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Students Spending Money on Online Tutoring

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One of the biggest parts about going to college is balancing studying, going to class, working, personal health, and possibly a social life. This in turn makes online tutoring and study guides much more enticing compared to on-campus tutoring centers. Students are spending money on online tutoring in order to spend less time studying but get the best possible grade they can.

Schools such as Pennsylvania State University has taken notice to this growing trend. To the point that their own student government voted to “beef up” its own free tutoring options. They hope to sway students from spending money for online tutoring and take advantage of the tutoring centers that are already allocated on their campus.

Most tutoring centers, such as the University of Washington Bothell, is run by students that have already taken a course and gotten an adequate grade. Although our campus heavily advertises these resources, most campuses have tutoring centers that tend to be small and hidden.

At Penn State, the two hottest companies, LionTutors and PSUKnowHow, offer group tutoring sessions for the more popular campus courses. Which most would describe as live-active versions of CliffsNotes for the classes.

These companies are capitalizing on just reusing information that they’ve gathered from these popular classes and are enticing students to pay their way through school.

Students that use these services tend to be those that might have had to miss class or don’t completely understand the material in class. That being said, more schools need to invest more into their free tutoring centers as companies are now capitalizing on the pressure that students feel to academically succeed.

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Cybersecurity Update: Phishing Becoming More Frequent, Effective

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As other forms of online security grow stronger, online criminals are looking more and more towards the end user as an attack vector as well as a victim. Phishing attacks, which trick the user into voluntarily giving up their personal information to a source that they think they can trust, are increasing dramatically. At the same time, these attacks are becoming more sophisticated in their ability to confuse their victims and earn their trust. For example, phishing attacks frequently take the form of fraudulent emails that tell users that their account has been compromised and that they need to reset their passwords. They then direct users to a fake website that resembles the one they expect to see and ask users to enter their credentials. Once the victim enters their username and password, attackers are free to use those to impersonate the victim. Attackers are quickly learning to trick their victims by including the victim’s name in the subject of the email, among other things. Other forms of phishing attacks could include email attachments that, when downloaded, can infect the victim’s computer.

UW has an excellent system for telling students about ongoing security issues, including emails being sent to the entire system when attacks are being reported against UW students. However, the best way to fight phishing attacks is learning the ability to tell the difference between a trustworthy and untrustworthy email. Paying close attention to spelling and grammar in a given email and looking for consistency in information given can be an effective tool to keep oneself from being tricked.

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BenchPrep

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Are you a student who is not a fan of tests? Do you wish you could have a chance to improve your test taking skills? Now you can, with the new app BenchPrep! This app is an online learning platform built to help students prepare for all sorts of tests. Tests like: standardized tests, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and much more. The goal behind BenchPrep is to make studying be accessible and personalized for everyone whether it is through smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Thanks to BenchPrep’s interactive learning environment that it provides, it allows the users to study anywhere at any time. Students are given access to rich materials from a variety of different publishers, all at their fingertips.

BenchPrep creates a unique and  interactive learning environment. It allows students to study any time. It is the only test prep solution that allows students to study on the internet, using IOS or Android. With BenchPrep, students can access material from a number of different publishers in one place. A student can pay one fee and keep using the app again and again throughout the course of their academic career.

One of the greatest things about BenchPrep is the flexibility it provides for its users. For those who started on the tests on computer and happen to run out of time before completing, no worries! You can continue with your study on another computer or any other device and continue where you last left off.

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Free Educational Apps – Available Today

Now is your chance to download iPad apps that are normally on sale, but are free for a limited time. These educational apps are designed to help students with reading course documents and creating job resumes.

PDF- Scanner

The Smart PDF Scanner (regularly priced at $4.99) has a variety of different features to meet student scanning needs. This app allows students to scan documents even in poor lighting conditions. The app is designed to automatically detect the page edges. Smart PDF Scanner has an excellent tagging system, which helps students organize scanned documents under color-coded categories for easy browsing. If students need to share their scanned documents, Smart PDF Scanner allows students to export their scans in different formats, such as PDFs.

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Resume Maker

Resume Maker is an iPad app that helps students easily create professionally looking resumes. The app is also available for free for a limited time (regularly priced at $2.99). The app provides students with a variety of beautiful pre-made resume and cover letter templates. Students can just add their own information. Resume Maker is also connected to LinkedIn, so resumes can instantly be imported to students LinkedIn profile.

With the help of these apps students are able to have a work space at the palm of their hand. These apps are free for a limited time. Enjoy!

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Paper App

Taking notes is an important part of getting an education. This is a way for students to not only retain knowledge (through writing notes) and a way to look back on lesson information. Paper is an app that is available for iPhones and iPads through the iTunes App store. This app allows you to take notes to the next level.

The main idea behind this app is being able to organize ideas and courses into what they call “spaces”. With this, you can create an array of different notes which include a multitude of different graphics in which you can manipulate.

One of the features is adding a photo that you can take, or have taken and by using a precise stylus, you can spotlight details and make pen strokes on the photo. Underneath, you can put a note or caption of what the photo means or what the spotlight means. This app also has a multitude of ways to create diagrams. You can create shapes using continuous movement, draw lines and arrows by taping the blue arrows at the end of the lines, fill shapes by dragging the stylus to create a freeform fill (this is especially useful if you are trying to make a graph and want a filled area), and duplicate shapes.

All of these features allow for maximum note taking for students. You can go beyond normal words, but also duplicate important graphs or tables that the teacher had already created on the board. This app can also be a one stop shop as a planner of what you need to complete for your courses as it also has a feature to create to-do lists. All of this information is easily accessible through iPad and iPhones with a simple account.

On their website (www.fiftythree.com) they have a “pencil” or stylus, available to purchase.