5 Tips to Being Successful With Your Spanish Language Course

Spanish language courses come in all different packages. There are different approaches to learning a new language and there are different Spanish language courses designed for different types of learners. There are some constants that are the same for every language learner. Here are 5 things that will help you be successful with your Spanish language course.

#1 Commitment: You can have a $500 Spanish language course or a $5 one but, if you are not truly committed to learning the language you will not be successful. Learning a new language is hard. You have to focus and decide that you are going to do what it takes to get through those moments when you are frustrated or confused.

#2 Practice: With our world becoming smaller and smaller it is not that difficult to find a partner that you can practice your Spanish with. When you are working through your Spanish language course you may want to consider finding someone who you can actually have a conversation with. Try to find someone who is learning English and you can work with each other to correct your mistakes. This will jump start your language learning and ensure that your pronunciation is correct with someone whom you don’t have to feel intimidated.

#3 Don’t skip the basics: Take the time to learn the basics through your Spanish language course. In many parts of the US you may already hear Spanish being spoken around you and you may already know some of the language already. Don’t confuse this with the ability to skip over the basics. The basics are the foundation of the language and will help you to determine when verbs are irregular or other special circumstances where Spanish can be confusing.

#4 Watch TV: If you have basic cable, chances are that you have at least 1 Spanish channel. To supplement your Spanish language course you can commit to watching 30 minutes of news in Spanish. You may find it very interesting to compare and contrast the news that you hear on US channels and Spanish channels. It is a great opportunity to understand the culture better as well as immerse yourself in the language.

#5 Have Fun: If your language course doesn’t already include it, find some games that you can play in Spanish. This is a low pressure, fun way to practice the language and it helps to reconfirm in your mind the things that you have already learned. Make sure that your learning has some visual aspect to it to engage both you left and right brains.

People take Spanish language courses for several reasons. Some want to travel to Spanish speaking countries, others need to learn the language to further their career, still others just want to be able to communicate with Spanish speakers. What ever the case, be sure that the Spanish course that you are using matches your learning style. If there are aspects of the course that are lacking, use some of the tools listed above to ensure success and supplement your Spanish language course.

Online College Degree Application Tips

“So it’s that time of the year when those of you…applying to B-school [business school] must be working furiously trying to put together your application package…Don’t sweat! Applying to a B-school…is a great roller-coaster ride. “The sooner one learns to relax,… the sooner one can begin to enjoy it, and…do better justice to it.” This quote may be found at Businessweek posted on Jan. 7, 2007 by Vivek Bhatnagar in the MBA Journals, “From India to Octopus’ Garden.”

The above quote applies to all applications to online college degree programs, not just to business school applications. Below are some of the requirements for applying to online colleges.


If you are interested in online education, there may be some prerequisites required for the online degree program you choose. The best way to find out if prerequisites are required and which ones are needed is to check the online admissions pages of the college. Prerequisites will vary.

For an associate’s degree, you will need:

* a high school diploma or its equivalent or

* have a job, be at least 18 years old, and have Internet access.

* For some majors, such as English and mathematics, you may need to pass basic
competency English and mathematics tests or take prerequisite courses.

For a bachelor’s degree program, you will need:

* a high school diploma or its equivalent

* or an associate’s degree.

* For some majors, such as English and mathematics, you may need to pass basic
competency English and mathematics tests or take prerequisite courses.

To join a master’s program, you need:

* a bachelor’s degree from a college that is, at minimum, regionally accredited

* a 2.5 to 3.0 grade point average (GPA)

* either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

For certification programs, you may need:

* a job in the field of the certification.

(These facts may be found at: “Prerequisites for Enrolling in an Online College” by Vicky Phillips, Published on Wednesday, 9th of August, 2006 on: http://oedb.org/library and on: http://www.geteducated.com)

The College Application

To apply to an online college, you will need to provide your high school diploma or equivalent, all college transcripts, results of any tests that are required, and, possibly, your birth certificate. You may have to take some of the tests mentioned above. The GRE tests verbal and quantitative skills: vocabulary, reading comprehension, and math, including statistics and algebra.

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is math free. It tests your ability to think comparatively, such as “Cat is to dog as kitten is to puppy.” The MAT is often required by graduate schools in education, human resources, library science and the social sciences. Graduate schools in business or management often require the GMAT. The GMAT does not test your knowledge of management or business. It tests verbal skills, mathematical knowledge (through calculus), and writing aptitude.

If the college you are interested in is accredited, it will accept course credit earned at other colleges. You will fill out paperwork and provide transcripts of the classes you have taken. Some online colleges give course credit for work experience; you may have to take a test to show how much you learned. Usually the application for an online college can be completed over the Internet.

When you apply, you may meet with an advisor to help you in deciding which program to enroll in, how to apply for financial assistance, and answer your questions. Online degree programs require internet access. For that reason, the college may require you to have certain hardware and software programs. Computer upgrades may be needed to meet course requirements, for example, additional memory needed. Most online colleges require computers that are PCs rather than Apple Macintosh computers.

For online degree applications, put together needed materials, fulfill test requirements, and complete an application. Confer with an advisor. Check to make sure you have the required computer capabilities. After application approval, you’ll be on your way!