“So, what do you want to do after your studies?”

Do you also feel overwhelmed when Uncle Albert asks you this question at the family birthday party?

There are so many options out there, so much you can do. But what suits you?

You know one thing for sure: you don’t just want to work somewhere to earn money.

Sure, money is part of life.

But the essential question you should ask yourself is: Is this job a good fit for my life?

Other questions follow:

  • Does the work there fulfill me?
  • Does this company have a mission and values that are important to me?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement, the option to work from home and other benefits?

You want to know these things before you decide on an employer.

There’s a big but: these days, every company can write great-sounding job advertisements and mission statements. And reviews on Glassdoor or kununu can be faked.

You know that, and that’s what drives you to despair.

Because how can you separate the wheat from the chaff?

With our tips and tricks.

Ensure clarity: What do I want?

To find the right employer, you first need to get to know yourself and find out what is important to you.

People are very different. Some people want to have a career and flex with lots of money, others want as much time as possible for themselves or for childcare. Still others value a cool team where work is fun.

In most cases, it is a mixture of different needs that employees value in their desired employer.

Sit down in a quiet minute and write down what is important to you personally with your employer. Don’t think about it, just write down everything that comes to mind. That’s what I did and it gave me a lot of clarity.

Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out on your own what is important to you in a suitable employer. Then ask relatives and friends what they think of you. The perspective of people who know you well helps you to find out what is really important to you.

  • Extra tip: Visit the BiZ, the careers information center in your city. Competent people there will help you find suitable professions for you.

We also recommend that you take a personality test to find out about your strengths and talents.

These are popular and helpful personality tests:

Gallup’s personality test is the most complex and costs money, but in our experience it also offers you the most comprehensive and differentiated profile of your skills and character traits.

The 65 euros are a considerable outlay, but consider the test an investment in your future. In all likelihood, the test will lead you to the jobs that really suit you, so that you avoid bitter mistakes in your career choice.

The other two tests will help you to get to know yourself better, but are much more superficial. We recommend that you use them as an introduction or supplement.

Incidentally, support and advice from a career coach is better than any online test.

Let yourself be coached

Coaches – aren’t they the guys who stand on stage in skinny jeans, white sneakers and too-tight T-shirts and shout calendar slogans into the audience?

Yes, they exist too. And there are serious career coaches who may not reach an audience of millions on YouTube, but who will help you find suitable employers.

During the interview, the career coach will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes.

Based on this, the next step is to draw up a plan with you on how you can not only find your dream employer, but also convince them of you. Good career coaches know exactly what to include in an application these days and how to master an assessment.

A coach will also recognize key skills that they will work with you to develop, for example soft skills such as public speaking, body language, time management, etc.

What does a reputable career coach look for?

  • References: What learning and work stages has the coach been through that qualify them?
  • Testimonials: Are there credible recommendations from clients on the coach’s website?
  • Gut feeling: Do you have a good feeling about your contact with the coach, e.g. in emails and phone calls?

These pointers will help you in your search for a suitable career coach.

The next step is to get a taste of the world of work.

Do an internship

You’ve probably heard the term Generation Internship. It used to refer to young people who shuffled from internship to internship in the hope that this method would eventually lead to a good job.

Fortunately, the labor market has changed dramatically. There is still a shortage of skilled workers in Germany and employees are desperately needed, for example in the railroad, catering and manufacturing industries (chemicals, etc.).

Many employers are now open to career changers, in other words: in addition to professional qualifications, what matters nowadays is whether you are a committed, inquisitive employee.

This closes the circle: if you find the right employer for you, you are committed and motivated, which means the employer is satisfied with your work performance – a classic win-win situation.

That’s why the reputation of internships is much better today than it was ten or twenty years ago: It helps both sides, you and the employer, to find out if you’re a good fit for each other.

In addition, it is now much easier to be offered an attractive position after an internship. High-performing, committed employees are hard to find, and those who perform well during their internship have good prospects of finding an attractive job.

In our article on internships, you can find out what you should bear in mind when looking for an internship.

Extra tip: Don’t fancy a month-long internship to find out whether an employer is right for you? Then how about a trial working day? Suggest such a trial day to the employer and find out on this day whether you are a good fit for the company and vice versa.

Talk to (ex-)employees

Who knows more about a company than the people who work or have worked there?

Get to know the company and its employees at networking events such as trade fairs and talk to them. This will give you an idea of what it’s like to work for this employer.

Of course, it is particularly exciting if you can also talk to former employees who will tell you the pros and cons of the job in an unembellished and honest way.

But be careful, especially with ex-employees who only speak badly about the company. There are often personal or emotional stories behind this that are not very objective. You should therefore speak to several (ex-)employees to get a differentiated impression.

Be prepared for compromises

Finding the perfect employer where everything is right straight away is like the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack.

Especially at the beginning of your career, you should be willing to compromise, because you don’t get anything for free.

Some advantages have to be earned through hard work and reliability. Many employers will first put you to the test (probationary period) to find out whether you are an employee they can rely on.

If you can prove this to them, later negotiations on topics such as working from home, flexible working hours, new work equipment, etc. will be much easier. So be prepared to make compromises with an attractive employer if everything else is right.

Start your own business

Become your own boss and start your own business. This way, you can create the job you want with the clients that suit you. In many areas of self-employment, you can work from home or on the road, whether during the day or at night is also up to you.

This applies, for example, to areas such as web development, design, copywriting, etc. In most cases, however, you will have certain core working hours, just like in a regular job, which has to do with the fact that you work for clients who are available during the day.

Caution: Self-employment may sound tempting, but it is a challenge. So that you don’t start out naive, but well prepared, we recommend our article on self-employment. It gives you solid tips on how to become self-employed while studying and why this is absolutely the best time.

More articles in our blog

Are you already rolling up your sleeves and scouring the web for suitable jobs for you? Then be sure to read these articles in our blog to be even better prepared for your search:

Ready for takeoff?

We wish you every success in finding the right employer for you!

Ahoy and toi, toi, toi

Your Staytoo team

In the last few weeks, you’ve pulled out your debit card a thousand times to pay for your purchases.

The new shoes, the delicious cocktails in the bar and, of course, folders, writing pads and specialist literature for the new semester: everything cost money.

Now you’re holding your smartphone in your hand, nervously tapping your banking app with your thumb.

At any moment, you’ll find out how your account is doing. You are preoccupied with a question that has kept you awake for several nights: What does the account balance look like?

You’re shocked when the app shows you the hard truth: you’re in the red again.

Are you fed up with it?

Do you want to stop living from hand to mouth and finally get your finances under control?

You will – with these 5 top financial apps!

#1 Haushaltsbuch: Free app for your budget overview

The first and most important step in dealing with finances is to get an overview.

Where does your money go? And how do you make sure that as little of it as possible disappears somewhere? Haushaltsbuch offers you a cool and easy way to do this by allowing you to enter your income and expenditure in seconds and structure them with labels.

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Never lose track again: With the budget book app, you can record all your expenses and income and create a structure for your finances. Screenshots: Budget book

The switch between different time periods allows you to monitor the development of your finances in the short, medium and long term. You can also create tags such as cinema so that you can immediately assign each expense or income.

Extra tip: Create photos of receipts for expenses that you can deduct in your tax return. You can attach these receipts directly to the respective expense in the app.

Using Haushaltsbuch is very intuitive and is attractively presented with bar charts and pie charts. Dry financial planning is now a thing of the past!

#2 Karma: voucher app for top deals

Do you know what the best way to save money is? By not spending it in the first place. And you don’t even have to make a big sacrifice if you use coupons and discounts. This app will help you.

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Karma finds great deals and discounts on your favorite products. Get notified about top deals via an email alert. Screenshot: Karma

Karma is a free browser extension that requires Google’s Chrome browser, which is also free. The app informs you about discounts and coupons for products that you add to your shopping list, for example, or browses online stores in real time to find the best prices for your desired items.

Another smart feature: every purchase you make via Karma earns you Cash Rewards, which you can use to continue shopping. Your wallet will thank you and you can still afford great clothes etc. We think that’s pretty lit.

#3: WISO Steuer: Your helper for your tax return

Wondering why you need a tax tool? After all, as a student you are not obliged to complete a tax return. But we strongly advise you to do it anyway, because: The law gives you the opportunity to get a refund for the costs of your studies as soon as you start your professional life. You can find out exactly how this works in our article on tax returns.

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WISO Steuer made the difficult process simple: preparing a tax return with an easy-to-understand walkthrough. Screenshot: WISO STEUER

This means you can get back hundreds or even thousands of euros, depending on the extent of your expenses, that you invested in textbooks, laptop purchases etc. during your studies.

Have you now got the urge to prepare your tax return?

Then be sure to check out WISO Steuer, it’s child’s play: with this app you can do your tax return intuitively, because let’s be honest … the tax forms from the tax office aren’t exactly cool, in some places they’re even really difficult to understand.

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Practical and hugely time-saving: transferring your data from existing tax returns or files. Screenshot: WISO STEUER

WISO Steuer translates the forms to a certain extent by asking you specific, easy-to-understand questions. You answer them and WISO fills out the tax return for you in the right places. Although the tool costs money, it is worth every penny because it will save you time and spare your nerves.

#4: Monkee: Save money

Did you have a piggy bank in your home that filled up over time?

Bring back that nostalgic feeling and bring your piggy bank into the digital age with Monkee.

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Savings plans for every occasion: Monkee helps you achieve your savings goals with structure and discipline. Photo: Monkee

Enter in the app how much money you want to have saved by when – i.e. the amount you want to save. Monkee will then create a savings plan for you.

You can also create several savings plans, for example for a short trip or to buy a new smartphone. Practical, simple and straightforward – just the way we like it.

We’ve found that saving money this way finally works and, above all, effortlessly.

And it’s really satisfying when you can watch your account gradually fill up.

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Money back when you store: Monkee FutureBoost credits money to your account when you shop with the right partners via the app.

Another cool feature: the FutureBoost from Monkee. You can use the app to make purchases with well-known partners and receive a savings amount credited to your Monkee account.

All in all, a well-rounded solution and a great, motivating savings app.

#5 Too Good to Go: Eat delicious food for free

Save money and do something for sustainability: How does that sound? Too good to be true, right? Too Good to Go makes it possible: do something good for your wallet and pick up food that restaurants and cafés would otherwise throw away.

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Saving food and discovering new culinary highlights at the same time? Too Good to Go can. Be sure to try it out! Screenshots: Too Good to Go

In most restaurants, bakeries etc., there is something left over at the end of the day that would just end up in the bin – unless you pick up the food.

Sometimes there are a few rolls and pieces of cake, but often complete meals. Some restaurants also give away great surprise bags, so you’ll discover new culinary delights – and all at super low prices, often in the single-digit euro range.

If you hop on your bike to pick up your food, you’ll also be doing a bit of exercise and doing something for your health.

Too Good To Go shows you all the restaurants in your area that are part of the sustainable network.

What are you waiting for?

#6 Finanzguru: The all-in-one giant

The developers describe their financial guru as a “digital financial assistant”. And that describes the app pretty accurately, because you can use it to manage your accounts.

The way it works is that you link your accounts to the app, and it’s easy to link multiple accounts such as current and savings accounts. You can also enter contracts such as insurance policies.

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Analysis of purchasing behavior, account transactions, contracts: The all-round package in one app. Screenshots: Finanzguru

Want more features? Finanzguru calculates your disposable income in real time based on your account transactions, predicts future bookings based on existing contracts, analyzes your spending habits, makes suggestions for improvement and gives recommendations for hedging risks.

It is also reassuring to know that Finanzguru’s servers are located in Germany. With data as sensitive as your own finances, that’s a good thing.

The service is so successful that it made it onto the TV show Die Höhle der Löwen (The Lion’s Den), where it won a big deal. We also think the app is great and are therefore happy to recommend it to you.

More articles in our blog

Do you want to improve your finances and spice up your bank account? Then check out our ideas for cool student jobs, learn how to cook cheap and tasty meals and much more.

We wish you every success with your financial planning and can only advise you to tackle the issue. If you learn to control your income and expenditure now as a student, you will be able to manage your finances well later on. This will help you enormously in your working life and, of course, when you are planning a family.

With this in mind…

Ahoy and see you soon!

Your Staytoo team

Do you know the feeling?

Once again you’re desperately clicking through property portals, biting your nails and gasping for breath because you’re running out of time.

Something will turn up, you thought at the beginning of your search for a small apartment or a room in a shared flat.

You were motivated, after all, your application for a place at university was successful.

But now you realize the harsh reality of the housing market.

You’ve long since forgotten that anyone will reply to your application for an apartment or shared flat.

If you do get invited to a viewing, you’ll have to endure flat share castings in which you’ll be asked far too private questions by far too many strangers.

Cringe!

No more of that. We’ll introduce you to different types of housing and show you how smart student living works and what you get out of it. Small spoiler: lots of advantages!

Shared flat or own apartment: difficult and expensive

Generations before you, it was quite normal to move into a shared flat or your own apartment.

Both have become really difficult today. The best example of this is Berlin: in the early 2000s, apartments were literally thrown at you and you could move in anywhere quickly and easily for a pittance.

Over the years, however, Berlin has become a boomtown, with more and more people wanting to live in this cool, exciting city.

This is one of several reasons for the housing shortage; similar developments can also be observed in Leipzig, for example, which has been called “Hypezig” since 2010 for good reason. The influx is simply huge.

In short: in many German cities, demand on the housing market is significantly higher than supply. This is creating a housing shortage and a veritable battle for living space is raging.

For landlords of such apartments, this is of course a dream, because there will always be someone who will move in despite the horrendous rents. And that person usually gets the apartment.

But it’s not just the housing shortage that has led to an explosion in costs. Rising energy prices are also making one-room apartments and even shared apartments unaffordable for students. In some parts of Berlin, for example, a room in a shared flat costs over 1,000 euros a month.

Who is supposed to be able to afford that as a student?

Student accommodation as a solution?

Local student unions offer halls of residence. They are furnished, which saves you the cost of buying furniture. In addition, kitchens are standard in most halls of residence, but with a big but. More on this in a moment.

Oh yes: a DSL Internet flat rate, electricity and utilities are also included in the rent of a hall of residence these days.

Perfect, isn’t it?

Well, almost.

The disadvantage of living in a student hall of residence is that you have to apply for a place. Places in halls of residence are in high demand, which is why you may be rejected. And then? What do you do when the semester is coming up and your application for a place in a hall of residence hasn’t worked out?

That’s pure stress, which nobody needs.

And if you’ve managed to get a place? Then the next surprise awaits you: your flatmate.

Many halls of residence rent out rooms in shared flats where students are thrown together. This means, for example, that you and your new flatmate each have a lockable room, but you have to share common areas such as the bathroom and kitchen.

In other words, you live with a complete stranger from one day to the next. This can go well, but there are regular conflicts. The most frequent point of contention is cleanliness, but different ideas about sleeping and resting times, visitors, etc. are also not uncommon.

Another negative aspect of student residences is that you may not feel comfortable with the furnishings. The often cheap furniture is only replaced every few years, and the mattresses on the beds … well.

All in all, living in a student residence will be a big adjustment if you’re coming from a cozy, individualized home.

Luckily, there is a smart alternative for student living, the perfect mix of all living arrangements: the student apartment.

Student living the smart way

When students or prospective students look for an apartment, very few people think of apartments. After all, it sounds kind of outlandish and expensive.

Hey, to be honest: a student apartment is not the cheapest way to live as a student. But it is the best!

And for the following reasons:

  • You have peace and quiet when you need it, for example when studying or when you want to stream your favorite series while lying on your bed in your pajamas.
  • You can meet and chat with other residents at any time, for example in the common rooms – so you’ll never be lonely. Oh, and did we mention the regular parties in the community rooms? 😉

They look like this, for example:

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  • The student apartments are clean and tastefully, modern and furnished to a high standard so that you feel at home from the first day you move in. Of course, this also means that you have your own kitchen and bathroom.
  • Everything is included in the rent – electricity, water, heating and internet. So like a hall of residence? Nope, there are a few really cool goodies, e.g. all Staytoo apartments have their own gym or a good connection to a gym nearby. So after university, you come home, do your sports session and can slip straight into your apartment to shower and relax.
  • Our student apartments are not far away, so you have short distances and save a lot of time. They are also located in trendy city centers, e.g. in Berlin (Kreuzberg) or in Leipzig on the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße nightlife mile.
  • You can get help and support from an on-site Residential Manager at any time. Is your heating broken? Let the Residential Manager know and they will get it fixed as quickly as possible. Want to know where you can go partying and which bars and clubs are particularly popular? The Residential Manager will be able to tell you that too, as they are your local contact. Of course, this also gives you safety.

To summarize: student apartments are an ingenious concept that combines the advantages of other forms of living without having to live with the disadvantages.

Want to see for yourself whether apartment living is for you? Then book a convenient and free viewing appointment in one of our Staytoo homes. We look forward to seeing you!

More articles in our blog

It’s not just living that needs to be learned: We have other great articles for you that are all about student living and will help you to make your everyday life easier, more beautiful and healthier:

Finally, we would like to say: We would be delighted to welcome you to one of our houses. If you live with us, you’ll have a great time enjoying your student life and concentrating fully on your studies at the same time.

What are you waiting for?

Get in touch with us or book a viewing appointment.

You’ll love it here, we promise.

Ahoy and see you soon

Your Staytoo team

It’s another one of those crappy days.

Your alarm goes off far too early and after snoozing for the third time, you finally roll out of bed.

Half asleep, you shuffle into the bathroom and stand in the shower like a zombie. Your movements to wash yourself are dull and sluggish.

You step out of the shower and watch yourself in the mirror with puffy eyes as you brush your teeth.

You listlessly put on whatever clothes you can get your hands on: wrinkled trousers, a smelly T-shirt.

Then you run off because you’re late again.

You arrive late at the lecture hall and everyone is staring at you.

Tired, hungry and nervous, you squeeze past your fellow students in the packed row of seats and sink powerlessly onto one of the few free chairs.

Your exhaustion remains, your brain seems to be in airplane mode all day.

No one is available at the moment.

In the evening, you drag yourself to bed, dissatisfied and totally exhausted.

Before you fall asleep, you ask yourself how the hell you’re going to manage the next day, which is going to be the same again.

Our answer: by taking your diet to a new level with brainfood!

It’s not about completely changing your diet, which would then resemble a menu from a boot camp.

It’s about brain foods that are inexpensive and taste really good.

Read through our personal brain food list now, based on our experiences as students and high performers at work!

Note: The following information is a personal recommendation and does not constitute health advice. We expressly point out that you should consult a doctor for nutritional advice.

Dark chocolate

Well, would you have thought that chocolate is one of the ultimate brain foods?

Caution: not every chocolate will get your brain working at full speed. The high cocoa content of at least 70% is important, preferably more. Cocoa contains flavonoids, which can promote blood flow to your brain.

Cocoa also lowers blood pressure, raises endorphin and serotonin levels (happy hormones, yay! 🥳) and has an anti-inflammatory effect thanks to antioxidants.

Tip: If you don’t like dark chocolate on its own as much as its whole milk siblings, we recommend grating it into your favorite yogurt so that its taste is no longer as dominant.

Wholemeal pasta & wholemeal bread

Even the Ludolf TV family knew how ingenious pasta is. His explanations are simply legendary:

However, most of us eat “white” pasta, i.e. egg pasta or pasta made from durum wheat semolina. Although they taste delicious, they only contain a lot of carbohydrates.

They give you a good energy boost shortly after eating, but after a short high, your energy levels will plummet faster than your grades would if you stopped studying overnight.

The reason for this is the blood sugar level: it rises sharply when you eat light-colored pasta, whereupon the body shoots lots of insulin to deal with it.

In the long term, this not only promotes obesity, this constant up and down unfortunately also increases the risk of diseases such as diabetes.

Here’s the good news: you can enjoy pasta without having to put up with these negative effects, with wholemeal pasta. This brown pasta is available in all the same varieties as your favorite pasta, i.e. spaghetti, penne, tagliatelle, etc.

Unlike their white flour counterparts, wholemeal pasta contains:

  • More fiber
  • More B vitamins (riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, etc.)
  • More minerals (zinc, iron, magnesium)

This nutrient-rich combination ensures that your body receives more nutrients than with white pasta. Wholemeal pasta also keeps you fuller for longer thanks to the fiber.

Here’s another piece of good news: all this also applies to wholemeal bread.

After all, bread is also made from flour. The difference is that with wholemeal bread, the “whole” grain is processed, including the germ and bran. With white flour, which you know from toast, light-colored rolls, baguettes, etc., the germ and bran are removed, along with a number of valuable nutrients.

We therefore recommend that you only eat wholemeal pasta and bread. They taste just as good as their white flour counterparts, but are many times healthier.

Tip for wholemeal bread: Toast your slices of wholemeal bread. This develops delicious toasted aromas, making the bread taste even more delicious. It also makes it really crispy.

Nuts

Salty peanuts are a must at any party. But you really can’t call them brain food.

But other nuts are real energy bombs.

These are the best brain food nuts:

  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Brazil nuts

What these nuts have in common is that they contain many good substances. Walnuts boast omega-3 fatty acids, while almonds and hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E. Cashews have protein on board, and Brazil nuts provide you with selenium, which is hard to get and so urgently needed by the body.

Of course, you’ve already figured it out: it’s particularly clever to combine different nuts into a nut mix. This not only gives you an incredible variety of flavors, but also a rich spectrum of nutrients. Exactly what we want from brain food!

Tip: Nuts are simply delicious as a topping on salads or pieces of cake. Definitely give them a try!

Fat fish

Yes, the trend in nutrition these days is clearly towards vegetarianism and veganism. “Fatty fish” doesn’t necessarily sound like something you should go for.

But again, we’re not talking about fish sticks from the deep fryer or smoked eel, although both can be delicious depending on your taste.

By oily fish, we mean types of fish that contain particularly high levels of healthy fats.

These types of oily fish are particularly healthy:

  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Herring
  • Trout

These fish species all score points with omega-3 fatty acids, but also with vitamin D, which is essential for survival and of which many Central Europeans have a deficiency.

At the same time, vitamin D is incredibly important for nerve regeneration, the regulation of neurotransmitters and sleep, among other things – all of which are factors for your fitness and ability to concentrate.

So our personal recommendation is: put more fish on your plate!

Tip: Salmon and trout are the mildest tasting types of fish. If you’re not a fish fan yet, try these two types of fish first. Mackerel and herring, on the other hand, are quite intense, so you can try them later.

Berries

Berries in all shapes and colors are true brain food.

These are the best berries:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Acai berries
  • Strawberries
  • Goji berries
  • Currants

You will of course be familiar with some of these, such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. But beware: it makes a huge difference which berries you eat.

You can assume that cultivated strawberries that you buy in December, which have logically been flown halfway around the world, contain hardly any nutrients. But that’s exactly what we expect from brain food.

The top criterion is: berries should be fresh and not from the greenhouse.

Strawberries from the field are better than strawberries from the greenhouse.

Wild blueberries are better than cultivated blueberries.

Of course, picking the berries yourself is the most fun. We have a special tip for this, namely the free website mundraub.org. There is a map there that lists fruit bushes, nuts, herbs etc. throughout Germany.

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On the map at mundraub.org you can find freely accessible plants from which you can pick berries. Berlin has a lot of them to offer. Source: mundraub.org

Important: Make sure you wash picked berries etc. thoroughly before eating them. You should also only pick berries where they are publicly accessible, i.e. not on private land.

The great thing about picking berries is that it’s completely free and you’re out in the fresh air. So you’re not only doing something good for your health, but also for your wallet.

Tip: Thanks to the freezers in supermarkets, you are not dependent on the season when eating berries. You can find raspberries and even wild blueberries in any well-stocked frozen food section.

Green leafy vegetables

Popeye lied.

If you’re not yet familiar with the cartoon sailor and his love of cringe spinach, take a look at this clip:

When we were kids, we were told with Popeye that we had to eat a lot of spinach because it contained a lot of iron, which makes you strong. It later turned out that this was total nonsense. Spinach has much less iron than we thought for decades. And all because of a decimal error!

Read the story of the iron lie in spinach here if you’re interested.

To this day, the spinach obsession from our childhood makes us feel salty when we think about it.

But wait a minute …

Was cartoon sailor Popeye right after all?

Well, yes.

This brings us to a very important and interesting point: there is no such thing as brain food that turns you into a learning and concentration machine. If there was, we’d all just eat it.

But that would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?

The fact is that spinach contains lots of good and healthy substances, but it’s far from being the one-and-only power food it was once advertised as.

Incidentally, this is also a healthy brain food leafy vegetable:

  • Kale
  • wild garlic
  • Swiss chard
  • rocket
  • Lamb’s lettuce
  • Parsley

In addition to numerous vitamins (vitamin K, vitamin C) and antioxidants, green vegetables also contain chlorophyll, which gives them their typical green color. There are now exciting studies that suggest that it is good for our bodies. So green vegetables should also end up on your menu more often!

Tip: Don’t store green vegetables for too long, a maximum of 2 to 3 days in the fridge after purchase. This preserves most of the nutrients. As with berries, you can also use frozen spinach, parsley etc. with confidence. The plants are frozen immediately after harvesting so that their full nutrient spectrum is preserved.

Avocado

Avocados are great for your brain as they contain a number of valuable ingredients that boost your concentration, including potassium, magnesium, folic acid, unsaturated fatty acids and fiber.

This brain food also contains vitamin K, which is important for the communication between nerve cells.

Long story short: Eat more avocados, for example as a spread with a pinch of pepper or as a delicious guacamole: Cut two avocados lengthwise, scoop out the flesh, put it in a bowl and mix it with fresh, finely chopped garlic, pepper, salt and a dash of lemon juice. Yummy!

Eggs

Even the poet Wilhelm Busch got to the heart of the matter:

Everyone knows that, whoever it may be, the egg is healthy and strengthening!

Go for it, Wilhelm!

Eggs are simply great brain food that can be prepared in many different ways.

Here are a few variations for delicious eggs:

  • Fried egg
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Boiled eggs
  • Omelette
  • Stuffed eggs
  • Poached eggs

This is just a list to give you an idea of what you can do with eggs.

Poaching means that you put the eggs in hot water just below boiling point, around 95 degrees Celsius. This makes the egg white firm, but the yolk stays nice and soft. In the Eggs Benedict recipe, for example, eggs are prepared in this way.

Eggs are real nutrient bombs, let’s list everything you give your body when you eat them:

  • High-quality proteins (lots of them)
  • Vitamins (vitamin A, D, B12, E)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Carotenoids (antioxidants that are good for your eyes, among other things)

Tip: As already mentioned, you can also fill eggs by boiling them, cutting them in half and scooping the yolk out of both halves with a small spoon. Put the yolks in a small bowl and mix with mayonnaise, salt, pepper and dill.

