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Blazing a Path to Success

When Elizabeth Cotroneo-Wheeler stepped onto the stage to speak at her college graduation she looked out into the audience and individually thanked each of her three young children.

The looks on their faces, Elizabeth said, was worth every difficult or stressful moment during the two years she worked to stand there that day.

“My oldest child said if I could take classes while taking care of them, then he could do it,” Elizabeth said. “They really enjoyed being at the ceremony to take part in my accomplishment.” Read More…

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Men’s Basketball Continues their Run

Bryant & Stratton College’s winning ways almost came to an end at the Region X Blastoff at Sandhills on Sunday as the Bobcats squeezed by Davidson County Community College 67-66.

The one-point win pushed BSC’s record to 6-0 heading into the short Thanksgiving break.

Greg Heckstall led the way for the Bobcats, putting up 16 points, grabbing five rebounds and adding four assists. Heckstall’s 31 minutes paced the BSC lineup and only three other players saw over 20 minutes. Jaron Burnell added 10 key points off the bench in 24 minutes on the court, helping BSC sneak by DCCC. Read More…

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Instructor Blog: The Value of Textbook and Supplemental Reading

In high school, you may have had to lug textbooks home every day and submit assignments straight out of the textbook. Our backs are all better off not carrying those back and forth, and I don’t know anyone who misses the textbook assignments that can feel like busywork. However, even with attending college online and in the age of e-books and e-readers, there is still an advantage of sitting down with a big textbook and a highlighter. Read More…

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Best Online Midterm Study Tips

Your midterm is likely your first comprehensive assessment in class and may count for a significant portion of your grade—something that is always nerve-wracking. If 30 percent of your overall grade relies on the results of a single test, it can be the source of some anxiety, which may be amplified in an online course. If you are worried about how to prepare for your first midterm in an online course, follow the advice below to ensure you’re using the best study practices in your midterm prep.

Take advantage of any materials available

Often, professors of online courses will provide you with some resources to use in order to prepare for any major test. Perhaps your professor has provided sample questions or a practice exam for you to work on. The professor posts these materials for a reason—they’re a great tool for studying. Take advantage of any of these resources available to you. Even if sample questions or practice tests aren’t made available to you, you can search for studying resources online, or ask your professor if he or she can recommend some.

Reach out to the professor for advice

Your professor is there to assist you in the learning process. Even if your professor has already made materials available, it’s a good idea to contact the professor for advice anyway. Tell your professor if it’s your first online course, and ask if he or she has any advice on how you can best prepare. Even if it isn’t your first online course, asking about the structure, format, and breadth of content that will be covered on the midterm can give you useful information you need to prepare.

Find a midterm study partner

Your professor isn’t the only person who can be helpful resource—you can utilize your classmates for midterm prep, as well. Just because your classroom isn’t brick and mortar, doesn’t mean you can’t find a study buddy. Utilize your course’s ListServ to reach out to potential study partners. You can easily study together online, and even share study materials, such as digital flashcards. Having another set of eyes on the material may help you identify areas that you may have overlooked in your own studies and give you a fresh perspective.

Disconnect from social media, email, and other digital distractions

While connecting with classmates to study is great, make sure your Internet connection isn’t a source of distraction during study time. Disconnect from social media and email not related to the course to ensure you’re focused on your class material. There are even site blockers you can use to temporarily enforce productivity. You can study for hours, but that time could be wasted if you aren’t dedicating your full attention to preparing for the exam. The best method to keep you on track is to log out while you study.

Pace yourself

Your midterm prep shouldn’t consist of one cram session the night before the test. Instead, dedicate a little bit of time each day to studying in the days or even weeks leading up to the test. Breaking your study time into “chunks” is more effective than longer study sessions, and you’re more likely to recall the information you’ve reviewed. Go through any reading material that was previously assigned, and skim it again for important information. Look through your notes to brush up on and identify areas you’re struggling with. Manage your time well, and take short breaks to help you stay focused. When it comes time to take the exam, make sure you have a quiet space available that is free from distractions to mimic a traditional testing environment as closely as possible.

Although online courses may offer more independence and less structure, they are not less challenging. Your online course (and midterm) is just as important as any other course—treat it as such. Even if you’re taking your midterm in your PJs, it is still a test that has important implications for your future. Keep that in mind as you study, and be sure to dedicate as much as time and effort to your online midterms as you would for any other course.

Catherine Martin is a contributing writer for, the world’s largest global marketplace for finding independent tutors.

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Men’s Basketball Proving their Ranking Right

Expectations were high for the Bryant & Stratton College men’s basketball team as they garnered a top-15 preseason ranking in the NJCAA. Through their first trio of games, the Bobcats have met expectations.

