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A Happy New Year: GradGuard Gives Back

January 17, 2020

Giving back to the community and supporting foundations that help make the world a better place is something we are all passionate about here at GradGuard. 

This holiday season we decided to give back by choosing four charities that our team at GradGuard actively supports. We invited our partners to participate by having them choose amongst the four charities and their vote would define the donation amount. We had a lot of fun and are excited to share the success with you!

Below are the charities we chose and why they mean so much to our team. All of these charities are ones that our team strongly supports and believes in. 

4Ocean Charity – 33% donated. This company is committed to cleaning the ocean and its coastlines by working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits. GradGuard and more specifically some of our team members, namely Susan and Chanda, are passionate about the health and future of the ocean and our planet. 

Global Sports Foundation Athletics 6% donated. This charity supports children to connect with each other and learn to battle adversity. We recognize the valuable lessons that are learned on a playing field and don’t want any child to miss the opportunity due to a lack of proper equipment. The Global Sports Foundation Launches missions around the world to bring gently used equipment to children in need and get them back in the game! One of our newest members of our GradGuard team, Kaylyn, was an NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete and this cause is very close to her heart. 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) 14% donated. GradGuard protects college lives and as a company, we believe animals lives should be protected as well. The ASPCA is the national leader in animal rescue, protection, and placement – we believe they make life-changing differences for animals across America. At GradGuard, our Team Members have a special place in our hearts for our rescued furry family members making this cause special to our company. 

“I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF) 47% donated. This charity works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams. They empower children, (“Dreamers”), in under-resourced communities to graduate from college by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in post-secondary school, along with tuition support to remove financial barriers. GradGuard’s mission of helping students reach their aspirations of achieving higher education is perfectly aligned with IHDF. Our team here at GradGuard has a passion to promote student success and we’re happy to support this great cause!

We are excited for what the new year will bring and our future philanthropic contributions! 

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Higher Ed Podcasts

January 17, 2020

There is so much to be aware of and prepare for your higher education in today’s society. From applying to scholarships to making sure you have coverage for your laptop and textbooks, it’s good to keep it all organized. We’ve curated a list of podcasts to help guide you through your higher education journey. Whether you are an incoming freshman or looking into master programs these provide some great tips for higher education!

The College Info Geek Podcast: Study Tips & Advice for Students: For College Students

Learn how to be a more effective student, even while you’re doing your laundry. The College Info Geek Podcast features in-depth, actionable advice for boosting your productivity, earning better grades, paying off your student loans, and more.

Getting In: For Incoming College Students

For millions of American teenagers and their parents, adolescence is increasingly defined by one all-consuming goal: Getting into the right college.

“Getting In” is a real-time podcast following a diverse group of New York-area high school seniors through the exhilarating and harrowing process of applying to college. The series is hosted by Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University and author of “How to Raise an Adult.”

Admissions Straight Talk: For Grad School Admissions

Admissions Straight Talk is a weekly discussion of what’s new, thought-provoking, and useful in the world of graduate admissions. Linda Abraham, leading admissions consultant and author, covers the application process for MBA, law school, medical school, and other graduate programs.

Higher Ed Live: Higher Education in General

Higher Ed Live offers viewers direct access to the best and brightest minds in education and allows viewers to share knowledge and participate in discussions around the most important issues in the industry. Higher Ed Live provides live, weekly content about admissions, advancement, marketing, student affairs, and communications to higher education professionals. Episodes feature knowledgeable hosts conducting exclusive interviews with professionals from institutions; journalists; consultants; and other leaders.

Higher ed: Higher Education in General

In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

The Academic Minute: Higher Education Worldwide News

The Academic Minute is a two-and-a-half-minute daily module that features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy.  A different professor is featured each day and you’ll enjoy updates on groundbreaking research and how it helps us better understand the world around us.

The higher ed world can be a little intimidating, but it’s just as exciting! With these podcasts, you can get ready for that next stage in your life or further your knowledge as a higher ed professional.

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4 Years, 8 Semesters, 120 Credit Hours

September 24, 2019

This task ahead of every full-time college student. For some, it will take longer and others shorter. This usually means that a student will have to take about 15 credit hours per semester. Some students take more.

Accommodating

Many college students have to work while they are in school and it can be a major challenge to manage a coursework load and an employee workload. Thankfully there are multiple solutions to manage 120 credit hours and 20-40 hr work week. Online classes and summer classes are just two of the options available to lighten the load allowing for students to achieve academic success while not having to be stressed out over the balance between working and completing school. 

Online Courses

Online classes are great ways to give students more control over managing their time. An online class does not have a set time that students have to attend a lecture. There are due dates for assignments and as long as the student is able to complete the assignments within the time that is due they are fine. Online classes allow students to work from wherever and whenever they want to. Some students will work on their academic material while they are at work. 

