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A Back to School Checklist for Online Students

A back to school checklist can give online students a starting point for juggling their education with other responsibilities, including work and family. Best of all, getting organized from the beginning is a great way to start with confidence and hit the ground sprinting.

How Could an Internship Benefit Me?

Who me? An internship? If you’re an adult learner, transitioning from a military career, or relaunching a career after a hiatus, you may think you’re not a good candidate for an internship opportunity, but that’s not true. Just like any other student, you may benefit from internships that are related to your intended career.

5 Things Every Online Nursing Student Should Know Before Their Job Interview

A recent article from US News and World Report quoting CTU’s Dean of Nursing, Ruth Tarantine, suggests that online nursing students may face a few unique challenges when entering the job market. However, there a few simple ways that recent online nursing grads can advocate for themselves and their degree program when talking to prospective employees.

How to Be a Better Writer

Working with words can sometimes be a challenge if you don’t plan ahead. Writing becomes a lot easier when you’re prepared before you start. At CTU, we want to help prepare you for any writing assignments that come your way. Check out these great tips on brainstorming and organizing your thoughts before you even start writing.

What Is an Experiential Learning Portfolio?

Students who choose to return to school after spending some time in the workforce often bring with them a wealth of knowledge and professional experience. While it's great to be able to apply this practical knowledge base to some of the courses you're taking, what if you could turn this experience into credit?

A Helping Hand: How To Use Financial Aid To Pay For College

Paying for college may seem like a giant hurdle standing between you and your degree, but in fact there are several opportunities for financial aid that may alleviate the cost burden. Here is an overview of the financial aid process, as well as a few resources that can help move you one step closer to your diploma.

Master Multitasking with these Tips

The ability to multitask is both a curse and a blessing. On one hand, multitasking can allow you to complete two important tasks at once. On the other, too much multitasking can lead to reduced quality of work and a lack of focus on the task at hand. Regardless, it’s a skill that many are expected to have in the classroom and the workplace.

Three Nursing Tips for Creating a Culture of Safety

This year, the American Nurses Association has chosen “A Culture of Safety” as the theme for National Nurses Week. Ruth Tarantine, Dean of CTU’s College of Nursing, believes that nurses are largely responsible for creating a culture of safety within a healthcare setting. She offers tips on how nurses can improve safety in their workplace by setting examples for care excellence and patient advocacy, becoming better communicators, and educating tomorrow’s nurses with safety best practices.

Embracing the End of Your Project

At work, every project you create or work on can feel like an extension of yourself. That’s only natural; the best ideas are a reflection of their creators. Because of this phenomenon, however, it can be incredibly hard to end a project when it’s naturally time to do so; you don’t want your project or concept to die, potentially because you view that as a form of failure.

4 Essential Tips for Being and Feeling Successful

If you asked ten people to define what success means to them, you’d likely receive ten very different answers. Success could mean having financial security or a job that you love, or it could simply be knowing that your family is healthy and happy. As many students know, success can be both a journey and a destination--a goal to reach for, but also a feeling that you’re making progress toward that goal.

Tips for Charting Your Career Path

When most people imagine their “career path,” chances are they picture something linear. They might imagine starting at Job A, getting promoted to Senior Job A, then to Lead Job A, and finally Executive Job A. While that career path does exist, for most of us it isn’t that simple. Instead, your path could involve several major career changes, shifts in focus, and many other variables.

How to use Military Skills in the Workplace

Military service not only provides with a highly specialized set of skills, it also instills in you certain values that would be highly coveted in any industry. The trick is learning how to describe and harness that vital military experience in a new environment. Here are four steps you can take to repurpose your military skills for use in the workplace.

How to Save Time: Tips for Making the Most of 15 Minutes

Juggling school, work, and family obligations can be a dizzying endeavor, especially when it comes to carving out dedicated study times throughout the week. Once the evening hits, it's easy for lots of small tasks and errands to get in the way of more important, time-consuming tasks. That's why it's important to know how to save time by making the most of the few short, unexpected calm periods you get throughout the day.

Stress Management for Nurses: 7 Essential Tips

According to a recent study, over 60% of nurses reported physical or mental side-effects of work-related stress within the last year.1 With long hours, often fast-paced work days, and high demands for patient care, proper stress management for nurses becomes increasingly important. From managing stress during your shift to efficiently de-stressing in your off hours, these tips can help you avoid burnout.

Helpful Organization Apps

Between work, school, and your personal life, having the right organization apps could mean the difference between remembering to study for your classes and forgetting about important deadlines. We understand that CTU students have plenty on their plate — here are some suggestions for smart, helpful apps to help you manage your busy schedule.