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Just because they’re online, doesn’t mean they’re easy. Studying for online classes takes self-discipline and good habits. Here are five great study tips to help you be successful in online courses.

  1.  Study smart. Study in small blocks of time in an area free of distractions. And never study in front of the TV.
  2. Get organized. Set a study schedule and stick to it. And keep all your materials and notes organized and tidy.
  3. Read effectively. Read things once through quickly and then again more slowly. This helps your brain break the information into smaller bites.
  4. Don’t study in bed. Or on the couch for that matter. Study at a desk or the kitchen table when you’re wide awake. You’ll learn better and won’t fall asleep.
  5. Write notes by hand. Actually writing things out helps you remember them better than copying and pasting or even typing. It’s more interactive and helps you think about the information.

With a little planning and work, online classes can be a great way for busy people to get an education. You can do this!


If you’ve got a full-time job or other responsibilities, online classes can help you get your education on your schedule. Here are five things you can do to help make yourself more successful

  1. Choose a good school. Find a school with a good reputation, like Everest. It’ll help you in the long run.
  2. Show up. While there’s no classroom, it’s still important to participate in discussions online or participate in a work group.
  3. Learn your online tools. Before classes even start, learn how to use your online tools. That’s everything from what buttons to click to what’s available to you online.
  4. Use a newer computer. Technical problems can throw a wrench into an online education. Don’t let an old computer hold you back, and make sure you install anti-virus software to keep things running smoothly.
  5. Get to know your teachers and peers. Create an online profile with a picture of yourself and connect with your instructors and fellow students online or over email.

For more about what makes Everest a great choice for your online education, check out the Everest University Online.

#2Remember when you dreamed of being a movie star or professional dancer? Today’s teens have dreams that are rooted in the real world — in health care and IT.

Everest Institute recently surveyed 300 high school students age 14-18, asking which field was most likely to lead to their dream job. The top two choices were health care and information technology, with education coming in third.

“The survey indicates that young people are quite savvy and realistic about the paths to successful employment,” said Ken Sigmon, regional vice president of operations at Everest Institute.

A large majority of those surveyed also agreed that getting good grades and a degree are important for finding that dream job.

Everest offers a variety of career training and degree programs for young people interested in entering the health care and IT industries.

#1We at Everest have always recognized James Tokley’s talent with words. But now it’s official. The Everest English teacher is now Hillsborough County’s poet laureate.

It’s an official title to an unpaid job that he’s been doing for years. His words can be seen etched in stone in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse and at Chillura Park in downtown Tampa. And he’s written inaugural poems for three Tampa mayors, as well as for former governor Charlie Crist.

Tokley compares being a poet to being a sanitation worker, saying, “We rummage through the garbage of yesterday and look through the wastebaskets of history and we pull out things and write poems about it.”

When he’s not writing poems, Tokley teaches English at Everest University in Brandon.

Budget, written with white chalk on a blackboard.

Managing your money is important and can help you keep more of it. But what if you’re always on the go? Thankfully, these apps can help. Check out what CNN Money says are the six best banking and budget apps out there.

Pageonce Money and Bills
Connect your bank accounts, bills, credit cards, loans, cell phone minutes and travel rewards in one place.
Price: Free

Works on: Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7

A great way to be the “bank” for your kids. They accumulate money or rewards and when they want to use their money, you can debit their account.
Price: $3.99

Works on: iPhone, iPad

This great budgeting app puts everything — bank accounts, credit cards, loans and bills — all in one place, showing you where your money goes and giving you helpful tips.
Price: Free

Works on: Android, iPhone, iPad

Chase Mobile
If you’re a Chase customer, you can do everything from check balances and transfer funds to deposit checks by snapping a picture.
Price: Free

Works on: Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry

PayPal Mobile
This gives you an easy and free way to pay people and businesses. Just enter their email or cell phone number and send.
Price: Free

Works on: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry

If you need to hang onto receipts but hate little slips of paper, this is a great alternative. It can even create expense reports for you.
Price: Free

Works on: Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7



Anything worthwhile can be challenging, and an online education is no different. But with a little help and the right approach, you can make your online schooling a great experience. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your online education:

  • Keep in touch. Be sure to keep in touch with your instructor with questions. Everest instructors will give you their email address to make it easy.
  • Print the syllabus. Even though it’s available online, having it printed and on the wall in front of you is a great way to keep track of where you are in class.
  • Set a schedule. Completing assignments on time is very important, so set aside time each day to work on them.
  • Make a list. Write down any upcoming assignments so you’re not caught by surprise.
  • Participate in discussion boards. Remember class participation back in high school or middle school? This is just like that, only online. And it is often a big part of your grade.
  • Read the material. Keep up with your assigned reading material, as you may be quizzed on it or need to write a paper.
  • Use a mobile app. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can study when you’re on the go using a mobile app. Everest University Online offers a great app for iPhone and Android phones. You can learn about it here.

Remember, getting an education online is a great way to fit school in with a busy schedule. And with a little work, you can set yourself up for success.

