12 Surprising Student Resources You Didn't Know Rasmussen University Offered
You might think of going to college as not much more than just attending classes and completing coursework, but there’s a ton going on in the periphery to help pave the way for your student success. Colleges and universities have plenty of resources available to their students, both online and on campus. Whether you have a technical problem with your device or you’re just in need of some writing advice, there’s a team of experts and resources that can help you successfully navigate your college experience.
At Rasmussen University, students and graduates have a lot of resources they can put to good use. From chatting live with a career services advisor to 24/7 technical support, there are resources at the ready to help make your student journey a success.
If you need help with something related to your college experience, there’s a good chance Rasmussen University has a resource for you. Read on to learn more about some of the key student resources you’ll have at your disposal.
12 helpful student resources you should have on your radar
1. Online tutoring resources
Students can access peer and professional tutors from anywhere, including 24/7 professional tutoring in math. These scheduled sessions provide students with an opportunity to connect with classmates and Library and Learning Services staff who can help get them back on track. These tutors can help students navigate challenging subjects, identify helpful resources and provide a solid sounding board for talking through what they may be struggling with.
“Everyone has their point where they’re overwhelmed, frustrated,” says Christina Pierson, a peer tutor and Information Technology student. “Everyone needs somebody who says, ‘It’s okay, I relate.’”
"Everyone needs somebody who says, ‘It’s okay, I relate.'"
Additionally, a virtual writing lab is available in the online tutoring platform, along with flash cards to help study for upcoming tests or quizzes.
2. Peer mentoring
Making the adjustment into life as a college student can be tricky—there are new terms, schedules to balance, systems to navigate and more. One of the best ways to get the hang of it all is to learn from other students who’ve been in your shoes. That’s where the Rasmussen University peer mentoring program comes in. This program is designed to help students get acclimated to college life. If you’re in need of a little help, guidance or just someone to talk to about your experience, an established student mentor can assist you with advice for handling non-academic subjects.
3. Live chat with a librarian
Whether you’re having issues with finding sources for a paper or you need assistance with proper citations, you can count on one of the University's online librarians to help. Before beginning your live chat, sign in with your Rasmussen University email address, and let the librarian know you’re a student. From there, you’ll have access to their wealth of knowledge and expertise.
4. Library and Learning Services live webinars
The Library and Learning Services (LLS) team offers periodic live webinars covering topics of interest to the University’s new students, like mastering technology, time management, test-taking skills, APA citations, online library resources and using the NoodleTools citation builder. Can’t make it during the scheduled time? No worries—each webinar is recorded during the live session and is typically available the next day for viewing on the Webinar Series Guide.
5. Career Services
Online student support doesn’t stop at earning a degree—there are also several resources on hand to help you find a job. Rasmussen University offers Career Services support to all students, with a wide variety of self-service resources, like resume-building guides, interviewing techniques and job search strategies available through the Student Portal. They’re a valuable resource to train and empower students and graduates in their job search—providing valuable resources to help you succeed.
Career Services advisors (CSAs) help you navigate Rasmussen University’s career-focused online tools and resources, with informative webinars, career fairs and services like JobConnect (see #6, below). You can connect with a CSA via the Student Portal or by scheduling a mini-appointment via email.
6. Job search resources
Rasmussen University students also have access to an online employment database, JobConnect. This is a free, easy-to-use resource that features job postings in campus communities and across the nation. It’s also available as an app so you can search postings anywhere.
Career Explorer is another part of JobConnect. It’s linked to O*Net Online, a career exploration resource hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Career Explorer allows you to research your field, incorporate keywords into your resume and seek out transferable skills.
In addition to JobConnect, Rasmussen University students and alumni can utilize LiquidCompass to search for more job openings, primarily in healthcare organizations.
7. Career chats
Career planning and the job search experience can be tough—that’s why our Career Services team is here to help. Every quarter, Career Services team members host a live career Q&A session where students have the opportunity to ask career and job search questions. These sessions can help you refine your job search strategy, improve your approach to interviews and much more!
8. Virtual Career Fair
Looking to make connections with future employers? Then you don’t want to miss the Virtual Career Fair at Rasmussen University. Network with local, regional and national employers; interact directly with career development professionals; and attend career-focused mini-workshops—all free of charge and open to the public.
9. Employer spotlights and other video resources
Want to learn more about potential employers and industry trends? Employer spotlight videos created by the Career Services team at Rasmussen University are pre-recorded, brief virtual conversations with employers designed to provide information to Rasmussen University students and graduates about employment opportunities, industry trends, future career pathing and suggestions for networking with employers within their fields of study. The series can be located and viewed on the Career Services playlist on the Library and Learning YouTube channel.
10. Personal Support Center
There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with technical difficulties in the midst of an important assignment. Whether it’s the dead of night or middle of the afternoon, the University’s support specialists are your first line of technical support. The Personal Support Center is available 24/7 to assist you with everything from software installation and online course access to password resets and other troubleshooting issues.
11. Library and Learning Services Guides
You’ll find a variety of guides created by the Library and Learning Services team to help you get started as a new student and succeed in your chosen area of study. The student success guide is a great one to bookmark. It includes helpful information about how to navigate a course, how to study well and some rock-solid test-taking tips that can apply to practically any subject.
You’ll also find a number of programmatic guides that will help you find more specific resources that align with each school of study. These guides provide a wealth of information, covering helpful tips and advice for some of the most common—and challenging—subjects you’ll encounter in your coursework.
12. Financial aid guides and informational resources
Going to college naturally comes with a lot of financial questions. Whether it’s figuring out what exactly a FAFSA® form is or learning where to look for potential grants or aid, we know there’s a lot to get sorted out. At Rasmussen University, students will have access to a variety of informational financial aid resources. This includes the RUBOT financial aid chatbot as well as the cost and funding estimator (CAFE) tool found within the Student Portal. Additionally, students have access to a wealth of video resources addressing some of the most common financial questions and subjects of interest.
Dealing with a particularly complex financial aid issue? There’s always the option to talk through it with a member of the financial aid team as well.
Rely on your resources
If you’re a new or returning student, it might be challenging initially as you start your next educational chapter. It’s important to know that there are a lot of tools and online support resources available to you—both online and on campus. You can make the most out of your college career and beyond by tapping into the team of experts at Rasmussen University.
If you’re ready to get started on the path to furthering your education, Rasmussen University can help you every step of the way. To get started, request more information today to get into contact with an admissions advisor who can help answer any of the questions you have.
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