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Empowering Students

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In today’s economy, we understand that college students feel overwhelmed. Rising tuition costs, an unstable job market, and uncertainty about the direction to take in a career are all reasons why it is important to make good decisions. They are also excellent reasons to select the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as the place you go to obtain an education. P.I.T. provides what you need to learn the skills, obtain the training, and gain the appropriate credentials that will assist you in finding a rewarding career.

Students are empowered when they are in control, given constructive feedback, and able to make their own decisions. P.I.T. is “the College that empowers students to succeed” and we truly take that mission to heart. We want our students to succeed.

  • Faculty and staff are available to assist students in making not just good decisions, but the right decision for their circumstances.
  • Every P.I.T. student is assigned their own Academic Advisor who understands the intricacies of their chosen career.
  • Every P.I.T. student is assigned their own Academic Support, Financial Literacy, and Transfer Counselor who is available to assist the student with all of their non-academic concerns, issues, and problems.
  • P.I.T.’s Librarian is available (in person, through the Ask-a-Librarian page, by email, by phone, and by fax) to assist every student with their individual research needs. The P.I.T. Library also provides 20 computers for student use as well as open study areas.
  • Free tutoring services are available through the Student Resource Center and additional computers are also available there.
  • The newly created Innovation Center, located on the Mezzanine, provides a great space for group projects and study. It also provides some additional computers for student use.
  • If needed, P.I.T’s Assistant Deans of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Dean of Student Services are available to counsel and assist students
  • Job Placement Services assist students in fine tuning their cover letters and resumes, and in finding and responding to job openings.
  • Students can’t learn if they aren’t properly nourished. You can stop by the P.I.T. Stop Café for breakfast and lunch at very affordable prices. Check the website for the specials and the regular menu.

All of the faculty and staff members are available to assist P.I.T. students through their college career and as they move into the workforce.

P.I.T.’s programs of study take two years or less to complete and are in high demand fields. P.I.T. graduates work in thriving industries that are relevant to the economy, continually growing, and in need of skilled workers.

Students are also empowered to succeed through courses that are interactive and engaging. P.I.T.’s instructors are experienced in the subjects they teach. Many of the instructors have, and still do, work in their chosen field. Teaching is their opportunity to give back and to support the future of their professions. They work one-on-one with students and provide feedback on their work. Field appropriate technology is used as a normal part of the coursework so that students have the opportunity to be exposed to it in the classroom BEFORE they participate in an internship, externship, or co-op situation. Students receive training, knowledge, and experience for the real working world environment by learning about information and material that is relevant to the workplace.

Tuition at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is more affordable than at many four-year colleges. Along with the traditional financial aid, P.I.T. also has a number of scholarships available to assist students in need. Students can attend P.I.T. full or part-time, balancing school with work, family, and other commitments. If P.I.T. cannot provide the exact support service that a student needs, staff members will assist students in making contact with a community support service.

P.I.T. provides students with the opportunity, education, and training to get on the right track to a terrific career. People can become empowered learning about fields they enjoy, getting the instruction they need, as well as the knowledge that works and gets results. This is the ideal college for those that know what they want to study and want to start working in a job that makes them proud.  P.I.T. graduates have gone on to work for companies like Comcast, PENNDOT, and University of Pennsylvania Health System.

P.I.T. is also a great college for someone who isn’t quite sure of what they want to study. You can start out in the General Studies degree program and then transfer those courses into a different program at P.I.T. or complete the degree and transfer your courses to a four-year college. P.I.T. graduates have transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Immaculata University among many others.

P.I.T.’s mission is “Student Success” and we focus on ensuring that our students are empowered and achieve their goals.

For more information about all the programs that P.I.T. has to offer, click here.

Complete Your Education after Military Service

Transition to College from the Military
Many service men and women look toward completing their education in order to achieve success in their life after their military service. Transitioning to college life after military service can be a big change and a big challenge for many people. Whether you are looking at either a career change or a college education, you can expect a big transition from life in the military to life in everyday society.

