Starbucks has WiFiAnd 7 Other College Hacks
August 25, 2016
As the school year is kicking back up, it would be great to start off the semester with as many “tools” under your belt as possible, which is why I’ve compiled these eight college hacks to make your life easier. If you’re like me, then you’re a college student on a limited budget who would really like to get this college thing over and done with as quickly and as cheaply as possible. This is where hacks come in, those million simpler ways to do life. They’re great! Actually they’re life savers – literally! Here are eight easy to-do tips, straight from the experiences of a college student just like you.
If you’re like me, then you…would really like to get this college thing over and done with as quickly and as cheaply as possible. This is where hacks come in, those million simpler ways to do life. .
1) Starbucks has WiFi
This might be a no-brainer (after all, it’s in the title). But think about it this way – If you’re the kind of person who likes people noise around when you study, then check out Starbucks. Grab a cup of joe (if you have a Starbucks card with green or gold level then you can get free refills on simply coffees and teas) use their free, fast wifi, and take advantage of their stimulating atmosphere!
2) Google it yourself
If you don’t know a term or don’t understand a section of your textbook, look it up! Check out keywords. Can’t remember exactly what “cognitive dissonance” is? Google it! While Wikipedia is not a useful source when writing papers, it can be a life-saver when you just need a basic definition to help you understand an assignment or textbook. And here’s a bonus tip about Wikipedia—if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see all the citable sources that that subject’s page used and use them for citation in papers. Google Scholar is a god-send when writing academic papers.
Grab a cup of joe, use their free, fast wifi, and take advantage of their stimulating atmosphere!
3) National Candy Days
If you’re like me and have a giant sweet tooth, then your pocketbook might not be able to stand repeated trips to the store for sweets. Take heart! The days following Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter—just about any holiday really—many stores have candy half-off. Around Verity, the day after Halloween is known as “National Candy Day,” and that’s when we all go out to the store and stock up on large supplies of candy! #BestHackEver
4) Spotify it
Have trouble studying in silence? Get yourself a free Spotify account and line up a playlist of study music! I’ve found classical or instrumental pieces to be the best for me when I’m studying, but check out other users’ study playlists. Spotify is good for other things too! Need a workout playlist? Check. Have a tough job and need motivating? Check. Have to clean your room? They’ve got a playlist for that too.
5) Flashcards are amazing
Whether you like writing on 3x5 cards or creating digital flashcards, reviewing your notes helps you remember facts much better. I’ve found flashcard sites like Quizlet and Instantcert a huge help when studying for CLEPs and DSSTs. Another excellent study resource is Free Clep Prep, which has free practice tests for most CLEP and DSST tests. If you have finals coming up, then you can use flashcards to memorize key information. If you’re feeling artistic, you can draw or write on the blank sides of flashcards and decorate your room with them!
6) Sticky Note EVERYTHING
Whether you just need a reminder to put your laundry in the dryer or meet your academic advisor at 10:00am, sticky notes can be your best friend! You can write out a motivational quote and stick it on your bathroom mirror where you will see it every day. Capture a one-liner for future laughs. Jog your memory about that assignment due tomorrow. Or get artistic! Make a collage with sticky notes.
So think outside the box! Use your imagination and get creative..
7) Think outside the box
There are so many uses for basic items. Walmart bags make great trash can liners. Wrapping paper can cover unsightly drawers or walls. Pushpins can hang pictures (or that wrapping paper) without damaging walls. An old mason jar can become your pencil holder, and a peanut butter jar can hold all those tiny paper clips. So think outside the box! Use your imagination and get creative.
8) Take a Nap
When you’re stressed out and buried in school work, take a thirty minute nap. Or if you fail an exam, then curl up for a quick sleep. Naps will help you calm down and you will be able to process better afterwards.
So there you have it, eight easy hacks to help you start off your study times right! Don’t let this school year put one over on you, instead use these tips to make your academic life easier and more stress-free. Go and show college who’s boss!
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