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Tips for Academic Student Success / SMART & Personal Goals
« Last post by jmountney on January 05, 2014, 03:00:50 pm »
SMART & Personal Goals
In this section, consider your personal educational goals.

Follow the SMART acronym:
Specific - Measurable - Attainable - Rewarding - Timely

Write down your educational goals and keep track of your progress on a regular basis.

Good luck!

Happy 2014. Staying motivated helps you to achieve and accomplish your goals! 

Think positively!

Continue to motivate yourself!

Persistence pays off!

I wish you the best of luck in your studies and accomplishing your goals for this New Year!
6-Point Strategy for Being an Organized, Successful Student

1. Plan: Create a week-by-week timetable to plan out all your classes and commitments. Tip: Use a diary or wall planner; create a table in Word; use whatever format makes it easy for you to see exactly what you have to do each week.

2. Schedule: Enter all your due dates for assignments and exams as soon as you get them. Tip: Entering everything in one place like this will help you quickly identify challenging weeks. You can shift some tasks to lighter weeks to even out your workload.

3. Work Backwards: Working backwards from your due dates, allocate all the tasks needed for completing your assignments and exams. Enter these tasks into your week-by-week plan. Tip: Work backwards to avoid those last-minute stresses. List all the sub-tasks of each assignment, essay and exam, then schedule the tasks backwards from the due date. That way, you’ll meet all your study deadlines.

4. Work Hard: Unfortunately, without this one the others are a waste of time. When you’re studying, study hard. The rest of the time, relax. Tip: Each week, complete all the tasks on your weekly plan. You might need to go to the library or say no to friends – work out what you need to do and do it. But then reward yourself with some fun.

5. Rest: Schedule relaxation every day and every week to keep your energy and motivation up. Tip: Get some exercise, learn relaxation or meditation techniques, have fun with friends. Learn what you enjoy – and do it regularly.

6. Set Goals: Set a few SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) for exactly what you want to achieve. It will keep you focused on what you want and what you have to do to get there. Tip: Use goals to remind yourself of the big picture benefits that will come from being a good student. It will help you stay motivated.

Good luck!
Accounting / Re: Debit and Credit Interactive Quiz
« Last post by jharrison on December 25, 2013, 06:51:40 pm »
This is an excellent quiz review. There is no time limit and you can see right away if you are correct.
Internship Documents / Intership/ Job Search - the Value of Sending Thank You notes
« Last post by Zsofia Alfonso on December 19, 2013, 04:19:52 pm »
Dear Fashionistas,

As part of your Internship search process and Job interviews, sending Thank You Notes can be extremely beneficial. Read the article below for more tips:
The Power of Thank You

Posted by Howard Greenstein @howardgr  at 3:10 PM
I wanted to use my last column of the year to discuss the value of "Thank You." Many start-ups and small businesses survive and thrive via referrals and word of mouth. I'll use a personal example today to show how one business keeps its word-of-mouth pipeline full.

Earlier this year, our home air conditioning system failed during one of the hottest periods of the summer. We called our regular air conditioning and heating service, and they dispatched a technician who could not fix the problem. Seems the fan motor was bad, the unit was old, and they could not remove the fan blade from the motor. It was going to be at least a week to find a new fan and motor part, get someone out there, and get us some relief. And to add insult to injury, it was going to cost north of $600 in addition to the current service charge.

At that point, angry, frustrated and very, very hot, I went searching for an alternative. I contacted the company that makes our air conditioning unit, and they referred me to a web page with authorized local techs. A small independent shop answered my call, and the owner himself came out to fix the problem the next day (incredible in that heatwave). Somehow, he was able to remove the fan from the motor, and he had a spare motor in his truck that was a suitable substitute. In addition to the quick fix he provided, he was courteous, quick, and paid attention to small touches like removing his shoes before coming in from outside where the cooling unit is located. As a bonus, his work cost was about half our regular company's quote. As the air conditioner started to cool our house, we were very satisfied customers.

As a small business columnist, I always like to talk to owners about business and challenges. My technician works in a family-owned business that has a very small staff, and he does most of the repair and contracting work himself. He does little marketing, but told us that a way to thank him was to refer him to other customers - most of his business comes from word of mouth.

Fast forward a week or so later, and I'm commuting to New York on a train, when I see a neighbor. He told me he was having an air conditioning system issue. I referred our new service tech, and my neighbor hired him. A few weeks later the neighbor told me the tech had replaced their entire unit. The cost was in line with what he had expected, work was done professionally, and he was quite happy with the way things turned out.

