College and university are known to be truly challenging for many different reasons. Whether it takes a huge financial toll on your or you find yourself unable to fit in all the tasks you need to do into your schedule, it’s no picnic in the park. All the same, we don’t want you to feel any despair. We’re here to give you a few small hacks that can make a huge difference in your college experience. Not to mention, they aren’t complicated and will actually save you time and money!
Borrow, Don’t Buy
Instead of spending way too much money on purchasing textbooks you’ll hardly use, see if you can find someone in your school who’s done with theirs and can lend them to you for the year. Even if you have to pay them to lend the books, it will be so much cheaper than buying new copies and then not having what to do with them once you’re done.
Use Different Colors For Notes
Don’t take this the wrong way, we don’t mean you should go overboard and take too much time to write your notes during lectures. What we’re saying is that you should make use of various colors while taking notes. Aside from making things a little more fun, studies have shown that color can have a positive impact on memory. Essentially, it helps stimulate the brain and make it easier to learn and retain information. In short, this means that when you write notes in different colors, you’re giving yourself an edge for when exam season arrives.
Make Use Of Post-Its
It can get rather frustrating to try and clean a laptop keyboard. Of course, you can’t use water in any way, but it seems to always get dirty no matter what you do. Well, if you have some post-it notes lying around that you don’t need, you can use them to clean your keyboard. Use the sticky side and glide it between the keys to pick up all those pesky crumbs.
Get Your Friends Involved
When you’re giving a presentation in class, have a friend of yours help you out. During the presentation, have them ask a question you already know the answer to. Doing this will make you look like a pro in the topic you’re discussing and definitely impress your professor.
Listen To Lectures
If you’re running low on time and have to cram for a test, save some time by listening to your recorded lectures while doing something like cleaning. If you really want to speed up the process, you can play the recording at double speed.
Don’t Slack In The Easy Classes
At the start of the semester, you might have some easier classes. Don’t be tempted to slack off just because they’re easier. Instead, work hard and get high grades in the easier classes. Getting good grades will naturally help raise your GPA. Not to mention, if you have harder classes, later on, it will be okay to get slightly lower grades since you’ll have the high grades to fall back on.
Make A Quick Breakfast
We’ve all heard about how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. Aside from ensuring you won’t be hungry during class, it will help you concentrate and perform better in your exams. All the same, it might be a challenge to find the time to make and eat breakfast before an early class. Well, if you have a microwave in your dorm, then you’re set. Simply grab a mug and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Crack two eggs into the mug and add anything you’d like, from shredded cheese to veggies. Put it in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir it, and then put it back in for another 45 seconds. Stir it once more to make sure it’s fully cooked, and enjoy!