‘Back to School’ Posts

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 ...

Use Foursquare to Explore Around Your Campus

Check-in your way to a great school year! Photo by foursquare. 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! A big ...

Back To School Podcast: Stand Out in Your Department

Getting good grades is only half the battle. You still want to stand out to your professors who can help you score internships, research opportunities, and even jobs after graduation. Today, Laura, Emily, and Shep share some advice on how to stand out in your major. Note: we’re using the html5 <audio>  tag for the ...

Back To School Podcast: Take Notes Like a Pro

The quality of the information you capture in class can determine how well you do on exams, so it’s important to find the system that works best for you. Today, Shep, Emily, and Laura discuss their favorite tactics for tackling class notes. Note: we’re using the html5 <audio>  tag for the media player, and it ...

Back to School: College Cookware 101

Moving into a new apartment? Don’t forget some cookware! Photo by 91RS and licensed under CC BY 2.0.On Monday, Emily wrote about getting cheap school supplies at the dollar store. While this is great for getting all your notes down in class, it’s important to remember that you need a lot more to survive being ...

Give your computer a back-to-school tune up

Prevent computer rage with a basic tune-up that will improve overall speed and performance. Photo courtesy of stuartpilbrow. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.Unless you got a shiny new laptop while back-to-school shopping this year, it’s likely that your PC or Mac could use some routine maintenance before classes start. With time and use, a computer’s ...

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 ...

Back To School Podcast: To Bring or Not to Bring

Every year we have to decide what to pack up and take to college, and what to leave at home. In this episode, Emily, Laura, and Shep discuss what you should bring for your dorm, and what you’d be better off without. Note: we’re using the html5 <audio>  tag for the media player, and it ...

Cool Down Your New Dorm Room with a DIY Air Conditioner

Even in today’s modern world, many older dorm buildings still haven’t been retrofitted with air conditioning. While this might not a huge deal come Autumn, that’s no excuse to be miserable during the tail end of summer. Luckily, with just a few cheap supplies you can build your own portable air conditioning unit that will ...

Be Sustainable As You Do back to school shopping

How could we make school supplies more sustainable? Photo courtesy of Dvortygirl. Licensed under CC BY-2.0. Heading back to school means buying new school supplies like pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, etc, etc. However, as you do your shopping, consider trying a more sustainable route to choosing your supplies.   Eco-Friendly Erasers – These erasers made by ...