Jason K. Lum, J.D., M.P.P.

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Jason K. Lum, J.D., M.P.P., is a faculty member in Walden University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Mr. Lum serves as a national advocate for greater awareness among college-bound students and current college students particularly about ways to identify, apply for, and win scholarships and grants to fund their education. He has worked with school districts and families to identify colleges and universities that match students needs and resources to help fund college education. Mr. Lum himself received more than $250,000 in scholarships, grants, and fellowships and graduated debt-free.

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Financing Education

Apply for scholarships the right way to get more money for college
Securing funding for your education can be a daunting and anxiety-ridden task. However, investing the time necessary to identify and apply for scholarships and being focused in your search could make ...

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Undergraduate Programs

How to successfully live at home while attending college
The purpose of college is to get your first taste of adult professional and social life. If you live at home, then you’re presented with an obstacle that you can, nevertheless, jump over. Your bigge...
International student adjusting to life at a US college
The American university has a unique identity that is known around the world as an environment that develops creative thinking, encourages innovation, and provides a context for lifelong friendships.B...
Is college really worth it?
College can seem expensive and full of uncertainty, but it can also be full of opportunities and be the best investment you will ever make in yourself. Consider your options carefully, ask a lot of qu...
How to be successful in an online classroom
Online courses have made education accessible to more people. It is not unusual to find students from around the world in a discussion site. The courses are challenging, but students can be successful...
Visiting college campuses during the summer
You may not be able to see a football game or see what the fall foliage looks like, but a summer visit can tell you a lot about the culture, resources, and opportunities available on a college campus....
How to network in an online class
With these few guidelines in mind when networking virtually, you should be able to positively support your online presence through school and beyond. Networking online is one of the most important thi...
Balance life and work while getting an education online
For working adults considering a return to school, options do exist. Remember, pursuing an advanced degree is an investment that can never be taken away from you, and gives you the opportunity to set ...
Advice for those going to a community college
Community colleges can offer a great, affordable start to college. With an early start and a little investigating, you can find out if it’s the right place to start your college career....
Write a great college admissions essay that will get you noticed
Admission essays may seem like a big obstacle to climb, but if you see them as a chance to show the colleges who you are, your writing will come as naturally as talking to a friend. Give yourself enou...
Be successful with these SAT reading comprehension strategies
Doing well on the reading part of the SAT means being prepared and having some good strategies. Refreshing your vocabulary, understanding the paragraph structure and learning to focus your reading att...
Approaching the college search and admissions process with ease
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one. It is natural for students to feel anxious about it. After all, for many students, this is the first big decision they will make. By fol...
Learn how to effectively memorize study material for school
This article provides you basic tools for remembering your schoolwork and any information. The example in the fifth do is very basic, however, if you practice these techniques you will be good to crea...

Financing Education

The EFC and how it affects your financial aid
Understanding how financial aid calculations work for the colleges your student is considering is essential to proper college planning. Each family’s finances are unique. What may work for a high-in...
Apply for scholarships the right way to get more money for college
Securing funding for your education can be a daunting and anxiety-ridden task. However, investing the time necessary to identify and apply for scholarships and being focused in your search could make ...
Teach your college student how to budget for financial independence
Teaching your child financial responsibility while in college is one of the most important lessons you can teach them. Going over these financial tips with your college student can not only help them ...
How to save money for college and retirement at the same time
Finding the financial resources to save for retirement and college savings requires careful planning and budgeting. I typically recommend to my clients that retirement savings is the top priority, whi...
College students: manage your spending to help you save money
While you are hitting the books and earning that degree, you also can be making an investment in your financial future by developing good financial management skills. Set the basis for your future by ...
Make the most of federal student loans to pay for college
The U.S. now has the most generous student loan repayment program in the world. The problem is that almost 90% of the public, the majority of the news media, and even most members of Congress don’t ...
Should you use student loans to pay for your college education?
If there is only one thing you take away from this article, it’s that you must assess if the debt is worth it. I encourage you to reach out to a career counselor or a professional in the industry yo...
A 529 plan for your child is a smart way to save money for college
If you plan to put several thousand dollars into any 529 plan, be sure to have a meeting, first, with a CPA or certified financial advisor who understands them well, and can also discuss other options...

