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Get a Normal Email Address!

Get a Normal Email Address!

Welcome to your life, wherever this finds you.  Still in high school, venturing through college, finding yourself in the work place, or diligently at home.  Wherever you are, you probably have an email address and this piece of your life is a huge key to how you view life and what you make of yourself. Besides your Social Security number you will probably use your email address more than any other piece of identification.  And, unlike other generic piece of…

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How to Schedule a CLEP Test

How to Schedule a CLEP Test

Scheduling a CLEP exam used to be as easy as calling your proctor, telling her what exam you were going to take, and picking a day.  Now, thanks to some revisions by CollegeBoard, there are a few more steps to take before you can go CLEP a class.  So here is a basic rundown on how to schedule a CLEP exam. Visit the CLEP CollegeBoard website  Once there, register for your chosen exam.  Note that you will need to create…

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One Book for 2015

One Book for 2015

The one book… Students ask me, parents ask me, everyone asks me.  They all ask the same question.  “What do I need to get started with CLEP exams?” There is no magic formula, there is no skill set you have to have.  I have one, very simple book that I think is all you need to get started.  This one book is what I have always had on my shelf, and the only thing I always recommend to students and…

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Why You Need to Fail

Why You Need to Fail

Okay everyone, I’m getting my blogs up and running again!  I’ve got life *somewhat* scheduled and planned out… and I’ve got some blog post ideas sketched out and ready to go. With that said… Why You Need to Fail. Everyone should fail at least one thing in your life.  You need to mess up, drop the Frisbee, fail the CLEP, miss the deadline, wreck the car, miss the goal, burn the food.  The list goes on and on.  Failure is…

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12/50 Skills to Learn Before You Graduate

12/50 Skills to Learn Before You Graduate

I’m fascinated with lists and things in rows.  I love lists of things to learn and do.  I have a list of books to read, a list of books I’ve already read, a list of things to do in life, and a list of CLEPs to finish.  🙂 Last week I stumbled upon this article by Marc and Angel Hack Life: 50 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do.  While I don’t agree with all of the things on the…

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Managing Summer!

Managing Summer!

“Bees will buzz, kids will blow dandelion fuzz” Olaf in Disney’s Frozen As summer days grow longer and warmer, it becomes more and more tempting to let school and work slide for awhile.  Colleges and schools are out, the sun is shining, and it’s time to get outside!  But if you’re like me, there are deadlines to meet and tests to take.  Here are 3 ways to keep up with school and still enjoy summer! 1. Be realistic about summer…

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Back to the Beginning

Back to the Beginning

CLEP has once again changed it’s policy on IDs.  You no longer have to have 2 photo IDs to take a CLEP exam.  Just one, government issued, ID is all you need. Officially. However, most test centers haven’t switched back yet.  So call your test center and ask what they need right now, and plan on taking a second ID.

How I Pass CLEPs

How I Pass CLEPs

I have taken quite a few CLEPs and, with the exception of Macroeconomics last spring, I have passed them all.   When I share that with people, they usually want to know how I pass that many tests.  And to be perfectly honest, it is nothing that I do.  It is totally the Lord and my mom.  I was homeschooled all twelve years and the skills I learned there are the reason I can go take college level tests and…

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5 Ways to Keep Friends in College

5 Ways to Keep Friends in College

You get busy as a distance student.  Most of us already have jobs and time commitments, that’s one reason we’re doing college this way.  And then you have your tests coming up, and deadlines to meet.  And family gets first priority.  So where do friends fit in?  Relationships and friendships take energy – emotionally and physically.  Here are some ways to keep friends – even when your “in school”. 1. Send a quick email I do this all the time,…

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4 Ways to Exercise Better

4 Ways to Exercise Better

1. Dress for It I’m serious, this is the best way to improve your exercise routine.  Invest a little money and purchase real exercise clothing – shirts, shorts, pants, and shoes.   My running clothing is different than my normal clothing, and just putting it on helps me get ready to go run.  Dress affects the way we think more than we realize.  So going the extra step in changing clothes helps your brain prepare for exercise. 2. Plan and…

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