 

Transitioning

When you’re in the military you are told each day what you need to do, where you need to be, what you need to accomplish, and even what you must wear. This becomes your way of life and you quickly get used to this. When you enter the non-military world, you are entirely on your own. Your success as a college depends on your ability to get yourself to class, complete your course assignments, and earn good grades. Depending on the type of program you enter, you may be dealing with several instructional formats: traditional lecture and textbook classes, hands-on training with supplemental textbook material, and blended or online learning.

At the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.), you will have the opportunity to experience any or all of these instructional formats. Some programs offer an educational experience that is similar to the hands-on and simulation training you encountered in the military and this can make for an easier transition. Our blended courses provide you with the opportunity to take courses that are a combination of in-classroom learning and online learning. We also offer traditional lecture and textbook based courses in most programs. Our Academic Support Counselors and the faculty will assist you in determining which style or styles of learning suit you the best.

When you attend college after military service, you will be interacting with people of all types. You are no longer socializing and working with people of the same mindset and work ethic as you. This can be a challenge for someone who has been overseas or in a very structured military setting. It’s important to remember everyone has something to learn, including you. You may want to look for other veterans with whom you can talk to and compare experiences. P.I.T. can help you with making these connections. P.I.T. sponsors the Student Veterans Organization. The student veterans in the group want to recognize, support, and nurture their fellow veterans as they continue their education. It’s always helpful to speak with someone who is going through or has gone through what you have. It’s also good to relax and get used to talking to other people as well.

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Financing College

In addition, there are several great education benefits that are offered to service members, including: financial aid, college tuition funds, and college credit for military experience and training. These opportunities make achieving an education after military service realistic and attainable. Some programs include:

  • Tuition Assistance

The Military Tuition Assistance program, offered by the United States Armed Forces, provides funding for service men and women to attend classes at a number of technical schools, colleges and universities. Some details vary between the services but you may be able to receive as much as 100% of your tuition and even some fees through the program. Click on the link above for more details.

  • College Fund Programs

All branches of the military offer new service men and women the opportunity to start a college fund when they enter the military. Money is provided by the military and put into this fund for the duration of your service. There are stipulations but when you leave the military you can access those funds to begin your college program after the military.

  • Testing Programs

Testing programs allow military personnel to take tests that can award them college credits that can be transferred into select colleges and applied toward their degree when they have completed their military service. This is a great way to get a head start on your education. P.I.T. does offer credit for your military experience.

Additional information on programs offered by the United States Armed Forces to assist you or your family members obtain an education is available on the Education page at Military.com.

Generally speaking, achieving an education after serving in the military poses challenges but also great opportunities. There are a number of things to consider when choosing a program. The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology provides an excellent and accommodating environment for our service men and women to begin their future.

Start Your Career at a Two Year College

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Consider these questions:

  • Have you always wanted to continue your education beyond your GED or high school diploma?
  • Are you looking for a complete career change?
  • Are you seeking a vocation-focused degree or certificate program to help launch your career as soon as possible?

If any of these situations apply to you, enrolling in a two-year college can help you accomplish your goal. It’s also very important to choose just the right college. While there are many online and traditional brick and mortar colleges from which to choose, there are many good reasons to start your career at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.), an independent, not-for-profit, accredited college with over 60 years of experience.

Develop New Skills for Employment

Within just two to four semesters of concentrated coursework at P.I.T., you’ll have acquired brand new skills that will immediately help you land an entry-level position in your field or make you eligible for a promotion at your current job. Every class you take will provide significant support to your career choice. Yes, you will take some general English, math, science courses, but virtually every career requires some basic knowledge in those areas. You will also have the opportunity to begin taking some courses within your chosen field during your first or second semester.

