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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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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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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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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 Tips to Help You Retain What You Read

Try these five tactics to improve your memory retention and recall just when you need it.

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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.

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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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How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making a big decision, as well as some pointers on squashing those fearful thoughts while on your journey. 

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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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Subject-Specific Studying: Learning How to Learn

It can be a trial-and-error process, but once you identify which tricks work for you, learning becomes easier and hopefully even enjoyable. Here are some tricks you can use to help you absorb and understand new information.

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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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Why Cramming for Tests Often Fails and What To Do Instead

If you want to learn something new, cramming is not the best way to do 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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Study For a Science Test

Vocabulary terms, hands-on experiments, extensive formulas …OH MY! Science exams really aim to test your knowledge through a wide variety of classroom modules, which can make studying for a science test quite tricky! Below are six studying tips specifically aimed at students who are preparing for an upcoming science exam.

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10 Math Study Tips That Will Make You a Better Student

In some courses, all it takes to pass an exam is note taking, memorization, and recall. However, exceeding in a math class takes a different type of effort. You cannot simply show up for a lecture and watch your instructor “talk” about math. You learn it by doing: paying attention in class, actively studying, and working through problems – even when your instructor hasn’t assigned you any. If you find yourself struggling to do well in your math class, then read these math study tips to find out how you can become a better math student.

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