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4 Tips on Effective Communication for Online Students

One of the most difficult skills for online students to perfect is communication in the virtual classroom. From emails to instructors to discussion posts and final papers, the online student communicates almost entirely in the written word.  For those weighing a few options for advancing their education, this can be an intimidating realization. Whether you're already an online student or are pondering the possibility of becoming one, help yourself form a few great habits by browsing the tips below.

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Link Roundup: Spooky-Fast Solutions for Halloween on a Deadline

Did you forget about Halloween this year? Don't punish yourself by skipping the festivities just because you're failing Halloween Prep: 101! If you're frantically searching for ways to display a little last-minute Halloween spirit, we’ve got you covered.

Speedy Costume Solutions

Invited to a costume party you totally forgot about? Never fear, there are thousands of last-minute costume ideas out there, no matter what you've got to work with in your closet. Check out the ideas below for almost any Halloween costume pickle!

Trends in K-12 Education: Gamification of the Classroom

Over the last century, the K-12 classroom has evolved into something almost completely unrecognizable to previous generations. From blackboards to SMART boards, quill pens to laptops and tablets, and most recently paper-and-pencil homework assignments to game-based instruction, the classroom is now a whole new world. Teachers be advised – the days of the traditional lecture in the classroom are gone. In the eyes of the K-12 student, gamification is the new standard of excellence.

5 Tips for DIY Home Makeovers on a Budget

You've succumbed to a late night Bravo and HGTV binge. It's 2:00 AM and you're frantically searching the internet for the perfect addition to your home. Sure, it started as an innocent search for a new comforter, but it no longer matters what room it's for. You just want something fabulous!

Before dropping 300 bucks on a new comforter set complete with throw pillows, take a moment, breathe, and browse these suggestions for a DIY home makeover on a budget. You'll get through this!

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How to Get the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Profile

So, what is LinkedIn? It's the professional network you've worked years to build, available at your fingertips. If you're thinking that sounds like an invaluable professional resource, you're right. LinkedIn could be tool you've been looking for to help take your career to the next level.

Whether you've been on LinkedIn for years or have yet to join, take a few minutes to browse the tips below to make sure you're getting the most out of your profile.

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Baseball: A Presidential Pastime

Fondly referred to as America's pastime, baseball is forever-woven in to the seams of our country's history. We all have our favorite baseball memories, and U.S. Presidents are no exception.

From former players to avid fans, almost every U.S. President has made a small mark in the book of baseball history. With Major League Baseball's fight for the Fall Classic upon us, it's a perfect time to take a look back at presidential baseball history.

Presidential First Pitches

Accreditation 101: Regional vs. National

The U.S. Department of Education states that "the goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality." That sounds great, but how do you know which accreditation – regional or national – is best? Honestly, it's not a question of which accreditation is best, but which accreditation best suits your needs.

How to Procrastinate: Football-Style

The NCAA Football and NFL seasons are now in full swing, giving millions of students across the country yet another excuse to put off their final papers and head to the stadium, bar or couch for a few hours. No judgment here, Northcentral University team members are some of the most die-hard fans around!

We say if you're going to procrastinate, why not do it right? Gather your family and friends to make some great food and get the most out of your few hours of freedom with these tailgating tips and menu recommendations from NCU's super fans!

Fall in to Pumpkin-Flavored Bliss

How do you know fall is finally here? The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and pumpkin-flavored favorites are everywhere!

The window of opportunity to get your pumpkin-flavored fix is relatively short, so start getting your game plan ready! Here are a few suggestions for your 2013 tour of pumpkin fare.

Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up

How to Feng Shui Your Study Space

One of the most important tasks for students that are new to the online platform is finding an effective study space, but the work isn’t over once you’ve found it. Whether it’s an entire room or the corner of your kitchen, the next step is to make it the most effective space you can.

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