Turmeric

In recent years, turmeric has become increasingly interesting as a brain food. In Ayurveda, an Indian healing system that is over 5,000 years old, turmeric has long been known as a remedy.

According to this teaching, the brain food turmeric is considered

  • anti-inflammatory,
  • liver cleansing,
  • skin-caring and
  • digestive.

It is also said to promote mental clarity. Perfect for a brain food, right?

The numerous positive properties are mainly attributed to curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric root.

We recommend buying turmeric as a root, fresh from an organic store. Supermarkets now also offer turmeric in their range, but here too you should look for organic quality to enjoy turmeric with as few harmful substances as possible.

Tip: The burner for us is golden milk, which is prepared with turmeric. Here’s how to make a glass: pour 300 ml of plant milk (e.g. almond milk) into a blender, add a piece of turmeric, a piece of ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and coconut oil (½ tsp each). Pour the blended milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil briefly. Your golden milk is ready! You can sweeten it with agave syrup, for example.

Green tea

Forget coffee. Too much of it will only make you nervous anyway and put a strain on your body.

The healthy alternative is green tea, which also contains caffeine, but much less than coffee (approx. 50% of a normal cup of coffee). In addition, green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that stimulates alpha wave activity in the brain, among other things. This creates a state of relaxation and concentration at the same time – perfect for effectively implementing learning methods!

Furthermore, studies suggest that green tea can promote blood circulation in the brain, which means that your brain cells are better supplied with oxygen and nutrients. You know that leaden tiredness when studying… With green tea, that’s history.

Tip: Don’t steep green tea for too long, otherwise it will become too strong and bitter. As a rule, the brewing time is a maximum of 3 minutes, preferably only 1 or 2 minutes.

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You feel like going on a little shopping spree after our brainfood tips to pick up all the healthy foods?

Great!

But before you head out, you should definitely take a look at these articles, which have some delicious recipes for you:

We wish you a successful summer semester, with lots of concentration, focus and fun while learning. You now have the right brain food for this 😉.

Good luck and ahoy!

You’re frustrated.

Once again, you’ve been looking for apps to help you cope better with everyday life.

To help you get a grip on the flood of appointments.

So that you can finally hammer learning material into your brain.

You’ve been looking for apps to make your chaotic, jam-packed life at university a little easier.

You’ve rummaged through the App Store, maybe tried one or two apps and then realized: damn, they’re not getting me anywhere.

So you deleted them from your smartphone in frustration and are now muddling through everyday life with a pocket calendar.

And when it comes to learning, you rely on hand-written index cards because they worked so well … in the 1970s.

Here’s the good news: they exist! Apps that can really help you with your study problems. And it’s not your fault that you haven’t found them yet.

It’s because there are so many apps out there that nobody can see through them.

Except us: we’ve taken the trouble to find the pearls among the apps, the performance boosters.

Our featured top apps …

  • … take your productivity to a new level,
  • … push your learning progress and
  • … finally give you back clarity and focus for your everyday life.

Sound good?

Then read on and get the top apps for your studies!

#1 Studo: Your complete study overview

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Convenient, easy and secure: you log in to Studo with your university data. This ensures that only real students and lecturers are active on Studo. Source: Studo

One app for your university emails, one for your courses, then another for your calendar and … stop! You’ll get a headache just listing them all. Studo is an all-in-one app where you have everything in one place.

You don’t have to enter your course dates by hand, just enter the university, course and semester. The courses are already entered in an overview, as well as in your Studo calendar. What we find particularly cool is the room plan, which shows you exactly where the course is taking place. No more endless searching for the right room on campus!

You can ask questions about your studies in the Studo chat and exchange ideas with fellow students. In short, Studo is the university in your pocket. Perfect!

  • Operating systems: Android & iOS
  • Prices: 2.99 euros per month or 19.99 euros per year

#2 Studyflix: Learning app for your pocket

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Studyflix guides you step by step to your topics and learning goals so that you can quickly find the right videos. Cool, practical and contemporary! Source: Studyflix

Study fast with Studyflix! The learning portal for students with over 5,000 learning videos. The videos are free and to the point. Instead of a lot of babble, there’s compact knowledge that you can absorb when it fits into your daily routine.

This will save you hours of reading books and the unsatisfactory search for learning videos on YouTube with annoying ads in front of them.

The videos are divided into subject areas and you can also create your own learning plan. Our personal tip: also use the flashcards that are provided with the videos. The combination of different learning methods increases the likelihood that you will memorize the knowledge well.

  • Operating systems: Android & iOS
  • Prices: Free of charge

#3 Forest: The app for your concentration

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It all starts with a tender seedling: At Forest, you can push your learning progress with self-discipline and do something good at the same time. Source: Forest

Goodbye distraction, or as one user wrote in the Google Play Store: “Forest was an absolute game changer for me both in everyday life and during the exam phase.”

Why?

Firstly, because Forest ensures that you finally have peace and quiet and are left in peace. You can use it to block all other apps – i.e. disruptive factors – on your smartphone, or leave selected apps active that you need for your study session or for taking notes, for example.

Forest also rewards you with trees. Sounds a bit strange, but it’s beautiful and a great way to motivate yourself. Incidentally, you can also plant real trees with the app, so you are also doing something sustainable when you use the app. Definitely worth a personal recommendation for us!

  • Operating systems: Android & iOS
  • Prices: Free of charge

#4 Duolingo: Learning languages the fun way

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Okay, the dog with the scarf could look a bit friendlier. Apart from that, Duolingo is a great app for learning languages. Source: Duolingo

You will always need languages, and to be honest: are the language lessons you had at school enough? Usually not, especially when you’re dealing with native speakers.

Duolingo makes it easy for you to learn languages in your everyday life and in a short amount of time – with 20 minutes a day, you are already considered an extreme learner for the app, but you can also start with a relaxed 5 minutes.

Duolingo is therefore also ideal for preparing flexibly for a semester abroad without spending too much time learning the language.

But here’s another important personal tip: don’t just use the app to learn – this applies to every language learning app. Native speakers always speak a little differently depending on the region.

We therefore recommend that you combine your learning success via the app with a language tandem partner. You can also use the option of learning with YouTube videos from content creators who are native speakers – simply switch on German subtitles and memorize the language, especially the intonation and speed of speech. This will greatly enhance your learning experience.

  • Operating systems: Android & iOS
  • Prices: Free of charge

#5 Blinkist: Absorb knowledge in fast-forward

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Blinkist asks you about your interests and makes suitable book suggestions. You can browse through the books quickly and learn as you go. Source: Blinkist

Blinkist is a summary app, which is probably the best way to describe it. The service collects knowledge from books and podcasts and then makes the “know-how pearls” available to you – easily digestible as audio content.

This saves you hours of media consumption, which can be entertaining, but of course also takes up an incredible amount of time. With Blinkist, you get the main message of a book or podcast, because let’s face it: most sources don’t contain more than one really important core message anyway.

So you save yourself all the fuss and can continue researching from the core information, for example with these AI tools for research.

  • Operating systems: Android & iOS
  • Prices: Free with a 7-day trial subscription, then €6.67 with an annual subscription for students

#6: Zotero: Work professionally and scientifically

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Currently still in Early Access, but will certainly be available to you soon: Zotero is a pioneering app in this important niche. Source: Zotero

During your studies, you will deal a lot with technical texts such as essays and monographs. Depending on your degree program, you will also have to work with diagrams, tables, statistics, etc.

Not only do you have to work through all of this, you also have to cite it correctly. If you try to do this by hand with sticky notes and footnotes in WORD or Libre Office … forget it. Doing it this way is not only incredibly tedious, but also error-prone.

Zotero helps you create a clean database of your sources and search them by keyword.

Note: Zotero is currently in Early Access mode, in which the app does not currently allow new users. The developers are working hard to finalize the app, so you should already have it on your screen and check back regularly to see if you can install it.

  • Operating systems: Android & iOS
  • Prices: from 20 $ per year

#7: Scanner Pro: Scan notes and documents professionally

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Fast, easy and amazingly effective: put an end to paper chaos thanks to Scanner Pro! Source: Readdle

Lecture notes, certificate of enrolment, course certificates: you get documents like these from time to time – and then? Put them in a folder?

No matter how well you file, sort and categorize these papers … in the long run, it will get on your nerves to keep digging out the folders and there is a high risk of losing a document in the process.

Why not digitize all the documents you come across during your studies? Of course, you can and should continue to file the printed originals. But with Scanner Pro, you can have them on your smartphone in no time at all, copy them as you wish and upload them to a cloud, for example, so you can access them from anywhere.

For example, you can access your documents even when you’re visiting your parents, going for a walk in the park or abroad.

Wondering if you could just use your cell phone camera?

You can, but then it’s just … Or to put it another way: then you just have photos of your documents.

Scanner Pro, on the other hand …

  • … automatically creates high-quality PDF files,
  • … has a full-text search function for your scans,
  • … allows annotations and password protection for your documents and
  • … enables auto-uploads to the cloud(s) of your choice.

Scanner Pro is only for Apple users and costs money, at least 19.99 euros per year. But this is an app that is well worth the investment. I promise!

Tip for Android users: Use CamScanner, also a PDF scanner app. Although the app is nowhere near as fancy as Scanner Pro, it has the same features on board.

  • Operating systems: OS
  • Prices: from 19,99 Euro / year

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Have you downloaded the most important study apps onto your smartphone? Then it’s time to provide yourself with other digital solutions that will make you more productive, more successful and more satisfied:

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We wish you every success with our suggested top apps and say:

Ahoy and see you soon!

Your Staytoo team

PS: Next month we’ll introduce you to some great financial apps. So it’s worth checking out our blog regularly!

Do you know this frustration?

  • Do you constantly feel overwhelmed and feel like you’re losing track of everything?
  • Do you wish there were 48 hours in a day so you could finally get everything done?
  • Wondering if there’s a smart solution to make your stressful day easier?

The good news: there is! In the form of AI tools.

Here’s the wake-up call you need:

You don’t need any more tools.

You need the right tools and the motivation to use them effectively.

In this blog article, we present the essence of 1,000 AI tools.

Forget everything you’ve ever heard about productivity tools. Here you will find 20 hand-picked high-end solutions that will revolutionize your studies.

But beware: these tools are not a no-brainer. They are diamonds in the rough that need to be polished.

Are you ready to invest time and effort to fundamentally change your life?

Then close your browser, delete TikTok and dive into the world of ultimate productivity enhancement!

Are you ready for the next step?

AI tools for research and data analysis

Research and data analysis make up a significant part of your studies. You will be doing this work again and again, whether for presentations or to prepare for an exam. The following tools will save you a lot of time and effort.

Heuristi.ca

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In just a few seconds, we have put together some exciting information on the topic of “micro-living”. Source. Heuristi.ca

With Heuristi.ca you develop AI-supported concept maps based on scientific papers.

And it works like this: You enter a topic on a mind map, and then click on “Pros” and “Cons” to add the pros and cons of that topic to the mind map.

Or an explanation of the topic that is so simple that even a that even a 5-year-old can understand it. Think of it like a point-and-click adventure game, but as a playful learning and presentation method. Ingenious!

Explain Paper

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Explain Paper even works with stories. Cool! Source: Explain Paper

Tired of difficult-to-understand gibberish in academic texts? We love “Explain Paper” for explaining cryptic text passages.

Simply upload the relevant document, highlight the desired text passage and let it translate academic jargon into easy-to-understand language – making it much easier and better for you to understand the context!

In our example, we tried this with our Staytoo Christmas story, which you can download for free.

Tavily

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Tavily is a bit technical, but once you’ve worked your way through the process, it will help you tremendously with research. Source: Tavily

Tavily saves you hours of Google research. With Tavily, you enter a question on a subject area and receive the latest research results.

You should definitely try it out if you want to be more efficient in your research! You need a ChatGPT4 account for Tavily, but it’s worth it because it will significantly reduce your research time.

Otter.ai

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The integrated Otter AI searches your records to find the right information. Source: Otter.ai

Don’t feel like taking notes during the lecture? Let Otter.ai do the work for you.

The AI tool automatically transcribes audio recordings into text. So while you give the professor your full attention during the lecture, Otter.ai transcribes everything so that you can call up the notes later. We find it particularly practical that you can also save the lectures as MP3s, so you can listen to them again later as a podcast while jogging or cycling.

AI tools for better learning

We’ve all been there: exams are approaching, but the exam material just won’t stick in your head Dry, mindless cramming won’t get you anywhere.

That’s why we recommend our tried and tested learning methods – and of course the following AI tools for better learning.

Wisdolia

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Ingeniously easy to generate exam questions from a PDF – it’s child’s play and intuitive. Source: Wisdolia

Would you like to create flashcards and work with a flashcard box? Neither do we.

Wisdolia creates cards from PDF files that you upload to the tool. Imagine that: Quiz questions in index card form that the tool generates for you based on PDF texts. Although you don’t have to imagine it, you can try it out right away!

Quizlet

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Ingeniously easy to generate exam questions from a PDF – it’s child’s play and intuitive. Source: Quizlet

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Similar to Wisdolia, Quizlet also creates flashcards for you to study. The big advantage compared to Wisdolia: Quizlet is in German, which is particularly cool when working with Quizlet’s AI tutor. It also helps you as a digital assistant to create the perfect quiz for your topic.

Kahoot!

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Colorful and incredibly entertaining: Kahoot! is simply fun. Source: Kahoot!

The name kind of reminds you of the Yahoo! search engine, doesn’t it? Don’t you know it? Okay, now we feel old. But hey, Kahoot! is more up-to-date than ever, even though the company has been around since 2013.

Kahoot! is playful and wacky, and that’s exactly what makes it so brilliant: you can compete with other students in quiz competitions and create your own quizzes in which you can pit your fellow students against each other. Learning as a multiplayer game, how ingenious.

AI tools for writing and word processing

Writing and word processing tools based on AI make studying so much easier! But beware: under no circumstances should you pass off AI texts as your own. It’s not even necessary, as you can use them as excellent support.

Caktus

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It’s unbelievable how extensive the features of Caktus are, and it’s great fun to try them out. Source: Caktus

You can code with Caktus. You can write essays with Caktus.

With Caktus you can rewrite text passages.

With the Hook Generator, Caktus has completely won us over.

It writes you a hook, i.e. a few sentences that draw your lecturer into the text. Like fishing, you know? Or in other words: If you have to write any text as a draft, use Caktus. Just do it, you won’t regret it.

Synthesia

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An impressive video in a flash: Synthesia makes it possible, as here in the Christmas version of our clip.

We’ve tried a few video tools, but Synthesia is the best we’ve found. Click here for the Staytoo video.

It’s super simple: you enter a text, choose a voiceover artist and a lifelike video is created in seconds. You can use it to create great explanatory videos for presentations, for example. Or you can use Synthesia for learning, for example like this:

  1. Upload a difficult text whose content you want to learn to the Explain Paper AI tool. The tool will then explain the text to you.
  2. Add the simplified explanation from Explain Paper to Synthesia and use it to create your own personal explanatory video.

AI tools for creativity and innovation

Creative AI tools help you create graphics, videos and presentations. Discover our top tools in this area that will make you rock.

Nvidia Canvas

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Never been a talented artist? You don’t have to be with Nvidia Canvas. Screenshot: Nvidia Canvas

If your studies require artistic skills, Nvidia Canvas is the perfect choice for you. You may know Nvidia as a manufacturer of graphics cards. Nvidia has now poured its technical expertise into a great AI tool.

You can create realistic landscapes with simple brushstrokes. Incidentally, this is also a pretty cool way to create backgrounds for your own laptop.

Versy

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Join the waiting list to use Versy as soon as possible. Source: Versy

Do you work with 3D models in your studies? Then you should definitely take a look at Versy. With this app, you can create three-dimensional rooms – with text! Presentation rooms, lofts, kitchens – there are no limits to your imagination and Versy’s display options. Definitely try it out!

The only downside: you currently have to join a waiting list before you can work with the tool.

Kaiber

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Create your own anime in the style of your favorite series. Source: Kaiber

You can really spice up your presentations with short videos.
But how should you create such short videos? After all, most students don’t have enough money to produce expensive videos.

And even if they did: Video production takes a lot of time, not to mention know-how and … stop! Kaiber helps you. You write a scene and Kaiber creates a video for you, animé-style if you like.

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An urban student with the look of the anime series “Hellsing”: this is how Kaiber responded to this prompt. We are happy with the result. Source: Kaiber

It’s as simple as that, and as ingenious as you’ll discover.

Leia Pix

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Turn 2D images into 3D videos: LeiaPix is the perfect tool for this. Source: LeiaPix

Kind of creepy, but also damn impressive: with Leia Pix you can turn 2D images into high-quality 3D images. No idea how it works technically, but you know what? We don’t care, because the wow effect is what counts when you look at the pictures. And your fellow students will feel the same way when you call up the powerful 3D images in your presentation.

Midjourney

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Midjourney is quite technical and fiddly, you also need a Discord account, the email address has to be verified, etc. But it’s worth the effort. Source: Midjourney

Midjourney was and is the thing when it comes to AI image generation.

And there’s a good reason for that: Midjourney simply creates fantastic images, no matter what the subject.

One thing that takes a bit of getting used to is that you create the images through text descriptions on a Discord server. It’s a bit technical, but don’t worry, with this quick start you’ll quickly get the hang of it and get the coolest images out of Midjourney.

Tome

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Create presentations in no time at all: You can do it with Tome. Source: Tome

Presentations: We love them, especially when we only have to look at them and don’t have to create them ourselves.

But since there’s no getting around it in university, you can make a virtue out of necessity, as the saying goes: with Tome, you can create presentations quickly and stylishly. You choose a template, enter the topic you want the presentation to be about in the tool and you’re done! With a little fine-tuning of the individual slides afterwards, you can create a top presentation in just a few minutes.

Pretty smart, isn’t it?

AI tools for time management and organization

Time is a big problem when studying – or rather, finding enough time for all the tasks at hand. The following tools are an ingenious way to help you finally get a grip on your time management.

Notion

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Notion is the top dog among productivity tools and is now even stronger with its in-house AI. Source: Notion

Notion is the heavyweight when it comes to optimizing your productivity. And to be honest, that was the problem for a long time: as much as we like Notion, it’s pretty time-consuming to familiarize yourself with Notion without an AI assistant.

The Notion AI add-on is a huge relief. The AI is your personal assistant that explains the tool to you and performs tasks in the tool itself. This will take your productivity to a whole new level.

Todoist

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Todoist is leaner and clearer than Notion, which is one reason why our author uses it in his everyday life. Source: Todoist

Notion is still too extensive and too complicated for you? Then Todoist is the right self- and time management tool for you. Similar to Notion, you can create projects here, create and prioritize tasks, and upload your files that belong to the respective tasks or projects.

Everything is easier and smoother, even if Todoist seems a little slimmed down compared to Notion. By the way: There is also an AI for Todoist, the AI Assistant, which helps you in the tool.

Reclaim.ai

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No more chaos in your diary: Reclaim.AI helps you to finally bring structure to your day.

Reclaim.ai is a treat for fans of the Google calendar. The smart scheduling app supports you throughout your week with smart planning of your appointments to create your perfect daily schedule.

We don’t know whether we actually got 40% more done in the week, but we definitely brought more order and structure to our daily routines.

By the way, it’s especially cool if you link Notion or Todoist with Reclaim.ai: The tasks from these productivity tools are then imported directly into your calendar, prioritized and scheduled according to your preferences.

Other AI tools you should know about

The following AI tools have proven to be great all-round tools that you can use from time to time in everyday life.

Google Gemini (formerly Google Bard)

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Gemini is a powerful AI. We asked them for good articles on a topic …

Google reacted quickly to the AI trend and created its own AI.

The great thing is: Google Gemini can be used as an app via Android. So you always have one of the most powerful artificial intelligences on the planet in your pocket. Gemini also interacts with your smartphone content if required.

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… and ranked 3rd in the results. Super! But there’s more to come. We update the article in our blog on an ongoing basis.

For example, if you take a photo of a flower on your next spring walk, you can use this photo directly to ask Gemini what kind of flower it is.

Gemini is also unbeatable when you’re searching for something on the web. No wonder, since Google itself offers the data from its own search engine.

Mixo

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Simsalabim, the website, that’s … we couldn’t think of a good rhyme, but it doesn’t have to be, after all we wanted a fancy example website. And that’s what Mixo gave us. Source: Mixo

Have you always wanted to build your own website? For example, to start your own business alongside your studies? There’s only been one problem so far: building a website takes a hell of a lot of time.

Take a look at Mixo: The AI website builder only needs a sentence in which you describe what your website should be about, and it will put together a complete website for you.
To ensure that the result is not too generic, Mixo asks you what your goal is.

Do you want website visitors to contact you? Or book appointments with you because you are a freelancer, for example? Tell Mixo and be surprised by the result!

AI special: ChatGPT

It all started with ChatGPT, or at least the big AI hype. But the developers are not resting on their laurels: The company behind it, OpenAI, is constantly developing ChatGPT further and the results in response to queries are getting better and better.

This is also the reason for our personal recommendation: the developers of ChatGPT have simply gained the most experience with the use of AI and are perfecting their baby accordingly. Therefore, you should not make the mistake of leaving ChatGPT behind, even if there are new exciting AI tools.

But beware: You should definitely keep the following things in mind with ChatGPT.

Therefore you should be careful when using ChatGPT in teaching and research

Every time you hand in a written paper, you confirm that this paper is your own work. Or in other words: You assure the university/technical college that it is a research work done by you, a text written by you and not plagiarism.

However, the likelihood is, when using ChatGPT, that if your text is submitted, there will be copyright infringement that you won’t even notice.

ChatGPT creates texts based on existing texts

ChatGPT has a gigantic pool of existing texts and learned from them how natural language works, according to the developers. Nevertheless, already existing texts written by humans remain the basis from which ChatGPT makes use of. This is because ChatGPT is an AI model and actually not a creative artificial intelligence.

Dr. Max Greger, specialist lawyer for IT law, writes about the question of copyright of the alleged artificial intelligence on his website:

However, it is also the case that ChatGPT does not always create the texts completely generically. After all, the AI is not intelligent in the truest sense, but reproduces the answers based on previously viewed documents.

So it is not excluded that the AI either reproduces existing text structures or excerpts from texts that are only slightly modified. In both cases, this would constitute a reproduction under § 16 UrhG. If you then upload these texts to your website, this would also be a public disclosure according to § 19a UrhG.

ChatGPT texts belong to the company OpenAI

Problem No. 2: When asked where the copyrights of a text of ChatGPT are, the bot itself answers:

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So even if you manage to have a ChatGPT text created that stands up to the now very thorough Plagscan software out there, you are committing copyright infringement. As a further warning, powerful AI text recognition software already exists for schools and other educational institutions such as universities, even developed by the ChatGPT inventors themselves. It is called “AI Text Classifier”, and it is already in use and under continuous development.

Further problems with the use of ChatGPT in schools, colleges and universities

Copyright is only one pitfall in using ChatGPT in studies. Here are other pitfalls if you’re toying with the idea of having AI write texts for you.

Outdated knowledge

According to the developers, ChatGPT is at a knowledge level of the end of 2021, so the chatbot is not aware of developments that took place in 2022. ChatGPT cannot therefore tell you what developments have taken place in society and research in the last year, which is particularly unhelpful for texts that refer to current events.

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Incorrect information

The 2021 knowledge level is not the only problem. In several experiments, ChatGPT has spit out nonsensical or even incorrect answers to technical questions. From incorrect equations in mathematics to incorrect factual information in content, there have been several such phenomena documented on the web. The problem: If you rely on ChatGPT to answer the questions, how are you going to distinguish correct from incorrect information?

You can use ChatGPT sensibly in teaching and research

Is ChatGPT completely unsuitable for studying because of the problems mentioned above? No! There are absolutely useful applications for ChatGPT. However, since it is a new technology with so far unresolved legal issues, we would like to point out that the use of ChatGTP for your studies is always at your own risk. Now let’s get to the useful application possibilities!

For research: ChatGPT is a good helper if you want to find exciting aspects and relevant information for a topic. The tool recognizes meaningful connections and clusters that belong to a topic complex. On this basis you can also let ChatGPT spit out exciting research questions by entering the command “Find research questions on the topic …” or “Tell me research areas on …”.

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For text drafts: Using ChatGPT to generate text drafts can help you find inspiration for the structure of your own texts. However, it is very important that you write your own texts and not just modify the ChatGPT drafts. Otherwise you run the risk of plagiarism. Of course, this also applies if you use ChatGPT to create codes in another department such as computer science.

For proofreading and editing: ChatGPT detects grammatical and stylistic errors in existing texts. To do this, enter the command “Check this text for spelling and grammar errors:”, copy the text into the input field and then let ChatGPT find these errors for you. By the way, ChatGPT is also able to find synonyms for terms in your texts with the command “Find synonyms for …”. to find synonyms for terms in your texts. This is useful for example if you don’t always want to write “employees” or similar in your texts.

For learning: With ChatGPT you can create your own quiz and thus create your individual exam. Give the command “Create me a quiz on the topic …” and test yourself!

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More info about chances and risks of ChatGPT in studies

The success of ChatGPT came as a surprise; accordingly, schools, colleges, and universities have yet to learn how to use ChatGPT. But it is very likely that educational institutions will make extensive use of AI recognition tools such as OpenAI’s “AI Text Classifier” to recognize AI-generated texts.

However, it does not look like ChatGPT will be banned in schools and colleges for the time being. In the meantime, there are numerous media reports in which teachers, lecturers, principals, etc. have their say. The tone is similar throughout: A ban on the technology for university teaching does not make sense or is almost impossible to implement. It is much more important to teach students the meaning of their own work on the material.

Let’s be honest: You study for yourself in order to acquire qualifications. So if you study, work hard and use ChatGPT to support you, you have a tool that will help you in your studies. We wish you good luck with it!

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Did you find the AI tools presented here exciting? We have so much more to offer on our blog! Take a look at these articles:

And don’t forget: A fool with a tool is still a fool, even with AI tools. Or to put it in our words: these tools can’t do the studying for you, you have to do it yourself. But these tools will make your time on campus much easier.

We wish you every success and say ahoy!

Your Staytoo team

Helau, Alaaf and happy carnival! May your confetti be colorful and cheerful!

You have no idea what we’re actually talking about? Then welcome to the shrill carnival season, which starts in November but reaches its peak in February.

All over Germany around Rose Monday (12.02.24) you can see floats throwing sweets.

But there are other epic events during this time.

Find out more about customs like Fastnacht and read our tips for a really cool costume.

Fasching vs. Carnival

Whether it’s called Fasching, Fastnacht or Karneval depends in Germany on the region. In Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Fasching is celebrated; i. a. in northern Germany and the Rhineland, the festive season is called Karneval; in Hesse, Saarland and many other regions, Fastnacht. What is meant, however, is the same thing: the foolish season that begins on 11.11. at 11:11 a.m. and culminates with parades and festive meetings in February of the following year.

