‘Helpful Hacks’ Posts

How To: Get Started Using Cloud Storage

How To: Get Started Using Cloud Storage

Today, storing your class assignments, notes and media files on your laptop or desktop computer is considered an outdated method of storage. Cloud storage offers the next step in storage evolution, with reliable and free/low cost options such as Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive and Dropbox. In the early days of cloud storage development, I resisted ...

Tech Tips for College Health

Tech Tips for College Health

Surviving college has become nearly impossible without the use of technology. We often forget how lucky we are to not have to sift through card catalogs at the library to find information. Luckily, technology has made helpful improvements beyond the stacks of the library and into tracking our daily lives, so why shouldn’t we utilize ...

How To: Get Homework Done on Your Android

How To: Get Homework Done on Your Android

Laptop computers are great tools both in and out of the classroom. But they are bulky to carry around morning, noon and night. Leave your laptop behind and still get heavy writing and note-taking done on your Android phone or tablet. All you need to convert your tablet or smartphone into a top-grade learning tool ...

Eight Things to Do Between Classes

Eight Things to Do Between Classes

With the spring semester gearing up, you may once again find yourself with idle, half-hour blocks perfect for aimlessly browsing Facebook. But what if you had something useful to do instead? Here are some suggestions from HackCollege. One: Read a book. My school requires four semesters of Great Books Seminar courses, which means that first- ...

Tips for Public Speaking: Part 2

Tips for Public Speaking: Part 2

In Tips for Public Speaking: Part 1, we showed you how to become an accomplished speaker by setting aside your stage-fright. In the second part, we’ll describe how to prepare and plan effective deliveries. Despite the inherent discomfort it causes in students, public speaking is an essential skill that must be mastered. The ability to ...

Make Your Student Organization Relevant

Make Your Student Organization Relevant

Maybe you’re in a sorority or a fraternity and you’re looking for new ways to engage with potential members. Or maybe you’re in a student organization that is brand new to campus and you’re trying to build credibility with the community. Don’t know how to take your organization to the next level? Look no further. ...

Why You Should: Ditch Your Data Plan

Why You Should: Ditch Your Data Plan

A few years ago, we wrote about options for getting rid of your cell phone contract to save money. While that is certainly still an excellent option for your budget, today we’re going to take it one step further: get rid of smartphone data entirely. The Cost of Data The average individual cell phone bill ...

Tips for Speaking Like a Pro

Tips for Speaking Like a Pro

Public speaking is not just an academic need or a requirement for some jobs, it’s an essential skill. It’s entwined with your ability to think on your feet and communicate effectively in any situation.Thankfully, you only need to learn a few techniques to become a solid speaker. I constantly hear from my former high school ...

Free Alternatives to the Microsoft Office Suite

Free Alternatives to the Microsoft Office Suite

Juggling your finances can be tricky while you’re in college and if you’re like most students, you’re constantly looking to save money. One way to avoid an unnecessary expense is to download free open source software in lieu of Microsoft Office Suite. More prevalent with each passing year, open source tools are free and just ...

How to Make Your Android Devices More Productive

How to Make Your Android Devices More Productive

Are you getting all the productivity out of your Android smartphone or tablet? As a student, you rely on your Android devices to track your assignments, schedules and grades. Your mobile devices are essential to your success and safety. Use the following android productivity tips to keep your device from getting sluggish or having poor ...

How to Safeguard Your Android Devices

How to Safeguard Your Android Devices

Students often have hectic schedules and an overwhelming amount of tasks to complete. So, it’s no wonder that worrying about the safety and security of highly vulnerable smartphones and tablets rarely number among their concerns. But the damage a breach of these devices causes far outweighs the inconvenience of staying mindful of their safety. These ...

Becoming an Entrepreneur in College

Becoming an Entrepreneur in College

Many students are eager to learn ways in which they can diversify their income, put a little cash in their pockets or add skills that will help them get ahead in their field of study. What many students don’t know is that becoming an entrepreneur while in college can have a lasting impact on your ...