#3_Young-woman-holding-a-grocery--14506919If you’re not careful, a trip to the grocery store can be a real shock to the budget. But by shopping smart, you can eat well and still have money left over. Here are a few tips:

  • Plan ahead. Make a list of what you need before you go to the store — and stick to it. And don’t shop hungry; you’ll just buy more.
  • Make healthy choices. Believe it or not, healthier foods save you money. Smaller portion sizes, fewer sugary foods and drinks, and more fresh fruits and veggies make both your waistline and your grocery bill shrink.
  • Buy in season. Look for produce and seafood that’s in season, because it’s usually priced to sell. And don’t forget your local farmer’s market.
  • Buy what’s on sale. Look for specials and clip coupons. If it’s something you’d buy anyway, you can end up getting a bargain. The Sunday paper is a great place to look. If you buy more than you need, put it in the freezer.
  • Pack your lunch. Brown-bag it to school or to work instead of going out for lunch. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll end up eating healthier too.
  • Consider frozen or canned. Frozen or canned foods are often just as nutritious as fresh, and will last much longer. And dried fruits are a tasty alternative to fresh!
  • Go “veggie” once a week. Eat eggs, beans, or tofu once a week instead of pricey meats like fish, beef or chicken. Or consider eating smaller portions of meat with a bigger serving of vegetables.
  • Waste less. Save and eat your leftovers the next day, or mix it up by putting last night’s chicken over a salad or with pasta.
  • Avoid prepackaged foods. Prepackaged food is often more expensive and higher in sugar and fat than other alternatives. Compare what you buy and make the best choice.

Shop smart and you can spend less while still eating well.

Get a Job Computer KeyThe Internet is a great resource for job seekers, with numerous job boards and other tools to make finding the right job easier. But it also means that new trends emerge as job hunters and employers both start using the Internet in different ways. Here are just a few of those trends according to the people at LinkedIn:


Trend: Using LinkedIn for your resume.

A growing number are skipping the traditional resume and referring employers to their LinkedIn profile. It’s convenient, can hold a lot of information, and many see it as trustworthy. But it’s still a good idea to have a copy of your resume that you can print out or email to someone.

Trend: Employers looking for specialized skills.

When jobs are scarce, employers look for people with the exact skills they need. So be sure to highlight your specialized skills to make sure they can find you.

Trend: Reaching out to more people.

The more connections you make, the better your chances are of finding the job you’re after. Reaching out to people in the industry or from your school on places such as LinkedIn and other sites can be a great way to make these connections. So consider sending a friendly note to say “hi” and get your name out there.

Talk to people and find out what they’re doing. By making good use of the tools available to you, you can give yourself a leg up!


We’ve all felt the “afternoon blahs” — those times when your “get-up-and-go” got up and left. From getting enough sleep to reading a book, these 10 tips can help you find more energy throughout the day.

  1. Get enough sleep. First and foremost, make sure you can get a solid night’s sleep. If you’re tired, it makes the days drag on.
  2. Wake up with a workout. Even simple stretching can help, but getting your blood moving first thing in the morning can help energize you all day.
  3. Squeeze in a nap. Don’t sleep on the job, but if you can grab even a 10- or 20-minute siesta in your car or in an empty conference room, it can go a long way toward perking you up.
  4. Laugh. Try to make time in the day for a smile, whether it’s a funny video or a joke of the day. Laughter is a natural energizer.
  5. Take a walk. Use your break time to get out of the office for a few minutes. Walk around the parking lot or down the street. A little fresh air is a big help.
  6. Read a book at lunch. Escape into a good book or a short story while you eat. It’s a good way to refresh your mind.
  7. Drop the baggage. Resolve conflicts with a boss or coworker and try to let go of grudges. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.
  8. Do a coworker a favor. Lend them a hand or just a kind word. Just this simple act can work wonders for your energy.
  9. Call a friend. Give a close friend a call during a break, even if it’s just to say “hi.” The interaction can help recharge your batteries.
  10. Like your job. Nothing saps your energy like doing something you hate. So figure out what you enjoy and find a way to make that your job.

#1_Resume-on-the-Table-35426906Many people think that a resumes only job is to tell people where you’ve worked before. But it’s so much more than that. A good resume gets you noticed and makes an employer want to meet you. To help yours stand out in the pile, try to follow these tips:

  1. Don’t just send a Word document. Sometimes Word files look different on different computers. To make sure yours looks right, try to save it as a PDF file. Look for the “Save as PDF” option when printing.
  2. Save references for later. Personal references can be helpful, but instead of putting them on your resume, save them for later in the interview process.
  3. Include important keywords. Sometimes resumes go into a big computer database where managers can search for candidates. So make sure yours contains the words they’ll be looking for.
  4. Give it a unique look. No need to go crazy, but think about adding color or changing your layout a bit. It helps your resume stand out against the others.
  5. List your skills. Be sure to list your important skills at the bottom. Are you good with computers? Typing? Special training? Include it!
  6. List accomplishments, too. Don’t just mention past job duties, but describe what you did. Did you create a new way of working? Win an award? Meet a goal?
  7. Tell a story. Highlight your strengths and experiences that make you ideal for the job or career you want. And let them shine throughout your resume.

Need help building a strong cover letter and resume? Contact Everest Career Services for assistance, advice and more.

Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.


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