Note: For the sake of readability, we mainly use the term Fasching in this article, friends of carnival may forgive us.

Important Fasching terms

Are you ready to go to your first Fasching in Germany and celebrate with other people? Then you should know the following terms and their meanings:

Weiberfastnacht: Weiberfastnacht refers to the transition from the session Fasching to the street Fasching. So it is celebrated in costume in the streets, bars and pubs of the cities. In the past, the night was dedicated to women, but today this custom has loosened and all genders celebrate Weiberfastnacht. Depending on the region, the celebrating women are also called Möhnen. Caution, however, still to the well-dressed gentlemen: on Weiberfastnacht, men’s ties are cut off if they wear one.

Fastnacht: Fastnacht is not to be confused with the women’s carnival. The term Fastnacht is instead a regionally different term for Fasching or carnival. Alternatively, Fastnacht is also referred to and pronounced as “Fasnacht” or “Fassenacht”.

Rosenmontag: Especially in Rheinhessen and the Rhineland, Rosenmontag is a highlight that is celebrated with the Rosenmontag parade. A special feature is that Rosenmontag in the Fasching strongholds is a de facto holiday, but not a public holiday. So it is actually a normal weekday, but one on which people celebrate exuberantly.

Aschermittwoch: Aschermittwoch heralds the end of Fasching and the beginning of Lent, which lasts until Easter. In the Christian religious context, Aschermittwoch is meant to remind us of those days Jesus spent praying and fasting in the desert.

Lent: Aschermittwoch heralds the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts until Good Friday and also has a religious origin. In the past, people abstained from eating during Lent, but nowadays they fast in different ways, for example by not smoking, not drinking alcohol or abstaining from social media during Lent. So today, many people choose for themselves which vice they want to give up during Lent.

Funken-/Tanzmariechen: The term goes back to the so-called sutlers. These were women who had already accompanied soldiers in the Middle Ages and provided them with various services and goods. Among other things, the sutlers had also danced and were called in this context “Funken-” or “Tanzmariechen”. Today Tanzmariechen are the representatives of the local Fasching clubs and have to apply for this position.

Jeck/Narr: Jeck is another word for fool in the Rhineland. Both mean any person who actively participates in Carnival or Fasching, but is not organized in a corresponding club.

Narrenruf: greeting call of the Jecken among themselves, which differ regionally. From “Kölle Alaaf” (Cologne) to “Helau” (Düsseldorf, Koblenz, Mainz), “Ahoi” (Baden area) and even “Wau Wau” (in the Bayreuth area, among others), there are also battle cries such as “Alleh hopp” in Saarland and “Schelle, Schelle, Schell au!” in Wangen in Allgäu.

Session: Another term for the Fasching, carnical or Fastnacht season.

Umzug: Primarily floats, masquerade and dance groups that parade through the streets in costume, often making political-satirical jokes. Sweets, flowers, etc. are thrown into the crowd from so-called parade floats.

Carnival events near you

We introduce you to the top carnival events near your Staytoo apartment!

Berlin

Berlin can’t do carnival? Not at all! The capital has a lot going for it, even though one of the biggest events only takes place outside the carnival season. Good vibes only guaranteed.

Karnevalsparty 2024

The Karnivalsparty 2024 is the place to be – or rather anyone with a party spirit. In the “epicenter of carnival madness”, as it says on the website, you can shake a leg to foolish DJ music. What we particularly like: not only is fun on the dance floor guaranteed, the entrance fee also includes a delicious buffet.

Where?

Alt-Wittenau 66
13437 Berlin

When?

February 10, 2024 | 4:11 p.m.

Admission?

39,11 € per person

Vier-Partyhuete

Our rating: 4 out of 5 party hats

Karneval der Kulturen

The Carnival of Cultures is known as a spectacle far beyond the city’s borders. Over several days, you can admire entire parade groups in dazzling colors and celebrate diversity with people from all over the world. Last year, over 1 million people took part in the spectacle and the atmosphere here is simply unique.

We love this colorful mix of music and dance, festival and parade, plus the workshops and performances and of course the many different food stalls from all over the world with their delicious highlights.

Where?

Kreuzberg & Neukölln (you can find the exact route a few weeks before the carnival starts on the organizer’s website)

When?

May 17 to 20, 2024

Admission?

Free of charge

Fuenf-Partyhuete

Our rating: 5 out of 5 party hats

Leipzig

The boomtown in eastern Germany has traditional carnival clubs – so the people of Leipzig know how to party. Immerse yourself in the shrill world of carnival in Leipzsch! You’ll have an unforgettable time with our event tips.

Leipzigs MEGA Faschingsparty 2024

Are you ready for a gigantic carnival party on 3 floors with the best hits from the 90s, 200s and 2010s? Let the fat party tracks that will make the walls in the Täubchenthal shake around your ears.

Balloons, glitter, confetti – we think it’s great that the organizer really pulls off the carnival concept in his Happy Place. Incidentally, this also applies to dressing up, as costumes are compulsory! If you turn up without a costume, admission will be more expensive. If that’s not motivation to make a real effort with your costume this year.

When?

February 10, 2024 | Admission: 10 p.m.

Where?

Täubchenthal
Wachsmuthstraße 1
04229 Leipzig

Admission?

From 15,65 Euro in advance (without costume additionally more expensive)

Fuenf-Partyhuete

Our rating: 5 out of 5 party hats

Great Leipzig Rose Sunday Parade

Lioness Leila, the city of Leipzig’s carnival mascot, will once again lead the parade this year. Leipzig carnival clubs as well as friendly clubs and companies from the region organize the spectacle, which you should not miss.

Why? Because the Rose Sunday parade is unique in the east and is in no way inferior to the carnival spectacles in other federal states! We recommend the parade to anyone who misses carnival in eastern Germany and wants to feel at home.

When?

February 11, 2024 | 2 p.m.

Where?

Starting from Brühl through Leipzig’s city center

Admission?

Free of charge

Vier-Partyhuete

Our rating: 4 out of 5 party hats

Kaiserslautern

In Kaiserslautern, carnival has a long tradition: every year, parades and parade sessions invite those in the mood to celebrate. Away from the usual carnival events, we have picked out two delicacies for those who are lit.

KOMPLETT KRANK

One thing is clear: this event will certainly not be boring! The organizer explicitly calls for the craziest party people in town. Are you one of them? Then let’s go!

Free pizza will be handed out at 00:00 and free beer will be available at all bars from 01:00. Do we really need to give you any more reasons to show up and have fun?

We think so much craziness is great, and especially the idea of being added to the guest list via DM on Instagram beforehand. Neon bracelets on your wrist reveal what you’re in the mood for at the party – just dance or flirt? You decide.

When?

February 09, 2024 | Admission: 10 p.m.

Where?

Night shift Kaiserslautern
Zollamtstraße 28
67663 Kaiserslautern

Admission?

From 11.99 euros (EARLY BIRD TICKET)

Fuenf-Partyhuete

Our rating: 5 out of 5 party hats

Dansberger Fasching

After a three-year break, the time has finally come again: the Dansberg Carnival has opened its doors. There will also be a happy hour again, with music from Kaiserslautern DJ IzzoBeatz blasting from the speakers.

There will also be a special treat that has not yet been revealed. Let us surprise you! We look forward to a relaxed atmosphere and reasonable prices at the Dansberger Fasching.

When?

February 10, 2024 | Admission: 7:00 p.m.

Where?

At the handball court 1
67661 Kaiserslautern

Admission?

10 Euro (VVK)
12 Euro (box office)

Vier-Partyhuete

Our rating: 4 out of 5 party hats

Nuremberg

Already for sailor’s yarn in Nuremberg? Sounds weird, but that’s exactly how carnival should be, right? With our party tips, you can throw yourself right into the fun.

Seemann’s Fasching

There will be plenty of partying on board the Mississippi Queen. The carnival party takes place on three decks, with a rich music program ranging from Malle hits to Neue Deutsche Welle and Schlager. You can listen to oldies in the Kapitän’s Bar. Experiencing the whole thing on an American-style steamer is an incomparable experience. Ahoy!

When?

February 12, 2024 | 9:00 p.m.

Where?

Mississippi Queen
Donaustraße 40
90451 Nuremberg

Admission?

11,21 Euro

Fuenf-Partyhuete

Our rating: 5 out of 5 party hats

Illusion – Carnival party

Carnival completely informal, with or without a costume, even jogging bottoms are expressly welcome: This is how it’s done at the Illusion, combined with delicious special drinks and accompanied by disco/pop music.

What we appreciate: The organizers raise awareness when choosing costumes by asking that no boundaries be crossed or stereotypes reproduced. This way, carnival can take place safely.

When?

February 12, 2024 | 9:00 p.m.

Where?

Z-Bau
Frankenstrasse 200
90461 Nuremberg

Admission?

6-8 Euro (box office)

Vier-Partyhuete

Our rating: 4 out of 5 party hats

Bonn

The “fifth season” plays an important role in Bonn, as you will see from the Bonn carnival revellers and their colorful costumes. Join them and visit these top events at carnival time.

BonnLive Carnival Concerts

Several carnival concerts take place on Münsterplatz during the high days of carnival. The Live Open Air brings together numerous well-known musicians, including the Cologne band Cat Ballou, the famous Rhineland carnival group Funky Marys, Mo-Torres and many more.

Delicious food and drinks will also be provided. If you can hardly wait for the festival season and want to chillax at the same time, then in our experience the BonnLive carnival concerts are just right for you!

When?

Carnival Friday | February 09, 2024 | Admission: 5:00 pm
Carnival Saturday in blue-white-red | February 10, 2024 | Admission: 5:00 pm
Rose Monday | After-Zoch-Party | February 12, 2024 | Admission: 4:00 pm

Where?

Münsterplatz

Admission?

From 27,25 Euro

Fuenf-Partyhuete

Our rating: 5 out of 5 party hats

FUN KÖLSCH KARNEVAL | Carnival Saturday at the Brückenforum Bonn

Are you ready for Ikke Hüftgold? He will be performing at the FUN KÖLSCH KARNEVAL, as will many other artists. DJ Chris will also be playing the biggest carnival hits to give you an unforgettable carnival time. In our opinion, the fact that this good mood event takes place on a Saturday is an additional goody, and you can also flex your costume in public.

When?

February 10, 2024 | 9:00 p.m.

Where?

Brückenforum Bonn
Friedrich-Breuer-Straße 17
53225 Bonn

Admission?

From 18 Euro (VVK)

Vier-Partyhuete

Our rating: 4 out of 5 party hats

Popular carnival strongholds

In Germany, there are popular carnival strongholds where you can see great parades and join in the celebrations. At the carnival, the Rhineland in particular stands out as a carnival stronghold with Cologne, Mainz and Düsseldorf.

Cologne

In Cologne, the carnival parades begin on Shrove Monday at 6 p.m. at the Alter Markt. From there, the huge carnival parade with kilometers of floats continues through the city center. This year the carnival parade is something very special: after 200 years it will take place with a new route and in a new form. Alaaf!

Mainz

Mainz is world-famous for its Rotenmontagsumzug and Youth Mask Parade on carnival. Carnival event highlights include the Meenzer Fassenacht (Feb. 16), the Büttendance Open-Air (Feb. 10 / 6:11 p.m.), the Altweiber Party (Feb. 16 / 7:11 p.m.) and the Prinzengardeball (Feb. 18 / 8:11 p.m.) as well as DER BALL – Die Nacht der Narren (Feb. 18 / 7:33 p.m.).

Duesseldorf

In Duesseldorf the Weiberfastnacht and the Karnevalssonntag belong to the carnival high points. Traditionally on carnival, the so-called Möhnen – an older word for women – storm Düsseldorf City Hall in the Altweiberfastnacht at 11:11 a.m. sharp and imprison the mayor. What sounds dramatic is a long-held, harmless carnival custom accompanied by lots of fun and colorful costumes.

Munich

Bavaria’s capital city offers lively festivities for Fasching fans. The Munich Dance Night (11.02.), the Children’s Fasching (12.02.), the Ball of the Stars (17.02.) and the Jamboree Ball (19.02.) are known far beyond the state borders.

Other carnival strongholds

Other carnival strongholds in the country can be found in Aachen, Bremen and Marne. Check the city websites for exact parade routes and start dates for carnival!

Fasching also takes place in Würzburg, and the term is also used in Saxony, as well as in parts of Austria. You can find the dates for Fasching events on the websites of your region.

Tips for your Fasching costume

Of course, the fifth season is most fun in the right costume. We have collected a few tips for the ideal Fasching costume:

  • Feel comfortable in your costume. This is probably the most important tip when it comes to choosing a costume. Choose your costume according to whether you feel comfortable in it, only then you will have fun at Fasching or carnival. Slip into several costumes to find the right one for you.
  • It can be colorful and flashy! Fasching is all about standing out. Not an easy task with so many people around you who are also wearing costumes. Therefore, choose bold colors, these days are made for extroverts!
  • Humorous and funny, but be careful: Fasching or carnival has always been an opportunity to make fun of politics and social grievances. Beware of overly cynical or culturally offensive depictions, however, or unwanted discussions could await you instead of fun.
  • Dress warmly enough: February is a cold, often wet month in Germany. So if you want to avoid catching a cold, don’t venture too freely among the revelers.
  • Topicality wins: Of course, the easiest way is to don the old theme party costume in a Spiderman or cowgirl look. However, it is much better to wear a costume that is contemporary, such as the Joker from Batman or Wednesday Addams. You’ll definitely score points with that at the next parade.
  • Full body costumes are practical: Full body costumes are super easy to put on, are a complete outfit without much preparation, fun, and depending on the fabric, keep you nice and warm. Highly recommended for beginners!
  • Embellish purchased costumes yourself: Use different patterns and accessories to spice up your costume. Rhinestones, fairy lights, hats or epaulettes: The possibilities for this are almost endless.
  • Group costumes make more of an impression: You’re going to Fasching/carnival with friends? How about wearing costumes together? The quasi-uniforms will make you stand out even more in the crowd.

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We wish you a fantastic, beautiful and unforgettable carnival season in Germany! Before you get dressed up, check out our other exciting articles on the blog:

Ahoy, Alaaf and Helau!
Your Staytoo team

Have you resolved to go to career fairs this year? Just to see what the exhibitors have to offer?

Don’t do that!

That would be like going to a job interview in your pyjamas.

You have to understand: Career fairs are events where companies are looking for talent.

What does that mean for you?

That you don’t give away any potential at these events.

That you don’t answer your friends’ question “So, how was the fair?” by shrugging your shoulders and saying “It was okay”.

That you prepare yourself intensively for every trade fair, for every interview with a company, so that you come a big step closer to your dream job.

That’s the real potential of career fairs.

No one has told you this yet and you have no idea how to prepare?

You’re in luck because you’ve come across this article.

We’ll introduce you to selected events and tell you what you need to do. Ready to go? Then let’s go!

Tip: All the events we present here are completely free for you as a visitor.

Your 5-point guide to trade fair success

Here are the 5 most important tips for the time before, during and after the trade fair.

#1 Make a plan

Never go to a trade fair without clear goals. Find out what you can achieve at the fair: Do you want a job with a particular company? Check the exhibitor directory to see where the company has its stand. Research what the company is currently up to – most companies have news sections on their website. This will show the decision-makers that you are interested in the company’s interests and will be remembered. If you do this well, you will have massively increased your chances of being hired, even before an interview.

#2 Create business cards

These days they don’t cost much and are super-easy to create. Simply select a template from one of the many major providers, enter your contact details, send off your order – done! The cards will be with you a few days later. Extra tip: Think about a stylish business card case to perfect the classy, professional impression you want to make on the person you’re talking to. Smart cases only cost a few euros.

#3 Train your public image with friends / in front of the mirror

Pretend you are talking to the HR manager of your dream employer. Observe your facial expressions and gestures or have your friends observe both. Are you standing there with your shoulders slouching? Are you mumbling? Do you use your hands to emphasize what you are saying? What posture do you adopt when you imagine you are listening to the other person? Get feedback and work on improving your appearance (shoulders back, smile more, etc.).

#4 Dress like you’re going to a job interview

We’re talking business attire here – suit, blazer, just what you would wear in a professional setting. Remember: A visit to a trade fair stand is always a first date between employer and potential employee. And you would dress up for a date, wouldn’t you?

#5 Keep going after the trade fair

The trade fair days were exhausting, you had great, promising conversations, but you’re also happy to get back to your daily routine. Time to put your hands in your lap and wait for the companies to come knocking on your door, right? No! Before the event is after the event, with the difference that you have made a good first impression on the recruiters at the event. Now you should definitely keep at it and follow up, e.g. by sending an email to emphasize how much you enjoyed the interview and that you would be happy to make further contact. Be absolutely specific here.

Not like this:

Hello Mr. Müller, thank you very much for the interview, I would be happy to have further contact with you.

Like this:

Hello Mr. Müller, thank you very much for the interview on 09.11. at TALENTpro, which we had over an afternoon coffee at around 2 pm. During our exchange, I found your mention of an open trainee position in product development in the new year particularly interesting. I would be happy to talk to you about this in more detail if you are interested. Would the coming Thursday afternoon suit you, e.g. in the form of a digital coffee call via Teams?

I can offer these timeslots:

  • 11 a.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.

I would be very happy to hear back from you.

Also, be careful not to come across as spammy, that would be the other extreme. You should definitely respect a statement like “We’ll get back to you” and follow up in a friendly manner after a few days at the most. If nothing comes back, let it go, otherwise it will backfire.

The best career events at a glance

Now you’re perfectly prepared for career events. But which ones should you attend? Here are our suggestions.

Job and training fairs in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is an important economic center in the region, with companies from the medical technology, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering sectors in particular being based here. The job and training fairs in Nuremberg are correspondingly diverse.

#1 Jobmesse Nürnberg 2024

Large exhibitors such as the German Armed Forces, ALDI Süd, Deutsche Bahn etc. are represented at this well-known job fair. But you will also find smaller companies here.

Where?

Meistersingerhalle
Great Hall
Münchener Str. 21
90478 Nuremberg

When?

February 21, 2024- 12:00 to 18:00

Why?

In the past, the Nuremberg Job Fair has made a name for itself through good organization, excellent visitor support and great after-work events. The exhibitors were also very satisfied, which suggests that you will also find motivated contacts for your questions this time.

#2 Karrieretag Nürnberg

The Career Day Nuremberg invites you: Find your perfect job here, or take advantage of the resume and application portfolio check program. Career coaching sessions and a number of presentations on career preparation and promotion also await you.

Where?

Meistersingerhalle
Münchener Str. 21
90478 Nuremberg

When?

May 14, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why?

The Career Day offers the perfect mix of job fair and further training without having to invest several days, as would be the case at a traditional trade fair. Especially cool: You can have your application photos taken by professional photographers on site and take them home with you – free of charge!

#3 Studien- und Ausbildungsmesse Stuzubi

Stuzubi is aimed at young people who are looking for a training or study place. As a hybrid event, it offers an all-in-one package to inform you about the various careers, both at universities and at well-known employers such as the Bavarian Police, German Air Traffic Control and many more.

Where?

Meistersingerhalle
Large hall
Münchener Str. 21
90478 Nuremberg

When?

January 20, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

March 23, 2024 (online) – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Why?

Visitors to the trade fair emphasize the versatility of the exhibitors at the event – exactly what you want at a trade fair, right? Stuzubi is perfect for you, especially if you don’t yet know exactly what training you want to do or what you want to study. You will also meet young people there who will talk about their experiences first-hand.

Job and training fairs in Leipzig

The trade fair city of Leipzig has been considered a boomtown for years, and renowned companies such as Amazon and BMW have important locations here. At the following events, you can find out what exciting career paths you can take in Leipzig and the surrounding region.

#1 Jobmesse Leipzig 2024

With over 170 exhibitors, the Leipzig Job Fair is one of the largest career and recruiting events in Germany. The exhibitors specifically look for talented people and answer your questions in the first contact, which is why you have the best chance of finding the right job for you here.

Where?

Congress Center Leipzig (CCL)
Seehausener Allee 1
04356 Leipzig

When?

January 27, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Why?

We have found that this trade fair is not just “aimed at the masses”. Instead, both exhibitors and visitors take the necessary time to have interesting and exciting conversations. Another special feature is the location: the modern Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) also hosts other popular events such as the Leipzig Book Fair. The Center opens its doors to you at the end of January, where you can take your first steps towards a career.

#2 Stuzubi Leipzig

Still not sure what you want to study or what career you want to pursue later? At Stuzubi, you can talk to people who will share their experiences of the careers they have chosen. We find this mega-exciting and, above all, authentic and helpful for making a decision.

Where?

KONGRESSHALLE at the zoo
Pfaffendorfer Str. 31
04105 Leipzig

When?

March 02, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 23, 2024 (online) – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Why?

At Stuzubi you will get real insights from trainees and students: How does everyday life work, what do you learn, what tasks and opportunities await you? Make sure you also take part in the Job Slam, where top exhibitors pitch their offers for you. And then there’s the unique location: the Congress Hall in the middle of Leipzig Zoo – how cool is that?

#3 azubi- & studientage Leipzig 2024

The azubi- & studientage Leipzig is taking place for the 23rd time – over the years, the event has constantly evolved so that you can not only chat with the exhibitors, but also hand them your application. It couldn’t be more personal! If you only discover your dream career (e.g. a dual study program) at the event itself, no problem – you can submit your application online after the initial contact with the employer.

Where?

Leipzig Trade Fair
Messe-Allee 1
04356 Leipzig

When?

November 08, 2024 – 09:00 to 14:00
November 09, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Why?

The azubi- & studientage will help you to filter out the right one for you from the huge range of training and study courses on offer – not just through information, but through personal contact with the universities of applied sciences, universities and training companies at the stands. This is very important during these days, so that you can get an impression and get a feel for which career is right for you.

Job and training fairs in Bonn

As the former federal capital, Bonn still has an important place in the German economy. Explore these events in Bonn to prepare for your future.

#1 Karrieretag Bonn

“Job hunting couldn’t be easier” – that’s the promise of the Bonn Career Day, or to be more precise, two career days on which the Telekom Dome opens its doors to you. Talk to decision-makers from well-known companies about your career opportunities and get coaching from a professional to boost your chances on the job market.

Where?

Telekom Dome
Basketsring 1
53123 Bonn

When?

April 11, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 10, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Why?

At this event, you will be optimally prepared for your career start with coaching, lectures, workshops, CV and application portfolio checks. Of course, there will also be a free application photo shoot. What more can you expect from a job event? Exactly.

#2 Bonner Hochschulmesse 2024

The Bonn University Fair can be described as a melting pot of universities and universities of applied sciences in the region. In addition to the University of Bonn, contacts from the University of Cologne, the University of Koblenz and numerous other exhibitors will be on hand to answer your questions.

Where?

Maritim Bonn
Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger-Allee 1
53175 Bonn

When?

February 19, 2024 – 12:30 to 17:30

Why?

Organized by the Bonn Careers Advisory Service, the Bonn University Fair offers an important information hub for prospective students looking for the right course of study. The fact that the number of exhibitors does not exceed 30 ensures that you can take a closer look at the individual universities and their offers instead of being overwhelmed by an excess of choice.

#3 Fakultätskarrieretag Bonn

This event for prospective lawyers is a face-to-face fair with an online component. If you’ve always wanted to immerse yourself in law, you should mark this event in red pencil in your calendar.

Where?

Exhibition tent
Parking lot behind the Juridicum
Adenauerallee 24-42
53113 Bonn

When?

June 11, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Why?

The fusion of online and offline is brilliant at this event. Create a profile before the fair, search for employers who could be a match and receive an invitation for an interview. This way, you can prepare for the interviews before the event and give your law career a powerful boost.

Job and training fairs in Kaiserslautern

Do you like Kaiserslautern and would like to gain a foothold here? Then take a look at the following job and training events.

#1 Treffpunkt Kaiserslautern

Treffpunkt Kaiserslautern is an initiative by students for students. The organizers call the event a company contact fair, and that’s exactly what it’s all about: Meeting promising employers from the region.

Where?

Treffpunkt GbR
Erwin Schrödinger Str. 57
67663 Kaiserslautern

When?

June 11 to June 13, 2024 (time unknown so far)

Why?

The special feature of this event is that students from TU Kaiserslautern are responsible for organizing the fair themselves. They know exactly what is important at such an event and what is important for you. Furthermore, the event is under the auspices of the TU, which guarantees additional quality in the placement of internships, dissertations, etc.

#2 bonding Firmenkontaktmesse Kaiserslautern

Find out directly at bonding about internships, entry opportunities, career opportunities, etc. This fair is also organized by students for students.

Where?

TU Kaiserslautern
Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse 28
67663 Kaiserslautern

When?

November 20 to November 22, 2024 – 09:30 to 16:30

Why?

bonding is the central event, but “more than just a trade fair”, as the website says. This means that other exciting events such as excursions, lectures and competitions take place around bonding. Use bonding as a starting point and find out about other events here regularly.

Job and training fairs in Berlin

The capital has a large number of recruiting and career events. We have fished out the event gold nuggets for you!

#1 15. jobmesse berlin

Regional employers such as the Berlin fire department and the Neukölln district office as well as national institutions such as the Federal Criminal Police Office and customs will be presenting themselves at this event. Of course, you will also find private companies looking for committed young talent.

Where?

ARENA BERLIN
Eichenstraße 4
12435 Berlin

When?

March 02, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March 03, 2024 – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Why is this happening?

This event goes far beyond the classic job interview. Application portfolio checks, application photo shoots and expert presentations create a program that will make you feel completely at ease as a potential applicant.

#2 vocatium Berlin

If you are still looking for a place to study, vocatium Berlin is the right place for you. This event is characterized by personal talks and a programme of lectures.
Where?

Where?

ARENA BERLIN
Eichenstraße 4
12435 Berlin

When?

June 19, 2024 – 08:30 to 15:00
June 20, 2024 – 08:30 to 15:00

Why?

vocatium Berlin stands out from the crowd of recruiting events with its personal, scheduled discussions. This means that both visitors and exhibitors can prepare for these meetings and approach them in a targeted manner. This concept has been popular for years and is rarely found in today’s trade fair landscape.

#3 11. Jobmesse Berlin

The Berlin Job Fair is a classic event without a lot of frills, with a focus on providing training and further education opportunities.

Where?

Olympic Stadium Berlin
Olympic Square 3
14053 Berlin

When?

March 23, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Why?

Sometimes you don’t need fancy specials or features for an event – just a focus on the essentials, namely finding the right employer for you. In addition to the numerous exhibitors, which also include global players, there is something that should not go unmentioned: The fair takes place in the Olympic Stadium, which creates a unique, motivating atmosphere.

#4 Einstieg Berlin 2024

Einstieg Berlin lives up to its name: it is aimed at young people who want to enter the world of work but don’t yet know which job is right for them.

