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Tools of the Trade: Online Distance Learning Checklist

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Bring on your desire to begin your online distance learning – but you’ll need more than motivation to finish your online degree program! Check out My College Guide’s list of online distance learning tools of the trade. Figure out what you already have and what you need to know before you officially enroll and before that first day of class!

Your online distance learning checklist!

Your online distance learning checklist!

Online Distance Learning: Personal Checklist

Textbooks – For some online distance learning programs, your textbooks will be available completely online. For others, you will have to go to an outside source or your school’s online bookstore. You can cut costs if you consider purchasing new or used college textbooks! Make sure you plan ahead in case you need to buy or rent your college textbooks!

Time – You are a busy working adult. Are you ready for the challenges of balancing work and leaving time to study for school? Every online distance learning institution is different. Find out how many hours on average you will be expected to set aside for schoolwork and see how you can fit that into your schedule.

Tools of The Trade

Computer – A busted computer is not going to make your online distance learning experience an easy one! If you have a computer that is prone to crashes and lags, that won’t make your college experience very enjoyable. You’ll need something that will let you take quizzes and tests without getting you locked out! Some financial aid options will go towards the expense of a new computer or laptop. Fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and see what how you qualify.

Reliable Internet – Do you have internet access? While the thought of heading to the library or stealing from your neighbor may sound appealing, not having access to the internet won’t work as an excuse for when you can’t turn in your research paper! You may want to consider getting your own internet service. Free up your time and make life a little bit easier on you (Psst! Even your browser can help with your online distance learning experience).

The Joys of Technology

Tech Support – Things happen. If there’s a glitch in the site or you can’t access a needed page on your college’s website, you’ll need the assistance of tech support! See if there’s an email address or working phone number that you can hang on to “just in case.” It’s reassuring to know good to that there’s somewhere to go for help!

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Balance Your University Online Degree Program: 5 Firefox Add-ons

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Balancing work and family with your university online degree program can seem overwhelming. That’s where your web browser can come in handy! Using a web browser like Mozilla Firefox can help you get organized and improve your distance learning study habits — so you don’t fall behind in your work, online studies, or family commitments.

Your web browser can help you balance your university online degree program!

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My College Guide collected together a sampling of add-ons that can help you do every day tasks faster and more efficiently. From list-making add-ons to the way you read, we’ve got the lowdown on what your browser has been missing!

Time Saving Add-ons

WebMail  Notifier – You don’t have time to waste! Keep from updating your inbox constantly and receive an instant update message instead. Using WebMail Notifier, you can find out if your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, or other email account has received new messages—so you can spend more time working in your university online degree program and less time clicking through windows.

AutoPager – Instead of clicking ahead to read more of an article, AutoPager will load it up for you! Get what you need without a bunch of waiting around. AutoPager works on the sites that you use most: Yahoo, Google, Digg, and even the New York Times. Spend more time on your university online degree program and less time waiting!

List-Making Add-ons

ReadItLater – If you find yourself becoming distracted by the latest on Mashable and LifeHacker when you should be searching for research paper resources for your university online degree program, you might want to use this extension! Simply click the checkmark and it is saved so you can easily ReadItLater—without cluttering your bookmarks with something you may never need to see again.

list.it – Composing the perfect discussion post for your online classes but suddenly remembered you need to pick up a gallon of milk? Don’t stop while you’re ahead! Instead, consider using list.it so you can simply write down a little note to yourself right from your browser. Fast, easy—and sure beats digging out the paper and pencil!

…And Then?

Stylish — So this one won’t save you time, but it sure will perk up your browsing experience! You’ll be spending more time online now than ever in your university online degree program. Why not make your browser (and then some) a bit more Stylish? The Stylish add-on enables you to customize some of your most used sites (Yahoo, Facebook, Google, etc.) with skins and themes.

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Bad Study Habits Keeping You Down? Tips to Improve The Way You Study

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

At the risk of sounding like your mother – well, we know how important it is to develop good study habits sooner rather than later!  From Google Chrome Extensions to Firefox Browser Add-ons, we’ve already shared ways that technology can help you increase your productivity.  We’ve got tips to help you improve your study habits so when the college workload hits you like a ton of bricks…you’ll be ready!

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Nap time? Everyone has that time of day where work seems impossible. Your energy lags, your attention span is missing in action, and motivation is out the window.  Try to figure out when you feel the most alert and schedule your important college related activities and study time accordingly.

