Attention ACP students! Do you work for a nonprofit organization? You may be able to receive tuition assistance from TD Bank! Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded by the TD Charitable Foundation to eligible community-based organizations for employees to attend approved classes/courses that will enhance their job performance.
Not sure when to apply? No worries! Applications (complete with all required attachments) are accepted on a rolling basis, and the TD Charitable Foundation reviews requests monthly. Notification and payout of awards are usually made in the fourth week of each month. Applicants will be notified of donation status between two to six weeks from their donation application submission.
Organizations shall be eligible to receive no more than $1,000 per calendar year. Donation amounts are to cover tuition only.
- Must be tax-exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3), a public school or other qualified state or local governmental entity and not be classified as a private foundation
- Must have a mission/focus that promotes one of the following:
- Affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals
- Increased economic (small business) development
- Financial literacy for low- and moderate-income youth, individuals or families
- After-school or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children
- Must be located within a TD Bank, N.A. market area
- Must comply with the TD Charitable Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy
Eligible use of funds:
- Classes and courses must be pertinent to the job the employee performs
- Classes and courses may be one-day classes or part of a certification program
- Attendance at a conference is not eligible under the program
- Classes and courses should not have been already completed at the time of the application
- Classes and courses should be planned to be attended at least 30 days from the donation application submission
Doctors say we should get 7-9 hours a sleep every night, but how often does that actually happen? It’s very important for college students to get enough rest. A good night’s sleep will help you retain information better and feel great during your classes. If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s rest, give some of these ideas a try:
Avoid stimulants like coffee and sodas. Research suggests that even a cup of coffee early in the afternoon can keep your body wired all night. Instead, try eating a snack rich in protein like almonds or cheese. You can also get a jolt of energy from fruit, like an apple or a banana.
Limit exposure to lights and electronics before bed. Electric lights and the glow of our phone and computer screens can confuse our bodies and make it harder to fall asleep. Try to avoid these lights for an hour before you go to bed. If you look at social media to unwind, try reading a chapter out of a paper book before bed.
Exercise daily. Even 10 minutes of aerobic exercise (like walking, riding a bike, or swimming) can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It’s hard for busy students to find time to go to the gym. Instead, try taking a walk around campus between classes or try to take the stairs more often.
Stretch out your muscles before bed. Doing a few simple stretches before you lay down can help your body relax so you can fall asleep faster. Bend over to touch your toes, stretch out your arms, and roll your shoulders to loosen up.
Try guided imagery or listen to relaxing music. Worries throughout the day can really pile up by bedtime. When your brain just won’t relax, try guided imagery or going to a “happy place” in your mind. Think of a favorite location, a dream vacation, or other relaxing spot you’d like to be. Let the image fill your mind. Thinking of a relaxing place can help you fall asleep.
Labor Day is only a few days away, which means Autumn is just around the corner! As the weather starts to cool and days get shorter, it can be hard to say goodbye to Summer and settle in for the season ahead. But the truth is that Fall can be a truly magical time. Here are some ideas on how you can embrace and enjoy all that Fall has to offer:
Take your study session outside. In the heat of summer, the library is the logical place to hunker down with your books. But Autumn weather is perfect for outdoor study sessions. A change of scenery and crisp, fresh air can definitely help reinvigorate your study. Grab your books or computer, a comfy sweater and scarf, and a study buddy, and venture out on campus before the winter chill hits!
Take advantage of campus events. Each NOVA campus offers a wide range of activities and events over the fall semester. For all you movie buffs, the Manassas campus offers a Movie Night every Thursday at 8pm in the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater. It’s free for students and staff, and only $3 for any friends or family you bring along.
Hit the hiking trails. Enjoy the ever-changing colors of Fall! Get together a group of friends or your family and make a trip to one of VA’s many hiking trails. There’s a huge variety of trails to suit every fitness and activity level. You can find a selection of trails here. Don’t forget to bring along a camera to capture the stunning colors!
Visit an apple orchard. A day out at a pick-your-own apple orchard is a great family activity! Bundle up and enjoy some hot apple cider or cider donuts while you’re there and savor the tastes of Fall. Find an orchard near you here.
Enjoy a Fall Festival. If you love pumpkin spice everything, then a local Fall Festival is just the place for you! Celebrating all things unique to the season, festivals are great fun for both kids and adults. Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of Fall at a festival near you. Check out upcoming festivals here.
And finally, it’s good to take time to relax and unwind after a long day of class or work with a cup of hot tea or apple cider and a warm blanket. Allow yourself to sit back and watch a fire crackle or leaves fall and take a break. You’ve earned it!
Having a solid study routine is a great contributor to academic success! The right routine will not only help you effectively manage your time, but also will help you retain more information and improve concentration! However, routines can be too comfortable after a while, and can prevent you from reaching your full potential. Mixing things up has some surprising benefits to your overall productivity!
Becoming too used to your study routine can contribute to an inability to focus. An easy way to combat this is to change something! Consider rearranging your study schedule; if you normally work on your writing courses first, think about tackling your math first next time. Changing the order in which you study certain subjects might help you retain information better.
If you like your schedule and don’t want to change that, maybe you can think about changing up your learning style! For example, if you are a verbal learner, maybe you can try studying in an analytical style.
Even if you like your schedule and your learning style, and you consistently get good grades on your work, you can change your routine just once. If you are having a hard time writing a paper, maybe you can take some time away and go for a walk. Interrupting your routine, even for 30 minutes, to do something different can boost your creativity.
Changing your routine may not be something you want to do, but if you’ve noticed a drop in your grades or a plateau, it might be something to consider! If your routine no longer seems to be effective, you should give it a try! You may be surprised by the results!
Looking to advance your career? Need credentials to move to the next level? Adult Career Pathways could be the right program to get you started on your path to success! Watch our video below to learn more about how ACP’s student-centered model guides adult students at NOVA to success.
One word that you might associate with studying is “quiet.” If you’re studying somewhere like the campus library or another common area, you—as well as the people around you—are probably not making a lot of noise. You don’t want to be disruptive to the people around you!
But maybe you’ve found that talking out loud is helpful when you’re studying. There’s a reason for that! Talking to yourself might look funny to others, but studies show that it improves your memory and information retention! By actually stating information out loud, it creates what experts call the production effect. Participants read a list of words, half silently and half out loud. When it came time to recite the lists of words later on, they were more likely to remember the words they had said out loud.
Part of this is because saying something out loud helps to make it distinctive. In addition to having knowledge of seeing information in a book or in your notes, or hearing it in lecture, you also have a memory of yourself producing that information verbally.
Based on this, you might want to consider identifying the most important information in your course materials. Then when you are reviewing it later on, you can recite it out loud. Taking this extra step might help you on the road to academic success!
At Adult Career Pathways, we have various initiatives and programs designed to provide additional assistance to our students. From programs designed to help veterans to those designed to help families, there’s help for every student who wants to make college a reality in their life!
One such program, Dual Generational Pathways, is designed to create a college-going mindset within families, and at partner sites. DGP focuses on lower-income families, and engages two or more generations simultaneously through college awareness, readiness, and success activities. The initiative works with children as young as four years old to seniors preparing for a second career.
Dual Generational Pathways aims to break the generational cycle of poverty through educational pathways that lead to living-wage careers. You can read more about Dual Generational Pathways on the ACP website or on Dual Gen’s blog HERE.
If you know someone who could benefit from Dual Generational Pathways or Adult Career Pathways, be sure to share this post with them! You can also direct them to our Facebook at facebook.com/acp and facebook.com/dualgen.