Where?

ARENA BERLIN
Eichenstrasse 4
12435 Berlin

When?

November 15, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
November 16, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Why?

We like the relaxed, informal atmosphere at Einstieg Berlin. The exhibitors know that you are still at the very beginning and are accordingly friendly and open to your questions. After the intensive days, you will have learned about numerous exciting jobs and gained an overview of the various career opportunities.

#5 JOBMEDI Berlin 2024

JOBMEDI Berlin focuses on the healthcare sector – an enormously important area in which specialists are desperately needed. But which specialist area is right for you? What qualifications do you need for your dream job? And how can you get further training if necessary? You can find out all this at this fair.

Where?

Palais am Funkturm
Hammarskjöldplatz
14055 Berlin

When?

December 06, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
December 07, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Why is this happening?

JOBMEDI Berlin is the place to be if you are looking for a career in nursing, healthcare or social services. We particularly like the high number of exhibitors who are committed and motivated to engage with visitors. The public transport connections are also ideal.

Extra-Tipp München: TALENTpro

In our search for the best career events, we have focused on local trade fairs that you can easily reach from your Staytoo apartment.

However, there is also an important, large trade fair that we don’t want to withhold from you: TALENTpro in Munich. You can easily get there by train or carpool, the travel effort is worth it!

Where?

Zenith Munich
Lilienthalallee 29
80939 Munich

When?

June 11, 2024 – 09:00 to 16:30
June 12, 2024 – 09:00 to 16:30

Why is this happening?

TALENTpro is the largest gathering in German talent and recruiting management. What you get at the fair is correspondingly awesome: Gourmet food from food trucks, morning yoga sessions, live music, and of course, plenty of big-name exhibitors. You should definitely go to experience it!

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Before you dive into the trade fairs, take a look at our other articles on the topics of work, career and self-employment:

We wish you every success in your search for the right job or employer for you!

Ahoy,
Your Staytoo team

The new year has begun – high time to take a look at the most important changes for students in 2024. We have collected the most important changes for you and pass on some personal tips!

This will be better in 2024

This year you can look forward to the following positive changes:

#1 Higher mini-job limit

Mini-jobbers have been earning more since January 1, 2024. The upper limit for a part-time job without compulsory social insurance has been increased from €520 to €538 per month.

Our tip: check a new mini-job contract before you sign it. Will you be paid according to the new upper limit? If you already have a mini-job, renegotiate it now.

#2 Rising minimum wage

The statutory minimum wage is also increasing: instead of 9.82 euros, it has been 12.41 euros per hour since the beginning of the year.

Our tip: Make sure that you are paid according to the current minimum wage in your current or new employment relationship. This is not a salary negotiation in the traditional sense; your employer is obliged to pay the minimum wage, unless you are a volunteer or internship.

#3 Semester ticket instead of Germany ticket

From the 2024 summer semester, there will be a uniform mobility tariff for students. The fixed price will be 29.40 euros and the costs will be integrated into the semester fee. With the new semester ticket, you will be able to use trams, suburban trains, underground trains, regional trains and buses throughout Germany at this fixed price.

Our tip: Due to the new tariff, the transport associations expect a significant increase in use (30% and more). You should therefore avoid longer journeys and explore the best rail routes in Germany before the new semester ticket is introduced.

#4 Facilitated access to higher education

Germany wants to make it easier for people to study – without an Abitur or similar school-leaving qualification. The prerequisite for this is that you have completed vocational training and have at least two years of work experience. You can then take an aptitude test at the relevant university and start your studies there.

Facilitated access to higher education has been available in Germany for several years, but in 2024 this access will be intensively promoted. The exact conditions and options are still being determined by the individual federal states.

Our tip: regularly check the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the websites of the individual federal states for new announcements on facilitated university access.

Are you from abroad and want to know whether you are eligible for admission? Then the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) admissions database is a good place to look for courses that match your school-leaving qualification.

#5 Increase in the citizen’s income

If you receive state support in the form of citizen’s allowance, you can be happy: in 2024, the citizen’s allowance is increased, the basic amount for a single person is 563 euros per month.

Our tip: It is rare for students to be entitled to citizen’s allowance, as BAföG is available as financial support for students. However, special conditions may have to be met, e.g. Bürgergeld can be used as a top-up for BAfÖG if you are still living with your parents.

We recommend that you find out from your local Studentenwerk whether and to what extent you are entitled to Bürgergeld.

This will be worse in 2024

Unfortunately, not all changes are positive for students. But don’t worry: we’ll give you creative solutions for dealing with the negative trends in 2024.

#1 BAföG increase has (still) not materialized

In mid-January, the Federal Government intends to discuss whether and to what extent BAföG rates should be increased. Until then, however, it is still unclear whether there will be an increase at all. The stagnation has been criticized by the Deutsches Studierendenwerk, which claims that the BAföG rate is chronically too low. We hope that the government will manage to increase the rate, and as quickly as possible.

Our tip: don’t rely on BAföG alone, but look around for other sources of income, e.g. a part-time job or mini-job. This will allow you to benefit from an increased minimum wage and a higher upper limit for mini-jobs (see above).

Extra tip: BAföG can be extended under certain circumstances, for example due to pregnancy, disability or raising and caring for a child under the age of 14.

#2 Increased tuition fees

This year, several universities will increase their tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses by up to 10 percent. The individual increases will be announced by the universities on their websites, so be sure to check there before you enrol.

Our tip: Is your dream university too expensive? Look around for alternatives, you can find excellent universities in our university ranking article.

#3 High interest rates for student loans

Students pay an average of 9% interest on student loans. According to media reports, the interest burden has tripled in recent years. There is no end in sight to this negative trend for 2024 either, on the contrary: the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) only increased interest rates in October 2023.

Our tip: student loans are expensive, inflexible and you get into debt with them. Therefore, consider a student loan as the last choice of financing and try to find better alternatives beforehand (support from parents, BAföG, part-time job, etc.).

If these alternatives do not work out, we think it may be better to take out a private loan from relatives (preferably interest-free). Make sure you put the amount, payment installments, repayment dates, etc. in writing.

#4 Higher additional contributions for health insurance

Over 36 health insurance companies are increasing their contributions in 2024, which will unfortunately also affect a number of students with student health insurance. The additional contribution will increase by an average of 0.4 percentage points, with increases ranging from 0.1 to 0.8 percentage points depending on the health insurance provider.

Our tip: regularly compare health insurance offers for student health insurance. Switching is very easy, the notice period is two months and your new health insurance company will even take over the termination process. Please note, however, that you are tied to a new health insurance company for 12 months.

#5 Rising cost of living

Food, medicine, petrol: overall, life in Germany is becoming more expensive, due to inflation and other crises. Rising prices affect everyone, but this development is particularly difficult for students with little money. But don’t worry, in our blog you can find tips on saving energy and help with your tax return to save money.

Our tip: Get an overview of your costs as a student with our article. You can save money by switching to cheaper insurance, buying second-hand clothes or cooking for yourself instead of eating out, for example. You can find more money-saving tips in our article!

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New year, new luck: maybe now is the time to start your own business while studying? Or would you like to be happier in your everyday life? With the following articles, you’ll be well prepared for the new year:

We wish you every success, happiness, health and joy in your studies in 2024!

Ahoy,

Your Staytoo team

Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is just around the corner, we wish you a happy, reflective time and a happy new year! Before you rush off for cookies, mulled wine and presents, we have a little surprise for you: a wacky Christmas story that we guarantee you’ve never read before.

Do you like the story? Feel free to share it with friends & family and, of course, online.

Merry Christmas!

Your Staytoo team

You’ve probably noticed that Christmas markets have to pay GEMA fees for certain music they play this year. We hope that we will still hear hits like Last Christmas at the markets and have collected the most beautiful Christmas markets as our personal recommendations for you. Have fun discovering them!

Christmas markets Berlin

Berlin has lots of Christmas markets and it would be quite stressful to visit them all. So it’s just as well that we’ve picked out the coolest Christmas markets near you for you.

Schabermarkt Berlin

You live in the middle of Kreuzberg, so what could be better than an alternative Christmas market? The Schabermarkt takes place in the Bergmannkiez district and, atypically for a Christmas market, offers cultural events such as silent discos, poetry slams and open-air cinema. Of course, there is also plenty of mulled wine drinking and baking, as befits a Christmas market. We particularly like this mix.

Our rating: 3 out of 5 snowflakes

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Tip: The information on the internet is contradictory as to whether the Schabermarkt will take place this year. We recommend you drop by spontaneously or alternatively try the Christmas rodeo on the Holzmarkt grounds.

Christmas Avenue

Christmas Avenue on Nollendorfplatz is home to a very special Christmas market with a cool lighting concept underneath the Berlin elevated railroad. Celebrate the pre-Christmas season together with the LGBTIQ community. We are impressed by the splendid colors and the lighting concept, this Christmas market is simply colorful and dazzling, and you will definitely not forget a mulled wine there.

Our rating: 5 out of 5 snowflakes

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Christmas markets Bonn

Like Berlin, Bonn also has several Christmas markets. We’ll tell you where (at least) one is worth a visit.

Christmas market in Bonn city center

In fact, we recommend the Christmas market in the city center, mainly because it is close to your Staytoo apartment. The atmosphere is also impressive, with Bonn Minster and the town hall nearby, and there are also Bonn specialties to try, including Bönnscher Zwiebelkuchen (onion tart) or kale with Pinkelwurst. A special highlight for us: the Bönnsche honey wine, where honey is added to the classic mulled wine. Sweet and simply delicious!

Our rating: 4 out of 5 snowflakes

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Bad Godesberg Christmas market

Godesberg Palace and the Electoral Palace Gardens provide a wonderful, picturesque backdrop for this Christmas market, which is created above all by the magical lights at the palace. Of course, we’re also looking forward to the ice rink, where we’ll be taking a few turns.

We particularly like the Christmas concerts that take place at this time of year, for example in the nearby Engelskirche church. With a bit of luck, there will also be Christmas boat trips on the Rhine again.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 snowflakes

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Christmas markets Leipzig

Leipzig is known as “Little Berlin” for good reason. The Saxon metropolis offers a variety of Christmas markets in which alternative offerings also have their place.

Christmas market at the “Kreuz”

The Connewitzer Kreuz is a melting pot of different cultures and therefore ideal for an alternative Christmas market. Here you can enjoy traditional mulled wine accompanied by live music, as well as international cuisine.

You’ll also find all kinds of handicrafts that stand out from the usual standard carvings at a mainstream Christmas market. That’s why we particularly like the Christmas market, because we always find a unique Christmas gift here and are constantly discovering new delicacies.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 snowflakes

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Christmas market at the “Feinkost”

“Feinkost” sounds like it would make your mouth water, doesn’t it? The Feinkost is a cultural center that you will inevitably recognize by the “Löffelfamilie”: a neon sign of the Volkseigener Betrieb Feinkost (VEB Feinkost), which already aroused the desire for delicious food in GDR times.

At Christmas time, you will find an ingenious program for gourmets here, which we particularly like. There is also plenty on offer culturally: sustainable gifts and art can be discovered here at around 30 stalls. In our opinion, you have to visit this market to experience its unique flair.

Our rating: 5 out of 5 snowflakes

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Christmas markets Nuremberg

Like every other major city, Nuremberg naturally also has a classic Christmas market in the city center. But much more exciting are the mini Christmas markets, some of which are only open for one day and make a visit all the more exciting.

Christmas market at the forestry office

We like this market because it is an insider tip away from the hustle and bustle. Unlike the classic Christmas market, it is much more contemplative here and you can relax and soak up the atmosphere and the craftsmanship on offer at the stalls. Mistletoe branches and freshly cut Christmas trees round off the Christmas flair.

Please note: The Christmas market at the forestry office is only open on 09.12. from 11 am to 5 pm . So save the date in your calendar now!

Our rating: 4 out of 5 snowflakes

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Mögeldorf Christmas Market

The historical and traditional flair of this Christmas market is remarkable. The stalls have a vintage feel and you get the feeling of immersing yourself in a different time – away from everyday life, which is why we particularly appreciate this market. The Mögeldorf Christmas market with its carousel and visit from Santa Claus is also particularly family-friendly.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 snowflakes

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Christmas markets Kaiserslautern

During the Advent season, the city of Barbarossa is transformed into a pre-Christmas destination. You should definitely explore the following Christmas markets beyond the main markets.

Christmas market in the Edith Stein House

This Christmas market offers exclusively handmade crafts. If you want to discover high-quality craftsmanship with a cinnamon wafer, this is the place for you. Did we mention that the cinnamon waffles are legendary and the absolute highlight of this Christmas market? Be sure to try them, as well as the homemade cakes baked by the parish ladies!

Our rating: 4 out of 5 snowflakes

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Cultural market before Christmas in the Fruchthalle

70 exhibitors present themselves here, making the cultural market in the Fruchthalle lively and varied. Not only will you find fair trade products from charitable organizations, but also small regional works of art, including candles, soaps, ceramics, leather goods, etc. For us, it’s the ideal pre-Christmas shopping paradise!

You can always relax in the café area at this Christmas market, which also hosts top-class concerts.

Our rating: 5 out of 5 snowflakes

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Ho, ho, ho – before Santa Claus arrives, we’d like to give you some more tips, such as how to find creative gifts and which board games are perfect for a cozy game night in the apartment:

We hope you enjoy discovering the great Christmas markets near the Staytoo apartments and wish you a peaceful Advent season. But don’t worry: we’re not signing off for this year yet, there will still be a Staytoo article surprise in December.

Until then: Ahoy!

Your Staytoo team

Pumpkin soup is the only food you can think of during Thanksgiving? But there are so many more delicious recipes! We’ve collected our best-ofs and tell you why we can’t get enough of them.

Note: All recipes are designed for 4 portions.

#1 Tarte flambée with caramelized onions

You can prepare this tarte flambée in the pan, quickly and easily.

Ingredients

  • 400 g spelt flour
  • 220 ml water
  • 100 g grated cheese (e.g. Emmental)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

1 Peel the onion and cut into thin strips.

2 Melt the butter in a pan and braise the onions with a little salt in the pan over a low heat (do not fry!).

3. Add the sugar and continue to fry the onions until they caramelize. Turn off the hob.

4. Mix the flour and water in a large bowl to form a dough, knead the dough thoroughly.

5. Add the onions to the batter, mix together and place in a large (28 cm) or two small pans.

6. Put the lid on the pan, bake the batter at the highest heat setting for approx. 3 minutes.

7. Turn off the heat, remove the pan lid and carefully turn the tarte flambée.

8. Brush the baked side with sour cream, sprinkle with cheese, salt and pepper.

9. Close the pan again with the lid and bake the tarte flambée for approx. 15 minutes on the lowest heat. Meanwhile, chop the parsley. Check from time to time (after approx. 10 minutes) that the base of the tarte flambée is not burning.

10. Remove the tarte flambée from the pan, sprinkle with the parsley and enjoy!

Our tip: You can change the taste of your tarte flambée by using a spicy tomato pesto instead of sour cream. We also think our experimental version with ricotta is really tasty. Both variations are perfect for an Italian evening.

That’s why we recommend this recipe

Tarte flambée always works and is a great hearty snack when it’s wet, dark and cold outside. The caramelized onions act like a flavour enhancer for all the other ingredients – amazing! Another thing we like about tarte flambée is that it can be topped in any way you like, just like pizza, only in autumnal style. We were also impressed by how easy the tarte flambée is to prepare in the pan, which makes it the ideal meal for the Staytoo apartment kitchen.

#2 Mexican pumpkin stew

This pumpkin stew will really heat you and your guests up.

Ingredients

  • 400 g pumpkin (Hokkaido or butternut)
  • 600 g kidney beans
  • 150 g canned corn
  • 600 g tomatoes (chunky)
  • 400 ml vegetable stock
  • ½ onion
  • ¼ apple
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp oil (olive or sunflower oil)
  • 4 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp pumpkin seed oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

1. Wash the pumpkin thoroughly, cut in half and remove the seeds. Then cut the pumpkin halves into small pieces.

2. Peel, halve and dice the onion.

3. Wash the apple and cut into apple quarters, dice one apple quarter.

4. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the diced pumpkin, apple and onion.

5. Add the tomato purée and spelt flour.

6. Deglaze with vegetable stock and tomatoes.

7. Simmer the pumpkin stew on a low heat for approx. 25 minutes.

8. Add the kidney beans, sweetcorn and spices, garnish with a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil and enjoy the pumpkin stew.

Our tip: If we eat this stew for several days, we spice it up with a few small ingredients on each new day. On Monday, for example, we add a spoonful of sour cream, on Tuesday we sprinkle in grated Parmesan cheese, on Wednesday we experiment with a piece of dark chocolate, which we grate into the hot stew and allow to melt.

That’s why we recommend this recipe

Pumpkin stew is super quick to prepare, is full of vitamins and minerals and, thanks to its simplicity, even the least talented cook can make it. What’s more, it can be frozen in large quantities and defrosted just as quickly, making it the perfect make-ahead meal (keyword: meal prep).

#3 Mushroom and feta burger

Yummy, yummy: this burger will put you in a good mood and you can bite into it with a clear conscience, as it is based on healthy mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 800 g mushrooms (mushroom mix, e.g. king oyster mushrooms, button mushrooms)
  • 60 g lettuce (e.g. rocket)
  • 8 g gherkins
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices of mountain cheese
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 8 tbsp smoke/barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (olive or sunflower oil)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika powder

Preparation

1. Clean the mushrooms and cut into fine strips.

2. Peel the onion and garlic and chop into small cubes.

3. Pour the oil into the pan, heat the pan to the highest level.

4. Fry the mushrooms with the onion cubes until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and sauté briefly over a medium heat. Turn off the hob and remove the pan from the heat. Add salt, pepper and paprika powder so that the spices can soak into the mushroom, onion and garlic mixture.

5. Toast the burger bun halves until they are nice and crispy, meanwhile cut the cornichons and tomatoes into thin slices.

6. Top the bun halves with the vegetables and the mushroom, onion and garlic mixture, place one slice of mountain cheese per burger directly on top of the warm mixture so that it can melt.

7. Add the smoke sauce and lettuce as toppings, close the burger with the bun lid and enjoy.

Our tip: Use brioche buns for the burgers. This fluffy, light pastry gives your burger an ingenious sweet note.

That’s why we recommend this recipe

The taste explosion of this burger blew us away. The different flavors come across quite differently when you bite into it than we are used to from the classic mushroom pan. This is how we rediscover mushrooms in the fall!

#4 Chestnut goulash with dumplings

Chestnuts are sweet chestnuts that can be eaten raw or baked. They taste just as delicious when cooked in goulash, where they reveal their full flavor potential.

Ingredients

  • 800 g beef goulash
  • 280 g chestnuts
  • 120 g bacon (for connoisseurs: guanciale)
  • 1 packet of Bohemian dumplings
  • 1 vegetable onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 320 milliliters red wine or grape juice
  • 540 milliliters beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons oil (olive or sunflower oil)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutmeg

Preparation

1. Wash the beef and bacon thoroughly and leave to dry on a kitchen towel.

2. Peel the chestnuts, peel the onion and chop the chestnuts and onions into small pieces.

3. Pour the oil into a pan, fry the chestnuts and onion pieces.

4. Deglaze with red wine/grape juice, add beef stock, bay leaves, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

5. Leave the goulash to simmer on a low heat for at least 2 hours.

6. About 20 minutes before serving: Wet the bottom of a saucepan with water and heat. As soon as the water boils, place the pasta strainer in the pan, spread the dumpling slices evenly and cover the pan with a clean tea towel over a low heat.

7. Serve the goulash with the dumplings.

Our tip: This goulash can of course also be made vegetarian or vegan; we have eaten it with saitan and vegetable stock instead of beef stock, for example, and we really enjoyed it. Please note, however, that bacon and beef are flavor carriers.  We have therefore found that you need to season vegetable alternatives more strongly. We also use a paprika-based goulash cream as a flavor boost.

That’s why we recommend this recipe

In the cold and wet season, the body needs lots of vitamin C. But drinking lemon water or eating apples all the time gets pretty monotonous in the long run. That’s where the chestnut came in handy, because for a long time we didn’t even know that it contained as much vitamin C as an orange. Well, that clears up the fruit issue. And apart from that, chestnuts also have the perfect color, in our opinion, to make them look really appetizing in goulash.

#5 Sweet potato fries

For years, sweet potato fries have been the perfect alternative to their golden yellow relatives. We show you how to prepare them easily in the pan.

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil (e.g. olive or sunflower oil)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika powder

Preparation

1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes thoroughly.

2. Quarter the sweet potatoes and cut into pieces as large as possible.

3. Heat the oil in a pan, add the sweet potato pieces and fry evenly over a medium heat.

4. Turn the sweet potato pieces regularly.

5. Switch off the hob, season the sweet potato fries generously and leave to marinate in the warm pan for a few minutes. Then serve.

Our tip: Refreshing dips go great with sweet potato fries, e.g. quark with a squeeze of lime juice and parsley.

That’s why we recommend this recipe

Unlike classic chips, sweet potato fries keep us full for longer. They are also healthier, taste more intense and have that subtle sweetness that gives us a little mood boost on dull autumn days.

#6 Brussels sprout soup

For a long time, Brussels sprouts weren’t exactly a burner on our plates. Wrongly so, we think, since we learned this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 800 g Brussels sprouts
  • 300 g onions
  • 1 l vegetable stock
  • 1 small knob of butter
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (e.g. olive or sunflower oil)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Preparation

1. Thoroughly clean and wash the Brussels sprouts, remove any wilted leaves.

2. Peel the onion and cut into small cubes.

3. Melt the butter in a pan and sweat the onions for a few minutes until translucent

4. Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté, stirring constantly.

5. Deglaze with vegetable stock.

6. Add the spices, cooking oil, rice vinegar and balsamic vinegar.

7. Add most of the sour cream and simmer the soup for about 20 minutes.

8. Turn off the hob, puree the soup and serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream.

Our tip: You can also use coconut oil instead of sour cream. The oil gives your Brussels sprout soup an exotic touch, very tasty!

That’s why we recommend this recipe

With this Brussels sprout soup, we spice up the vegetable with the dubious reputation. What’s more, the delicate flavour of Brussels sprouts means that they go perfectly with a wide variety of cheeses and spices. So if you prefer to mix Parmesan, cheddar or mozzarella into your soup instead of Manchego: We can absolutely recommend experimenting with different cheeses!

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Is your mouth watering already? Then get away from the screen and get cooking. 😉 However, if you’re looking for more recipe ideas, take a look at the following articles:

We wish you a healthy, wonderful fall with delicious food. And don’t forget to leave your apartment every now and then in the evening to marvel at the beautiful sunsets – they are particularly intense in the fall.

Ahoy and see you soon!

Your Staytoo team

You want to spend a semester abroad, but have no idea what you have to think about? No problem! With our tips you can prepare yourself optimally for your semester abroad.

#1 Educate yourself about your destination

Knowing regional customs and practices is immensely important for behaving properly as a guest in a foreign country.

Do not underestimate this point, because in many parts of the world (e.g. Asia, Muslim countries) behavior that we find normal in this country can lead to problems – revealing swimwear, for example, or entering a temple with shoes, which is an absolute no-go in many countries.

We experienced something like that in Singapore, for example: At some temples there was a notice that you are not allowed to enter with shoes or shorts. At some temples, this notice was not found, which is why tourists thought that this behavior does not apply there. A mistake that was not well received by the local population.

#2 Plan your trip

Which flight do you want to book? Where do you want to depart from and when? How will you get to the airport? Which public transport will take you to your accommodation at your destination? These and other questions should be answered before you start your semester abroad.

Our editor once made the mistake of booking a connecting flight that was too close. So it happened as it had to: Although he ran to the gate, he missed the next flight because he underestimated the size of the airport. So you should definitely pay attention to that, too.

  • Our tip: Use a free project management tool like Trello for your travel planning. The tool even has a free template called “Travel” that you can use to organize your entire trip right away.

#3 Clarify all university matters

Imagine arriving at your destination and not being able to attend classes because you didn’t register for them in time. Sounds unimaginable? Unfortunately, this happens to many students, including a friend of ours: She flew to Latin America, confident that she would be able to start her courses at the university.

There was only one problem: The university administration had informed her weeks before via e-mail that the start of the new semester would be delayed. Our friend had only checked her e-mails on site and learned about the delay. Annoying, since she had hoped to be able to start studying right after her arrival instead of being left.

Moral of the story: log into your accounts regularly before you travel so you don’t miss any important info.

  • Our tip: Take care of log-ins to your university mail client and course portal as early as possible. Also contact the contact person at the university abroad if you have any questions.

Your goal should be to settle all matters before the journey begins. This way, you can fully focus on your studies on site.

#4 Take care of the finances

When it comes to finances, here are some hugely important aspects you should tackle:

Budget planning

The more you know in advance what expenses you will incur during your semester abroad, the better you can prepare financially. Rent for accommodation, expenses for food, clothing, medication: All of this should be part of your budget planning.

Banking & bank card usage

It is often the case that cash withdrawals and transfers abroad are subject to charges. If you are not careful, you may incur unnecessary fees. Also, certain bank cards may not work locally.

This is exactly what happened to the author of this article in Uganda: He tried to withdraw money locally with his credit card, which the machine refused to do. If he had read the fine print more carefully, he would have learned that using the card in non-EU countries must be requested in writing from his bank. So there he was in the middle of Africa, without any cash.

We therefore advise you to read the terms and conditions and price lists of your bank carefully before starting your trip. If necessary, it makes sense to change banks or to choose a separate travel account at a bank with more favorable conditions. Use specialized comparison portals such as Finanzfluss or a current account calculator from Finanztip.

Scholarships and other grants

Scholarships and grants exist for students who want to spend a semester abroad, including the GoEuro scholarship, Erasmus+, and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e. V. study abroad grant.

  • Our tip: Apply for a scholarship or grant as early as possible to meet application deadlines and give staff enough time to review your application. Use scholarship databases such as the DAAD database and myStipendium to find the right scholarship for you.

In our experience, early registration in the DAAD database is an ideal start for applying for scholarships abroad. Make sure that you provide complete and correct information.

Also, take the time to write a motivation letter that creatively addresses the question of why. For example, we know the story of a student friend of ours who explained his fascination for architecture in the Baltic States and was subsequently granted funding for his stay in Estonia. The fact that during his stay he was rather seldom in Baltic castles, but in party cellars – so what? 😉

#5 Learn the local language

Many students underestimate this point before starting their semester abroad. After all, English is the world language that almost everyone has learned. So why learn the language of the host country? Answer: Because it will give you a lot of advantages.

  • Our tip: In addition to the numerous language learning apps, it is very effective and free of charge to watch videos by local YouTubers. Choose topics that interest you and turn on subtitles in German for the videos. This way you can learn the language in a playful way and also hear how native speakers talk.

