‘How To’ Posts

How to be a Better Reader

How to be a Better Reader

Take a trip to your local elementary school, and you’ll likely see one subject touted more than the rest on bulletin boards, classroom doors and motivational posters: reading. Reading is crucial to the scholastic success of grade schoolers, and even more so to college students. Obviously, you know how to read. But do you read ...

Why You Should: Learn to Google Better

Why You Should: Learn to Google Better

Students have a vested interest in mastering their search skills. No, not job search or online dating search. Knowing the tricks to more effectively doing online searches for information has a direct impact on how much time you spend doing academic work and improving your grades. Searching better online involves more than typing a few ...

The HackCollege Guide to Back to School

The HackCollege Guide to Back to School

It’s time to acknowledge the inevitable: stores have been hawking cheap crayons and futons for two months now, Facebook’s deluge of first-day-of-kindergarten mom posts has faded away and yesterday’s Timehop was an awkward photo from freshman orientation. The college school year is beginning. You may not need a pencil bag or pack of colored pencils ...

Taking Advantage of Your Student Health Center

Taking Advantage of Your Student Health Center

Arguably one of the biggest perks to being enrolled at a college or university is the access to good healthcare at relatively low prices through your student health center. Things from basic, primary care to x-rays might be free or offered at a low price to students through the health center, making it easy to ...

When to Withdraw From a Class

When to Withdraw From a Class

Struggling with a difficult course is something every college student will face at some point during their undergraduate career. Whether it’s a general education course you have to pass to move forward, or a major course that’s making you question your career path—we’ve all been there, or will be at some point. But, it’s the ...

How to Prep for Fall Semester

How to Prep for Fall Semester

As summer starts to wind down, you might be finding yourself digging out that schedule you registered for back in the spring, bracing yourself for the semester ahead. Chances are, your fall semester looks a lot like mine always did through undergrad: packed and busy, with wall-to-wall classes, club meetings, and trying my best to ...

3 Tools to Help You Learn to Code

3 Tools to Help You Learn to Code

There are a plethora of reasons to learn to code, but getting started can be difficult. Do you start with basic HTML, or a more advanced coding language? Should you take a class or try an online workshop? If you’re curious and would like to try out coding without committing to a full-length course, try ...

How to Save on Summer Travel

How to Save on Summer Travel

Summer is an ideal time to travel as a college student—school is out, and your responsibilities and obligations are far fewer in number. But, you might find that your budget is holding you back from taking that trip you’ve been dreaming about since the start of spring semester. Whether you’re daydreaming about traveling domestically or ...

How to Recover from a Hard Freshman Year

How to Recover from a Hard Freshman Year

The most difficult time in college isn’t when all the senior year exams and papers need to be completed. Instead, it’s often the experience of freshman year that’s the most trying. Students have to adapt to a whole new lifestyle and workload while being “on their own” for the first time in their lives. Some ...

Watch Your Mouth: The Vocal Mechanism

Watch Your Mouth: The Vocal Mechanism

Check out other segments in our continuing series of public speaking tips: 1, 2 Did you know that your voice works similarly to a musical instrument? Just like a musician must master his instrument’s adjustable parts and source of energy, a successful public speaker must master the mechanics of his own vocal tools. Professionally trained ...

Writing Hacks from a College Instructor

Writing Hacks from a College Instructor

We’ve all been there—scrambling last minute to come up with an essay worthy of that coveted A. I remember countless nights in the campus library, crouched inside my cubicle, practically weeping into my seemingly bottomless cup of coffee as I tried to argue, articulately and accurately, some overthought thesis. As a graduate student, it would ...

So You’ve Graduated…Now What?

So You’ve Graduated…Now What?

As graduation approaches, you might be one of many soon-to-be college grads having night sweats over what you’ll do after you cross that stage. Maybe you’ve already explored possible career options, or even began applying to jobs—or maybe you’ve just curled up in your bed and watched every episode of Friends on Netflix and pretended ...