Busting 5 Big Myths of Online Education

Discover The Reasons

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned education upside down. Every day more schools move some or all of their classes online. Whether it’s called “remote learning,” “distance learning” or “eLearning,” they’re all basically the same thing –  education that takes place via the Internet. Online education can include K-12 education, career education, and college degree programs. But there is a lot of misinformation out there about online education. These are some of the biggest myths about online learning and why they’re wrong:


  • Online classes aren’t as good as traditional in-class learning. Studies show that online students perform better on standardized tests. Online students often have more time to complete assignments, which means that online education programs are often more effective than traditional learning. 
  • Employers don’t respect online degrees. Fake news. Now that even Ivy League universities offer courses and even whole degrees online, employers can no longer deny that online education can be just as good as traditional degrees. Most employers now don’t care where you earned your education. They just want you to have the skills needed for the job. In many cases, your degree or certificate won’t even indicate whether you earned your degree online or not. 
  • You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses. 
  • Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that. 
  • Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.”

In short, it seems that nearly everything people believe about online education is wrong!  

So, if you want to start a new career, or learn a new trade, don’t let misinformation hold you back from starting your new online education today!

Why Not Try Beauty School During Your Gap Year?

Why Not Try Beauty School During Your Gap Year?

Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A “gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.

This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school, when college students take an intentional gap year, or when changing careers.

Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?

  • Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade. Beauty schools are far less expensive.  Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
  • Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in barbering, cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, and more!
  • Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.

A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!

Gap Year Studentsgao year

Video: Take A Virtual Tour With Carolyn!

Ready to start your dream job in the beauty industry?
Carolyn is giving you a sneak peek of a virtual tour at The Salon Professional Academy of Buffalo! ❤️
Click here to schedule an in-person tour or virtual tour and learn about how we maximize your potential through not only the latest techniques but also proven business and marketing strategies.
* Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. More info: tspabuffalo.com/financial-aid

Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist


What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of New York requires our students to be 18 years of age. It’s the diploma’s or G.E.D.’s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on haircutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact Carolyn in admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!


Cosmetology School Requirments Buffalo

Distance Learning: Zoom Edition

Miss Nancy met the Esti class for the first time through ZOOM and learned more about their experience in the online classroom… The Esti class is feeling closer than ever and Miss Ali is doing such a great job at keeping them connected during distance learning!! ❤️ Watch the video above or read the full transcript below…

Miss Nancy [00:00:00] Hi guys, I thought I’d pop on to see the fabulous Etsi class! How are you guys?

[00:00:08] Oh, good. Good! Lovely!

[00:00:13] You all look beautiful. Fabulous doing your makeup! Skills look great already. I love it.

[00:00:25] OK, so just a few questions. Natalie, how do you feel about distance learning?

Natalie [00:00:33] I really love the one-on-one time and distance learning. (laughs)

[00:00:49] I don’t know, that’s all I have! (laughs) I thought she froze! I’m just so nervous! Froze or “video froze” like I thought she video froze (more laughing) Oh, yes. Well, thank you. Natalie! How about Isabella, how do you feel about distance learning?

Isabella [00:01:14] I get it cause I’m in my own environment and I have everything I need here so I can. I don’t have anything else going on. So, like, I make it a new routine. I wake up at 8:00. I get coffee. I set up my spot and everything. I have a snack going on. Then breaks, I catch up on the note-booking clean up my notes and everything. Just go over started and you know, we get like we get good and.

[00:01:49] Self-motivated a little bit more. I feel like in your at least for me. So it brings you structure during a time with no structure. Yes. Yeah, I feel the same way. Yeah, me too.

Miss Nancy Great, awesome! OK.

[00:02:13] That’s great. I can see I can’t just guess what they all want to be answered. I think that’s great. And it’s like a dream now. What are you doing? Julia, next question’s for you. What are you enjoying about the program so far?

Julia [00:02:40] I like I enjoy being in the comfort of my own home and getting to learn at my own pace because then it’s just easier for me to pick up things and I do better on the tests. Yeah, me too.

Miss Nancy [00:02:52] Julia is always the first one done. Well, awesome! Good time management. Good, good!

Miss Nancy [00:03:01] Kristen, how about you? What do you like about distance learning so far, I should say not just distance learning, but the program.

Kristen [00:03:07] I mean, I like being in the comfort of my own home, but I also like the interaction that we have with one another. I mean, we can put our cameras up sometimes and take it down. And we all kind of like chime in as we go through the course of the day. And I think that’s great.

Miss Nancy [00:03:25] Great. Thank you, Kristen. How about you, Melissa?

Melissa [00:03:29] Yes, I like that. We have the ability to kind of set our own schedule.

Melissa [00:03:34] So if you’re feeling like you’re tired, you can take a break and you can come back to it later. And all the materials that you need are all online. There’s a lot of study material and you can still get to know your peers here. And we’ve gotten to know each other well.