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Experience Hands-On Training

While learning the fundamentals or theory of an industry or field through classroom work is necessary, the best way to experience and internalize what you are learning in the classroom environment is often through hands-on training. P.I.T offers real-world experience at the onset of your program of study and that provides you with hands-on experience in a real-world environment. By attending a college that has fostered collaborative relationships with businesses and organizations in the community, you have a chance to obtain the skills that will assist you to secure your first job or a promotion. Career-related experience gained while pursuing your certificate or degree will position you ahead of other job applicants.

Supportive Staff for Struggling (and Succeeding) Students

Some colleges have a “weeding out” process — students who are struggling to do well early in their college experience may be asked to withdraw. At P.I.T., you’ll find the opposite holds true. P.I.T. is the college that empowers students to succeed. Our goal is to help you become a success throughout your studies toward your chosen career. We’re able to offer:

  • Smaller classes; lower student to faculty ratio enables more time with instructors
  • FREE tutoring services for all students — supplemental, individualized help with topics or areas of concern
  • Personal Academic Support & Financial Literacy Counselor for each student
  • Three open computer lab areas: Library, Student Innovation Center, and Student Resource Center

Increased Opportunities for Employment

By enrolling in the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, you’ll be attending a school that has over 60 years of experience in initiating, developing, and maintaining collaborative relationships with area businesses. These crucial relationships not only enable you to garner hands-on experience in real-world settings as your pursue your field of study, but they also open doors for employment once you’ve completed your degree or certificate.

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From developing new skills for your career and being exposed to more companies hiring in your field to garnering hands-on experience and being supported during your studies, there are many practical and smart reasons to start your career at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.

Make Your Resume Stand Out from the Crowd: And to Robots, Too


Applying for a new job? Nowadays, the first person looking at your resume is usually not a recruiter, but a robot, otherwise known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Below are some tips for creating more reader-friendly resumes so that it’s actually passed onto the recruiter for an interview.

These ATS save employers time and money by sifting through hundreds or even thousands of resumes, making Human Resources job much simpler. In order for your resume to be one that makes it across their desk, you need to embrace the digital world and leave some of the old standards behind.

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Use Context not just Keywords  

While traditionally, you may have flooded your resume with keywords, it’s now better to pay closer attention to actual context because that’s what the ATS picks up on when it scans it. It is important to use specific keywords that pertain to certain job descriptions you had but realize that these ATS robots aren’t just looking for the keywords. They’re also interested in how they relate to your overall experience, such as did you get certified in CPR and First Aid two months ago or last year? They also look closely at how much you use your skills. Have you worked in an office doing medical transcription for the last years or did you do it ten years ago?


Use Simple Formatting on Resumes

If your resume is flooded with fancy fonts, graphics, and business logos, you may actually hinder your chances of your resume being seen by human eyes. This is because the ATS has a difficult time sifting through heavily-formatted resumes and parsing the information into proper categories. Therefore, it is important that you choose web-friendly fonts like Arial or Verona, and skip the fancy stuff. In addition, ATS robots may glitch if your contact information is in a header so consider entering at the top of the page, but not in a separate header section.

When organizing your work history, begin by listing your employer’s name, your title, and the dates you worked there. It’s very important that you completely spell out words like Manager instead of Mgr. Abbreviations in resumes confuse the ATS robot (and sometimes they confuse human eyes too).

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Other Tips to Win Over the Resume Robot

When your resume is complete, upload it if it gives you a choice between uploading or cutting and pasting the document. As you upload it, the robot will often save it in the best format, often a rich text format, making it easier for the ATS to read it and put into different sections.

Recruiters also caution against sending multiple resumes because the ATS robots can pick out discrepancies if you send out two different versions, which won’t look good.

Hopefully, some of these tips will help you beat the system as you write your next winning resume.

 

New Degree Program Launching! Associate in Science – Health Science

Medical students and professor with skeleton in classroom at universityP.I.T. is launching an Associate in Science–Health Science degree program beginning in the summer of 2014. Below are a series of questions and answers which will answer many of your questions about this new degree program and how it relates to existing P.I.T. degree and certificate programs.

