‘How To’ Posts

[Spring 2014] Finals Week is Here: Are You Prepared?

It feels like it was just yesterday that we were welcoming a new class in with Freshman Week. We’ve since discussed a range of topics, from making the most of course syllabi to exam tips. Those tips are now more important than ever as we come closer and closer to the end of the semester. ...

7 Tips for Becoming an ESL Teacher

Teaching English as a second language (or foreign language) is a great career path for many majors, including English, communications, global relations, foreign languages, sociology, and journalism, but also a fun short-term job for anybody with the travel bug. Whether you’re doing it as a long-term career or as a way to fund your travels, ...

How to Use OneNote to Become a Master Note-Taker

There’s not much to say about OneNote that hasn’t already been said. It’s Microsoft’s best-kept secret, one of the most underhyped Windows apps, and an overall productivity beast. It’s been out for over 10 years and just now starting to get the appreciation it deserves. Microsoft has recently opened the app up to more users ...

How to Reap the Benefits of Greek Life in the Real World

If you’ve decided to go Greek at your college or university, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to get out of it besides parties and t-shirts. Believe it or not, you can actually leverage your time in a sorority or fraternity and reap the benefits of Greek life in the real world. From jobs in ...

How to Handle Your First College Thanksgiving Back Home

Now that you’ve spent a solid 2-3 months away from home, it’s time to face the first big challenge: mixing your old life with your new college life. You’ve been free to study, not to study, eat whatever you want, sleep until 1pm, drink every weekend, and never have to answer questions about where you ...

5 Mistakes That Lead to a Failed Exam

Taking tests will make up a big portion of your college career. Quizzes, midterms, and finals will more than likely decide whether or not you pass your classes, so it’ pretty important that you pass them. However, a lot of students have developed bad test-taking habits that lead them down a path towards failure. In ...

How to Find a Great Apartment Fast

As a former HackCollege writer, I come to you a changed man. I have new mysterious scars, a best friend that’s a mummy, and a clearly fake South African accent. But I also have something more important: serious advice on how to get an apartment. Getting an apartment, while managing a full course load and a ...

6 Ways to Improve Study Sessions

6 Ways to Improve Study Sessions

Sure, it might be easy to improve your study sessions by pairing up with a good-looking study partner, but that might not be the best method if you’re trying to learn. Here are a few ways to improve your study sessions so they’re useful without being completely miserable. Related: 10 Memorization Tips for More Effective Study ...

Career Spotlight: How to Get a Job in Social Media

Are you a Facebook addict? Do you spend an insane amount of hours following what’s trending on Twitter? Do you Instagram or Pin everything you do? If so, you might want to start looking into getting a job in the Social Media industry. HackCollege Guide: Launching a Career in Online Marketing Why Social Media? More ...

How to Be Successful with Online Classes

Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for a great online college or want a mix of online and campus classes, use HackCollege’s School Finder to find the best one for you. Planning on registering for an online class next semester? Or maybe you’re taking one this semester and aren’t having the success you planned. There’s a ...

Life Question: Where Do You Want to Be in a Year?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? It’s about reflections of the future, how your past has shaped the person that you are today, and how to set your sights for all of your tomorrows. We’ve all been there before, whether it’s someone else asking us or we muster up the confidence to ask ourselves. ...

How to Effectively Tackle Group Projects in College

Some students love them, others dread them, but group projects are a part of college that you’re going to have to learn how to deal with. Most of the people that hate doing group projects have had negative experiences with them in the past. There’s the guy or girl who doesn’t pull their own weight ...