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Skills for College Students

Skills for College Students

Skills for College Students: Reading, Writing, and Keyboarding There are several skills that everyone should learn.  Not only will they help you succeed in school, they can help you be successful in the rest of your “normal” life.  Having these skills not only allows you to study and communicate effectively, they can help prove to prospective employers that you care about learning and that you have the ability to learn.  These are skills that you can’t be taught, you have to…

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3 Books for the American Government CLEP

3 Books for the American Government CLEP

In honor of November 4, 2014 – otherwise known as Election Day – let’s talk about the American Government CLEP.  Are you about to go take the American Government CLEP?  Well, you only need 3 books on your shelf, and you are ready to study! CLEP Official Study Guide – This book has one practice test for every CLEP offered.  It is also published by CollegeBoard (who hosts CLEP), so the practice tests use “official” questions.  A quick rule of…

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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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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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College Composition Modular CLEP… Is there a difference?

College Composition Modular CLEP… Is there a difference?

Q. Is there a difference between College Composition and College Composition Modular CLEP? A. Yes, there are actually several differences! Timing College Composition: 120 minutes.  50 for the multiple choice, and 70 for the essays. College Composition Modular: 90 minutes.  (only multiple choice) Essays College Composition: Two typed, mandatory essays.  Prompts created by CollegeBoard. College Composition Modular: optional two essays, topics created by CLEP OR a writing assessment created by your institution OR no essay Essay Scoring College Composition: All…

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When Does Your Energy SOAR? (Time Management)

When Does Your Energy SOAR? (Time Management)

Time Management #2 Figure Out When You Work Best Everybody has a time when their energy level soars.  Figure out when your mind is the sharpest, and work then.  You will get the most out of your effort if you know utilize the time that your thoughts, actions, and emotions are the most stable and ready to work.  Studying and working usually involves being still and concentrating on desk work.  You can’t be dying to go run or falling asleep. …

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December Focus: Time Management 101

December Focus: Time Management 101

I was inspired to keep blogging some through December when I had a great idea for a series.  How to balance school and family during the holiday season.  This will be brief series with 6 good ways to keep the holidays focused on God and the family He gave us… while still being productive.   So, here we go! Time Management Principle #1 Keep a calendar (or two) and actually use it. It is easy to buy a calendar at the…

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Economics for Your Bookshelf

Economics for Your Bookshelf

As I study for Macroeconomics (after taking Microeconomics), here’s a list of highly recommended resources for your bookshelf as you study for these two CLEP exams. <A HREF=”http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_cw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fplanandpill00-20%2F8010%2Ff9a3ffff-cc8c-4c19-88aa-9e7fc5ce20d8&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A>