1.        What is the A.S. Health Science program?

The A.S. Health Science program prepares students to meet the minimum academic requirements for application to many medical-related professional programs in the greater Philadelphia region. These medical-related professional programs include nursing, physical therapist assistant, and other medical programs that require direct patient care. This also includes the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Practical Nursing program and Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance to include the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Practical Nursing program and Physical Therapist Assistant program. These programs have additional admissions requirements.

2.        Will the A.S. Health Science program prepare students for medical-related professional programs at other colleges and universities?

Yes, the A.S. Health Science program prepares students to meet many of the minimum academic requirements for application to many health-related professional programs. If students plan to apply to a medical-related professional program at another college or university, they should consult with that institution’s catalog or website for specific admissions requirements and pre-requisite courses.

3.        What type of courses is included in the A.S. Health Science program?

The curriculum of this program is primarily composed of courses in science, mathematics, English and social sciences. These are courses generally required in any medical-related or health science curriculum.

4.        Why should a student enroll in this program if their career goal is to be a nurse, physical therapist assistant or another health care professional?

Admissions to an accredited nursing, physical therapist assistant, or another health care professional program is highly competitive. Generally, only students who have demonstrated exceptional strong academic skills are accepted for the limited number of openings.

In many instances, applicants are good candidates but they are not selected for the program due to the limited number of vacancies and the highly competitive program.

As a result, applicants need an opportunity to improve the chance of being accepted by proving to the college or university evidence of their ability to succeed and satisfactorily complete a medical-related program such as nursing, physical therapist assistant and other disciplines that will lead to a professional position.

The Health Science program at P.I.T. provides this proof! This program enables students seeking exceptional careers in the medical field to establish exceptional academic skills in health-care related subjects such as anatomy and physiology, mathematics, English and social sciences.

Students who earn top grades in these courses clearly demonstrate to faculty and admissions committees of medical professional programs their ability to excel at college level work. Similar, these students also substantiate academic perseverance. By earning excellent grade the sciences, mathematics, English and social sciences – knowledge required in the health-care field: –  they become prominent candidates for acceptance in a medical-related professional program.

5.        Must students complete all four semesters of the A.S. Health Sciences program?

No. Students are not required to complete all four semesters in the program unless they seek an associate degree in Health Sciences.

The flexibility of this program enables students to determine how many semesters or courses are required until they are confident that a record of academic excellence has been established at P.I.T. and an application to a professional medical program will be accepted.

In some instances, two semesters are appropriate to establish the academic foundation required for success. In other instances it may be additional semesters.

6.        Are students able to transfer the credits earned in the courses that they take in the Health Sciences program to medical-related professional programs?

Yes. A number of the courses students take in this program are pre-requisite courses required in health-related professional programs at other colleges and universities. In many instances, the courses taken in the Health Science program will meet the prerequisite course requirements and student may be accepted with advanced placement.

It is important that prospective students determine the actual course requirements of the medical or health-related program in which they seek acceptance.

 7.        The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology offers a Practical Nursing program. If a student completes one or two semesters in the Health Sciences program, will the student have a better chance of being accepted into P.I.T.’s nursing program.

Yes, when a student demonstrates academic competency especially in English and the science courses, the student will have met the minimum admissions requirements for the College’s Practical Nursing program.

The Practical Nursing program has other admissions requirements including F.B.I. criminal background check clearance, drug screen clearance, just to name a few prior to being accepted into the program.

8.        When does P.I.T. start the Practical Nursing program?

The College begins the Practical Nursing program twice a year, January and June.

It is important that a student demonstrate academic competency. As an example, it is suggested that the student enroll in the A.S. Health Science program in May for semester 1 and September for semester 2 that ends in December. This will result in starting the Practical Nursing program in January provided that all of the other admissions requirements are met.

9.        Will the A.S. Health Science program prepare students for admissions to the College’s A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program?

