Best Online Colleges for Nontraditional Students

Online colleges offer nontraditional students an alternative to in-class learning, allowing more time for work and family obligations. Here are the best online colleges for nontraditional students.

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Top 10 Brain Foods to Help You Perform Your Best

These 10 foods are scientifically proven brain-boosters. Adding these to your diet in the days and weeks leading up to a test may just help you perform at your very best.

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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.

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Create Your Own Schedule with Online Colleges

With the number of online colleges nearly double what it was 10 years ago, earning an online college degree is becoming the preferred choice for busy nontraditional students.

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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.

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