Getting Over the Hump

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 7.38.20 PMI’ve been learning a lot about what it means to be an online student, not just through my work, but also my recent experience. In the analytics course I took for my digital marketing certificate, I noticed attendance dropped after the first session, and there was even one night where I was the only one in attendance for the discussion with the instructor.

That got me thinking about the challenges of balancing work and school and family, and it led to this article for Ashford University’s Forward Thinking blog. I talked with the school’s Readiness Advisor team about the first few weeks of class, which is considered a “high risk” period for online students.

Read the article to see why getting over the initial hump can be so difficult, and how the RA team keeps students focused and on track.

A Different Kind of Classroom

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 7.25.00 PMI’ve been meaning to keep this site updated with blog entries I’ve written for Ashford University’s Forward Thinking blog.

Here’s a piece that was published in early July, “What You Need to Know Before Going Back to School.” Some of this I pulled from experience, as I’m currently attending online classes for my digital marketing certification.

I think from this article, the most important point to remember is the first one. If you’re going to make the decision to return to school while working full-time, share the details with your boss, even if your overall goal is to start a new career or find a new job. Read on to find out why…

What kind of learner are you?

Snip20150710_14While putting together the latest piece for Ashford’s Forward Thinking blog, I started thinking about all the ways I attempted to absorb information in high school. I used to record myself reading notes aloud and play them back when I slept. That didn’t work because the sound of my own voice kept me up and I had to turn off the recording. I also tried sleeping with a book under my pillow, and once actually slept with my face on my notes. I didn’t do very well in high school.

I got better as I realized my learning style. When someone is speaking or giving a lecture, I can’t just listen, I need to be writing or typing my notes or my mind will wander off. I can work with chaos around me (I did it for years in news), but I prefer to work with music in my ears because it fuels me creatively.

I bring all this up to draw your attention to a Buzzfeed poll — “What Kind of Learner Are You” — posted by my team last November. Nearly 300,000 people responded, and we published the results this week. You can read the article, and the accompanying infographic, here.

Here’s a link if you want to take the poll.