Yes, the first two semesters of the A.S. Health Science program meet the requirements for the initial two semesters of the non-technical A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program.

10.      If a student starts the Health Science program and then is admitted to the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant program, what degree will be awarded upon the completion of the program of study?

Health Science StudentsIn this example, the student will be awarded the A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant degree. For the purposes of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the student must complete semesters 1 and 2 of the Health Science program. The first two semesters of the Health Science program represent the first two semesters of the non-technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The student will be transferred into the Physical Therapist program when all the other admissions requirements have been met. The courses successfully completed in the A.S. Health Science program will be transferred into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

11.      Does completion of two or more semesters of the Health Science program guarantee admission to P.I.T.’s Practical Nursing or Physical Therapist programs?

No, the successful completion of the A.S. Health Science program does not guarantee admission to the College’s Practical Nursing or Physical Therapist programs. These programs are highly competitive and only students who have the best opportunity to succeed will be admitted. Each one of these programs has specific additional admissions requirements.

 

To apply to P.I.T.’s A.S. Health Science program, click here.

Practical Nursing TEAS Pre-Test Study Guide

nursing paWhen preparing for a course in practical nursing, interested students need to pass a pre-entrance test. Currently, P.I.T.’s Practical Nursing Program uses the ATI™ Test of Essential Academic Skills. Known as TEAS, this test looks at whether the student has the basic academic skills to succeed in the nursing program. The courses offered in a practical nursing course builds on these basic skills and do not stop just because a student doesn’t have the basics in place. Let’s look at the test and how you can prepare for it.

The Test

The Test of Essential Academic Skills is a 170-item, four-option, multiple choice exam divided into four sections, each with a certain amount of time allotted. The four sections include:

Reading

This section examines the student’s reading comprehension. The point of this testing is to see whether you can read a sentence or passage and draw logical conclusions or inferences from it. You have to answer forty questions in a fifty minute time limit.

Mathematics

This section looks at the student’s basic math and problem-solving skills. The test requires you to answer 45 questions in 56 minutes. Calculators are not allowed so the work is done in your head. Questions look at a variety of concepts including basic algebra, fractions, metric conversion, and percentiles, among other areas.

Science

This section checks the student’s knowledge in basic human body science, life science, scientific reasoning, earth science, and physical science. These sciences are all basic to the nursing profession. Within 38 minutes, the student must answer 30 questions.

English and Language Usage

This section checks the student’s grammar, punctuation and spelling along with abilities to determine word meanings in context. A grasp of basic English is mandatory to passing this section. The test requires answering 55 questions in 65 minutes.

The test is not graded on a pass or fail scale. The test provides a score for each section based on how many of your answers are correct. Each school sets the minimums it requires for students entering. Each person can take the test twice. If the scores on the first test are too low, there is another chance to succeed.

How to Prepare for the TEAS

Those who prepare for the TEAS will do better than those who do not. You can find study guides available as well as practice tests. Using at least one study guide and taking a couple of tests will give you an idea of how the test works and where you need to strengthen your skills before taking the test.

  • You can go to the official testing company, ATI, and order a study guide and practice exams.
  • You can visit a site like TestPrepPractice.net that offers a number of free practice exams and study guides for the TEAS.
  • You can practice the finer skills that make up the TEAS with a site like TestPrepReview.com. You can practice your skills in all the areas covered by the test.
  • You can go to YouTube and view a ton of videos that review various aspects of TEAS prep. Here is an example.

As you can see, there are plenty of options available for preparing for this practical nursing entrance exam. With ever-increasing competition to get into these programs, a higher score is better. Study and preparation will make the difference.

Overview of the Affordable Healthcare Act and Development of the Government’s Healthcare Portal Website

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is more commonly known by a shortened version of its full name, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is also referred to in a derogatory manner as “Obamacare” in deference to the U.S. President who signed the Act into law on March 23, 2010.  The full text of the Affordable Care Act is 960 pages long and contains technical jargon, legal phrasing, and obscure text that most people would find impossible to wade through and decipher.

