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Top 3 Tips for Using Campus Common Mobile

by South University
June 28, 2013

Did you know we introduced a new Campus Common mobile site at the end of April? Our new site was designed to make it easier for you to access the Campus Common from your mobile phone and quickly review your grades, join in on discussions, check assignments and campus news, and find key contacts.

Visit the Campus Common on your phone or tablet today to check it out and see everything it has to offer.

If you are one of the students already using our mobile site, are you utilizing the site to its full potential? Here are three tips to help you get the most out of this exciting mobile site!

Campus Common Mobile screenshot

1. Add your class assignments to the calendar on your mobile device. Just click the calendar icon next to the Upcoming button on the Assignments page to add information to your calendar. Staying organized and keeping your calendar current can help you avoid missing assignment deadlines!

2. Always double-check your spelling and grammar. Just because you are using a mobile device doesn’t mean you can ignore the rules of grammar and spelling. Make sure you are using proper English and putting in time and careful consideration when participating in a discussion from your mobile tablet or phone—just as you would if you were sitting in front of a computer!

3. Don’t rely too heavily on your mobile device – you still need your computer to go to class. Don’t get us wrong, the mobile site is a great way for you to check in on your classes and campus news while you’re away from your computer. But, the site doesn’t have all the functionality you need for your classes, and your computer will still be your primary tool for going to school.

Still have questions? Watch our Campus Common Mobile 2.0 video, and check out our Student Guide for more information and FAQs.

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How to Stay Positive and Productive at Work

by South University
June 25, 2013

Your education from South University can help you to find a career about which you are passionate. Once you start seeing the benefits of your education, hard work and determination, here are some tips that will help you to stay positive and productive in your daily work.

Plant at work

Beautify Your Surroundings

Most people spend at least eight hours a day at work. Because you'll be spending the majority of your time at the office, why not make your workspace functional and beautiful? Postcards from your favorite vacation, tastefully framed photos of loved ones and pets, and well-designed office supplies can elevate your desk from blah to bearable.

If you're near a window (or otherwise get adequate light), consider buying a plant—plants have been shown to improve people's moods. Of course, always respect your office's décor guidelines; you don't want to miss out on a promotion because you've put your Beanie Baby collection on display.

Take Exercise Breaks

Long hours sitting at your desk or focusing on a computer screen can make you tired. When possible, go for a five-minute walk or do simple stretches. Practicing good posture can also be helpful. If your coworkers are willing, start a weekly lunch exercise club. Physical activity will keep you alert and help you power through the 3:00 PM slump.

Make Office Buddies

When the going gets tough, the tough get support from their friends. Even if you work best independently, office friends will enrich your professional life immeasurably. That said, it's best to avoid gossiping and discussing intensely personal problems, both of which can give you a reputation for being unprofessional.

Develop Your Skills

Identify a skill or set of skills you want to develop or improve and then meet with your supervisor to determine whether or how your current role can help you to build that skill. When you continue to improve your skills, you'll feel more accomplished and your new abilities will give you an edge in the future.

Remember What You Love about Your Job

If you start to feel frustrated with a project or a client, take a moment to reflect on what drew you to the position in the first place. Perhaps you were enticed by your company's altruistic mission, the wisdom of your manager or unbeatable perks. Keep in mind that no matter how much you enjoy your career, everyone has bad days. Reframing frustrations can help you see them more clearly and appreciate the good things about your position and your accomplishments thus far.

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Health Science Student Spotlight: Jack Siegel

by South University
June 21, 2013

One of Jack Siegel’s proudest moments in school was the day he earned his Associate of Science in Allied Health Science from South University. Now, he’s on his way to earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science by 2015 and has plans to pursue a master’s degree next.

Jack Siegel

At first, Jack wasn’t sure that returning to school was right for him, but he needed to find a way to overcome his financial difficulties and get his career headed in the right direction. He turned to South University for help. Today, he’s happy to say he made the right choice. 

“The online experience is less rigid, much more flexible, but still has the same level of instructors as you have on the regular college campus. And I like the ease of working at my own pace through assignments and at all hours of the day,” he says.

He decided to start with earning an associate’s degree. “My initial thought was actually to go for a bachelor’s degree, but it seemed too far-fetched,” he explains. Soon he realized that a bachelor’s degree wasn’t so far-fetched after all. “My Admissions Representative Marco DiNunno, Academic Counselor David Finer, and Finance Counselor Terhea Young convinced me to keep going. I would hit snags and start to think about giving up and it was always one of those three that gave me the push to keep me going.”

One of those snags was his algebra course. Jack again turned to his graduation team, admitting that math was never a subject he liked and that he was contemplating dropping out. With their support and encouragement along with help from the school’s tutoring service, Jack ended up doing well in the class.

