‘Productivity’ Posts

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 ...

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 ...

More Apps for Better Focus and Organization

More Apps for Better Focus and Organization

Students today are more equipped to get better grades and create productive learning environments than ever before. Your smartphone and tablet can be just as much of a learning tool as a textbook. Use this collection of apps to supplement your learning even when a desktop or laptop is not available. A smartphone or tablet ...

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 ...