How to Prepare for an Online Degree

The last time I talked about an online degree, it was back in 2013. The online education landscape has changed a lot since then, with reputable universities now offering more programs to choose from. In fact, online degrees are so popular today, especially now that high school graduates and professionals are opting for online programs rather than the conventional brick-and-mortar courses.

With so many accredited degrees to choose from, finding one that suits you best is relatively easy. Enrolling and getting started with the course, however, requires a bit more preparation. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your next online degree.

Understand the Course Requirements

One of the best things about today’s online courses is that you can find as much information as you need directly on the program’s website. You can read the complete curriculum, check the syllabus and find out more about entry and course requirements.

Entry requirements are the minimum standards you have to meet in order to be able to enroll. For example, you can’t take a master’s degree in business administration without a bachelor’s degree and a sufficient GPA.

Course requirements, on the other hand, are requirements you’ll have to meet in order to stay in the program and graduate with the degree. For instance, some nursing programs require you to attend at least one class while completing the rest of the program online. Other programs can be taken 100% remotely, so you don’t have to travel to the university at all.

Understand these details and you will have no trouble pursuing the degree of your dreams. Don’t hesitate to ask questions using the available support channels if there are requirements that you don’t understand.

Set a Pace

Another great thing about online degrees is that you can study at your own time. You can allocate as much – or as little – time as you like and complete the course at your own pace. Programs such as the online masters in library science from the University of Southern California, for example, can be completed in as little as 18 months, as long as you are willing to allocate more time.

It is best to do your time allocation and scheduling at the beginning of the course. With most programs, you can safely allocate an hour every day for studying and still be able to complete the course on time. Don’t forget to stick to the schedule once you start the course.

Get Familiar with the System

The online MMLIS program and other online courses all rely on an online learning platform. This platform may differ depending on the university you’re enrolling into, but they serve the same purpose: to provide you with all the resources you need to complete the course.

Before the program starts, always take the time to get familiar with the learning platform. Find out how you can download course materials and get in touch with lecturers. Even better, introduce yourself to the lecturers for the semester so you can ask questions easily later. Last, but certainly not least, make sure you have all the learning materials you need stored offline to make studying a breeze.

So, are you ready to pursue the degree you’ve always wanted online? With these tips in mind, the answer to that question is a big YES.

QCY Mini Wireless Earphones with 12 Hours Music Time!!

I have a great set of wireless, bluetooth earbuds. There is so much that I love about this set. Starting with the packaging. The plain brown craft box fit the QCY Mini Earbuds.Earbuds

Inside the craft box is a small fitted plastic case. The case is almost 3″ long and a little over an inch wide. The case is so COOL!! First the case is also the charger. A very nice gray color. Open the top and the earbuds nestle inside the fitted wells. The earbuds make a slight clicking noise when they are put in correctly. The wells are marked (r)ight and (l)eft. On the outside back of the case is the USB charging port. A very short USB cord arrives with the earphones. Also included are three extra sets of rubber ear pieces so that you can pretty much be assured that you will find a fit for ears.

Once you fully charge the mini earbuds. I charge them overnight and I get a full day of music or Netflix binge watching. The comfort is wonderful once you get the correct rubber ear piece to fit your ear. The buds stay in while I clean house, run around the park with 5-year-old! They fit comfortably and securely.

My favorite feature is the fact I can pair two devices. My Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and my iPad. I love that!!! I can make phone calls that according to the people on the other end the call is CRYSTAL clear. As small as the ear bud is I am blown away that the calls are that clear. WOW!!

Pairing is super easy. After the first pairing just turn on the ear buds and they auto connect. Either to my iPad or my phone.



Start with a long press on the right earbud and the earbuds will begin the pairing mode, I love that the earbuds have verbal confirmation for all of the steps.  The noise cancellation works perfectly for phone calls, music and binge watching Netflix shows.  I love that after I hang up a phone call my music or show automatically resumes.

The battery life is very good. I get about 11.5 hours of talk and music time.  I can listen in stereo or in mono mode.

Each earbud is marked on the underside with (r)ight and (l)eft. On the top of each earbud is QCY  in a pretty silver-gray.
Side note! If you forget to remove the tape off the charging port on the earbud? Yeah… they won’t charge. So be sure to remove the protective tape. 


Nope, not a one. These bluetooth earbuds are not just a comfortable fit but great sound, clear phone calls on both ends AND being able to connect two devices make these an awesome set!!

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February 2017 Beauty Box 5 Review!

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Beauty Box 5 is my favorite box of goodies that I receive every month. Why wouldn’t it be?  They send five of the BEST beauty items! Scary how often they send items that are either on my shopping list or tacked on my Pinterest Beauty Board.

Check out the loot in February 2017’s Beauty Box 5!!  This month’s theme is “Put Your Best Kiss Forward!” I really do look forward to the cute postcards. This cute little postcard; is decorated with red and pink circles and lipsticks.  Several of the cards have made it to my home office bulletin board.  The opposite side of the postcard contains detailed descriptions of each product included in the box.

JEAN PIERRE COSMETICS ♥ Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask  Not only does this lip mask repair dry, cracked lips. A mixture of collagen, vitamins and minerals. Place the pink silicone lip mask on clean dry lips, put your feet up and chill out for 15 minutes.  After removing the lip masks simply massage the remaining liquid into the lips. Viola Done! Soft lips! #JEANPIERRECOSMETICS

TINT BEAUTY ♥ UNICORN LIPPIE Ahhhhh the mythical lip color DOES exist!! The lip color is ultra pigmented and matte color. It stays on ALL DAY long!! Even when I’m kissin’ the kid! Which by the way I have a fun story to share. I was kissing on Alice’s face she was laughing, giggling and squirming. I do HAVE to test these products ya’know! Alice said “Non Stop!” to which I replied “Non Stop KISSES!? DONE!” more kisses and breathless laughter until 5-year-old Alice screamed “Non PERIOD stop” (Of course learning just how smart this kid is only got more kisses!) Smart kid! Great lipcolor!! SCORE!! #TINTBEAUTY

TINT BEAUTY ♥ UNICORN LINER Random colors were sent in the BB5 I received Make Believe. It’s a perfect nude lip color that coordinates perfectly with the Make Believe color. The pencil liner is a creamy crayon like liner with a nice sharp tip. Another one that has great staying power! #TINTBEAUTY

SO SUSAN ♥ COLOUR HYBRID This is my favorite product in this BB5 box for February. This is a creamy mouse lip/cheek color. This one has a lot of punch to the color!  A small amount is all that is needed for beautiful pouty lips. However my favorite feature is the fact a small amount on the apples of my cheeks. The color is amazing!! I love a blush that has staying power. Added bonus? I wear it on the weekend when I usually only wear blush and lip-gloss. This is now my go to color! LOVE! LOVE!! #SOSUSANCOSMETICS

STYLE ESSENTIALS ♥ LIP GLOSS This one is a great balm. I received Pearl color. Absolutely a life saver for lip color that went on too dark. Or a day where I just want a slight sheer color. This is a very nice gloss balm.  #STYLEESSENTIALS


No whines here; another great box of goodies!  Awesome colors!! I am addicted to the nude colors and this box was packed full of my dream colors. I especially lovin’ the Colour Hybrid! It’s a great color!!

I honestly believe that BB5 is 100% a fabulous buy, starting at $12 a month if you buy monthly. Lower prices if you buy quarterly and even better savings for yearly boxes. I don’t think you would be disappointed! Sign up for Beauty Box 5!

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