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After signing the Act into law, the past three years have been spent selling the concept of the healthcare program to the general public, attempting to convince them of the “rightness” of mandatory healthcare for every American citizen, tweaking and refining various aspects of the law, requiring changes to existing healthcare laws, policies, and programs, and promoting January 1, 2014 as the day all Americans will become covered by some form of health insurance.

Some key points, crucial facts, and interesting details of the Affordable Care Act that you should be aware of are:

  1. Most people won’t have to pay the penalty ($95 per adult, half that per child) for not having health insurance coverage because they either already have adequate health insurance through an employer or their gross annual income falls below the minimum for penalty assessments.
  2. “Open enrollment” in insurance plans offered by government-operated healthcare exchanges and marketplaces (like healthcare.gov) will be occurring from October 2013 to March 2014.
  3. Individuals can no longer be denied health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and they cannot be charged a higher premium because of those conditions.
  4. The uninsured, underpaid, or unemployed may possibly qualify for enrollment in Medicaid or some form of financial assistance or government subsidy for obtaining insurance coverage. There will even be tax credits for enrolling in the government-sponsored health insurance marketplace plans.
  5. Preventive screenings, vaccines, birth control, and routine tests for common ailments will either be free of charge or substantially less costly than before the ACA went into effect.
  6. Insurance companies can no longer rescind coverage based on technical paperwork errors on consumer applications for health insurance.
  7. Annual and lifetime coverage limits have been abolished under the Affordable Care Act.
  8. Physician payments will correlate to the value of the care they provide rather than the volume of patients they see (this is an ACA implementation slated for 2015).
  9. The prices for health insurance through the federal marketplaces (and some private carriers) will now be based on three factors: your age, whether or not you smoke, and where you reside.

On October 1, 2013, the federal government opened their health insurance portal, HealthCare.Gov.  The Affordable Care Act, among its many provisions, declared that the individual States could create and operate their own health insurance marketplaces (exchanges) through which consumers could purchase coverage. As of mid-October, only half the States had decided to either open their own marketplace or offer insurance through the federal marketplace.

The government’s healthcare portal has been plagued with problems since it opened. The massive number of individuals attempting to access the site for information and coverage overwhelmed the servers and has caused frequent downtime and service interruptions. This has prevented people from finding out what they need to know through the government-run source they are supposed to be using for assistance. In the weeks since the opening of the site, major progress has been made in resolving these problems. Blog posts provide updates on the corrections and improvements to the website several times a week.

If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act and what it means to you, you can visit any of the following websites:

What to Expect from a Tutor

Whether you’re behind in your studies and need to catch up, you are having trouble understanding the topics of your courses, you want to keep the good grades that you have, or you simply want to further study something that’s interesting to you, tutoring is a wise choice. Many students are interested in working with a tutor but they don’t know exactly what to expect. We’ll knock away the myths and show you exactly what you can expect.

Tutoring is an Active Experience

pa tutorOne of the most exciting things about tutoring at P.I.T. is the fact that it’s a truly active, one-on-one experience. What does this mean? It means that your tutor won’t just read to you from a book or give you work to do quietly on your own. They will not work for you – they will work with you. You can demonstrate exactly what you’re struggling with and they can find unique ways to help you grasp the information.

Don’t Expect to Have Your Work Done for You

Tutors can work in two different ways: they can help you generally with your schoolwork, or they can focus on a specific assignment that troubles you or a specific quiz or test you are preparing to take. However, they will never do the work for you. Someone who’s looking for a tutor to essentially write a paper for them, create notecards for them to study, or go over their homework and provide the right answers is not going to get what they’re looking for. The goal of tutoring is to ensure you understand the subject matter, not to do the work for you.