Time Savers. Are you always rushing to make morning classes?  Stop while you’re ahead! Figure out in advance what you’re going to wear. Gather together snacks, keys, your wallet, purse, cell phone, and laptop.  Get everything organized and ready for the day.

Jot it down! College professors will be heaping on the homework.  Assignments, study groups, or dinner with friends?  Don’t rely on your memory – write it down! Whether you use a planner, small calendar, your laptop, or a notebook, get used to writing down everything you need to do and you’ll save yourself plenty of headaches and missed deadlines in the long run!

Decisions, Decisions. It’s called time management.  What are the most important items on your to-do list?  While it might be tempting to hang out everyday with your friends, those essays won’t write themselves (unfortunately).  Learn how to juggle your college homework with studying, friends, and campus activities early on before it becomes a problem.

Got Stress? Get into the homework groove and out of the procrastination rut.  Wouldn’t it be nice having a paper done days before it’s due – instead of mere hours?  When you feel overwhelmed – take a break! Use 15 minutes to do anything but schoolwork and come back to it feeling a little refreshed, energized, and ready to dig back in!

Have any tips you would like to share?  Please, add them in the comments section below.

15 FireFox Add-ons to Rock Your College World (and Increase Productivity)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Customize your heart out with 15 add-ons for the Firefox Browser.  Streamline your college life (and beyond): get organized, remember events, increase productivity, and stop wasting time!  Choose what complements your browsing style (and what works with your version of Firefox) with a few of these fantastic Firefox plug-ins, and make your life (and the transition to college) a little easier.

FireFox.  It Rocks our Socks.

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LeechBlock — Getting sucked into Reddit or YouTube when you should be studying?  Set what sites to block and when so you can work without temptation – lots of customization here!

QuickDrag – Highlight a phrase to search Google, load a URL, and more, just using your mouse!  Who needs all that typing, anyway? 

Wired-Marker – Research making you go cross-eyed?  Highlight text on a Web page and when you return…it will still be highlighted!  And, yes, you even get to choose the colors.

Tree Style Tab – Don’t you hate the way tabs go across the screen?  After awhile, you can’t even see them all.  Tree Tab Style lines them up neatly down the side.  It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s so much easier to see, trust us!

Colorful Tabs – Tabs blend in.  Make them stand out with Colorful Tabs!  Customize colors, even set specific colors for a site so you know what (and where) it is at a glance.  Best of all?  It works with Tree Tab Style!

FireGestures – Navigate web pages easier than ever – simply click and drag left to go backward, click and drag right to move forward…you get the idea.  Forget the directional arrows, FireGestures makes it easy to go where you want to go!

TimeTracker – Do you lose track of time once you get online?  TimeTracker’s handy little clock tells you just how long you’ve been playing around on the internet with various options to make it your own.

History Tree – Digging through history to find that ONE web page you need is less than fun.  This Mozilla Add-on prize winner displays your browsing history tree style so you can find what you need faster than ever!  Spend less time digging and more time doing!

Undo Closed Tabs Button – Ever get click happy and accidently exit a webpage that you actually need?  Oops.  No rummaging around in your history, just click the undo closed tabs button and get back to work (or play).

Mozilla Firefox

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WOT Safe Browsing Tool – Web of Trust let you know if a site can do possible harm to your computer before you enter it!  It alerts you to potential nastiness and lets you decide whether or not you still want “in.”

ReminderFox — Never forget your mother’s birthday again!  Stay on top of college application due dates, financial aid deadlines, and scholarship cut-off dates with ReminderFox.  Awesome!

Adblock Plus – I hate pop-ups, you hate pop-ups, prevent pop-ups with this one!  You’ll never have to look at a pop-up again with Adblock Plus!

Down Them All! – A download accelerator and manager just for Firefox.  It’s fast, period!

NoSquint – You can’t burn any ants with this one!  Next time you pull an all-nighter and the words start to run together, you can zoom right in on what you need – even change text colors to make it easy on your eyes (red text?  Um, hello!) with this awesome add-on.

Morning Coffee – You wake up, you hit the internet, you check email, Twitter, maybe browse Digg or StumbleUpon.  Morning Coffee keeps track of (and lets you set) the pages that have become part of your morning routine.

What Firefox add-ons do you use and recommend?  Talk about them in the comments below!