Melissa [00:03:49] and it’s casual, but it’s still like typical learning. So it’s comfortable.

Miss Nancy [00:03:58] Great. Thank you, Melissa. Emily, let’s see what wins have you had this last few weeks with distance learning?

Emily [00:04:12] Wait I didn’t really I didn’t want this question. We did hair & makeup today, right? It’s a win! That can be a win.

Emily [00:04:32] I knew that was gonna happen. I was gonna get another question.

Miss Nancy [00:04:39] That’s my last question, but I could go… Caitlin! Caitlin, how about you? Any wins that you’ve had so far these last few weeks?

Caitlin [00:04:50] Like with distance learning?

Miss Nancy [00:04:55] Yeah. With just starting the program.

Caitlin [00:04:58] I think I’ve been doing pretty well on the tests. I think there’s like I don’t know. I was kind of worried about it being online that it wasn’t going to do that well, but I honestly think that it’s a lot easier.

Students [00:05:13] Yeah, I would agree with that for sure. I mean, awesome!

Miss Nancy [00:05:19] They’re all doing actually… And Maria, how about you? From this week and the past couple of weeks alone

Maria [00:05:31] I’ve gotten to learn so much about obviously like the skin and everything that we’re gonna be doing. And Miss Ali has been doing pretty great in showing us things and giving us some great demonstrations. So I’ve been able to go practice on myself, practice on my mother. It’s been giving me a few pointers of my current skincare routine and what’s good and what’s not. So I’m learning about how to change and tweak little things here and there, even from home.

Students [00:06:03] I second that, too! Great!

Miss Nancy [00:06:06] How about you, Nina? Wanna share some wins, Nina?

Nina [00:06:12] So my biggest win is probably having Miss Ali has a teacher because, with distance learning, I was very nervous about not getting that one the one time. I was afraid that it was going to be like, read this chapter, understand it now do your test. And it’s not like with her. She actually takes the time to make sure that we all understand what we’re doing, she’s really still personal with everything and making sure like it’s not through a computer, but it’s almost like we’re all in the same room somehow. If we had a teacher that wasn’t really into the whole distance learning thing, we wouldn’t be able to succeed as much as we have been. So it’s really nice to have someone that’s actually like making sure we’re doing good and making sure we’re happy.

Miss Ali [00:07:05] (everyone agreeing) Thanks, guys!

Nina [00:07:09] It’s like a team approach to it.

Melissa [00:07:11] I feel like I mean, taking our feedback and I think it’s really helpful to know that this a new process for everyone.

Miss Ali [00:07:20] Yeah, well, I’ll be honest that was something that was really important from the beginning. When we’re in the Academy and generally you know this because you’ve been there

before, but when we’re in the Academy, we preach how TSPA family sticks together. And we’re a team and we’ll always support one another and help each other.

Miss Ali [00:07:35] And that was something that I was afraid of coming into this as an educator. And I had expressed that to Miss Nancy. You know, time and time again in the beginning that it was really important that we made sure that you guys still felt that same connection, you know, right out of the gate. That’s one of the things that drew me into TSPA as an educator was how connected everyone is and how connected they stay even after they leave. To the point where they can’t really leave and they want to come back and do other things, right? But, you know, that was something that I was really committed to trying and finding a way to create for you guys. So thanks. That means a lot. I’m glad that I am creating some of that unity and that’s keeping kind of family bonding feeling.

Miss Ali [00:08:16] Hopefully, once we all get together in real life we can have our fancy pineapple ice cream sundae social (laughing) I feel like when we all get together to be like one of those corny Rom-Com movies. Are we all run for each other? It’s gonna be like, do we hug each other, or?? Elbow fives everybody in this, elbow touch (laughing) You know, be kind of shocking meeting everyone in person.

Nina [00:08:47] Yeah, it will be really weird.

Miss Nancy [00:08:52] It gives us something to look forward to, right? That’s gonna be our light at the end of the tunnel. Yeah. Hopefully, all be together. So that’s great learning in a different environment. But the thing I was gonna say is normally I go in the classroom or maybe the first day and I’m always like, hey guys, jumping around the classroom ask Jemilie, she knows. So this is of course different. And I’m not liking how everyone calling it the new normal because to me it’s not normal. I’m a people person. It’s gonna be very hard for me because I’m hug-ey touchy all day. You know, and it’s just yes, it’s very different.

Miss Nancy [00:09:33] But I will say we were you know, this is all different for us to see them starting distance learning.

