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4 study skills that will help you succeed in your career

Erica Cirino
2 minute read

If you’re like most college students, much of your time outside of class is spent studying. Studying is an important part of college, one that goes beyond just helping to get you good grades. It’s a part of your academic routine that—whether you realize it or not — prepares you for a career as well.

Here are four study skills in particular that can carry over into your career:

1. MANAGING YOUR TIME

Figuring out how long it will take you to complete an assignment or review for an exam isn’t an exact science. Every student is different, so each student requires a different amount of time for studying. Over time, you’ll figure out how to best manage your time.

Good time management means you get your assignments done on time (or well ahead of time), but it also means you pace yourself appropriately so that you’re producing the highest quality of work possible. Knowing how to keep and follow a calendar is another important part of time management.

Just as you need good time management when studying, you need it when you enter the working world. If you establish a time management habit that works for you in college, you can easily apply it to your career when it comes to accomplishing various tasks for your company.

2. READING (FOR MEANING)

College students are required to read a lot — from textbooks to novels to research journals to newspapers, and everything in between. Reading in college goes beyond just taking in words; it means absorbing and understanding their meaning so you can remember certain ideas and facts for your tests and assignments.

No matter what career you choose, you can likely expect more reading — whether it be research for a meeting or important email communications. That’s why it’s important to become a strong reader in college. Learn how to highlight and take notes when you read, and also how to pace yourself to truly digest the content.

3. STAYING ORGANIZED

A key part of successful studying is keeping yourself organized. It’s hard to argue the fact that it’s much easier to get your work done with a clean desk than a messy one. The same goes for a neat vs. messy bookbag.

Organization means different things to different students. Yet, no matter what your organization style, the key idea of being organized is to know exactly where your things are when you need them.

Being organized is also important for your career. As a working adult, you’ll need to keep track of many important documents, bills, schedules and more. Learning how to keep your things in order while still a college student will make your transition to a working adult much easier.

4. WORKING WITH OTHERS

Many college students find being part of a study group to be helpful to their academics. Studying with others can give you more motivation to study, and your study buddies may be able to help you through especially challenging classes.

But being a part of a study group has another benefit: from deciding when to meet to collaborating on group projects, studying with others teaches you how to work as part of a team.

Being a team player is a critical career skill. In most careers, you’ll have to interact with others. The more social skills you build while in college, the more easily you’ll be able to achieve greatness with other people in your workplace.

Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.
First Published by  USA Today College 
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9 Money-Saving Freezer Hacks

These unlikely foods can live for months in the freezer. Never let your food spoil again!

Noelle Royer |University of Maryland

Stale chips, rotten herbs and sour milk are some of the most common catastrophes college students face. All of your staple ingredients cost less in bulk, but it’s almost impossible to use them all before they go bad. Because of this, one of the greatest struggles students face in the kitchen is food waste.

The answer to most of these problems lies in the freezer. A freezer exists to preserve highly perishable items — meat, bread, popsicles — but there are many unknown foods that are freezer friendly.

1. Eggs

Photo by Rachel Davis

Can’t use eggs fast enough? Crack them into an ice tray and freeze them. Once they’re solid, dump the egg cubes into a freezer bag. Defrost them as needed and use them as you normally would.

2. Cheese

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Never let mold build colonies on your cheese again. Block cheese can be shredded and saved in bags for months.

3. Rice

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Some days are just too short to waste time cooking rice. Instead, make a bunch ahead of time and portion it into freezer bags. To defrost, simply run hot water over the bag until the contents are warm. This can cut the time for meal prep in half. For a complete on-the-go frozen meal, make and freeze these rice balls.

4. Milk

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Yes, you can save your milk for months without it curdling. Simply freeze the milk in its own container. Just make sure to pour out about a cup beforehand so it has room to expand. Let it defrost in the fridge a few hours before you’re ready to use it.

5. Chips/Pretzels/Crackers

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Cold chips? This might sound wacky, but frozen chips actually have more crunch and flavor than regular chips. Freezing these crunchy snacks keeps them from getting soft and stale.

6. Butter

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Frozen butter is actually ideal when making pastries. The colder the butter, the better it will be in creating a flakier biscuit or even a more buttery croissant.

7. Bread and Sandwiches

Photo by Rachel Davis

Your bread stays fresh in the freezer for months. The entire bag can defrost on the counter for a few hours, or you can pop a couple pieces in the toaster. You can also freeze whole sandwiches. As long as it doesn’t contain mayo, tomato or lettuce, your pre-made sandwich will defrost no-problem in your lunch bag while you’re in class.

8. Yogurt

Photo by Rachel Davis

Turn your breakfast into a frozen treat! Making your own frozen yogurt is incredibly easy. Yes, really, all you need to do is put it in the freezer.

9. Fresh Herbs

Photo by Rachel Davis

Fresh green herbs can take almost any meal up a level, but they don’t last long in the fridge. Freeze any fresh herb in an ice tray with olive oil, broth or water and pop it into a pan with your meal whenever you need it.

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4 study skills that will help you succeed in your career

Erica Cirino
2 minute read

If you’re like most college students, much of your time outside of class is spent studying. Studying is an important part of college, one that goes beyond just helping to get you good grades. It’s a part of your academic routine that—whether you realize it or not — prepares you for a career as well.

Here are four study skills in particular that can carry over into your career:

1. MANAGING YOUR TIME

Figuring out how long it will take you to complete an assignment or review for an exam isn’t an exact science. Every student is different, so each student requires a different amount of time for studying. Over time, you’ll figure out how to best manage your time.

Good time management means you get your assignments done on time (or well ahead of time), but it also means you pace yourself appropriately so that you’re producing the highest quality of work possible. Knowing how to keep and follow a calendar is another important part of time management.

Just as you need good time management when studying, you need it when you enter the working world. If you establish a time management habit that works for you in college, you can easily apply it to your career when it comes to accomplishing various tasks for your company.

2. READING (FOR MEANING)

College students are required to read a lot — from textbooks to novels to research journals to newspapers, and everything in between. Reading in college goes beyond just taking in words; it means absorbing and understanding their meaning so you can remember certain ideas and facts for your tests and assignments.

No matter what career you choose, you can likely expect more reading — whether it be research for a meeting or important email communications. That’s why it’s important to become a strong reader in college. Learn how to highlight and take notes when you read, and also how to pace yourself to truly digest the content.

3. STAYING ORGANIZED

A key part of successful studying is keeping yourself organized. It’s hard to argue the fact that it’s much easier to get your work done with a clean desk than a messy one. The same goes for a neat vs. messy bookbag.

Organization means different things to different students. Yet, no matter what your organization style, the key idea of being organized is to know exactly where your things are when you need them.

Being organized is also important for your career. As a working adult, you’ll need to keep track of many important documents, bills, schedules and more. Learning how to keep your things in order while still a college student will make your transition to a working adult much easier.

4. WORKING WITH OTHERS

Many college students find being part of a study group to be helpful to their academics. Studying with others can give you more motivation to study, and your study buddies may be able to help you through especially challenging classes.

But being a part of a study group has another benefit: from deciding when to meet to collaborating on group projects, studying with others teaches you how to work as part of a team.

Being a team player is a critical career skill. In most careers, you’ll have to interact with others. The more social skills you build while in college, the more easily you’ll be able to achieve greatness with other people in your workplace.

Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.
First Published by  USA Today College 

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