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Hacks That Will Make Your School Life Easier

Life is crazy and busy enough so add school to that and even a job and one just might loose their mind. While I have been long done with school I thought I would round up some hacks and informative websites, tips, and tricks during this back to school season to make it all a little easier and less stressful. 

  • Proof reading is a big deal and super super important. If you don’t have someone to proofread your work I recommend the tool/website hemingwayapp.com. It’s a writing tool that lets you paste in your text and suggests edits for you. It highlights sentences that are hard to read, alerts you of phrases that are written in passive voice, keeps count of your adverbs, and tell you the grade reading level of your writing. Talk about an online genius!
  • Ever heard the saying that reading out loud helps you catch mistakes? Well, it’s true! When you’re finished with an essay, copy and paste it into Google Translate and listen to it. It’s the easiest and smartest way to find mistakes. 
  • If you are trying to memorize something, try these 3 techniques;
    • read it 10 times
    • say it 10 times
    • write it 2 times
  • Stop using Google.com to search information for school essays, use scholar.google.com instead. You will find more relevant information right away!
  • Have a headache? Eat a mint. It has also been proven to reduce your stress levels. 

Here are some really helpful website that all students should know of: 

Academics

  • ureddit.com – free courses on tons of subjects
  • edx.org – free courses from top universities
  • flvto.biz – converts videos to mp3
  • wolframalpha.com – answers to HW questions
  • quizlet.com – generates study tools
  • xmind.net – mind mapping tool
  • cheatography.com – cheat sheet builder
  • studyblue.com – generates learning tools
  • audible.com – audio version of books
  • instagrok.com – interactive concept maps
  • bibme.org – bibliography and citation creator
  • talktyper.com – speech to text dictation
  • getpocket.com – stores articles for later viewing
  • plagtracker.com – checks essays for plagiarism
  • ratemyprofessors.com – reviews of professors
  • unigo.com – college & scholarship matcher
  • roomsurf.com – roommate matcher
  • koofers.com – reviews of courses & professors

Productivity

  • habitica.com – game that improves good habits
  • todoist.com – task manager
  • lastpass.com – password vault
  • onedrive.live.com – access files from all devices
  • thegrizzlylabs.com – portable scanner
  • icecreamapps.com – free software applications
  • slack.com – group project communication tool
  • groupme.com – free group messaging
  • tomato – timer.com – productivity timer
  • keepmeout.com – blocks distracting websites
  • selfcontrolapps.com – blacklists distracting sites

Budgeting

  • studentrate.com – student deals and discounts
  • amazon.com – free 2 day shipping for students
  • freecycle.org – find and give away things for free
  • nightlifetonight.com – local nightlife deals
  • mint.com – finance manager
  • venmo.com – send money instantly
  • digit.co – slowly adds money to your savings
  • moneysavingexpert.com – financial advice
  • wisebread.com – tips for living on a budget

Health

  • sleepyti.me – wake up time calculator
  • delightom.com – the best alarm ever
  • hookedapp.com – local deals on food & drink
  • myfridgefood.com – recipe generator
  • myfitnesspal.com – calorie & fitness tracker
  • sworkit.com – personalized video workouts

Ways to Stay Motivated while Studying:

  • Change Pens
  • Use Sticky Notes
  • Take 15 Min Breaks
  • Use colorful Pens like highlighters
  • Chat with friends about studies
  • read instead of writing or write instead of reading
  • change study positions
  • make a checklist and check things off

 

When Studying a Foreign Language:

  • Read out loud. Don’t worry about speed. Focus on pronunciation and accuracy. 
  • Study vocab with flashcards. There is no quicker way to memorize all those words. 
  • Apply new grammar rules in practice problems (more than one!) and do them over the next couple of days. 
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
    • Join a club, get extra help, make an international friend, watch movies, talk to yourself, etc. 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess
    August 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I am done with school as well (thank gosh) but where were these tips when I needed them?!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    August 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Love the mint idea!

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