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Fast Tracking: Completing an MIT CS Degree in 12 Months

Need a laptop? We’ve teamed up with Intel to bring you the HackCollege Laptop Chooser. If you share the Laptop Chooser, you’ll be entered to win a Intel Core i5-powered Samsung Series 9 Notebook! Scott Young’s thirst for knowledge is truly remarkable. Not only is he attempting to complete a 4 year MIT Computer Science degree in ...

Use DropDAV to Bring New Functionality to Dropbox

Use DropDAV to Bring New Functionality to Dropbox

Apple’s iCloud data storage solution promises to solve many of the woes of accessing your documents on the go, unfortunately it’s not available yet and is an Apple ecosystem only solution. In the mean time, many app developers have elected to go with Dropbox syncing. Although we’re big fans of Dropbox’s simplicity, there are situations ...

Establish House Routines Early

Establish House Routines Early

Photo courtesy of Flickr user imallergic. Licensed under CC BY-2.0. Moving into your own place with a few roommates is an exciting situation. This excitement can be explained by one reason: you’re free to do whatever you want. Although your new found liberty is certainly a blessing, it can also become a curse. In all likelihood, ...

College Students Don’t Know How to Search

College Students Don’t Know How to Search

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mads Moedker. Licensed under CC BY-2.0.Last week, Mashable published a story entitled The Google Gap: College Kids Aren’t Good At Searching where they highlighted a recent study conducted by Northeastern Illinois University which examined the research habits of 160 college aged students. Most concerning of all the findings was that ...

Use TextExpander to Supercharge Your Notetaking

Use TextExpander to Supercharge Your Notetaking

Need a laptop? Our Back to School series is brought to you this year by Intel. We’ve teamed up to bring you the HackCollege Laptop Chooser. If you share the Laptop Chooser, you’ll be entered to win a Samsung Series 9 Notebook! Taking notes in class can be  stressful. A lot of brain power is ...

Handyman/Handywoman Tips for Your New Student House

Handyman/Handywoman Tips for Your New Student House

It’s finally time to apply all those skills you’ve learned. Photo courtesy of Flickr user roxeteer. Licensed under CC BY-2.0. Moving into your own student house or apartment is an exciting adventure. You’ll learn how to cook, clean and maybe even unclog a toilet. Moving away from Mom and Dad also means that you may ...

1DollarScan Will Digitize Your Textbooks for Only $1

1DollarScan Will Digitize Your Textbooks for Only $1

Last September I wrote a brief overview on the various methods to digitize a textbook, at that time BlueLeaf was the premiere textbook scanning service despite their hefty price tag. That may no longer be the case. 1DollarScan (the most unoriginal name ever…) is a new book scanning service that will convert your print books into ...

How to Use Your Laptop Safely

How to Use Your Laptop Safely

This cute couple won’t be so cute when they’re hunched over in 20 years. Photo courtesy of parislemon. Licensed under CC BY-2.0. I often blame my poor posture on the fact that I’m a student. Although I’m not sure that’s completely true, one thing if for sure though, after working for a couple of hours ...

Use Hazel to Organize Your Class Documents

Use Hazel to Organize Your Class Documents

As higher education continues its push towards the web, students are handling an ever increasing number of digital files. At many institutions, everything from the class syllabus to daily Powerpoint lectures are distributed online for students to download. If you’re like myself, at the beginning of each semester you take the time to create a ...

Snoozerr: the Lazy App that Could Hurt Your Grades

Snoozerr: the Lazy App that Could Hurt Your Grades

Snoozerr is taking lecture recording to the next level. This new iOS application allows you to capture a lecturer’s voice augmented by pictures of the scribbles on the blackboard. Yes, Snoozerr saves you from physically writing notes in class, but at what expense? When this trendy new app made its way around the blogosphere earlier ...

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