‘How To’ Posts

How to Take Advantage of Your College Career Center

Everyone goes to college to get the career they desire.  That statement can apply to every college student, everywhere, with little exception.  Getting that career, even with a college degree, is not always so easy though due to the highly competitive job market and ever-increasing number of college graduates today. It is certainly a good ...

How to Trick Your Mind Into Paying Attention in Class

You’re sitting in class, your dinosaur-aged professor is rambling on about the periodic table of elements, and you’re about to fade into dreamland.  Instead of letting yourself slowly slip away, you can  – almost subconsciously — trick yourself into staying alert and not miss out on important lecture material. This won’t apply to every class, ...

How to Use Deadlines to Your Advantage

I’m finishing up my senior year now and, looking back, I can see that my biggest barrier to success in college was procrastination. It’s probably an issue for you too. But there was also one solution to my problems – and I mean besides just turning into an efficient person, because who wants to do ...

How to Boost Your Resume with Stand-Alone Projects

Here at HackCollege, we talk a lot about jobs. It’s what most of us are in college for, after all. But all the advice about internships and resumes glosses over one important option that helps secure a job: personal, stand-alone projects. There are two basic formats for resume design. First, you could focus on job ...

How to Improve Your Attention Span and Work Smarter

It’s a crazy and distracting world out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tune it all out. It’s hard to follow along in a three-hour lecture, and even harder to focus on boring reading assignments or uninteresting work. Make improving your attention span your goal for 2014 with these simple tips. Related: 50 Productivity ...

5 Tips for Nailing Your Weight Loss Resolution

Yes, it’s cliché. Yes, most people don’t stick to it. Yes, the gym will look like Walmart on Black Friday in January, but as empty as the rally for Tim Tebow to join the Jacksonville Jaguars in February. But guess what? Millions of people have still made the New Year’s Resolution to shed some pounds ...

How to Upgrade to Windows 8 (Without Committing to Windows 8)

It’s become hard to ignore Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating system, Windows 8 (recently updated to 8.1). Not only is it nearly impossible to find a new Windows 7 PC anymore, most computer manufacturers are including touchscreens in both all-in-one desktop PCs and laptops, to take advantage of the new interface. But what if you’re not ...

5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep in 2014

There’s definitely a trick to creating and sticking to New Year’s resolutions. Most of us falter after the first couple of weeks, but there are plenty who seem to thrive. There are a few standard always-broken resolutions: lose weight, stop smoking, diet, save money, but if we want to actually stick by our goals, we ...

12 Ways to Stay Productive Over Winter Break

Christmas break is a great time to sleep in, decompress, and recover from all the self-induced sleep deprivation brought on by finals week. But once you’ve recuperated and restored your vitals to normal levels, you may just realize that a few school-free, homework-free weeks are yours for the taking. Here’s what you can do to stay ...

5 New Year’s Resolutions Kept by Productive People

Boosting productivity should be on everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions list, especially if you’re a student, freelancer, or aspiring entrepreneur. We hear about plenty of productivity resolutions for businesspeople, but which ones are actually kept? Using common sense, technology, and productivity apps, such as Flow, here are five New Year’s Resolutions that productive people can actually keep. ...

7 Simple Ways to Boost Brainpower

Whether you’re studying for finals, or starting a new internship, brain function is crucial to success in college. Check out these great ways to boost brainpower for a less-stressful, more-engaged school year. Sleep More and Take Naps We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sleep is crucial to your cognitive function. You should ...

How to Recover from Your First College Slump

Throughout your college experience, you’re going to fall into some peaks and valleys in your academics. You’re going to work really hard, but the results won’t seem to satisfy you. You’ll fall into a slump, and to be honest, that’s 100 percent okay. It’s perfectly normal to be at a point in your life where ...