Wins over CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Dundalk and Vance-Granville Community College have staked the 14th ranked Bobcats to a 3-0 record with the victory over VGCC giving BSC their first conference victory.

Bench play has been a key for the Bobcats through their first three contests. There’s no better example than their season-opening win over CCBC Cantonsville when the Bobcats’ bench outpaced the starters 49-38. Eight bench players factored in with four seeing 15 minutes or more. Those four – Jaron Burnell, Mike Basnight, Romello Anderson and Shyheim Draughan – equaled the output of BSC’s starting five in the win.

It was more of the same in BSC’s 20-point victory over CCBC Dundalk and their 40-point thrashing of VGCC. No player in the starting five or the bench scored more than 20 points and only two players saw more than 25 minutes in either contest.

The focus now shifts to Guilford Tech tomorrow night, followed by back-to-back games the following weekend against Central Carolina and Davidson County. BSC’s balanced attack and deep bench will be on display once again as they look to extend their early win streak.

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Suffocating Defense Defines Early Season Success for Lady Bobcats

The Lady Bobcats basketball team is off to a hot start, winning their first five contests of the 2015-16 season.

The early returns for BSC have been nothing short of dominant. Averaging 77.8 points per game and only allowing an average of 39 ppg, the Lady Bobcats have established themselves as a force at both ends of the court.

Their most convincing victory came on November 8 against Thomas Nelson Community College as the Bobcats rolled to an 88-11 victory. The 11 points allowed drastically drops the average points allowed this season, but even with last week’s suffocating defensive performance factored in, the Bobcats are averaging just 46 points per game against. Read More…

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Bobcats Defeated in USCAA National Championship

The Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats fell short of their National Championship aspirations in a dramatic penalty kick defeat to the University of Maine-Fort Kent.

Despite playing much of the first half with a man advantage after a UMFK red card, the Bobcats couldn’t find the back of the net. BSC would eventually fall victim to a red card of their own and the sides would finish regulation and extra time with 10 players each.

As the golden goal overtimes played out just as regulation did, BSC and UMFK prepared for penalty kicks to determine the USCAA National Champion. Fernando Baptiste put BSC up with their very first kick, but the Bobcats were unable to convert another try. Meanwhile, UMFK leveled the penalties at one after Rodney Witner’s attempt and Stefan Petricevic would convert the winner on the Bengals’ last shot.

The championship loss took BSC one step closer than they were in 2014, losing in the national semifinals. While the sting of this year’s defeat will linger, the Bobcats will be prepared to take their final step to a title in 2016.

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Men’s and Women’s Soccer Advance to National Semifinals

There would be no repeat of past misfortune for the Lady Bobcats soccer team as they advanced to the semifinals of the USCAA National Tournament with a 3-0 win over Alfred State.

Alfred State exerted a quick-strike attack to snatch a 3-2 win away from BSC earlier in the year, but the Bobcats kept the Pioneers at bay last night. Amanda Belsito’s goal in the 33rd minute would be all BSC would need as she slotted home a pass from Nicolette Weir.

Weir would be busy in the second half as well, factoring on both of BSC’s insurance markers. First, she’d set up All-American Adela Racic in the 69th minute before picking up a goal of her own in the 86th minute. Megan Hagadorn was superb in net, turning away all eight shots she faced.

Next up for the Bobcats is a date with the number one seeded University of Maine-Fort Kent today at 11:30am.

Dajhal Kelly was the hero of the day for the Bryant & Stratton College men as they dispatched SUNY Delhi 2-0 to advance to the USCAA semifinals.

Kelly scored both Bobcats goals only 1:49 apart in the first half. The goals would be all the Bobcats would need as they held Delhi to only one shot attempt that failed to even force Harry Watson into a save.

BSC will face Berkeley College today at 2:00 to determine the National Championship seeding.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Coming to Eastlake

Bryant & Stratton College is proud to announce that we are currently enrolling for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at our Eastlake Campus.

This is the fourth Bryant & Stratton College campus to offer an OTA program as campuses in New York, Ohio and Wisconsin each offer this exciting program:

  • Eastlake – 440-510-1112 – 35350 Curtis Blvd, Eastlake, OH 44095
  • Greece – 585-720-0660 – 854 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14612
  • Syracuse – 315-472-6603 – 953 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203
  • Wauwatosa – 414-302-7000 – 10950 W Potter Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Read More…
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Bobcats Soccer Ready to Storm Nationals

The number-one ranked Bryant & Stratton College men’s soccer team earned a first-round bye in the 2015 USCAA National Tournament thanks to their 11-1 season that ended on an eight-game win streak.

The Bobcats’ lone loss came at the hands of defending national champions, WVU Tech, the team that dispatched BSC in the 2014 national semifinals. WVU is not participating in the postseason this year and BSC steps into the top spot in the bracket as a result. Read More…

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