Allied American University Named to Victory Media's 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List

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Allied American University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about Allied American University's commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit our website at www.allied.edu/military. 

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on their website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com.

About Victory Media:

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

 

Self-Improvement Month: Boost Your Energy and Focus!

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September is “Self-Improvement Month,” so Allied American University is providing some information on topics that we hope you find helpful to become a better student!

Simple Steps to Improve Your Performance

Many of our students work full-time, whether at a paying job, as a parent or caretaker. A common theme that we hear among prospective students is, “How can I finish my schoolwork while having other obligations?” Do you find yourself drained of energy by the time you get home and log onto your computer?  You’re not alone. Feeling tired after a day of work is a challenge that many of us face. Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to help counter that voice in your head that says, “Oh, you can get to that project tomorrow…” We know the fact is that if you don’t get to the project today, procrastination will set in and you’ll end up waiting until the eleventh hour. It’s time to break the cycle of exhaustion and procrastination!

You Get Out What You Put In

What is fuel? Fuel is a material that stores “potential energy” that can eventually be released. The type of fuel needed to power a race car is much more potent than what is required to run a Honda Civic. Our bodies are no different. Your body’s form of fuel is food. If you feed your body junk, it’s going to feel sluggish and low on energy. 

Our bodies work similar to how a car functions. As a car gets driven around, miles begin to accumulate, and it begins to experience some regular wear-and-tear. After 3,000 miles (or every three months) it needs to receive an oil change. Not doing so can lead your engine to burn out. Our bodies work the same way. If we don’t take care of them, they too can ultimately burn out!

Your body and brain are interconnected. Have you ever felt “butterflies in your stomach” before a job interview or a big test? That’s one example of how a little bit of nervousness can manifest itself into a physical feeling. In order to help your body and mind work together at their best, it’s vital that you feed your body properly. Here are a few suggestions for some great “brain food”:

·         Blueberries – These berries are packed with antioxidants. According to some lab studies on aging rats, they found that diets rich in blueberries helped improve their learning capacity and motor skills. Try incorporating a cup of blueberries into your daily diet!

·         Salmon – Try having at least 4 ounces a couple times per week to get your brain the benefits of the Omega-3 fatty acids salmon contains.

·         Leafy Greens and Vegetables – Don’t skip the salads… Enjoy daily servings of leafy greens and veggies in order to get your brain the necessary antioxidants it needs to protect it. A study of over 13,000 women conducted at Harvard Medical School found that those who ate more leafy greens and vegetables lowered their brain’s age by 1 to 2 years. (Source: Prevention.com – “The Best Foods For Your Brain”)

Five Minutes to Kick Start Your Brain

Eating right is the first key component to improve your mental performance. The next step is to give yourself a high-octane boost, and best of all, it only takes a few minutes! You don’t have to spend an hour in the gym in order to receive the overwhelming benefits of exercise… Five minutes is all you need to begin. Now, if you’re looking to lose some excess weight – sure, you’ll want to put in some more time. If you’re looking for that mental edge, however, just five minutes of cardio can do some great things for your mental clarity, focus, and memory.

The British Journal of Psychiatry published a study showing that running for only five minutes a day helped to tremendously improve mental function. (Source: http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/203/4/245.short) The study analyzed students who had learning disabilities, and wanted to see if there would be an improvement in their performance by simply adding cardio to their routine. The results were so astounding that schools have begun adding early morning exercise as part of their curriculum to help improve student performance.

 

So, now you've got some action items to implement. What do you do now? The first step is to simply get started! Leave your workout clothes next to your bed, that way as soon as you wake up you can’t miss them! When you start, knock out five minutes of running… That’s it. Are you feeling too out-of-shape to run? Start out by walking at a brisk pace. You’ll still notice an effect on your mental wellbeing. As you gain strength, your endurance will build, and you’ll notice that you can go for longer periods of time. Please be sure to consult a medical doctor before beginning an exercise routine to be sure that you are healthy enough for physical activity. 

 

We hope that these few tips can help you feel better and boost your performance as you pursue your goals through Allied American University

How to fit a certificate program into your busy schedule

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Getting caught up in the daily grind can leave us with little time to do the things we love. It also makes continuing your education a seemingly impossible and distant priority. In this post we will cover ways to help you free up your time so you can make room for the more important tasks in your life – without getting overwhelmed.

The following are some tips to help you get your work done and still have plenty of free time for yourself – and your education. Here’s what we came up with…

5 ways to free up your time and be more productive:

Put it on paper. The first step to clearing the clutter out of your life is to write down your daily habits and find out where most of your free time is going. If you find that most of your time is spent in an unproductive way, write down what you want to accomplish for the day and take care of those items first before turning to your guilty pleasures. Once you start down an unproductive road, it’s hard to steer back on course.

Routine. Routine. Routine. The best way to keep up productivity is to keep the productive process going. Find out what your most productive time of day is and schedule your most important tasks during this time. Most people find they feel most energetic and motivated in the morning – which is ideal because tackling the most important tasks first can relieve stress and allows for your day to only get easier as it goes on, not the other way around.

You need help. If anyone’s ever told you that you need help, maybe they weren’t being mean after all. Some people can get so caught up in mundane busy work that they lose sight of the more important tasks that need to be completed. This is where an online assistant can help. With sites like Elance and oDesk you can find your own personal assistant to lighten your load. People have utilized online assistants for everything from starting a business to helping them search for a job. By using an online assistant a couple hours a week you can free up time to work on more important, more rewarding tasks in your life.

Just say no – to yourself. Self-discipline is key to getting things done. Kind of a no-brainer but still procrastination is the major reason your to-do list is collecting dust. Set aside a certain portion of the day to slack off. Whether it’s watching TV or searching the net, give yourself a set time to relax. This helps to keep your sanity intact. But when playtime’s over, it’s time to get back to work. Keep your priorities your priority.

Let’s get digital. Technology can be your best friend or a ruthless enemy when it comes to getting stuff done. Use apps and other software to keep track of your progress. Use your media devices to help you organize your day instead of using them as distractions. There are hundreds of iPhone and Android apps available for your smart phone to help you stay organized, many of them free. Check your app store for free productivity apps and use the latest technology to stay on top of your daily activities.

What to do with all this free time?

Once you’ve mastered the art of saving time, the question is now, how are you going to use it? With all the disruptions and clutter cleared from your life, it’s time to put that newly found free time to good use. Like finding educational programs that will help you add skills to your resume and increase your worth as an employee or a job seeker.

In recent years, certificate programs have been growing in popularity as an option for people to add specific job skills to their resume. This helps them to hone their craft and become a more valuable employee. Plus most of these programs are a lot quicker and far less expensive than it is to get an advanced degree. Prove to your employer, or future employer, that you are a disciplined and self-motivated worker by adding a professional certificate to your resume.

If you’d like more information on AAU’s professional certificate programs in areas like Business, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, or Computer Information Systems, talk to one of our admissions representatives and put all that free time to good use!  (888) 384-0849.