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4 Ways Eating Candy Can Help You Get More Out of Your Study Time

Candy helps you study

Eating candy can help you become a better student! Wait, haven't you been trying to tell your parents that since elementary school? Well, as it turns out you were right all along. Indulging in sweets (in moderation, of course!) might actually help you get the most out of your study time. If you've been holding off those sugar cravings for years, sweet relief is finally here!

Should You Consider a Certificate Program?

Certificate programs are an efficient way to expand your knowledge without committing to the time and cost of an additional degree. They can be completed for fun, or as part of a career development strategy.

4 Tips on Dealing with Holiday Stress

Remember being a kid and looking forward to the holiday season each year? There was nothing more exciting than getting time off school, spending time with family, listening to cheerful songs on the radio, eating great food and opening presents, lots of presents. Ah, the good old days! Now you're all grown up, and the holidays represent something completely different. Sure, all of the excitement is still in the air, but there's something about having to plan, cook and host it all that makes the season just a little more stressful.

Preparing for the Feast: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Thanksgiving dinner is arguably the most anticipated meal of the year. What have you done to prepare? If your answer is "nothing," don't stress. You've still got (a little) time to pull together an impressive feast. Start by browsing the recipes below, craft a well-organized shopping list, and then make a mad dash to your local grocery store to grab the necessities before they're gone!

The Turkey

5 Apps to Aid Your Job Search

With the job market becoming more competitive, embracing technology to assist in the search for your next career is a necessity. The following apps can help you reduce the inevitable headache that comes along with a job search.

Linkedin - Available on IOS & Android for Free

Pet Therapy: Discovering the Human-Animal Connection

When some people think about adding a pet to their family, they are more worried about the added responsibility and time requirement versus the overall benefit of having a pet. Trips to the veterinarian for vaccinations, spending extra money on food and toys, the headache of potty training, long walks around the park and chewed up shoes are all images that may come to mind when we see the "Adopt Me" sign in front of the dozen puppies and kittens playing outside PetSmart.

Getting Social: LinkedIn Groups and Subgroups

With almost 260 million members, working professionals can't really afford not to be on LinkedIn. But, did you know there's actually more to it than building and housing your online resume?

That's right, similar to Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is also considered a social network. If you've been missing out on the social aspect of LinkedIn, groups are a great way to connect with people that are similar to you in some way (same industry, same company, same city, etc.).

Organizing Your Research

Writing a dissertation requires managing hundreds of citations and sources. Careful organization will save you countless hours rummaging through your research, but the million dollar question many students ask is “how do I do that?”

To answer this question, we asked NCU students, faculty and alumni -- via Facebook and LinkedIn -- how they keep track of their research. Their recommendations: Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, Evernote, and of course, RefWorks:

Time Management Exercise: Calendar Blocking

So, what exactly is calendar blocking? Put simply, it's reserving blocks of time on your calendar for specific tasks. This exercise can help you save time, get well-organized and become a more productive version of your current self.

If this sounds like something you might benefit from, you're right! Set aside some time to follow the steps below and get the process started for yourself, you'll reap the benefits faster than you think.

Getting Started

4 Tips on Effective Communication for Online Students

One of the most difficult skills for online students to perfect is communication in the virtual classroom. From emails to instructors to discussion posts and final papers, the online student communicates almost entirely in the written word.  For those weighing a few options for advancing their education, this can be an intimidating realization. Whether you're already an online student or are pondering the possibility of becoming one, help yourself form a few great habits by browsing the tips below.

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