‘Productivity’ Posts

How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Break

How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Break

One of the best parts about being a full-time college student is probably the awesome extended breaks we get over the winter and in the summer. There are some downsides to those long breaks, though—boredom, feeling unproductive, or ending up strapped for cash right when you want to do some holiday shopping. Fortunately, those breaks ...

Life After Graduation

Life After Graduation

Every year, thousands of students around the globe cross the graduation stage and find themselves struggling to figure out what it means to become an actual adult. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your own success after graduation. Searching for (and landing) a job you ...

The Doctoral Diaries: Choosing Your Mentors

The Doctoral Diaries: Choosing Your Mentors

Choosing to pursue a doctoral degree guarantees you at least another handful of years in school. For those students taking classes only part-time, a doctoral degree in my particular program could take five or six years—a huge commitment of time and energy. For some reason, I had it in my head that I was only ...

How to: Deal with a Bad Roommate

How to: Deal with a Bad Roommate

As someone who lived in campus housing all four years of undergrad, I’ve had my fair share of terrible roommate experiences. My very first roommate and I lived in a traditional dorm room, and for the first week or two, we got along famously. We were both so giddy about being away from home and ...

Goals You Can Accomplish This School Year

Goals You Can Accomplish This School Year

A new school year is an exciting time: return to friends and favorite places, a fresh start in classes and maybe a promising new job or leadership role. September is the perfect time to set New Year’s Resolutions tailored to your goals for the academic year to come. In no particular order, below are some ...

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 ...

Apps You Need for Fall Semester

Apps You Need for Fall Semester

In a smartphone obsessed world, it can be easy to forget that phones are good for something other than texting and tweeting. This semester, load your phone or tablet with apps that will help you survive your classes and give you a break when you need one. Planner App Any planner app will do, but ...

Why You Should: Use a Bullet Journal

Why You Should: Use a Bullet Journal

I’ve always been pretty terrible at keeping journals. I love the idea of it—a book to hold your thoughts, ideas, and reflections. Something you can leave behind as a record of experiences. I buy them constantly. I’m always drawn to the stationary aisle in every store, running my fingers over the spines of those pretty ...

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 ...

Digital Organizational Documents You Need

Digital Organizational Documents You Need

It’s amazing that we still under-utilize our personal computers and mobile devices. We have technology to change the world at our fingertips, and yet we can’t remember that thing we were sure we wouldn’t forget last night. It’s time to change that. Below are nine types of documents and apps anyone can use to make ...

Digital Tools to Improve Your Papers

Digital Tools to Improve Your Papers

Writing assignments: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they end up being a huge part of your grade in many college classes. Whether you’re a strong writer or somewhat less confident in your abilities, these four tools can help you take your writing to the next level. Grammarly You’re familiar with spell check, but Microsoft Word’s ...

How to Balance School and a Job

How to Balance School and a Job

When I first started college, I remember being blown away by how much my algebra textbook cost. Over a grand on books alone? How did anyone afford college, much less a bunch of broke young people? Aside from piling on student loans and hoping for the best, there were the few people I knew who ...