Thursday, June 23, 2011

5 Tips to Choose the Online Nursing School Right for You

No one can tell you which online nursing school is right for you. As a rule, you must be the one who chooses which path to take and how you want to get there. The differences between the online nursing schools are varied and one needs to be aware that they all have their pros and cons. However, if you make a wise and informed choice then you are half way to your goal. If a nursing school fits with your schedule, needs and personality than there is nothing stopping you from succeeding.

Bear in mind that no matter which online school you choose you will still need to take part in clinicals which require 'in person' teaching to complete your degree. So before you have earned the degree you will need to transfer to a land campus school.

1. First and foremost check out the fees that the online nursing charges for their courses. This is probably the most important part of choosing an online nursing school. It is the common practice of all reputable online nursing schools to be up-front with their fees. They realize it is important to new students to know how much they will be paying for the course. This will help to build trust in the school as they put fourth the effort to respect their students by offering their fees in an honest manner.

2. You will need to check out the course requirements before signing up for anything. Each school has different requirements that must be met before entering their program. These may include a high school diploma, previous nursing courses, or specific course studies from other schools. All of these requirements are easily located in the prerequisite area of the course description.

3. Time available is very important when choosing an online nursing program. You will need to check and make sure that you have the minimum amount of time that is required by the school to dedicate to class and course type studies. Most of the schools that offer online programs operate on the same premise of standard schools and require that students complete a minimum number of hours in class room study to be eligible to graduate. All of the time that is required will be listed in the course description during the review process.

4. Degrees offered is another area where one should put fourth some effort in research. If the online program does not offer the degree that you need to get the job you want then it is useless to you as a school. Through most of the online nursing schools you can choose the type of degree that you wish to obtain and enter the course of study as set down by those guidelines.

5. Finally you should determine if the school you are looking at fits the individual needs that you have. If a school does not fit the most basic needs than it will not be of much worth to you as a student. If you have special needs or require an aggressive course study you should check with the online schools advisor to ensure that they can accommodate such a need or desire.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Test Taking Skills Comparing Low and High Performing Students

In a previous article I wrote about the impact of expectations on student test performance. It was determined that major impacts in student achievement can be made merely but adjusting what we believe to be true about a particular student or group of students. Upon further reflection it seemed there must be some particulars other than positive thinking on the part of the teacher that would also impact student performance.

This article provides a brief examination into those characteristics that separate high achieving and low achieving students.

Here are some of the common characteristics of high achieving students and their lower achieving counterparts.

High achieving students have positive self-esteem and greater self-confidence in their abilities than lower achieving students.
High achieving students do not feel intimidated by tests and feel well prepared for all types of tests, low achieving student express opposite beliefs.
High achieving students are more persistent with regard to their school work and doing well on tests.
High achieving students are more likely to use appropriate strategies when taking tests.
High achieving students are more "test-wise" than low achieving students.

Test wise is defined as adept at demonstrating the following skills.
They are more able to follow instructions and directions.
They are more familiar with test formats.
They are more adept at avoiding common mistakes.
They know how to use their time more effectively and efficiently.
They can optimize their scores by taking informed, educated guesses.
They can apply test-taking strategies to solve different kinds of problems.
Lower performing students are noted to state they feel little information is provided about tests, the purposes of testing, how the tests will be utilized and what the results mean.

Lower performing students are more likely to state their teachers do not go over test results with them or explain what those results mean.

Lower performing student are more likely to state they are not made aware of upcoming standardized test in advance.