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Another Online Tool to Help MBA Students Live & Work Smarter

Helping MBA students live and work smarter while earning their MBA degree is the goal of MyeEMBA. The online tool referenced in the title is OpenTable, a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners. I use this tool on a regular basis to make restaurant reservations. Recently, during a visit to Honolulu, I used OpenTable to make dinner reservations at four restaurants. I selected all four based on the ratings and feedback found in OpenTable. I was not disappointed as all provided exceptional dining experiences. OpenTable is an extremely valuable tool that helps me live and work smarter. Perhaps this free online tool can help MBA students, MBA faculty members, MBA program administrators, and others to live and work smarter as well.

Click on the heading to learn how OpenTable can help you live and work smarter.

Tools to Help MBAs Unlearn Bad Writing Behavior

“MBA students often have to unlearn bad behavior, such as using complicated words over simple ones,” says Carter Daniel in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Carter is the business communication programs director at Rutgers Business School. The article, “Students Struggle for Words,” points out that business schools, in response to employer complaints are emphasizing writing skills more. MBA program approaches for improving their students’ writing skills vary from hiring writing coaches to adding communications courses to the curriculum. There was no mention of technology as either a solution or supplemental approach to helping MBA students improve their writing skills.

This article illustrates how technology can help MBA students improve their writing skills. Click on the heading to read more.

MBAs Enhance Your Wellbeing by Sharing Your Homework Time

Managing work-life balance, social wellbeing, and family activities while earning an MBA is challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced electronic world. For MBA students finding time to do that which is important is difficult. One option MBA students may want to consider is sharing homework time.

Click on the heading to read more about sharing homework time.

RSS Feeds – Is There A Benefit for MBA Students

MBA students, how well are you managing repetitive web searches? Are you searching for updated information on web sites and blogs by returning to them periodically or, are you receiving automatic updates as changes occur? Are you having updates pushed to you or are you pulling the new information to you when you are ready for it?

MBA students manage a barrage of information from faculty members, program administrators, classmates, and teammates while at the same time they are searching for new information on their own to complete class assignments. All of which is in addition to the non-MBA information flows they must cope with as well.

Information management for MBA students can be challenging. Fortunately, there are technology solutions and tools that can help MBA students meet this challenge. I introduced one tool in a previous post, Google Scholar. In this post, I want to suggest that RSS feeds and readers are tools MBA students can use to manage information as well as simplify their MBA life.

MBA Student Journaling Made Easier With Technology

Although journaling is commonplace in some MBA programs, opinions about the benefits of journaling are wide ranging, especially among MBA students. Sometimes the requirement is program wide and in other cases, it is for a course or for a specific assignment. Common titles include personal journals, learning journals, diaries, or in the case of a previous MyeEMBA post, a personal learning guide. Furthermore, the assignment may not specify how the MBA student is to keep the journal, only how to submit the entries for grading or feedback. No matter the source of the requirement or the title, keeping a journal is a challenge for many MBA students, if not most. Perhaps one way of reducing some of the challenge is with journaling software.

My intent with this post is to introduce iDailyDairy and two other journaling software applications, The Journal and Penzu as well as highlight the benefits of their use for MBA students.

MBA Students Need to Evaluate Their Current Financial Situation

Previously, I outlined four action steps to help MBA students manage the financial impact of starting and paying for an MBA program. I followed up with a discussion of the first step, assessing your financial wellbeing. The second step, evaluating your current financial situation, is the subject of this post.

Why Evaluate Your Current Financial Situation?

Since MBA programs typically want you to pay your MBA program’s tuition and fees in advance it is a good idea to identify as soon as possible the source of the funds you will use to make these payments. Waiting until the last minute or focusing on only one source can result in a negative long-term impact on your financial wellbeing. Evaluating your current financial situation, however simple or complex it may be, helps you minimize the negative impact.