We got the tip from a Swiss buddy who emigrated to Costa Rica over ten years ago. He explained to us that Spanish in Costa Rica is massively different from European Spanish, it is pragmatic and sounds different for many vocabulary words. Without his tip and without the YouTube videos of Costa Ricans, we would never have been able to prepare so well for the trip there.

These are the advantages of learning the local language:

  • Independence: Especially in rural areas, millions of people around the world do not speak English. If you speak the local language, you can travel to remote places without having to struggle with language barriers.
  • Sympathy: When traveling, have you ever seen people suddenly light up when you speak their language? It doesn’t have to be perfect or fluent, it’s all about the gesture that you’re making an effort.
  • Qualification for the job market: In a globalized world, language skills are valuable. Large companies in particular have locations in different countries, which can open unexpected doors for your future career.

As you can see, learning the language of your destination country has many advantages. Basics are enough, and you will become a language pro over time anyway, if you regularly communicate with locals on site.

#6 Take out insurance

If you are going to spend a semester abroad, you should urgently clarify your insurance coverage in advance.

These insurances are particularly important:

  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Catch-Up Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Travel Cancellation Insurance
  • Legal Expenses Insurance
  • Baggage Insurance

All these insurances are important to protect you optimally abroad.

Be sure to ask your parents if they have already taken out insurance for you, and if so, which ones, so that you don’t take out duplicate insurance unnecessarily. That’s what we did and were sometimes surprised what we were already insured for (e.g. with an international health insurance).

  • Tip: Find out more about the different types of insurance and compare the conditions on comparison portals such as Check24 or Verivox. Also, call the contact person of your current insurance company to clarify whether and to what extent your insurance coverage applies abroad.

#7 Make preparations for emergencies

No one wishes for an emergency to occur. Nevertheless, it is important that you make preparations for such an eventuality.

These are the most important emergency preparations:

Contact list

In the contact list, which you always have with you, you collect contact details of family members, friends, local contacts, your embassy and emergency numbers of your insurance. If something should happen to you, the helpers will know immediately who to contact.

  • Our tip: Inform your most important personal contacts about your plans for the semester abroad so that they know when, where and for how long you will be traveling. We use in-house features in smartphones for this; on Android, for example, contacts can be saved as emergency contacts. Helpers can access these contacts even if they can’t unlock your phone.

Medical data

On a separate printout, you should summarize important medical information about yourself: What medications are you taking? Are there any allergies and/or pre-existing conditions? What blood group and vaccinations (keyword: vaccination certificate) do you have?

Emergency numbers

Memorize the phone numbers of local safety agencies and support organizations, including police, ambulance, fire and other emergency services. To be on the safe side, print out a list of numbers in case your phone goes dead, so you can still call for help, for example, from a local phone.

What’s also useful, in our experience, is to wear a smartwatch with an emergency call function on your wrist. Yes, we know these things aren’t fashionable for everyone. But it gives us a good feeling somewhere in the middle of nowhere to know that we can get help even if we can’t get to our cell phone, for example.

#8 Find accommodation

As a rule, students are responsible for finding accommodation for the duration of their semester abroad. Dormitory places and shared rooms are in high demand, especially at the beginning of the semester, which is why you should look for a place to stay as early as possible.

When we want to go abroad, we contact friends who travel a lot and have ideally already been to our destination country. They give us great tips on where we can stay cheaply and nicely, put us in touch with the local hosts, etc.

  • Tip: You can also look for accommodation via online portals such as Erasmusu or Housinganywhere. From shared rooms to apartments, you have a wide choice.

#9 Secure your records

For a safe and worry-free time during your semester abroad, make copies of your most important documents before you travel.

Key documents include:

  • Passport
  • Visas
  • Insurance Certificates (Health Insurance, Accident Insurance, etc.)
  • Airline Tickets
  • Driver’s License
  • Certificate of Enrollment
  • Proof of Qualifications (e.g. Language Certificates, Diplomas, Certificates)
  • Contract for Accommodation

We recommend that you make both physical and digital copies of the documents in case you lose the printed copies. For example, there are fireproof bags in which we always carry copies. Chest pouches are also high on our list, where we always have copies of our IDs and some emergency cash on hand.

You can upload your digital copies to a cloud, but be sure to check the security and integrity of the cloud provider. Among other things, we use the free online storage of our mail client to store files securely and access them from any location. Do you also have a login with a German mail provider? Then take a look right now to see if they offer you a similar function.

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Phew, that was a lot of organizational stuff, but with our tips on how to prepare for your semester abroad, you’ll make sure you start your adventure safe and organized. Want more know-how? Then read on right away:

All that remains for us to say is: We wish you much joy and success during your semester abroad. You will get to know new cultures and people and enrich your studies enormously. Ahoy and see you soon!

Unity and justice and freedom – the day of reunification took place on 03 October and is the most important national holiday of Germans. In fact, we can say: With exciting cities, beautiful landscapes and friendly people, Germany is a great country to study and live in.

But we Germans are also pretty weird. With these fun facts about Germany, you’ll find out what really makes us tick.

#1 You will recognize them by their punctuality

Yes, it’s true: Germans are very punctual creatures and demand this same punctuality from their fellow man. You can be the most talented applicant for a job, but if you are one minute late for an interview, that’s it. Adios and goodbye.

It’s not that we don’t like tardiness, we hate it, with tradespeople as well as friends. We expect life to run like clockwork, except with Deutsche Bahn – we’re happy if the trains run at all, but that’s another topic.

  • Ride the train despite delays? It’s still worth it! Here are cool train routes for a trip on rails.

So if you want to make a habit of getting along well with us Germans, for heaven’s sake be on time! Then we let quite a lot pass, unless you dare to push your way to the checkout, which brings us to the next bizarre fact.

#2 Everything has its order – really everything!

You think you’re a decent person? Then treat yourself to a visit to a German allotment garden site and ask the people there what they are annoyed about with their neighbor. Don’t be surprised if the Laubenpieper, as allotment garden owners are called, complain that the 1.5-centimeter-long branch of the neighbor’s hedge protrudes into their own plot, or that the lawn on the plot opposite is only mowed once a week instead of every three days (but definitely not on Sunday!), as required by the association’s statutes.

We Germans insist on law and order; regulations are, so to speak, our map with which we go through life. By the way, the fact that we slavishly observe regulations does not mean that we do not grumble about precisely these regulations.

We may constantly want more freedom and less bureaucracy, but let’s be honest: Germans only experience true feelings of happiness when they get carried away by internal documentation requirements or the road traffic regulations according to paragraph XY.

We regulate the most absurd things; for example, you need a permit if you want to swim in one of our sewers. So if that’s what you have in mind for an excursion, no problem for us – but please get the official okay first 😉.

#3 Besserwessi and Jammerossi

If you talk to Germans, they will sometimes sound as if the Wall fell only yesterday and not 33 years ago. Most of the time, clichés come up about the overconfident, know-it-all West Germans, whereas the East Germans are always complaining and are too stupid to vote.

Discussions about this are as pointless as they are outdated, so we recommend that you do not take part in them. Germany is a federal country consisting of 16 very individual states. So see the geographical and cultural diversity in Germany for what it is: a real enrichment.

#4 German language, strange language

Our language is like a dragon: it can never be completely mastered, at best it can only be tamed. Even language professionals like copywriters and German teachers regularly despair of the sense and nonsense of grammatical rules. Even the Duden sometimes knows no better explanation than: It’s just the way it is.

At the same time, we are mighty proud of our language, which has funny irritations in store, including double meanings:

  • Bank (seat / financial institution)
  • Fly (insect / piece of clothing on the neck)
  • Rope (rope / drop of water)
  • Pine (type of tree / part of the body on the head)

Funny and strange is also the tendency of Germans to use extremely long words, which are created by stringing several words together:

  • Danubesteamshipelectricitymainplantconstructionsubofficecompany
  • Beeflabelingsupervisiontasktransferact
  • Realestatetrafficpermitjurisdictiontransferordinance
  • Telephonesubscriberdirectoryoffice

I don’t know why we have this soft spot, but notice something? The long words occur especially often in the bureaucratic setting, which brings us back to point #2: Everything has its order! 😉

#5 The highway without speed limit

Our European neighbors have speed limits on long-distance roads. We don’t, because Germans get a pulse at the idea of not being allowed to live out their freedom. That is to say, to take leave of one’s senses and speed along the left-hand lane of the autobahn with the speedometer needle at the limit.

We’re in a terrible hurry, you remember point #1, punctuality and all that. That’s why we’re also tailgating at speeds of 190 km/h. If you still haven’t understood that you have to give way, and you have to do so immediately, you will be made aware of this by flashing your headlights.

The German autobahns are known worldwide, which is why celebrities like Tom Hanks like to come here to tickle the horsepower out of their cars. The Hollywood actor summed up what German drivers think in a talk show on Letterman: “It doesn’t matter how fast you drive in Germany – someone is always faster!”

#6 Beer is official food

The Germans and their beer … The mere fact that we have over 12,000 pubs serving home-brewed beer speaks of a long and intense love affair with liquid gold.

We’re world-renowned for the quality of our beers, and if you ask us what the Reinheitsgebot means, you’ll hear hymns of praise and patriotic arias.

Sure, there’s alcohol in beer, but we see the combination of water, barley and malt as the source of life, which is why beer is considered an official food under our Food and Feed Code (yes, that’s really the name of the thing).

That’s why you’ll find beer in the grocery section of supermarkets and on the breakfast table, because a beer is simply part of a hearty Weißwurst breakfast, at least in Bavaria. In other German states, drinking beer in the morning is called Frühshoppen.

#7 Döner Kebab and Spaghetti Ice Cream – Made in Germany

The fact that baklava and other oriental specialties are sold in our kebab stores does not change the fact that the kebab was most likely invented by Kadir Numar, a Turkish immigrant who opened a snack bar at Bahnhof Zoo in 1971. This is most likely because there are several other people who could have invented it, but it is certain that Germany was the place where it was invented.

Spaghetti ice cream is also tricky: It was invented by the Italian Dario Fontanella, but not in picturesque Venice or sunny Palermo, but in Mannheim. In 1969, at the age of just 17, Fontanella came up with this creation, which has remained a fixture on German dessert menus to this day. At that time, Fontanella pressed vanilla ice cream through a spice press, thus combining German craftsmanship and Italian cuisine in pure pragmatism. Guten appetito!

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We hope that these fun facts about Germany will help you feel at home here. In conclusion, we can say: We are a bit peculiar, but we can also laugh about our quirks. So be sure to come and have a cold beer with us – but be punctual!

If you want to get to know Germany and its citizens, which we highly recommend, check out these articles:

We wish you a great time in Germany and say a loud ahoy and Herzlich willkommen!

Are you about to start your studies? With our checklist you are optimally prepared. By the way: The checklist is also available as a PDF download at the end of this article!

#1 Gather all important documents

Meaning:

  • Letter of admission to your degree program
  • Certificate of enrollment from your university
  • Identification document (e.g. identity card or passport)
  • Proof of health insurance (e.g. certificate from your health insurance company)
  • Certificates such as language certificates

In some circumstances, other documents may be important, including proof of your bank account for tuition fees, a residence permit/visa, a CV, etc. Some universities also want to see a copy of your birth certificate for identification purposes.

To be on the safe side, check your university’s website and the faculty’s website for the required documents.

#2 Pay the semester fee on time

The semester fee is a contribution that students pay to the university per semester and usually before the beginning of each semester. The semester contribution is not a tuition fee, as Germany does not charge fees of this kind. Instead, the semester fee is used to fund student institutions and services.

This is what you pay the semester fee for:

  • Studentenwerk (runs dormitories and dining halls, among other things)
  • Semester ticket (low-priced public transport ticket)
  • Financing of teaching staff & university infrastructure

Important: The semester fee can vary from semester to semester. Therefore, find out the exact amount before you start your studies and transfer the amount or set up a direct debit in time.

#3 Take advantage of Orientation Week (O-Week).

The first week of the semester is usually a lecture-free orientation week. Students should get to know the university and its facilities such as libraries during this time. It is important to familiarize yourself with contact points and modalities of your study program, to meet contact persons and to make first contacts with other students.

Typical events during orientation week are:

  • Introductory meetings
  • Course-related meetings
  • Excursions through the city or into the surrounding area
  • Pub crawls

Find out about the dates of the events in good time to make the most of O-Week. Sometimes registration is required so that the organizers can plan. Also, if applicable, bring money with you or transfer it in advance if the event has a fee.

Remember: Orientation week is a key week to help you get started in your studies. So it pays to take in as many events as possible during O-Week.

#4 Get study materials in time

To be organized in your studies, you’ll need lots of materials:

  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • Printer
  • Pens (ballpoint pen, fountain pen
  • Highlighters of different colors
  • Writing and note pads
  • Quick folders
  • Folders
  • Textbooks, journals
  • Study-specific utensils (e.g. tools)

Our tip: Look for special offers and price promotions like Black Friday to buy study materials as cheaply as possible. Discounters, electronics retailers and stationery stores regularly offer discounts.

Study-related material such as lecture notes is often offered by the faculties as a download. You can save a lot of money on specialist literature if you buy books second-hand. There are platforms such as Medimops, Studibuch or Rebuy for this purpose.

#5 Take care of badges and accesses

You’ll need IDs and accesses early on to participate in the day-to-day of your studies. Among the most important are:

  • Login for the university website
  • Access to your university mail client
  • Account for a learning management system
  • Access to the library website
  • Access to job boards (“Schwarzes Brett”)
  • Logins for research databases

Get your login or access data as early as possible, as they are extremely important even before the official start of your studies, especially the e-mail access, as the universities often communicate particularly relevant information such as names of lecturers, seminar rooms and event times via e-mails.

#6 Put important dates and deadlines in your calendar

There are a lot of important dates for your studies. Keeping them in a wall planner will relieve you enormously, give you planning security and ensure that you have your head free for your studies.

The important dates and deadlines in your studies include:

  • Enrollment deadlines
  • Application deadlines
  • Deadlines for submitting coursework (e.g. term papers)
  • Examination dates
  • Dates for lectures and seminars

Our tip: You can keep handwritten appointments in a classic calendar, but we recommend a digital calendar that you can synchronize on your laptop and smartphone. The advantage here is that you can set reminders in good time to help you meet deadlines and not forget important dates.

#7 Build a social network early on

Once the daily study routine starts, you will be intensively busy memorizing the learning material. Perhaps you also have a time-intensive part-time job, which means that it is difficult to make new contacts during a full study week, which is why we recommended participating in the O-week under point #3.

However, you can also start cultivating contacts beforehand by:

  • become active in Facebook groups related to your university or course of study,
  • take part in online taster days,
  • register for subject-related or regional webinars,
  • join a local sports club, and
  • Attend cultural and social events (e.g., city festival or museum tour).

Especially events that take place outside of the university have the advantage that you build up a circle of friends and acquaintances alongside your studies. This will definitely enrich your view of life and everyday life.

Download: Free checklist for the beginning of your studies

With our checklist for the beginning of your studies (PDF) you are perfectly organized from the beginning and during your studies. Download it now for free!

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We from the Staytoo team wish you much success in your studies – ahoy and see you soon!

Writing texts, creating presentations, generating images: Artificial intelligences are ingenious companions for everyday life. How do you get the most out of them? Find out in this article!

AI application in studies

There are quite a few opportunities to use artificial intelligences in your studies. In the following tasks, AIs will support you effectively.

Research and write texts

This is what ChatGPT, neuroflash, Jasper & Co. have become known for: researching in a structured way and creating text drafts. This saves you a lot of time in the preparatory work.

But be careful: if you think you can submit the AI texts to your university as your own intellectual output – for example, in the form of term papers – be warned: they may be plagiarized, and most universities now have fairly effective AI text scanners. Read our article on ChatGPT and copyright, it deals with this topic more intensively.

Personalized learning with AI learning platforms and AI tutors

In the meantime, there are much better learning methods than binge learning, for example, with which you can acquire knowledge. You can get an additional learning boost by using AI learning platforms such as KI-Campus that match your learning type.

Are you a communicative learner? Then the exchange with chatbots and voice assistants will benefit you. Do you prefer the learning content to be audiovisual so that you can remember it well? In this case, video courses are excellent. Check out our article on the topic to find out which learning type you are.

You can also use AI platforms to create learning plans. You can even have learning plans put together for several days with different focuses.

AI tutors refine and intensify the learning process. They answer subject-specific questions and work with you to create curricula that fit your learning style. They also provide tips and feedback on your learning progress. And unlike a human tutor, the AI tutor is available to you 24/7.

Create presentations

Presentations are part of everyday study, for example during lectures. Popular AIs for presentations are, for example, Decktopus, Simplified or Plus AI. A classic slide presentation can be created quickly with SlidesAI, while Synthesia is suitable for fancy video presentations.

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In a matter of seconds, AIs like Simplified create slick presentations, like this example on photosynthesis. | Source: Simplified

Do you want to add original images to your presentations? Image generators like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, neuroflash or DALL-E 2 will help you. Tell the AI which graphics you need and it will provide you with the appropriate images.

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Fascinating: AIs like “neuroflash” from Germany create images for you and even help you describe the image to get the most accurate result possible. | Source: neuroflash

Shorten monotonous work processes

In your studies, there are some tasks that consist of pure routine and just eat up time.

With KI you can automate the following tasks or have them supported:

  • Exam preparation in general
  • Data analysis
  • Creation of reports
  • Research

Also, use AI tools like Deepl or Google Translate to translate texts. You’ll certainly find it easier to read a text that you translate from academic English into your native language, for example.

Another strength of AI is data collection and presentation. If you’ve already collected data, for example in a survey or study, use AI to visualize it in the form of charts or to identify relevant patterns in the data and create meaningful reports.

AI capabilities that are valuable for the world of work

Two paths are particularly important for the use of artificial intelligence for companies: developing your own AI and working effectively with existing AI. For most companies, especially medium-sized ones, the second option is likely to be particularly exciting.

But it’s not just large companies that are developing AIs; smaller startups are also recognizing the value of developing their own. There will probably be many overlap and transfer processes in this direction in the working world: Many companies will initially rely on third-party AI and develop their own AI in parallel, provided the investment is worthwhile. The following capabilities and application possibilities are useful for both paths.

Understanding and speaking the language of AI

This does not mean programming languages, but the ability to feed AI with data, information and commands in such a way that the desired, high-quality results emerge. There is even a separate job description for this: the so-called AI Prompter, or internationally AI Prompter.

The AI or AI Prompter has perfected the communication with artificial intelligences, so that he achieves customized results for companies – and is paid excellently for it. If you don’t want to become a prompter, the ability to communicate effectively with AI will be in high demand outside of this job description.

Developing corporate strategy with AI

It is important for companies to recognize industry trends as well as social developments at an early stage. But even if several employees were to collect, filter and evaluate news every day, it would only be possible to gain a rough overview at best.

This is precisely where artificial intelligences come in: They perform what would overburden humans and can make forecasts based on patterns that emerge from a wide variety of information sources.

They are by no means error-free, but they do help to keep important developments on the radar screen and highlight trends that decision-makers in companies can use to steer a course. Thus, AI will also be essential for risk management in order to identify threats, competitors, etc. at an early stage and to be able to take action.

Increase efficiency with AI

In our market economy, companies are constantly working to optimize their processes: Workflows are to be accelerated, communication paths shortened, errors detected and costs saved. Artificial intelligences are excellent at identifying opportunities for improvement in work processes and taking over monotonous tasks.

This includes, for example, regularly creating reports, writing standard emails and creating templates, guides, etc. This is not about completely replacing employees. With the use of AIs, they can use their valuable time to subject AI-created content and automated work processes to quality control.

This is particularly helpful with self and time management tools such as Wrike or ToDoIst, which already work with AI.

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Work through the to-do list even more efficiently with AI: Integrations like AI Assistant make it possible. | Source: ToDoIst

Customer service with AI

Years ago, chatbots already helped to handle customer inquiries. Today, artificial intelligences have literally become smarter in order to respond even more precisely and individually to personalized customer inquiries. From a mere chatbot, AI is thus becoming a personal customer assistant, available around the clock with helpful answers.

Furthermore, well-trained AIs are able to evaluate customer moods and profiles in such a way that possible disagreements as well as buying interests can be identified. Depending on the mood, the AI can then forward the customer to its own online store, for example, or to a human employee who will process the request.

Human Resource Management with AI

A key issue for companies is finding and recruiting employees. AI helps HR management to create profiles of desired employees and to formulate job advertisements based on these profiles. Artificial intelligence is also helpful in evaluating job applications, as well as in vacation planning and other HR issues.

In times of a shortage of skilled workers, artificial intelligences close another crucial gap: They ensure high employee satisfaction through constant analysis, evaluation and process automation, which in turn promotes employee retention.

Furthermore, AIs are useful from the business side to identify employee productivity and their performance peaks. This allows company leaders to create promotion and development plans that are customized for each employee.

In short, AI will greatly simplify recruitment, onboarding, and human resources as a whole.

Marketing with AI

The basis and the strength of AI for successful marketing are the analyses of collected data in order to effectively reach one’s own target groups. Artificial intelligences also help with subsequent processes, such as the creation of marketing campaigns.

AIs continuously optimize and control campaigns so that they are automated and marketers can focus on other processes, such as strategic marketing goals. Do you want to increase awareness of your brand or boost sales? Any marketing goal can be advanced in collaboration with artificial intelligence.

Other AI-relevant processes

In the near future, every area of business will be impacted by or with AI:

  • Security (especially IT security)
  • Database creation (e.g., customer databases or knowledge bases as in-house “wikis”)
  • Delivery & production (supply chain optimization, more efficient production lines, etc.)
  • Control of finances
  • Research and development

Conclusion: The time to engage with AI is now

Some students and employees think they still have a lot of time before they have to deal with artificial intelligence. A mistake! AI such as ChatGPT, DALL-E 2, Midjourney, beautiful, Jasper, Google Bard, etc. are already being used at universities and in companies. We advise: Don’t oversleep this development, but use the currently so exciting time to learn how to use AI, as these skills are valuable assets for your career and can already help you in your studies.

In the future, specialists will be needed to get the most out of artificial intelligence. How convenient that you have already learned to trigger, automate and optimize processes with AI in your studies!

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You would like to do an internship during your studies or you have a compulsory internship coming up? Whether voluntary or a mandatory part of your studies, an internship offers you a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience for your future career. But before you start, there are bound to be a few questions:

  • What kind of internship suits me?
  • How do I find suitable internships or internship positions?
  • What should I look out for when choosing?

In this blog article, we will answer these questions and give you valuable tips on how to find the best internship for you.

What kind of internship do you want?

Before you start looking for an internship, consider which internship best fits your studies and career goals. Do you want to gain practical experience in a specific area directly related to your field of study? Or do you want to explore different industries to find out which career path appeals to you most? Define your internship goals clearly so that you can search specifically for suitable internships.

How to find internships?

There are different ways to find internships. A good place to start are job exchanges on the Internet or special internship portals, here you will find a selection:

The career pages of companies are also good places to start. Direct contact with companies or organizations can be promising – send a speculative application or call to inquire about open internships. Don’t forget the opportunities offered by your university or course of study. They often have internship exchanges or career services that can support you in your search.

What should you look for before applying for an internship?

Make sure to clarify the general conditions before you sign an internship contract:

  • Duration of the internship
  • Remuneration
  • working hours
  • Possible additional benefits

Think carefully about the skills you would like to develop and find out whether the company or organization offers this opportunity. You can do this, for example, by asking the contact person for the internship about the specific content and processes of the internship. Which work stations will you get to know, what will you be taught there, how can you contribute?

Also find out about the company’s reputation and working conditions. Reviews from former interns can be helpful here; you can find such reviews on portals such as praktikumsstellen.de or kununu.

Gaining practical experience – gaining knowledge in the real world

An internship allows you to put your theoretical knowledge from your studies into practice. Here you learn how the working world really works and how you can successfully apply your acquired know-how in real-life situations. This valuable practical experience gives you an invaluable head start for your future career.

Professional orientation – Find the right path

Still unsure about what career path you want to take? Don’t worry, an internship will help you discover your interests and strengths. In different industries and companies you can find out which work environment suits you best and which activities excite you.

Make contacts – Build your network

During the internship, you have the opportunity to make valuable contacts. The people you meet – be it your supervisor, experienced colleagues or other interns – can become important mentors and door openers for your career in the future. A strong network is of great importance for your professional success.

Developing soft skills – building on personal strengths

In addition to technical knowledge, you can also work on your soft skills during the internship. The ability to work in a team, strong communication skills, problem-solving skills and time management are qualities that are in demand in almost every industry. An internship offers you the ideal platform to develop these skills and strengthen your personality.

Career advantage – Convince potential employers

A successfully completed internship is a real flagship on your resume. Employers value applicants who have already gained practical experience. Your internship shows that you are motivated, committed and willing to actively take on responsibility. This increases your chances of being perceived by companies as a sought-after employee.

Conclusion

An internship during your studies is an invaluable experience and investment for your professional future. If you know which internship suits you best, search for suitable positions and choose carefully, you will find an internship that perfectly matches your goals. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience, discover your interests, and make valuable contacts for your career. A well-chosen internship can be the key to your professional success!

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Just get out, switch off and see something new: Discover great destinations with these exciting short trips!

  • Tip: The destinations presented are suitable for both day trips and trips lasting several days.

Short trips around Berlin

Our beautiful capital Berlin has a wonderful surrounding area to offer, where you can discover a lot of places. We present two great destinations for short trips and an insider tip.

#1 Spreewald

With the Spreewald (Spree Forest), a magnificent natural and cultural landscape stretches out before the gates of Berlin. Hikes, bike tours, canoe trips: In the Spreewald all this is possible, even romantic gondola rides. What is especially nice is that the Spreewald is worth visiting at any time of the year. In summer the dense foliage of the trees offers cool shade, in autumn the rich pumpkin harvests and art markets impress, in winter the landscape fascinated again completely new with ice and snow, until nature awakens to new life in spring.

#2 Beelitz-Heilstätten

Once a sanatorium for lung diseases, the Beelitz-Heilstätten (Beelitz Sanatorium) have become one of the most famous lost places. The eventful and sometimes dark past fascinates adventurers and tourists alike, and several documentaries and feature films have been made about the sanatoriums.

Buildings such as the Old Surgery, the former combined heat and power plant and the sanatorium are definitely worth a visit, but since they are ruins, we recommend a professional guided tour, where you will also learn a lot of exciting background knowledge about this historic place. A special highlight here is the treetop path, which winds through the railing at a height of up to 23 meters.

Lost Places Extra Tip

Do you like historical lost places like the Heilstätten in Beelitz? Then we recommend Teufelsberg in Berlin for a day trip. During the Cold War, the U.S. military operated a listening and flight surveillance station here. Urban art has long since emerged from the relics of that time, and you’ll also find a downhill trail on the mountain and lots of exciting historical information.