Summer Courses

Summer classes are extremely effective in allowing students to get more work done over the same amount of time. Just think, if you take two summer classes in between every spring and fall semester then you would only have to take 12 credits per semester instead of 15 and still graduate on time with 120 credits. Another great reason to take summer classes is that they keep the mind going. Students will be working hard during the school year and then after finals week of the spring semester, they will enter summer break mode. While it is nice to take a small break from schoolwork, a three-month-long break is not healthy for staying in the academic groove. Working out the mind is very similar to working out the body. If one does not continue to workout the mind it will become sluggish, making it difficult to start the next fall semester. But taking a couple summer classes allows students to continue exercising their mind but not to the point that it’s a burden. Keeping a small connection to academics during the offseason will make the transition back into the academic year a swift one. 

Navigating the course of college is not a simple task. It takes grit, determination and strategic planning. 4 years, 8 semesters, 120 credit hours. This can seem like a lot being thrown at you but there are plenty of ways to lighten the load and smoothen the path. Taking online courses and summer classes are just two ways to help simplify the college management process. Learn more about college tips, tricks, and hacks by visiting the GradGuard blog.

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Essential Questions Regarding Tuition Refunds & Tuition Insurance

June 27, 2019

Back to school season brings with it the usual media discussion about the cost of college, and what is necessary and what might not be needed for families to be best prepared for the fall semester.

Many insurance products aren’t essential… until you need them. Then, they can be a lifeline that helps protect your family from potentially devastating losses; always ask yourself about the risk you are taking for your investment in higher education. Can you afford to pay for an extra semester of college if something happens?

We suggest that all college students and families ask three questions prior to the start of college:

  1. What is the financial consequence if your student is unable to complete the semester due to a serious illness, injury or death of a parent?
  2. Does your school provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals?
  3. Can you afford to protect your investment with tuition insurance?

When selecting a school, it is imperative that you know that schools tuition refund policy.

Today, many parents don’t know the answer to any of the questions above. Most have no idea how the school they attend would handle a refund if their student was unable to complete the semester due to an unexpected illness or injury.

Determining the Need for Tuition Insurance:  Medical withdrawals are an infrequent, but costly event for students and their families. A 2015 survey of college officials estimated that 41% of campuses report having more than 1% of students complete a medical withdrawal a year and 59% indicating less than 1%. Data from the 2019 Association of College Health Administrators (ACHA) national student health reports also highlights the frequency of events that students indicate may disrupt their education:

Protect Your Student & Your Investment:   Unless schools provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals, GradGuard suggests that parents’ purchase at least some tuition refund insurance coverage for their student.  Check GradGuard.com for the coverage options available at your school. Note that certain school programs offer different pricing and coverage options and there are limitations to tuition refund insurance coverage.

Remember that coverage must be purchased prior to the start of school and may are not available to residents of all states. Remember to see your personal policy for complete details after you purchase!

This article was updated in July 2020

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The Impact of Technology on Education and Study Habits

June 4, 2019

Over time, technology has been evolving and has opened up a whole new world that didn’t exist a couple of years ago. Amazingly, the world has become a place where people can learn what has been hidden in books, through a virtual experience.  

Gone are days when students used to stress over exams, due to their lack of preparedness. Today, you can watch a step-by-step video and learn the toughest concepts easily through online tutorials.

From taking online classes with Clutch, an academic lifesaver, to studying for your organic chemistry exam, you can be sure to face your exams with confidence. Through this article, we will look at some of the biggest changes in the industry.

  • Being Entertained While Studying

Do you like the act of burying your head in books for hours? Do you even like the idea of looking at papers constantly without a break? The answer is probably no.

With content creators looking for ways to create engaging posts, academia posts are amazingly created with a twist of fun. Educational content is created with the learners’ needs in mind.

For example, you can learn about Los Angeles by watching YouTube videos about fun facts about LA or even listening to a lecture by a renowned travel expert. There is a whole new world of learning materials outside of books and Wikipedia.

  • Gamification of Learning

Isn’t it crazy that you can learn through gaming? The idea of gamification of lectures is strongly supported by educational experts.

This started way back with classroom Jeopardy for review sessions. The only difference is that now, as opposed to a classroom exercise, you will enjoy online games created purposely to teach and instruct.

Educational videos prove to boost student retention. There are also game apps used to improve studying with puzzles, logic and general intelligence.

  • Improved Speed

The traditional habits of looking into books index to access resources is now a thing of the past. Thank God you’re born in the 21st century, where you can now gain access to information speedily. On arriving at a resource, you just search the document though typing a keyword.

Additionally, mathematical programs that took decades to finish can now be completed in far quicker ways through special programs. Mathematical graphs are also plotted pretty quickly.

  • Divided Attention Disorder–DAD

While using technology for educational purposes, you will barely overcome the urge to check at your social pages. Most likely, you will be easily distracted from work, an affliction dubbed DAD (divided attention disorder).

Most temptations associated with DAD include the temptation to download a file, check bank balances, comment on a friend’s post/update, or speak to someone on a smartphone. Just Imagine how long then it will take to finish an essay or some informative read up.  

