7 February 2014
At South University, we’ve taken the guesswork out of online learning, starting by offering you an orientation course that can help you get going on the path to academic success. This course gives you an introduction not just to online learning, but to university learning in general!
We've carefully crafted a course that anticipates students' needs based on our many years of experience in education and on input from students like you. Whether you're new to online learning or have taken online or campus courses elsewhere, South University's orientation course provides you with a wealth of information to help you succeed.
Within the course, you’ll discover a set of tools and resources that can help you to:
• Manage your time effectively and create a schedule for yourself, ensuring that your education is always a priority.
• Craft your own study space for optimal learning.
• Learn not only how online learning works, but how it can work for you.
• Make sure you have the equipment you need as well as a back-up plan just in case.
• Prepare not only for your day-to-day studies and classroom activities, but also the times in which life may interfere with your progress.
• Understand what’s expected of you as a student, with a specific grading rubric for each assignment.
• Create a SMART path to graduation: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
Exploring a breadth of areas from academic resources to time management and study skills, you'll complete the course with not only an understanding of what's required of you as an online student– but also the confidence you need to persevere.
In addition, our supportive faculty and staff—from the tutoring center to the technical support team to the online librarian—will be there to help you every step of the way. Together, your Admissions Representative, Student Finance Counselor, and Academic Counselor will form your graduation team and assist you throughout your academic journey!
Not yet signed up for classes? Watch the classroom demo to learn more about the online classroom at South University!
5 February 2014
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States, causing around 600,000 deaths every year. In honor of American Heart Month, consider making these five sustainable lifestyle changes to boost your heart’s health and lower your risk of developing heart disease. While you're at it, convince a friend to join you and share the health!
1. Get active
Cardiovascular exercise, as its name suggests, increases your heart rate and gets oxygen pumping through your body. Running, cycling and swimming are all excellent examples of cardiovascular activities. You should ideally engage in at least two-and-a-half hours of cardiovascular exercise a week to achieve optimal heart health. However, if the thought of this seems too much to bear, try taking a brisk 10-minute walk, three times daily, five days a week.
2. Reduce your daily salt consumption
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines, you should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. Even if you refrain from adding salt to your food at the table, you may still be consuming more salt than you need. Processed foods, such as bread, cakes, biscuits and breakfast cereals, contribute an abundance of salt to the diet, as do foods that are naturally high in salt, such as bacon, ham, cheese and pickles. To cut down your salt intake, replace these foods with low-sodium foods like fruit and vegetables and high-potassium foods such as potatoes, beans and yogurt.
3. Increase your oily fish consumption
Oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon and sardines, will provide you with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help you to reduce your risk of heart disease. For this reason, the American Heart Association recommends you incorporate at least two portions of oily fish into your weekly diet. If you’re concerned about the possibility of taking in mercury or other contaminants, cast your fears aside. When it comes to your heart’s health, the benefits of oily fish far outweigh any chance of exposure to contaminants.
4. Limit your alcohol consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of heart problems. If you regularly exceed the daily guidelines (one alcoholic drink per day for women and two alcoholic drinks per day for men), you may increase your risk of high blood pressure and weaken your heart muscle, which can spell bad news for your heart.
5. Cut your saturated fat intake
A diet rich in saturated fat will raise your cholesterol levels, in turn, increasing your risk of heart disease. Saturated fat is found in high levels in foods such as butter, lard, sausages, pies, biscuits, cakes, cheese and cream. By choosing low-fat spreads over full-fat butter and opting for skimmed milk over whole milk, you can reduce your saturated fat intake.
Whatever your age, size or physical condition, living a healthy lifestyle is the single most important thing you can do to achieve optimal heart health. With 26.5 million people currently living with heart disease in the USA alone, do not become a statistic – let today be the day you decide to take action!
Interested in Healthcare? Explore our Healthcare Degree Programs!
28 January 2014
At South University, you can find a variety of workshops, webinars and other informative online events to add to your calendar. Want to learn about what’s going on with the Student Community? Interested in our IT webinar series led by faculty members? Want to discuss requirements for your upcoming MSN practicum course? All of these events (and more) are coming up soon!
Upcoming Event Preview
1/29/14: Student Activities Night
The Office of Student Community is hosting a live Student Activities Night webinar, answering questions about how students can join different organizations and what those organizations have to offer.
2/2/14-2/6/14: APA Quick Tip Series
This week, attend one or all five sessions to learn tips about how to use APA style in your coursework!
2/3/14: Intellectual Property – Know Your Right!
The first topic of the spring IT webinar series is Intellectual Property -- Know Your Right!, presented by Jennifer Merritt, Assistant Program Director of Information Technology. Upcoming topics include “So Many IT Blogs, Sites & Resources, So Little Time” and “Software Development: First Programming or QA Job.”