Short trips around Bonn

You want to get out of the big city? Then the surroundings of Bonn offer perfect opportunities.

#1 Drachenfels

The Rhine Cycle Route stretches from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea over 1,391 kilometers. Don’t worry, that’s way too much for a short trip, of course. But part of the Rhine Cycle Path is ideal for getting a great view of the Drachenfels in the Siebengebirge.

On the way there, you’ll have the opportunity to pay a visit to the Nibelungen Hall and Drachenburg Castle. In addition, you’ll be driving along the Rhine almost the entire time, so you’ll get to enjoy nature and culture in equal measure.

#2 Skywalk Rabenlay

Feel like Luke Skywalker for once and … wait, the 24 square meter Skywalk Rabenlay viewing platform has nothing to do with Star Wars. But with a fantastic wide and deep view of Bonn on the Rabenlay mountain.

Online, the travel community recommends enjoying the vantage point in good weather with sunshine. But even on a starry night, the sky above the skywalk, which opened in 2017, shows itself in unforgettable beauty. And who knows: Maybe you’ll see Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing light up on such a night?

Short trips around Kaiserslautern

If you look at the Barbarossa city of Kaiserslautern on the map, you will quickly recognize its favorable location. At the gates of Kaiserslautern, the Palatinate Forest to the south and a more than 100-year-old tunnel to the west are waiting to be discovered by you.

#1 Pfälzerwald

The Pfälzerwald (Palatinate Forest) offers fascinating landscapes and cultural monuments that are great to explore with a hiking backpack as well as with a mountain bike. The Palatinate Forest is especially famous for the Karlstal Gorge, Berwartstein Castle, Hambach Castle and Orenfels with an excellent viewpoint.

#2 Over 100 years old tunnel

Anyone who has ever passed through this tunnel, which is over 100 years old, on a hot summer day will remember the experience. In the past, an old railroad line passed through here, but today cyclists and hikers cross the cool, almost cold illuminated tunnel. But this is not the only highlight: in the immediate vicinity there are other great spots such as the Ohmbachsee as part of the “Pfälzer Seentour” and the old railroad line. A water treading pool provides refreshment for the feet on this short trip.

Short trips around Leipzig

The “secret capital of Saxony,” as Leipzig is known behind closed doors, is a great place to live. Also and especially because natural highlights have developed around the city over the decades.

#1 Leipziger Neuseenland

During the GDR era, there was a lot of lignite mining in the Leipzig region. When open-cast mining was discontinued, the question arose in landscape planning at the time: What to do with the gigantic holes in the ground?

They were flooded, creating the so-called Leipziger Neuseenland, which includes Lake Cospuden (“Cossi”), Lake Hainer, Lake Markkleeberg, Lake Kulkwitz and many others. For the first exploration of the Leipzig Neuseenland we recommend as a destination the Cospudener See, which is not even 5 kilometers away from our apartment house.

#2 Halle

Compared to Leipzig, Halle does not have a particularly good reputation. Unjustly so! The city on the Saale River is considered a cultural center in Central Germany with the municipal theater, the opera house, the art museum Moritzburg Halle and numerous other institutions. Striking sights are also the Red Tower, the Halle Cathedral, the Botanical Garden and the zoo.

In addition, Halle had several hip clubs, such as the dance bar Palette or the club Drushba. Halle is also a university town, where many young people live, similar to Leipzig.

Short trips around Nuremberg

Located north in Bavaria – and yes, strictly speaking in Middle Franconia – is Nuremberg, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in Germany. If you’re wondering why Franconia is in Bavaria and why there are such vast differences … you’d better ask a local (Lower, Middle or Upper) Franconian. We give you here in this article great short trip tips for the region around!

#1 Schwarzachklamm

Schwarzachklamm is one of the most beautiful so-called geotypes and is located directly near Nuremberg. Follow the course of the Schwarzach River and discover the region, which has been under nature protection since 1936. Over millions of years, the Schwarzach has washed geographic formations into the sandstone, which look impressive and are worth at least one visit.

#2 Beer hike Fränkische Schweiz

Over the centuries, a beer brewing culture has established itself in the Fränkische Schweiz (Franconian Switzerland), a hilly and mountainous landscape in Upper Franconia. 69 breweries in the region brew Franconian beer of various kinds and are happy to welcome hikers who want to combine the pleasure of beer with a beer hike or walk. The great thing is that you can put together your own route for the beer hike according to your mood and include overnight accommodations.

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Family, sports club, study group: As social beings, we live in communities. These communities can bring you a lot of joy, success and health if you actively build and maintain them. In this article, we’ll show you why it pays to be part of communities.

What is a community?

“Community” or “fellowship” refers to a group that has something in common, be it shared interests, goals, values, or activities. A community can be large, such as a political party, or smaller, such as the residents of an apartment building – as is the case in our Staytoo community.

The most important effects of communities

The following effects offer you communities, whether in the private, professional or university sector:

#1 Make friends

Not everyone in a community becomes a boyfriend or girlfriend. But it’s the perfect social place to meet people you’re on the same wavelength with. Here you can exchange ideas in peace and give a friendship the time it needs to develop.

#2 Achieve better learning effects

Learning in a community has an extremely positive effect on our learning behavior. Fixed learning group appointments ensure the necessary discipline to consistently internalize the learning material, and the joint exchange about the learning content ensures that it is stored particularly well in the brain. This is especially true for the communicative learner type.

#3 Gain new perspectives and experiences

Life is colorful and diverse, and so are communities with their different characters, all of whom have grown up and been shaped differently.

When you talk to people in your community, you’ll hear all kinds of stories and experiences from which you can learn a lot for your own life. You’ll also find that there are always multiple perspectives on challenges and problems, which is also an asset of communities.

#4 Living sustainability

Sharing space and equipment promotes overall sustainability. An example of this is a community gym: without a gym, each individual would have to buy the equipment – an enormous financial outlay that is not sustainable on top of everything else.

With a community gym, members can make the most of all the equipment by arrangement and time availability. The same applies to community spaces such as lounges or parks in public areas.

#5 Acquire and train social skills

Regular interaction with others develops your social skills. You’re always adjusting to the people you’re talking to.

You learn these social skills in communities:

  • Listening
  • Empathy
  • Rhetoric
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Persuasiveness
  • Self-confidence
  • Determination
  • Assertiveness

All these skills are extremely important in academic and professional life. Communities are real boosters in this respect; they promote your social skills considerably. The prerequisite for this is your own initiative. The more intensively you get involved in a community, the faster you will develop your social skills.

#6 Start joint projects

Together we achieve more. This has to do with the so-called synergy effects that result from joining forces. In a well-functioning community, the strengths of the members come to bear, while the weaknesses are compensated for.

Motivation, goal focus and a lot of fun are the effects here. This creates the ideal breeding ground for joint projects, be it the planning of an adventure trip, a social initiative or group work for the university.

Good examples of such groups at the university are, for example, student council members who take care of introductory events for freshmen or information events for students in a particular department.

Volunteering also often takes place in communities; for example, you can become active in self-help groups, as a mentor at the university or at the campus radio station. In this way, you can make a meaningful contribution to one or more projects.

#7 Promote cohesion & stability in difficult times

Ever since Corona, we’ve known that social interaction is incredibly important for each and everyone of us. A strong community helps you deal better with personal and social crises.

In a community, you learn together how to deal creatively with problems and challenges. It also feels incredibly good to be able to talk to each other, whether in personal meetings or phone calls with individual members, or in the group itself. Trust is the most important value in such a community – if this value is given, the group can support you emotionally, but also concretely in everyday life, for example by helping you with shopping, visits to the authorities, etc. – with everything that is difficult or impossible in a private crisis.

During social crises like the Corona pandemic with lockdowns, online communities have proven to be an enormous support for many people. The feeling of connectedness, both online and offline, gives people the strength and confidence to overcome a difficult time together.

#8 Satisfy important basic need to belong

Humans have a deeply anchored primal need to belong. It is therefore important for our satisfaction to feel that we belong to one or more groups with which we can identify. Communities fulfill this need perfectly.

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Standing at the stove while the sun is shining outside? No way! With these summer recipes you will be full quickly and can enjoy your free time in the outdoor pool, at the lake or in the park.

Tip: All summer dishes recipes are designed for 4 servings.

#1 Greek farmer salad

Salads are fresh, crunchy and healthy. And this salad is a real explosion of flavor with the mixture of feta, pepper and melon.

Ingredients

  • 750 g watermelon (whole or already cut)
  • 250 g cucumber
  • 1 package feta cheese
  • 4 stalks of spring onions
  • 5 tbsp balsamic cream
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chili
  • salt
  • Pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 10 minutes

1. Cut melon pulp, feta and cucumber, dice and mix together in a large bowl.

2. Cut the spring onion stalks into thin strips and fold into the melon-feta cheese mixture.

3. Briefly toast pine nuts in a frying pan (without oil) until golden brown. While doing so, swirl the pan every now and then so that the kernels are toasted evenly.

4. Add the balsamic cream, lemon juice, olive oil, honey and spices. Mix everything together well.

5. Let the salad stand for five minutes and then serve.

#2 Spaghetti with 10 minutes tomato sauce

Pasta always goes, but in summer we don’t want it so heavy. This light, fresh tomato sauce comes just in time.

Ingredients

  • 700 g spaghetti
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomatoes (chunky)
  • 1 vegetable onion
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp tomato past
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 10 minutes

1. Put pot with pasta water and 2 tbsp salt.

2. Peel and dice the onion, rinse and dice the tomatoes, but do not mix the two.

3. Heat olive oil in pan, sauté onions until translucent, meanwhile add pasta to boiling pasta water.

4. Add tomato paste to pan and sauté onions briefly for roasted flavor.

5. Add diced tomatoes and canned tomatoes to pan and simmer sauce with lid on for 5-6 minutes.

6. Turn off the heat, drain the pasta water as soon as the pasta is al dente and let the sauce cool slightly. Add fresh lemon juice, basil, pepper and salt to the sauce. Serve the pasta together with the sauce.

#3 Zucchini balls with yogurt lime dip

Zucchinis are an extremely popular summer vegetable. But just cutting them into slices or pieces and frying them is something anyone can do. In ball form with delicious dip you will experience the zucchini again completely different.

Ingredients zucchini balls

  • 750 g zucchini
  • 100 g feta cheese
  • 120 g wholemeal flour (e.g. spelt flour)
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 8 tbsp breadcrumbs (breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder, sweet
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • ½ bunch dill
  • pepper
  • salt

Ingredients yogurt lime dip

  • 300 g natural yogurt
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Preparation zucchini balls

Preparation time: 15 minutes

1. Wash zucchini thoroughly and grate coarsely with a grater. Place grated zucchini in a large bowl and add salt and pepper.

2. Chop parsley and dill and add to seasoned zucchini grates. Let the zucchini mixture sit in a place at room temperature for half an hour.

3. Add flour, breadcrumbs and feta cheese. Knead zucchini mixture thoroughly with hands until it feels “doughy”.

4. Form patties, heat pan with a dash of oil in it. Add zucchini balls and fry over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Turn the balls several times so that they are golden brown on both sides.

5. Leave patties in pan to keep warm. Meanwhile, prepare yogurt-lime dip.

Preparation yogurt lime dip

1. Put natural yogurt in a bowl, season with pepper and salt.

2. Cut the lime in the middle and squeeze the juice into the yogurt.

3. Add olive oil and spices, mix dip vigorously with a fork. Done!

#4 Strawberry Bowl

Can’t imagine strawberries being good with anything other than compote or cake? Then try this delicious bowl. It’s fresh, fruity and sweet.

Ingredients

  • 750 g watermelon (whole or already cut)
  • 500 g strawberries
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint (Moroccan mint, peppermint or similar)
  • 4 tbsp millet
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 50 g nuts (e.g. Brazil nuts)

Preparation

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Tip: The Strawberry Bowl is especially refreshing if you put the bowls you serve it in in the fridge for 20 minutes beforehand.

1. Cut watermelon into pieces. Wash strawberries thoroughly and put about ¾ of them in a blender together with the melon pieces.

2. Add orange juice, agave syrup and ¾ of the mint to the blender and blend thoroughly.

3. Arrange strawberry-melon puree in bowls, sprinkle evenly with millet.

4. Chop nuts and also spread evenly over the puree.

#5 Huli-Huli Chicken Burger

Chicken Huli-Huli is a Hawaiian recipe and a real taste bomb. As if fried chicken with pineapple and a marinade of soy sauce, garlic and ketchup weren’t delicious enough, it comes as a burger. Have you worked up an appetite? Then let’s get started quickly!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 large burger buns
  • 1 pineapple (whole fruit, alternatively slices from a can)
  • 600 g chicken fillet (raw or as ready-fried pieces)
  • 10 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 8 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 20 g fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • fresh lettuce (e.g. lamb’s lettuce)
  • pepper
  • salt

Preparation

Preparation time: 15 minutes

1. Remove the stalk from the pineapple and slice the pineapple (if you don’t use canned slices). Put one third of the pineapple flesh in a bowl, mix with soy sauce, ketchup, sesame oil and lime juice. Peel and chop garlic cloves, chop cilantro, ginger and chili as well. Mix into the marinade and puree everything. Transfer about a third of the marinade into an extra small bowl.

2. Coat chicken fillets generously with marinade. Heat skillet and sear fillets well (if you chose the raw option).

3. Spread both sides of the burger buns with the remaining marinade and top the burger with the cooked chicken fillets and lettuce. Use the remaining pineapple slices as toppings. Close the burger with the top half of the bun and enjoy.

#6 Pesto Eggs

They went viral on TikTok and from there have made it into millions of kitchens: the legendary and delicious Pesto Eggs with Bread, which are delicious for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 60 g pesto of your choice (e.g. red or green pesto)
  • 30 g cream cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • salt
  • oregano
  • Pepper
  • chili flakes

Preparation

Preparation time: 10 minutes

1. Spread pesto the size of the bread slices in a pan and heat.

2. When the pesto is hot, crack the eggs like fried eggs on the edge of the pan and fry in the pan.

3. Season egg-pesto mix with a pinch of salt, pepper, oregano and chili flakes.

4. Put the lid on the pan and let the egg-pesto mix simmer briefly. Meanwhile, spread avocado and cream cheese on bread slices.

5.Drape pesto eggs on bread slices and enjoy pesto eggs with bread or toast. Bon appetit!

#7 Gazpacho with mango

Gazpacho comes in various variations from Spain and Portugal, it is a cold vegetable soup. It doesn’t sound that great at first, but our melon gazpacho will delight you and your guests.

Ingredients

  • 1 mango
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 bell bell pepper (red)
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh mint (Moroccan mint, peppermint or similar)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 50 g croutons
  • salt
  • pepper (preferably black)

Preparation

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Tip: Keep as many ingredients as possible (e.g. mango, bell bell pepper and cucumber) in the refrigerator until you prepare the gazpacho. This way, the soup is already nice and cold when you serve it and doesn’t need to be chilled.

1. Cut the mango, bell bell pepper, onion and cucumber into small pieces.

2. Chop the garlic, parsley, basil and mint, add them to the blender together with the fruit, tomato and vegetable pieces and the white wine vinegar and blend to a creamy soup. Season to taste with lemon juice from squeezed lemon, salt and pepper.

3. Heat oil in a frying pan and toast croutons briefly.

4. Serve gazpacho in plates and sprinkle with croutons.

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There are over 400 universities in this country. How can you keep track of them all? With our guide to the top universities in Germany for the most popular fields of study: computer science, business administration, law, medicine, psychology and social work!

Note: For the ranking, we have selected several top universities. For this purpose, we have included, among other things, results from the current university ranking of ZEIT as well as authentic opinions of students from the portal Studycheck.

The best universities for computer science

For computer science, RWTH (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) Aachen has excelled. It is considered an elite university beyond the borders of Germany. Students particularly praise the freedom to shape their studies through elective courses and the good technical equipment.

  • Famous graduates: Jürgen von der Lippe, Inga Humpe, Karl Lauterbach

Another popular address for computer science studies is the University of Bonn. With majors such as Autonomous Intelligent Systems, Algorithmics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc., it offers a highly modern course of study.

According to the students, the course itself teaches them how to work efficiently and solve problems in a structured way. In addition, students are introduced to programming at an early stage, and overall, computer science in Bonn is very well positioned.

Especially practical: Our Staytoo apartment building in Bonn is located right next to the campus.

  • Famous graduates: Andrea Nahles, Markus Gabriel, Frederik Pleitgen

Aalen University has made it to the top as a top university of applied sciences. In the Department of Computer Science, the high level of helpfulness of the lecturers is praised above all, even when questions arise outside of the lecture. Students also appreciate the compilation of electives according to their own interests, as well as the opportunity to work with modern technology such as VR goggles.

  • Famous graduates: Marc Friedrich, Andrea Rögner, Moritz Böhringer

The best universities for business administration

In the field of business administration, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) leads the university ranking; the Technology and Management-Oriented Business Administration (TUM-BWL) degree program enjoys great popularity with a recommendation rate of 94%.

One student writes that she was taught very broad yet detailed knowledge in this degree program. Another student emphasizes that all study material can be conveniently accessed online.

  • Famous graduates: Konrad Bloch, Heinrich Hertz, Samantha Cristoforetti

The RPTU Kaiserslautern (Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau) is also considered outstanding. It is a merger of the TU Kaiserslautern and the Landau campus of the University of Koblenz-Landau, and is located near the Palatinate Forest, the largest contiguous forest area in Germany.

According to evaluations, the business studies program is well organized, broadly diversified and provides a good overall view. In addition to the core topics, the seminars also teach scientific work well.

The Staytoo in Kaiserlautern offers you a very special location. The Technical University of Kaiserslautern is only a few minutes’ walk away, and the city’s research institutes can also be reached quickly.

  • Famous graduates: Christoph Garth, Maryna Viazovska, Reem Alabali-Radovan

As with the Department of Computer Science, Aalen University of Applied Sciences again leads the ranking of universities of applied sciences. The courses on offer are Business Administration for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (B.A.) and International Business Administration (B.A.).

Students at Aalen University like the friendly professors, the commitment to teaching content and the clear way in which the lectures are presented. The university is digitally well positioned, so the scripts of the predominantly English-language lectures are available online.

  • Famous graduates: Marc Friedrich, Andrea Rögner, Moritz Böhringer

The best universities for law/legal studies

According to the ranking, the University of Bayreuth fulfills the best prerequisites for studying law. The top university is committed to the topic of sustainability and, according to its self-image, conducts top-level research; in addition, it is one of the largest employers in the region.

Law studies are described as demanding but very fair. The lecturers are very pleasant and thanks to the good transport links via the Bayreuth Nord freeway exit, it is easy to get to the lecture on time even when there is a lot of traffic.

  • Famous graduates: Auma Obama, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Nina Buchmann

Second place goes to the FU Berlin, one of the best-known and largest universities in Germany. It also has historical relevance, being considered the nucleus of the student protests in 1968.

When studying law, one student praises the coherent structure of individual modules according to template as well as the many libraries on campus. Another student describes the choice of her studies at Freie Universität as the best decision. Furthermore, several students note the competence of the lecturers.

  • Famous graduates: Rudi Dutschke, Elke Heidenreich, Farin Urlaub

The best universities for medicine

The front-runner in medical studies is Heidelberg University, which sees itself as a research university with international appeal.

According to one student, studying here is super exciting and, via the HeiCuMed model, unique for Germany. This is a reformed curriculum, the Heidelberg Curriculum Medicinale, with year-round teaching and an excellent reputation. Students continue to praise the university’s good facilities, saying that medical education is of the highest standard.

  • Famous graduates: Max Weber, Mileva Marić, Erich Fromm

Second place goes to the University of Lübeck. Founded in 1964 as a medical academy in the far north, it continued to develop until it finally achieved university status in 2002.

The University of Lübeck is science-oriented, offering courses in medical nutritional sciences, medical informatics and human medicine, among others. According to the students, preclinical studies are very well organized, there is a family atmosphere on campus, and the Institute of Anatomy is described as ingenious. There is also a lot of practical laboratory work.

  • Famous graduates: Johannes Wimmer, Matthias Marquardt, Andrea B. Maier

Leipzig University also ranks high in the popularity rankings. Founded as early as 1409, it is one of the country’s leading medical universities. The ambitious, thoughtful research program, also known as “The Leipzig Way,” inspires and fascinates tens of thousands of students from all over the world. In addition, Leipzig is a real boomtown with other hip universities such as the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur (HTWK).

Staytoo in Leipzig offers you everything a student heart desires – from supermarkets to trendy neighborhoods like Südvorstadt and cozy cafés. Our location is perfect for those studying at the HTWK, as we are just a short walk away.

  • Famous graduates: Richard Wagner, Angela Merkel, Novalis

The best universities for psychology

When it comes to psychology studies, the University of Bamberg is right at the top of the rankings. It was founded in the 17th century and is therefore one of the oldest universities in Europe. With over 100 degree programs, the university places great value on personal support and excellent teaching.

All this in a cosmopolitan city teeming with beer pubs. What is emphasized about the study program is that the professors are highly committed and the courses are very interesting. In addition, the program is evaluated every semester to improve the quality of teaching.

  • Famous graduates: Brigitte Mohn, Lothar Schmid, Henrike Lähnemann

Second place in the ranking goes to Ruhr-Uni-Bochum, which is also the city’s largest employer. It offers degree programs for over 42,600 students at 21 faculties.

The top priorities at the RUB are the networking of research and interdisciplinary cooperation. This is also confirmed by the students, who emphasize the good communication, exciting course content and the high level of self-motivation provided by friendly, courteous lecturers.

  • Famous graduates: Melanie Raabe, Norbert Lammert, Jamiri

Studying psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin is also extremely popular. The HU Berlin regularly occupies leading positions in study rankings, and there is an ideal connection to our apartment building in Berlin. It only takes 20 minutes to get to the HU campus by bike, or you can quickly take the subway.

Students enjoy the conditions at the university, they write in their evaluations about the very good library, the profound way of studying and about lecturers who put their heart and soul into their work.

  • Famous graduates: Max Planck, Georg Simmel, Karen Horney

The best universities for social work

The ZEIT ranking does not divide social work studies into universities of applied sciences, but into bachelor’s/master’s programs.

First place for the bachelor’s program goes to Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. It is a technical university that has committed itself to four quality promises: quality in terms of content and didactics, as well as the quality of supervision and pre-vocational quality with practical relevance.

The fairly new dual degree program is well received, and a lot of work is being put into improving it. Things are constantly being improved and the teachers are super nice and competent.

  • Famous graduates: Rupert Stadler, Bine Brändle, Martin Eder

For a master’s degree program in social work, EVHS Freiburg stood out in the ranking. The state-recognized university with church sponsorship is located in the heart of a wine region with a beautiful landscape.

The university is comparatively small, which favors a family-like study atmosphere. The university itself describes the master’s program in social work as research-oriented, innovative and application-based. Students praise the variety of seminar topics as well as the program directors, who are demanding but also empathetic and helpful.

  • Famous graduates: unknown

The TH Nuremberg also has good ratings, both for its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in social work. The TH was and is repeatedly represented in top positions in university rankings. For good reason: The course of study is practice-oriented, and the TH is considered the most research-active university in Bavaria with an international orientation.

According to the students, many current topics are covered, and one can learn a lot from the lecturers. The good location is also highlighted; among other things, there is a Staytoo apartment building just 8 minutes away by bike.

  • Famous graduates: Thorsten Glauber, Andreas Schwarz, Oskar Vierling

Discover more universities in the university ranking

Would you like to discover even more universities in the above-mentioned or other subject areas? Then take a look at the complete ZEIT ranking, which we used as a basis for this article!

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Learning means laboriously slogging through the subject matter? Fortunately not! Every person is different, and that also applies to learning. Science has found out that there are different learning types. We’ll show you which learning types there are, how you can find your learning type and which learning methods suit you best.

Tip: Click on the individual learning methods to read more information about each method.

#1 Auditory learning type

If you are an auditory learner, then you remember information particularly well by listening. You absorb knowledge from lectures, webinars and audio books like a sponge, and you also benefit from this effect when you read notes to yourself.

These learning methods suit you

#2 Visual learning type

Learning content is memorized particularly well when you can see it. You learn particularly quickly and effectively when you read texts; diagrams such as mind maps or infographics also help you to store knowledge permanently. As a visual learner, pictures that you visualize in your mind’s eye also work well.

These learning methods suit you

#3 Motor or haptic learning type

The motor or haptic type of learner learns with his whole body, i.e. he has to move physically while learning. This is of course difficult in the academic, theory-heavy field, but movement also means writing with your hand. If you are a motoric-haptic type of learner, it is therefore important that you work a lot with your hands in order to store knowledge.

With learning methods such as learning by flashcards, you can also move around the room to promote the learning effect.

These learning methods suit you

#4 Communicative learning type

For communicative learning types, conversation is the learning form par excellence. They retain knowledge by discussing it with others, illuminating the material from different perspectives and repeating it. Linguistic links in one’s own head (mnemonic bridges) are also stored well by the communicative learner type.

These learning methods suit you

#5 Cognitive-intellectual learning type

The cognitive-intellectual learner memorizes the material through understanding. In this case, learning works by reflecting on the content, i.e. by critically and independently examining the subject matter. If the information is logically comprehensible for the cognitive-intellectual learning type, it is much easier for them to remember it.

These learning methods suit you

How to find your learning type

You are unsure which learning type you are? Find out with a learning type test! We can recommend the following three tests:

Tip: In reality, there are hardly any pure learning types. Most people belong to a primary learning type, but also combine characteristics of other learning types. So feel free to try out other learning methods that do not match your primary learning type!

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Asparagus time is schnitzel time! We present 3 great recipes with classic, vegetarian and vegan schnitzel.

Instructions & tips for cooking asparagus

This delicious spring vegetable is delicious and packed with healthy nutrients. With the following instructions and our tips, you’ll cook top-notch asparagus.

You will need these ingredients for 4 servings of asparagus

  • 2 kg asparagus (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or cooking oil)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions for cooking asparagus

You have a choice of green, purple or white asparagus. Green and purple asparagus is harvested above ground and comes in contact with sunlight, whereupon it turns color. White asparagus is stung underground and is therefore pale in color; it must be peeled, unlike green or purple asparagus.

#1 Peel asparagus

This step only occurs if you’re using white asparagus.

Here’s how to peel asparagus: Take each asparagus spear individually in your hand so that one side of the asparagus is facing you. Now, using an asparagus peeler, peel the asparagus spear from the top of the asparagus spear down to the end of the asparagus spear in an up-down motion.

Now carefully turn the asparagus in your hand until a new, unpeeled side of the asparagus is facing your direction, which you will now peel. Repeat until the asparagus is completely peeled.

When you have peeled all the spears, cut off the ends of the asparagus spears (about 2-3 inches) as they are usually dried out and woody.

