What are some life hacks for students?
You'll be amazed by some of these incredible 'Life Hacks' to make your life a lot easier at uni. You'll wonder how you ever lived without them...
When you see some of these clever ideas, you'll be blown away! There are some really useful tips here and we've started using a lot of them ourselves (especially number 20)
1) STUDYING INCENTIVE: WHEN YOU REACH A GUMMY BEAR YOU GET TO EAT IT
- When you need to write an application or any kind of letter or your project work, maybe you are not able to write in a straight line( Though perfectionists are there). If you're fed up drawing lines on an A4 sheet then just follow this:
- Draw bold lines on an A4 sheet with bold marker.
Well, some of these life hacks may come in handy for international students.
- Feeling stuffy in your room? Grab a towel!
If you feel stuffy in your room and you cannot concentrate, it is probably because higher temperatures and claustrophobic rooms drain your bodily resources quite quickly and therefore you find it difficult to maintain your level of concentration. Just grab a towel, dampen it and hang it next to an open window. You'll fell much better!
- Read a "For Dummies book" on the topic you are studying in school, to get a better understanding of the information you are being taught. (At least in my experience) the information in a textbook is copy/pasted from authoritative literature relating to the profession, with very little explanation or real world application. For example Auditing for Dummies (and don't let the title fool you) was written by an EXPERIENCED auditor and gives TONS of real life scenarios and examples with explanations that you WON'T find in textbooks. In textbooks the information will be convoluted and presented in such cryptic language that will lead to depressed emotions. Textbooks (at least in my profession) don't teach you much in the way of hands on skills to use on the job. Look for other texts that explain the information in a SIMPLE to understand way. I like the dummies series. Hey, don't judge a book by its TITLE!
- Drink ONE cup of coffee in the morning. And ONE cup of Green Dragon Green tea (what I drink) (MIGHTY LEAF COMPANY) in the early afternoon, this will help with emotions and energy. Don't OD on coffee, like other posters have suggested! It will make you irritable and will take away from your study efforts.
- Have an ultra-wide computer screen (27″+) (if you can afford one). This helps with multi-tasking and is more easy to read with. I use a Dell Ultra sharp 29″ ($300). What I specifically like about this monitor is that it has what is called a COMFORT-VIEW setting which regulates the colors in such a way that I can read for many hours and not get eye fatigue. Maybe other monitors have that setting, I don't know.
- Have an IPad (or any device you can use that has a calendar app). I use the Ipad because I like it most. Schedule your day every MORNING (ON THIS DEVICE). Schedule what you will do, hour by hour, so you know how much time you have for lunch or relaxation. This will eliminate any surprises during the day, when you find out you have no time to study. It will decide for you, whether or not, you have time to chill with your buddies.
- Have a comfortable chair. I use a Tempur-Pedic office chair ($200). You will be spending MANY hours in that chair LOL, so get a good one. Personally I can sit in that one for the whole day and not have any pain or back problems.
- Take your phone, and put it on silent and put it in another room. Anyone who really needs you will call you at home. Phones are distracting, and I'm not talking from personal experience, but I recently read an article in the WSJ that talked about this topic and it was recommended that the phone be put out of sight for a significant jump in cognitive performance.
- Pray, every morning and evening. This will help your nerves and, hey, might even help you in your luck!
- Find study material in AUDIO form, and crank that stuff, while you walk, or drive. ANYTIME, it helps to rerun information in your head. Google audio programs for your subject and buy one.
- GET PLENTY of SLEEP! At least 8 hrs a day. Your brain needs rest. I don't know what B.S. other people mentioned about sleeping 4–5 hours. I have tried it and it leads to BURN OUT! Don't do it!
- Read OUTLOUD. Yes, even if your neighbors think you're on a telephone call for 2 hours! This technique helps with COMPLICATED information. You're essentially putting order over your learning, and not jumping around a sentence you don't understand. IT SLOWS YOU DOWN, so you can assimilate better. Don't read or EXPECT to read a textbook the same way you read a novel, not gonna happen! You don't have to read aloud all the time, only in times when you just lose focus and get stuck on a sentence. Just get through it with reading aloud, it may add clarity. Then you can continue reading silently.
- Get ear plugs, go to Amazon and choose highly rated ear plugs, and use them. They are more comfortable than noise-cancelling headphones for hours of use. They will help you focus more, and they are much cheaper than noise cancelling head phones.
I will update if any other stuff comes to mind.
- Writing a theory paper unprepared? Use phrases and idioms. Write sentences in passive voice and use conjunctions. Avoid repeating words and sentences. Use words you don't really use that often in English. Like, instead of using "lightened" use "illuminated" or " ignited" something like that
- Feeling sleepy? Take in huge gulps of water or listen to music you're well acquainted with. Prefer heavy metal and party music.
- Cut down the hours you spend in reading the same information by concentrating well in class. Pay 100% attention while things are being taught for the first time.
- Revise what has been taught the day on the same day itself. The info remains fresh when you do so. Read it again, this time before going to bed maybe like a summertime novel. You'll remember it for a long time.
