‘Productivity’ Posts

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 ...

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 ...