2/11/14: MSN Practicum Information Session
Learn more about the MSN practica requirements for the Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator and Nurse Informatics programs. A Q&A period will follow.
2/12/14: Valentine’s Poetry Open Mic Night
This pre-Valentine’s Day event will celebrate love through the written and spoken word! Sign up to share your own poem or a poem by someone else about love. If you prefer, you can also just sit back, listen and enjoy! This will be the first event in the new Spoken Word Café series of readings and workshops, hosted by our Writer-in-Residence and faculty member Jennifer Ferraro.
2/18/14: Online Tour of the Library
This online tour will review how to select the best resources for your topic, how to develop search terms to retrieve relevant electronic and print resources, how to generate APA references, and how to save articles and citations using RefWorks.
Learn More and Register Now!
Check out the Events Page in the Campus Common to learn more about each event. To visit the Events page, log in to the Campus Common, hover over the Campus Life dropdown menu and select Events.
22 January 2014
Juggling work, a busy personal life and your college courses can be a lot to handle. Between pressure to ace your tests, financial obligations, daily work requirements and family needs, you might feel pulled in many directions. These tips may be able to help you feel a little more relaxed.
Set aside time for being social—and for relaxing. There’s no need to always keep your nose to the grindstone! Devote at least one night a week to being with family, going on a date, catching up with friends, or perhaps watching your favorite movie. You’ll be happier, and it’ll be easier to focus when you return to your studies.
Add study time to your calendar. On the other hand, if you’re always busy with family and social obligations, be sure to pencil in time for studying. Try to find a nice park or a quiet corner at the library where you can focus. You’ll accomplish more this way and be able to give your full attention to your family when you’re home.
If scheduling alone time is out of the question, your family or friends could help you study. Maybe your significant other can quiz you before a test. Alternatively, you could ask each of your kids to take on an extra chore so that you have more time to study.
Accept that not everything will go as planned. A long day at work, a car that won't start, or a child having a temper tantrum -- there’s no real way to avoid these situations, but you can take few preventive steps to reduce your overall stress level and face these occasions with more composure.
• Get a full night’s sleep. Aim for at least six to eight hours nightly and plan a schedule that allows you to do just that. You’ll be surprised how much clearer your mind is and how well you function when you get enough sleep.
• Eat right. With all that’s going on, you may find yourself skipping meals or grabbing something quick and unhealthy. Do yourself a favor and avoid excess caffeine and sugar, and instead stick to healthy and fresh foods that give you the energy you need.
• Exercise. Kickboxing or running, biking or lifting weights, yoga or Pilates—whatever your workout of choice, exercise can help you to reduce your stress. Exercise at least three to four days a week for optimal mental and physical fitness.
The next time you feel stressed, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can do this! Imagine what you’re working toward in your life. Never stress about being stressed; this will only compound the problem. Instead, it’s important to have strategies in place to avoid stress where possible and to keep calm, despite how much you have going on. Learning how to manage your stress will serve you well, even long after you complete your studies.
- How To Reduce Stress While in College
- How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress
- 23 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Reduce Stress Right Now
16 January 2014
For many, sending thank you notes by mail may seem like a trend of the past. Yet friends and family often still expect handwritten thank you notes after giving a gift, and, whether they expect it or not, everyone appreciates a heartfelt thank you. In the world of business, your choice of whether to send one after an interview can mean the difference between getting a job and getting ignored.
To stay ahead in your personal and professional life, fine-tune your thank you note writing skills by following these simple tips! In fact, why not try putting them into practice today and thank your mentor during National Mentoring Month?
Written, Typed or Texted?
With the ease of text and email at our fingertips, you may be tempted to thank someone digitally rather than take the time to write it out. Resist this urge. Only casual and informal situations – a friend offering you a ride home, a neighbor returning your aimless dog or a coworker holding an elevator door – allow for this easy delivery method. In most circumstances, texted thanks can come across as unappreciative, and while emailed ones are a step above a text, they're still perceived as less thoughtful than a handwritten note.
Focus on the Giver’s Feelings
Sometimes it seems like we live in a self-focused society, but thank you notes are one time to fight against the norm. Concentrate on making the giver feel good for their efforts and expense. A big part of that is identifying what they did for you, and show them how they affected your life for the good—whether they gave you an actual gift, invited you over for dinner, or introduced you to a new business connection. Even if you're given a gift you don’t like, you should send a polite, specific thank you, and leave it at that.
Bring it Back to Business
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that thank you cards aren’t just sent in response to receiving a gift. People also send them – especially in business – after receiving a favor. These kinds of acts cover any business effort that will potentially help you succeed, including those with mutual benefit. These include entering into partnerships, providing a discount on a large lot of merchandise or hosting an interview. As with other kinds of thank you notes, these should be handwritten, specific and focus on the impact of the giver’s actions.