‘Productivity’ Posts

Why You Should: Take an Online Class

Why You Should: Take an Online Class

In 2014, nearly 6 million students took at least one online course. The popularity of distance learning options has been growing steadily in recent years. Many full-time students are mixing on-campus classes with online courses, and others are shifting to entirely online educations. It’s not surprising that so many students are comfortable taking courses online ...

Why You Should: Use Kiwix for Research

Why You Should: Use Kiwix for Research

When you research a paper, you spend many hours online browsing Wikipedia for information and sources. That time quickly chews up your monthly mobile data cap. To remedy this issue, give offline resources a try. Kiwix is an offline content reader software developed by a company in Switzerland. It displays Wikipedia content along with other ...

Alternative Study Methods: Passive-Aggressive Post-It Notes

Alternative Study Methods: Passive-Aggressive Post-It Notes

Anybody who’s worked in an office or lived with roommates is grudgingly familiar with the art of passive-aggressive notes. If you’ve ever had to live with fluorescent post-its by the water cooler or ever-growing mound of dirty dishes, then you know just how much of an effect those little squares can have on your day. ...

Simple Accountability Tools

Simple Accountability Tools

It’s June, which means we’re halfway between meeting this year’s resolutions and setting next year’s. If you’ve already given up on your goals for 2016 (or are considering abandoning them), check out some of these accountability tools to help you accomplish what you set out to do. Don’t Break the Chain One of my favorite ...

Why You Should: Write Down Your Goals

Why You Should: Write Down Your Goals

Have you ever made New Year’s resolutions that you failed to follow through with? If so, you’re not alone. Evidence suggests that roughly 60 percent of people abandon their grand plans for the upcoming year within six months of making them. Surprisingly, the trick to sticking with your goals may be simpler than you think. ...

Why You Should: Use Slader.com

Why You Should: Use Slader.com

Textbooks have an ugly side to them. They are great resources, but often lack an answer key. As a learning device, reading thorugh chapter content in search of answers is time consuming and frustrating. A more effective strategy for learning is having quick access to textbook questions. I learned that magic formula for learning many ...

Learn Outside of the Classroom Online for Free

Learn Outside of the Classroom Online for Free

Educate yourself beyond the college or high school curricula by taking online classes with Coursera or Khan Academy. Both web-based companies provide a legitimate path to expanding your knowledge for free by offering a wide range of courses online. Taking courses online is usually pursued by students who want an alternative approach to earning an ...

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 ...

Specialized Apps for Studying

Specialized Apps for Studying

The grind of never-ending study and submitting assignments on time legitimately wears down college students. Your academic success is closely aligned with how you organize and plan to meet test dates and deadlines. Luckily, you can put your mobile devices to work to help you study smarter. Here are two apps: one for Apple devices ...

Why You Should Take Summer Classes

Why You Should Take Summer Classes

Okay, so spending summer in a classroom is basically the nightmare of every elementary, middle, and high school student. “Summer school” is more like a term of punishment rather than an enthusiastic suggestion. What makes college any different? You might still miss out on all that beach time, sleeping in, and generally not thinking about ...

Seven Hobbies You Should Try in College

Seven Hobbies You Should Try in College

College is a time of flexibility and opportunity. Free from the 8-to-5 schedule of high school and careers, you can go to class, work, hang out with friends and enjoy your hobbies on your own schedule. Below are seven suggestions for hobbies that you should try out while you are an undergraduate. Something Athletic If ...

Why You Should: Use FreeOffice

Why You Should: Use FreeOffice

SoftMaker has a free lineup of office suite modules containing a word processor, slide presentation program and spreadsheet program that rival the Microsoft Office suite. Called FreeOffice 2016, this product line includes near identical performance for Windows and Linux operating systems as well as Android mobile devices. SoftMaker is based in Germany and also offers ...