“My advice for other students taking math classes is not to get stressed, but rather speak with your professors. They’re really wonderful and they do enjoy helping you learn,” he says, adding, “Please don’t give up on your classes. It’s too easy, and at the end it really is so rewarding.”

Today, Jack is proud of where he is and what he has accomplished. “I was apprehensive about taking online classes but now I am extremely confident and enjoy the learning process more than I ever did before,” he says.

If you had asked me to bet on whether I was going to go back to school and succeed, I would have never taken that bet when I first started,” he admits. “Now I want to go for my master’s degree once I get my bachelor’s. My confidence isn’t just in myself but in my university and my admissions representative, academic counselor, finance counselor, and my professors.”

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Are a student or alumnus of South University interested in telling your story? Share your story here!

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Transfer of Credit May Help You Earn Your Degree

by Admin
June 19, 2013

Earning a degree can open many new doors and opportunities for your future. This year, we updated our transfer of credit policies, allowing some of our students to find a shorter path to graduation and to earn that coveted degree in less time.

South graduation cap & diploma

College credits that may have not been transferable previously can now be re-reviewed under our new policies. This may lead to additional transfer of credit toward your degree, which may mean taking fewer required classes to complete your degree.*

Taking fewer classes saves you time and means lower out-of-pocket payments and fewer student loans!

Credit from Previous Courses

If you’ve taken courses at another accredited college or university, we’ll review your official transcripts to see what will count toward your degree here. To receive credit, you must meet minimum grade requirements and courses can only be transferred if they have comparable descriptions and course outcomes.

New Policies for RN-BSN and RN-MSN Students

RN-BSN and RN-MSN students may be eligible to receive up to 90 credits toward the general education and foundation requirements of the BSN. These credits are given in addition to the existing 45 credits awarded for previous nursing experience, potentially leaving you with only 45 credits required to earn your BSN.

Students eligible for these programs must have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing from an accredited institution and hold a valid, unencumbered registered nursing license from the state or U.S. territory in which the student will complete all assignments for the program.

College Level Examination Program

For select programs, you may be able to earn course credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP exams are administered at around 1,400 locations, and you can choose to have your CLEP score sent directly to our school. Each exam involves an $80 fee, but performing well on the exams can help you reduce the number of courses you need to take for your degree!

If CLEP is something you’re considering, let us know--we’ll provide you with information about the approved exams, minimum scores required and credits awarded.

To learn more about our programs, call 1-888-444-3404 to talk with an Admissions Representative today. Current students can contact their Academic Counselor to inquire about transfer of credit policies.

*Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by case basis. South University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by South University.

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Tips for Preparing for the NCLEX

by South University
June 17, 2013

If you’re planning to become an RN, you probably already know that you must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Although many people consider the NCLEX to be a difficult exam, a little practice and preparation goes a long way. Read on for ways that you can prepare!

Learn about the Exam’s Format

Nurse Symbol

Learning about the exams format is an important first step. The NCLEX is a form of computer adaptive testing (CAT), which means the test is taken on a computer and questions vary based on your answers, so that every person takes a different version of the test. By basing each question on previous answers, the test can more accurately asses your skills and knowledge.

As an RN candidate, you could be asked anywhere from 75 to 265 questions. The questions are primarily multiple choice but other types of questions are included as well.

Familiarize Yourself with the NCLEX Questions

The NCLEX requires you to understand the needs of patients as well as important procedures and processes you should follow as a nurse. According to the NCLEX-RN Test Plan document, the test is segmented in the following four primarty categories and subcategories:

Safe and Effective Care Environment
• Management of Care
• Safety and Infection Control

Health Promotion and Maintenance

Psychosocial Integrity

Physiological Integrity
• Basic Care and Comfort
• Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
• Reduction of Risk Potential
• Physiological Adaptation

Questions about the Nursing Process, Caring, Communication and Documentation and Teaching/Learning are included within all of these categories. Management of Care, Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies, and Physiological Adaptation are the areas where you will see the most questions. For more information on these categories and what they contain, review the Test Plan document.

Utilize Effective Study Methods

Start by visiting the official NCLEX website and searching for study guides online. If you choose to purchase a study guide, Saunders Comprehensive Review is ranked highly by previous test-takers. Finding a study partner or partners can be helpful as well. Form a study group with other nursing students, with each of you focusing on different topics and then reviewing them with each other.

Here are a few other study tips to try:

• Use mnemonics to memorize large lists of information.
• Carry flash cards with you to use whenever you get a free moment.
• Take practice tests to determine which sections you need to review.
• Set realistic goals for what you need to review and how much time it will take.
• Study when you are the most alert, and take frequent breaks.

Studying and preparing for the exam well in advance will help you to get a feel for the test and hopefully decrease test-day nervousness! Once you become an RN, consider earning an advanced nursing degree to help you advance your career.

At South University, The College of Nursing and Public Health offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. Learn more here!

South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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