Valencia College, Lake Nona Campus

“School Hacks” – A Few Ways to Improve Your College Experience

Here are a few hacks that could help improve your college experience.

  • Stop using google.com to search for information for school essays.

Use scholar.google.com. You will find more relevant information faster.In college, students often spend hours going through sources looking for information to include in different papers, most of which are not useful or portray negative information. By using scholar.google.com you are able to cut the time spent on checking the creditability of sources and focus more on developing a solid paper to submit. Your grades will improve and your stress level with decrease.

  • Use KeepMeOut.com to block cites for certain periods of time to allow yourself to study and stay focused for longer.

Ever find yourself doing homework for hours but never getting anything done? KeepMeOut.com solves this issue for you. When doing homework, many students get distracted very easily by checking social media or doing online shopping or playing games. The site allows you to block certain other sites on your computer for certain periods of time to allow yourself to dedicate a period of time to studying or getting work done.

  • If your sharpie is dried out, let the tip soak in a shallow dish with rubbing alcohol for a couple minutes and then put the cap back on for a hour and then it will be good as new.

Sharpies make it very hard to keep the ink wet for long periods of time. Many people waste money on buying multiple sharpies when they could just soak the sharpie, and it would work brand new. It would save you money in the end, allowing you to reduce the multiple sharpies you have to buy over a period of time.

  • Studying for 30-50 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks in between is the most effective way to retain information.

Many college students don’t know how to study or what ways they can retain more information. By studying for 30-50 minutes and then taking 10 minute breaks, it gives your brain a break and allows you to relax and focus more than sitting still for long periods of time. Students who sit still for long periods of time are more likely to get off track and lose focus and spend even more time trying to get work done. The breaks allow you to work hard for a period of time and then go off topic for 10 minutes to give your brain a rest and improve your memory.

  • Chewing the same flavor gum when taking a test as when you did studying will improve your memory.

It is scientifically proven that if you eat or chew gum when studying then eat or chew the same gum when taking a test then you will remember the information better. Gum is small and allows your brain to flow better; in addition, when you take a test you can chew gum silently, which will allow you to better retain the information studied. The gum allows for better concentration in visual memory task, which is why you tend to remember the information better.

  • When lending someone your pen, keep the cap so no one accidentally keeps a pen with no cap on it.

Throughout school, you always have that one person in class who is never prepared and needs to borrow something. Most of the time, when you lend them a pen they walk off at the end of class with the pen and then ask for another next class. By keeping the cap of the pen, the individual is more likely to give the pen back because they don’t want to keep a pen that will dry out or get all over their bag. You get to keep your pens, and people stop trying to accidentally walk away with them.

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