I might have forgotten this whole incident until this week, when I received a holiday card from the technician with a hand written thank you for the specific referral and a Home Depot gift card encouraging us to keep passing him to other who might need air or heating work done.

Now, I don't need to be bribed to refer someone who does good work, but this showed me how this tech keeps his pipeline full. He uses the power of "Thank You" to keep people thinking about him. There are so many different ways to do this, from gifts to notes, emails, and especially to referring business back to those who sent you work.

I hope you can benefit from this quick lesson in the spirit of the holidays. I also wanted to take a moment to thank you for spending time reading this column, commenting, passing my writing on, connecting with me on Facebook and Twitter, and most of all, working hard on your start-ups. You inspire me every week and keep me working on this column.
I wish you much success in the new year!
Welcome to the Student Mentoring Program / Managing Your Creativity - Helpful Article for Projects
« Last post by Zsofia Alfonso on December 19, 2013, 04:12:20 pm »

Following is an interesting article on managing your creativity in recent Inc. Magazine.

Read this article to help you manage your creativity when designing and completing your class projects for your future Fashion Portfolio. Good luck. Enjoy.

If any questions, feel free to contact Professor Alfonso at or on skype:

Inc. Magazine: Creativity can come out of nowhere. The trick is to sense it—and ride it to the end.
By Jason Fried | Jul 5, 2011
A few weeks ago, I was on fire. I was working on some designs for a prototype of a new software product, and the ideas were flowing as they hadn't in months. Every day, I felt as if I were accomplishing two or three days' worth of work. I was in the zone, and it felt fantastic.
It lasted about three weeks. And then I found myself back at my old pace. Instead of being superproductive, I was sort-of productive. Some days, I felt as if I barely accomplished anything.
So what was wrong? Nothing at all.
I believe it's perfectly fine to spend some of your time, maybe even a lot of your time, not firing on all cylinders. Just like full employment isn't necessarily good for an economy, full capacity isn't always great for your mind.
This will be anathema to the multitudes who worship at the altars of Motivation and its close relation, Productivity. Indeed, when I meet with ambitious young entrepreneurs, I am invariably asked, "How can I get more done in fewer hours? What can I do to jump-start my creativity? How can I keep my edge?"
Here are the three answers I can offer: 1. You can't. 2. Stop trying so hard—if it feels like work, something's wrong. 3. Do less stuff.
Motivation, productivity, efficiency—these things are not constants. In my experience, they come in waves. They ebb and flow, and there's no sense in fighting it. The key is to recognize a productivity surge when it appears, so you can roll with it.
I think about work the same way I think about the weather. Sometimes it's snowy or rainy or foggy at work. When that happens, I stay "inside"—and take care of the busy work, the boring stuff, the small things that need to get done. But when things warm up, it's time to head "outside," to get creative, focus on the interesting problems, and ride the wave of creativity as long as it lasts. It may be days, weeks, even months.
This doesn't apply only to those who are in charge. If you manage people, it's important to remember that your employees and colleagues are human, too. They won't always be motivated to do what you'd like them to do when you want them to do it. Their creativity will ebb and flow, just like yours.
This, of course, is a source of frustration for many managers, who continue to believe that if they change this or tinker with that, they'll be able to squeeze more of the good stuff out of their people. But you can artificially motivate someone for only so long. It's nearly impossible to fight the natural rhythm of motivation and productivity. You're better off recognizing that than waging war against reality.
Of course, that does not mean you should simply sit back and do nothing. When I detect that an ordinarily creative employee hasn't been in the flow for a while, I will ask him or her about it, try to get the issue out in the open. In some cases, it turns out that he or she is simply not interested in his or her current project. Other times, there are external issues—such as a personal crisis—that cause motivation to flag.
If it's something I can help with, I often suggest shifting to another part of the project that's more in line with his or her motivations. If it's something beyond my control, I just let it work its way out of the employee's system. If it becomes a long-term issue, then there's a problem that needs to be addressed by other means. In fact, we recently instituted 30-day paid sabbaticals for every three years worked. This is in addition to standard vacation time. So far, one person has taken us up on it. No one was particularly surprised when he returned to work more motivated—and productive—than ever.
Jason Fried is co-founder of 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, and co-author of the book Rework, which was published last March.
Merchandise Management / Re: Retail questions
« Last post by aburnstine on December 18, 2013, 09:56:10 am »
Rian: You might want to contact the American Retail Association. They will be able to give you some help and insight.
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