#2 Put the asparagus in boiling water

Heat water in a pot until it begins to simmer. Important: Don’t add too much water to the pot, just enough to wet the asparagus spears with hot water. Add butter, sugar, lemon juice and salt and now carefully add the spears to the pot. If the spears are too long for the pot, you can also cut them into pieces.

#3 Cook the asparagus for 10-15 minutes

Close the lid of the pot and let the asparagus simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Lower the stovetop temperature to a minimum while you do this so that the asparagus is gently cooked and not overcooked.

Then, using two spoons, lift the asparagus spears out of the pot one spear at a time, let them drain briefly over the open pot, and then place them on a plate. The asparagus is now ready to serve.

Tips for buying asparagus and cooking asparagus

To make your asparagus dinner a pleasure, we’ve put together these tips:

  • You can recognize fresh asparagus by the fact that the spears look juicy and plump. White asparagus shines beautifully, while the colors of green or purple asparagus are vibrant.
  • You can recognize old asparagus by the fact that it has cracks and open heads. In this case, you should look elsewhere for fresh asparagus.
  • Store asparagus in the refrigerator for as short a time as possible. Ideally, you should cook and eat it the day you buy it. If you do want to store it, wrap it in a damp tea towel and store it in the crisper to keep it fresh for up to three days longer.
  • You can also roast asparagus, depending on the variety of asparagus (white, green or purple) it will take different amounts of time, but on average 10 to 12 minutes. Use butter or a high-quality oil for this and remember to peel white asparagus first!
  • You can wrap cooked or roasted asparagus stalks in aluminum foil and keep them warm in a mini-oven at 100 degrees until the other ingredients such as cutlets or potatoes are ready.
  • A perfect accompaniment to asparagus is hollandaise sauce or béarnaise sauce, two butter sauces that you can make yourself or buy ready-made.
  • You can easily make a delicious asparagus soup from the asparagus water. For this, sweat butter in a hot pot and add flour to make a so-called roux. Then add the asparagus water and cream until you have a creamy soup. Refine the soup with nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Enjoy your meal!

Now let’s move on to the cutlet dishes, asparagus and potatoes are perfect healthy side dishes for all of them. We recommend that you peel the potatoes and boil them in salted water before preparing asparagus and schnitzel, as they take the longest to cook.

#1 Schnitzel (classic)

There are two classic types of schnitzel: veal schnitzel (expensive) and pork schnitzel (inexpensive). Chicken schnitzel is also a popular variation. All types of schnitzel can be prepared in the same way, we will show you how.

Ingredients

  • 4 cutlets of veal or pork (from leg or rump, the highest quality is the so-called veal topside)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 125 g breadcrumbs (best from the bakery)
  • 100 g flour
  • 100 ml oil (vegetable)
  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Prepare three bowls or deep plates:

1x with flour
1x with breadcrumbs
1x for the freshly beaten eggs (later)

1. Place schnitzel between two cling films and pound the meat. If you don’t have a meat tenderizer, you can also use a pan or a pot for this purpose and pound the schnitzel with the underside of the pan or pot.

Why pound? Pounding ensures that the schnitzel is nice and flat and the meat is tender. The cling film prevents the fine meat fibers from being destroyed in the process, plus it makes for better hygiene.

2. Beat eggs in the bowl or deep plate, season with salt and pepper.

3. Take beaten meat and press it firmly into the flour from both sides.

4. Briefly place the meat in the beaten egg mixture and turn it over until it is covered on both sides.

5. Place meat in breadcrumbs, but do not press. Instead, gently turn and keep dredging the breadcrumbs over the meat until the surfaces are evenly coated with them.

6. Put plenty of oil and clarified butter in a frying pan and heat pan.

7. Add schnitzel to pan one at a time, when it sizzles, the oil and clarified butter mixture is hot enough. Fry each Schnitzel for about 2 minutes on each side, then remove from pan and serve.

#2 Vegetarian Schnitzel

On the table, the vegetarian schnitzel comes in a version made from celery. Ingeniously simple to make and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 celery or kohlrabi tuber
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 125 g breadcrumbs (preferably from the bakery)
  • 100 g flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Prepare three bowls or deep plates:

1x with flour
1x with breadcrumbs
1x for the freshly beaten eggs (later)

1. Peel celery or kohlrabi bulb and cut into slices (about 1 cm thick).

2. Beat eggs in the bowl or deep dish, season with salt and pepper, pull celery or kohlrabi slices through the egg mixture.

3. Press the slices, wetted with egg, firmly into the flour on both sides.

4. Then pull the slices through the breadcrumbs.

5. Heat the pan and fry the vegetable slices until golden brown.

Tip: If you blanch the celery or kohlrabi slices in hot water shortly before frying, they will cook faster.

#3 Vegan Schnitzel

Ready for a delicious oatmeal schnitzel that will make your mouth water? Then get to know the perfect recipe here!

Ingredients

  • 150 g oatmeal
  • 50 g flour
  • 150 ml vegetable broth
  • 50 g breadcrumbs (best from the bakery)
  • 20g sesame seeds
  • 50 ml oil (vegetable)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika powder (sweet)

Preparation

Preparation time: 15 minutes

1. Put oatmeal in a blender and grind to a fine powder. If you don’t have a blender, you can alternatively buy oatmeal powder.

2. Finely chop the garlic and onion and add them to the oatmeal powder along with the spices.

3. Add vegetable broth and mix well.

4. Arrange plates with breadcrumbs.

5. Take a handful of the oatmeal-spice mixture and flatten mixture into breadcrumbs, turning until vegan cutlet is completely covered with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over cutlets and lightly press into breading.

6. Heat oil in pan and fry cutlets in it, turning, until breading has turned a golden brown color.

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You want to eat sustainably and environmentally conscious? Then you should know the most important abbreviations and descriptions when buying food! We present them to you.

  • Note: The following tips are not recommendations for health. For a diet tailored to you, please consult a doctor or nutrition coach.

Nutri-Score

The Nutri-Score tells you how valuable a food is for your body. The Nutri-Score is calculated from the energy content and the quality of the ingredients.

In general, the higher the energy content and the healthier the ingredients, the higher the Nutri-Score. However, the Nutri-Score also has weaknesses, as you can read below under the section Problems with the Nutri-Score.

These ingredients make for a good Nutri-Score:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Proteins
  • Nuts
  • Walnut, olive and canola oil

These ingredients make for a poor Nutri-Score:

  • High total energy
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Saturated fatty acids

The Nutri-Score goes over an alphabetical scale from the letters A to E, we briefly explain each score level.

Nutri-Score A

You can buy foods with this Nutri-Score without hesitation and consume them daily.

Nutri-Score B

If you see the “B” on a package, this food is also considered high quality and is basically suitable for daily consumption.

Nutri-Score C

In the case of Nutri-Score C, the yellow background color is striking. This is to indicate that the food has “good” ingredients in the sense of the Nutri-Score, but also so many substances of concern that the food is considered unbalanced.

Nutri-Score D

The orange Nutri-Score D expresses that this is clearly an unbalanced food that you should not consume on a daily basis.

Nutri-Score E

The red and final level of the Nutri Score warns of foods that may be harmful to the body and should therefore be omitted from the diet.

Problems with the Nutri-Score

The Nutri-Score was introduced in Germany in 2020 to help consumers quickly and easily distinguish healthy from unhealthy food when shopping.

But there are contradictions: Cheese, for example, regularly gets a Nutri-Score D or E because it contains a lot of fat. At the same time, however, cheese also contains a lot of calcium and magnesium – substances that our bodies urgently need. The same phenomenon occurs with butter.

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The fact that it is a high-quality organic butter with many valuable ingredients such as vitamins K2, A and D does not matter for the Nutri-Score.

In other words, the Nutri-Score leaves out important, healthy nutrients from the calculation.

Consumer advocates also criticize the fact that the Nutri-Score is a voluntary statement. Manufacturers of questionable foods can therefore omit it, which means that the Nutri-Score has not (yet) become a standard for foods in Germany.

What the Nutri-Score helps you with – and what not

The Nutri-Score can help you with this: The Nutri-Score can make it easier for you to make an initial, superficial assessment when buying packaged foods.

The Nutri-Score does not help you: Unfortunately, the Nutri-Score does not relieve you of the task of actively and consciously dealing with healthy nutrition, as it fails with some products by leaving essential substances out of the calculation. However, the score is constantly being developed and refined.

Haltungsformen (Types of Farming)

The 4 types of farming in Germany describe how animals were kept and fed. You can recognize the farming methods as numbers on the packaging of meat products.

Bio-Fleisch-Haltungsformen
The husbandry types indicate in figures which standards were taken into account in animal husbandry.

Haltungsform 1: Stallhaltung

Here, the absolute minimum requirements for keeping animals apply. Here, the animals are kept cramped in a few square meters, often without daylight and without fresh air. Often the animals are also tethered and get feed with genetic engineering.

Haltungsform 2: StallhaltungPlus

Here, the conditions are somewhat better than in stall husbandry: a little more space and so-called occupational material such as straw make the animals’ existence slightly easier. Fresh air and daylight are not standard at this level either, and GM food is also used.

Haltungsform 3: Außenklima

This type of housing obliges animal owners to provide their animals with access to fresh air. This can be ensured, for example, by a covered run or by a barn with an open side. In addition, the feed must be free of genetic engineering.

Haltungsform 4: Premium

The highest form of husbandry allows the animals to roam outdoors (pigs permanently, cattle approx. 200 days per year, turkeys and broilers for at least 1/3 of their lifetime) and also, as in form of husbandry 3, feed without genetic engineering. In addition, at least 20% of the feed must come from the own region. In addition, bedding such as sand, peat or straw for occupation is part of the standard inventory in the barn.

Where the Haltungsform helps you – and where not

The label of the farming method helps you: The label of the farming method allows you to buy meat, where you are informed with high probability about the conditions under which the animals were kept and fed.

The indication of the farming method does not help you: Unfortunately, the indication of the farming method does not reveal anything about the transport, the slaughter and the health of the animals. Thus, as a consumer, you cannot be sure that the animals have not been crammed together for mass transport, for example, simply by stating the type of farming.

Umweltsiegel

Eco-labels help consumers identify whether a product has been produced in an ecologically sustainable manner.

You’ll find the following eco-labels on food products with corresponding standards. We explain what the seals mean.

Bio-Seal

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The organic seal tells you that this food – be it animal or vegetable – has been produced according to organic standards. Among other things, this means that animals have been fed only organically produced feed without the addition of antibiotics or so-called performance enhancers. Performance enhancers provide improved nutrient absorption in the digestive organs of animals, causing them to gain weight faster while saving feed.

In agriculture, the Bio seal stands for organic farming, i.e. the avoidance of pesticides; furthermore, no chemical fertilizers and no genetic engineering are used.

The organic seal is a voluntary label that organic producers can use as long as they can prove that they meet the standards.

EU Bio logo

EU_Organic_Logo

Unlike the organic label, the EU organic logo is mandatory for pre-packaged organic foods that meet EU organic standards. Furthermore, the control number of the organic inspection body must be clearly displayed together with the logo. The EU organic logo guarantees that the product is free of genetic engineering and that no synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides have been used in agriculture. In the case of animal products, the EU organic logo stands for animal welfare.

Bio-Butter-Siegel
As here on the organic butter, the organic seal and the EU organic logo are often found on organic products.

Vegetarian & Vegan

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For those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, it is important to be able to check food for these criteria. These internationally known seals help with this. They ensure that products are free of animal ingredients such as gelatine. This also applies to any additives.

Fair Trade

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The Fair Trade seal is often found on sustainable coffee and cocoa products.

The Fair Trade seal stands for the fact that food has been produced under fair conditions. Fair conditions are among other things the renunciation of child labor as well as humane regulated working conditions. The fair trade seal thus shows that the food is harvested or produced and delivered without exploitation.

More seals

There are many other seals to help you with your purchase decision, including the “Ohne Gentechnik” seal, the “FÜR MEHR TIERSCHUTZ” seal or “NEULAND”. These are voluntarily applicable by the industry.

What the seals help you with – and what not

The seals help you to do this: Similar to the Nutri-Score, the seals give you an orientation when buying food. In particular, the EU organic logo and the organic seal indicate that the producer of the food has been regularly checked for strict standards.

However, the seals do not help you: Critics complain that the criteria for the seals are too lax. Particularly in the case of animal husbandry, the conditions would in fact hardly differ from those of factory farming. They also criticize the fact that factors such as the length of time animals are transported or the exact origin of the products cannot be determined beyond doubt.

In the case of the Fair Trade label, the term “fair” is a major point of criticism, as it is neither protected nor clearly defined. For example, the prices paid to coffee and cocoa farmers would be nowhere near enough to lift them out of poverty.

Many other seals are voluntary and serve partly pure advertising purposes. So seals do not give you a 100% guarantee that the food has actually been produced in an ecologically sustainable and fair way.

Eating sustainably: Include multiple factors

If you want to eat healthily and sustainably, you have to deal with the subject intensively, actively and consciously. That’s the “bad” news. The good news is that you can maximize your chances of sustainable, healthy consumption by taking the various factors into account in aggregate:

Here’s another tip: If you want to be sure to buy ecologically sustainable food, avoid supermarkets and buy food regionally and seasonally from farmers in your area. You can also order fruit and vegetable boxes from many of them. In this way, you can buy fairly produced and healthy food even in an unmanageable, globalized industry. We wish you lots of fun and enjoyment!

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You want to eat healthy, cheap and tasty? These delicious recipes for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans show you how.

Tip: All recipes are designed for 4 servings. When buying food, we recommend organic or a comparably high quality.

Recipes for omnivores

When it comes to meat and fish, class applies instead of mass. In the following dishes, you can therefore combine them with other, filling ingredients.

Recipe #1: Turkey cutlets with spaetzle

This dish is super tasty and quickly ready on the table. Geschnetzeltes satiates nice and long, without lying like a stone in the stomach, and is therefore ideal as a full lunch or as an evening meal.

Ingredients

  • 500 g turkey breast fillet
  • 250 g mushrooms
  • 500 ml vegetable broth
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 500 ml vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp flour
  • paprika hot
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Tip: Commercially available spaetzle, but also rice or noodles go well with this dish.

1. Heat pan and add olive oil. Cut turkey breast fillet into pieces and add to pan over high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Roast meat in skillet for about 2 minutes, then turn and roast other side, but do not cook through. When both sides are browned, transfer meat to plate.

2. Skin and chop garlic clove, dice onion, clean and slice mushrooms. Again add a little oil to the pan, add mushrooms. Season mushrooms lightly, add garlic, diced onion and mushrooms to hot pan and sauté until translucent, dust with flour and paprika powder and sauté briefly.

3. Add broth, bring to a boil briefly, stir in crème fraîche. Put the pan on low heat, add the cut meat to the sauce and heat gently for about 3-4 minutes, do not boil.

4. Arrange the meat with the sauce and vegetables on plates, chop the parsley and sprinkle over the portions.

Recipe #2: Rice Noodles with Beef

Fresh, light and healthy, this Asian dish is ideal if you want to study or go to the gym in the afternoon. The beef provides you with B12 and protein, and the vegetables give you a fresh kick.

Ingredients

  • 400 g beef (flat iron from beef shoulder)
  • 100 g rice noodles
  • 100 ml vegetable broth
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell bell pepper
  • 1 piece of leek
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek (or similar chili paste)

Preparation

Preparation time: 20 minutes

1. put rice noodles in a pot and pour hot water over them. Let stand for about 6 minutes or according to package directions. Place noodles in colander to drain.

2. rinse meat, pat dry and cut into strips. Dice shallot, garlic cloves, ginger and onion. Cut bell bell pepper and cilantro into strips, leek into fine rings.

3. heat pan, add meat strips over high heat and fry vigorously for about 3 minutes, turning several times. Meanwhile, add pepper and salt. Remove meat from pan and sauté vegetables in drippings.

4. Add the meat and mix with the vegetables and fresh coriander. Add soy sauce and sambal oelek and mix well. Let stand briefly and then serve together with the rice noodles.

Recipe #3: Herring salad with potatoes

Grandma’s classic is quickly made and simply delicious. The hearty herring salad provides you with valuable minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc as well as important omega-3 fatty acids. Potatoes provide long-chain carbohydrates that keep you satiated for a long time.

Ingredients

  • 350 g potatoes (firm boiled)
  • 4 Bismarck herrings
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 5 pickles
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vinegar (e.g. apple cider vinegar)
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Steeping time in the refrigerator: 3 hours

1. Peel, dice and boil potatoes until cooked. Meanwhile, dice herring, pickles, apple and onion.

2. mix herring, diced pickles, apple and onion together in a large bowl, add cream, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper.

3. Mix in warm potato pieces, mix everything together vigorously and let it sit in the refrigerator for three hours. Then serve the herring salad cold.

Recipes for vegetarians

For healthy, nutrient-rich vegetables, we recommend going to the farmer’s market or to the frozen section of the supermarket. Vegetables that have already been in the display of discounters for several days should not be the first choice, as nutrients have already been lost as a result.

Recipe #1: Fusilli with sun-dried tomatoes, green asparagus & arugula

Pasta always goes. Even more so with this light dish that provides plenty of vitamin C and beta-carotene thanks to the asparagus. Arugula provides other vitamins, potassium and mustard oils that are precious for the body.

Ingredients

  • 500 g fusilli
  • 200 g green asparagus
  • 125 g dried tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of arugula
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons cheese (Parmesan or Emmental)
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 20 minutes

1. Add a teaspoon of salt to the pasta water and bring to the boil. Add the fusilli to the boiling water. Drain the pasta together with the pasta water through a sieve and let the pasta rest in it.

2. Cut off the ends of the asparagus (about 3 centimeters). Heat large pan with olive oil and add asparagus. Cut dried tomatoes into quarters and add to asparagus in pan. Sauté vegetables, seasoning with pepper and salt. Turn heat to low, dice garlic cloves and sauté briefly in same pan until translucent.

3. Place asparagus separately on a plate. Add pasta, arugula and oil to pan, mix everything well with the sauteed dried tomatoes and garlic. Serve pasta-vegetable mixture on plates and garnish with asparagus spears. Grate the cheese and sprinkle over the pasta.

Recipe #2: Wrap rolls with tomatoes and spring onions

This recipe is optimal as a healthy, filling snack for parties and game nights. Best of all, the wraps are totally easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 6 wholemeal wraps
  • 150 g dried tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 300 g herb cream cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Preparation

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Steeping time in the refrigerator: 2 hours

1. Put the garlic cloves in a garlic press, mix the pressed garlic thoroughly with the cream cheese and the lemon juice.

2. Spread the wraps evenly with the garlic-herb cream cheese.

3. Dice the tomatoes and cucumber and cut the spring onion into fine rings. Put everything together on the wraps.

4. Roll the wraps tightly, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

5. After the wraps are done with the ingredients, take them out of the refrigerator and cut them into evenly thick slices. Arrange the wrap slices on plates and serve as finger food.

Recipe #3: Shakshuka

In Israel and northern Africa, shakshuka has a firm place in the menu. The dish is easy to whip up, tastes fantastic and keeps you full for a long time.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cans of tomatoes (whole or peeled)
  • 200 g goat or sheep cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika powder, sweet
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 30 minutes

1. Skin and dice the onions. Peel garlic and, depending on preference, chop finely, slice thinly or crush cloves whole.

2. Add oil to pan and sauté diced onion over medium heat until translucent.

3. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, making sure garlic does not brown.

4. Add paprika powder, cumin, salt and pepper, mix everything and simmer for another 30 seconds.

5. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Once that happens, lower the temperature to a minimum and let the shakshuka gently simmer.

6. Once the mixture has become creamy, use the curved side of a spoon to make cavities in the mixture for the eggs.

7. Now beat the eggs and let them run into the cavities. Now spoon the creamy sauce lightly over the edges of the egg whites to speed up the cooking of the eggs.

8. Put lid on the pan and cook the shakshuka on low heat until cooked through. After 5 minutes, check the firmness of the eggs with your thumb for the first time, repeat this step until they reach the desired firmness.

9. Remove pan from heat and allow shakshuka to continue cooking on a heatproof surface with the lid open. Chop the cilantro, dice the cheese and sprinkle the shakshuka with both.

Recipes for vegans

The industry offers numerous products for vegans, but they are often artificially produced and expensive. Here, certain meat substitute products in particular stand out, which are supposed to have the greatest possible resemblance to schnitzel & co. with many additives. With the following recipes you enjoy healthier vegan dishes cheap and tasty.

Recipe #1: Vegetable fritters with paprika dip

The roasted flavors make the fritters an irresistible meal, while the fresh and fiery dip adds an extra kick of flavor.

Ingredients

Vegetable fritters:

  • 150 g millet
  • 300 ml vegetable broth
  • 1 carrot (large)
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 dried tomatoes
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons oat flakes
  • 2 tablespoons flax or chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika powder rose hot
  • salt
  • pepper

Paprika dip:

  • 250 g pointed peppers (red)
  • 50 ml vegetable broth
  • 1 chili
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 30 minutes

1. Put broth in pot and bring to boil. Add millet and lower temperature, allowing millet to simmer in broth for 10 minutes.

2. Rinse carrots thoroughly, cut off ends and grate carrots finely.

3. Finely chop the spring onion, dried tomatoes and parsley. Be sure to save the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes, this will be added to the frying mixture in a moment.

4. Turn off the stove. Mix all the ingredients together with the oil of the dried tomatoes with the millet in the pot, including the sunflower seeds, spices, etc. 5.

5. Blend the ingredients with a hand blender until creamy. 6.

6. Allow the mixture to cool.

7. Wash and chop the bell bell pepper and chili. Chop peeled garlic into fine pieces.

8. Heat olive oil in pan, add peppers and chili and roast. When the peppers are lightly browned, add garlic to the pan, roast briefly and deglaze everything with a dash of broth. Chop the herbs, add them together with 6 tablespoons of water and let the mixture cook for about 10 minutes, then puree it and let it cool down in a bowl.

9. Now remove the cooled vegetable-millet mixture from the pot and form into patties. Fry the patties with a little oil in the pan in which the vegetables for the dip were previously fried until crispy, which gives them an additional great flavor. Serve the hot patties with the dip.

Recipe #2: Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

The classic from Italy tastes great with this lentil bolognese. And it’s a snap to make, too!

Ingredients

  • 500 g spaghetti (durum wheat semolina or wholemeal)
  • 450 ml vegetable broth
  • 250 g red lentils
  • 200 g mushrooms
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 700 g tomatoes (chunky)
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium celery stalk
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 2 tsp. cane sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 nutmeg (optional nutmeg powder)
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

Preparation time: 45 minutes

1. Put two tablespoons of oil in large saucepan and heat over medium heat with lid on. Dice onions and add to pot.

2. Finely chop garlic and add. Saute onions and garlic until translucent.

3. Dice carrots and add to pot.

4. Separate celery stalks from leaves, saving leaves for later. Slice stalks and add to pot. Stir and steam the diced vegetables until the pieces are soft (takes about 5-7 minutes).

5. Add chunky tomatoes, add a little water to the cans, this will bind the tomato liquid in the water, next add to the pot.

6. Add tomato paste, Italian herbs to the pot, break bay leaf in the middle to release the aroma and add both halves of the leaves. Add a pinch of nutmeg powder.

7. Stir Vegan Bolognese and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir every now and then in between.

8. In parallel, heat water in another pot and add pasta when the water boils. Once the spaghetti is cooked, it can be served hot together with the bolognese. Add the celery leaves as a topping. Vegan parmesan is excellent for refinement.

Recipe #3: Summer rolls

Summer rolls are cool, crunchy and fresh. They can be super rolled together and topped individually. We present our favorite summer rolls, you can of course fill them with seitan and any vegetables, cabbage, etc. that you like.

Ingredients

  • 16 x rice paper for summer rolls
  • 200 rice noodles
  • 50 grams of bean sprouts
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • Soy (smoked or plain)
  • Picked lettuce
  • bell bell pepper
  • mint leaves
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Thai basil
  • soy sauce
  • tamarind sauce
  • mango chutney

Preparation

Preparation time: 35 minutes

1. Cut the vegetables into long strips and arrange them with the other ingredients on boards or bowls.

2. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Put a rice paper in it for a few seconds so that it is completely covered with the warm water. Important here: the water must not be too hot, otherwise the rice paper will clump together into a sticky mass.

3. Remove the rice paper from the warm water and fill it on a board or plate like a wrap with your favorite ingredients, herbs and sauces, form a roll and enjoy.

Tip: Fresh, tangy dips with lime or lemon go well with summer rolls. These can be easily mixed with lime or lemon juice and vegan yogurt in any ratio.

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Become self-employed as a student – but with what? We’ll show you why it’s worth starting your own business while you’re still at university, and what you should bear in mind.

Becoming self-employed as a student: still atypical

For most students, the path is still: first complete your studies and then take a job. In fact, there is another way – to become self-employed as a student.

Often, however, panic arises at the mere thought of self-employment as a student. Questions arise like:

  • What should I do as a self-employed person?
  • How and where do I register my self-employment?
  • Will my self-employment affect my BAföG entitlement?

It’s a good thing you came across this article, because it tells you how to become self-employed as a student.

Please note: As soon as you earn money with your activities, you must be registered as self-employed with the tax office. In step #2 you will learn how to do that.

Instructions: Step by step self-employment as a student

With the following instructions you can become self-employed as a student – at your own pace.

Step 1: Try out different activities

Self-employment is always about trying things out and experimenting. This is how you find out which activities suit you and which do not. One of the biggest challenges of self-employment as a student is the question of what you want to start your own business with. Many students are overwhelmed by this question and the numerous possibilities that present themselves.

That’s why it’s a good idea to try out different activities. Ask family or friends if you can help out or get a taste of their work. Also check out web portals that offer student jobs. Search specifically for self-employed activities for students.

  • Work in the office
  • Writing / translating text
  • Programming
  • Gardening
  • Promotion Jobs
  • Social Work (e.g. Nursing)

If you don’t know your way around an area yet, ask for assistance. This will help you learn and figure out what you want to be self-employed with as a student.

Step 2: Register for self-employment

Once you have figured out what you want to be self-employed with as a student, you need to register your self-employment.

  • Tip small business regulation: If you become self-employed as a student, it is worthwhile to take advantage of the small business regulation. This exempts you from VAT if your annual turnover does not exceed 50,000 euros and your previous year’s turnover was less than 22,000 euros. You must register for the small business regulation in the questionnaire for tax registration.

Let’s move on to the registration of your self-employment. In Germany, there are two types of self-employed persons:

Freiberufler

The category of Freiberufler includes all persons whose self-employed activities fall under the so-called catalog professions and the catalog-like professions.

Examples of Freiberufler:

  • Translator
  • Copywriter
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Designer

A detailed list of Freiberufler professions can be found here, for example. Freiberufler have several advantages over other self-employed persons, among other things they are exempt from trade tax, have simplified accounting with the EÜR and do not have to become a member of the IHK.