A Tutor Can Help You Better Understand Your Notes – But They Can’t Recreate Them for You

Even when you’re working with a tutor, it’s still essential that YOU attend class and take notes. Your tutor can look them over, as well as your textbook, and find ways to better explain the information. However, if you don’t have notes for them to look at, they won’t be able to recreate them and discover what your professor was getting at. That’s why it’s essential to continue to take notes, even if they don’t make sense to you at the time.

Tutoring Will Help You Clarify Your Ideas

A great tutor will help you clarify your ideas. For example, if you’re asked by your professor to write a paper on two different psychological styles, but you don’t really understand the difference between the two, your tutor won’t simply tell you what the differences are – they’ll ask you a series of questions that will help you arrive at the answer yourself. Helping you clarify your own thinking in this way is the best method by which you’ll learn, not just what you need to know now, but also retain it for years to come.

A Tutor Can Help You Build Confidence to Join In Class Discussions

Many professors include classroom participation in their grading. For students who are shy or who don’t adequately understand the subject matter, these classroom discussions can be intimidating. The good news is that tutoring can help you gain the confidence in your understanding of the material so that you can join in the classroom discussions without reservations. With your tutor, you’ll discuss the materials in several ways and you’ll gain the confidence in your abilities to effectively share your viewpoint in class.

How to request or schedule tutoring

At the Media Campus, tutoring services are provided either by appointment or on a drop-in basis at the SRC. All tutors are very knowledgeable in their chosen fields and peer tutors are recommended by faculty. Students may attend tutoring sessions as often as necessary. Contact Donovan Anglin at 610-892-1532 or danglin@pit.edu to schedule a tutoring appointment or for further information.

In Center City, students who need tutoring support should contact their Academic Support Counselor to schedule a session with their resident peer tutor and/or faculty member.

Media Campus SRC Hours and Location: In Media, The Student Resource Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Technology Center in Room T305.

The Student Resource Center is open:
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Holiday and summer hours may vary due to changes in the schedule.

Top 10 Apps for Architectural, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Students

The introduction of the smart phone and the tablet has led to the apps that are released for them becoming some of the most useful and entertaining technologies in years. Consumers can download all types of apps, including games, radio apps and more. However, there are also many apps available that provide users with information and tips that are otherwise mechanical engineering technology studentsnot so easily accessible. This is especially true for engineers. Engineers often need to make calculations on the spot, such as how much force a quarter-inch bolt can withstand or what drill size needs to be used. Engineering apps help to provide answers to questions such as these in a manner that saves them valuable time on the job. The following are ten of the most useful engineering apps that are currently available.

1)  Graphing Calculator – This app functions as a scientific calculator and high-resolution function plotter allowing engineers and scientists to quickly plot and trace multiple equations on one graph.

2)  Engineering Professional – This app provides more than 650 formulas in environmental, hydrology, chemical, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering. Using this app, you’ll be able to calculate the loads on beams, make calculations on shafts and more – making this app especially useful for engineering students.

iphone apps for engineers3)  Mechanical Engineer – There are more than 300 mechanical engineering formulas contained in this app as well as 300 conversion formulas and 70 area formulas.

4)  HVAC Professional   – This app provides easy access to 200 formulas and 18 charts. In addition to providing the entire International Mechanical Code, the HVAC Professional app also boasts sections on BTU conversions, energy values, heating requirements, humidity, temperature, area calculations and more.

5)  Structural Engineer 1.0 – This app allows you to submit your structural enquiry for free advice on Structural Designs, Party Wall procedures, and Architectural matters. You can request guidance literature on structural issues, obtain a useful conversion chart, or talk to a      professional.

6)  TouchCalc – This app acts as a calculator with three different modes: scientific mode, which allows for arithmetical operations, roots, logarithm and more; bit/integer mode, which provides logical operations on a bit level; and statistics mode, which allows you to create a sample by letting you add several values and then giving you the chance to calculate the mean, median, variance, range and more.

7)  AutoCAD WS – This app allows you to view, share and edit DWG drawings.  Additionally, the app will let you annotate and revise drawings wherever you are. Not to mention that there are local versions available in the event that you do not have an Internet connection.