Education Loans

Avoiding the horror stories of student loan debt
As in most other personal finance matters, planning ahead is usually a worthwhile effort. It may involve more factors in your college decision, but with the cost of college so high today, families and...
Parents: Caution when cosigning for child’s college student loan
Cosigning a loan is a big commitment and not a decision you should make without really thinking it over. Consider all of the options you and your child have to finance his or her education before maki...
Consolidating your student loans is the best option to repay them
Loan consolidation may simplify your repayment process, lower your monthly payments, and help you avoid default on your student loans. But before applying for consolidation, review all of your options...
Advice for when you are not able to pay your student loan payments
Not being able to repay your student loans may be a big event in your life, but it doesn’t define your life. Following these steps will help you take inventory of the magnitude of the problem, so yo...
How to have a life after college and repay your student loans
With a little careful planning and budgeting, recent college graduates can get started on the right foot. Depending on your long-term goals, being open to a public sector position may help wipe out th...
Money lessons every college grad should know
Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievement over the past four years and the transition to another phase of your adult life. Take the time to educate yourself now on the basics of personal fina...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...

Help Your Child Succeed Academically

Supporting your child’s vocabulary development at an early age
By 60 months of age, average children have acquired more than 3,000 root word meanings. However, substantial differences have already developed, with some children knowing at least 1,000 fewer meaning...
Understanding and encouraging your child’s learning style
Understanding and actively encouraging your child’s learning style will open doors to academic success, new hobbies and even future careers. Recognizing and celebrating your children’s dominant le...
Help your child manage homework avoidance and improve study habits
Homework, organization and study skills are life skills, which can take time to figure out. Be patient with yourself, as well as your children, as you learn what works best. At times, you will be able...
Improve homework issues by breaking it down into manageable steps
The key to repetition and consistency is to break goals into manageable steps. It is critical to identify the most important areas of challenge and design goals/strategies that directly address these ...
What to do when you or your child do not get along with the teacher
Sending your child to school is the first step in relinquishing your control. Allowing your child to experience the wonders, joys and yes, even the pains that this world has to offer are important ste...
Parents can encourage a passion for literacy in reluctant readers
Not every child enjoys reading. But parents can help encourage their children to develop a love of reading. This joy is possible when kids follow their areas of personal interest and passion....
Daily exercise and movement helps kids improve learning and recall
We can look at movement benefitting our body and brain in two separate ways: By completing a high-intensity daily workout and by incorporating movement breaks into our sedentary work or school schedul...
How to get the school system to support your child with dyslexia
Early identification and intervention is the best-case scenario for a student with dyslexia. Parents and caregivers hold the key to making sure that happens. By trusting your instincts, doing your hom...
Parents can assist their children in achieving to their abilities
Reversing underachievement is not just about getting good grades. It’s about guiding children toward leading reasonably balanced and fulfilled lives. It is critical for parents to value achievement ...
Looking for a new school? Ensure you find the best fit for your child
There are so many things to take into consideration when looking for a school for your child. The search can get quite overwhelming. By keeping a clear vision of what your values are and being open to...
Video modeling can support early literacy development in children
Teach your child to read initially or provide simple support to help your child catch up to his or her peers using video reading time. This time is always best to add to the early literacy supports yo...
Resources for achieving inclusion in the classroom
Developing listening skills are vital to a child's school success
Your children’s success in school is dependent upon many things, but strong listening abilities are one of the most important. Remember to connect with your children in activities that truly interes...
Advice for transforming your kids into eager, successful readers
The reading process begins with increasing your conscious awareness of the experiences and activities that motivate your child’s interest and enjoyment. This will be your starting point to draw kids...