  • Change of roles

Technology is changing the roles of both teachers and learners. For example, in traditional learning set up, a teacher is the source of information and student the receiver.

This has for long been the practice, but, with access to lots of educational information through tech, shifting the role of a teacher to the “guide on the side”. On the other side, students take more responsibility for their own learning—without a supervisor. Additionally, you will realize that schools and universities all over the world are rolling out their learning programs to foster more use of technology.

Technology and education are always advancing; be sure you follow GradGuard on social media for all the tech updates within the industry!


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How to Create a Catchy Research Topic

February 5, 2019

Your research topic should be more than just academically justified. Of course, you need to choose the one that relates to a certain field of knowledge and some important questions, however, the topic should also be catchy and interesting. This will make the process of both writing and reading more pleasant. Check these tips and use them to make your research topic stellar.

Top tips on how to choose a good topic

  • Get inspired

Before you start, you should spend a couple of hours in the library, learning more about the filed you are going to work on. Read as much as you can and gather resources from books, encyclopedias, newspapers, journals, and all relevant materials. Be sure you make notes while you read so you don’t forget your ideas later. Getting as much knowledge as you can will help you define the most interesting themes. If something touches you, makes your creative juices flow, and doesn’t go away from your head, then it is a good idea to work on.

  • Pick something that appeals to you

If you don’t feel that a topic evokes something personal in your heart, then you should move on to something else. You can’t make great research without having a little passion for the topic, so be sure to choose something that is meaningful to you. If you are fond of particular authors or segments of knowledge, make sure to stick to them when choosing a topic. Ideas will come to you naturally if you work with sources and materials that you like.

  • Be clear

It is important to express your thoughts in a clear manner, even if you think that your potential readers are aware of the subject you are researching. Nothing ruins the impression of your research more than unclear language. Even if your ideas are complicated, you have to find a way to express them in an engaging manner. Remember, it is always better to be over-communicative than under-communicative

  • Keep your audience in mind

Think about people who are going to read your work. Who are they? What is their potential level of knowledge? Do they even care about the ideas that interest you? Make sure that your topic is something valuable and understandable for your readers, whether they are professors or peers.

  • Be careful with terms

Here is another thing that can spoil readers’ impression about your work – an improper use of the scientific language. Make sure that you know exactly what terms and concepts mean when including them into your text. It’s very embarrassing when someone uses specified language in a wrong way. This makes you look unprofessional and lazy.  If you don’t know the concrete meaning of the word, just read the explanation or don’t use it.

As you can see, the main secret of choosing a really good research topic is picking something that seems valuable and interesting to you. When you are composing a paper with passion, your readers will notice and take more interest in what you are writing about. Who knows, maybe this way you will make someone interested in something new!

GradGuard is here for all your college hacks and Tuesday tips! Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on our blog posts!

BIO: Jennifer Pauli graduated from Corvinus School of Management at Corvinus University of Budapest. Currently, Jennifer is an editor, business writer, and copywriter, working with EssaySpirit.com and other well-known companies, blogs, and personalities.

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Essential Questions Regarding Tuition Refunds & Tuition Insurance

August 14, 2016

Back to school season brings with it the usual media discussion about the cost of college, and what is necessary and what might not be needed for families to be best prepared for the fall semester.

Many insurance products aren’t essential… until you need them. Then, they can be a lifeline that helps protect your family from potentially devastating losses; always ask yourself about the risk you are taking for your investment in higher education. Can you afford to pay for an extra semester of college if something happens?

We suggest that all college students and families ask three questions prior to the start of college:

  1. What is the financial consequence if your student is unable to complete the semester due to a serious illness, injury or death of a parent?
  2. Does your school provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals?
  3. Can you afford not to protect your investment with tuition insurance?

When selecting a school, it is imperative that you know that schools tuition refund policy.

A 2016 survey of 510 college parents found that many parents don’t know the answer. More than 2/3 of parents surveyed have no idea how the school they attend would handle a refund if their student was unable to complete the semester due to an unexpected illness or injury.

Determining the Need for Tuition Insurance:  Medical withdrawals are an infrequent, but costly event for students and their families. A 2015 survey of college officials estimated that 41% of campuses report having more than 1% of students complete a medical withdrawal a year and 59% indicating less than 1%. Data from the 2015 Association of College Health Administrators (ACHA) national student health reports also highlights the frequency of events that students indicate may disrupt their education:

Protect Your Student & Your Investment:   Unless schools provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals, GradGuard suggests that parents’ purchase at least some tuition refund insurance coverage for their student.  Starting at $33.75 for $2,500 of coverage the cost of even a small amount of coverage provides some comfort in case your student is forced to withdraw from school.

Check GradGuard.com for the coverage options available at your school.  Note that certain school programs offer different pricing and coverage options and there are limitations to tuition refund insurance coverage.   Remember that coverage must be purchased prior to the start of school and may are not available to residents of all states. Remember to see your personal policy for complete details after your purchase!