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Mapping Success: Use Mind Maps to Get The Most Out of Note Taking

Taking notes isn’t just about hurriedly transcribing lectures or course materials so you can study them later. It should be an active part of the learning process--a chance to take important ideas and concepts and organize them in a way that makes the most sense to you. In reality, note taking is your brain’s first opportunity to size up new information and decide what to do with it.

7 Constructive Tips for Handling Job Search Rejection

Searching for a new job is a difficult task, especially when it comes to dealing with rejection. The scenario where a person applies for a single job and receives an offer is incredibly rare; there’s a reason it’s called a job hunt and not a job find. Because of that, it’s important to be prepared for rejection during a job search. Handling rejection constructively is important for professional and personal growth, and a key factor in a continuing job hunt.

Here are 7 tips for taking job rejection and making it a net positive in your hunt for a better career.

Why Transfer? 5 Reasons & 5 Tips

There are a variety of reasons why a student may choose to transfer universities. They range from the personal to the professional and beyond. If you are looking to transfer, the important thing to realize is that you aren’t alone: According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, close to 1/3 of all college students transfer at some point in their academic careers.1

How to Beat the Afternoon Slump: 5 Ways to Stay Energized

If you're working part or full-time while also taking classes toward your degree, you know how difficult it can be to juggle so many responsibilities at once. While taking online courses is a great way to work around your busy schedule, it can be tough to find time for class sessions and homework without getting worn out. This makes figuring out how to beat the afternoon slump one of the most common and persistent challenges when balancing work and school.

Getting To Know CTU Mobile

CTU Mobile has a wealth of features and functions to enhance and streamline your academic experience, and once you've familiarized yourself with its environment, there's really no limit to what you can accomplish with just a few taps and swipes. If you're new to CTU Mobile it can still take a little getting used to. Here's a quick guide to setting up the app and getting started so your first experience with CTU Mobile is as stress-free as possible.

What Does it Mean to Be a "Cultural Fit" at a Company?

If you're currently looking for a job, you've likely heard a lot about what employers are looking for in prospective hires. One factor that's becoming more prominent with hiring managers is whether an applicant is a good cultural fit for their company. The idea of "cultural fit" as a criteria for determining how well-suited an applicant is is gaining traction especially among younger companies and those with strongly defined corporate cultures.

Start Strong in 2016: Nine Habits for Success

With every new year comes the usual flood of resolutions and pledges, from major lifestyle changes to common goals like getting in shape or reading more. Yet one of the main reasons many New Year's resolutions fail is a lack of solid habits and structure for achieving larger goals. Rather than setting one-time resolutions with distinct endpoints, try to establish better and more consistent habits that can help you succeed at any goals you set for yourself in the year to come.

Why Social Media Matters for Online Students

How can social media be a powerful tool for online students? Jordan Friedman, an online education editor at U.S. News, interviewed CTU’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Connie Johnson on how online students can use social media to better their education experiences.

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick: 5 Great Tips

Goodbye 2015, hello 2016! Do you have your list of 2016 New Year’s resolutions prepared? Making the resolutions is only a small part of the journey; completing resolutions and making sure they stick is the rest. In this post, we’ll provide five tips that will help make your resolutions one part of a wonderful 2016.

Top Ten CTU Mobile Features

CTU Mobile is an important tool in your academic arsenal. Read on to understand the ten features that students love most about the university’s mobile app – available now for iOS and Android handset and tablet users.

Tips For Being In School During The Holiday Season

The winter holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing and enjoying the company of loved ones, but some responsibilities, like school work, can be hard to take a break from. As a CTU student, you may not only have presents to buy, meals to prepare and a home to decorate. You also have assignments to complete and discussions board posts to respond to. How do you balance the holidays with the demands of academic life? It’s not always easy, but with a little planning you can work to reduce the stress of studying without intruding on valuable family time. Here are five tips for being in school during the busy holiday season.

How to Keep Your Job Search Alive During the Holidays

While the holidays are generally a time to give cheer and spend time with your family and friends, it may also be a great time to get ahead of other candidates in your job search. Try not to use the same approach as many other job seekers who are taking this time off.  Instead, here are some things you can do to keep your search alive and breathing when others are letting the time go by.

How to Survive the Holiday Season

Tis the season to be … overwhelmed! If you’re tapped out from classes, work, and the day-to-day needs of your family, the hustle and bustle of the holidays might be too much to handle. If that’s the case, then follow these tips to take control of holiday stress before it takes control of you.  

Harness Your Attention Span: 8 Ways to Improve Your Focus

As the world becomes more digitally connected, more and more things are vying for our precious attention. When you're working, studying, eating, driving, even trying to fall asleep at night — the question of how to improve your focus is an important one, and effectively channeling your energies can be the difference between knocking items off your to-do list and letting it grow out of control.

Should You Use A Recruiter?

Whether you have been working for years, or you are just starting to job hunt, using a recruiter may help you find some prospects you didn’t think were out there. That said it's important to have the right expectations when deciding to work with a recruiter. With that in mind, here are some of the pros and cons of using a recruiter to help you on the journey to a job.