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Have you tried a mnemonic device yet to help you study? A mnemonic device is a memorization technique using clues to help us remember information, usually by associating information we want to remember with an image, a sentence or a word.
One of the most common mnemonic devices is to create a sentence where the first letter of each word represents something you want to remember. For example, a way to remember the order of the planets is: My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Rhyming is another great way to remember things. For example, a rhyme to remember when Christopher Columbus discovered America goes: In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue.
There are tons of other mnemonic devices for you to try. So go ahead and get a little fun and creative with your studying.
Whether you’re an online student or take classes at a campus, your online presence will have a big effect on your success. Your instructors, employers and peers will all come to conclusions based on how you act online. Here are five simple guidelines to online etiquette:
- Use proper English and punctuation as if you’re writing a paper. Avoid popular abbreviations, acronyms (like BRB = Be right back) or other shortcuts used in social communication.
- Don’t use emoticons. In a social context, emoticons help express emotion. In a working context, emoticons express unprofessionalism.
- “Reply All” to emails only when appropriate. You don’t want to clutter the inboxes of people who don’t need it.
- Keep it clean. People often become brave when their identity is hidden online. That recklessness can often turn into regrets. Avoid profanities, obscenities and other offensive content while in school or at work.
- Respond to any emails or messages you get in a timely manner. The response doesn’t have to be long, just an acknowledgment.
Nervous about the job interview? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. A recent survey done by Everest College and Harris Interactive shows that 92 percent of Americans have at least one fear about the job interview process. The most common worry was, “seeming nervous,” which 17 percent of interviewees indicated as their top fear of the process.
Fear not, there are things you can do to help you manage those nerves. For example, going to college! The study shows that college can make you more confident. Twenty-two percent of survey participants with only a high school diploma or below indicated nerves as their biggest fear. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of college graduates listed nerves as their biggest concern.
Want to build your confidence going into the job search process? Enroll at Everest and know that you can get quality training in the day-to-day skills needed for the job. At Everest, you can get support from a team of instructors and advisors from day one that continues even after graduation. Click the link for more details on Everest’s career training programs and campuses: http://facebook.everest.edu/.
With the current politics, national security has become a top priority. This has created a strong demand in both the public and private sectors of the homeland security field. That demand looks to remain strong through 2020, adding 195,000 new jobs — a 19 percent growth from 2010.*
Also, advances in technology in the security field have added to demand for trained and skilled workers. Earning a diploma in private and homeland security can qualify you for many entry-level homeland security job opportunities in many different setting.
There’s no better time than National Preparedness Month to start checking out a new career in private and homeland security. At Everest, you can get quality, short-term training in areas such as criminology, criminal procedure, criminal investigations, terrorism and security certification, and many other skills to give you an edge in the criminal justice field.
Click on one of the below campuses for more information about the Criminal Justice – Private and Homeland Security specialization:
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm (visited August 22, 2013).
Just because you’re on a student budget doesn’t mean you can’t do any fun weekend activities. There are lots of inexpensive things to do on the weekend. Here are some awesome weekend activities that work on a student budget:
- Listen to music at a local pub. Often, local artists will perform and you can get great music without the cost of an overpriced concert ticket. You may even discover your new favorite band.
- Are you an animal lover? Try going to a shelter and walking a dog. Volunteering is great for the dogs and you as well.
- Shop garage sales. You can find unique treasures for less than retail prices.
- Read a book then see the movie. You can compare which you liked better.
- Go for a picnic.
- Go for a hike or bike ride.
- Start a weekend hobby or craft. This could range from home improvement to learning a foreign language.
When a lot of parents ask their kids how school was, they get the same one-word answer, “Fine.” Talking with your children can help teach them the importance of education as well as bring the two of you closer together. Check out some of these tips for striking up conversation with your kids:
- Don’t force your child to talk the minute they walk in the door. Some kids need to unwind first. Let your little one have a snack and settle in before you start.
- Sometimes, avoiding face-to-face conversation can help take the pressure off of your kid. Try talking in the car while you’re driving or while cooking dinner.
- Don’t always talk about problems. Include fun topics like who they played with or what games they played.
- Start the conversation with an enthusiastic hello instead of jumping straight to questions. This will help ensure your child that you’re genuinely interested in talking with them and not just interrogating them.
- Share some of your own funny stories from the day so it’s not one-sided.
- Try asking more specific questions that require more than a one-word answer.
- Start early. If you set up the pattern of sharing when they’re young, they’re more likely to continue the pattern when they grow into teenagers.
Debt can accumulate quickly, especially as a student. Some smart prioritizing can help you avoid a lot of financial woes. Follow these suggestions to help get you out of the red and pay off your debt:
- Don’t panic.
- Ignoring it won’t make it go away. Face it head on now, before it gets worse.
- Write down and organize all of your debt. Note how much you owe, what the interest is, and whom you owe it to.
- Try to prioritize your debt by how much you owe and what consequences there are if it isn’t paid on time. Taxes and rent/mortgage are usually the most important to pay off first. If luxury items, like your TV, get repossessed, it’s not going to be the end of the world.
- Make a budget. How much money do you have coming in? What necessary expenses do you make every month?
- Try to negotiate your repayment plan. Some taxes will work with you to create a payment plan that works on your budget.
- Find ways to generate extra income. Work overtime, get a second job, have a garage sale, etc.
- Use the stack method to pay off your debt. Once you’ve paid off your first debt, apply that payment used for that debt to the next loan. When the second loan is paid off, add that payment to the next until all your loans are paid off.
- You’re not alone. Plenty of other people have been in the same difficult situation and gotten themselves out of it. It’s also important to remember that there are people who can help and guide you.
At Everest, you can get help from financial services to set up a budget that works for you. Contact us to find out how Everest can help you manage your finances: http://ow.ly/nLnbJ