Apply for Freiberufler status: Complete the tax registration questionnaire. You will then receive a tax number in the mail, which you will use for your freelance activity. You can find the questionnaire in digital form in the ELSTER portal, for which you must register.

Excursus: Is a Freiberufler the same as a freelancer?

Sometimes both terms are used synonymously, but this is not correct.

The difference between freelancer and Freiberufler is that freelance activities do not belong to catalog or catalog-like professions. This therefore includes all other activities, for example consultants or coaches. Freelancers do not benefit from the advantages of Freiberuflichkeit, but must register their self-employment as a business. You can find out how to do this in the next section.

Gewerbetreibender

In short, Gewerbetreibende are self-employed persons who carry out a trade. Or to put it another way: any economic activity that does not belong to the liberal professions (Freiberufler) is classified as a Gewerbetreibender.

Examples of Gewerbetreibender:

  • Consultants
  • Coaches
  • Craftsmen
  • Entrepreneurs

Another classic case for a trade is also when you start a business.

As a Gewerbetreibender, you are obliged to fill out the questionnaire for tax registration, just like the freelancer. In addition, you must register your business at the trade office in your city/region. Search the web for “register a trade online” and click through to the registration page of your local trade office.

As a trader, you also pay trade tax, which is based on the so-called trade tax rate, which varies from municipality to municipality.

Step 3: Find clients/customers

Once you have fought your way through the bureaucratic hurdles, the next challenge awaits you: You want to find clients or customers for your self-employment as a student. But where? There are several ways to do this:

Online job boards

Freelancing platforms are excellent places to apply for jobs. For this purpose, there are established and grown job boards like Freelance.de (DE), Jobruf (DE), Junico (DE), Upwork or Fiverr. Also check out comparatively young platforms like Freelancermap.

Personal contacts

Inform your circle of relatives and friends that you are self-employed and want to do jobs. It is important that your friends know what exactly you do, so that they can recommend you or approach you with an inquiry. Acquiring clients through personal relationships is one of the most promising ways of all to build long-term clients or customers.

Networking Events

Networking events are held regularly in every major and minor city where entrepreneurs, decision makers and other self-employed people meet. As a self-employed person, it is immensely important to build a strong network and to be present at such events. The more business people know your name, the higher the chances of generating orders from contacts. You can find networking events on the website of your local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as on social networks such as LinkedIn, Xing and Facebook.

Step 4: Developing independence

Improving your own offer, customer service, taxes: As a self-employed person, there is always something to learn and improve.

You have two major advantages when you start your own business as a student:

  • You can already take important learning steps as a young person
  • You have a lot of energy and therefore also the power to push forward your self-employment.

Maybe you will become completely self-employed when your studies end? Or maybe you will become self-employed as a student in order to have an attractive sideline?

Whatever you decide: The paths to self-employment are diverse, exciting and a real adventure in which you must always develop yourself further!

Can I receive BAföG while being self-employed?

In principle, yes.

The extent to which your self-employment affects your entitlement to BAföG depends on how much you earn. There is a monthly allowance of € 290 as well as an allowance for income-related expenses of € 1,200 (for the year 2022, in 2023 it is even € 1,230), which you deduct from your annual income.

Advertising costs are costs that you incur in order to gain customers in the course of your self-employment as a student. Advertising costs can include the maintenance of your own business website, printing of business cards, etc.

In addition, there is the social security lump sum of 21.3%. of 21.3%, which you also deduct from your annual income. If the income calculated from this exceeds the tax-free amount, the excess amount is deducted from your income based on the calculation.

Example calculation:

In 2022, you earned a total of 7,000 euros from your self-employment as a student (earnings = income). From this, you can deduct the lump sum for advertising expenses of 1,230 euros, leaving 5,770 euros for the BAföG calculation. From the 5,770 euros, you deduct the social security lump sum of 21.3%. H. v. 21.3 % from the 5,770 euros.

You divide the result, €4,540.99, by 12 to determine the average monthly earnings, which is €378.42 rounded to the decimal place. You thus exceed the tax-free amount of € 290 by € 88.42, which will be deducted from your BAföG.

Self-employed as a student and with health insurance: This is what you should keep in mind

In addition to the tax office and the BAföG office, there is another important institution: health insurance. As a student, you are usually covered by your parents’ health insurance until the age of 25. Or you pay into a student health insurance. Whichever case applies to you: If you become self-employed as a student, you must inform your health insurance company.

The health insurance company will then check the extent of your self-employment. If they come to the conclusion that your self-employment is part-time, the so-called working student privilege applies: You are then exempt from health insurance, unemployment insurance and nursing care insurance. The requirement for this is that you spend a maximum of 20 hours on your self-employment alongside your studies. If you invest more time and/or your income is significantly higher than with a traditional part-time job, you should consult with your health insurance company about what to do.

Inspiration: Ideas for self-employment alongside your studies

Tip: There are coaches who specialize in the topic of self-employment during studies or self-employment alongside studies. They can help you find the right idea for you.

If you want to become self-employed as a student, in many cases you can do this from the comfort of your own home, so you can work flexibly alongside your studies. We present the most popular business ideas for self-employment:

  • Social Media Manager
  • Copywriter
  • Translator
  • Web Developer
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Coach
  • Computer Trainer
  • Tutor

You will certainly find something that interests you among the ideas mentioned. We wish you good luck for your self-employment!

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March 08, 2023 is the International Women’s Day. On the occasion of this important date, we would like to introduce you to women who have achieved great things in history. We also recommend books if you want to deepen your knowledge about these legendary women. Be curious!

International Women’s Day 2023

International World Women’s Day 2023 will take place under the theme #EmbraceEquity. Women from around the world are advocating for a gender-just, prejudice-free world where discrimination is stopped and diversity is celebrated.

Under the hashtags #EmbraceEquity, #WorldWomensDay and #IWD, women post pictures of themselves embracing diversity – for an inclusive world where we all have an equal place. You too can join in under the hashtag and support this year’s movement!

Things to know about International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was first officially celebrated on March 19, 1911 in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria. But years before that, women’s labor movements around the world were advocating for a day to strengthen women’s rights. One achievement of these efforts included the right to vote, which was not allowed for women in Germany until 1918.

To this day, women demonstrate for equal rights on International Women’s Day and campaign against discrimination. One of the most important issues is equal rights for women in all areas of society, from the right to equal pay to equal rights in raising children (e.g. paid leave for fathers and childcare options that meet their needs).

By the way, since 2019, International Women’s Day has been an official holiday in Berlin, as well as in entire countries, including Armenia, Cuba, Laos, Uganda and Vietnam.

Now let’s move on to historical women who had a significant impact on our history.

#1 Cleopatra

January 69 B.C. – August 30 B.C.

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Bust of Cleopatra VII – Altes Museum – Berlin – Germany 2017/ Author: José Luiz / Jbribeiro1 / Wikimedia

Many myths surround this Egyptian ruler, who was described as beautiful and highly intelligent. She was the last female pharaoh and spoke nine languages, including Egyptian, Arabic, Syriac and Ethiopian. Cleopatra is famous to this day because she managed to maintain Egypt’s independence from the then powerful Roman Empire. This was thanks to her clever rule, which also included skillful dealings with Caesar.

Book tip: Cleopatra. The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Won Eternal Glory (Alberto Angela).

#2 Joan of Arc

probably 1412 – May 30, 1431

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France / Pascal Bernardon / Unsplash

Joan of Arc was a French national heroine and has also gone down in history under the names Joan of Arc or Maid of Orleans. During the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, which, contrary to its name, lasted in phases from 1337 to 1453, Joan of Arc, in 1429, at the age of only 17 and with a small army, successfully recaptured the city of Orléans, important to France, from the English. Her bravery encouraged the soldiers at her side.

In another battle, she was captured by the Burgundians – allies of England – and handed over to the English. She was accused of being a heretic and burned alive at the age of only 19. Centuries later, she was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1920.

Book tip: Joan of Arc (Gerd Krumeich)

#3 Marie Curie

November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934

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Marie Curie / Author: Henri Manuel / Wikimedia

Marie Curie was one of the most important chemists and physicists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Born in Poland, she moved to Paris as a young woman to study at the Sorbonne University. She is considered the founder of radiochemistry and was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of radioactivity. She was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the elements polonium and radium and for the ionization of radium. Polonium is used, among other things, in space travel as a heat source in satellites, and radium was used until the 1960s for luminous dials on watches and alarm clocks, until its radiation effects, which are hazardous to health, became known.

Book tip: Marie Curie: The first woman of science | The eventful life of the first Nobel Prize winner – biography (Barbara Goldsmith)

#4 Maria Montessori

August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952

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Marie Montessori / Author: Unbekannt / Creative Commons Lizenz / Wikimedia

You probably know Montessori schools or have even been to one yourself. Maria Montessori, who gave her name to the school, developed an educational method that literally became popular as Montessori education.

Montessori education focuses on the independence of the child and adolescent. The child becomes the “master builder of his or her self,” as the concept is often described. In open lessons, the child is taught to help himself. This is combined with free work, where the child can develop and learn independently.

Unlike the reward-and-punishment system on which classical education is based, Maria Montessori believed in the child’s natural inherent motivation, which must be awakened and encouraged by attentive teachers. Learning is individualized to the child, his or her learning pace, gifts and talents.

Montessori education has been used in Montessori schools worldwide since 1907.

Book tip: Maria Montessori: Little People, Big Dreams. (María Isabel Sánchez Vegara)

#5 Rosa Luxemburg

March 5, 1871 – January 15, 1919

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Rosa Luxemburg / Source: Henri Manuel / Creative Commons Lizenz / Wikimedia

Rosa Luxemburg is considered one of the most influential fighters of the labor movement and for political equality. The democratic socialist and SPD supporter went down in history as a convincing and courageous critic of war and capitalism. Luxemburg’s resistance to brutalization and militarism earned her several prison terms, including for “lèse majesté,” “incitement to class struggle” and “high treason.”

She paid the highest price with her life: Rosa Luxemburg was murdered in January 1919 by political enemies who later sympathized with the NSDAP. Whether and to what extent Luxemburg’s work was democratically oriented is still disputed today; she is mainly revered by representatives of left-wing movements.

Book tip: Rosa Luxemburg: A Life (Ernst Piper)

#6 Frida Kahlo

July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954

Frida Kahlo / Author: Guillermo Kahlo / Wikimedia
Frida Kahlo / Author: Guillermo Kahlo / Wikimedia

The Mexican Frida Kahlo, whose full name was Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón, is one of the most important painters of the 20th century. Her works are mainly located in Surrealism, with which, however, she did not identify herself throughout her life.

This is exactly what is so special about her: According to art connoisseurs, Frida Kahlo created her own style, which is composed of naturalistic and typically Mexican elements. Frida Kahlo’s sense of fashion was also striking; she staged herself in self-portraits with colorful clothing and jewelry. To this day, the beautiful woman with the remarkable eyebrow is considered a role model for female self-determination, creativity and autonomy.

Book tip: Kahlo (Andrea Kettenmann)

#7 Simone de Beauvoir

January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986


Simone de Beauvoir / Author: Moshe Milner / Wikimedia (Link: https://bit.ly/3ZHPYpz)
Simone de Beauvoir / Author: Moshe Milner / Wikimedia (Link: https://bit.ly/3ZHPYpz)

She is considered one of the most famous and successful writers, feminists and philosophers: Simone de Beauvoir created a life’s work that strengthened the women’s movement worldwide. Her book “The Other Sex,” published in 1949, is considered a milestone of modern feminism; even then, it led to admiration, but also to resistance.

In 1970, she founded the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes, a feminist movement that still campaigns for equal rights for women today. Simone de Beauvoir was also a famous author, writing novels, essays, novellas and memoirs. In her private life, she was involved with the successful multitalented Jean-Paul Sartre.

Book tip: Simone de Beauvoir: A Modern Life | The first comprehensive biography of the great philosopher (Kate Kirkpatrick)

#8 Marilyn Monroe

June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962

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Marilyn Monroe / Author: MARIOLA GROBELSKA / Unsplash

The U.S. film actress thrilled millions of viewers beyond the borders of the United States. Marilyn Monroe began her dazzling career as a photo model and extra. Smaller film roles followed until she celebrated her first successes as an actress in the early 1950s. Her star shone so brightly in Hollywood that film studios began to court the blonde beauty.

But Monroe’s life also had dark shadows: Three failed marriages, several miscarriages, addiction to pills. The film industry, on the other hand, liked to see her as the naive blonde, which was abhorrent to the strong woman, as Monroe showed in a clear, feminist stance. She is thus considered a woman who knew how to assert herself in the film industry despite the male-dominated, sexist image of women at the time, which continues to inspire today.

Book tip: My Story (Marilyn Monroe)

#9 Anne Frank

June 12, 1929 – March 1945

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Anne Frank lacht naar de schoolfotograaf / Author: Unbekannt / Wikimedia

Annelies Marie Frank, her full name, was a girl of Jewish descent who was murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Anne’s family had tried to escape the Nazi terror in Germany by fleeing to the Netherlands. Here Anne Frank lived with her parents and sister Margot in a hiding place in Amsterdam. For more than two years they were not allowed to leave the hiding place, had to be quiet, lived like ghosts.

It was an almost unbearable situation, which – contrary to the hopes of the time – led to a bad end. After the Gestapo learned about the hiding place, Anne Frank, her mother and her sister were sent to several concentration camps, where they suffered from catastrophic hygienic conditions. Finally, they died in 1945 due to the brutal, inhumane treatment of the Nazis.

As the sole survivor of the family, father Otto Frank preserved Anne Frank’s diary and shared it with the public. In it, Anne wrote about her time in hiding in the Netherlands.

Book tip: Diary (Anne Frank)

#10 Michelle Obama

January 17, 1964

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Michelle Obama / Author: Joyce N. Boghosian, White House Photographer / Wikimedia (Link: https://bit.ly/3mveGvb)

Michelle Obama is known to most people as the wife of former President Barack Obama. But this role alone does not do her justice. As First Lady, she presided over numerous charitable organizations, helped out in soup kitchens in the USA and was always committed to the weakest in society. In addition, she remains committed to the education of women and girls to this day, for example with the Girls Opportunity Alliance.

After her time as First Lady of the United States, she wrote her memoirs, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She gained further notoriety with the Netflix documentaries Becoming and American Factory. In addition, Michelle Obama is considered a fashion icon who also advocates the importance of healthy eating. A real power woman who still has a positive influence on world affairs today!

Book tip: BECOMING: My Story (Michelle Obama)

A warm greeting to the women of the present day

International Women’s Day is meant for every woman on this planet. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to send a warm greeting to you, dear women. We wish you all the best and us all a future in which gender equality has become a matter of course – not only on Women’s Day, but also on every other day of the year. In keeping with this year’s motto: #EmbraceEquity!

Tip: Want to support International Women’s Day on social media? Then remember to use the hashtags #EmbraceEquity, #WorldWomensDay and #IWD in your posts!

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Child benefit is an important source of money for many students. In this article you will learn the ten most important facts about child benefit and what you should look out for.

How much child benefit will there be in 2023?

Until the end of 2022, child benefit was increased in stages per child. It started at 219 euros for one child:

As of 01.01.2023, parents receive the same amount of child benefit, regardless of how many children they have. Your parents will therefore receive 250 euros per month for each child:

This means that it no longer matters whether or how many siblings you have. Since the beginning of the year, there is a rate of 250 euros for each child.

Until when do I get child benefit?

Actually, child benefit is only paid until the child’s 18th birthday. However, under certain circumstances, child benefit can be paid until the 25th birthday. One of these circumstances is that you are in initial education, which includes initial studies.

Thus, you are entitled to child benefit until your 25th birthday if you are studying for the first time. However, your parents need proof that you are actually studying, e.g. regular enrollment certificates from the respective semester. Your parents can upload this proof online via the Familienkasse.

Tip: Child benefit can also be granted if you are in a secondary education or a secondary course of study. In this case, the state primarily looks at how much work is done on the side. If this is more than 20 hours per week, there could be difficulties with the approval of child benefits.

You can find more exceptions and conditions for side jobs in connection with child benefit in the following section “Child benefit and side jobs”.

Child benefit and part-time jobs: You must pay attention to this

If you work in a marginal job to earn money in addition to your studies, this does not affect your child benefit. This includes, for example, mini-jobs where you earn a maximum of 450 euros per month. Short-term jobs such as one-time promo jobs are also generally unproblematic.

As a rule of thumb, you can remember that the average weekly working time of a part-time job should not exceed 20 hours.

There is also income that basically does not affect the child benefit:

  • Dual or part-time studies
  • Legal clerkship (as preparation for the 2nd state examination in law and for teacher training)
  • Internships or traineeships accompanying studies

The year of recognition for educators, a training relationship according to the Vocational Training Act and a service relationship with civil servant candidates or professional soldiers are also considered exceptions that do not affect child benefits.

Child benefit & BAföG: Can they go together?

Child benefit and BAföG have nothing to do with each other. Child benefit is earmarked for a specific purpose; you do not even have to state that you receive child benefit on your BAföG application.

For the approval and the rate of BAföG, a completely different factor is decisive: the income of your parents. If your parents’ income exceeds a certain amount, they have to pay for your living expenses, otherwise you are entitled to BAföG – with or without child benefit, it doesn’t matter.

Child benefit while studying abroad

You are still entitled to child benefit if your stay abroad is a short one. This refers to stays abroad with a maximum duration of 12 months. In this case, the state assumes that you will remain resident in Germany.

If you study abroad for a longer period of time, you only have a chance to receive child benefits, provided that you reside with your parents. However, you would have to prove that you actually use the apartment or the house of your parents for living. It is not sufficient to state your address as your residence; you must be able to prove that you spend more than 50% of your study-free time with your parents.

Are my parents allowed to keep the child benefit?

Your parents are obliged to support you until you have completed your first professional training, e.g. a course of study. They must therefore ensure that you receive enough money from them to cover your daily living expenses. The amount of child support is calculated according to the income of your parents, the yardstick for this is the so-called Düsseldorfer Tabelle.

The child support is counted towards the support of your parents, i.e. your parents are obliged to pay you support as so-called cash support including child support in the full amount. If this does not work, you can apply for a diversion in order to receive the child benefit directly on your account.

Tip: The rules for alimony and child support are complex, so if you have any questions, contact an advice center or a lawyer who specializes in this area.

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Learning is an integral part of studying. The goal should be to learn as quickly and sustainably as possible so that the material sticks. We present 8 effective learning methods for your studies!

#1 Visualize

You’ve probably heard the saying “I have to be able to visualize it”, or you’ve said it yourself. Many people learn better through pictures and/or graphical representations than through text, yet most knowledge is conveyed in writing even in times of digitalization. But written words are nothing else for our head than abstract symbols strung together, which it tries to interpret. But the brain thinks much better in pictures.

You “translate” a text, e.g. an essay, into your own visual language. This is not about aesthetics, but about drawing visual crutches through which knowledge is better remembered. Therefore, visualizations are a helpful and effective learning method.

Historical facts, for example, can be drawn as a timeline, and you can visualize statistics with diagrams in a way that is clearer and easier for you to understand.

This is how you implement the learning method: Draw facts that you want to learn. In chemistry, for example, this can be molecular chains for illustration. If you are studying civil engineering, you will necessarily have to draw static constructions. Sometimes pictures are created in our mind’s eye that have little or nothing to do with the actual fact. But if they help you remember a fact, wonderful! Draw them and memorize them well. If you then call up the picture in your mind, the associated fact will come to mind much more easily.

It is also a good idea to draw symbols that are found in the learning text. You can also use geometric shapes such as overlapping circles, triangles, etc., whatever comes to mind. The trick to visualizing is that you are working creatively, increasing your ability to remember. You help your brain to remember the content better.

#2 Build mnemonic bridges

Mnemonic bridges form strong links that remain in the memory for a long time. They are therefore an ideal, creative learning method. Mnemonic bridges are small detours that you take mentally in order to remember facts better. You can also imagine a mnemonic as a crutch for your memory.

This is how you implement the learning method: The most important thing with mnemonic devices is that you create a mnemonic that is easier to remember than the actual learning material.

For example: You want to remember the 9 amino acids that are essential for humans. These acids are tryptophan, threonine, phenylalanine, valine, histidine, lsysine, isoleucine, methionine and histidine. Not particularly easy terms, are they? Here’s what you can make of it with a mnemonic: Torsten and Theresa plan various hours, for listening to independent mentors and helpers.

Does such a sentence completely replace learning? No, as I said, it is only a support, its initial letters are reminders for you to better remember the amino acids you have learned in the exam.

#3 Summarize the material

In the method of summarizing, it is crucial that you separate the important from the unimportant. Scientific literature can sometimes be voluminous, and not every lecturer succeeds in condensing the really important points. For you this offers a chance to deepen your knowledge and to store it effectively with this learning method.

You steam the learning material to essential key points, which you write down on paper. You pull together learning scripts, scientific texts, documents from lectures, exercise scripts, etc. and extract those key points that are relevant to the exam.

Important and honestly exhausting with this learning method is to separate the important from the unimportant information. You can use older exams as a guide for this. Also, talk to your fellow students to find out what information they consider relevant.

This is how you implement the learning method: Don’t just read the material, write down the most important points by hand. In this way, you actively engage with the material. Your brain doesn’t just passively consume the material, but is encouraged to actively engage with it. In this way, you will also quickly notice whether you have actually understood the material.

Tip: You can write the bullet points on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, but the learning material is better memorized if you write them down by hand.

Once you have written down the key points, imagine that you have to give a lecture on the topic. All you have are your bullet points. Give the lecture aloud at home and you will quickly find out where you still lack knowledge. Look up this missing knowledge specifically and then complete your bullet points. Repeat this method of summarizing until you can speak confidently and confidently about the topic even without notes.

#4 Reading and Marking

For this learning method, you’ll need three highlighters in different colors.

Red highlighter: very important content
Yellow highlighter: important content
Green highlighter: good to know, but not very relevant

This is how you implement the learning method: First read the text you want to learn from completely. Then read it a second time and mark the text passages according to the principle of the colors given above. Do this intuitively and without much thought, but at the same time be sparing with the use of highlighters. A document that is too colorful is more likely to inhibit learning than to promote it.

Put the text away for a few hours and then read the marked passages again. Make notes on the text passages if you feel that this will help you to remember the information better.

Tip: You can also compile keywords and key points from Reading & Marking in a mind map. You can find out how to do this in the section on the mind map learning method below.

#5 SQR3 Method

SQR3 is an abbreviation for Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review. The method is suitable for summarizing extensive learning texts. We will start from one text for the explanation, but you can learn several texts in a row with this method.

This is how you implement the learning method: Let’s briefly go through the individual steps:

#1 Survey

In this first step you do not read the text completely, but you get a rough overview. Scientific texts follow a logical structure, which you take advantage of here. You skim the table of contents, chapter headings, and summaries such as the conclusion.

#2 Question

Ask yourself why you are reading the text. Sound funny? The point is that you’re not just reading through the text, you’re pulling the information from it that is relevant to the exam. Imagine that the text is an interlocutor who is supposed to answer questions for you, and write down those questions, such as:

What information do you expect to get from reading it?

What is the main message of the text and how will it help you with your (upcoming) exam?

#3 Read

With the questions from step #2, you have symbolically put on reading glasses with which you now read the text, focusing on answering the questions you wrote down specifically and in writing. Also, write yourself marginal notes on the text if they seem useful to you in order to reinforce the key messages.

#4 Recite

In this step, you will summarize your answers and notes. The rule here is not to simply copy, but to form new sentences and to shorten them rigorously. This is tiring, but it helps your brain form new connections that are even more memorable.

#5 Review

Read through the summarized notes and match them with the questions from step #2. Were these questions answered sufficiently and satisfactorily?

Most excitingly, can you connect the insights you gained from the text to existing knowledge? If you succeed in doing this, you will automatically create new mnemonic connections, which will help to consolidate the material even better in your mind.

#6 Draw Mind Maps

Mind maps are ingenious maps for your memory. With them, you combine the learning methods of visualization and summarization into one effective learning technique. Mind maps are graphical, map-like representations of thoughts, facts, contexts, etc. The individual information components of a mind map are connected with lines and/or arrows. In this way, topic clusters can be created that are easier to memorize than mere bullet points on paper.

This is how you implement the learning method: Mind maps can be created both by hand and on a PC, tablet or smartphone. For the analog version, we recommend a large sheet of paper (at least A4, better A3) and different colored pens. Digital mind maps can be created excellently with free tools such as the basic version of Miro or with XMind.

Whichever version you choose: Start your mind map with the central point in the middle. For example, the topic you want to learn, such as the principle of “photosynthesis”.

#7 Read notes aloud

Reading your notes or learning content out loud is one of the most effective learning methods. By repeating the content not only mentally, but also in the form of speech, you stimulate multiple areas of your brain. You can also turn on a voice recorder or your smartphone’s voice recording app to listen to what you’re reading later for reinforcement.

This is how you implement the learning method: Collect your notes or bullet points and find a quiet, undisturbed place. Now read the notes aloud. Focus on the content, not on whether you read quickly or without stumbling. It is much more important that you grasp the information as you read aloud. That way, you’ll remember it for a longer period of time. Some people swear by this method of learning to play the recordings when they fall asleep, so that they can store the knowledge while they sleep.

#8 Use flashcards

Flashcards are the classic learning method, and still highly effective. Especially for the memorization in the long-term memory, learning with flashcards is said to be particularly practical. Use a system with a card index box. The 5-slot system has proven itself here. Each subject stands for the learning frequency, i.e. how often you pick up a card and repeat the material on it.

  • Tray 1: Repeat flashcards every day
  • Tray 2: flashcards are repeated every other day
  • Tray 3: Flashcards are repeated once a week.
  • Tray 4: Flashcards are repeated once a month
  • Tray 5: Flashcards are repeated shortly before the exam (1-2 days before)

This is how you implement the study method: Get flashcards and a flashcard box. Ready-made learning sets are available for this purpose. Now label the individual cards with questions about the subject matter. The answer to the question is the content to be learned, which can be found on the back of the index card. If you succeed in answering the question correctly, the index card moves to the back, subject by subject. At the end of this learning method, all flashcards are ideally in tray #5 and the learning material has migrated into your long-term memory through constant repetition.

#9 Do e-learning

At the latest since Corona, e-learning has become a matter of course. In the meantime, there are a number of online courses with which you can deepen your knowledge. A great advantage of e-learning is that you can learn exactly when it suits you. Whether it’s during the day or at night, at the weekend or during the week, it doesn’t matter. Tests and mock exams are helpful interactive ways to take full advantage of this learning method.

Here’s how to implement the study method: Check out e-learning options online and at your college. Most universities offer free, in-house e-learning courses and dow