Everything’s a whole lot more expensive without a scholarship. If you weren’t a wiz kid during your younger years, you probably didn’t land a big scholarship that would help you pay for school and offset your living expenses. As a college student, it’s hard to go out and find a high paying job while devoting so much of your time and energy towards college classes. Don’t feel discouraged. There are several simple ways that students can make some money to pay for books and food that’s more nutritious than instant noodles.

1. Tutoring
If you’re strong in a particular subject, start tutoring it. You can start by tutoring students you attend college with or tutor people anywhere in the world via the internet. You can tutor people in academic subjects, or even help them develop other skills. If you’re an excellent web designer, you can teach people your trade. Almost any knowledge you have can be passed on to someone else for a profit. If you don’t have time to provide live tutoring sessions, you can create and sell (or monetize) tutorial video content to help others learn from you.
2. Freelance Writing
The gig economy and the sharing economy have changed the way a lot of people work. Freelancing is on the rise, and you can freelance too. Freelance writing is one of the easiest jobs a college student can do. You’re already used to writing papers and being held to a high standard. Think about what you do for class every day, and start doing it for money. You can write academic papers, advertising copy, or blog posts. If you’re good at it, you can make as much as you would from a secure full time job.
3. Social Media Jobs
Brands love to hire college students to manage their social media profiles. They want younger people who are familiar with social media platforms and the kinds of technology used to keep them running. One of the best things about social media jobs is that they’re relatively easy to find. Businesses post openings on job boards all the time – you don’t need to know someone who works at the company to land a position running their Facebook or Instagram accounts.
4. Teaching English
The world can’t have enough English teachers. In countries where English is not the primary language, it’s usually one of the most popular secondary languages. People with international businesses looking to expand and people who want excellent job opportunities with those businesses need an English teacher. Some companies even help you relocate abroad if you have a knack for teaching your native language. If you want to travel for your semester off, you might be able to do it for free if you’ve developed an excellent reputation teaching English. You can do it from the comfort of your own desk if school has you stuck in your home country.
5. Transcribing
Transcribing might come as second nature to many college students. You’re used to taking notes at a rapid pace while your educators are imparting knowledge upon you. Do the same thing with audio files to make a few bucks with your laptop. Businesses often want marketing focus groups or meetings transcribed. Video content creators are always looking for people to transcribe their content for captions that assist the hearing impaired. If you’re a good listener and a fast typist, you might be surprised how much you can make.

Though many of the job opportunities are unconventional, there’s always a way for college students to make enough money to offset their expenses while they’re working towards building a brighter career future.

About the author:
Sienna Walker is a staunch supporter of constant self-improvement, and a great fan of motivational speeches.  Having worked as an educator, Sienna understand the challenges students all over the world face, and often spends time online, sharing her tips and suggestions with them. Feel free to reach out to her on @SiennaWalkerS.


Graduate management admission test, commonly called as GMAT exam is one of the most acclaimed exams worldwide. This exam is aimed for students who are looking to do their MBA from an international B-school. Taking GMAT exam can bring about a large difference in your career as you will find an opportunity to get an education from globally ranked top B-schools which merely grant admission to 12% of the GMAT takers.
So if your goal is to get business education from elite business institutes such as Harvard Business School, Yale School of management, Stanford university, then you have got to make sure that your application has a score as high as 700+, which is considered as a decent score to fetch calls from such renowned management colleges. GMAT exam is altogether a very unique exam in itself. Although, it is highly assumed that this exam tests a candidate’s business knowledge, but it certainly is not true. In fact, the only motive of GMAT is to test your critical thinking, reasoning and responding skills. It is a Computer adaptive test, where the difficulty level of your next question depends upon your performance in the current one. For instance, if the answer to your first question is correct, then the next question that you shall be facing will be of a higher difficulty level. On the contrary, if the answer to the first question is wrong, then the next question shall be easier. But however, you can’t expect a decent score if you’re wrong answers outnumber the right ones. So how should you go about preparing for GMAT from the very scratch? Let’s find out.

Following are top five tips and tricks that will help you crack GMAT.

1) Test the water- the first step that is highly recommended is to know your current situation and to experiment on your performance, try taking a GMAT preparation online test and analyse yourself. The idea behind taking a mock test before even planning to start a preparation is to gauge or scrutinise your present performance. After-all you are your own best judge. Therefore once you are finished with the mock test, you shall be able to identify your strong as well as weak points. For example, you might end up realising is that you might need to work on your speed or may be accuracy, which brings us to the second tip,

2) Focus on the quality and the quantity of time dedicated- When it comes to the preparations, one common question that is frequently asked is what is the ideal time one should dedicate each day, in order to ace their GMAT exam. Frankly, there isn’t quite an exact answer to this question. You cannot really limit yourself with time when it comes to practising. The more you practice, the solid are your chances to ensure a great score. But at the same time, it also requires one to put value. Thus, if you practice 3-4 hours a day, make sure you are able to perform better than the last time.

3) Mock tests- Mock test are a great tool to gauge your performance. Therefore, to keep track of your performance, it is recommended to take a mock test once in every 5 days, or a week. You can dedicate a particular day in certain intervals, where you can take a mock test and analyse where you have aced and what part needs improvement.

4) Don’t underestimate any section- GMAT exam is divided into three sections broadly, Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. Most of the times, candidates tend to underestimate some or the other section or sub-section that later costs them a good score. For example, a lot of people who have a good command over English language tend to dedicate less time to practice for the Verbal section, but while taking this section, before they are done reading and understanding the comprehension, they realise that they are perpetually running out of time. Eventually, they miss a good score. Remember, although Reading Comprehension is commonly regarded as the easiest section, yet you can lose marks if you don’t work with the right strategy. And even when you do fairly well in English language, you still need to focus on managing to read and asses within a short span of time.

5) Seek help from Professionals- GMAT score makes you stand apart from the crowd and guarantees you a bright future. But is it really possible to achieve it without proper guidance? Doubt that! Preparing for your GMAT exam without guidance is like steering your way to your destination without really knowing the path that will only cost your hard work. It is therefore recommended to take help from professionals training institutions.

GMAT exam is no doubt regarded as quite a challenging exam, but this is what separates the ‘excellent’ from the best test takers, and the top B-schools are looking for such extraordinary minds. Follow these tips and you can realise your dream of studying MBA from the globally renowned top B-school. Best of luck!

Author Bio:

Garima Sharma is a versed blogger. She tries to discover new trends in the world and love to write blogs. She writes for a wide variety of topics including Education like GMAT preparation, Digital Marketing, Health, Fitness and Technology, and many more.