Miss Nancy [00:09:41] I’m hearing wonderful things about the classes, the teachers. I feel like we’re all working a lot more for all of you to bring it every day. Our energy gotta be our energy is high. But definitely even higher. And I have to agree with Miss Ali. We are a big family. And for me to see, like every day when I get the text from Miss Ali, all my classes like getting along, they have coffee, and they want to talk to each other, become friends. And that to me is that is. I do. I feel like all emotional, she tells me I could start crying right now. To me, that is huge. Like, how do you get that bond from distance learning? That’s amazing. So we’re doing it now outside the academy. Just imagine when we get back like you ladies are gonna be on fire. So whether we’re able to take clients back, whether we have to walk around with masks, whether we have just switch everything all up or whatever is gonna be the new norm or our, you know, t spy weighs just a little bit adjusted. We’ll get through it all. We’ll get through it all together because you guys seem like you already have like your bond. And it’s just it’s great. It’s great to see. I can’t wait to meet you all. You’re beautiful. This is a person that I can really save. Her skin really looks like that.

Miss Ali [00:10:59] You see, Etsi’s are always so beautiful.

Maria [00:11:05] So it’s all it’s I have to say, thankful for Miss Ali, though, because I was so nervous, like the other girls going into this that like we weren’t gonna be able to socialize. But Miss Ali, like, not only kind of puts us in a space where we feel comfortable to socialize, but like we’re also able to bring up topics that we could all talk on and we could all give our opinions on it. It’s like a safe space to talk about it.

Employment Opportunities: Jobs in the beauty industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers 

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

 What can you do with a cosmetology career?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like Redken Revlon, and L’Oréal, after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!

 A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today! Book your virtual tour with Carolyn 716-243-3311

Educators & Students Take Distance Learning in Stride


We’re weeks into distance learning and our educators & students are doing an amazing job ❤️

Video chatting has been our new best friend! So much of our learning is hands-on, it’s hard to imagine being able to understand what we teach through a screen. However, educators like Miss Kate (and others!), are using every platform they can to teach step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and more to our eager students. Even Nico joined in the fun! Of course, coffee is always close by 😉

Again, we want to send a huge thank you to all our educators and students for continuing to work together during these unprecedented times. We hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on distance learning with our students and educators!

Distance Learning Continues at The Salon Professional Academy


Our students and educators are doing such a great job at adapting to Distance Learning ❤️Adapting to this new style of learning is unique & has its challenges, but our incredible students have been up to the challenge, along with our educators who are embracing teaching via video conferencing, powerpoints, and lectures. We are finishing up week three of distance learning and we’re looking forward to taking on week four…

Thank you to all our educators and students for continuing to work together during these unprecedented times. We hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on distance learning with our students and educators!

Access to Online Education: Are Online Cosmetology & Beauty Schools a Better Way to Go?

Stuck at Home? Start a New Cosmetology Career!

In an uncertain world, you can still take steps toward your future no matter where you are today! Start your cosmetology career online and get a head start on a new career from the comfort and safety of your own home!

TSPA knows that students want the best education they can get. That’s why TSPA now offers online cosmetology and beauty school certificates and licenses.

What are the benefits of TSPA’s online cosmetology and beauty school programs?

  • Start any time. New classes start regularly, so there’s no need to wait!
  • Accessibility: All you need is an internet connection and you’re ready to start your training!
  • Variety: You can learn techniques in many areas, including cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, business management, and marketing.
  • Financial Aid: Online students may qualify for all kinds of scholarships, grants, and loans. More financial resources may be available during this time.
  • Program support: Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Our modern style education appeals to all styles of learning. TSPA knows that there are no limits to what you can do and is now providing temporary online cosmetology programs* to help you achieve your goals no matter where you are! If you’re looking for a cosmetology school that is best for your style of learning, book your virtual tour with our admissions counselors to put your future into motion.

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Carolyn in admissions is just a call ( 716-243-3311) or email away from your future.



Tips For Taking Online Beauty School Classes At TSPA

Wish we could be on campus with our ARTIST’s but instead, we’re bringing campus to you! 🏫➡️💻.

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) just launched temporary distance-learning or temporary online learning for our cosmetology and esthetics programs. Just like it is for you, it is new to us as well. We are all a little stressed and adapting to our new world as quickly as possible. To make your transition into the beauty world smooth, here are our top 3 tips to help you launch your online classes –

Tips For Online Learning:

  1.  Manage your time. Set up a view of your daily & weekly schedule by first mapping out a calendar of all of the assignment and activity due dates along with work and family commitments. It’s okay to be selfish, block off time each week to get classwork done. Online classes tend to have a weekly flow and include discussion boards that require student participation. Plan to be a part of the conversation.
  2. Be a good participant. Good discussions are thoughtful, your best resources to help you bring good discussion starters can be from peer conversations, headlines, lecture and course materials. Great responses go beyond agreeing with your peers. Build on the discussion with your own ideas and experiences.
  3. Build your social community. Share contact information with your peers to connect on homework assignments and for social support. Be a part of  TSPA’s Facebook pages for enrolled students to get the best information fast and easy access to peer conversations on campus and homework topics. Your campus is here to support you every step of the way. Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Be kind to yourself. We are all in uncharted territory right now but we all have each other’s support even if it’s temporarily from a distance right now. 

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Carolyn in admissions is just a call ( 716-243-3311) or email away from your future.