Most people who attend university will probably agree that their years as students are some of the best years of their lives. But with the huge workload and, let’s be honest, busy social lives, it can be difficult to manage having a job alongside being a full-time student. Unfortunately, though, university is pretty expensive and I’m sure no one would say no to having a few extra dollars in the bank to support them through it. One of the most well kept secrets for making easy money as a student is by participating in paid research studies. Aside from being the place where you’re forced to write endless essays and exams, universities are host to vast amounts of cutting-edge research. Researchers are always looking for participants to use as test subjects in their studies, and a lot of them are willing to pay. Depending on the type of study, you can make a good amount of money without necessarily making a huge time commitment. The best part is that as a research study participant, you have complete control over your own schedule, so you can “work” only when you want to. Clinical trials or other medical tests usually compensate their participants quite well – people can make anywhere from $25 to $5000 for participating, depending on how involved the study is. Although many of these trials require participants with a certain medical background, this isn’t always the case, and many require healthy control subjects as well. If you don’t mind making a few trips to the doctor, do some research into medical facilities and hospitals in your area to figure out if you’re eligible for any of their studies, and whether or not it’s something you’re comfortable with doing. If being poked and prodded isn’t your thing, there are tons of other areas of research that require human subjects. Psychological studies are a lot less invasive, and their research doesn’t always involve scary mind games. Many psychological studies focus on learning about human thoughts and behaviours in different contexts. Marketing research studies can also be very lucrative, and often quite fun to participate in. I myself have participated in studies for which I simply tested certain products (like juices, chocolates, etc.), gave the researchers my feedback, and then received compensation for my time. These non-medical research studies are often also much less time-consuming and easier to fit into a busy school schedule. I’m sure I’ve convinced you by now that it’s at least worth looking into the research studies available in your area. But how do you go about finding them? Researchers looking for participants will often post information about their study on their research facility’s website, so do a quick search of research facilities in your area. As I’ve mentioned before, universities are great places to look for available studies as well. Traditionally, researchers have advertised study information by putting up posters in their university buildings. Let’s be real though, this is the digital age – the Internet is the best place for getting the information you need now! Be on the lookout for posts by local researchers looking for participants on apps like NearJobs, and contact them using the app to learn how to sign up. Sit back, relax, and start easily earning money on your own terms!