- Even if you tell yourself that you love a certain subject or you are not feeling sleepy even when you slept for 3 hours would help. Fool your brain. That works, honestly.
- Make a 'To-do' list everyday and make sure the tasks are realistic. Do this in a diary and keep a track on your progress.
- Make sure your answer sheet looks clean af. Make your handwriting look prettier,some mistakes maybe ignored and maintain neatness. Draw lines and underline important points from your answer.
- In a Multiple choice test, while opting for the match the column, go through the options first and check which matches are different in the options. Check for those and mark your answer.
- Always look for points and hints in the question paper itself for your answer. A very cool point designed as a fill in the blank in the questionnaire may be used in a brief answer.
- Answer in points, for a two mark question write 4 points, for a 3 mark write 6. Split the points if needed.
- Try to recall what you learnt while bathing or driving or trying to sleep.
- Increase your speed in mathematical calculations by doing simple math on the number plates of vehicles.
- Make your notes using colored pens and make charts to remember them well.
Hope it helps!
Best 35 hacks that every student should know:
1. Use the snack incentive while studying.
2. Save time studying by listening to recorded lectures at twice the speed.You can use a program like Audacity or VLC media player to do this.
3. Take notes using different colored pens. This will fire up your visual memory. It also looks pretty and makes taking notes more enjoyable.
4. Build up your GPA in the beginning semesters when classes are easier.
Don't slack off on the easier classes just because they're a breeze. You'll want those easy A's to balance out the harder classes come junior and senior year.
5. Learn how to make coffee without a coffee maker.
You'll need disposable cups, a coffee mug, a coffee filter, coffee, rubber bands, and hot water to create this magical alchemy.
6. For an easy breakfast, make scrambled eggs in the microwave using a coffee mug.
And it only takes up a minute and a half of your precious time.
Spray the mug with nonstick cooking spray, crack two eggs into the mug, and add some shredded cheese and a splash of milk. Place in microwave for 45 seconds. Stir. Heat for another 45 seconds. Stir again to make sure it's cooked thoroughly.
7. A binder clip keeps beverages neatly stacked in a tiny mini-fridge.
8. When you're too lazy to do dishes, use a tortilla as a plate or bowl.
Tortillas are also cheaper than bread.
9. Living off campus with a few friends? Get a better Wi-Fi signal from your router with this beer can trick.
Watch this video to get the full directions.
10. Invest in a laptop lock.
College = basically a den of thieves. Get one here.
11. Save space in your tiny closet by hanging multiple garments with soda pop tabs.
12. File your clothes to save space.
13. Stop rampant pen hijacking by stealthily hiding a blue ink cartridge in a red pen.
No one wants your crappy red pen.
14. Hang your photos and dorm posters with washi tape.
It's pretty, and it won't take the paint off the wall.
15. Use Visa gift cards to get free trials online.
16. When it's hot out, hang a damp towel hung over an open window to cool down a stuffy dorm room.
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17. Construct-a-Straw makes for the easiest cocktail .
18. Post-it notes will keep Cheeto-dust buildup on a grimy keyboard at bay.
19. For impromptu dance parties, fit an iPhone into an empty plastic soda bottle.
The bass will be clearer, and the volume will be much louder.
20. If you're a heavy sleeper, putting your phone into a glass will amplify the sound.
21. Heat two bowls at once in the microwave with this handy trick.
Sharing is caring, and this tip automatically makes you the best roommate.
22. Turn your laptop bag into a backpack.
23. Wrap a warm beer in a damp paper towel and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
It'll be cold enough to drink when you take it out.
24. Keep your dorm room or apartment smelling fresh and clean with a dryer sheet.
A fan works, too, if you don't have an AC unit.
25. When giving a presentation, set up a friend to ask you a question that you already know the answer to.
You'll look like you really know your shit.
26. Use "meme font" for presentations.
27. Make a simple meal with a coffeemaker.
28. Get the Wi-Fi password to most establishments by checking the comments on Foursquare.
Get the Wi-Fi password to most establishments by checking the comments on Foursquare.
29. Drink in public the smart way.
Drink in public the smart way.
30. Sneak liquor into any festival or outdoor event in a hollowed-out baguette.
Sneak liquor into any festival or outdoor event in a hollowed-out baguette.
31. Snack like a boss.
Snack like a boss.
When reaching in a bag of potato chips is more work than you are willing to do.
32. Reheat pizza in a microwave with a glass of water.
Reheat pizza in a microwave with a glass of water.
It prevents toppings from going dry and keeps the crust CRUSTY.
33. Use 3M hooks to mount a tablet wherever you want.
Use 3M hooks to mount a tablet wherever you want.
Have a spontaneous Tim and Eric marathon ANYWHERE.
34. Have short charger cords? Need a power strip near your bed? Tape it to your nightstand.
Have short charger cords? Need a power strip near your bed? Tape it to your nightstand.
It'll keep the cords from getting all tangled on the floor and plugs will be less likely to come out. Just poke holes in the tape.
35. If your laptop is overheating on your lap, flip one of these over and set the laptop on top.
Instant bed lapdesk!