8)  Engineering Unit Conversion – Designed for students, engineers and scientists, this app is a unit conversion tool that will offer dimensions that are needed on a daily basis using the units that are commonly used.  Negative values that are required for temperature and gauge pressures can also be input.

9)  TurboViewer X – This DWG viewer supports 2D and 3D CAD DWG files and gives you the ability to zoom, pan and 3D orbit round your DXF and DWG files using multi-touch navigation.

10)  Finger CAD – This computer-aided design app is used for technical drawing. You’ll be able to draw bridges, houses, geometrical figures and mechanical components and more. Everything that you can draw with a common PC CAD can be drawn using this app.

There are a lot of different apps on the market for engineers. However, these ten apps have proven to be especially useful as well as popular amongst both engineers and engineering students.

 

College Costs Battled One Paycheck at a Time

The cost of continuing education is rising, which makes college costs intimidating for the average student. This is especially true if you’re an adult with other full time responsibilities such as work and family. Never fear!

Financing your college education is entirely possible with some dedication on your part. With the right amount of planning and preparation, you can battle college costs one paycheck at a time.

student financial aid paFinancial Aid. The first step to battling college expense is to keep the amount you owe as little as possible. Are you familiar with the acronym FAFSA? It stands for Free Application for Student Financial Aid. The online application is easy to fill out. Make sure you have all your personal information handy before you start:

• Your social security card (or alien registration number if you aren’t a citizen)

•The most recent copies of your tax return(s)

•W2s

•Other records of money you have earned, both taxed and untaxed

•Bank statements

•Your Federal Financial Aid Pin (visit http://www.pin.ed.gov to get one)

You may also be eligible for college scholarships and grants (woo-hoo – free money!) that will reduce your total college costs even further.  Here is a listing of scholarships that we offer:  http://www.pit.edu/Financial-Aid/Scholarships-Info

Scholarships. While school loans may seem exciting at first, just remember that each one of those loans has to be paid back, usually with interest, beginning six months after you leave school. That can take a big chunk out of your paycheck. Scholarships and grants are free money that never has to be paid back. Try to apply for as many as possible to minimize your total loan and tuition repayment.

Contact your school’s financial aid office, and check out websites like:

• Free Application for Federal Student Aid – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

• Federal Student Aid: An Office of the U.S. Department of Education – http://studentaid.ed.gov/

• Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency – http://www.pheaa.org/

• GI Bill Website: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs  – http://gibill.va/gov/

• Today’s GI Bill – Website Sponsored by ACE – http://www.todaysgibill.org/

• National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: Students, Parents & Counselors Page – http://www.nasfaa.org/students/About_Financial_Aid.aspx

• Career One Stop, Scholarship Search Webpage – Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor – http://www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipCategory.asp?searchtype=category&nodeid=22

• FastWeb – www.fastweb.com

• FinAid: The SmartStudent™ Guide to Financial Aid – www.finaid.org

• Mach25 at CollegeNet – http://www.collegenet.com/mach25/app

• Paying for College at Big Future sponsored by the College Board – https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college

• Scholarship Provider.net  – www.scholarshipprovider.net

• Scholarships.com – www.scholarships.com

• TG™ Adventures in Education, Paying for College Webpage – http://www.aie.org/paying-for-college/

Each of these websites is private, which means they don’t share your information with others.

Monthly payments. Once you’ve whittled down your total college costs, you will have a more manageable amount to work with. Most colleges offer flexible payment plans so you can make payments on a monthly basis, a paycheck or two at a time. Check into these plans first as they are often zero- or low-interest. You can also use low-interest student loans, which are paid in monthly installments, but remember to only borrow what you absolutely need.

Remember:  education pays. The more education individuals have, the more they earn and the less likely they are to be unemployed. Your higher paycheck will make it easier to land your ideal job and battle the cost of college one paycheck at a time.