New report profiles today’s students

Although tuition increases tend to get more attention, a new report from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles highlights the study habits of today's students, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

The study suggests that students are spending more time hitting the books than ever before. The number of individuals studying for more than six hours per week increased from 34 to 39 percent from 2009 to 2011. Almost half of students polled also said they would talk to classmates about course content after lectures, up from 46 percent in 2009.

"These academic behaviors in high school do make a difference in terms of first-year retention [of college students] and [their] degree completion," Linda DeAngelo, assistant director of research at the HERI, told the news source.

According to the Journal and Courier, many students said that finding a good job after college was the primary reason they were studying more. The HERI survey polled more than 204,000 students at 207 colleges across the country.

If you're thinking of filling out a college application, take some time to consider the kinds of jobs you can apply for when you finish your degree. Studying something you're interested in is important, but in today's economy, finding work is just as important.

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