Teacher and Classroom Resources

Get your class to settle down
All in all, students need consistency and clarity in understanding our expectations of them as a class. A non-verbal signal or procedure can help us make great strides in settling a class down in a ca...
How do I get my students to ask questions?
By creating a question-friendly environment, modeling your expectations for questions, teaching students how to ask questions and encouraging the behavior, your students will experience the dynamic of...
How to handle unruly students
These strategies will help put you in a better place, emotionally, to determine the best course of action for the future. The lesson that day may not even be part of the curriculum. Rather it may be a...
Dos and Don'ts of grading discussion boards
The online discussion boards allow students to have deep discussions around the course content. This is a wonderful tool that also builds a sense of community in the class. We need to use it carefully...
Tips for designing a course
Building a syllabus and designing a course can be a challenging exercise. One hint is to start with the institutions goals and outcomes for the program and the course. This guide can be used to sketch...
Dos and Don'ts of teaching non-traditional students online
Adult non-traditional learners are highly motivated to succeed but have different challenges, needs and strengths than traditional college students. These students can be highly successful online, but...
Bloom's Taxonomy
Teachers: Get help communicating with parents
None of these steps is easy. However, if you take nothing else away from the discussion, do make sure you are the first to make contact. That first, positive communication makes all the difference whe...
Advice for teachers on great parent-teacher conferences
By following these few helpful tips, you’ll no doubt have a more productive, enjoyable conference. You can actually concentrate on the student’s best interest and collaborate with the parent, whic...
Make your classroom safe for weather and violent emergencies
Each year schools are faced with a wide variety of school safety incidents ranging from violence to weather emergencies. Classroom teachers can prepare for these incidents by having a proper plan and ...
Meeting the unique needs of gifted children within the classroom
Meeting the needs of gifted students in the general education classroom setting is challenging. Where there are so many different levels of students in the classroom, challenging the advanced students...
Create an inclusive classroom that helps all types of students
Some educators think about students with disabilities when they hear the word “inclusion”. Of course, supporting students with disabilities is part of the work of the high-quality inclusive school...
Advice for teachers to help prevent misbehavior in their classroom
Instead of relying on easy impersonal punishments, what works to prevent student misbehavior is for young people to have to face the real personal impact of their actions. For this to be practiced wel...
Organizing the classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder
Although each child with autism spectrum disorder is a unique individual in terms of strengths, challenges, learning style and support needs, paying attention to these elements of structure will allow...
Advice for creating safe and welcoming schools for LGBT youth
Schools can be hostile environments for LGBT youth. While all young people can become targets of bullying, research shows that LGBT students are most at risk. LGBT youth who experience higher rates of...
Using discussion groups to help nurture growth in gifted students
Discussion groups provide a bond that simply reassures a student that other people care. Students won’t come to a discussion group wanting to unload their innermost feelings, but some may want to ta...
Ensure success in the classroom for kids on the autism spectrum
This advice is an excellent way to prepare your classroom to accommodate a child with ASD. Because educating a child with ASD can be quite challenging for educators, it is important to be aware of the...
Advice for teachers on how to recognize and reduce school violence
Educators must to be sensitive to all acts of school violence and remain on the frontline to protect themselves and the students they serve. By implementing a comprehensive behavior system, teachers w...
How to inspire and motivate students to participate in class
Many students feel unsure about what they’ve learned or should be able to do. Teachers can increase class participation by: designing space to invite participation, assuring students that there are ...

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

Education Law

How to get special education services at school for your child
Don't give up! Getting the best special education services for your child can be frustrating, and at times progress towards that goal can be maddeningly slow.  Understand, however, that you have opti...
Managing your child’s special education documents and records
It is critical to organize and save your child's special education records. Documents and records track events as they happen and help you tell your child's story accurately. Additionally, documents c...
Students benefit when schools and families have positive relationships
Families of students with disabilities and school districts frequently have long and extensive relationships with each other. Taking the time for careful, honest, and timely communications and interac...

K-12 Education

How to overcome test anxiety
Modern visualization training was developed for cosmonauts in Russia then used with the Olympic speed skating team. Those who spent the most time imagining perfect skating in real time did 25 percent ...
Overcome writer's block
Writers, even the best, have off days and each has to find what works, whether it's standing upside down to get the blood moving in an odd direction, doing jumping jacks, or reading the greats like Sh...
Stay focused while studying
Trouble paying attention and maintaining focus while studying is a common problem that all students face at some point in their academic careers. You can take control of the matter by making some targ...
Keep yourself focused in the classroom
Trouble paying attention in class is common amongst students. After all, school isn’t always the most entertaining place to be. Nonetheless, maintaining a high degree of concentration is imperative ...
How to write a paper
Once you unlock the secrets of how to write a paper, the benefits will last you a lifetime! Not only will your academic standing increase by leaps and bounds as you begin to express your ideas more cl...
Test taking with ADHD
Test taking, above all else, requires extensive preparation and a willingness to try new strategies. Nothing calms anxiety more than a thorough knowledge of the material. When you’re taking a test, ...
Reading, but not getting it?
After teaching speed reading for 25 years, I find there are two main reasons people don’t comprehend what they read: 1) they read too slowly and/or daydream making comprehension challenging or 2) th...
Scoring high on the SAT requires laser-focus and preparation
There are a litany of options with regard to studying for the SAT. A strong one is creating and abiding your study calendar. Because the responsibility to study and perform resides in the person it sh...
Secrets behind successful high school sports fundraising programs
Misperceptions about fundraising only damage the profession and the truly talented practitioners, not to mention the schools and coaches who deserve quality work. By putting some of the most important...
How to score high on the ACT and impress college admissions
No one knows more than you how much you want to get into the college or university of your dreams. The ACT is one of the tallest hurdles that you have to scale to get there. But, you know, clearing th...
How to choose the right elementary school for your child
Increasingly diverse educational alternatives for young students today mean families are able to engage in school choice. School choice provides an exceptional opportunity to steer the desired course ...
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